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Distinguished Alumna Edith Dizon-Fitzsimmons Passes On at 91

CPU Blog got this message from Dizzy Dizon:

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Hi, I am trying to get a link to inform CPU folks of the passing of Edith Dizon-Fitzsimmons, a CPU alumni and a past Dean of the CPU School of Music.

Her funeral service will be held on the 24th of March 2014, Wesley Uniting Church Shepparton Vic Australia.

If you need more information, please email me on: dizon@integconcepts.com

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AUSTRALIA 2000   SG1931 45c Edith Dizon Fitzsimmons Music Teacher P14 x14 VFU

Edith Dizon-Fitzsimmons

CPU alumna and a past Dean of the CPU School of Music

Lifetime Achievement Award, Texas Woman’s University ’95

Senior Australian of the Year 2003


A face of courage  vision and hope - Edith Dizon Fitzsimmons

Click this link to read more >>A face of courage, vision and hope


A lifetime of work honored - Edith Dizon Fitzsimmons LINK


Edith Dizon~Fitzsimmons sky jump at 80 yrs. of age


Know more about Edith through Centralians who know her

Edith Dizon Fitzsimmons  Mauro's comment

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Edith Dizon Fitzsimmons  May Vail Lee's comment


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FOODNATION – Building a Better Philippines through Food Technology

Foodnation PAFT

Philippine Assocation of Food Technologists

This is one national convention that Centralians in related fields should consider attending.

The 53rd Annual PAFT Convention is set 2-4 July 2014 at SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City.

Visit and “Like” the The Philippine Association of Food Technologists, Inc. Annual Convention to receive updates about the event.

Learn more about PAFT through their website: http://www.paft-phil.com/about_us.html

CPU is proud to have an alumnus in the person of Engr. Asiel Nils Castillon (ChE ’87) sitting in the PAFT Board of Directors. He’s been helping the national organization’s programs for several years now.

Centralians, students, faculty and staff members who desires to be updated, gain knowledge and exposure in food technology should consider attending the 53rd Annual PAFT Convention.

Jai Dee – Inspiring Centralian Story

Jai Dee

Joanne Sotaridona a.k.a. 'Jai Dee'

Watch this inspiring story of Joanne Sotaridona a.k.a. ‘Jai Dee’.

She is CPU High School 2004 and BSN 2008 graduate.

Source: Jr. Rojas Ramirez

Happy Birthday Dr. Juanito M. Acanto

Dr. Juanito M. Acanto CPU President

Let us celebrate and take time to remember Dr. Juanito M. Acanto on his birthday, 5 April 2013. He was CPU’s former president. He continues to help CPU as board of trustees. Who could ever forget his leadership, Christian ministry, friendship, wit, humor, and most of all, his passion for beautiful CPU.


Rinand Escuban

From Rinand Escuban and family:

Whenever the name Dr. Juanito Maca Acanto is mentioned several things come to my mind:

Central Philippine University, which he led with competence, respect and distinction for 12 years, as Acting President, 1996-1998, and as University President, 1998-2008; a public servant, whose unsullied integrity made him one of the most respected and trusted elected official in the Province of Iloilo; a trial lawyer, whose courtroom savvy and intellect were admired by the bench and the bar, and by his clients, many of whom are the poorest of the poor.

Beyond these, I know Dr. Acanto as the one who opened me the opportunity to serve CPU. He gave me his trust that motivated me to be excellent in my responsibilities.

He rewarded me with his confidence that allowed me to pursue programs for the good of the University. He taught me what it means to be a Centralian. He exemplified to me what service to Central Philippine University is all about.

Happy birthday Sir Juaning. My mentor. My friend. God bless you.


Central Philippine University

From Carmelle Frances Romero:

Ang indi ko gid malipatan abut Sir Juaning or Sir JMA is his way of making things light or mamag-an. While he is meticulous, he does not burden you with his presence.

Amo ina ang akon na appreciate sa iya; because of that mas na-challenge pa kami sa office to work harder and make sure that the trust he has given us is not in vain. And of course, who could forget his legendary humor? Incomparable!

Sir Juaning, you are a blessing. God bless you more.


Ps Charity Esmaya Alibogha

From Ps Charity Esmaya Alibogha:

Dr. Acanto has great influence in my career and I’m thankful to God for his life!

He has a positive attitude that motivated me to work harder. He reminded me to always wear a smile even if my heart is aching.

As a leader, he set the best example to put a smile on your face which brightens everyone he meets. You can always approach him without hesitations. He is a good listener and willing to help and give his full support. Everyone is important to him.

I didn’t expect that my professional growth and life’s journey would come this far after he said to me “Charity, you have to get out of your box!” I will never forget those words.. Those words that encouraged me to embrace and explore the world with dignity and responsibility. Every time he gives his advice he would tell me to look up to God and that he will also pray for me.

He is not only my great mentor but a great friend whom I can count on even if I don’t work for him anymore. Happy birthday my former boss, Sir Acanto!


CPU work student

From Sandy Lim:

During my first year sa CPU, permi ko na Makita si Sir Acanto nagalibot sa campus. Students greeted him with such a big smile. Nabatian ko permi sa ila, “Uy si Tay Juaning nag agi” and they will greet him “Good morning Sir”. And with a smile, mamangkot sya na “kamusta kamu?”.

That’s how he is, very approachable sa tanan.

For 4 years as a work student sa President office, nahibal-an ko na the reason ngaa damu gid nga tawu gapalangga sa iya, it is because Sir Acanto has a huge heart.

Kung pwede nya lang buligan ang tanan, giubra ya na. Personally, Sir, damu gid nga salamat sa tanan. You may not know it pero kung hindi dahil sa imu I won’t be able to reach my dreams.

Sir, as you celebrate your birthday today. I always wish you good health for you, Ma’am Ruth and your family.

You are always blessing and inspiration to us. May you continue to inspire other people Sir. Again, happy birthday!


Happy Birthday Sir!

“Nanding” – Your Life Inspires Me

The Escuban Family

Your life inspires me. Your story of despair and hope; of struggle for a living and freedom from poverty; of lack of a school education and a wealth of life’s education – they nourished me; they educated me, and; they brought me to where I am now.

I am Rinand because of you and Nanay. God used both of you to give me a life with so much confidence looking to the future with limitless possibilities.

You are a man of ambition. That is the reason why for many a times those who do not know your heart and mind, laughed at and ridiculed you, for how can a man so downtrodden and downcast and without an iota of academic learning dream so big to reach for his impossible stars.

But deep in your heart, you know that God created you to live a life of meaning and purpose. And so, smiling at those who gave you up for nothing, you and God walked together through tough and hopeless times, slowly and with agony, until you reached and took hold of your stars.

Your beginnings were miserable and undesirable. You stared poverty right on her face. You ate not on a table with a silver spoon and a plate but, sat on your buttocks and devoured your food from a banana leaf with your bare calloused hands. You slept not in a bed of comfort but stretched your battered body on a cold surface of clay. “This man has no future in him”, they said and judged you then.

But you are a dreamer. Gifted by God with a discerning mind; an articulate tongue, and; a heart brimming with courage and hope, you dreamed to fight and slay the demons of your poverty.

Blessed with a body toughened by years of hardship and endowed with a strength honed through life’s daily grind, you picked-up yourself to explore the world.

Hardened by the sugarcane fields of La Carlota, you crossed the seas to Iloilo and later to Zamboanga, to become an experienced and a tough stevedore hand; a highway construction worker; politicians bodyguard, and a church building caretaker. You went where the wind took you for a chance at a better life.

Without a formal education, you daringly entered the gates of a University, joined the Gospel Team and courted a lady of simplicity and dignity and respect who became your wife and taught you your “A,B,Cs” and she I now call, my “Nanay”.

Without access to books penned by scholars and the learned, you read and meditated on the Holy Bible which became your source of wisdom and enlightenment, satisfied your intellectual curiosity and fed your soul.

Without a degree to embellish your name, you worked night and day and offered your body to be scorched by the sun and drenched by the rain just to feed your family and send Nanay and your four growing children to one of the finest universities.

That was then.

Now, you smile at your detractors and testify in your words, “Dalayawon guid ang Gino-o. Indi ini iya tikal. Wala ako sang tinun-an apang naka-tapos ang akon pinalangga nga asawa kag apat ka mga kabataan, sa CPU pa! Wala ako gina-kaptan nga titulo apang sa grasya sang Diyos ang akon asawa kag mga kabataan puro may mga kurso kag, may doctor, engineer, pastor, kag nurse ako nga mga umagad. Ano pa nga titulo ang pangita-on ko?”

When I read the story of your life, I still wonder, “How can a man of the earth, encircled by overwhelming obstacles fought through the maze and came out a victor?”

Given what you have experienced, even a day of it, I wonder how I could survive. You amaze me Tatay as much as you bless me.

You have finally slain the demons of your poverty, together with Nanay’s help. And, we your children, Inday Rina Joy, Boboy Andrew, Nonoy Harold, and myself have tasted the sweetness of the fruit of your conquest

Tatay, today you turn 80 and you are healthy, prays and reads your Bible everyday. You are not perfect like everyone. You have your weaknesses and limitations.

But you are a hard and a rough stone smoothened and fashioned by the hands of God to become a precious shining gem.

Thank you Tatay. I love you so much. God bless you.

HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY.

Your son,

Toto Rinand, with Inday Lory Joy, Toto Brahms, Nonoy Strauss and Tata Handel

NOTE: This letter is published with permission from Mr. Rinand Escuban.

"Nanding" – Your Life Inspires Me

The Escuban Family

Your life inspires me. Your story of despair and hope; of struggle for a living and freedom from poverty; of lack of a school education and a wealth of life’s education – they nourished me; they educated me, and; they brought me to where I am now.

I am Rinand because of you and Nanay. God used both of you to give me a life with so much confidence looking to the future with limitless possibilities.

You are a man of ambition. That is the reason why for many a times those who do not know your heart and mind, laughed at and ridiculed you, for how can a man so downtrodden and downcast and without an iota of academic learning dream so big to reach for his impossible stars.

But deep in your heart, you know that God created you to live a life of meaning and purpose. And so, smiling at those who gave you up for nothing, you and God walked together through tough and hopeless times, slowly and with agony, until you reached and took hold of your stars.

Your beginnings were miserable and undesirable. You stared poverty right on her face. You ate not on a table with a silver spoon and a plate but, sat on your buttocks and devoured your food from a banana leaf with your bare calloused hands. You slept not in a bed of comfort but stretched your battered body on a cold surface of clay. “This man has no future in him”, they said and judged you then.

But you are a dreamer. Gifted by God with a discerning mind; an articulate tongue, and; a heart brimming with courage and hope, you dreamed to fight and slay the demons of your poverty.

Blessed with a body toughened by years of hardship and endowed with a strength honed through life’s daily grind, you picked-up yourself to explore the world.

Hardened by the sugarcane fields of La Carlota, you crossed the seas to Iloilo and later to Zamboanga, to become an experienced and a tough stevedore hand; a highway construction worker; politicians bodyguard, and a church building caretaker. You went where the wind took you for a chance at a better life.

Without a formal education, you daringly entered the gates of a University, joined the Gospel Team and courted a lady of simplicity and dignity and respect who became your wife and taught you your “A,B,Cs” and she I now call, my “Nanay”.

Without access to books penned by scholars and the learned, you read and meditated on the Holy Bible which became your source of wisdom and enlightenment, satisfied your intellectual curiosity and fed your soul.

Without a degree to embellish your name, you worked night and day and offered your body to be scorched by the sun and drenched by the rain just to feed your family and send Nanay and your four growing children to one of the finest universities.

That was then.

Now, you smile at your detractors and testify in your words, “Dalayawon guid ang Gino-o. Indi ini iya tikal. Wala ako sang tinun-an apang naka-tapos ang akon pinalangga nga asawa kag apat ka mga kabataan, sa CPU pa! Wala ako gina-kaptan nga titulo apang sa grasya sang Diyos ang akon asawa kag mga kabataan puro may mga kurso kag, may doctor, engineer, pastor, kag nurse ako nga mga umagad. Ano pa nga titulo ang pangita-on ko?”

When I read the story of your life, I still wonder, “How can a man of the earth, encircled by overwhelming obstacles fought through the maze and came out a victor?”

Given what you have experienced, even a day of it, I wonder how I could survive. You amaze me Tatay as much as you bless me.

You have finally slain the demons of your poverty, together with Nanay’s help. And, we your children, Inday Rina Joy, Boboy Andrew, Nonoy Harold, and myself have tasted the sweetness of the fruit of your conquest

Tatay, today you turn 80 and you are healthy, prays and reads your Bible everyday. You are not perfect like everyone. You have your weaknesses and limitations.

But you are a hard and a rough stone smoothened and fashioned by the hands of God to become a precious shining gem.

Thank you Tatay. I love you so much. God bless you.

HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY.

Your son,

Toto Rinand, with Inday Lory Joy, Toto Brahms, Nonoy Strauss and Tata Handel

NOTE: This letter is published with permission from Mr. Rinand Escuban.

Vote Pop Sweetheart LIRAH – Lirah Bermudez Shines in 1st Protege Live Gala Night

By Lynna Joy Bermudez Cardinal

LIRAH BERMUDEZ performed greatly in the FIRST PROTEGE LIVE GALA NIGHT on Sunday, October 16 at the SM Mall of Asia Centerstage. It was broadcast live via GMA 7 right after Kap’s Amazing Stories.

Among the Protege contestants, Lirah is the only protege who sings while playing an instrument, her guitar. She also can play the piano.

Central Philippine University

LIRAH LINN PAZ ENDRIGA BERMUDEZ of Panay, Capiz, is Mr. Janno Gibbs’ greatest contestant for GMA’s singing competition, named “PROTÉGÉ: THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG BREAK”.

At a young age, Lirah showed singing prowess and guitar playing skills. Through Protégé, she hopes to realize her greatest wish, to become a singing star at 13 years old.

This is a nationwide singing competition involving 10 mentors and the chosen 10 protégés that judges picked.

Judges chose Lirah Bermudez as the final protégée from Iloilo, besting two other Ilonggo region finalists. Now, she is competing with nine other protégé from different provinces or regions of the Philippines.

Her foremost desire why she joined the contest was to help her sick brother. Unfortunately, her brother died of brain tumor a month ago.

Despite the tragedy, Lirah Bermudez decided to continue competing as a tribute to her dear little brother.

Also, she sees the Protégé competition as venue to unfold and make known her singing potential. Lirah acknowledges that her singing prowess is a gift from God.

Bringing pride to Iloilo and Capiz, her hometown, Lirah is also raising the banner for Central Philippine University.

She came from a family of Centralians. Her mother, Del-rah May Endriga is a Centralian, an Alma Mater Awardee.

Her Centralian grandparents are Hector Bermudez (BSA), Evelyn Bermudez-Plappert (BSN), Eleanor Bermudez-Gange (BSN), Rolando Gange (BSME), Linnie Rose Alerta-Palabrica (BSE), Luz Perez-Alerta (BSN).

Her Endriga kin are also Centralians, grandparents: Deborah P. Endriga (BSC), Manuel E. Endriga (BSC), Teodoro E. Endriga (BSC), Andrea Endriga-Untal (BSEd); uncles: Demosthenes P. Endriga (BSHRM); cousin: Deana Rose G. Endriga (HS Student).

She is a proud niece to several Centralian uncles and aunts, namely: Darrell Palabrica (BSME), Lynna Joy Bermudez-Cardinal (BSCE), Joel Cardinal (BSEE), Lilybell Bermudez-Llavore (HS95), Donna Belle Palabrica (BSN), Leonilo Palabrica (BSA), Carmina Bactung-Palabrica (BSE), Dominique Endriga (BSE), Lobelyn Joan Bermudez (AB Psychology).

Her two cousins who studied at CPU are Stephanie Dawn Palabrica (BSN) and Jester Cardinal (BS IT student).

As Centralians, let us unite to help Lirah Bermudez meet her goal.

We can help Lirah by “liking” her Facebook page. Please click LIRAH BERMUDEZ and click the “LIKE” button.

Watch Lirah Bermudez sing with her mentor, Janno Gibbs.

Know more of Lirah Bermudez’s singing prowess through this video…