University to honor top Catholic lay educator

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Monday, February 7, 2011

ANGELES CITY -- Holy Angel University, the first Catholic school in the Philippines to be founded by a layperson, will confer the Order of St. Michael the Archangel on one of the country’s best-known Catholic lay educators.

Onofre R. Pagsanghan, long-time faculty of the Ateneo de Manila High School, will be honored “for outstanding contribution to Catholic lay education in the Philippines.”

His co-awardee, Miss Purita D. Sison, will be conferred the Order of St. Raphael the Archangel “for long and dedicated service to Holy Angel University.”


Pagsanghan is a much sought-after lecturer on teaching as a vocation, tirelessly meeting faculty groups all over the archipelago to rekindle in them the passion for teaching.

Now 83, he still accepts lecture invitations and still continues to inspire his students at the Ateneo high school department, whose alumni include some of the country’s most influential leaders.

Pagsanghan also uses theatre as a tool for teaching not just English and Filipino but also Christian values.

Sison, like Pagsanghan, is a well-loved and well-respected teacher who has devoted 45 years of her life (1963-2008) in the service of her school, Holy Angel University.

She started as a grade school teacher, then joined the high school faculty until she rose from the ranks and became Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, then High School Principal.

The University President, Dr. Arlyn Sicangco-Villanueva, together with the HAU Board of Trustees, will present the awards to Pagsanghan and Sison on March 8 on the occasion of the HAU Founders Day.

The program, to be held at the Academic Lecture Hall, St. Joseph Building, will be preceded by a Community Mass in honor of Juan D. Nepomuceno at the Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angel at 8:30 am.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 08, 2011.

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