THE 2010 Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (Ceap) national convention will be held in Cebu. Considered as the biggest academic gathering this year, Ceap boasts of the involvement of key players in the academe all over the nation.

They will tackle issues in the sustainable development of educational concerns and programs toward a genuine national reform agenda; specifically, the protection and conservation of our environmental resources. The theme is A Heart for Eden, a Hand at Ecology. The event will be held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, on Sept. 22-24.

It will see prominent guests, to be led by President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III.

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To introduce him is DepEd Secretary Brother Armin Luistro, FSC. Other speakers include lawyer Antonio Oposa and Commission on Highed Education chairman Dr .Patricia Licuanan. Fr. Enrico Peter Silab, OAR, of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) is on top of the preparation in coordination with the Ceap national committee.

FRIENDS attended the wedding of Anafe and Ray. They are with the USJ-R Dramatic Ensemble colleagues: Mitchiko, Elsie, Francis, Marga, Life, Portia, Mabel and Jessica.

CCCI-CBM wins Asae award

he Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and Cebu Business Month (CBM) received an international award from the American Society of Association Executives (Asae) and the Center for Association Leadership, as the overall winner in the Developing Category, for having a sustainable program which rendered significant contributions to the community. This writer (who has been active as CBM chairperson and consultant/committee chair for 15 years) and Tess Chan (trustee and past CBM chairperson) were designated by CCCI president Sam Chioson to accept the award and attend the leadership and world issues seminar on Aug. 20-26 (all expenses paid) during the Asae Annual Meeting and Exposition in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Asae is a membership association of 22,000 association executives, with 11,000 organizations all over the United States, with nearly 50 countries actively involved in many projects in business and community development.

The CCCI CBM was cited for its long-term and sustainable projects in tourism, entrepreneurship, technology for business and community growth for 15 years of collective leadership.

This award is a tribute to all CCCI past presidents, chairmen and members who worked hard to make CBM the channel to improve the quality of human life.

We thank the Province and the City of Cebu and all the stakeholders, academe and media in their moral and material support. More on this in my next articles.

More happenings

here were other happy occasions, which kept My Diary busy: The musical wedding of my former student and thespian Anafe Ardiente and Ray Castanares; the 50th anniversary of priesthood of Fr. Walthrode Conde, OAR, former USJ-R president; and the American Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting at Montebello to critique the July 4 RP-US fellowship to be held at Cebu City Marriott Hotel; and the forthcoming A Chorus Line musical spoof late this year or early next year.