09 September 2007

remembering robin and joven

when i arrived in manila from my studies overseas, i was shocked to discover that some of my mentors, relatives, colleagues, friends and even students passed on. i reckon, my mom was very careful not to keep me posted about these. perhaps, she knew that news about certain people passing on may affect the progress of my dissertation writing.

these past few months, my grieving was aggravated by the death of two colleagues in the university: robinson (robin) soria and juvenal (joven) velasco.

robin is a professor of art education at the u.p. college of education. he also served as college secretary for more than a decade. robin and i sat in many college and university committees involving student affairs. robin also required many students from his college to take my classes in philippine literature in english, creative writing: nonfiction, creative writing: poetry, literature of japan, introduction to creative writing, literature, society and the individual, and asian emporiums: networks of culture and trade in southeast asia. he was close particularly to seňor teodoro maranan, the college secretary of the u.p. college of arts and letters.

on the other hand, joven taught film at the u.p. college of mass communication. we shared many friends from the philippine film industry, especially leo abaya (producton designer), joji alonso antonio (producer), jeffrey jeturian (director), armando lao (screenwriter), ellen ongkeko marfil (director). he is also close to theater and literary luminaries like liza magtoto (playwright) and jovita zarate (poet).

other than these connections, i think robin and joven became my friends because we taught nearly the same set of students every semester. through them, i confirmed the importance of connecting to every student in class. not too many teachers are encouraging to students these days, robin and joven would say. eventually, i realized that i should always allow my students to work on their strengths, and to overcome their weaknesses.

as teachers, robin and joven insisted that students work best within a positive learning environment. now that they are gone, i will do my best to continue their mission by spreading the good message around.

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benitez hall (u.p. college of education)

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plaridel hall (u.p. college of mass communication)

4 comments:

Ivy said...

I'm sorry for your loss, José.

wendell said...

thanks ivy,

what shocked me more is that many passed away and i didnt get to know about these until i arrived.

will be in touch. hang in there.

Anonymous said...

Hi Wendell, I am Robin's niece and found out of his death just today as I google search him for my project. Please contact me via my email at romaly.aaron@us.army.mil or romalyn0828@gmail.com in regards to my Uncle. I was in shock to read of his death as I research him. I was anxious to use him as my interviewee for my graduate degre in education (global awareness is the class). Your assistance in knowing about him would be greatly appreciated. I hope to hear from you soon.
Romalyn

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am Robin's niece and found out about his death during my search about him for my graduate studies. I was planning on using him as my interviewee as the subject matter expert in the educational practices of the Philippines. I am in shock that I had to find out this way, but just like your mom, my family did not tell me of his death because I was deploying for Iraq. Your assistance and guidance will be greatly appreciated. I can be emailed at romalyn.aaron@us.army.mil or romalyn0828@gmail.com

Thank you for your assistance in advance,
Romalyn