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Exemplary Alumni Honored on March 8

xavier-kuangchi-award-2008.jpgXavier School is set to honor three exemplary alumni in a “by invitation only” conferment rites on March 8 (Sat), at the Angelo King Multi-purpose Center.

gilbert-son.jpgThe eldest of the honorees is Gilbert C. Son of Class of 72. He is being recognized for his “active personal and pastoral involvement in the apostolate of adult spiritual formation”. Gilbert joined Mary the Queen Parish’s Neo Catechumenal Community in 1981 and has been serving as a Catechist since 1986. Through the years, he and his team have been assigned to evangelize and organize communities in Batangas, Cavite, and in the Binondo Chinese Parish, resulting in over 40 active communities to date. He has inspired and transformed many lives by his “passion for the Gospel, concern for his family and communities, availability, and devoted service.”

rickygown.jpgDr. Ricardo T. Quintos, II is from the Class of 81. He is cited for his “outstanding contributions in his multif-faceted role of doctor, scientist, and teacher in the field of vascular surgery; and for his generosity in providing medical assistance to the needy.” His innovative research has led to highly successful surgical procedure that could avoid amputation where a bypass may not be feasible,. He also developed an cheaper alternative to the heart bypass through gene and growth-factor therapies or angiogenesis. He was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Scientists Award in 2000 and the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award in 2003.

ted-2×2.jpgThe third awardee is Atty. Ted. T. Bonpin of the Class of 82, who is being honored for “his passion for the betterment of the poor and empowerment of the marginalized, and his commitment to social justice, good governance, and the environment.” Ted started his career with the Justice and Peace Commission of the Prelature of Basilan, then joined the legal arm of the Haribon Foundation which became the independent NGO, Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc. He became its Executive Director in 2003. He became the first Filipino Country Director of CARE Philippines, an international humanitarian organization involved in relief and rehabilitation work. He now also sits as the Chair of Seedfinance Corp. overseeing a portfolio of P200 million for micro-finance assistance.

These three Xaverians join the inaugural batch of Xavier-Kuangchi Awardees honored last year which included, John Burtkenley Ong (86), Dr. Edward Wang (75), Atty. William Chua + (72), Francis Chua (67), and Wellington Tong (66).


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