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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, May 15, 2019

6 outstanding 2019
Sillimanians named

Silliman University recently named the 2019 Outstanding Sillimanian awardees, who will be honored at conferral rites 10 a.m. on August 28, at the Claire Isabel McGuill Luce Auditorium of SU in Dumaguete City.

The OSA recipients are Ben Malayang III for environment and academic leadership, Moses Alcala - applied environmental geology, Dr. Jonathan Amante - medical services development, lawyer Myrish Cadapan-Antonio - global leadership development, Rev. Al Fuertes - conflict transformation and peace-building, and Leonilo Oliva for educational service.

They were chosen from candidates nominated by SU Alumni chapters in the Philippines and other parts of the world, and seen to best exemplify Silliman’s principles of Via, Veritas, Vita (The Way, The Truth, and The Life) through excellent and distinguished performance in their field of specialization or career, social responsibility or strong commitment to what is good, right, and just; and exemplary personal life and relationships, the SU Office of Information and Publications said.

Malayang served as the 12 th president of Silliman, and during his term from 2006 to 2018, he strengthened the university within the framework of the 5Cs, or church, classroom, culture, court, and community. An environmental scientist and educator, he has led several research and action projects and authored publications on environmental policy and governance, security, philosophy and ethics, as well as on biodiversity and institutional and environmental transformations of Southeast Asia.

Alcala is a US-based environmental geologist, and is the president of the Environmental and Geotechnical Services in Fairfield, New Jersey. A certified professional geologist in two other states, he is a licensed site remediation professional, the highest level of environmental professional and consultant in the state of New Jersey. He continues to share his expertise in environmental geology and conservation to Dumaguetenos.

Amante, the founding dean of SU Medical School, made a difference in the delivery of healthcare services in Negros Oriental and neighboring provinces in the last 30 years. He led several initiatives, having successfully established an Accredited Residency Training Program in Internal Medicine for a Silliman University Medical Center-Holy Child Hospital consortium, the SU Medical School that aims to produce competent physicians guided by Christian principles, the Dumaguete Medical Laboratory with three branches and the first dialysis unit at SUMC and Holy Child Hospital, and private hospital Allied Clinical Experts to help solve the lack of hospital beds in Dumaguete.

Cadapan-Antonio is director of fellowship and leadership of Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A former deputy legal counsel and director of the Dr. Jovito Salonga Center for Law and Development of SU, she had trained further in international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and education reform. She had received the Most Outstanding Silliman Law alumnus award, HKS Lucius N. Littauer award for academic excellence, HKS Raymond and Josephine Vernon award for academic distinction, and Philippines 21 Young Leaders award.

Fuentes is associate professor of peacemaking and conflict resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, and covenant minister of the United Church of Christ in Wellspring, Virginia. He is internationally recognized for his practical expertise, and has worked in conflict areas in the Balkans, East and Central Africa, all over Asia, Canada, and the US.

Oliva is director of scholarship of the University of Cebu and consultant on education of the Office of the Mayor of Lapu-lapu City. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial education as a working student at SU, and started a long and successful career in education administration with colleges, universities, and foundations in Cebu and Cotabato, and then with the Department of Education regions 7 and 8.

The yearly OSA conferral ceremony is attended by Silliman students, faculty, staff, administrators, and guests as well as by the awardees’ family, friends, and members of the nominating SU Alumni chapter.*

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