Looking at NDMU now… by Jing Ureta

Whenever i would take an alumni for a brief tour of  the university, they would always feel so nostalgic about the old buildings, the acacia trees and anything that reminds them of their youth.  I remember a good friend of mine from New york who is  also an  alumni showed his teenage daughters  his old high school classroom.  He stood there for a minute as if in silent prayer..then he said proudly ..”you know kids this is my high school and this is the best years of my life..”

      ( the first hollow block building- HS Admin building)  

   ( The first college/administration  building )                                                         

Notre Dame  has stood the test of times.   It bears witness to the post war days, to the 70s of student activism  and unrest to the 80’s people power until EDSA 2.   Students have gone in and out of its portals and when they come back they still see the old structures that reminds them of the way they were.  However, there is no denying that the university has also to cope with the challenges of globalization.  It has to compete and showcased what it can offer and the product of dedicated service of its faculty the GRADUATES. 

Today, as the walls cracked, as trees gets old and grass turns brown changes have to be made. Take a look and see what is in store for you on your next visit.   The old structures  will always be  the story of our past and the new look shall speak about our future.

( AMASING!  the newly renovated building is the administration building.  the second floor which houses the old library now houses the Presidents office, a student lobby, Graduate School, Research center, guest rooms)



If a picture paints a thousands words..Jing Ureta

If you haven’t been to the university lately you will be surprised at your next visit.  There are 101 reasons why you should come back and see the changes that we have here.  One attraction is our  Alumni gallery where we have your old photographs enlarged for better viewing.  Lately, I was looking at old photographs that i need to send to the photo shop for restoration.  I had to ask some friends to identify the people they knew back then.  Funny how we all look when we were so much younger then..the elementary boys in their shorts? or the anorexic  looking high school students?  the ladies in their fancy hairdos?   Now can you identify anyone of those in the picture?  C’mon let us just enjoy looking at  our yesterdays email me if you know anyone.

Picture A                    Picture B                   Picture C                 Picture D                  Picture E

Now to help you recall these pictures were taken between the period of the 70’s-90’s.

College days is much more sophisticated don’t you think?  Look at the pictures and see if you know anyone.  Must be your mother, your aunt or grandmother .

Picture F                        Picture G

blast from the past..Patty the US peace corp at NDMC by Jing Ureta

The Marist brothers presence in the Philippines would not be complete without the presence of the American peace corps at then NDMC.  In the late  60s until the early 80’s  NDMC has invited american professionals to teach science and math subjects to college students.  The american faculties then were:  the Bedfords, Tom and Marilyn Peraldi, David Kesselholf, Patty Flakus, Dave Delasanta, Stacia Spillane, Sue Bienkowski and many more.

As a young girl then I remember the family dinner we had with the Brothers and their guests. Patty flakus, Stacia Spillane and Sue bienkowski  stayed with us for 2 years while they taught at NDMC.  I knew their presence meant alot to the college.

Now after 39 years one american peace corp came back for her sentimental journey. She is PATTY FLAKUS now MOSQUEDA,  married to larry , an american-mexican Professor teaching American foreign policies and economy at a college in Olympia, washington State.  They are blessed with two beautiful daughters Theresa and Tanya.   Instrumental for her return was BRO. PAUL MEUTEN, FMs who wrote to my sister Daday about the trip of Patty and  her husband to Japan where he was on an exchanged faculty program.  Bro. Paul  encouraged us to write to her and invite her back to the Philippines.   I was not sure  then if Patty remembers us but never the less  wrote her and invited her to Marbel.   At first she was not sure if she really wanted to come back but after giving it much thought she finally said YES and she came last June 28 with her lovely daughter Theresa.

Seing her at the airport was like being transported back in time. I was again the 11 year old girl trying to learn the guitar and singing the song LEAVING ON A JET PLANE  taught by Patty.  She is  beautiful still and carries the same charm. Dinner was at home and we invited some people she knew back then.  What was amasing I guess was Mom’s seamstress Manang Trining who came and brought with her the sweater that Patty gave her when she left in 1971. Larry de pedro one  her close friends  back then was full of hilarious stories about Patty and the gang of 4 meaning Larry, boy de Jesus, Josan Gabaldon and Bing Yap.

The Marist brothers Bro. Cris and Bro. Edgar took us to Lake Sebu the following day.  Patty remembers only the PANAMIN village and Bolul where she would hiked along with her students and friends.  She and Theresa were both awed at the scenery that  Lake Sebu offered.  the Dongon Falls, the lake view at Punta Isla,  the children dancng were  real treat.

Monday, was a visit to NDMU and IBED.  Patty met her former students in IBED like Cecile Fedoc, Susan Bahaynon, Adela Alibugha and Jo catubig.  I knew she felt so much joy when her students talked about the good ol days and how she has touch their lives.  Susan was telling her that everyone in their class liked her so much.  Adela or Delay told her “Maam Flakus, because of you I was inspired to be a science teacher ”  Theresa on the other hand was busy speaking before the class of 4th year students and 1st year students.   She enjoyed the brief interraction in class where the students asked her if she is married.  she would break into laughter and told them she is single and enjoying her life as a career person.

We had lunch at NDMU where she met with some adminiistrators, friends and co teachers  she had back then like Jovita felongco, Evans de Pedro, Paula Balo, Sofia Reyes.  John almodiente and Benita Tandog were her students then.  It was a joyful reunion.  Andi magallanes, ADVP toured her around the campus and she could not  believed the changes that NDMU had all this years.  Fe Diaz , director for Libraries showed her the Library and its facilities.  They saw old pictures in the yearbook that captures everything about the past.

Patty and Theresa left wth a promise of coming back.  I am sure they will find their way back to the hearts of people they knew and met.

60 years of Marist presence in the Philippines

  Bro. Fernando  “Pop”  Armendez, FMS the oldest among the Filipino Marist Brothers and one of the first Filipino Brothers sent to the US for training. He is seen here receiving the felicitation from DEPed Superintendent Dr. Allan Farnazo during the launching of the Marist Presence in the Philippines last June 25, 2008 at the South Cotabato Gymnasium)

(Taken during the Launching of the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the 60 years of Marist Presence in the Philippines at the South Cotabato Gym last June 25, 2008.  The event was participated by students, administrators, personnel, Government Officials, DEpEd official, alumni, religious groups, retirees and friends of Notre Dame)

The beginning  (St. Marcellin Marcellin Champagnat, Founder of the Marist Brothers 1789-1840)

data from the Marist Asia Pacific Center:

The the Oblates Of Mary Immaculate ( OMI ) who had been in Mindanao since 1939,   made an appeal for the Marist Brothers to help in the ministry to educate the youth in Mindanao.  Due to the coming of World War 11, the Brothers did not able to respond immediately to the appeal of the OMI and eventually the negotiation was mutually postponed.

After the war  in 1945, the Marist Brothers received a renewed urgent appeal from the oblates Fathers. The appeal was to help them in their apostolic activity especially in the field of education. Bro Louis Omer Duprez, who was the provincial of the American Province, responded to the appeal and flew to Cotabato in 1947 to make a survey of the conditions of the place. Cotabato is a difficult place to live with but the people are good, the provincial and his council decided to approve the mission.

In 1948, a call was issued for volunteers to serve in the diocese of Cotabato. There were four brothers who responded and were selected to go for this mission. They were Br. Maurus James Doherty fro St. Ann’s High School in New York, Br. Peter Leonard Thommen from Central Catholic High School of Laurence Massachusetts, Br. Humbert Damian Teston, Oslo from St. Ann and Br. Herbert Daniel from St Agnes High School, New York City.

From 1948 to 1960, the Brothers effectively took over 14 new schools or program such as 1) Summer camps and remedial classes for the disadvantaged youth especially in rural ares. 2) The brothers introduced work-study programs, loans and credits for poor students. 3) Provide Christian Education to poorer students who are not being serve by the schools. The primary concern then was to provide Quality of education for the youth.  The Brothers  piloted educational services and extension program which eventually became models for the country.

Today, after 60 years , the Marist schools all over the country has continued to pursue the primary mission of the Marist Brothers of providing Quality Education to the youth.   The past tells us of the sacrifices that the Marist Brothers had to take in order to bring catholic education to the youth of mindanao.  The  present tells  The that we have now sowed the fruits of their labor.  The future is more brighter since this tells us what more can we offer to make education more responsive to the call of the times.

to the Marist brothers MABUHAY!

Jing Ureta




JOBS FAIR! 1st NDMU Alumni -Manila project..by Jing Ureta NDMU Alumni Coordinator

Out of concern for the alumni and graduates seeking employment, Janice Fano and the officers of the Manila Chapter suggested to hold a jobs fair exclusive for ndmu graduates.  It was tough to host one outside of the school campus and away from Koronadal but the impossible was made possible. There was a problem on venue and the companies  who would  take part of this project.  I guess BELIEVING in something very noble was the key.  We were discussing where to hold one since Manila is an expensive place to be.  Just when we were about to give up, the  venue at St. paul University Conference hall was offered by  Sr. marivic Estrella , SP University Admin VP  and also an NDMU alumni.  A huge conference hall fully airconditioned?  what more can we ask for.  The  companies and recruiting firms under my own online community -hrphilippines and hrphilippinesJOBS confirmed their attendance.   It was overwelming how we were able to handle the first project even without  fund support.  Senior Alumni like EX ESTANDARTE, NEM BLANCO, LILY MORTEL, SONNY JAVIER AND GEL SONICO brought food and drinks for everyone.  It was a time to fellowship with one another, it was good to see  alumni like Cocoy Ruiz taking a time off from his work  in Barcelona Spain, Marlon Viejo promoting Fellows from UP diliman, Jilven Amar bringing with him Alumni job seekers to attend the activity .  Indeed it was a time to build bridges to create more opportunities for our graduates and it was a time to reflect on how the manila chapter alumni can help their alma mater. 

What now Manila?  The next activity is scheduled on July 4 and 5.  A 1 and 1/2 day for fellowship and annual planning.  Everyone agreed that there should be a series of activities to increase awareness of the Alumni chapter in manila, what is its mission and its goals.   

Until the next activity!





Batch 83 presents…Alumni Homecoming 08

The 2008 Homecoming

host Batch HS 83 met the HS batch representatives last  May 10, 2008 at the NDMU alumni center. They presented the program of activities for the 2008 alumni Homecoming.

Dec. 27, 2008- NDMU Grounds from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.


1. Encourage the alumni to attend the Homecoming. Mas Marami, Mas Masaya

2. Enjoy the “coming back” experience: and

3. Be encouraged to participate in the endeavors of the NDMU, NDMU_IBED and NSSSM Alumni Associations.


1. Registration. Batch registration is P1,500.00 (to include food pack and tent for the batch)

2. Holy Mass 7:00-8:00 a.m.

3. chrsirtmas fiesta Concept motorcade

4. Campus lunch (KKB)

5. Games and presentations

6. Dinner (one food pack per batch)

7. fellowship- bands , video presentaiton, turn over ceremony

contact persons:

Eileen Chiu (secretariat) 63-83-2282555; bong Abantao (Batch 83 President) 63-83-2282274; Julius Ubas (overall Chairman) 09183195067; NDMU ALUMNI OFFICE 63-83-2282218 local 150

2008 Graduation moments


 (Awardees Ester Natividad and Hermie Agabe, Archbishop Quevedo with Bro. Damean Teston)

March 23, 2008 College graduation day!  March 24, 2008 IBED graduation day!

 dsc07131.jpgGraduation time is always a happy moment for every  graduating student and his/her  family, love ones and most of all his/her  friends.  you see a whole bunch of people at the South Cotabato Gym trying to find their way to catch a glimpse of their young graduates.   You watch the proud parents who were as excited as their chidren and yes they just couldnt keep still ..you hear funny stories and endless jokes about how tatay and nanay ended up selling carabao just for this special occassion.   Well, as they say in the barrio..”Talagsa lang ini..” (It is just but once) . 

Summa Cum Laude is  MESTIPEN M. CHENG

Magna Cum Laude  Edelyn Pama, BSED English, Rowena N. Sordilla BEED mathematics.

Cum Laude  :  Cherie Luz P. Anoche BS in Nursing, Celeste Marie M. Bautista BS In Nursing, Krysteen Mae De Pedro BSED English, Anne Mae Mongcopa AB Mas Communication, Kristine Marie Sotomil, BEED Mathematics, Althea Ardina- BS In Nursing, Mark Anthony DE Asis BS In Nursing, Daphny Dorris Domingo- AB English Bethany R. Paulite AB Psychology 

Bro. Damean Teston was awarded HONORIS CAUSA for Humanities.  The Alumni Achievement Award was given to the following Alumni: 


Herminia Estandarte -Agabe for Education
serving St. Joseph International Catholic school in Port Moresby Papua New Guinea for almost 30 years. She is the first Filipina and the longest serving faculty of the school. In her honor, St. Joseph named a building after her. It was called, HERMINIA ESTANDARTE-AGABE LABORATORY which houses the IT laboratories. It was the first time that St. Joseph has honored one of its teaching staff.

ESTER Ramos-Natividad- Business /Entrepreneur
Graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1974. She pursued a career in banking. Her leadership paved the way for Banco De Oro in General Santos City to be awarded as Branch of the Year in Mindanao and 1st runner up in the nationwide search for Branch of the Year.

High School Alumni AchieversPosthomous Award was given to RAMON B. SAN ANDRES- Science and Technology
Graduated in 1965 as class valedictorian. He is a Geologist and GEoPhysicist. he was part of the group that successfully applied microgravity technique in calculating mass depletion in geothermal reservoir. He was offered a high paying job in United Kingdom as Expatriate Support Geologist but his love for the Philippines made his opt to stay and served the Filipino people. Ramon died in Dec. 20, 2007 a few days after he attended class 65 reunion.

ARTHUR Y.PINGOY JR.- Government Services.
Graduated high school in 1975. He pursued degree in medicine but later decided to enter politics so he can do more for other people. On the 14th Congress he is the Chairman on the Committee on Health. He is the main proponent of RA 9211 otherwise known as the TOBACCO REGULATION ACT. he is also one of the principal authors of the CHEAP MEDICNE BILL.