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Scene City: Philippine Women’s University holds centennial celebration

It was a last-minute decision for us to attend the grand alumni homecoming of the Philippine Women’s University, our Alma Mater. Coming from far south of the country, we hesitated to buy an airline ticket at the last minute as the rates have gone up. But a classmate from Cagayan de Oro City, Marinela “Girlie” Velez communicated with us that she had decided to go just for two days and was eager to go to the reunion. This got us excited and therefore flew to Manila on February 23 to meet former classmates and schoolmates at PWU.

Dr. Francisco B. Benitez, PWU President writes: “For the last 100 years, this institution has endeavored to make a difference in the lives of individuals and our nation as a whole. Our founders, recognizing the family as a fundamental site of intervention for community development, citizenship and national progress, sought to bridge the divides separating the domestic, political and the professional spheres. A century later, that mission remains more relevant than ever.”


PWU alumnae Marinela Neri Velez with PWC of Davao group Elsa Melocotan-Villanueva, Nelia Domingo-Partoza, Marilyn C. Roque, Regina Delgado, and Malu Abella-Lopez

Mrs. Victorina Sales, Chair of the PWU Board of Trustees says: “For almost 100 years, this institution has mentored students and fostered citizens through a curriculum centered on holistic character formation, the preservation of cultural and national heritage, family solidarity, ethical professionalism and service to the country.”


Marinela “Girlie” Velez poses at the lobby of Conrad Hotel with Marilyn Roque and Mary Ann Kimpo Alshehri

Members of the PWU alumni from Davao City and from the PWC of Davao attended the Grand Reunion held at the Conrad Hotel to meet schoolmates who came from all over the country and abroad, including alumni from PWC Iloilo.


Alfonso “Boy” Guino-o displays his designer clothes bearing ethnic accents


Mary Ann Kimpo-Alshehri meets her medical technology classmates Febe Nepomuceno (in blue), Nony Asuncion (wearing red blouse) and Elizabeth Bordador


Carolina Inigo-Winebrenner, Bayanihan alumna with classmates in Radio-TV Broadcasting CheChe Lim-Lazaro, Marinela N. Velez


Suzie Moya-Benitez of Bayanihan, Rosky Balajadia-Hilado, Cristina Lim-Yuson and Mel Capistrano-Alonzo


Former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza of Bayanihan with wife Evelyn, Senator Cynthia Villar and PWU Chair of the Board of Trustees Victorina Sales


Marilee Campo Victorio and sister Jocelyn Campo Carandang with Elsa Melocotan-Villanueva


PWU President Dr. Francisco B. Benitez


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