Model and Promising Alumni
Quality Policy and Objectives
Governance and Management
Sr. Leony Q. Cambangay
Inspired by the mission of the Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Sr. Leony took up Education at SMCL where she excelled in her studies. In her batch, she was the “Best in Student Teaching”. Having lived the commitment and love for teaching in the Grade School of Sisters of Mary Immaculate, Sr. Leony is one of the best and well-loved teachers. She does not confine herself in school. She shares her life with people spreading the good news of the Lord. To her, life is worth living especially when she goes out for missionary work in very poor communities in the country and other parts of the world.
+ LEONILA AREVALO-ALFONSO
In 1983, with the financial assistance that she received, Leony pursued a bachelor’s degree in education, major in mathematics. Initially, she continued her work with her aunt while studying, but later, she had to give it up due to her class schedule. To compensate, she sold peanuts to fellow students. She earned the admiration and respect of her teachers and classmates for her entrepreneurial spirit.
In 1987, Leony graduated as Magna Cum Laude. In the same year, she was hired as a classroom teacher in SMCL. She rose from the ranks, first as a subject coordinator, then as teacher-in-charge, and later, as Director for Campus Services.
She served SMCL for twenty years, until her untimely death in 2007. She was 49.
Ethel Gina D. Bailon
(BEED ‘87, Cum Laude)
She started as an elementary teacher at SMCL in 1987. She is currently the Research and Development Officer of PAREF Woodrose School Inc., Her concern for children made her found a Saturday Youth Club, a socio-civic organization that aims to alleviate the plight of underprivileged children aside from engaging in different community projects. Her commitment to contribute positively to society finds a voice in these activities. With these, she said, she can share in whatever ways to promote the youth’s socio-economic welfare.
Victoria OLIVAREZ- Baguinon
Her service-orientation was truly nurtured when she was taking up her Nursing at SMCL. In the workplace she was promoted as HR manager and consultant in Tertiary Hospitals. She has expanded her expertise by becoming a human resource practitioner in the fields of manufacturing, electronics, and the automotive industry. She is the owner of SDB Construction & Supply. She is likewise the EVP for HR/Admin and Finance of Square D Technology and Development Corp.
Her love for children and the teaching profession propelled Cecilia to put up her own school, which she named the “Hope of Glory Christian School of Calamba.” She serves as the Principal/Administrator to 160 pupils and 15 teachers and non-teaching staff. With a deep sense of commitment and dedication and a strong faith in God, Cecilia manages her life with prudence and diligence as a Pastor’s wife, mother of two growing children, educator, and school owner. She claims that SMCL has nurtured in her loyalty and love for those involved in improving people’s lives through education.
Maria Corazon Hermano-Cuasay
Her first experience in her career was teaching kindergarten pupils at Canossa School after graduating from Saint Michael’s College of Laguna in 1991. When the opportunity to go to Australia came, Maria Corazon worked as a part-time, Year 3 - classroom teacher in Punch Bowl Public School while taking up a postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts, Major in Children’s Art at the University of Technology in Sydney. Part-time teaching and studying do not seem to keep Maria Corazon busy enough. She has been actively involved as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Shore Filipino Association in Sydney since 2004, doing fund raising projects, including giving financial support for a two-year old leukemia patient confined at the Philippine Medical Center in Manila.
Marnie D. Cuasay
(BSC Accounting ‘87)
Possessed with employable knowledge and skills at the international level, Marnie worked as Systems Application Processing (SAP) Consultant in Financial Accounting and Controlling at the Computer Science Corporation from 2000 to 2002 at Mastech Asia Pacific in Sydney, Australia, where he was awarded “ Employee of the Year” in 2000. He moved to the International Netherlands Group Limited in Sydney as Senior Business Analyst, a position he has held since 2002. Like his wife, Maria Corazon, Marnie involves himself actively in the Outreach Program of the North Share Filipino Association in Sydney supporting fundraising campaigns.
Peter Jempsun V. de Guzman
His sense of service has always been apparent in his work. He is the Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Operations, N3 and Director for Naval Operations Center, Headquarters of the Philippine Navy. He worked as Presidential Service Officer/Mess and Supply Officer, Desk and Gunnery Officer, Engineering Officer, Damage Control Officer, Operations Officer, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. With these, he was awarded Distinguished Navy Cross, Gawad sa Kaunlaran, Sagisag ng Ulirang Kawal, Military Merit Medals and Military Commendation Medals for consistent outstanding service.
Guia G. Lopez De Leon
(HS ‘97, GS ‘93)
A manager of Figaro in Quezon City and an entrepreneur as a wedding planner, Guia performs these and other civic, religious, and spiritual roles with efficiency, intensity, and enthusiasm. Her achievements have been appreciated and given due recognition. Guia was awarded Role Model for the Youth in 2002-2003 by the Achievers League for her “Cutie Trash Can” Campaign against waste. “The Most Amiable Wedding Planner” was presented to Guia by Leslie’s Terrace Garden. She was named “Pinakanamumukod Tanging Kabataang Propesyonal ng Laguna” in 2005 by the Gawad Felicisimo T. San Luis Foundation, Inc., which she heads as President of the 2006 Gawad San Luis Search for Laguna’s Most Outstanding Youth.
Roberto Antonio R. Demetillo
(BSN ‘90 Cum Laude)
Model Michaelean Alumnus
Roberto started his career as an ER nurse at Biñan Doctors Hospital and Clinical instructor at Saint Michael’s College of Laguna. He worked as a nurse for two years at Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat (Wyekoff, NJ) and later as OR staff nurse, Orthopedic Resource Nurse, and clinical educator-Preoperative Services at Overlook Hospital, Summit, JRJ. In 1998 Roberto finished MS in Nursing Administration at Kean University, Illinois and a Post Masters degree in Nursing Information at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Roberto has been involved in community projects like facilitating the Gawad Kalinga fund raising via special projects and events, and co-chairing the PNAA-Nursing Information Committee since 2004.
His years of dedicated work experience mostly in Semi-Conductor Companies ranges from staff supervision to cost saving, process improvement, and quality assurance. This has equipped him to take a lead role in the external advocacy of Cypress Manufacturing Ltd. Philippine branch as the Finance Manager. In this capacity, he meets with BIR, PEZA, and MERALCO to ensure that the industry is protested. As part of the Company’s advocacy, Ariel has consistently joined and won in poster-making competitions with themes on sustainable development, ecology, and environment here and abroad.
Reynante M. Francia
His initial teaching assignment was Information Technology-instructor at Saint Michael’s College of Laguna immediately after graduation. There is no stopping him since then. Currently, he is the Director of the Information Technology Center. His commitment and dedication to his work and his concern for others are remarkable qualities that have earned for him respect and admiration from his colleagues and students.
Christina D. Garcia
Determined to obtain a college education in teaching, Christine worked her way through higher education by doing menial jobs. After graduation in 2002, she could have chosen a school that pays well, but she preferred to teach at the Ephpheta School for the Deaf. She feels that the hearing impaired children need her more than the regular students. To her, there is no turning back as she has learned to love offering her services to them whom she fondly calls special children.
Nestor V. Hadi
(MAEd, ‘98; BSED-Math ‘87)
The “maestro” as he is fondly called, epitomizes the characteristics of an ideal Michaelean educator. He is business like in dealing with clients, very organized in his work, and truly a professional teacher who prefers teaching to holding positions that will pull him away from the students. He served as SMCL College Registrar. As of this writing, he works as the Administrator of SMCL Senior High School. He believes very strongly that through teaching, he gives his fair share in nation building by molding students’ minds and touching their hearts to make them worthy individuals who can contribute to the social and economic development of the country.
Michael has given his humble share to add prestige to SMCL. During his student days, he joined competitions and brought home prizes and awards, so to speak. Starting as a waiter/cashier in the Food and Beverage Department of EL Cielito Inn, Santa Rosa in 2000, he now heads the department with 30 people. He was cited “Employee of the Year” in 2002 for his work ethics, responsibility, cost effectiveness, innovativeness, and loyalty. He worked himself through college, doing menial jobs to support himself and the education of his siblings. What he has become is much well deserved.
Antonio L. Layacan
He set his mind to achieve, guided by sheer determination, commitment, and hard work. Simply considered a regular guy during his college days at SMCL made his achievements all the more remarkable. Antonio had been a principal of San Isidro school in Binan and a part-time instructor in Our Lady of Fatima Academy since 2002. He was cited by the Laguna Private Schools Administrators Association (LAPRISADA) as an active administrator. For his exemplary and outstanding service to the Laguna Scouting Movement, He received the Outstanding Performance Award in 2000 for the BSP Laguna Council, and a Gold Service Award from the BSP-National B. Ching Award in 2005. He has been recognized as the inspirational counselor of the Columbian Squires.
Maria Celenita S. Mahalin
She started as a contractual midwife in San Antonio Health Center in Binan from 1991 to 1997 before she became the Langgam Health Center Midwife and Med Tech Assistant for TB program in San Pedro, Laguna in 1999. She has held this position up to the present. She has continuously upgraded herself, attending practically all seminars sponsored by the Midwives Foundation of the Philippines Inc. (NCR), the Philippine League of Government Midwives Inc., and the Provincial Health Office since 2003. She has been a sought- after speaker for mothers’ classes on Expanded Program on Immunization, Family Planning, and Breast Feeding Program. She was awarded Bida Komadrona by Wyeth Nutritionals for Lifetime Service Achievement in April 2005.
Esmeraldo A. Maingat
His initial years of teaching and training at SMCL have prepared Esmeraldo well for greater roles in the practice of his profession. In Aplaya National High School, he was designated as demonstration teacher in Applied Academics for Excellence School (APEX), Santa Rosa. He taught mathematics integrated with other subjects such as Social Studies, Values Education, Science, and Filipino Customs and Traditions. He was observed by participants from ASEAN Countries and the Study Visits of the Superintendent, Supervisors, and Principals of the Department of Education from Region VIII. His commitment and exemplary service have been cited several times by the different award giving bodies in the public schools system.
Rafael A. Maingat
Rafael is employed as a Senior Accountant at the Loyalty Group Air Miles Company, which is one of the top 100 employees in Canada. He claimed that he would never forget his beginnings, being an active member of the Association of Filipino Canadian Accountants committed to conducting orientation and assistance to new immigrants in the profession, and participating in the Filipino cultural events in Toronto. Confident that he could move on his own, Omar put up Emmanuel Machine Shop in Sucat, Parañaque and Jaz Transit Corporation as CEO and President from 2000 to the present. He shares his blessings by organizing free medical and dental missions. He has been an active member of the League of Biñan Leaders.
Omar Augusto Mance
Omar has remained humble, despite his successes in the many businesses he is operating. He feels blessed that luck is on his side, which gives him the opportunity to help people by employing them in his business ventures. His short-term stint as a personnel officer in 1995 at the Colt Industrial Sales led him to become a financial analyst of Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc., Santa Rosa from 1995 to 2002.
Sherwin A. Mapanoo
(HS Valedictorian, ‘00)
The power of writing appears to strongly support Sherwin’s object in bringing out pressing social issues and concerns that impact on the readers. His love for writing, coupled with the intense desire to awaken people’s civic consciousness, has increasingly been developed when after finishing the secondary education at SMCL, he became an active contributor to the UP publication during his entire student days until 2005 when he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude at UP Diliman. Sherwin has always been a prolific writer as writing is his life career. While connected with the National Commission for Culture and Arts, Public Affairs and Information, he remains a freelance reporter of Silangan Shimbum Communications and a contributor of Pinoy Weekly.
Noel S. Ortega
Noel was the Best in Student Teaching awardee of his batch in SMCL. This was just the beginning. He was awarded the Guro of the Year-Hall of Fame award in the District of Carmona from the Cavite School Teachers Association three times, from 1999 to 2001; the Division Outstanding Teacher in English in 2003 from DepEd Cavite, and the Outstanding School Paper Adviser of the Philippines in 2005 from the Department of Education. He has been rated Perfect 10 in the Performance Appraisal System for Teachers (PAST) since 1999. The awards and recognition that have been bestowed on him speaks of his exemplary performance and dedication to his work. He has also demonstrated the same commitment in serving others, through the successful fruition of projects and programs that he initiated.
Endowed with entrepreneurial spirit and drive, Jean succeeds in any business venture she undertakes. She started as Account Executive for A & E Publications. Her marriage with her college beau who also had a flair for sales and entrepreneurship enhanced her passion and dream to be a businesswoman. With the support of her husband, Jean put up motorcycle dealership, which expanded into sidecar body building operation with at least 18 employees. The good fortune of the family suddenly suffered a break when a disaster struck. To fend for herself together with her kids, Jean gathered her dwindling resources and opened a new business, water delivery in Balibago, which she called Agua Vitamina. There is no way she could be stopped. She expanded her business to include puto pao making and shoe manufacturing.
Agustin Owen V. Peña
In the practice of his teaching profession, Agustin has gone beyond classroom instruction. Starting as a secondary school teacher in San Pedro Relocation Center National High School in San Pedro, Laguna, he has also worked as part-time instructor at Saint Louise Anne Colleges and IETE Colleges of Science and Technology. Having demonstrated his teaching competence, Agustin was designated a project associate of Project APEX (Applied Academics for Excellence) by SEAMEO INNOTECH (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology) on special assignment. In that capacity, he demonstrated on the use of applied academics in science for 20 participants from Asian countries.
Rafael A. Pulmano
(BSC-Accounting ‘81, Cum Laude)
Currently connected with the University of Micronesia where he teaches Accounting, Rafael is very proud of his Alma Mater when his SMCL credentials were given the US equivalency of Bachelor’s degree in Accounting by the World Education Services. A man of many talents, he harnessed them to realize his goals in life. He is a prolific writer in English and Filipino whose articles have been published in newspapers of wide circulation. Through writing and broadcasting, he manages to convey his social concerns and advocacies. Whatever situation life brings him, he comes out of it a survivor.
Rodelio A. Pulmano
Imbued with a remarkable sense of community and compassion for the disadvantaged sector of society, Rodelio has always found time to do community service over and above his full time job. He has been the Vice-President of the United Filipino Community of Pohmpei (VFCP), chairing fund raising activities and medical outreach program. During the 106th and 107th Philippine Independence Day, he served as the director of special events. Also the director of Samahang Tagalog sa Pohmpei since 2000, he has provided scholarships to Pohmpei and Filipino students. Rodelio rose from the ranks, starting as Accounts Receivable Clerk at Mondragon Industries, Incorporated in 1981 to chief accountant of Billion Technologies Philippines in 1984.
Clark Anselmo N. Rambuyon
It did not take long for Clark to realize his dream. His mother believed in his capacity to become a dancer. He took her word to mind and heart that he could, and he did. He is a world-class performer. Clark started as an apprentice in Ballet Philippines after he finished high school in SMCL until 2000. While pursuing the Bachelor of Arts major in Dance at DLS College of Saint Benilde from 2000 to 2005, Clark was a member and principal dancer of the Ballet Philippines Company. His performances include among others, lead roles in Agnes Locsin’s Noche Buena (1995), Edna Vida’s Peter Pan (2001), Alice Reyes’, Denise Reyes’ and Alden Lignasin’s Darna (2005), and Edna Vida’s Nutcracker (2000). Clark worked in Hong Kong International Theme Parks, Ltd. as performer.
+ Armando F. Reopirio
Even before the finished his degree, Armando has begun to serve Barangay Soro-soro as Kagawad (Councilmen). He graduated in 1992, started as a loan processor in one of the local banks, and did part-time teaching on the side. His genuine concern for his constituents has kept busy serving first as Kagawad and as Barangay Chairman from 1997 up to the present. He has made Soro-soro the “ Cleanest Barangay in Binan” in 2000 and the “ Most Peaceful Barangay in Laguna” in the same year. His dedication as a public servant was recognized when he was awarded the Pura Limaco Award for Exemplary Achievement in 2004. He was likewise awarded “Outstanding Lion” in the same year. He boasts of Soro-soro as the only barangay in Binan free of “fruit game operations”.
(BSC-Accounting ‘85, HS ‘81)
Marita possesses what it takes to establish a stable business position. She rose from a micro to a macro-business venture. She started with borrowed start-up capital of P 5,000.00 from his sister-in-law. Her business of hat making currently boasts of a net worth of at least five million pesos, employing at least 50 people. She is a major supplier of hats to SMCL, Gaisano Chain of Stores, and shops in Enchanted Kingdom. Marita attributes the stability of her business to hardwork, persistence, commitment, and teamwork. She considers her husband and employees as her major business assets.
Eleuterio F. Timbol, Jr.
(MAEd ‘01, BSED-Mathematics ‘98)
One of SMCL’s best teachers, Eleuterio started as a mathematics teacher and later, as coordinator from 1998 to 2004. Challenged to be globally competitive, he enrolled in the Master of Arts program in SMCL and graduated in 2001. Educationally qualified and prepared, he left to teach at the New York City Department of Education in 2004 where he is currently a member of the United Federation of American Teachers and Filipino Association of Teachers in America. The compelling reason why he left the country was the need to be financially capable to provide his family with a better life. By the time he became economically stable, he would return home and teach preferably in his Alma Mater.
MARIA REGINA MILAGROS CASTELLTORT-MANABAT, EdD
She was the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery of Saint Michael’s College of Laguna, a position she has held for 19 years. She has maintained the School’s strong presence, producing the most number of topnotchers in both Licensure Examination for Nurses and Licensure Examination for Midwives, through the years. She believes that it is her commitment to continue the good record that her predecessor established, to maintain, if not raise it to a higher level of performance.
As of this writing, Dr. Manabat serves SMCL as the Vice-President for Academics and Research and Director of Quality Management.
Anthony L. Almeda
BSC Management ‘84
The award was bestowed to Mr. Almeda for his exceptional achievements as SMCL’s Eminent Alumnus, whose personal success and professional achievements prove that Michaeleans can really make a difference in their own spheres of influence; sharing these with humanitarian concerns like providing scholarship grants to deserving students and initiating projects meant to support the marginalized; exemplifying the SMCL ideals of service, moral uprightness, commitment to excellence and love for humanity; thereby bringing pride and honor to the College.
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