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UNC’s Founder’s Day in the Diamond Jubilee Year

by | Jul 31, 2023 | Bicol Mail

A Community Coming Together

On the blessed and beautiful morning of July 11, 2023, the University of Nueva Caceres celebrated Founder’s Day, the historic commemoration of the 131st birth anniversary of Dr. Jaime Hernandez, Sr., UNC’s distinguished Forerunner, Founding Father, and First President. Before the historical iconic Founder’s Monument, popularly known as “Lolo Brown”, the UNC Community shared a rejoicing spirit as we memorialize his memory and immortalize his inspiration, at the sweet summit of the University’s great, grand, and glorious Diamond Jubilee this 2023. The students, faculty, non-teaching staff, parents, alumni, the leadership team and administration, and all the members of this illustrious institution, the University of Nueva Caceres, joyfully gathered to celebrate Don Jaime’s life, love, leadership, and legacy.

Wreath Laying Ceremony

A memorable and meaningful Wreath Laying Ceremony was spearheaded by the Office of the Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs headed by Dean Kenjie Jimenea, the Office of Student Affairs led by Prof. Kim Francia Bigay, and the University Student Government led by its President Mr. Jude Ogarte and Vice President Mr. Keith Monasterial, in partnership with the UNC College Councils, UNC ROTC Unit, University Glee Club, and UNC Band. To pay homage to our beloved Dr. Jaime Hernandez Sr., we dedicated and offered lovely wreaths and floral tributes, the symbol of our commitment to carrying out his vision.

Members of the UNC Community represented their respective offices and teams in presenting wreaths and floral tributes: Prof. Divinagracia L. David, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and Officer-in-Charge, Office of the President, representing the Leadership Team and UNC Administration; Mr. Jude Ogarte, President, University Student Government, representing the Student Government, Office of Student Affairs and the College Councils; Dr. Vivian Fortuno, Elementary Principal and Mr. Francisco Parra Sr., Elementary PTA Board President, and Mr. Boris Victor Espinili, Elementary Faculty President; Prof. Dinna Capin, Junior High School Principal and Mr. Henry Torrecampo, Vice President JHS PTA Board; Prof. Ernesto Gurnot Jr., Senior High School Principal and Ma’am Alma Bella Prado, SHS PTA President; OIC Dean Dr. Felisa Sabaupan and Assistant Dean Engr. Edgardo Martinez, College of Engineering and Architecture; Dr. Jocelyn Rañola, UNC General Alumni Association Secretary and Mrs. Pacencia Tabinas, UNC GAA Treasurer.


The Founder’s Legacy Lives On

75 years ago, Dr. Jaime Hernandez Sr., an accomplished educator, top-notch lawyer, decorated statesman, and exceptional Bicolano visionary founded the University of Nueva Caceres, his mighty gift to his beloved Bicolandia. On the festive Founder’s Day in the 75th Foundation Year of UNC, we brought our gifts, greetings, goodwill, and gestures of gratitude to our distinguished Forerunner, Founding Father, and First President. In gratitude, what we make UNC today and where we take UNC tomorrow is our mighty gift to our dear Don Jaime. Living through the future, in every UNCean story, the Founder’s legacy lives on.


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