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NORSU names 3 Outstanding Alumni

By Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (27 November) -- The Negros Oriental State University Alumni Association (NORSUAA) has named three high school graduates of the former East Visayan School of Arts and Trades (EVSAT) as NORSU's Outstanding Alumnni 2008.

This year's crop of Outstanding Alumni awardees is composed of a naval architect and marine engineer, a mechanical engineer, and a military.

EVSAT is the former name of NORSU from 1956 to 1983.

According to Dr. Beatriz Aldecoa-Caduyac, NORSUAA director, this year's NORSU Outstanding Alumni are: Virgilio A. Macion Sr. in the field of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; Arturo T. Villamil in the field of mechanical engineering; and Wilfredo M. Villahermosa in the field of military science.

The awarding ceremony is on Tuesday morning, December 2, 2008 during the All-University Convocation at NORSU Sports and Cultural Complex.

Macion (EVSAT '62; 1st honorable mention) went to Manila and earned B.S. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Namei Polytechnic Institute in 1967. He taught at the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy for 14 years; became a ship and boat building consultant; became president and general manager of Shipbuilders and Maritime Consultants; and proprietor of V.A. Macion, Inc. In 1985, Macion went to California, USA with his family and worked as engineering technician and later as an architectural/building construction supervisor. He later became a construction analyst of the California Disaster Assistance Office of the U.S. Small Business Administrator from 1994 to the present. He had been quick to respond to disaster relief assistance in California, Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa.

Villamil (EVSAT '60) went to Manila, studied at Mapua Institute of Technology, and was a 15th placer in the mechanical engineering board examination in 1965. He first worked with Puyat Veneer and Plywood Plant, then to other well-known manufacturing companies in Luzon and the Visayas. Going to the United States in 1984, he served for 21 years until 2005 as chief engineer of the 6,300-seat Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the venue of prestigious occasions like the Oscar Academy Awards and Emmy Awards. Villamil's civic-mindedness has been demonstrated through his membership in many civic organizations in the Philippines and in California. Among these are the Jaycees, Kiwanis and the Rotary Club of Dumaguete.

Villahermosa (EVSAT '82), while in 3rd year civil engineering course, he got accepted to study at the Philippine Military Academy which launched his lifetime military career; graduated in 1990 and had been commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. He started as platoon leader of Bravo Company, 66th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army with headquarters in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, eventually being assigned to the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence of the 8th Infantry Division. He had opportunities to study in various special training schools of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as well as advanced courses and trainings conducted by U.S. Visiting Armed Forces personnel. He also earned his Master of Business Education degree from Silliman University in 2005. For his unquestionable professionalism and leadership marked by high regard for the safety of his men rather than his own, he rapidly rose in rank, being promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1994, Captain in 1997, Major in 2006 and Liutenant Colonel in 2007. (PIA/rmn) [top]

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