Dr. Olivia C. Caoili (1940-2024)

In loving memory of

Olivia Del Castillo Caoili, PhD
Professor of Political Science (Retired)

Her wake will be held at Sta. Maria della Strada Parish, Katipunan Rd. cor. Pansol St., Quezon City. Viewing starts on Saturday, 10 February 2024 (6pm) to 14 February 2024 at the Resurrection Chapel, Sta. Maria della Strada Parish. Cremation will be held on Wednesday, 14 February after the 11am Concelebrated Mass.

Source: https://polisci.upd.edu.ph/in-memoriam-caoili/

Dr. Benjamin V. Lozare (1947-2024)

Benjamin V. Lozare
November 16, 1947 – February 8, 2024

“Dr. Benjamin Villasol Lozare, a dean, a teacher and a lifelong learner, self-proclaimed “nomad” who traveled to more than 100 countries but whose roots were always deeply embedded in the Philippines, devoted family man, loyal Commanders fan, amateur magician and animal lover who once held the stare of a silverback gorilla in a mountain in Rwanda, was “called up” on Feb. 8, 2024 and now is among the stars he often gazed at from his telescope in Columbia, Md., and from mountains and deserts across the world. He was 76.

While he battled a blood cancer for six years, Ben’s last few days were “normal” — he was with family, having dinner with friends and practicing his cello. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., where he passed away hours later surrounded in love by his wife of 50 years, Cristina, and his children Brian and Nicole along with their spouses Stephanie and Dave. His three beloved grandchildren — Isabela (11), Benjie (8) and Chloe (7), were also in the room and held their Lolo’s hands in his final hours.

Ben was born on Nov. 16, 1947, in Manila to Segundo Lozare and Gerarda Villasol Lozare. His father worked at the Manila Daily Bulletin where he served various roles from reporter to accountant. His mother taught piano and worked at a church.

Ben received his undergraduate degree in mass communications from the University of the Philippines Diliman and furthered his studies at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He holds a master’s and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ben returned to the Philippines with his pregnant wife and one-year-old son, Brian. His daughter, Nicole, was born a few months later.

At 30, he began a long career in academia. He served as the youngest dean — College of Arts and Sciences at the Health Sciences — of the University of the Philippines Manila.

During the People Power Revolution in 1986, Ben served on the executive council of NAMFREL (National Movement for Free Elections). NAMFREL was an all-volunteer organization that helped spark the revolution to end a dictator regime in the Philippines and Ben’s role as chairman of communications was the proudest moment of his life.

He was appointed the first Director General of the Philippine Information Agency, an organization founded by executive order of the newly President Cory Aquino to open channels of communication and free press following decades of martial law.

Ben was awarded an Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship in 1986 to represent the Philippines and came to the United States for two months, “to foster international understanding by providing individuals of outstanding achievement and promise with exposure to the United States,” according to a New York Times article at that time announcing the fellowship.

The family moved to Singapore for a couple of years where he served as Deputy Secretary General of the Asian Mass Communication Research and Information Center Foundation.

The family moved to Maryland in 1991 when Ben joined Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and stayed until his retirement. His consulting work with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, The World Bank, the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East brought him to remote pockets around the world.

His heart, however, always remained in the Philippines. He read Filipino newspapers daily despite not having lived in the country for nearly 35 years.

Ben’s mantra of “country above self” was shaped by his time with the Vanguards, a military academy and fraternity on campus, where he stayed in the barracks throughout his undergraduate studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP). He heavily credits the Vanguards for giving him discipline and instilling in him its guiding principles: “duty well performed, honor untarnished and country above self.” His strong bonds with his roles as father, husband and Lolo were his most valued.

Ben and his wife Cristina traveled around the world. They shared many similar interests from art to books and TV shows. In the fall, Ben could be found on the couch with Brian cheering/crying over the Commanders. Nicole enjoyed cooking her father’s favorite dishes such as Hainanese Chicken Rice from their time in Singapore.

He was a doting grandpa who loved doing riddles with his grandchildren. He was visited by his Izzy, Benjie and Chloe for hours every weekend and they would FaceTime him and Lola every single night. With him, love — and desserts — were endless and in abundance.

Ben is survived by his wife Cristina Lozare, son Brian (Stephanie) Lozare and granddaughter Chloe; his daughter Nicole Lozare Huber (Dave) and grandchildren Izzy and Benjie.

Ben also is survived by his younger brother Jaime Lozare in Thailand. He is preceded in death by his older brothers; Paolino and Emilio; his beloved sister Norma Lozada; Ninang Guiding; and a number of nieces and nephews throughout the world, most of whom grew up as rapt audience members of his magic show.

There will be a memorial on Thurs., Feb. 15 from 1-3 p.m. at Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home in Ellicott City, Md. The memorial will be live-streamed via the Witzke’s website and a recording will be accessible shortly after.

The family thanks everyone for the outpouring of love and support.

In lieu of flowers gifts in honor of Dr. Benjamin Lozare may be directed to support Dr. Amy Dezern’s research. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University with a memo indicating that this gift is “IMO Ben Lozare, to Dr. Dezern’s research” and direct them to the: Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, 750 East Pratt Street, Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202.

You can also make a direct gift online. https://secure.jhu.edu/form/Kimmel Please select “Other” from the drop down list and specify “Dr. Dezern’s Research”.

–Nicole Lozare Huber

Farewell (Professor Emeritus Josefa M. Saniel; Professor Leticia Cecilia Z. Peñano-Ho)

Benito V. Sanvictores Jr. – Diliman Information Office

UP Diliman (UPD) bid farewell to two of its former deans: Josefa M. Saniel, PhD, professor emeritus of the Institute of Asian Studies (IAS), now UPD Asian Center (AC), and Leticia Cecilia Z. Peñano-Ho, PhD, retired professor of the UPD College of Education (CEd).

According to an AC website post accessed on Jan. 15, Saniel passed away on 21 Dec. 2023. Meanwhile, a post on the CEd website, accessed on Jan. 15, stated that Peñano-Ho passed away on Jan. 14.

Saniel. Image from the AC website

According to the same AC website post, Saniel was among the generation of Philippine scholars who led the establishment of area studies as a field of study in the Philippines. A renowned Japanologist, she developed Japanese studies as a graduate degree program in the University.

Saniel specialized in Japanese studies and published various works on Philippines-Japan relations; Japanese culture, society, and literature; and Japan’s foreign policy in Southeast Asia.

In a Jan. 9 post on its Facebook page accessed on Jan. 16, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines stated, “Dr. Saniel’s unwavering commitment to the development of Japanese studies has rightfully earned her the title ‘grand dame of Japanology.’ Her impactful contributions to fostering cultural understanding between Japan and the Philippines have left an indelible mark on our shared academic landscape.”

According to the same Facebook post, Japan conferred on Saniel the Order of the Precious Crown in 1986 as “a testament to her significant impact on Japan-Philippines relations.”

Saniel began serving in the University as a history instructor in the 1950s. She was the IAS dean (1974-1979), until she was appointed AC dean (1980-1985). She was appointed professor emeritus in 1993.

Meanwhile, Peñano-Ho was a clinical psychologist, neurotherapist, and professor at CEd who focused on gifted education.

Peñano-Ho. Image from the CEd website

Peñano-Ho was the founding president of the Philippine Center for Gifted Education (PCGE). According to its website, the PCGE “actively search(es) for Filipino gifted children and individuals and to provide ways of nurturing them.”

In 2019, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) bestowed upon Peñano-Ho the Outstanding Psychologist award. The PRC website stated that Peñano-Ho received the award for her “distinguished contribution to the field of clinical psychology and neurotherapy. Her exemplar service in her profession shows her commitment and professionalism in her field… as clinical psychologist, neurotherapist, and educator.” Furthermore, the PRC recognized her pioneering work in neurotherapy and brainwave biofeedback modality, which according to the PRC, were “found effective for many disorders.”

Peñano-Ho was the CEd dean (1998-2001 and 2001-2004), and UPD vice chancellor for student affairs (1992-1993).

According to the CEd Facebook page, accessed on Jan. 15, a necrological service to celebrate the life of Peñano-Ho was held on Jan. 18 at the Loyola Memorial Chapels Mercy A Room along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.

Source: https://upd.edu.ph/farewell-3/

UPD remembers 2 profs

Mariamme D. Jadloc – Diliman Information Office

UP Diliman (UPD) remembers two of its esteemed professors: Fe Casillan-Garcia, PhD of the UPD College of Education (CEd) and Carmen Gloria Diaz de Ventanilla, PhD of the UPD Department of European Languages (DEL) who passed on Nov. 22 and Dec. 14, respectively.

Casillan-Garcia poster. Image from the UP College of Education Facebook page

The CEd fondly remembers their Dr. G as a well-loved professor, mentor, and colleague. In 2009, the UPD University Library received from her four copies of her book San Carlos City: A Celebration. In the article Retired UPD Professor Donates Book to University Library by former University Librarian Rod Tarlit that was published on 15 June 2009 on the U.P. Library Bulletin Online, Tarlit wrote that Casillan-Garcia’s book “portrays the significant, diverse, and artistic events in the past and present lives of the Pangasinenses of San Carlos City.”

Meanwhile, the DEL remembers Ventanilla as an esteemed mentor and colleague who devoted most of her life to teaching Spanish and Latin American literature to generations of Filipinos who studied at the department. “We will always remember her smile, her friendliness, and her steadfast faith,” the DEL posted on their Facebook page.

Ventanilla. Photo from Jose Wendell Capili’s Facebook account