Prof. Felino S. Garcia, Jr. (BA History ’89, UPV)

The UP Visayas community mourns the passing of one of its faculty members, Felino S. Garcia Jr., who was found lifeless inside his apartment in Pavia yesterday, 27 August 2022, at around 12:30 PM.

Initial reports state that he suffered from a kidney problem and has been undergoing regular dialysis for weeks now. Authorities are still investigating to ascertain the cause of death.

Throughout his productive teaching career, Garcia taught at UP Los Baños, UP Visayas in Iloilo, and UPV Tacloban College. He taught courses in History and his academic interests traversed such areas as Postcolonial Studies, Migration Studies, Anthropology, and Southeast Asian Studies.

Garcia was a well-loved book author and poet.

Source: University of the Philippines Visayas Facebook

UP salutes Prof. Gerardo B. Agulto, Jr., 79

The University of the Philippines (UP), especially the UP Diliman – Extension Program in Pampanga and Olongapo (UPDEPPO), “will always celebrate” the life of Prof. Gerardo B. Agulto, Jr., who passed away last March 10 at the age of 79.

After retiring from service in 2007 as Associate Professor of the UP College of Business Administration, now the Virata School of Business, Agulto served as Executive Director of the UP Foundation until 2021.

“Prof. Agulto has always been known as the Father of the Master of Management Program… He recruited the best and brightest of his former students from Diliman to establish and enrich the MM program… The magic fiber of his being is most memorable: cultivating the life of the mind as well as giving heart to the UPDEPPO community,” Dr. Julieta C. Mallari, former director of UPDEPPO, wrote in a testimonial posted on the Facebook page of the UP Clark and Subic Master of Management Program. Memorial services were held from March 11 to 13 in Quezon City.

Agulto grew up in San Jose, Nueva Ecija. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1963 and his MBA in 1974, both in UP Diliman. His mother, Socorro Bautista-Agulto, was a UP BS Pharmacy alumna (1938).

Agulto worked in the private sector from the 1970s to the 80s. Initially, he worked for Coca-Cola Export Company as Management Information System Coordinator for the Pacific Region and later, as Product Manager. He also became Senior Vice President of the Philippine National Bank.

He rose through the ranks at the UP College of Business Administration (renamed Virata School of Business). He was a Project Assistant in 1968, served as an Instructor, was eventually promoted to Assistant Professor, and was Associate Professor 7 when he retired in 2007. He was Officer-in-Charge of the College from August 1, 1990, to April 30, 1992. He also served as Director of the UP MBA Alumni Society from 1997-1998.

Source: UP MPRO

Former Press Secretary, MB EIC Jun Icban writes 30

by Isabel de Leon

Former Press Secretary and veteran newsman Crispulo Julio “Jun” Icban, Jr. has died at the age of 85.

Former Press Secretary and veteran newsman Crispulo Julio “Jun” Icban, Jr.

UP, he was editor-in-chief of the Philippine Collegian from 1953 to 1954.

He also took up a Master of Arts in Journalism course at the Syracuse University, New York State, USA in 1958 on Fulbright and Smith-Mundt grants.

From 1965 to 1966, Icban was a Nieman fellow at Harvard University in Massachusetts.

His career in journalism started in 1954 when he joined the Manila Times as an editorial assistant, as a reporter covering the Foreign Affairs beat, and as editorial writer.

He was named news editor in 1968 up to 1972 when the paper was closed down due to the imposition of martial law.

He worked as an editorial consultant at the Manila Bulletin in 1974 and was later named news editor.

In 2003, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Manila Bulletin.

In 2020, he was named concurrent publisher and editor-in-chief.

Icban, a fatherly figure in the Manila Bulletin’s Central News Desk, ​was also chairman of Samahang Plaridel, an association of Philippine Journalists, and of the Campampangan in Media.

​His remains will be cremated on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

A two-day wake will be held at Loyola Commonwealth from April 7 to 8.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1935 in Tondo, Manila to Crispulo Manansala Icban of Lubao, Pampanga, and Mercedes Villanueva Julio of Pura, Tarlac.

He is married to Zenaida Pamintuan Icban with whom he has six children—Susan Icban Amores, Mercedes Icban Hermogenes, Crispulo Icban III, David Icban, Zenaida Flor Icban, and Michael Ben Icban.