Prof. Dr. Madrileña dela Cerna (1947-2021)


Prof. Dr. Madrileña dela Cerna
08 June 1947 – 27 July 2021

UP Cebu mourns the departure of our very own Dr. Madrilena “Madz” dela Cerna — a most beloved teacher, top-notch academic, beautiful soul, and true inspiration.

Ms Madz is best known as a passionate advocate for recording local histories, heritage mapping and the promotion and celebration of local culture and identity. She is an indefatigable writer on the records of Cebuano literature and the arts, and has also written extensively on the unique history of UP Cebu.

But she is also a feminist and an activist who embodied independent thinking and empowered articulation for equitable representation, social justice and inclusivity. She was an embodiment of what resilience in spirit really means, the will to survive and thrive and stand stronger amid the most excruciating challenges and adversities — a true UP Cebu icon.

Thank you, Ms. Madz. We celebrate you and cherish our memories of you. And we shall continue the many causes and projects you have started. Your legacy will live on with us.

Source: University of the Philippines Cebu FB page
Photo courtesy of Cebu Daily News archives