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With our Contributors

Nilo L. Rosas obtained his BSEEd, magna cum

laude, from the Philippine Normal College in 1966
and returned to his alma mater in 2002 as
president of the University, after his stint as
Undersecretary of Education, Culture and Sports
from 1998-2000. His past achievements – from
Director, Bureau of Education (now CHED); First
Chair, Board for Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), to
Regional Director, NCR; Chair, Governing Board, SEAMEO-
INNOTECH; Board Member, Philippine American Educational
Foundation, Fullbright Commission in the Philippines – have served
him in good stead in managing national organizations on teacher
education. He holds three master’s degrees (curricula and teaching,
international educational development and development in
education) from Teachers College, Columbia University, (where he
also finished his doctorate in 1980) and Stanford University.

Jesus A. Ochave, Vice President for Planning,

Research and Extension, holds a doctorate in
Educational research and Evaluation from the
University of Toledo, Ohio, 1977, a master’s degree
in Educational Administration from the University
of Hawaii, 1969, a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in
elementary education from PNC, 1963. Serving as
Dean, PNU Graduate School, for eight years (1994-2002), he earlier
chaired the Department of Education Management and Evaluation
for ten years. In the 1970’s he served as consultant on various
projects and programs in the Educational Programs Implementing
Task Force (EDPITAF). The PNU Faculty Association awarded him
its first Professorial Chair holder on Education in 2002, while Bulan,
Sorsogon – his hometown, honored him as its illustrious son in 1996.

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Rosarito T. Suatengco is a faculty-researcher of the
Office of the Vice President for Planning, Research and
Extension. In 2005 she completed the degree Master
of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with specialization in
English Language Arts and in 1993 a Bachelor of
Arts/Bachelor of Science in Education, major in
English at the Philippine Normal University, cum
laude. Her research interests lie in language, teaching as well as
teacher education.

Elisa S. Baccay, head of the PNU Mathematics

Department, holds a doctorate in Educational
Administration and a master’s degree in Math
Education earned from PNU where she has been
teaching since 1993. Earlier she had taught
mathematics in Brunei for six years. Besides being a
TIMMSS research technical writer in her discipline
and CHED commissioned research team member, she has passion for
analytical work, loves cooking and belts jazz.

Jahangir S. Mehr-Afsha, head of the Education

Department, Arzanjan Azad University, Iran, has a
doctorate in Educational Administration and
Supervision obtained at the Divine Word University,
Leyte, an M.A. in Education at Leyte Institute of
Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical
Engineering at Adamson University, Manila.

Melchor A. Tatlonghari earned his doctorate in

Curriculum and Supervision with highest academic
distinction and excellence in research from Centro
Escolar University. He was on secondment from the
Philippine government to the Regional Language
Centre (RELC), Singapore as Reading Specialist for
eleven years. Dr. Tatlonghari holds two master’s
degrees – one in English Language Education from De La Salle
University, Manila, another one in Applied Linguistics (with Merit, from
the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. From PNU he
graduated with a BSEEd degree (magna cum laude), a Certificate in
Teaching Spanish and Graduate Certificate in Filipino linguistics. He
has served as consultant and research person in various Department of
Education projects.

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Venancio L. Mendiola, first Dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences, PNU has retired from government service
after 43 years of teaching. He holds a doctorate in
literature, meritissimus, from the University of Santo
Tomas. He still actively engages in writing – a
preoccupation that gives him a sense of fulfillment.

Lolita H. Nava, Director at the Center for Research in

Development in Education (CREDE), holds a doctorate in
Education from UP, a master’s degree in guidance and
counseling, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary
education, cum laude from PNU. She was recipient of
the Maria Valdez Ventura Scholarship and received the
Research Award for best dissertation, and the
Scholarship Award for academic excellence from UP. She has been actively
involved in CHED, Dep.Ed. HURIGHTS, Osaka, Microsoft Commissioned
research which she has presented and published locally and internationally,
besides working on University-wide studies. She is Research Committee
member of the SMI-IC (South Manila Inter-Institutional Consortium and
Team Leader/Overall Coordinator of AACCUP for Graduate and Teacher
Education Program-Accreditation. She was the 2005 National Awardee for
Research and Evaluation of the PNU Alumni Association.

Ma. Carmela T. Mancao, is a regular faculty-researcher

at the Center for Research and Development in Education,
PNU. To date she had published no less than 24 research
papers on various issues concerning institutional,
instructional and student development. She finished a
master’s degree in Pastoral Studies in Loyola University of
Chicago and a doctorate at Cebu Normal University, Cebu

Felicia I. Yeban, associate professor in the Department

of Social Sciences has human rights education as her
field of expertise. She has traveled extensively in the
Philippines and abroad as resource person, facilitator
and consultant for the Department of Education,
Commission on Human Rights, UNICEF, United
Nations, Canadian Human Rights Foundation, The Asia
Foundation, European Youth Council – Budapest, The Carter Center, The
Aquino Center and other international and national government and non-
government organizations.

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Ma. Victoria C. Hermosisima, a faculty-researcher of
the Center for Research and Development in Education,
PNU, specialized in Measurement and Evaluation for
her MA in Education in this University. In 1989 she
finished a Bachelor of Arts in Communication at the
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

Rita Bumanlag-Ruscoe is currently professor in

Curriculum and Instruction in the Social Sciences at
PNU where she served as Director for Development
Studies for 1999 to 2002 and headed the Department of
Social Sciences and History Teaching at the Graduate
College from 1995 to 1999. She worked for the
UNESCO in Vietnam, Nepal and Thailand for its literacy and non-formal
education for women projects, as well as engaged in consultancy work
with some Asian Development Bank funded education projects in
curriculum development and academic supervision in Bangladesh and

Rene C. Romero, is currently the Presidential

Assistant in Special Projects and Concerns of the PNU
where he serves also as full professor of Political
Science and education, his area of expertise being
peace, human rights and global education. Rising from
the ranks, Prof. Romero was Director of Center for
Linkages and Extension Service, Head of the Social
Science Department, and YCAP Coordinator. Notably, he was PNU’s
Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 1993, had been President of the
Faculty Association for three terms, and chosen as the most Outstanding
ASPnet national Coordinator representing Asia Pacific in 1996, an award
given in Santiago, Chile by UNESCO Director General Federico Mayor.

Zenaida Q. Reyes, as professor of social science, has

served as lecturer, discussant, facilitator, writer, and
researcher on women studies and human rights. She
holds a doctorate in Philippine Studies obtained from
UP, a master’s degree in social science, magna cum
laude from PNU. Trained on research management at
the Institute of the Social Sciences at the University of
Kassel in Witzenhausen, Germany, she has presented and published in
the Philippines and other parts of the world.

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Dr. Lydia B. Liwanag, presently the Dean of the
College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature at
PNU earlier took her undergraduate degree, BSEEd,
(cum laude) and a master’s degree in Filipino
Language and Literature. She earned her doctorate in
Language Planning from UP in 1996, a Certificate in
Language Teaching and Language Syllabuses from
RELC in 1988, even serving as lecturer in Filipino at The University of
Oregon, Summer 1999, as Fullbright scholar in Residence. During the
Buwan ng Wika celebration in 2006, she was feted a Gawad Parangal by
the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino for her “outstanding contribution to the
development and intellectualization of Filipino language through
instruction, research and material production.”

Prof. Patrocinio V. Villafuerte is incumbent head,

Filipino Department at PNU where he finished his
BSEE degree and Graduate Certificate in Filipino
Linguistic as DECS-PNC grantee. He also obtained
his M.A. in Filipino at Manuel L. Quezon University
with Award of Merit. A multi-awarded writer (from
Palanca, the most prestigious Philippine Literary
award giving body) and other national organizations, editor-critic, he is
the first recipient of the Genoveva Edroza Matute Professional Chair in
Filipino. HE has written a string of textbooks, manuals from the
elementary to the tertiary levels, as well as co-authored the DECS 1989
Secondary Education Development Program curriculum in Filipino, the
DECS modules and learning continuum in Filipino.

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