𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬: 𝐀 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐱-𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫-𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐣𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐃𝐫. 𝐅𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐚 𝐉𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐭 𝐋𝐏𝐔-𝐋𝐚𝐠𝐮𝐧𝐚
𝐵𝑦: 𝐾𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑎 𝑀𝑎𝑒 𝐵. 𝐵𝑎𝑎𝑠𝑖𝑠
𝑃ℎ𝑜𝑡𝑜 𝑏𝑦: 𝑅𝑜𝑛 𝑌𝑢𝑡𝑢𝑐
Being the Executive Vice President and Vice President for the Academic Affairs for the past six years in LPU-Laguna, Dr. Flora developed a soft spot for the institution. With that, she made sure to be on top of every situation happening in the university. However, the pandemic brought drastic changes that prompted her retirement as she had to adapt to the imposed health and safety protocols.
With a glimpse of what seemed to be a simple invitation as a lecturer to a year-long celebration, it induced her eagerness to go back to the institution. Her excitement to return poured in choosing the clothes she would be wearing as it also became her way of calming her emotions. The moment Dr. Flora saw LPU-Laguna along with all the people in their Barong Tagalog that supported the institution, she instantly found closure to her so-called break-up.
A reward, entitled: Jose P. Laurel Lifetime Achievement Award was granted by LPU-Laguna to recognize her contributions that led to the achievement of the institution’s milestones. But for her, the achievements that LPU-L gained through the years would not be possible without the support of all the people behind the institution. Overwhelmed with the event, she then imparted many realizations during the quarantine period. Despite the current situation brought by the pandemic, she turned to the brighter side of things as she treated the lockdown as an opportunity to have more time with family. The time of uncertainty only strengthened her faith to God with a grateful heart that they are healthy.
The nature of her work touched so many lives, but it was her mother-like figure that turned a professional environment to a place where the staff can also feel at home. It was ingrained in the people of the institution to treat each other as family. Together, they achieved milestones for the university guided by their vision.
Perhaps, there are no more fitting words than “I love you,” uttered by Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and College of Business and Accountancy Dean Christopher Dennis E. Catapang as he shed a few good tears.