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The first lecturer, introduced by Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean Christopher Dennis E. Catapang, was Filipino historian Professor Michael “Xiao” Chua.
With the lecture, entitled: Ama, Anak: Si Jose at Sotero Laurel at ang Pamana ng Kanilang Buhay at Kaisipan, he shared his perspective beyond those who already knew Sotero Laurel and how the father and son shaped the Filipino nation and education.
“You may already know the stories, but it is important that we should remember and reiterate it,” added Prof. Chua.
“As a public servant, he prioritized education and economic recovery. He envisioned the Philippines where education is made accessible to all Filipinos and his love for education served the fire that made him found the LPU-Batangas,” Dr. Javier remarked.
She also shared her personal encounter with Dr. Sotero H. Laurel which made her realize the critical role of a leader, which entails responsibility to support and motivate teachers who can provide quality education in the institution.