UMak commends Parangal 2024 awardees

22 March 2024 – The University of Makati held its annual awarding ceremony, for employees’ service and loyalty as they reach tenure starting 5 years and then every five years. Parangal 2024 with the theme ‘Reflections’, was held at the Basketball court.

The event started with a video presentation of this year’s awardees as the UMak Jammers performed the song  “Reflection”.

In her opening remarks, Planning and Research, Vice President Prof. Maria Fay Nenette Cariaga expressed that their new milestone with the university, may they continue to unlock their potential and strive not just as an employee but also as an individual.

Even though the UMak President could not attend physically, he expressed his gratitude to the awardees in his inspirational message, “You have laid the foundation of what the University of Makati is what it is today and we thank you for your service,”.- Prof X Ramos.

Retirees and 40, 35, 30 years in service

In the video testimonial presentation, the retirees and other service awardees recalled their journey as they struggled and learned to navigate work and life.

Though they could not be physically present, both Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Ederson DT. Tapia and Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo representing the Mayor and all the city officials sent video congratulatory messages.

“You instead chose to stay and help enrich the soil that is our institution,” Academic Affairs, Vice President Prof. Ederson Tapia said in his congratulatory message as he showed appreciation for their continuous dedication.

Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo mentioned, “Para sa ating mga pinaparangalan ngayon, hindi po magiging ganito ang UMak kung wala kayo… your dedication, passion and commitment, have paved and played a pivotal role in making our university an outstanding institution today. To our beloved retirees, we truly honor you, as you’ve left an indelible mark on the lives of every student, faculty, staff, and other individuals with whom you’ve crossed paths, in the university, your legacy will surely inspire us in the years to come. May this momentous occasion inspire you to continue embodying the values and aspirations of a proud heron through maintaining an active role in your community while enjoying your retirement…”

Messages about adapting to change, enhancing their skills, and respecting others despite their position were imparted by the awardees from 40, 35, and 30 years in service.

Student Services and Community Development, Vice President Mr. Virgilio Tabbu gave his message expressing to reaffirm commitment to growth, and excellence. He also stated to soar together beyond the horizons of possibility guided by the spirit of the Heron, resilient and ever ready to embrace the wind of change.


25, 20, 15, 10, 5 years in service

Awardees of 20 and 25 years in service shared their insights on why they stayed. They explained that finding friendships, growth, opportunities, and love for the university are among the reasons.

Vice President for Finance,  Engr. Luke Ivan Moro’s message highlights to become a person of purpose and never lose sight of their purpose.

Pursuing academic development and becoming a good mentor were among the things that 10 and 15-year awardees thought they could not do but still did.

Administration, Vice President Atty. Jewel Bulos stated with a hope that everyone would maintain their dedication and support to the university despite the odds and challenges.

At the same time, the 5-year awardees shared their emotional and memorable moments in their service period.


Closing Ceremonies

40-year awardees Mr. Reynaldo Malicdem from the Accounting office and Prof. Leonila Osana, a faculty of the College of Human Kinetics expressed their heartfelt gratitude messages throughout their employment in the university.

University Secretary, Ms. Juvy Hermosura delivered her message encouraging that may the reflections guide everyone to pursue their dreams with passion, purpose, and determination.

The awarding concluded with an after-party where the UMak Jammers sang along with the employees.