by Luz Buenavista Tungpalan, BSN’63, MA’76
Former UPCN Dean
Without the shadow of a doubt, Dean Teodora A. Ignacio is the compleat University of the Philippines College of Nursing (UPCN) alumna. One of the first graduates of the BSN (post-basic) course, she was hand-picked to become a member of the UPCN faculty. Dean Sotejo referred to her as a "thinker." Aside from becoming UPCN Alumni Association (UPCNAA) president, she was UPCN dean. The UPCN Foundation is her brainchild. All these years, she has always been there for us, former students and UPCN alumni.
She turned 93 November 9, 2014. On November 11, 2014 several of us went to 725 Major Samala St, Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite to wish her all the best for this new year. It was a lovely day. We rode in the College vehicle and enjoyed the non-stop reminiscences of life at the College of Nursing way back when and got to Binakayan in time for lunch. We brought lumpiang sariwa and mushroom siopao plus rosquillos, but Dean Dora and Ruby (her niece) had a feast waiting for us.
Dean Ignacio is doing very well, thank God. Ramrod straight, although she keeps a cane with her. Her memory is still sharp. She stays with Ruby at the latter's house now - they both have houses in the compound where there are a lot of fruit trees, vegetables, and flowering plants. Such a calming atmosphere.
We tarried at lunch because there was so much to partake of, to "taste", and also because of the insistence of our hosts. Let the pictures do the talking ...
|November 11, 2014 Binakayan, Philippines. L-R: Dean Cel Balabagno, Dean Ignacio, Dean Luz Tungpalan, Dean Cecile Laurente
||November 11, 2014, Binakayan, Philippines, L-R: Dean Ignacio's cousin, Joji Acop, Dean Cecile Laurente, Celia Llamas, Susan Pagsibigan, Dean Luz Tungpalan, Ruby, Dean Ignacio, Dr. Letty Kuan, Dean Cel Balabagno