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The JVS Medallion of Honor

A tribute to a great University of the Philippines nurse, the Julita V. Sotejo Medallion of Honor was established by UPNAAI as its highest and most coveted award to recognize nursing alumni who embody ideals espoused by Julita V. Sotejo, principal, UP-PGHSN, founder and first dean, U.P. College of Nursing.

Since the award’s inception in 1993 to 2015, twenty-three awardees have joined the JVS Hall of Fame.



J.V. SOTEJO MEDALLION OF HONOR RECIPIENTS


2016

Ma. Rebecca Maraña Galvez Tan, BSN ‘75, MAN ‘83, RN 

Projects Director
Health Futures Foundation, Inc.

For her commitment to championing a community-based nurse living and working 

with the people using a holistic perspective and approach. She distinguished herself as a pioneer 

in the practice of traditional Filipino medicine and other forms of complementary health strategies.


2015 

Edmund JY Pajarillo, BSN’79, MPA’90, MSN, PhD, RN-BC, CPHQ, NEA-BC

Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing Studies

Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health - Garden City, NY

For his leadership in Nurses' House, a national charitable institution providing 

short-term financial assistance to nurses in need as a result of illness, injury or 

diability; and his extensive academic work in Nursing Informatics.


2014 

Dula Fara-on Pacquiao, BSN'68, MN'77, EdD'92

Professor and Director, Stanley S. Burgen Center for Multicultural Education Research & Practice

Rutgers University School of Nursing - Newark, NJ

For her leadership and advocacy of transcultural nursing and her work on

health care programs to strengthen HIV/AIDS prevention.


2013 

Marlene Cataylo Chance, GN'75, BSN, MSN, PhD, EJD, RN, FNP-BC

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Primary Care Physicians of Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Florida

For her unrelenting effort in advocating the role of Nurse Practitioners 

in the many facets of the medical profession.


2012

Minerva Salinas Guttman, BSN'68, MA, M.Ed., Ed.D., RN, APN

Chief Academic and Administrative Officer

Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health

Fairleigh Dickinson University - Teaneck, NJ

For her dedication in enhancing competency in nursing practice through 

integration of nursing education and other skills.


2011 

Marilyn Machon Patillo, BSN'69, MSN, PhD, RN, GNP -BC, CNS-BC

Associate Professor, University of Texas, Austin

For her work on bioterrorism preparedness, contemporary disaster response and recovery skills

for nurses and continuing service with the Homeland Security.


2010

Lorraine S. Evangelista, BSN'85, MN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, FAHA, FAAN

Associate Professor, University of California in Los Angeles

For her work on understanding the nature, causes, and prevention of cardiovascular infirmities,

including self -care and symptom management.


2009

Fely Marilyn Elegado-Lorenzo, BSN'73, MPH'81, DrPH

Professor, University of the Philippines - College of Public Health

For her service as a community nurse and her work on the burdens of malaria 

and dengue diseases in the Philippines.


2008 

Josefina Angeles Tuazon, BSN'77, MN, DrPH

Professor and Former Dean, University of the Philippines - College of Nursing

For her advocacy of physical well being through education, training 

and promotion of healthy lifestyles.


2007 

Carolina Pestano De Guzman, GN'54, BSN'59, MSN, CCRN, CPAN

Retired Post Anesthesia Care Nurse Samuel Merrit Hospital

For her work, research and development and publication of the

 policy manual for post anesthesia care entitled:

Comprehensive Guidelines for Post Anesthesia Care Nursing Practice


2006

Mely C.M. De Leon, BSN'61, MS

Critical Care Nurse, Pediatric ICU

Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California

Is almost synonymous with three words/categories: alumni, professional nursing association, and patient care.

She truly epitomizes the ideals espoused by Dean Sotejo in the areas of patient care,

leadership, academics, involvement in professional associations and scholarly activities.


2005

Luz Buenavista-Tungpalan, BSN'63, MA'76

Dean and Associate Professor, University of the Philippines - College of Nursing

Best known as the author of the biography of the UPCN Founder and first Dean for 22 years,

Dr. Julita V. Sotejo, entitled: Action Oriented Leadership and LV. Sotejo: A Biography (2001).

It is "dedicated to all UPCN alumni who have been privileged to partake of the fruits of Dean Julita V. Sotejo's

vision and leadership - that they may in turn light each other's path with the glow of their ideals"


2004

Marilou Aniceto-Wasseluk, BSN'67, MPA'72, PhD

Professor and Director, Oakton Community College

Associate Degree in Nursing Program, Des Plaines, Illinois

For her contribution to the solutions of the current problem of disparities among

minority students in the health care professions (nursing).


2003 

Rozzano C. Locsin, PhD'88

Professor, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

For his commitment to promote "caring" as the essence of nursing in his

teaching, publications, scholarly and consulting activities nationwide and globally.


2002 

Cecilia Marcaida Laurente, BSN'67, MN'73, PhD

Dean, University of the Philippines - College of Nursing

For bringing the attention of the world to the plight of the Filipino nurses, and her

militant activitism in the service of her profession, her country and fellowmen.


2001 

Soledad Salvador-Grino, GN'51, BSN, MPH

Program Director, Philippine Leprosy Mission

For her lifelong service, mission, and care for the unfortunate victims of the dreaded leprosy.


2000 

Leticia Sta Maria-Lantican, BSN'62, MA'79, PhD'80 (Psych)

Director, College of Nursing, University of Texas

Expert Consultant, National Institute of Mental Health - Bethesda MD

For her work on mental health care integration,

stress coping, social support, community health, worker's training and health services research.


1999

Phoebe Dauz-Williams, BSN'62, MN69, MN, PhD, FAAN

Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing

The first Filipino to be recognized as Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses (FAAN);

For her work on children, their development and reaction to illness and hospitalization.


1997 

Aurora Santos-Yapchiongco, GN'50, BSN, MA'64, DrPH

Former Assistant Principal, Philippine General Hospital School of Nursing

and Former Dean, University of the Philippines - College of Nursing

For the implementation of the competency -based community -oriented

BSN curriculum which became one of the bases for the designation

of the UPCN as WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing Development in Primary Health Care


1996

 Erlinda Agustin-Simunek, BSN'62, EdD, JD

Founding Dean and Professor, Florida International University School of Nursing

With blended roles as nurse researcher, clinician and attorney connected with

a law firm specializing in personal injury, wrongful death, medical

malpractice, etc; Involved in promoting International Nursing.


1995 

Erlinda Ortin, BSN'69, MN'71, MPH'85

Technical Adviser in Nursing, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent

Involved in working for just compensation for nurses in the Philippines which

gained the attention of the International Labor Organization in Geneva.


1994 

Mollyn Villareal-Bohnen, BSN'62, MS, MD

Professor, California State University in Sacramento

Prolific researcher and lecturer who has been traveling around the world to share her expertise

with others; Involved in providing opportunities for minority students and foreign nurses.


1993 

Feicitas de la Cruz -Millman, GN'59, BSN'65, MA'70, DNSc

Professor, Azusa Pacific University and California State University

Known for her relentless work and research in Home Health Care and her pioneering

spirit in implementing the High Risk Home Health Nursing Clinical Specialty Program.




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