Friday, June 26, 2015

Revealed: the plan to revitalize MLQU to its glorious state! (May 22, 2015)



Have you ever seen one of these ads? I do remember seeing them in Manila and the NLEX. I have wondered what the cryptic message meant. One day, I got an invite from a PR company which told me to go to EDSA Shang on the stated date. Upon joining the event on the stated date, the true meaning of the message was revealed. And it isn't a marriage proposal!

The real occasion behind the billboard is the revitatization of the historic MLQU, a University which has, for the longest time, been a paragon of excellence in training some of the best individuals in the country. In the post war era starting from the 1950's, this University has been known as part of the top three institutions which has fielded a consistent stream of timeless achievers in the legal field, private sector, and government service.


According to Dr. Isagani Germar New San Jose Builders, Inc. (NSJBI) co-chairman and MLQU president, the event was organized by the renowned real estate developer New San Jose Builders' Inc. This corporation took an interest in restoring the University back to its glorious days, complete with the heritage of excellence which has become a trait of the school for decades past. The campaign heralds the university’s many plans to continue its legacy into the future.

At this time, NSJBI has acquired a significant controlling interest in MLQU. With capital infusion coming from a company committed to a strong revitalization program, the only question now is how the University will be able to reclaim its glorious place in terms of outstanding alumni and prestige.

Evidently,  the university’s plans for upgrading are beginning to take shape. There has been a change in leadership and management of the institution. Also, this new leadership strongly makes it a point to produce graduates who will eventually become some of the finest in their respective fields. In order to achieve that goal, the university administration hopes to streamline the curriculum and standards to help create 100% passing rates in board and bar exams.


MLQU has produced notable Quezonians who have made an impact in their respective industries. Among these are Rustica Carpio (academician and multi-awarded actress on stage, film, and television) who first appeared in Ishmael Bernal’s Nunal sa Tubig in 1976. She made over 50 other films in her more than 30 years in the industry. Eleven of these movies were directed by film genius Ishmael Bernal, earning her the reputation in the movie industry as a Bernal favorite.

For her accomplishments, Dr. Carpio is a recipient of over 50 national and international honors and awards which includes being one of the Ten Outstanding Women of the Philippines in 1968 from Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA Phil.) for her invaluable achievements in the field of performing arts. She was also cited in The World Who’s of Women, Vol. 6, 1982 published in England by the International Biographical Centre.

Another alumnus who made a name for himself is Neil Perez, an officer of the Philippine National Police Aviation and Security Group, he won the title of Mister International Philippines in a pageant held in Seoul, South Korea on February 14, 2015.

The list of MLQU outstanding alumni is endless, and some of them held the position of Secretary of Justice in the person of Justice Ricardo C. Puno Sr.(1979-1984), Justice Sedfrey Ordoñez (1987-1990) and Justice Artemio Tuquero (2000-2001) while Justice Ricardo Villarama Jr., Justice Venicio Escolin, Justice Jose Melo, Justice Jose Vitug, Justice Ruben Reyes and Justice Isagani A. Cruz went on to become associate justice of the Supreme Court.

Others who have gained fame in the practice of law are: Juctice Carmelita Manhan, Atty. Benjamin Tabios, Justice Alicia Sempio-Dy, Justice Nicolas Lapena, Atty. Norberto Quisumbing, Justice Manuel Pamaran, Justice Hilarion Aquino, Justice Roberto Abad, Justice Perlita Tirona, Justice Jose Vitug, Judge Jesus F. Guerrero, Justice Renato Dacudao, Atty. Ma. Luisa Dizon-Villarama, Justice Serafin Camillon, Justice Nicolas Lapena Jr,. Justice Luis Victor, Justice Enrico Lanzanas, Justice Ricardo Ilarde, Justice Ricardo Lagman, Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, Justice Jose Hernandez, Justice Samuel Martires,  Atty, Conrado Vasquez, Atty. Medwin Dizon and Atty Danilo Lopez.
Meanwhile, MLQU graduates who made notable achievements in government service include Former Foreign Affairs secretary Alberto Romulo; Former Commission on Elections chair Benjamin S. Abalos ; Former Labor Secretary and Senate President Blas F. Ople; Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin; Department of Trade and Industry undersecretary Lilia de Lima; Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz; Tarlac Governor Jose V. Yap; Former Chairman, PCGG Magtanggol Gunigundo; Former Agrarian Reform Secretary and former Bulacan Governor Obet Pagdanganan; Former Senator Wigberto Tañada Former Senator Wenceslao Lagumbay; and Congressmen Rodolfo Albano Jr., Pangalian Balindog, Fredrick Abueg, Silvestre Bello III, Antonio del Rosario, Samuel Pagdilao and Reynaldo Umali.

Not to be forgotten are Police Senior Inspectors John Gary Erana, Max Jim Tria, and Rennei Tayrus, who served the country and sacrificed their lives as part of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force’s “Fallen 44”.

With its many graduates who have achieved distinction in their field, MLQU is indeed a school for achievers and future heroes. This is because through quality education and training, MLQU strives to produce nationalistic, competent, educated, and upright Quezonians imbued with a spirit of selflessness and commitment to being of service to society. This is why many Quezonians have become popular in their fields.

(courtesy of the MLQU website)


MLQU offers courses such as Law and Paralegal Studies, Education, Arts and Sciences, Accountancy and Business Arts, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Criminology, Architecture, and Information Technology. Under the new management’s supervision, there is a plan to add a course on real estate management. All of these courses would not be possible without the credible and reliable faculty and deans who are industry experts and who graduated from top universities here and abroad in order for the school to offer world-class education.

MLQU is also aims to establish its presence in Balanga, Bataan, as well as strengthening its Professional School, the School for Professional Advancement & Con btinuing Education (SPACE), which would further upgrade the level of education that they provide. With the involvement of its alumni, the public can expect more changes and improvements in MLQU.

MLQU recently held a grand alumni homecoming at the Edsa Shangri-La, Manila, with the theme: “MLQU Regaining its Glory! Sikat ‘pag Quezonian” hosted by Luanne Dy and GMA Kapuso host Drew Arellano. The event was attended by famous MLQU Alumni and notable government officials.

Pictures courtesy of Angela Abad (

Pictures of the event:

The heads of MLQU: Dr Isagani Germar, 

A song and dance number to liven up the night

Facilities and degree programs presentation

The registration booth

One of the trustees giving a speech

Hosts Luanne Dy and Drew Arellano

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