Project DUO Series #4

How Project DUO Started

First, there was a challenge: how to creatively engage the LSGH alumni, and at the same time, creating public awareness about them. To take on this challenge, LSGH President Br Victor A Franco, FSC invited the “older” alumni to an informal brainstorming session. They were: Businessman Mr Juanito “Jay” Gervasio (Pr1mus Batch ’68) who was then a member of the LSGH Board of Trustees and now Chairman of the Board; former Banker Mr Rolando “Rolly” Rodriguez (Pr1mus Batch ’68) who is a member of the Finance Committee which functions under the Board; and Advertising Man Mr Adriel “Adie” Peña (Pr1mus Batch ’68) who is currently the Director of the Center for Institutional Communications at DLS-College of St Benilde. After several minutes of tossing around ideas, Mr Adie Peña finally came up with the wonderful concept of “Project DUO”, a campaign that will feature two alumni with similar professional backgrounds and presented in a larger-than-life poster.  Like all excellent ideas whose time has come, the group immediately gave their thumbs up to Project DUO, and planned the next steps that would set the whole idea in motion. LSGH tapped professional photographer and alumnus, Mr Louie Aguinaldo, to take the photos of the participants. He was ably supported by another alumnus, Mr Tito Uichico, as stylist for the first photo shoot. After the photos were taken, these were then sent to Mr Peña’s office at DLS-CSB for the poster layout.  Creative assistance was provided to Mr Peña by his staff consisting of Mr Gianpaolo “Pope” Vergel and Mr Maurice Cordero, DLS-CSB Marketing Office Head. 

Invitation to Participate in DUO

Now on its 4th series, Project DUO continues to generate interest among the many stakeholders of LSGH. As an on-going campaign, more alumni are encouraged to participate by sending in the names and contact details of their suggested tandems and categories to the Institutional Communication, Advancement, and Alumni Relations Office (e-mail address: icao@lsgh.edu.ph).  LSGH wishes to feature as many of its alumni as possible. Please help the school in realizing this goal.

Project Duo Series #4 is a tribute to various professions and achievements: social advocacy, military service, public service, and awardees of national civic organizations, namely, The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) and the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP).

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ANTONIO “TONY” O. PASIA

Batch HS ‘70

Tony is a founding member and the current Chairman of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines Inc. (DSAPI) He also holds the position of President of Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines, and a Director at the Foundation for Sharing Lasallian Education. He also served as President of the San Lorenzo Village Association, Federation of Batangas Rural Bankers Inc., and the Confederation of Southern Tagalog Rural Bankers.

As a parent to a child with Down syndrome, Tony, along with other parents and physicians, founded the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines Inc. (DSAPI) in 1991. Their organization offers help to families whose children have Down syndrome. DSAPI promotes awareness, develops programs and projects concerning Down syndrome.

Tony is similarly active with Couples for Christ where he has been a member since 1992. He is also a member of the Eucharistic Minister of Holy Communion since 2000.

Tony Pasia is married to Dorothy Huang Pasia with three daughters, Kathleen Marie, Kristine Terese and
Victoria Ma. Lourdes.

MICHAEL “MIKE” I. BARREDO

Batch HS ’72

Mike Barredo was never born blind; at the age of 23 he met an accident which caused him to lose his sight. Being an athlete, Mike continued to live an active life, embracing advocacies that enabled people with disabilities, most especially athletes. As an advocate for athletes with disabilities, he founded the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled – National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines in 1997 where he served as both its founding President and Chairman. This organization is the national sports association that develops sports competencies for Filipinos who are physically impaired.

Mike currently holds other positions in various organizations. He is an Executive Board Member and South East Asia Sub Region Representative of the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC). He serves as the Board of Governor of the Asian Para Sports Federation (APSF); Vice President of the Independent Insurance Intermediaries Society of the Philippines (TRIPLE I); and Chairman of the Board of the Philippine Blind Union (PBU).

He also served other organizations in various capacities, such as:                               

  • First Nominee of the Partylist DISABLED/Pilipinos With Disabilities
  • President of the International Blind Sports Federations (IBSA)
  • Commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)
  • Board of Trustee of Akap Pinoy Federation
  • Chairman of the Philippine ASEAN Para Games Organizing Committee (PAPGOC)
  • President and Director of the Manila Jaycees Senate Foundation and the Manila Jaycees Senate

Mike is a recipient of numerous awards & recognitions such as:

  • 2016 Asian Order

Highest order that the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) can bestow and is awarded to any person who has illustrated the APC ideals through his or her actions, has demonstrated outstanding achievement in their sport, or has given outstanding and long-lasting services to the APC cause.

  • 2013 Paralympic Order

Highest tribute given to a person connected with the Paralympic Movement Worldwide

  • International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Victor Lodorum Award

For outstanding achievements on behalf of blind athletes worldwide; President 2005-2013

  • Sports for All Awards

For the initiative and contribution for the promotion and development of sectoral sports for persons with disabilities and the Paralympic Movement

  • 2006 De La Salle University Sports Hall of Fame Award

For Outstanding Contribution to National Sports for the Differently-Abled

  • 1993 The Outstanding Young Men Award (TOYM)

For Humanitarian Service – FY 1992

  • 1992 Award of Recognition for his contribution to the La Salle Green Hills Alumni Association

and as the Chairman of the Homecoming Committee of De La Salle Alumni Association

  • 1989 Apolinario Mabini Award

For Outstanding Disabled in the field of Business

He also co-hosts several radio programs such as, “Daang Walang Hanggan” at Radyong Bayan 738 KHz, “The Paralympic Hour” at Sports Radio, and “Insurance For All” at DWBR 104.3 FM.

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MAJ GEN DOMINGO “SONNY” J. TUTAAN, JR. (RET.)

Batch HS ’76 and GS ‘72

Sonny is a retired Major General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).  He also served as AFP’s internal auditor and spokesperson, before he retired upon serving the military for thirty-seven years. He is presently the Director at the conglomerate’s Corporate Security and Safety Department of JG Summit Holdings, Incorporated since 2014.

Sonny earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and Commission as a Second Lieutenant in Regular Force of the Philippine Army at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City in 1981 and his primary and secondary schooling at La Salle Green Hills, Mandaluyong City graduating in 1972 and 1976 respectively.

Sonny completed various career and specialization courses to include the Security Sector Reform Course; Internal Armed Conflict and National Security Course; Command and General Staff Course; Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement Operations in Canberra, Australia; Pre-Command Course for Battalion Commanders; Special VIP Protective Operations Course; Strategic Intelligence Course and the Intelligence Officers Advance Course; Armor Officers Advance Course; International Basic Intelligence Course in Arizona, USA; VIP Protective Operations Course and Protection Operations Course conducted by the Mobile Training Team from the Secret Service of the United States of America, Armor Officers Basic Course; Intelligence Officers Basic Course; and the Scout Rangers Orientation Course.

Here is a summary of Sonny’s designations and special assignments:

  • Member and Board of Trustee of the AFP Retirement and Separation Benefits System in Camp Aguinaldo (2013-2014)
  • Member of the Technical Working Group of the Inter-Agency Committee pursuant to Presidential Administrative in the Department of Justice in Manila (2012)
  • Representative of the Department of National Defense and the AFP to the Philippine Delegation for the UN 2nd Cycle of Universal Right Actions Plan in Geneva, Switzerland (2012)
  • Member, Technical Working Group for the Revision of the Philippine National Human Rights Action Plan (2012)
  • Member, Technical Working Group, Compliant and Monitoring Group for Gov’t of the Philippines for the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (2012)
  • Chief, AFP Human Rights Office (2010)
  • Commander, 1003rd Infantry Brigade, 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army in Davao Del Norte (2010)
  • Deputy Commander, 1003rd Infantry Brigade, 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army in Davao Del Norte and Calinan District, Davao City (2008)
  • Vice Chairman, Education and Training Sub-Committee of the RP-US Mutual Defense Board (2007)
  • Executive Officer and con-current Chief, Plans, Program and Budget Division, Office if the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J13, General Headquarters, AFP (2006)
  • Chief of Staff, Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), AFP in Zamboanga City (2004)
  • Assistant Chief of United Command Staff for Operations, U3, NCR Command, AFP (2004)
  • Commander, 24th Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry division, Philippine Army in Balanga City, Bataan and Zambales (2002)
  • Head, Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Staff and to The Deputy Chief of Staff, AFP (1999)
  • Commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Service Battalion and Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G1, Presidential Security Group (1996)

Sonny has garnered many Awards and Distinctions during the course of his military career:

  • Four (4) Distinguished Service Stars
  • Two (2) Outstanding Achievement Medals
  • Nine (9) Bronze Cross Medals
  • Two (2) Gawad sa Kaunlaran Medals
  • Twenty-six (26) Military Merit Medals
  • Thirty-three (33) Military Commendation Medals
  • Commander’s Combat Kagitingan Badges (Brigade and Battalion Commander)
  • Long Service Medals
  • Adjutant General Service Badge
  • Mindanao Anti-Dissident Campaign Medal
  • Luzon Anti-Dissident Campaign Medal
  • Several Plaques and Certificates of Recognition and Commendation
  • Award of the ISAFP Junior Officer of the Year
  • Award of the AFP Wide Service Support Units Adjutant Officer of the Year
  • Award of the AFP Adjutant Officer of the Year
  • Award of the PSG Unit Commander of the Year
  • Honor Graduate Awards, Best Speaker Awards, and Awards for Outstanding Researches as a student-officer of various military career courses

Affiliations with Organizations:

  • Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Inc. (PMAAAI)
  • PMA Dimalupig Class of 1981, Inc.
  • Association of General and Flag Officers (AGFO)
  • Rotary Club of Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
  • Rotary Club of Balanga City, Bataan
  • La Salle Green Hills Alumni Association, Inc. (LSGHAAI)
  • Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) Group
  • Former Couple President of LSGH’s Elementary Parents Auxiliary (EPA) and the Parents Auxiliary of La Salle (PALS)

GEN. ALAN CABALQUINTO (RET.)

Batch HS ‘68

Alan Cabalquinto is a retired Lieutenant General of the Philippine Army. He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1973. He served as the Commanding General for the National Capital Region Command and as the Commander of the Army Special Command.

Alan served key field positions in the army to include, Commander of the 602nd Infantry Brigade of the 6th Infantry Division and 302nd Infantry Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division. He also held the position as the Commander of the Special Forces Regiment Airborne and as the Commanding General of the Army Special Operations Command.

Alan was promoted on January 2001 to Brigadier General and received his first star, on May 2003 to Major General, and he received his third and final star in 2005 where he was promoted as Lieutenant General.

(Source:  Wikipilipinas)

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MICHAEL BARNEY R. ALMAZAR

Batch HS ‘98

Barney is a recipient of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) award for the year 2015. The TOYM award is given to individuals whose commitment to their career has resulted to significant contributions to the welfare of their countrymen and the development of their fields of endeavors.

He is currently a Director at the Corporate Commercial Department of Gulf Law in the Middle East, Philippines and United Kingdom. He holds a UAE legal consultancy license and is a lifetime member of the Philippine Bar. Since January 2014, Atty. Barney heads monthly legal aid clinic at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate of Dubai where he gives free legal assistance to OFWs. He also holds the position as General Councilor Advisor of the Middle East Network of Filipino Diaspora, a group of Filipino organizations in KSA, Lebanon, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait and Oman.

Prior to his assignment in Dubai, he was a Tax Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and an Associate of Aranas Consunji Bartela Law in Manila.

Atty. Michael received his Juris Doctor and Masters Degree at De La Salle University Graduate School of Business; he also graduated with honors at Far Eastern University Institute of Law. He pursued European Union Law in which he attended Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at University of London in England; Faculty of Law at Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France; University of Zagreb Law School in Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, USA. He graduated from University of the Philippines with a degree in Business Administration. He was the recipient of the Br. Alphonse Bloemen Award for Academic Excellence when he finished high school at La Salle Green Hills in 1998.

GREGG LOUISE CRUZ TOLENTINO

Batch HS ‘10

 As an achiever, Gregg became a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) award in 2015. The TOSP award aims to recognize students who are exemplars and leaders in their respective academic field and have relevant contributions to the society.

In high school, Gregg was first honorable mention of his graduating class, a Bl. Bro. Solomon awardee, a 3rd place awardee of the Br. Alphonsus Bloemen Honors Society, a Cue Drama Club awardee, and a silver medal recipient for Economics.  He finished BS in Applied Economics and Masters of Science in Economics at De La Salle University where he graduated magna cum laude. He belonged to the Jose Rizal Honors Society, received a Loyalty medal, won Best Thesis award in Economics (Term 3 A.Y. 2012-13), a consistent Jose Rizal First Honors (Dean’s First Honors) student, and awarded the Best Legislative Assembly Representative (A.Y. 2013-2014).

 Gregg is currently working as Management Associate of Citibank N.A. MA under the Global Consumer Banking and is undergoing the Asia Pacific Management Associates Cross Franchise Program. He previously held the position as Executive Assistant to the Office of the Secretary and Publication Consultant at the Office of the Chief Economist of Department of Finance.

Gregg actively headed several student organizations, participated in competitions, and led various delegations to include:

  • Champion Team – Globe Game Changer Challenge (GLOBE TELECOM)(October– December 2014)
  • Semi-Finalist (6th Place) – 10th Economix Competition, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia (November 2012)
  • Production Team Member, Philippine Conference On New Evangelization 2 (January 2015)
  • President,  Santugon Sa Tawag Ng Panahon (2014)
  • Legislative Assembly Representative,  Excel 2013 Batch Government (2013-2014 & 2011-2012)
  • Chairperson,  Students’ Rights And Welfare Committee (STRAW), University Student Government– Legislative Assembly
  • President, Philippine Scholars’ Alliance (2012-2013)
  • Committee Lead – Delegates, Green Leaders Youth Energy Summit 2013 (2013)

He also conducted research studies on the following:  “The Relationship between Board Independence and Firm Performance in Emerging Markets: The Case of the Philippines” (pending); and “An Investigation on the Firm-Specific Factors That Affect the LCY Corporate Bond Issuance in the Philippines”.

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MICHAEL “MIKE” G. AGUINALDO

Batch HS ‘84

 A graduate of LSGH High School Batch ’84, Mike is the Chairperson of the Commission on Audit (COA) since his appointment in March, 2015. He is a lawyer who is equipped with extensive legal, governance, and administration expertise acquired from his 25 years of experience as a private law practitioner, professor and government official.

 He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo De Manila University and placed 7th in the Philippine Bar Examinations in 1992. He then earned a Master’s Degree in Law, with special concentration in International Economic Law at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in May 1997.

 Prior to joining the government service, he was a partner and member of the Executive Committee of Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc and De Los Angeles law firm.  In 2011, he was appointed as the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Office of the President. During this time he also headed the Investigation and Adjudication Office (formerly known as the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission).

Mike has also been a faculty member of several universities for over 21 years – first, as a professor in the Philosophy Department of De La Salle University where he had received a degree in AB Philosophy in 1987; later as a faculty member at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law where he handled courses on Obligations and Contracts, Credit Transactions, Legal Forms, Labor Relations, Labor Standards Law, and Negotiation Seminar. He also taught at the DLSU-FEU MBA-JD Joint Degree Program.

 ADRIAN “CHE” S. CRISTOBAL, JR.

Batch HS ‘80

Che Cristobal was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 2015 up until his replacement by the incumbent Secretary under the new administration. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and his Juris Doctor of Laws at the Ateneo de Manila University. He also completed the Strategic Business Economic Program of the University of Asia and the Pacific.

He established his own law practice, taught politics and governance at the Ateneo School of Government, and served as adviser to heads of several government agencies such as the National Security Council and the Department of Agrarian Reform, among others. He also taught at the De La Salle University College of Law in 2010.

Dedicating most of his professional career in public service, he previously held the following positions:

  • Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (1993-1996)
  • Undersecretary and Chief of Staff of the DTI Secretary (2001-2005)
  • Director General of the Intellectual Property Office (2005-2009)
  • DTI Undersecretary for International Trade, Undersecretary for Industry Development and Trade Policy and Vice Chairman and Managing Head of the Board of Investments (2010-2015)

He assumed primary responsibility for the formulation and implementation of policies and programs on the following:

  • Industry Development

Launched the Industry Development Program (IDP) where strategic partnerships were forged with industry stakeholders to build and enhance competitiveness of Philippine industries as a whole.

  • Investment and Trade Development

As BOI Managing Head, he focused in transforming its Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) into a tool to harmonize government goals and requirements of business and investors.

  • Consumer Rights

As Undersecretary for Consumer Welfare and Trade Regulation one of his significant contributions was Konsyumer at Iba Pa, a multi-awarded radio program on consumer related issues.

  • Developmental Orientation

As Director General of the Intellectual Property Office, he led the crafting of the National IP Policy Strategy, a vital component of the country’s innovation strategy.

He also has published papers on Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Governance and writes a regular column in the Business Mirror.