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TLC_MB.jpgNational daily Manila Bulletin featured The Lewis College on the front of their Schools, Colleges and Universities Bulletin section (E1), To see the online version of this article, click here (this opens a new window/tab).

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PDRF President Butch Meily Speaks, 231 Students Receive Diplomas in TLC's 11th Commencement Exercise
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Rene "Butch" S. Meily, president of the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF), and former Vice President of Communications for TLC Beatrice International, delivered the commencement address to 100 college students at The Lewis College's 11th commencement exercises on Friday, March 21, 2014. Meanwhile, Mr. Wilfredo J. Gavarra, OIC Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, Division of Iriga City, also gave the commencement message to 131 graduates in the elementary and high school levels on Thursday, March 21, 2014 at the school campus grounds.

Mr. Meily, who currently oversees the world's first permanent, year-round private sector disaster response organization -- PDRF, congratulated the class of 2014 and spoke to them about the lessons he learned from three great people he had the privilege of working with: Reginald Lewis, Loida Nicolas-Lewis and Manny Pangilinan. "Reginald Lewis, the man for whom your college is named... taught me the value of persistence, to never give up," explained Mr. Meily. He went on to share that he learned the importance of faith in God and trusting in God specially when times get difficult, from TLC President Atty. Loida Nicolas-Lewis. Mr. Meily also shared the humble beginnings of Manny V. Pangilinan, chairman of PLDT, Smart, Metro Pacific, Meralco, etc., from whom he learned the value of hard work, that nothing in life can be accomplished without working for it.

Meily encouraged the graduates that they have a heavenly light inside them, like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden, that should shine bright and become a beacon to all the world. As the graduates go forth from The Lewis College, this is a reminder to give the best in all their endeavors.

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TLC is Four-time Regional Champ in Programming

 

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Once again, TLC-College of Computer Studies is the Regional Champion in Computer Programming. TLC cemented its place as the first school in Region V to win 3 championships in the Ateneo Programming Challenge - Annual Bicol Wide Computer Programming Competition. TLC is now a hall of fame inductee!

           The champion team - TLCpluplus solved 4 problems in the prestigious competition. They were Jose L. Francisco - BSIT 3, James H. Hajas - BSIT 3,  Armbel B. Bernal - BSIT 2 and Gil M. Jamisola Jr. as the coach. Meanwhile Team Discoed composed of Frederick D. Mamaril - ACT1, Dustin Joe B. Grefaldeo - ACT1, Cleofe D. Villanueva - BSIT 1 and Jeremy Gacosta - coach ranked 8th solving 2 problems. The event (APC 2014) is participated by 12 schools composed 23 teams.

     Including the national competition in 2010, TLC is now a 4-time Regional Champion! Congratulations! This is indeed a mark of excellence.  tlcmadb

 
CONGRATULATIONS TO L.E.T. REGIONAL TOPNOTCHERS FROM TLC
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To students affected by Typhoon Yolanda
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Loida Lewis Honors the Legacy of Reginald Lewis

Written by: Jonathan P. Hicks, Commencement Speaker during the 10th Lewis College Graduation Exercises

(Original article in:  http://www.bet.com/news/global/2013/04/01/in-the-philippines-a-wife-honors-the-legacy-of-reginald-lewis.html)  

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  REPORTING FROM MANILA, PHILIPPINES  The life of America’s most successful African-American Wall Street financier is remembered and celebrated in a most unlikely location, some 8,000 miles from the New York City financial hub where he rose to prominence.

In a quiet province in the Philippines, there is a school that is named after Reginald F. Lewis, who is widely regarded as one of America’s financial powerhouses. In fact, in a short 10 years since it was founded, the Lewis College has gained a good bit of attention for its academic excellence in a school that provides education for students from elementary school through college.

The school was founded by Loida Nicolas Lewis, the widow of the late finance mogul, in her native Filipino province of Sorsogon, a 11-hour drive to the southwest of the nation’s capital of Manila. It was, she explained, a way of honoring her husband’s memory as well as providing needed quality education in the region where she grew up.

“The idea of starting a school was something that I was excited about,” Lewis said, in an interview with BET.com. “It has always been my belief that the best way out of poverty is education."

Indeed, her late husband considered his contributions to educational institutions to be his most important legacy. In the years before his death, he gave vast sums to several schools, including Virginia State andHoward universities. In New York, he gave large contributions to Abyssinian Baptist Church and the New York City scholarship foundation of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, of which he was a member.

As every student at the school knows, Reginald Lewis was a Wall Street lawyer and financier, was one of America’s richest businessmen and was a prominent corporate-takeover dealer. He was a graduate of Virginia State and Harvard Law School.

His $1 billion acquisition in 1987 of the Beatrice Cos., a foods concern, led to the formation of his own company, TLC Beatrice International. He amassed personal assets of $400 million, according to estimates by Fortune magazine. By acquiring the Beatrice operations, TLC became the largest company in the country run by a Black person. He died in 1993 from brain cancer at the age of 50.

In addition to educating students, there seems to be another mission at the Lewis College. The leaders of the school are determined to make sure that students come to know the name and accomplishments of the man after whom the institution was named.


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