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CoE alumnus gives back to UPD


In photo are, from left: Abis, Sandoval and Matias

(June 29)–She could not have  a better tribute.

Concepcion Hidalgo Sandoval, named “UP Mother of the Year” in 1954 by then UP President Vidal Tan, was honored by her family, led by her son, through the Concepcion Hidalgo Sandoval Professorial Chair, established last May 2 at the College of Engineering (CoE).

The endowment provides some P700,000 in research funds for one CoE professor.

The family was represented by Dr. Victor E. Sandoval, his sisters Luisita Itchon and Mary Locsin and his son Simon Sandoval. Both Sandoval and his son were once instructors at the CoE.

On hand to accept the donation were CoE dean Aura Matias and UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (UPERDFI) president Dr. Leopoldo Abis.

According to Sandoval, UPD allowed his mother, with a meager income of a high-school teacher, to give him and his eight siblings a quality education after their father’s death. Sandoval himself was awarded a much-needed scholarship during his days as a CoE student.

“Both our mother and our father were products of a UP education.  All nine of us siblings had the privilege of studying at this University, four of [whom] took up Engineering at this College.  Many of the third generation, grandchildren of Concepcion, have studied here at UP as well,” Sandoval said.

“Our family…is only too happy to donate a professional chair at this College to honor our mother Concepcion and to symbolize our gratitude to UP and to the College of Engineering for having provided so many of our family members with high-quality academic education,” he adds.–AKR