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"Maghihintay ako - Manuel" Unveiled!

The mystery billboard with a statement “Maghihintay ako…-Manuel” finally unveiled in MLQU’s grand alumni homecoming which held last May 22, Friday at the Edsa Shangri-La, Manila.

Who is Manuel Event

With the theme: “MLQU Regaining its Glory! Sikat ‘pag Quezonian,” the event was attended by famous MLQU Alumni and notable government officials. This big celebration is hosted by Luanne Dy and GMA Kapuso host Drew Arellano.


Before the event, “Maghihintay ako…-Manuel” has been talk of the town since numerous billboards with that statement were put up all over the Metro, and along the SLEX and NLEX.  Who is Manuel? What is he waiting for? Is this a proposal? Quetions have been circulating around the news as well as in social media.

The name Manuel on the billboard represents the school, Manuel L. Quezon University. This campaign aims to emphasize its historical significance to the new generation. The university has plans for coming back into the limelight and to show university’s many plans to continue its legacy into the future.

“It’s about time that we get back on track and build the culture of excellence and legacy of becoming an outstanding institution,” – Dr. Isagani Germar, New San Jose Builders, Inc. (NSJBI) Co-chairman and MLQU President.

Manuel L Quezon University Grand Alumni Homecoming 2015

During the event, there’re impersonators went up on stage and showcased their talent in dancing and lip-synching. They impersonated international icons such as Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Madonna and Nicki Minaj.

Famous personalities spotted in the event were Neil Perez, an officer of the Philippine National Police Aviation and Security Group, who won the title of Mister International Philippines  and  Unang Hirit host, Lhar Santiago. Both of them are MLQU Alumni.

Neil Perez MLQU

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), 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.

Manuel L Quezon University Alumni

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, 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, Former Bulacan Governor Obet Pagdanganan, Former Senator Wigberto Tañada, Former Senator Wenceslao Lagumbay, 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”.

Manuel L Quezon University currently offers courses such as Law and Paralegal Studies, Education, Arts and Sciences, Accountancy and Business Arts, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Criminology, Architecture, and Information Technology. The university is planning to add a course on real estate management.

Meanwhile, since  New San Jose Builder’s acquisition of MLQU last October 2014, the university’s plans for upgrading are beginning to take shape. At the top of its priority are reclaiming its role as breeding ground formation- builders and producing graduates that would attain 100% passing rate in board and bar exams. The new leadership of MLQU assures that with the help of the new management, today’s generation of Quezonian would be able to meet even exceed the glory of the university’s past.

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