Awards, titles and degrees only become meaningful when translated into selfless deeds and endeavors for your fellowmen. -Dr. Ramon Nery

The Xavier University High School Class 72 celebrated their 50th Anniversary during their Grand Jubilee Celebration held at the Chali Resort and Convention Center, Bgy. Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City on December 3, 2022 and at the RB Banaag Beach Resort in Opol, Misamis Oriental on December 4, 2022.

Day 1 of the XUHS Class 72 Grand Reunion at Chali Resort & Convention Center.

Among the highlights of the two-day celebration was the recognition of their outstanding and exemplary batch mates for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the community that best personified the Ignatian Ideals of Cura Personalis, Discernment, Finding God in all things, Magis, Reflection, Service rooted in justice and love, and not the least, solidarity and kinship.

Following are the Outstanding and Exemplary Graduates of XUHS Class  72 recognized during their 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee.

CRESCENCIO JONG/WAMEN” CO UNTIAN. JR
If schools are the foundation of the future, Crescencio “Jong or Wamen” Co Untian, Jr devoted 40 years of his life molding students for tomorrow. A Lawyer and a Certified Public Accountant, Jong was a dedicated mentor to future lawyers and accountants by unselfishly and tirelessly sharing his knowledge and expertise to young minds of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan and Liceo de Cagayan University.

A student leader and a champion orator in his youth, he authored best selling books. His Taxation Digest (Bar Version) is considered to be a must read to both future and practicing lawyers. It is endorsed by Ateneo de Manila Bar Top Notchers and referenced not only in the Philippines but internationally as well. It is catalogued in the US Library of Congress.

His other books, Taxation Digest (CPA Version) and the Mercantile Law Digest are essential reading and review materials for future lawyers and accountants. Jong’s Mercantile Law Digest is being referenced by Cornell University, New York, USA. As a practicing lawyer/accountant he assisted many private corporations and individuals. His valuable service was also tapped by Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City as a consultant for local taxes and to revenue generation.
Crescencio’s legacy as a distinguished educator undoubtedly contributed to the success of hundreds of his students. His service to the province and the city resulted in income used to improve services and quality of life of its constituents.
Jong has 2 children. Daughter, Dr. Jasmeen Marisse or Jamee is a Medical Practitioner specializing in Psychiatry. Son, Crescencio III or Maco is engaged in business and a TESDA mentor.

DR. GUILLERMO ‘GLEN’ TABIOS III
Perhaps being a college professor would have been the least likely choice for Dr. Guillermo “Glen” Tabios III.

After acquiring a degree in Agricultural Engineering from UPLB, he felt his knowledge was not sufficient enough to be of significant help to their family business in the province of Bukidnon. He decided to pursue a post graduate degree in Civil Engineering and embarked on a teaching career that allowed him to hone a very unique and specific skill set.

It was at this point that he knew he was destined to be an academician instead of being a businessman. As one of the leading authorities in Civil Engineering in the Philippines and Asia, Dr. Tabios made significant and outstanding contributions in hydraulics engineering and water resource management.

His pioneering works in 2-dimensional hydraulic modeling led to restoration of rivers, large scale complex surface water and groundwater optimal utilization, flood prevention, reservoir operations and sedimentation management.

He also developed the pipe network model for the Metro Manila water distribution system including the detection, surveillance and quantification of water loss due to pipe leakage and pilferage. Glen’s expertise was also tapped by China, Japan, South Korea and other countries.

His valuable works in water management enhanced urban planning for both water distribution and flood control management. Among the many accolades Glen acquired, was honored as Academician of National Academy of Science and Technology in 2010. Also, he was conferred the title of Professor Emeritus, the first in Civil Engineering and one of the 5 given such recognition in the College of Engineering UP Diliman since 1910.

In 2021 Dr. Glen Tabios was the recipient of the prestigious Michael Purvis Award of the Philippine Association for Advancement of Science and Technology. He has been happily married for twenty years to Aida and the couple is blessed with daughter Gillian.

NELSON CHANG
In 2008 Nelson Chang established GAMA Foods. Through his hard work and keen management it became one of the biggest poultry integrators not only in Northern Mindanao, but in the entire Philippines. The company is also producing quality dressed chicken and other related products.

Despite facing strong competition from local producers and the country being flooded by products coming from neighboring nations, Nelson stood his ground and expanded operations to Cebu and lloilo.
GAMA Foods continues to progress in developing value products that will suit the Filipino taste at affordable prices. Nelson currently employs 3,000 workers, providing a much needed source of livelihood to local communities.

To keep GAMA Foods’ employees motivated Nelson and wife Gwendolyn support various social activities including basketball tournaments. As part of his civic responsibility Nelson started building schools to improve education and lives in rural areas. To date he already completed building 3 schools in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.
GAMA Foods is a real family ran business. Gwendolyn is helping Nelson dealing with the financial side of their operation. Nelson and Gwendolyn have been married for 36 years and is blessed with a son, Mark and daughters Gwen Marie, Alyanna and Alyssa. Their children are also actively participating in making sure their company is functioning efficiently.

DR. RAMON NERY
Dr. Ramon M. Nery’s excellent academic background prepared him well in his chosen career in public service.
A consistent honor student and scholar, he completed his medical degree from UE MMC in 1980. He proceeded to train in Pathology at the Rizal Memorial Center and became a Diplomate in 1987 and a Fellow in 1992. Doc Monching earned his Masters of Hospital Administration in the UP College of Public Health with high honors.

Doc Monching’s early exposure to poor health care for underprivileged patients rekindled his Ignatian spirit in his budding medical career. A thorough soul searching prompted him to make a personal decision to act and make a difference in the betterment of the community.

He left his prestigious and well-paying job as a pathologist, and shifted to Public Hospital Administration. He advocated for easy accessibility, affordability and impartial services in public hospitals. His advocacy took his medical practice to far flung places like Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

Now retired from public service, he is still active as Director for Phil Red Cross MisOr-CDO Chapter. Among the numerous prestigious national awards given to Doc Monching are the Ten Outstanding Filipinos (TOFIL) in 2011, Pathologist of the Year in 2012, while the Gawad Bayani ng Kalusugan in 2020 was a recognition of his passion for public service, his managerial acumen in hospital administration, his active involvement in the blood program and disasters (ie. Typhoon Sendong/Pablo, Marawi Siege, etc.) and his crucial role in CDO’s Covid 19 pandemic response activities.

He is married to Dr. Lorraine Jungco RN, MD. Together with daughter Trisha Rhaine, they  are now residing in Cagayan de Oro City. The couple is also developing a resort, Mita’s Place in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.


REY “RYANZ GOLD” QUISUMBING
A Man For All Seasons. A Great Salesman. Rey “Ryanz Gold” Quisumbing is a successful businessman, and a gentleman farmer, Rey has been in fishpond business since 1980, exporting prawns, raising bangus, crabs and tilapia.

He also operates a tilapia nursery. As a hands on farmer he also produces different kinds of vegetables and fruits, and a nursery for varieties of fruit trees, agar wood and sweetwater coconuts and seedlings. Organic and free range chicken and swine productions are also integrated in his farm activities.

As an added service to the travel weary and hungry patrons Rey opened Kan-anan sa Balsa where local dishes and delicacies are served.

Rey’s farm has been serving as a model for farm operations for many years. His altruistic attitude in helping and sharing his farm knowledge endeared him to the community. Rey also extends assistance in marketing the produce of local farmers.

Seeing the need to help current and future farmers improve their farms’ productivity Rey decided to open a TESDA accredited for alternative learning institution for agri crops production and husbandry. Rey’s contribution in improving the income of farmers and reducing poverty is benefiting both local communities and the entire Zamboanga Peninsula.

He is married to Merlou and the couple is blessed with three children; Rain, Emil Rey and Evita. They have five good looking grandsons.

BRIG. GEN. FELIZARDO ‘ZARDS” SIMOY
Brig. Gen. Felizardo “Zards” Simoy’s long and distinguished military career started as a cadet for PMA Class 77.

A trained Engineer and Intelligence Officer, Gen. Simoy performed well in carrying out his mandate. As an intelligence officer he conducted a series of seminars all over the country to promote counter terrorism activities. His expertise on this topic earned him invitations as speaker in Asia Pacific Areas, the British Army, and Defense Institute on International Legal Studies Naval War College in New Jersey and Rhode Island, USA.

As a trained engineer Zards spearheaded some multi-million government projects. Gen. Simoy received an Outstanding Achievement Medal from the AFP for his works in housing projects. Gen. Simoy was instrumental in making the plans and executing the program implementation of 3,000 on-base and 7,000 off-base residential housing and lot packages.

Zards is happily married to Bonnie Ann. The couple has 4 children: Ma. Vanessa, Melissa Lynn, Annie Feliza and only son Justin. Vanessa is a Nurse Practitioner(USRN, APRN) in Ilinois, USA. Melissa completed her Masters Degree from De La Salle University and works as VP for Citibank. Annie is a Manager in Financial Times London in Chicago, ll, USA. Justin is employed with Veterans’ Med. in QC.


NICANOR NICKY” VELEZ PERALTA
Nicanor Nicky” Peralta was a dedicated public servant. After earning his BS in Agriculture in Xavier University, he joined NEDA mostly formulating plans and programs for economic development. He also assisted in evaluating foreign assisted programs.

In 1991 Nicky transferred to the Department of Agrarian Reform. He was initially assigned in DAR Central office preparing project proposals and feasibility studies for implementation. Seeking a more challenging job, Nicky requested to be assigned to DAR’s field operation.

He became the main implementor of CARP that led to subdividing huge landholdings and transferring the ownership to landless farmers in Bukidnon. He also functioned as the Assistant Regional Project Director to foreign funded projects he duly coordinated with Local Government Organizations, Non- Government Organizations and private sectors.

After brief retirement, Nicky was recalled back to DAR as the Project Manager for an IFAD-UN funded project known as CONVERGE (Convergence on Value-Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment). This 2.26 Billion Peso Project’s main goal was to increase farmers income and reduce poverty in Caraga, Zamboanga Peninsula and Northern Mindanao.

Nicky’s earned his lofty government position not as a political appointee, nor thru fraternal affiliation but as a Career Executive Service Officer IV.

Nick was bestowed a Masters’ Degree in National Security Administration by the National Defense College of the Philippines, and carries a Reservist’s rank of Lt. Colonel. As a recognition for his role in uplifting the lives of the landless, Nicky was recognized as the Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan Alumnus of the Year in 1997. In 2007 Nicky was voted the Most Outstanding Alumnus of the National Defense College of the Philippines. Nicky is married to Nida and they are blessed with 4 children; Sven is married to Jenny, MJ, Carlo married to Laarnie, and Andre. Nicky and Nida have 4 grandchildren.


RAFAEL PAENG/ONELL” LLENO
A battle tested military officer. Rafael Paeng/Onell” Lleno graduated with high honors and Physical Sciences Awardee from Philippine Military Academy Class 79.

Upon leaving the Academy Paeng was immediately sent to Southern Mindanao to fight the insurgency and Muslim separatists. His excellent field performance earned him a path to a very promising future with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Paeng completed his Masters Degree from University of Asia & Pacific. He was recalled to the General Headquarters and performed in different tasks including as comptroller with the Philippine Army. Paeng retired from the military service in 2011. He is now engaged in Agri Tourism in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.
Paeng married Eva Racines of Lanao del Sur. The couple is blessed with three boys and a girl.

David Ralph and wife Cielo Ele gave Paeng and Eva their only grandchild, lon. David Ralph was a XUHS Valedictorian and completed his college degree from UP Dilliman. Paul is a chef and helps in operating Taghuyan.Together with the family, Paul actively participate in Batang Suba Ministry. A portion of Taghuyan’s income is financing the Ministry’s activities.

John is an IT Specialist and is married to Dianne Ferrer. Youngest and only daughter Regina Faye is finishing her studies in Silliman University.

RAUL TOTO/TOTO LEY” LEYRITANA
Commodore Raul “Toto, Toto Ley” Leyritana graduated from the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1979.

Raul actively served the Armed Forces of the Philippines for 36 years.  He dutifully performed his services with the Philippine Navy and Armed Forces of Philippines in various positions. Toto went to the University of New South Wales, Australia for his Management Studies. He completed his Master’s Degree in Statistics in UP Diliman, QC.

Following are the Highlights of Raul’s Military Career: Philippine Defense and Military Attaché to Pakistan for 3 years; Served as Security Advisor of Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan; Naval Internal Auditor; Chief, Plans and Program Intelligence Division, O/J-2, AFP; Staff Officer/Military and Academic Instructor; Commanding Officer of Philippine Navy and AFP Units; Served as Head of Corporate Services, AFPMBAI after retirement from Military Service.

Raul married Ella, a beautiful lady from Baguio City. They have 4 intelligent children. Following Raul’s footsteps, his eldest son is Commander(Lt. Col) Raphael Leyritana (PN) graduated from PMA Class 2004. Toto’s elder brother, Edgardo belonged to PMA Class 1972.

They are indeed a family of dedicated Gentlemen and Officers of the AFP who served the country well. Their daughter Rica is an AVP for Union Bank of Philippines, Rachel a Businesswoman and College Consultant and Raul, Jr. is an Electronic and Communication Engineer.

ROMULO ‘DODONG’ ARANCON JR.

Romulo “Dodong” Arancon, Jr. graduated from Xavier College of Agriculture Magna Cum Laude. He taught initially before being recruited by the Philippine Coconut Authority in Davao City.

Dodong’s career blossomed from Training Officer, Manager for Extension and Training Manager for Research Center, up to the highest political position as PCA’s Administrator/CEO and Director of PCA Governing Board. Eventually, he  became the Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Coconut Community (APCC), an international agency of the United Nations. Dodong was based in Jakarta for 12 years.

As Executive Director of APCC, he also collaborated and implemented coconut development projects with UN Agencies like FAO in Rome, CFC in Amsterdam, UNIDO in Vienna, Austria, among others. He managed the enactment of the agency’s program and personally visited all 17 countries associated with APCC. After retirement, he worked as consultant with UN-FAO for rapid appraisal and recommendations on the development needs for coconut sector involving 10 countries.

Dodong was conferred a Masters Degree on Development Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University. He also took post graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, USA; Technical University of Berlin in Germany, and at the Afro-Asian Institute on Cooperatives and Labour Studies in Tel Aviv and at the Ruppin Institute in Netanya, Israel.

Dodong is married to the former Maria Corazon Atienda, a lawyer and retired as Director of the Office of the Ombudsman. Dodong an Cora have three married children who have blessed them with 8 grandchildren. Buddy is an Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate from Ateneo de Manila University and works for Gateway Philippines. Anna Marie completed her degree in Applied Chemistry from AdMU and her MB A from Hult Business School in London. Martin attained his BSc in  Culinary Track from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde and is currently employed in Singapore.

VICTORINO ‘BEBOT’ BUSALLA

For almost four decades, Victorino “Bebot” Busalla was serving and protecting the people of Claveria, Misamis Oriental.

SPO3 Busalla dutifully served the Philippine National Police for over 26 years in different capacities. For 12 years he was the Department Chief Investigator and 9 years as Chief Implementor for Peace and Order and Public Safety.

After his retirement from the Police Force, he ran and won as a Municipal Councilor for Claveria for three consecutive terms from 2007 to 2016. His fine performance as councilor earned him an award as the Most Outstanding Municipal Councilor for three consecutive years, a similar award was also accorded to him by DILG Region 10.

As a young lad, Bebot was known to be a ‘malaugto’, a term used to describe basketball players who tireless play the game the whole day in the XU back courts. A fixture of basketball leagues within the city and neighboring towns, Bebot made a name for himself amongst the local hoopsters. As fate would have it, Bebot met his wife Maria Magdalena while playing as an “import” in Claveria’s basketball tournaments.

They are blessed with 5 children and 9 grandchildren with the eldest at 19 and the youngest 5 years old. The eldest Maryvic, 44, is a Physical Therapist. Marbe, 43, is an Accountancy graduate. Marin, 42, is a Secondary Education Teacher. Victory Rey, 40 and Ryan Victor, 36, both graduated with Degrees in Information Technology.

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