Reflections After Being Conferred with Xavier-Kuangchi Exemplary Alumni Award
Reynaldo O. Joson, MD
March 18, 2013
March 15, 2013, I was conferred the Xavier-Kuangchi Exemplary Alumnus Award together with Michael Tan, my classmate in Xavier School, Class 1966, and Willy Ong of Class 1981.
Johnip Cua, the Chairman of the Xavier School Board of Trustees, in his message, said that “the most important measure of success for Xavier School depends greatly on whether it is able to develop alumni who will live according to the Xavier Ideal.” I totally agree with him. In fact, I extend the truism to all schools and any educational institutions. To paraphrase, the most important measure of success of any school or educational institution depends greatly on whether it is able to produce graduates and alumni who will live according to its vision and core values.
Above is how schools and educational institutions should assess themselves in relations to their graduates and alumni. If their graduates and alumni are living according to the vision and inculcated core values of the schools and educational institutions, then the latter can claim they have achieved their mission.
How about the graduates and the alumni? How should they assess themselves in relations to their alma maters? In my opinion, if the schools and educational institutions give their graduates and alumni formal and honest-to-goodness recognition of achievement, then the latter can claim they have lived according to the vision and core values of their alma maters. Extending this further, they can claim they have achieved something meaningful, if not everything, in their lives as a citizen or member of the community.
These are exactly how I felt when I was conferred the Xavier-Kuangchi Exemplary Alumnus Award last March 15, 2013 – a dual feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction, one for my alma mater (Xavier School), that I have lived according to its vision and core values and another for myself, that I have achieved something meaningful in my life.
At my age, 64 going to 65, in January 31, 2014, an age for mandatory retirement when one is in the government service, I have been constantly asking myself whether I have done enough in the years that I have spent so far on this earth.
Aside from using the life plan, that I formulated in 1994 and last updated in 2011, to assess myself, I thought also of using formal recognition from my alma maters as an reinforcing evaluation tool.
I have chosen the following schools and educational institutions as my true and strongest alma maters:
- Xavier School
- University of the Philippines College of Medicine
In December 2003, I was given recognition by the University of the Philippine Medical Alumni Society with the title of 2003 Outstanding Educator Awardee.
In June 2004, I was given recognition by the University of the Philippine Alumni Association with the title of 2004 Professional Awardee in Medicine.
In November 2004, I was given recognition by the University of the Philippine College of Medicine with the title of 2004 – 2005 Lino Ed Lim Awardee for the Most Outstanding Medical Teacher in the Clinical Sciences.
In December 2008, I was given recognition by the University of the Philippines Manila College of Medicine with the title of Centennial Professorial Chair.
In March 15, 2013, I was given recognition by Xavier School with the title of 2013 Xavier-Kuangchi Exemplary Alumnus Award.
How do I interpret all these formal recognition bestowed on me?
Since the above recognition signify that I have lived according to the vision and core values of my two alma maters (man for others, community-oriented physician) and that I have achieved something meaningful in my life, I like to think that I have done enough in the years that I have spent so far on this earth. I have lived my life to the fullest.
Since my heart is still beating, I will continue my legacies that started and recognized in the above recognition and refine them.