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A tribute to a great University of the Philippines nurse, the Julita V. Sotejo Medallion of Honor was established by UPNAAI
as its highest and most coveted award to recognize nursing alumni who embody ideals
espoused by Julita V. Sotejo, principal, UP-PGHSN, founder and first dean, U.P. College of Nursing.
Since the award’s inception in 1993 to 2019, twenty-seven awardees have joined the JVS Hall of Fame.
Medallium Honoris Servitium Pro Patriae et Humanitate
(For Service to Country and Humanity)
J.V. SOTEJO MEDALLION OF HONOR RECIPIENTS
Professor Emerita, UP College Of Nursing
Consecrated Lay Woman, Member of Notre Dame De Vie
Educational consultant for various universities
Author of published textbooks used by various schools of nursing in the Philippines
Mentor to Graduate Students
Speaker for local and national conferences
National Awardee, Outstanding College Teacher
National Awardee, Outstanding Professional in Nursing
Former Member, Board of Registered Nursing
For her dedication to be the consummate educator, nurse, researcher, nun, counselor, author, mentor and “mother” to many UPCN alumni and nurses from other schools and hospitals whom she considers her big family of “adopted children.”
Professor, UP College Of Nursing
Former Chairperson, Professional Regulations Commission
President, Secular Carmelite Order St. Teresa of Jesus
President, UP_PGHSNAA - Legacy Book Project
For her courage and compassion in restoring the dignity and integrity of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) - Board of Nursing
Lydia Arao Palaypay, GN’51, BSN, MSN, DSc (Hon.), RN
Former Dean and Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Far Eastern University, Institute of Nursing
For her dedication in elevating the nursing education and working
to organize the nursing professionals into Ang Nars, a socio-political organization that aims to alleviate,
if not solve, problems that perennially beleaguer nursing in the Philippines.
Health Futures Foundation,Inc
For her commitment to championing a community-based nurse living and
working with the people using a holistic perspective and approach. She distinguished
herself as a pioneer in the practice of traditional Filipino medicine and other forms of
complementary health strategies.
Edmund JY Pajarillo, BSN’79, MPA’90, MSN, PhD, RN-BC, CPHQ, NEA-BC
Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing Studies
Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health - Garden City, NY
For his leadership in Nurses' House, a national charitable institution providing
short-term financial assistance to nurses in need as a result of illness, injury or
disability; and his extensive academic work in Nursing Informatics.
Dula Fara-on Pacquiao, BSN'68, MN'77, EdD'92
Professor and Director, Stanley S. Burgen Center for Multicultural Education Research & Practice
Rutgers University School of Nursing - Newark, NJ
For her leadership and advocacy of transcultural nursing and her work on
health care programs to strengthen HIV/AIDS prevention.
Marlene Cataylo Chance, GN'75, BSN, MSN, PhD, EJD, RN, FNP-BC
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Primary Care Physicians of Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Florida
For her unrelenting effort in advocating the role of Nurse Practitioners
in the many facets of the medical profession.
Minerva Salinas Guttman, BSN'68, MA, M.Ed., Ed.D., RN, APN
Chief Academic and Administrative Officer
Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health
Fairleigh Dickinson University - Teaneck, NJ
For her dedication in enhancing competency in nursing practice through
integration of nursing education and other skills.
Marilyn Machon Patillo, BSN'69, MSN, PhD, RN, GNP -BC, CNS-BC
Associate Professor, University of Texas, Austin
For her work on bioterrorism preparedness, contemporary disaster response and recovery skills
for nurses and continuing service with the Homeland Security.
Lorraine S. Evangelista, BSN'85, MN, PhD, CCNS, CCRN, FAHA, FAAN
Associate Professor, University of California in Los Angeles
For her work on understanding the nature, causes, and prevention of cardiovascular infirmities,
including self -care and symptom management.
Fely Marilyn Elegado-Lorenzo, BSN'73, MPH'81, DrPH
Professor, University of the Philippines - College of Public Health
For her service as a community nurse and her work on the burdens of malaria
and dengue diseases in the Philippines.
Josefina Angeles Tuazon, BSN'77, MN, DrPH
Professor and Former Dean, University of the Philippines - College of Nursing
For her advocacy of physical well being through education, training
and promotion of healthy lifestyles.
Carolina Pestano De Guzman, GN'54, BSN'59, MSN, CCRN, CPAN
Retired Post Anesthesia Care Nurse Samuel Merrit Hospital
For her work, research and development and publication of the
policy manual for post anesthesia care entitled:
Comprehensive Guidelines for Post Anesthesia Care Nursing Practice
Mely C.M. De Leon, BSN'61, MS
Critical Care Nurse, Pediatric ICU
Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California
Is almost synonymous with three words/categories: alumni, professional nursing association, and patient care.
She truly epitomizes the ideals espoused by Dean Sotejo in the areas of patient care,
leadership, academics, involvement in professional associations and scholarly activities.
Luz Buenavista-Tungpalan, BSN'63, MA'76
Dean and Associate Professor, University of the Philippines - College of Nursing
Best known as the author of the biography of the UPCN Founder and first Dean for 22 years,
Dr. Julita V. Sotejo, entitled: Action Oriented Leadership and LV. Sotejo: A Biography (2001).
It is "dedicated to all UPCN alumni who have been privileged to partake of the fruits of Dean Julita V. Sotejo's
vision and leadership - that they may in turn light each other's path with the glow of their ideals"
Marilou Aniceto-Wasseluk, BSN'67, MPA'72, PhD
Professor and Director, Oakton Community College
Associate Degree in Nursing Program, Des Plaines, Illinois
For her contribution to the solutions of the current problem of disparities among
minority students in the health care professions (nursing).
Rozzano C. Locsin, PhD'88
Professor, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
For his commitment to promote "caring" as the essence of nursing in his
teaching, publications, scholarly and consulting activities nationwide and globally.
Cecilia Marcaida Laurente, BSN'67, MN'73, PhD
Dean, University of the Philippines - College of Nursing
For bringing the attention of the world to the plight of the Filipino nurses, and her
militant activitism in the service of her profession, her country and fellowmen.
Soledad Salvador-Grino, GN'51, BSN, MPH
Program Director, Philippine Leprosy Mission
For her lifelong service, mission, and care for the unfortunate victims of the dreaded leprosy.
Leticia Sta Maria-Lantican, BSN'62, MA'79, PhD'80 (Psych)
Director, College of Nursing, University of Texas
Expert Consultant, National Institute of Mental Health - Bethesda MD
For her work on mental health care integration,
stress coping, social support, community health, worker's training and health services research.
Phoebe Dauz-Williams, BSN'62, MN69, MN, PhD, FAAN
Professor, University of Kansas School of Nursing
The first Filipino to be recognized as Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses (FAAN);
For her work on children, their development and reaction to illness and hospitalization.
Aurora Santos-Yapchiongco, GN'50, BSN, MA'64, DrPH
Former Assistant Principal, Philippine General Hospital School of Nursing
and Former Dean, University of the Philippines - College of Nursing
For the implementation of the competency -based community -oriented
BSN curriculum which became one of the bases for the designation
of the UPCN as WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing Development in Primary Health Care
Erlinda Agustin-Simunek, BSN'62, EdD, JD
Founding Dean and Professor, Florida International University School of Nursing
With blended roles as nurse researcher, clinician and attorney connected with
a law firm specializing in personal injury, wrongful death, medical
malpractice, etc; Involved in promoting International Nursing.
Erlinda Ortin, BSN'69, MN'71, MPH'85
Technical Adviser in Nursing, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Involved in working for just compensation for nurses in the Philippines which
gained the attention of the International Labor Organization in Geneva.
Mollyn Villareal-Bohnen, BSN'62, MS, MD
Professor, California State University in Sacramento
Prolific researcher and lecturer who has been traveling around the world to share her expertise
with others; Involved in providing opportunities for minority students and foreign nurses.
Feicitas de la Cruz -Millman, GN'59, BSN'65, MA'70, DNSc
Professor, Azusa Pacific University and California State University
Known for her relentless work and research in Home Health Care and her pioneering
spirit in implementing the High Risk Home Health Nursing Clinical Specialty Program.