Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Destiny and Destination

Burgis author to review HAU history book

MODERN classic History of the Burgis author will be the guest speaker at the April 2 closing ceremonies of the Diamond Jubilee Year of Holy Angel University.

Mariel Francisco, one of the country’s top female writers, editors and book reviewers, will also review the book Destiny and Destination: The Extraordinary Story and History of Holy Angel University 1933-2008, written by Robby Tantingco, when it is launched during the same ceremonies.

Francisco is also known for the best-selling books, Ladies Lunch and Other Ways to Wholeness and A Spiritual Pillow Book, which she co-authored with her close associate Gilda Cordero-Fernando.

A member of the Nepomuceno clan of Angeles City and an alumna of Holy Angel University, she is the daughter of Armando and Paciencia Nepomuceno who both graduated summa cum laude from the college department of the then Holy Angel Academy.

Mariel herself graduated high school valedictorian (Class ‘61), as did her sisters.

She took up AB English Literature at Maryknoll College and MA English at the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School. She took advanced studies in English language teaching at the University of Reading (UK) through a British Council grant, and at Georgetown University (Washington D.C.) through a Fulbright visitorship.

In 1976, she joined the faculty of the Ateneo’s College of Arts and Sciences English Department, teaching English language and literature and Philippine culture, until 1990.

From 1986 to 1990, she worked as consultant to the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Regional Office as well as Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Learning Center, whose responsibilities included training Ministry of Health officials from Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Laos and China in management and leadership through English language skills.

She currently gives workshops on “The Spiritual Power of Aging” based on her research on the seven-year stages of human biography and life after life.

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