“Bloom where you are planted.” This was the message of one of the pioneer faculty of Laguna University (LU) and Dean of the College of Entrepreneurship, Management and Accountancy (CEMA),Dr. Norayda M. Dimaculangan as she vividly recalled the shaky beginning of LU in 2006 in her testimonial during its 11th founding anniversary celebration held at the Cultural Center of Laguna (CCL) last February 16, 2017.
Dr. Dimaculangan was teary-eyed as she recounted how fate brought her to serve LU. She was nostalgic as she recollected the process of hiring and her first day of teaching in the university. She could still picture how other pioneer faculty looked like when she first met them as if it only happened yesterday.
In her testimony, she told everyone how LU started from scratch but through God’s boundless love plus the unwavering support of its founding president and former Laguna Governor Teresita “Ningning” S. Lazaro and the current LU President and incumbent Governor Ramil L. Hernandez along with the other supporters who believed in making tertiary education accessible to less fortunate but deserving Lagunenses, LU managed to prosper and now celebrating its remarkable 11th year in providing quality education in the province of Laguna.
Delayed salary, scarce classrooms, no decent facilities and many other problems were just few of the difficulties that the pioneer faculty faced during LU’s early years. Dr. Dimaculangan admitted that there were times when they all felt like giving up but they just could not turn their backs on LU.
“But look where we are now. From 400 students to 2, 700 students now and from 13 faculty members to more than 100 now,” she proudly added. From her point of view, LU is now composed of unique and diverse personalities that eventually became its culture—an organizational culture that is a powerful force to development.
For her, she was like a seed that fell to the ground where she grew and bloomed. She believes that all the other faculty members were just like her, both the pioneers and the new ones. They were all planted in one common soil called LU. And she trusts the loyalty that they pledge for their university.
Eleven years had passed but her dedication for LU never weakened. There are still challenges to come, there are still obstacles along the way, the day is not always sunny, sometimes the light is shaded by the clouds, sometimes it rains, sometimes thunder roars and lightning strikes but one thing is for sure, Dr. Dimaculangan and all the other teachers and staff will continue to lead LU until its name rings clearly all over the nation (and in the Asia Pacific region as well). They will continue to produce academically-prepared and technically-skilled young professionals who will soon lead our nation towards greater opportunities and prosperity.
“As long as I am here, I know the vision and mission that I serve,” Dr. Dimaculangan exclaimed as she ended her speech.
Congratulations Laguna University and may you continue your boundless service to help brighten up the future of the Lagunense youth.