Natatanging Wesleyanians 2017

Ms. MARYBETH G. MATEO-ORTIZ was a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Social Work in year 1980. She currently works as Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer of the Municipality of Guagua, Pampanga. She was recognized by the National and Regional Governments and was awarded “Most Outstanding Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer” in 2008, and the “Gawad sa Paglilingkod sa Sambayanan Award” in 2015, respectively, to name a few from the numerous awards and recognitions she received. The work engagement of Ms. Mateo-Ortiz bespeaks for her true passion of rendering services to the community, outside her profession being a social worker, because she makes sure that her spirit reaches out to the top-most priority, especially the underprivileged and forsaken.

Ms. Mateo-Ortiz may not have practiced her profession in this city or province, but she has extended the pride and values instilled in her by Wesleyan beyond the local scenario. Aside from serving as trainer in various government services, she also indulged herself into engaging in various community and UMC organizations where she could best assist her fellow.

Ms. AURORA PIEDED GARCIA was the Valedictorian of Elementary batch 1959, the Valedictorian of High School batch 1963, a Summa Cum Laude of Bachelor of Secondary Education in 1966, and a Summa Cum Laude of Bachelor of Arts in 1967, all of which under the, then, Philippine Wesleyan College (PWC). She also took History of English in the Graduate School of PWC. She is one of the few graduates who studied at Wesleyan from elementary to graduate school.

Ms. Garcia is so remarkable in her civic services and United Methodist Church engagements by handling different positions, such as in Cabanatuan City Association, Filipino Caucus (under the banner of the UMC), First Fil-Am UMC of SGV in Hacienda Heights. Since year 1978 until the present, she is the Secretary of Wesleyan University – Philippines Alumni Association based in USA. She authored several researches, such as the “Reading to Write or Writing to Read” and Colon Cancer Screening Study with University of CA LA. She was twice (2000 and 2009) nominated in the Apple Award by the Unified Teachers, Los Angeles Chapter. She was awarded “Outstanding Student of Nueva Ecija” in 1966, and a nominee for “Outstanding Student of the Philippines” in 1968. She is an active supporter of WU-P; hence sending several scholars in the SHARE program whom she personally shoulders their tuition fees.