Ateneo Pays Tribute to Dr. Alan Bengzon
June 12, 2013
Ateneo de Manila University officials staged Sunday a special surprise tribute for former Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health dean and Vice President for the Professional Schools Dr. Alfredo Bengzon MD who stepped down after decades of service to the university.
The tribute was held in the form of a commencement exercise – but only for one particular student.
It was opened by Ateneo president Fr Jett Villarin SJ. “This evening we celebrate the beginning of a great journey of one of the most exceptional individuals the Ateneo has seen” he said. The night’s hosts were Dr. Obet Tanchanco and Dr. Antonette Palma-Angeles
The event was graced by the presence of Dr. Bengzon’s family, friends and colleagues. Basketball players Nonoy Baclao, Emman Monfort, Chris Sumalinog and JP Erram came to celebrate with him.
The ASMPH Vox, Ateneo Chamber Singers, Ateneo College Glee Club,the Blue Babble Battalion, and his granddaughter Celine Bengzon had special performances. In a successful attempt to inject some humor and fun into Bengzon’s life and achievements, the Ateneo community also prepared a special music video entitled “Doctah Bengzon Style.”
The guests also played the game “Graduate o Grad-wait??” where they had to guess Dr. Bengzon’s grades in particular grade schoolsubjects.
The night was a journey back to Dr. Bengzon’s days as an Atenean. His close friends paid tribute to him that night, as well as his homeroom teacher Fr. Catalino Arevalo SJ, his longtime friends Mr. Bobby Paterno and Ms. Dina Abad, Ateneo Law School dean, Atty. Sedfrey Candelaria, and Fr. Bienvenido Nebres SJ.
That night the Dr. Alfredo R.A. Bengzon Medical Scholarship Fund was inaugurated. As the first endowment completely dedicated to scholarships for students of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, the Dr. R.A. Bengzon Medical Scholarship Fund is initiated by the colleagues, former students, friends and family of Dr. Alfredo Bengzon, each one of whom has been inspired by his guidance, mentorship and leadership.