By Mike Baños
The Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (Xavier Ateneo) Board of Trustees honored its leaders and partners with a Holiday Dinner on December 2, 2022 at Cucina Higala, Cagayan de Oro’s top rated restaurant billed as the “Home of Mindanao’s Heritage Dishes.”
Hosted by XU Board of Trustees Chairman Frank Guerra and better half Bonnie Guerra, honored officers and members of Xavier Ateneo President’s Council, Leadership Team, Partners, Spouses and Friends.
Present were members of the XU Board of Trustees including Vice Chair Bong Pelaez, newly minted members Fr. Antonio Basilio SJ and Ms. Betty Uy Lu, and former Chairman Elpie Paras who came with his wife Rose; members of the Board Committees, the President’s Council, members of the University Forum, Office of the President Staff led by Dr. Libby Abesamis, members of the Jesuit Community from XU-Loyola House, and Friends and Partners led by Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) Director, Executive Vice President and COO Jose Franco B. Soberano.
Entertainment was provided by musical numbers from select members of the XU Glee Club and the Xavier Philharmonia classical music instruments ensemble.
Also lending honor and prestige to the occasion was the presence of former Xavier Ateneo President Fr. Roberto Yap SJ, Ateneo de Davao University President Joel Tabora SJ, and of course, current XU President Mars P. Tan, SJ.
In his welcome remarks, host Frank Guerra pointedly recognized the efforts of past Trustee Ma.Teresa “Ghaye” Alegrio whom he said but for her tragic early demise, would have made an ideal BOT Chair to succeed him. Ms. Alegrio was represented by her husband Jun..