By Keziah G. Huelar


Keynote Speaker, Hon. Glenda S. Arquiza, Chairperson, Board of Nursing, Professional Regulation Commission talked about “Connect and Collaborate: Forging Efforts Towards a Globally Congruent Nursing Education and Practice.”

Remembering the legacy of the late Natividad C. Caipang, the Central Philippine University College of Nursing and the Capiz Emmanuel Hospital and Iloilo Mission Hospital Nurses’ Alumni Association held the 2nd Natividad C. Caipang Memorial Lecture Series at the Rose Memorial Auditorium on October 3, 2018.

For the welcome remarks, CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, highlighted the importance of preserving the legacy of Dean Caipang to inspire the next generation of Centralian nurses to pursue excellence: “There are opportunities for service in many countries around the world, so it is important that our graduates are at par with the [nursing] graduates of those from industrialized nations. We want to make sure that when our nurses leave the campus and serve wherever they may be, they are prepared to carry the CPU name.”

Atty. Salex E. Alibogha, Dean, CPU College of Nursing, in his welcome greetings, praised Dean Caipang as a passionate advocate of the nursing profession: “Natividad C. Caipang is the second Filipino Dean of the CPU College of Nursing next to Loreto D. Tupaz. Caipang has exemplified being a nurse educator par excellence. Her life is full of mobilization and internalization.”

Engr. Isagani J. Jalbuena, President, CPUAAI Inc., commended the legacy of Dean Caipang as a Centralian nurse dedicated to make CPU as an academic institution producing world class nurses: “She is considered as one of the pillars of the nursing profession here in Western Visayas. Her great deeds in the nursing profession have inspired the CPU College of Nursing and the CCINAA. I believe that the nurses here today will benefit from this memorial lecture.”

The introduction to the memorial lecture and the insights from the life of the late Dean Caipang was done by Ms. Elsie Italia, CPU BSN Class 1974.

Keynote Speaker, Hon. Glenda S. Arquiza, Chairperson, Board of Nursing, Professional Regulation Commission talked about “Connect and Collaborate: Forging Efforts Towards a Globally Congruent Nursing Education and Practice.” Her talk highlighted the importance of linking together nursing and health organizations to share and discuss the best practices in the nursing profession.

After which, Dr. Arnold John P. Anceno, Education Program Supervisor for Health Sciences, CHED Regional Office 6, discussed “The CHED Mandate on Globalization of Nursing Education”; Rosana Grace Belo-Delariarte, Dean, West Visayas State University and CPU BSN Class 1978 talked about “Globalization Efforts in Nursing Education: Insights and Initiatives”; and Atty. Alibogha discussed on the topic “Interactive Discussion on Globalization of Nursing Education.”

During the afternoon session, Dr. Rowena Libo-on, Acting Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Director, CPU Transnational Programs talked about “Globalization of Education in Healthcare Perspective”; Dr. Lilia Delicana, CPU BSN 1996, and Director of Nursing Services Office, Medicus Medical Center, discussed about “Globalization of Nursing Care Services: Perspective and Insights”; and Dr. Betty Polido, CPU BSN Class 1969, and Director of QualiMed Hospital Iloilo talked about “Interactive Discussion on Globalization of Nursing Education.”

After the lectures, Ms. Cynthia Mendoza gave her closing remarks.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the nursing profession and health education, Dean Natividad Campillo-Caipang received the Distinguished Centralian in Nursing during the 93rd University Day of Central Philippine University in 1998.

Dean Caipang received her BSN (Post-Basic) and MA in Education from CPU in 1954 and 1962 respectively. Her 17 years as dean of the CPU College of Nursing had brought the college into its current status of distinction, recognized both here and abroad. Under her deanship, the college attained full accreditation status, offered the MA in Nursing Program, and became very active in community health outreach.

She had served as PNA governor for Region VI and was a four-time chapter president of PNA-Iloilo, the first and only chapter to attain the Hall of Fame status. She co-founded the Council of Administrators in Nursing Education in Western Visayas and was its first chairperson.

In 1997, Prof. Caipang received the Anastacia Giron Tupas Award, the most prestigious award in the nursing profession. She was cited as “a professional nurse whose seeds of patience and perseverance brought forth fruits of opportunities in leadership and service in the academe.”  She had received various awards from the PNA Iloilo Chapter, the Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing, Region VI, and the most recent, from CPU, Capiz Emmanuel Hospital, and Iloilo Mission Hospital Nurses Association. No wonder, she has been listed in the Who’s Who in the World and the International Who’s Who in Education as early as the 80’s.

The 2nd Natividad C. Caipang Memorial Lecture was spearheaded by the Nursing Batch 1978.

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