Carolinians celebrate 8th anniversary

The Carolinians in Australia celebrated its eighth anniversary at the Blacktown RSL last month.

With a ‘Live, Love, Laugh, Dine and Dance’ theme, the Carolinians took the occasion to give tribute to outstanding alumni and to the organisation’s host of achievements in recent years.

The Carolinians in Australia – gathering alumni from the University of San Carlos in Cebu – is currently headed by chairman lawyer Jessie Icao.

Chief guest at the event was Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis who lauded the group’s social service projects including the Carolinians’ adoption of the Candulawan Elementary School in Talisay.

“The organisation’s continued sense of fellowship, friendship, kinship in being Cebuanos is something that everyone should always be very proud of,” said the Consul General.

USC-Semper Fidelis (highest awards given to USC alumnus) Scientia (Sciences), Virtus (Moral Ethics & Leadership) and Devotio (Dedicated Service) were given to alumni all over the world. Three Carolinians in Australia – Julie Nunez, Max Encomienda and Fe Limjap – received the Devotio (Dedicated Service) Award in 2012.

USC alumni in Australia have been instrumental in raising the university’s college level assessment standards in Australia from Category B to Category A.

“We have improved the USC ranking in Australia. Before, it was in Category B which means that a USC graduate only carries a second year college level assessment rating in Australia. But now with advocacy and representation we managed to raise it to Category A in 2005,” said information and welfare committee chairperson Fe Limjap.

“Thus a Bachelor’s Degree in USC is now equivalent to a degree here,” she said.
She said that the organisation raised funds for Father Ed Salazar, then USC president, to help lay the ground work for the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the USC and the Australian Catholic University.

The MoA paved the way to have the USC nursing degree accepted and recognised as a Bachelor’s of Nursing Degree in Australia in 2006.

PCC NSW president Atoy Sayas hailed the association’s achievements and cited the Carolinians for its support to various projects benefiting the Filipino community in Australia.

*Photos by Marilie Eftekharhashtroudi


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