Victor S. Claravall
AB Economics 1994
Bambi is a true-blue Atenean. He graduated from the Ateneo Grade School in 1986, the Ateneo High School in 1990 and from the College in 1994. For his first work and with the intent of giving back to his alma mater, Bambi taught Algebra and Geometry at the Ateneo High School. This was also when he began to use Victor as his nickname instead of Bambi. His career as a teacher thus began. At present, he runs a Kumon Math and Reading Center in the Loyola Heights area and is also involved in offering Kumon Math to students of Libis Elementary School, a government elementary school beside Blue Ridge Subdivision. He is married to Marge Yu-Claravall and they have two children, Victoria and Xavier. He was the AASA Program Officer from 1998 to 2000 and is currently the President of the association.
Grace Camacho-De Jesus
AB Economics 1978
Grace's involvement in AASA started in 1987 when she attended the first meeting of alumni scholars called by Fr. Bill Kreutz. Since then, she has been an active member of the Executive Committee and has helped organize fundraising activities and special events while pursuing a banking career and raising a family. At present, she is co-chair of the Ways and Means Committee.
Grace still feels that even after more than 20 years with AASA, she has not yet fully repaid the college scholarship that Ateneo, through then Admissions Director, Fr. Ting Samson, had given her. Thus, she looks forward to at least another 20 years of service in AASA, which she considers her fountain of youth.
Grace is Vice President at Bank of the Philippine Islands. She is married to Odit (HS 1969) who, from the start, has understood her dedication and has supported all AASA activities. They have four children: Vida, a graduate of College of St. Benilde's Music Production, Dino (BS ME ‘06), Rene (AB IS ‘09), and Migi (sophomore, AB MEC).
Joyce Christine A. Castillo
BS Physics 2005 and BS Computer Engineering 2006
Joyce was an AASA scholar from 2001 to 2005 for her BS Physics degree. She went on to finish her BS Computer Engineering Degree in 2006. Her five year stay at the Ateneo allowed her to explore her passion which included, among other things, going into the field of artificial muscles. She now works in Hewlett-Packard, Asia Pacific Hongkong Limited as an IT consultant supporting customers from Europe, Middle East and Africa. She co-chairs the Marketing & Communications Committee.
Maria Lourdes Flores- Mercado
AB Economics 1980
After college, Malou worked for the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation as a financial analyst. She moved to corporate banking where she served as account officer until year 2000. She took her early retirement and worked as project officer of AASA for the period 2000-2003. In 2007, she put up Blubright Insurance Agency Inc. (
) , with her husband Leonel M. Mercado (AB Eco 1981, also an ADMU scholar). Their agency provides non-life and life insurance requirements to their valued clients. Malou has been in the Executive Committee for several years now and is currently co-chair of the Membership Committee. She has four Ateneo-schooled children: Marlowe (AB Euro ‘10), Marie (AB MEco ‘12) and twin boys Marc and Matt in seventh grade at the Ateneo Grade School. She’s also an active parent officer in AGS and a volunteer trainer of a group working with Pathways.
Julia Cristina A. Morata
AB Psychology 1982
Jolly has been with the Ateneo for more than half her life (she started right out of college). She was an Ateneo Scholarship Foundation (ASF) scholar in both college and graduate school. She has been with the Office of Admissions and Aid as Admission Officer for the past six years and she is currently the Assistant to the Director for Scholarships. She finds it a fulfillment to be able to give back to the university and to continue meeting scholars through the years. The generosity of many benefactors, including the AASA, remains a constant inspiration. She hopes to add 500 more scholarships as we celebrate the sesquicentennial in December 2009. She is happy to serve as the liaison of the AASA to the OAA and the co-chair of the Operations Committee.
Rhoderick R. Torres
AB Social Sciences 1992
Heaven is a Dean Galdon Scholarship Awardee. He was the Student Council President in his senior year and he graduated in 1992 with Departmental Honors from the Socio-Anthropology Department. He is one of the founders of the Father Galdon Club. He taught at the Ateneo de Manila Grade School from 1992 to 1994. He currently runs Tuchak Marketing Services, Inc. (www.tmsphil.com) which is a marketing services company that plans and executes Below The Line programs for multinational and local companies. He is married to Eileen and is father to Jose Miguel (Happy) and Jose Antonio (Jolly). Heaven has been an AASA director since January 2008 and is co-chair of the Membership Committee.
Richard Ryan Caluya
BS Management Information Systems 2004
Ryan was an ASPAC scholar and graduated in 2004. He is now a Systems Administrator at Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific. He joined AASA in 2010 with a vision that AASA will continue to grow and be able to provide Ateneo scholarships not just for Loyola Schools but other Ateneo universities as well.
Ronald Allan L. Cruz
BS Biology 2002
Ronald Cruz was an Ateneo scholar throughout High School and College, and he is now an Instructor of Biology at the Loyola Schools. He is also the founder and Moderator of the Ateneo Biological Organization eXplore eXperience eXcel (BOx). He envisions AASA as a lively and dynamic community of individuals united in gratitude and in the desire to give back to their beloved University and its future scholars.
Rhett Francis M. Mallen
BS Electronics and Communications Engineering 2003
Francis was part of the pioneer batch of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) in Ateneo. He was an ASPAC scholar from 1998-2002 and became an AASA scholar during his fifth year. He graduated in 2003. He works as a Technology Consultant in Hewlett-Packard Asiapacific Ltd., specializing in information security and business continuity. He became one of the newest directors in the AASA board last year.
Philipp M. Gotico
BS Chemistry 2011
Phil is a recent graduate of BS Chemistry and is now taking up his fifth year in Materials Science and Engineering. He is a recipient of AASA scholarship for 2008-2011, DOST-SEI scholarship for 2009-2012, and a Financial Aid Scholar for 2007-2008 and 2011-2012. Phil is humbly grateful for these scholarship opportunities for it had brought him from a public school in Cotabato City, to a science high school in Davao City, and finally to a prestigious Jesuit school in Quezon City. Though he’s still a fresh graduate, he tries to be of service to the scholars’ community by being a member of the Operations Committee.
Eduard Edwynn D. Capacio
BS Management Engineering 2011
Eduard, an ASPAC scholar, graduated from the Management Engineering program with a minor degree in German Studies. He was also a recipient of the Ateneo Residence Halls Scholarship, HS 70 and Benevolent Universe food scholarships. In his college days, he was busy juggling his time serving the Ateneo scholars' community through Ateneo-Gabay and ARSA while also participating in business competitions that he hoped will not only enrich him as a person but would also bring honor to Ateneo and possibly, the country. Although he came from a science background back in high school, he is actively pursuing a career at an FMCG company and hopes to add value to the society. At the present, he is currently adjusting to the corporate life while still helping the Ateneo scholars' community by serving through AASA. He hopes that someday, somehow, more and more deserving but financially-challenged students will be given the gift of an Ateneo education, a blessing that he will forever be thankful of for the rest of his life.
Maria Asumcion P. Fider
AASA Program Officer
Sam is a Communication Arts graduate of Miriam College. She worked as a business development officer, copywriter and account manager for an events and production company and was also a brand associate for a local lifestyle brand. While in Ateneo, she intends to take up her Masters in Communication. As AASA’s Program Officer since June 2008, she is busy putting together the AASA call center and fundraising efforts.
Joseph Andrew C. Serafica
AB Interdisciplinary Studies 2008, AASA Assistant Program Officer
Jandrew spent his 16 year tenure as student all in the Ateneo, graduating from the grade school in 2000, high school in 2004, and college in 2008. He graduated with a degree in AB Interdisciplinary Studies, taking up the tracks of Communication and Psychology. Because of his loyalty, it is not a surprise that he ended up working within the Ateneo campus for his first job. Though not a scholar, he understands the significance of receiving an education from a great school like the Ateneo. Thus, he devotes himself in aiding scholars in little ways for them to have chance to obtain an education from his alma mater. A former lead vocalist of a rock band and a huge Ateneo Basketball Team fan, Jandrew hopes to make a simple yet significant contribution to the world for its betterment before his time ends.