There are many ways children can honor their parents. Some would commission paintings of them, others would name house rooms or private roads after them. A few would start a professorial chair in their memory, as the Baduel siblings have done.
The Dr. Concesa Milan-Baduel Professorial Chair in Mathematics is an award given to distinguished researchers and educators in mathematics selected by the Institute of Mathematics, University of the Philippines-Diliman. This professorial chair is handed out annually for seven years, from the year 2021 to 2027, through the UP Diliman Mathematics Foundation Inc. The donors for this award are the seven children of Dr. Concesa Milan-Baduel and Atty. Mirardo Baduel.
The launching and awarding of the Dr. Concesa Milan-Baduel Professorial Chair in Mathematics for the year 2021 is on August 30, 2021. This event is timed with the 100th anniversary of the UP Math Club. One of the donors, Vincent Baduel, served as its president in 1971, exactly 50 years ago when the club was celebrating its golden anniversary.
Dr. CONCESA MILAN-BADUEL (1920-2000) is a towering figure in the field of education in the Philippines. Dr. Milan-Baduel started as an elementary school teacher in Cebu City after being one of the youngest graduates of the Cebu Normal School (which is now the Cebu Normal University). She obtained her master’s degree from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City and her doctorate from the University of Santo Tomas (graduated meritissimus).
Dr. Baduel was a faculty member of the University of the Visayas in Cebu City and she eventually became its Vice President from 1965 to 1973. In 1973, she joined the Department of Education and became the Assistant Director of the Bureau of Higher Education. At the same time, she held two other jobs as a faculty member of the Manuel L. Quezon University in Manila and of the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) in Angeles City. She became the Executive Vice President of AUF where she was responsible for the establishment of its College of Medicine, from curriculum development to faculty recruitment.
In 1987, together with other educators, she founded Greenville College in Pasig, Metro Manila where she became its founding President. She served in that position until she passed away in 2000.
Dr. Baduel was also active in professional organizations. She served as President of the Philippine Association for Graduate Education for Central Luzon for six years, and for Central Visayas for nine years. She was President of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (Philippine Chapter) for eight years. She also served as a Director of the Philippine Association for Teacher Education for four years and a Director for the Catholic Teachers Guild for four years.
In 2011, the Cebu Normal University celebrated its 100th anniversary and honored posthumously Dr. Milan-Baduel with the Most Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Dr. Concesa Milan-Baduel and her husband, the late Atty. Mirardo Baduel, worked together to send their seven children to study in the University of the Philippines (UP). It was not easy for a family in Cebu City to send a child to a school in Quezon City, let alone to send seven. Financing the education of seven children with only their salaries to rely on was no mean feat. Dr. Milan-Baduel had to work on multiple jobs to make this possible. In the end, all their children obtained baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degrees: one in law, two in medicine, one in dental medicine, one in speech and drama, one in engineering and one in arts education.
Now, the Baduel siblings - Joseph Milan Baduel, Arachelle Baduel Jose, Suzette Baduel Siozon, Felicidad Baduel Balcos, Vincent Milan Baduel, Winnifer Milan Baduel, and Zenaida Milan Baduel - have generously provided for this seven year professorial chair in honor of their parents. Engineer Vincent Baduel said, “Through this professorial chair project, my siblings and I can honor and thank my mother, together with my father, for her vision and her sacrifice for her children. The donation will also be a token of our gratitude to the University of the Philippines for the gift of a wonderful, well-rounded, and compassionate education. The choice of a professorial chair in mathematics is our modest way of contributing to science and technology in the Philippines, with mathematics being considered as the foundation of science and technology.”