I got to indirectly encounter CSWCD at the time when I was in my Philosophy sophomore years in UST. Back then, my goal was to take up law after I finish the AB Philosophy program, afterwards become a corporate lawyer, and then hopefully one day be renowned in the law profession and be rich in the process. But all of that changed when I met Joey Cruz, Joltz Meneses and Ka Puroy Alipao (in that order) in the school year of 1999-2000.

Emmanuel M. Luna
BSCD (Cum Laude) 1979; Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning, 2000
The beginnings
I entered the university of the Philippine in 1974 as an engineering freshman:naïve yet ambitious; filled with fervor for academic excellence, but unmindful of the then political turmoil; excited by the new life and environment, butmade insecure by the same; poor, yet struggling with the hardships and challenges of being a “Iskolarngbayan”.

Filipino women cut through classes. A few belong to the elite and enjoy economic and political privileges. A bigger number belong to the middle class but the vast majority belong to the working class. And while it may be true that all Filipino women suffer from male oppression, the type and intensity of that oppression and the options open to individual women or groups of women differ according to the social class to which they belong.

Let me begin a bit of my life story with my mother, Nenita. She taught me values that influenced my own beliefs and aspirations in life. I consider her a woman of strength. She was just 35 years old when she took on the sole responsibility of taking care of her two little daughters, me at age five and my sister Eve, age two, when my father died of an illness.

(Excerpts from an interview conducted by Gerald Paragas with Prof. Maureen C. Pagaduan (MCD, circa 1981 , current Chair of the Department of Community Development)
The Road to CSWCD…
I came from far away. Hotel and Restaurant Administration was my College course . Then, I worked at Ayala Corporation in Makati; I was a Makati office worker then. It was martial law, and essentially there was dissatisfaction with a system that was oppressing the people.

Our beloved mentors, administrators, personnel and staff, my fellow graduates and their loved ones, my friends, good afternoon.
Let me start by sharing a personal note. Of all the things that I have had to go through in my more than 30 years of existence, the one thing that was most psychologically tormenting and tiring was the long process of trying to find my place in this world.

By Gerald Paragas, based on an interview with Elmer Ferrer
When he declared that Harry Belafonte is his favorite musician, this could have been because Prof. Elmer Ferrer might have heard the singer-activist picturing out through romantic tunes the plight and causes of the people.

The Glad Tidings: The Approval of the Merger
The merging of the Office of Research and Publication (ORP) and the Office of Continuing Education and Extension (OCEE) into the Research and Extension for Development Office (REDO) of the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) was approved by the Board of Regents (BOR) in its November 23, 1989 meeting. To the members of the BOR this meant the streamlining of operations in the unit, thus, maximizing of University resources.