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Editorial

Assumption President's Letter on "Kian Delos Santos"
DR. CARMEN "PINKY" VALDES: "Change Is Also Here"
Education is the Best Answer (the others are short-lived)
Statement on Supreme Court's Decision Allowing Burial of Former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
Assumption President promotes confidence-building, leadership, and the balanced use of social media
The gathering storm
Assumption's new president out to build more women leaders
Dr. Pinky Valdes: from girl power to brain power
Does President Ferdinand Marcos deserve a Hero's burial?
Statement on extra judicial killings.

DR. CARMEN "PINKY" VALDES: "Change Is Also Here"

By ISABELLA OLIVARES
Photograph by MARK CHESTER ANG

Featured at PEOPLE ASIA
October - November 2016 Issue

Assumption President promotes confidence-building, leadership, and the balanced use of social media

Featured at Philippine Daily Inquirer (World Section)
October 12, 2016


Assumption College's new president, Dr. Carmen "Pinky" Valdes, wants to lead the youth by understanding their language and deconstructing their link to social media

There is no shortage on articles about the significant negative effects of the heavy use of electronic media. But here comes a leader, with a fresh take on things, who capitalizes on the goodness of social media.

Dr. Carmen "Pinky" Valdes, the 9th and first lay President of The Assumption College, said during her investiture speech that "a woman leader in the threshold of an axial stage should be a mystic-one who sees the world with different eyes." Pinky wants to lead the young women of the Assumption by opening them up to different perspectives, starting with the central identifier of their generation, social media.

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The gathering storm

Published at Philippine Daily Inquirer (Opinion Section)
August 24, 2016
by: Rina Jimenez-David

The “Parliament of the Streets,” the series of protests, marches, organizing meetings, symposia, even fashion shows, concerts and comedy acts that marked the post-Ninoy Aquino assassination period, will always be remembered as the political “coming out” of the Filipino middle class.

From out of the proverbial woodwork, Filipino professionals and concerned citizens stepped out of their comfortable anonymity to speak up, speak out and act out their rising anger and dismay.

Among these groups were women, including alumnae and student organizations from different women’s colleges and from women’s organizations, who imbued the anti-Marcos protests not just with umbrage but also with lighthearted creativity and witty irony.

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Assumption's new president out to build more women leaders

Published at Inquier.net
August 22, 2016


Dr. Carmen Lourdes "Pinky" Valdes: "We have to be mystics. Not somebody who levitates off the ground, but someone who sees the world with different eyes. Pope Francis is amystic because he sees the world very, very differently." Kimberly dela Cruz

ASSUMPTION College’s (AC) new captain is looking forward to the arrival of “a new Axial Age” that would pave the way for bigger roles for women leaders.

Dr. Carmen Lourdes “Pinky’ Valdes, a former nun, is AC’s ninth president and the first lay leader to steer the nearly 60-year-old education institution known for producing alumnae who blaze trails in government service, the arts and business.
In her investiture ceremony Wednesday, Valdes talked of a “storm surge of spiritual energy” where women would play a pivotal role that would require them to “become mystics that see the world with different eyes.”

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Dr. Pinky Valdes: from girl power to brain power

Featured at People Asia.Ph
August 15, 2016
Posted by Ms. Sara de los Reyes


While observing Assumption students and with a hint of disapproval back in the day, a nun once said, “Look at these girls. They’re like butterflies, all over the place and so shallow.” Assumption’s Mother Foundress Marie Eugenie, who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2007, looked at the nun and responded by saying, “Don’t clip their wings. Direct their flight.” It makes a fitting point of reflection today, a day that celebrates the Feast of the Assumption.”

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Does President Ferdinand Marcos deserve a Hero's burial?

August 2016

I am writing this statement in my capacity as President of Assumption College. For over a hundred years Assumption as an institution has been dedicated to educating women to be civic and business Christian leaders with a strong love of country and respect for the dignity of all beings. I believe that every person no matter what they have or have not done in their lives deserves respect even in death. However, to be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani affirms that those buried there were indeed heroes. And there’s the rub.

The term “hero” in 5 different dictionaries have this common theme: a hero is a person who demonstrates the highest and noblest moral qualities. Consequently, this is my litmus test: a hero is someone I can hold up before every student, teacher and staff member and declare: “be just like him or her so this world will be a better place.” Therefore, can I say, “be just like President Marcos?” Regrettably not.

Tragically, he declared Martial Law in September 1972. As a dictator he abolished: Congress, the Supreme Court, our human right to assembly, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and media. He suspended the writ of habeas corpus, and restricted travel and communication. Freedom only returned through the 1986 People Power Revolution. How can we hail him as a hero and ask the students to do the same when he sent tanks into the street in front of nuns, priests, women and children who were standing on the front lines? … How can he be a hero of the Filipino people when certain citizens with a dissenting voice were jailed and tortured while he and his cronies plundered the country?

If only someone would step forward, in his name, and ask the Filipinos for forgiveness.

On our part, Assumption College pledges to continue teaching its students about the devastating effects of martial law while understanding the privilege of living in a democracy; to help students discern what is right and stand up for truth against all odds; and to honor all those who died in the night defending our freedoms.

Dr. Carmen Lourdes Valdés
President, Assumption College
San Lorenzo Village, Makati

Statement on extra judicial killings.

August 2016

We have seen in the past six weeks a laser-like focus on the need to rid the country of the scourge of drug addiction. We know the pernicious effect of drugs – on the individual, on the family, on the community and on the country as a whole. It breaks my heart to see how tragic are the lives of those who use chemicals to numb themselves against their inner pain or to hide within their fears. Historically we know that it is close to impossible to eradicate this problem but we all must do what we can to bring it under control where the pushers are brought to justice and the users are given a path to wellness. The question is – how? Violence or Non-violence?

At Assumption College San Lorenzo, we are deeply disturbed by the summary killings of alleged drug pushers and users, often in areas where the poor and underprivileged live. The high numbers (over 500 deaths to date) suggest that our law enforcers may be taking the law into their hands, instead of arresting them and bringing them to court for due processing. If we want to maintain our democracy we cannot allow ourselves to fall into a military state. We espouse the path of non-violence.

Therefore, we cannot merely stand by and feel agrieved. We need to speak. We are against controlling society with guns. Yes, we need to bring drug lords to justice and we also need to clean up our courts so that the guilty cannot buy their way out. In this area we only have a voice. However, there is a space where we, teachers, can do more. The root of drug addiction is a lack of meaning in life. The answer to drug addiction is education. It is the non-violent route but it is a slow process. It takes time and consistency so we sometimes become impatient. Still, it is the best solution.

Our school upholds an inner respect for the law. As teachers, we demonstrate how we can take a personal stand against injustice; show the way to a deep compassion for the most vulnerable; and encourage empathy not only for those who are trapped by their addiction but also for the pushers who are captured by the money they make on other people’s tragedy. We do not believe that there are two camps: the good and the bad. We do not put ourselves above anyone else. We believe that we are one in God and we are responsible for each other. God became one of us in Christ who showed us a path of non-violence – to that we commit ourselves.

Dr. Carmen Lourdes Valdés
President, Assumption College
San Lorenzo Village, Makati

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