The University of the East condoles with the family of Mrs. Ma. Lourdes Calapatia Sanchez, the former Director of UE’s Textbooks Evaluation and Publishing Office (TEPO) and former Head of the University Relations Office (URO), who passed away last January 23, 2022, at age 87.
Born on September 22, 1934, Dir. Sanchez—“Lulu” to family and friends—had earned her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Secondary Education degrees as a double major, from the College of the Holy Spirit-Manila in 1953 at age 18. She earned her Master of Arts in English Literature from the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School in 1956 while working as a secretary and speechwriter for Dr. Rafaelita Hilario Soriano, who would become the Philippines’ Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Israel in the 1970s. Dir. Sanchez also earned units in Doctor of Educational Management from the UE Graduate School.
Dir. Sanchez began her teaching career as an English professor at La Consolacion College. A chance meeting between an uncle of hers and then UE College of Liberal Arts (now the UE College of Arts and Sciences-Manila or CAS Manila) Dean Conrado P. Aquino led the young Lulu to start teaching in UE in 1957.
Initially timid due to her relative youth and the culture shock of the co-educational environment, having graduated from and taught previously in all-girls institutions, Dir. Sanchez eventually made her mark and gained confidence in UE. She became a Full Professor A in 1978, and went on to author the textbook ‘In the Beginning: Readings in Folk Literature’, which was used for the English 270 subject in the University. She also became Chair of UE CAS Manila’s Department of Philosophy and Humanities.
In October 1993, she was appointed by then UE President Rosalina S. Cajucom as TEPO Director, taking charge of evaluating reviews and recommendations of various textbooks to be used in the various degree programs in both UE Manila and UE Caloocan.
She would be appointed as the concurrent University Relations Office Head, by then Acting Chairman P. Siervo Dizon, on September 1, 1997. This was just weeks before she went on to be recognized as one of the Service Awardees for 40 years of service during the University Service Awards, on the occasion of UE’s 51st Foundation Anniversary. As URO Head, she took charge as Editor in Chief of UE’s management publications—one of which, the pre-social media journal titled UE Today, ran her “Random Thoughts” column for over a decade.
Dir. Sanchez would head the URO until June 2002, the year she also became a Service Awardee for 45 years of service to UE. She would remain as TEPO Director until her retirement from UE in October 2005, after 48 years with the University.
She is survived by her children Jose Edgardo, Enrico, Emmanuel Ricardo and Rosemarie Judith, as well as grandchildren Matthew Kyle and Iñigo Miguel, daughter in-law Ana Cristina, son in-law Ronald and other immediate relatives.
A memorial mass for Dir. Sanchez will be streamed on YouTube this Thursday morning, February 3, 2022, at 9 a.m. (PHL time): //www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkIMDuernFg
Rest in peace, Director Sanchez, a.k.a. Ma’am Lulu, and thank you for your nearly five decades of multifaceted Warrior service to Lualhati…