Multi-awarded UE Graduate and Professor Passes Away

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The UE community in general and the UE Caloocan community in particular condole with the family of Prof. Richardson Estrella Navor, a highly accomplished UE graduate and professor, who passed away in the morning of August 26, 2019, National Heroes’ Day, at the age of 33.

Prof. Navor had been a professor of Accountancy and Financial Management subjects of his collegiate alma mater, the UE College of Business Administration-Caloocan (CBA Caloocan), for over 10 years, and was a financial analyst for IBM Philippines, Inc. for a decade.

Born in the then-Manila based FEU Hospital on Manila Day, June 24, 1986, and the elder of two children of a hardware company sales executive and his housewife-spouse, the Caloocan City-based Prof. Navor was a specially abled person all his life, a type of cerebral palsy rendering his legs bent from his early years onwards. Yet this physical challenge did not stop “Chard” from accomplishing so much, including as a UE student.

A valedictorian when he earned his elementary and high school diplomas (in 1999 and 2003, respectively), with considerable student leadership experience in high school, the young Richardson went on to become a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy student at UE CBA Caloocan.

He was a UE-Tan Yan Kee Foundation Inc. scholar from his first to fifth years in CBA Caloocan. The pressures of academic work notwithstanding, Chard was very active in terms of extracurricular work as well, having been Founding President of the campus org named Book Lovers of the University of the East, which he founded in his freshman year; President of the CBA Caloocan Student Council; Vice President for Academics of the UE Caloocan Chapter of the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA); President of UE Caloocan’s Central Student Council; and Vice President for Information and Publicity of the National Federation of the JPIA’s (NFJPIA) National Capital Region Council.

Along the way, Richardson won a slew of student awards on- and off-campus, including Most Outstanding Delegate and Best Parliamentarian of the 32nd YMCA National Congress of College Students in December 2006; UE’s Outstanding Student Leader of the Year, awarded in 2007; the Outstanding JPIAn at the 2008 NFJPIA Annual Convention; and Jose Rizal Model Student of the Philippines, conferred upon him by the Knights of Rizal in December 2008.

Richardson was a quadruple honoree when he graduated from UE on April 17, 2008. Aside from earning the Latin honor of Magna Cum Laude, he was the Outstanding Graduate Awardee, the Leadership Awardee for Men, and a College Distinguished Graduate Awardee, which marked the first time for a UE graduate to earn those latter three titles.

Prior to his graduation, Richardson was nominated by the Caloocan Campus administration to the 2008 edition of the annual search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP). He went on to be an awardee and member of the TOSP 2008 (collectively named Batch Kanlungan), receiving his corresponding trophy and plaque of recognition from then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at Malacañang on July 17, 2008―not long after his 22nd birthday and not long before he took the licensure examination for certified public accountants that would go on to make him a bona fide CPA.

In 2015, Prof. Navor attained a giant victory on top of a mountain of victories, emerging as the Grand Winner of Cebuana Lhullier’s extensive search for the Happiest Pinoy that year. For this, he won a one-million-peso cash prize, which helped to sustain his volunteerism work and causes, such as People Uplifting the Student and the Handicapped (PUSH), an organization he had established in line with his advocacies of youth empowerment and support for fellow persons with disability (PWDs). He established PUSH in 2003, raising funds for wheelchairs, crutches, canes and walking sticks for PWDs in the Visayas affected then by Typhoon Yolanda.

Prof. Navor is survived by his father and sister. Chard’s remains lie in state at the St. Peter Memorial Chapel La Loma Columbary along C-3 Road in Caloocan City. Interment details are still pending as of this posting.

Eternal peace be upon you, Professor Navor/Kuya Chard! Thank you so much for having been a lifelong inspiration to countless individuals and a source of warrior pride for your Alma Mater throughout your colorful, success-filled life.

(Photos from/by Prof. Navor and Cebuana Lhullier)

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