By ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
JPHS Batch ‘65
A MEMBER of Jose Panganiban High School Batch ’66 has been nominated to receive the “Outstanding Alumni of 2012” award for his professional and social feats that later benefited many less-fortunate Mambulaoans.
Nominated for the top honors is Manuel “Manny” Malangyaon, a mechanical engineer by profession, who reached the peak of his career as a top technical manager at Boeing Corporation, which is the biggest US aircraft company – a feat most engineering graduates in the US had dreamed of reaching.
Pushing the nomination was Mechanical Engineer Samuel Tatom, who also belongs to Batch ‘66 and the secretary of the Larap-PIM Association (LaPIMa).
A formal letter supporting Malangyaon’s nomination was sent to Cynthia S Ybarola, chairperson -- Awards and Recognition Committee -- of the JPNHS Alumni Association, which is going to hold a grand homecoming reunion on April 28-29, 2012.
Justifying Malangyaon’s nomination, Tatom enumerated salient points in the engineer’s career:
1) Malangyaon handles a managerial position at Boeing – USA as program technical fellow and for years had been a member of the design group of Boeing commercial, military planes and helicopters.
2) A Master of Aerospace Engineering in the US, he has three aerospace-approved US patents, namely “safety link” on the B777 commercial, aircraft main landing gear and in-flight refueling system safety by-pass.
3) He is affiliated with the American Helicopter Society, American Society of Aerospace Engineers, a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
4) Malangyaon has continued to support JPNHS on various projects through Batch ‘66. He also coordinated funding supports from the international group of Batch ‘66 (US, Canada, England, among others) and collected the money on behalf of the Batch ’66, which resulted in the construction of the front fence of the JPNHS.
Likewise, he has supported the funeral and medical assistance to his classmates.
5) Every reunion of Batch ‘66, he brought with him gift materials for his classmates/batch mates. He gave free eye glasses to those who could not afford to buy one. Likewise, he had shared and personally given cash assistance to those in financial straits.
6) He had provided educational assistance to two college scholars in the Philippines, namely Dexter Flandez and Amy M. Tonacao.
7) Where he lives in the US, he has been active with his religious and Boeing organizations extending charitable assistance to unfortunate families during emergencies in his neighborhood in Philadelphia and neighboring cities.
8) He had also given Thanksgiving dinners for those who were poor. Active with religious group where he belonged to, he visited nursing homes to provide entertainment and help for those old and ill Americans.
9) An active MINA (Mambulaoan IN America) officer, he provided assistance in education and other social, medical and financial help to all our kababayans in USA and in the Philippines.
Tatom said that JPNHS “should be proud that one of her sons has gone to this level of position, achieving all the merits from Boeing Corporation, a prominent US company, thus putting JPNHS on the map.”
Tatom said Malangyaon’s achievements and humanitarian gestures are laurels that should be recognized for which our Alma Mater should be proud of.
“The shining examples of Malangyaon with the guidance of our school would be the ‘guiding star and the dream of tomorrow’ of our young students at JPNHS.”
Tatom said Malangyaon came from a poor family whose father had eked out a living as a warehouse man at the Philippine Iron Mines at Larap, Jose Panganiban.
On the other hand, his mother did buying and selling to supplement the family’s meager income.
Despite all odds, Malangyaon finished public education at JPHS and later earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering with top honors at a Cebu university.
His long, barefoot walk of four-to-five kilometers a day tracing the iron mine’s rail tracks going to school has gone a long way, Tatom said.