Solejon, journalism icon writes 30

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By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

The Scribe's Corner

Sunday, February 16, 2014

DIRECTOR’S Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepEd 11 Regional Director Gloria D. Benigno, CESO IV to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) "I am your team leader, you are my team mates, together, let us work as a team”

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Goodbye Ninang Virgie F. Solejon, the pillar of campus journalism in Davao Region and beyond. You will be missed but we know God has a very important purpose why He had already summoned you to be with Him.


You may not be seen again by those people you love but the memories you have shared in your full life will never be forgotten. You are the epitome of the real essence of campus journalists and advisers as you have dedicated most if not all of your teaching years and even after retirement in the propagation of grassroots journalism in all the journalistic writing, photojournalism, radio broadcasting and cartooning. Your expertise is beyond compare and your patience in teaching neophyte writers and even advisers is something that is difficult to follow.

Here are some of the unforgettable thoughts of some of your friends, students and contemporaries in the field of campus journalism:

To my igsoon Virgie Solejon, our prayers and may you rest in peace. We will be missing you igsoon. we love you! – EPS Mayumi M. Pinzon, Tagum City Division.

She taught me a lot of things in journalism. My condolences to the family – Congresswoman Maricar Zamora

You are always considered one of the greatest pillars of campus journalism. It would never be the same again, but through your legacy, you will still live in the hearts and minds of those you have'am Virgie.....we will be missing you for the rest of our lives....Condolence to the bereaved family...from LVHS - Dalisay Estabillo.

We call each other bay. It is a term of endearment we understood in the simplicity of the public schools where we trained school paper advises and editors. My prayers and masses this week will be offered to her for the repose of her soul. Truly a very good friend and sister. I still could hear the innocent giggles of you, bay. – Eduardo ‘Edfer’ Fernandez.

I am so sad. I did not see her for a long time, and the news about her passing away gave me an undetermined feeling. May you rest in peace Gie – Former EED Chief Emelita R. Salvado, DepED Region XI.

Our condolences to the family of Ma'am Virgie Solejon. Thanks for everything we learned from you. We love you - From the Journalism Group of the Schools Division of the City of Mati. – Leah Fariolen.

May perpetual light shine upon Virgie and may the souls of all the departed rest in peace. Amen. – former EPS In Charge of Campus Journalism Norma G. Descallar.

Thank you so much for mentoring us unselfishly. Rest in peace for you can say before God "Mission Accomplished – Angelita G. Suelto, Principal - Panabo City

Eternal rest grant unto mam vergie oh lord and let Your perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. - Rene Pontilla Sultan.

For 31 years of our togetherness in the field of campus journalism, you have proven that you are the institution that cannot be replaced. Your strong personality yet gentle motherly presence is beyond compare. Campus journalism will not be the same without you! You will be missed forever, NINANG VIRGIE FUENTES SOLEJON.

In behalf of all the campus journalists and school paper advisers throughout the country, allow me to say YOU ARE LOVED and REVERED. May you rest in peace!

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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 17, 2014.


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