Dr. Lourdes Gepana dela Torre, 1954-2020

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MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net) Educator and community development worker Dr. Lourdes G. dela Torre has died of heart failure and complications early Thursday, May 21. She was 66.

Dr. dela Torre, a researcher and book author, was confined in a hospital since Monday. She was eventually moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) of another hospital where she breathed her last around, 1:53a.m, said Kyla dela Torre, one of her eight grandchildren.   

She used to work as faculty of the then Bukidnon State College, where many of her students fondly remember her as an inspiring and motivating mentor. She taught social studies subjects back then.

“I want to thank you for teaching us many things in school and in life. The most that I remember learning from you is to see the world not as it is, but as it should be,” High school batch 1997 member Amor Reveche-Mancelita said in her tribute to her former social studies teacher and class adviser.

She said Dr. dela Torre was strict, yet with a motherly touch and did not give up on her students.
“We have learned to be idealist and to stand for what we believe and to believe for what we stand for,” Ms. Reveche-Mancelita added.

A former colleague, Dr. Neonette Danao, said she and Dr. dela Torre worked together in many special projects.

“I would like to honor her for her mastery of her specialization and of her leadership qualities,” she said.

After leaving BSC, Dr. dela Torre worked in various public and private academic institutions including as a Professor at the College of Education in the Cagayan de Oro College – Phinma Education Network.

Doc Lalu, as she is fondly called by many friends, has served as dean of two academic institutions in southern Bukidnon. She was also employed by the Department of Education for the Senior High School in the Bukidnon National School of Home Industries in Maramag, Bukidnon.   

in 2000, she earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Peace and Development at Notre Dame University. She was a grantee of the CHED – Mindanao Advanced Education Project (CHED MAEP). She finished her Master of Arts in Anthropology in Ateneo de Manila University as a grantee of the RP-US Faculty Development Program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Major in Social Studies, Cum Laude, in the then Bukidnon State College.   

As a book author, Dr. dela Torre wrote about peace education and peace studies, including her 2008 work entitled “Peace Education, Human Rights and Related Felds” and in 2001 “A reviewer on human rights, peace, global education and related fields".

Dr. dela Torre has various community and civic affiliations. Among them, she volunteered to write for BukidnonNews.Net, where she kept her column “Pace of Peace”. She has also previously contributed a column for the Central Mindanao Newswatch.  

In BukidnonNews.Net, which she helped put up in 2011, Dr. dela Torre also served as a volunteer lead documenter of the Dialogue Bukidnon: Piliay 2013, an election documentation and reporting project conceptualized in 2012. She went to parishes in the Diocese of Malaybalay as focus group discussion facilitator and lead documenter. She also served as co-anchor of the weekly radio show and chair of the Committee on Community Education of the Piniyalan Reporting Governance Project, which was a media-initiated good governance and active citizenship advocacy. The project was active from 2013 to 2019.

Dr. dela Torre served as education, community work and research scion in the project, which was a partnership of BukidnonNews.Net and DXDB Radyo Bandilyo, with support from Bishop Jose Cabantan of the Diocese of Malaybalay.

She has helped organized the BukidnonNews.Net-initiated Round Table Discussion on Addressing Poverty in Bukidnon held in Bukidnon State University with the Social Sciences Department and the First Bukidnon Community Journalism Youth Fellowships in July 2019.  

She also contributed to a World Health Organization Road Safety writing project organized by VERA Files.

“Her enthusiasm for her work as journalist is admirable. Always willing to learn from younger journalists especially tech matters. Such humility is humbling,” Ellen Tordisillas, one of the executives of VERA Files, said.

Her family scheduled interment on May 27, Wednesday, 8a.m. at the Shepherd’s Meadow in Malaybalay City. (BukidnonNews.Net)  

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