The MC Community gathered for a mass and a tribute program for Miriam Adult Education (MAE) Assistant Principal Herbert Janubas during his wake at the Sanctuarium in Quezon City last August 8.
The tribute was attended by administrators, faculty, Academic Support Group both from Quezon City and Nuvali, students, alumni, and retirees.
The program started with a short tribute from Dr. Rosario Lapus who lauded the dedication of Sir Herbert as an employee and as a colleague.
Philosophy Professor Raul Alejandrino recalled how they both bonded during their occasional after-work session with the rest of their “For the Boys” group. He called Sir Herbert—who was also fondly called “Honeybee” by those closest to him— a survivor.
Jose Maribbay, HEU Registrar and one of Sir Herbert’s closest friends, recounted how they both survived a terrible car accident and how the latter still managed to make sure that he was fine. As it turned out, it was Sir Herbert who acquired the more serious wounds. Maribbay also shared how Sir Herbert struggled with finishing his graduate studies, where they, as real best friends, went to lengths discussing the easiest way to finishing his thesis. Through all their debates and struggles, Maribbay said, Sir Herbert kept his integrity and would not opt to an “easy way out”. Maribbay ended by describing Sir Herbert as “one very loyal friend.”
Renato dela Cruz, head of the Miriam Identity, Spirituality, and Mission Office, recalled how he sensed that Sir Herbert was seeking for spiritual direction during the MAE retreat last March. For her part, Dr. Donna Reyes, chair of the Department of Environmental Planning, recalled in jest how she would usually be ‘paired’ with Sir Herbert way back because they both joined the MC community almost at the same time. She added that she always recognized the genuineness of Sir Herbert’s heart in giving himself.
Other friends and colleagues at the tribute also shared how Sir Herbert will always be remembered as a person and teacher who is “authentic, loyal, and willing to give everything for his students.” They said, he gave “unlimited remedial tests” for all his students who found Math to be a challenge. They added that although he can be impatient at times, he still committed his life to educating, forming, and reaching out to the young, even opening his home to them if needed and treating them like his own.
Sir Herbert became part of Miriam College starting 1983 as a faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. He became the principal of MAE between1995-2001 and went back to teaching at the CAS before finally becoming MAE Assistant Principal from 2011-2018.
He passed away on August 4, 2018.