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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Liboton Now Known as M.T. VILLANUEVA AVENUE

After more than 3 years of waiting, the currently named Liboton Extension will now be officially known as M.T. VILLANUEVA AVENUE. This is now affirmed under Republic Act No. 9704; as duly signed and approved by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Speaker of the House of Representatives Prospero Nograles, and her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

It was April 02, 2006 when the NCF Alumni Association led the so called ‘renaming petition’ by means of a written communication to the Honorable Congressman Luis R. Villafuerte. The process was not at all a bed of roses. Besides the long wait, the NCF Alumni Association also collated signatures to support their appeal. Though the petitioners suffered some criticisms, Local Government Officials were behind their cause; support in the process.providing Amid all the adversities and impediments, the NCF Alumni Association finally received the good news…

M.T. VILLANUEVA AVENUE is in honor of the late Dr. Melchor Trinidad Villanueva, the founder of Naga College Foundation. The avenue houses the mentioned institution which originally started from a single-built school building; to having the tallest school facility in the city – the seven story Melchor Trinidad Villanueva Hall. Dr. Villanueva, who has contributed quality yet affordable education for the Bicolanos, is not only a dedicated educator but also an acknowledged war hero serving as a Lieutenant during World War II. In fact he was awarded the prestigious Presidential Gold Medal for his heroic exploits during the guerilla movement. Dr. Villanueva was a man of talents and skills. He was a musician, a violinist in particular. He was also considered a sportsman; as he was a weightlifter and boxer during his time. His physical regimen even enabled him to live up to the age of 93. Dr. Villanueva passed away June 13, 2000; leaving his legacy as an Educator, a Hero, a Musician, a Sportsman… but above all as our inspiration… He will live on through the M.T. VILLANUEVA AVENUE .



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