By Dr.CARMELITA C. DIVINAGRACIA
Dean, College of Nursing
"And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb."-Kahlil Gibran
She was dedicated; she was committed; she was a visionary. her high standards as educator and administrator were to be the inimitable yardstick the UERM College of Nursing would be measured by, in years to come-her stewardship of the College was both matchless and compassionate. Her courage, to the end of her happy and accomplished life, was undaunted; her kindness and warmth were legendary and much emulated. she was nurse, teacher, friend, mother, advocate, innovator, leader and confidante. She was unique and golden, the rarest of the rare, one in a million.
She was Dean Emeritus Evangelina M. Dumlao. Many will no doubt write of her citations, her awards, her numerous, almost countless achievements.
But this piece, albeit briefly, records her now as my mentor, my guide, my counselor. she was a wonderful woman-a quiet, simple lady of knowledge, of passion, of faith. Her professionalism enthused many to follow in her steps, as a nursing professor and practitioner, but also as an unfussy, unpretentious, down-to-earth person to whom god and family were vital and foremost. and she practiced what she preached! Her generosity and humanity were a shining light to her students, her peers and colleagues, her multiplicity of friends and admirers. Hundreds, if not thousands, of nurses owe to her their hope and mandate-she instilled in us her limitless dreams for the Filipino nurse, and her vast, inexhaustible hopes for the nursing community of which she was both beacon and dignitary. She was tireless, indefatigable, in encouraging us, correcting us, rousing us, edifying us. She was firm in her beliefs, staunch in her vocation, unswerving in her calling, and genuine in her affection. When she loved, she loved-not loudly, not showily, but confidently, resolutely and honestly.
Dean Dumlao, you will be missed! But you live on in our hearts and minds and souls. and in each of us whom you touched, and inspired, and forever changed, you are always, and ever, gloriously alive...and lovingly smiling. Gratias agimus Deo semper pro vobis.