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Remembering Don James Mendoza (CAS ’91)

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It saddened me to be told early dawn through a text message that (Atty.) Don James Mendoza (CAS Accounting Class of 1991) was stabbed to death last September 22, 2010 in his law office.

DJ, as we fondly called him, was my student before in accounting and at the same time, the president of the CAS Student Council - quite tough tasks to combine, but DJ did it with flying colours. Admittedly though, he performed better as a student leader, raising the national consciousness of students through the peaceful rallies he led, and a number of student activities he initiated. I remember too, that he fought for many student rights and worked on many advocacies in campus and more so in our nation.

 

A born leader, articulate, and very opinionated on many school and national issues, I never doubted then that DJ would end up becoming a good lawyer.

While studying law in SBC. I recommended him to teach bookkeeping as an elective subject in SBC high school.  He did great in the teaching profession, and was well-liked by co-teachers and students. Before he left for another school after the infamous "high school uprising”, which led to the birth of the SBC Faculty and Service Personnel Labor Union, he promised to be back and teach in the CAS.

After passing the bar, I did not hear much from DJ until three years ago when I failed to recognize him during the annual Sto. Nino procession, since he grew up triple his usual huge weight during our good, old days in SBC.

Am back as an administrator in the College of Arts & Sciences, after 10 years of just taking a back seat, and busied myself being executive director of our alumni office. It just dawned on me last June 2010 to bring back to the CAS, the old times when majority of the faculty teaching accountancy and law were Bedans, and Atty. DJ was foremost in my mind. This did not anymore materialize, and will never-for DJ had now gone to eternal life.

Usually, like parents, teachers never really like the idea of attending wakes of their students – but here I am again doing it, for a well-treasured student – and a great friend.

Goodbye DJ, till we meet again!
 

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