Members of the Philippine Association of University Women-UP Garden Club send their best wishes to Dr. Marion M. Celi De Leon as she turns 95 on June 27 of this year. She (together with her son Engr. Hector De Leon and granddaughter Catherine Grace Lontok De Leon) is a recipient of the 2013 UPAA Multi-Generation UP Alumni Family Awards.
Perhaps destiny placed her at the PGH in 1941 as an intern. The right person at the right place in a particular time of our nation’s history. The petite Marion worked with Dr. Gloria Aragon as civilians, American G.I.s, Japanese and Filipino soldiers alike came for medical treatment. As UP PGH was in operation even if supplies were running short, courses that were allowed to continue even during conflict were Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy. In the diploma of Dr. Marion Montemayor Celi De Leon, it is written that she graduated in 1943.
I remember her many stories about the war. There was a time when she sought shelter during an air raid. She later realized that she was hiding right there at a gasoline depot. It is unusual for a woman to walk home all by herself in a war-torn city. Mama Marion bravely walked to their Singalong residence during such moments.
Mama Marion, allow me to bask in the light that comes from your accomplishments of epic proportions. I am glad to have nominated you. My Mom’s sister-in-law is Mama Marion’s daughter – in – law’s sister. But that is just a coincidence. Your gardener friends at PAUW – UP Garden Club remember the beautiful flowers in your garden.
You have given much of your time to people who needed care and medical attention. You endured the years of civil strife (1941 – 1944) but you never gave up your post. Mama Marion saved lives for God and for country.
Keep on tending those plants, Dr. Marion De Leon. We love you and wish you all the best! Congratulations and may God bless you abundantly! Ciao!
Posted by Catherine Q. De Leon, Ph.D.
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