Gil Alfredo B. Severino: Educator, Writer, Blogger, Preacher

By: James U. Sy Jr.

Last October 13, 2017 was the birthday of a good friend of mine and I wanted to surprise him but I didn’t make it to the cut off time so here it is. Mejor tarde que nunca (Better late than never).

A descendant of Melecio Y. Severino, the first elected civil governor of the Negros Island during the American era (1899-1901), Gil Alfredo B. Severino, MAED, comes from a family who have etched their legacies in their respective fields. He himself is a man all by himself. He has etched his own legacy in his chosen fields, molding the minds of the youth who will lead the country one day. In a nutshell, he is an educator, writer, and preacher.

Severino was awarded his Masters of Arts in Education Major in Social Sciences by the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) in 2007. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman in 1979. He is a product of Tay Tung High school (TTHS) (Batch 1974), the oldest of the three Chinese schools in Bacolod City. He had also completed 42 units of Master in Business Administration at the De La Salle University (DLSU) Graduate School of Business.

Severino has served as a Full Time Instructor at the Bacolod City College (BCC) starting in 2001, where he has also served as Program Coordinator (PC) of the Bachelor of Science in Office Administration (BSOA) Program as well as in various capacities, in his own little way assisting in voluntary works needed to strengthen a pioneering school.

Among the subjects he had taught at BCC was Foreign Language (Forel) 1 and 2. Aside from being a graduate of the Chinese and English programs at TTHS, Severino has also completed the Workshop on the Teaching of the Chinese Language, which ran for 100 hours/19 days, at the National Academy for Educational Research under the sponsorship of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, Republic of China (Taiwan) on April 18 to May 6, 2005.

Currently Severino teaches Social Science subjects at the Riverside College Inc. (RCI), handling students from different programs, among them Entrepreneurship, Nursing, and Radiologic Technology. He has also previously taught at West Negros College (WNC, now STI-West Negros University).

Severino is a prolific feature writer, having penned many articles for Sun Star Bacolod (2005-2008) before focusing his energy in producing journalistic pieces for the Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB), starting in November 2008 up to the present. He wrote a business and economics columns entitled “Social Conscience” and “Think Economics” for NDB at a time when no other was writing on the subjects. He is also a blogger.

Severino has written on a wide variety of topics although at the top of his list is his interviews with different celebrities of Philippine cinema, among them Marian Rivera-Dantes, Heart Evangelista-Escudero, Ara Mina, Christine Reyes, Lovi Poe, Jake Vargas, and Alden Richards. Severino is also known for his pieces of socio-cultural topics such as current events in Bacolod, festivals and other celebrations, different aspects of Chinese culture, philosophy, historical pieces, and religious practices, and Christianity and its practices among other things.

He is an Executive Director of the Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP)-Bacolod City Council and a Director of the Negros Occidental Historical Council Inc. Severino is also an assistant preacher at the Good Shepherd Christian Ministries and gives sermons on select occasions. He is married to Laarnie Mostacho-Severino and they were gifted with two children: Kathrina Grace and Paul Amos.

Severino, who was trained in UP, has a deep and profound grasp of indigenous and colonial culture, as can be culled in his writings, course outlines, speeches, and daily conversations. This is but a short toast to an otherwise long 60 years of existence. Belated happy birthday and more power to Gil Severino!!!!*