Priscilla Viuya, a laywoman from the Tarlac Philippines Annual Conference, was elected to the board of the Asia-Pacific Association of Methodist-related Educational Institutions.
"It's really a big task, but I like being with other dynamic Methodist institutions," Viuya said. "These institutions in Asia-Pacific are so willing to be connected, we have a lot to learn from them."
The association, formed in 2012, held an international conference Feb. 1–4, 2015, in Incheon, Korea. The group promotes collaborative and cooperative institutional networking among United Methodist-related schools, colleges, universities and theological schools in the Asia-Pacific region.
"What amazed me is their intentionality in doing things and how they create structure in making things happen," Viuya said.
That intentionality is anchored "to their strong faith, and they show it boldly,” she added.
Viuya is a member of the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s board of directors and president emeritus of Tarlac State University. She is also president of the newly founded Philippine Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, Universities, and Seminaries.
Viuya said the conference emphasized that healing is wholeness and diversity is not a reason to be divided.
"Be really intentional and passionate in pursuing programs, make things move, be strategic yet entrepreneurial, work together without too much politics,” she said. “Make our institutions distinct from the others which combine piety and learning, brilliance and character."
Mangiduyos is a correspondent for United Methodist News Service in the Philippines.
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