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Newspaper columnist Lydia Solis new president of PWU California alumni association

Philippine Women’s University Alumni Association of Southern California (PWUAASC)

Lydia V. Solis

Lydia V. Solis

Lydia V. Solis was elected President of the Philippine Women’s University Alumni Association of Southern California for the year 2015-2016.   On March 14, 2015, Lydia together with the newly-elected Officers will be inducted into office during a dinner dance at The Sheraton Cerritos Hotel.

Lydia was born in Taal, Batangas to Public School Supervisor Marciano Kasilag Solis and First Grade Teacher Pacita Vergara Solis. After graduating as High School Valedictorian, she became one of the first eleven 16-year-old American Field Service Scholars sent to the United States.

Lydia’s educator parents wanted her to be the Guidance Counselor at their family-owned college in Mabini, Batangas. Upon her return from the U.S.A., she enrolled at the Philippine Women’s University, Manila where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology graduating cum laude and later on completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling.

But fate had other plans for her. She got married and started a family. In 1969, she migrated to the USA.

Influenced by her daughter, Lydia discovered Journalism. She studied Journalism at UCLA as a Scholar of the Philippine American Women Writers and Artists.

She was a correspondent and a columnist (“OVERVIEW”) of Philippine News, the oldest Filipino-American newspaper established in 1961 in San Francisco. She won the coveted “Contributor of the Year” and “Correspondent of the Year” awards. Lydia cherishes being the first recipient of the Filipino American Library Spirit Award for Community Building Journalism (2001) while writing for Philippine News.

Lydia said, “not bad for someone who hated writing so much she had to ask her father for help in her high school term papers.”  In 2002, Lydia retired after 31 years of service from the City of Los Angeles, and hung her gloves as Philippine News Correspondent and Columnist after almost 15 years. That paved the way for other challenges. In 2003, she was appointed as West Covina Senior Citizens Commissioner, a post from which she retired in 2007.

In 2011, Lydia returned to Philippine News as Chief Correspondent of Southern California.

Besides the Philippine Women’s University Alumni Association of Southern California, Lydia is a Volunteer Officer of community organizations such as Kalayaan IncorporatedDr. Jose P. Rizal Monument Movement and the Philippine Heritage Institute International. She was a Former President of the Philippine Press Club International and a Former Treasurer of the Filipino American Press Club of Los Angeles. She was designated an Honorary Member of the Philippine American Press Club, U.S.A.

Her volunteerism has been recognized by numerous government agencies, as well as civic, religious, social and professional organizations. Lydia is a widow of Clark. A. Wardle, Ph.D.

PWUAASC is in good hands with Lydia’s leadership.

PWUAASC is giving its full support to PWU Manila as it tries to resolve its current issues with her ongoing partnership with another educational institution.  “More than ever, we bond with other Philwomenians globally and the entire PWU community – its administration, faculty and student body in an effort to preserve our legacy of quality education as we draw nearer to our 100th Year Anniversary and to honor what Tita Helen’s parents, Francisca Tirona Benitez and Dean Conrado Benitez have bequeathed to us their alumni.”

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