Canada-based UB alum talks success, ‘visiting your dream, and planting a seed’





 Engr. Rodrigo Lumabi is among the first batch of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering graduates of the University in 1970.



Engr. Rodrigo Lumabi, an alumnus of the University of Baguio (UB) who graduated in 1970 who is based in Canada, delivered a talk that touched on “accessing success” before UB students at the UB Gym on Jan. 13.


Engr. Lumabi, who took Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in the University, outlined his take on success in nine salient points.



‘Visit your dream’

First, he said, you have to dream big. “Visit that dream. Hold on to it,” he said. “I had always wanted to be an engineer, and I had always wanted to go to the U.S. When I finished third grade, I didn’t want to continue anymore. But my mom said, ‘Look at your brothers and sisters – they have no education. Do you want to be like them?’ That woke me up.”


He recounted how he came to UB and became a working student.


“I’m from Bicol. My sister, who was then a caretaker of the apartment of the Bautista family – the owner of UB – in Tondo, Manila, asked me to come to Baguio after high school. So I came. I worked as cook for the Bautista family. Eventually, they encouraged me to enroll. I served as their cook while studying.”


As would happen, humps would appear, and he would draw strength from positivity. "This is the second point: Our world is 75% negative and 25% positive. However, if you reverse the numbers, the world will be a good place to live in. Sometimes, even if you do good things, you are still criticized. But take the criticisms as challenge. Prove them wrong.”



‘Plant seeds’

His next three points bordered on establishing networks and on “planting seeds.”


“My sister was my bridge to finishing engineering in UB. So you see, you have to harness potential connections. Make good use of them.”


After graduation, Engr. Lumabi landed a job in Manila.


“My wife and I had been working for five years in Manila and yet we had no savings at all. That’s when we decided to go to Canada. Tatay Fernando Bautista and Nanay Rosa Bautista and their children provided the money we needed.”


“I believe that, in working for the Bautista family, I was planting a seed,” he said.


His sixth point is this: Give the best service in anything you do – a principle he embraced during his years working. (Among the highlights of his engineering career, he worked as a senior water rights technologist from 1984 to 1994, as a regional licensing technologist from 1994 to 1996, and as a water administration officer from 1996 to 2008 – all under the Alberta Environment program of the government of Alberta, Canada. In 2008-2009, he served as a development engineering supervisor of the Engineering Services of Parkland County, Alberta.)


And the seventh: Do volunteer work. “Doing volunteer work is planting a seed,” he said. (When not traveling, he organizes fundraisers for profound causes.)


The eighth one is this: Protect your name. “Safeguard your reputation. The world is full of deceptions,” he warned.


His ninth and final point is rather a classic one: Be good.


“I worked in Canada for 40 years. Now that I am retired, together with my wife, I travel the world – Europe, Caribbean Islands, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia. We usually go on cruise. But on our trips to the states in the U.S., we travel by land.”





UB president Prof. Dhanna Kerina Rodas welcomes the students during the two-session program. A morning session and an afternoon session were organized for the students. In her remarks, the president pressed on further cultivating the environment of values formation in the campus, alongside promoting academic excellence and skills development.




Engr. Lumabi with his wife, who is a graduate of the UB Science High School. They are both engineers.




From left: Engr. Leonora Lumabi, UB president Prof. Dhanna Kerina Rodas, Engr. Rodrigo Lumabi, and Stacey Haynie Ayson who served as the master of ceremonies 




Engr. Lumabi with Engr. Bernard Abaya, director of the UB Campus Planning and Development Office




The earlier version of the article stated that Engr. Lumabi met his wife in Manila after graduation from college. Engr. Lumabi and his wife, Leonora, were classmates at UB in college (1965-1970). She was the class’s cum laude. She is the only Filipino to take and pass the Association of Professional Engineers and Geophysicists of Alberta examination in Canada in 1990, becoming a registered engineer in the said Canadian province.





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