Honoring Mr. Spencer Jeremiah Mateo: An Exemplary Community Volunteer

Our university deeply mourns the loss of Mr. Spencer Jeremiah Mateo, a 5th-year dentistry student who exemplified extraordinary dedication to community service. Despite facing personal challenges, including a terminal illness diagnosis, Spencer's unwavering commitment to helping others has left a lasting impact on those he touched. Today, we honor his legacy and recognize his exceptional contributions to society.

Since joining the university in 2018, Spencer demonstrated an innate desire to serve others. He became an integral part of KATUWANG, the university's esteemed community service organization, and passionately dedicated himself to uplifting marginalized communities.

Spencer's natural leadership qualities and relentless spirit propelled him through the ranks within KATUWANG, ultimately assuming the position of Vice President External. In this role, he played a vital role in organizing community outreach programs and charitable initiatives.

In 2022, Spencer's outstanding commitment to community service earned him the prestigious "Best in Community Service" award during the Centralino Circle of Achievers program. This accolade celebrated not only his individual achievements but also the profound impact he had on the lives of those he served.

Even amid the challenges of a global pandemic, Spencer fearlessly continued his volunteer work, finding innovative ways to support those in need. His acts of kindness and selflessness served as a beacon of hope, proving that genuine altruism can endure even during the darkest times.

Despite facing a terminal illness, Spencer's determination to make a difference remained undeterred. Throughout his illness, he drew strength from the knowledge that his efforts were positively impacting the lives of others.

Although he joined our Creator in April 2023, his legacy lives on in the hearts of those he inspired. Manila Central University honors his remarkable contributions by recognizing him with the title of Exemplary Community Volunteer. This distinction stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication and serves as an inspiration for others to follow in his compassionate footsteps.

Mr. Spencer Jeremiah Mateo's selflessness and commitment to community service have left an indelible mark on the Manila Central University community. As we remember his extraordinary journey of helping others, let us carry forward his legacy of compassion, generosity, and unwavering determination to make the world a better place through service and kindness.