By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau, Jan. 13. 2011
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -Night classes at the Mid City College were cancelled yesterday as the community took time to mourn the loss of a man they described as one of their best teachers. Over a hundred people filled the Mid City College’s lobby.
Henry Acejo taught English as a Second Language and computer classes to adults at the school for five years. Acejo was found stabbed to death in his Tijuana apartment last month. The school is considering starting a memorial scholarship in his honor.
Steve Gwynne, from the Mid City College English as Second Language program said, “We’ve had a tough time dealing with his loss, and I feel this memorial, speaking about Henry, hearing all these words, have helped this process of healing start.”
As the community continues to mourn, friends are seeking justice. Acejo lived in the U.S. for 15 years where he taught language classes throughout several San Diego area colleges. He worked in the U.S. to send money to his family in the Philippines.
UC San Diego professor, Atilio Alicio, a close friend of Acejo described, “This is just really one of the manifestations of how everyone admires him a wonderful person and it continued by us having this, and the interviews, but ultimately the bottom line is later on we want to seek justice for him.”
Nenita Lariosa has known Acejo for over 20 years since they were in the
Philippines. She last talked to Acejo a few days before he died on December 18. Lariosa has been in close contact with the Acejo family helping bring Henry’s body back to his hometown of San Mateo Rizal.
“He was booked and confirmed to fly on the 20th, it’s so sad really because everyone was expecting him to come home and celebrate Christmas and new year with them. So so sad,” she recalled.
Acejo’s remains were flown out early Thursday morning. Memorial and funeral services will be held throughout the weekend in San Mateo Rizal.
Lariosa is also helping collect memorial funds to pay for the funeral and repatriation expenses.Checks should be made out to Cristina Gonsal, the sister of Henry Acejo .
Henry Acejo Memorial Fund
Payable to Cristina Gonsal
C/O Nenita Lariosa
P.O. Box 892051
Temecula, CA 92589
Who is Hery Acejo?
Writer: Co-author of “Wikang Filipino,” written for SDSU Filipino 101 Students
* University of California San Diego Instructor- Filipino Heritage Program
* San Diego State Univeristy – Filipino Lecturer
* Southwestern College- ESL Instructor
*Alliant International University
Class of 2006 · M.Ed in TESOL · TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Langauges)
*University of the Philippines Diliman
Class of 1994 · Master in Industrial Relations · Master in Industrial Relations
*University of Santo Tomas
Class of 1987