Mina, Godofredo Serrano (1932–2015)

By Mary Grace Ladion-De Guzman

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Mary Grace Ladion-De Guzman taught at Lipa Adventist Academy for eleven years, the first established academy within the territory of South Central Luzon Conference. She is a licensed science teacher and holds a master's degree in Science Education. She is particularly interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and staff development. Her husband, Marlon De Guzman, is a senior auditor for the South Central Luzon Conference. They have two children. Guzman is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction from the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies.

First Published: November 28, 2021

Godofredo Serrano Mina was an outstanding administrator and published author in the Philippines.

Early Years

Godofredo (or Fred) Mina was born on May 9, 1932, to Marcelino Eleazar Mina and Maura Serrano in Calapan, Mindoro, Philippines. Fred’s father was a literature evangelist while his mom was a worker in the Philippine Publishing House (PPH)1, Baesa, Caloocan City, Philippines. Fred had two other siblings named Nehemias and Marcelina/Sherry. They spent their childhood days in Baesa. He was baptized at Philippine Union College (now Adventist University of the Philippines or AUP) while attending as a student.2

Education and Marriage

Fred attended Philippine Union College beginning with his elementary education until he finished his degree in Bachelor of Science in Commerce majoring in Accounting.3 He became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).4 He also earned a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the University of the Philippines.5 It was at Philippine Union College that Fred met his wife.

On March 16, 1959, Fred married Epifania Sapotalo Dañas at Philippine Union College, Baesa. Epifania was also a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce at Philippine Union College. She worked at PPH until she retired in 1990. Fred and Epifania’s union were blessed with two children: Suzette Blanche Mina and Suzanne Blair Mina.6

Career and Ministry

Fred started his denominational services as an accountant at Philippine Union College7 in 1955. Later, he was promoted to treasurer.8, 9 In 1965, he was called to serve Manila Sanitarium and Hospital (now Adventist Medical Center Manila or AMCM) as an office manager. A year later, Fred was appointed as the AMCM treasurer10 as well as the assistant business manager.11 From 1976 to 1977, he became the administrator12 of AMCM while his wife Epifania was elected to the PPH Board of Directors, the first woman to hold this post.13

In 1979, Fred was called by the North Philippine Union Mission (NPUM) to serve as an accountant. Then, his denominational services ended in 1980. Fred did not retire from an Adventist institution. He worked in other hospitals such as in the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC) in Quezon City, Philippines, and a hospital in Kuwait. When he moved to the United States of America, he became an accountant for a company in New York and Los Angeles.14

Later Life

Fred Mina retired in 1997 and went to live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He pursued a doctoral degree in Biblical Studies and published two books titled The Bible Quiz Master in 2006 and Bible Potpourri in 2008, both published and printed by the PPH. He died on March 23, 2015, in Richmond Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.15

Contribution and Legacy

Fred was an outstanding and active AUP alumnus and served the AUP Alumni Association as president for two terms. He was also an active Church member and elder even with his last church at Mt. Zion Church in Toronto. His passion for hospital administration greatly contributed to the development of AMCM.16 Moreover, he was also a writer for the PPH.

Sources

Alsaybar, B. B. “Brief News from PUC.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, April 1964.

Flores, Emmeline Amy Arriola, “Hospital Hosts Convention.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, September 1974.

“Hospital Chooses Business Personnel.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, August 1972.

“Husband Administrator, Wife Elected to Board.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, August 1976.

Jemson, W. D. “Philippine House Marks Anniversary.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, March 1968.

Lyon, M. R. “Former P.U.C. President Visits Manila.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, September 1971.

“Obituary: Fred Mina.” Accessed July 25, 2021, https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/thornhill-on/fred-mina-9062399.

Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook. Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association. Various years. https://www.adventistyearbook.org/.

Notes

  1. W. D. Jemson, “Philippine House Marks Anniversary,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, March 1968, 19.

  2. Suzanne Blair Mina-Conopio, Fred Mina’s second daughter, interview by author, July 14, 2021, via email.

  3. Ibid

  4. “Hospital Chooses Business Personnel,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, August 1972, 10.

  5. Suzanne Blair Mina-Conopio, Fred Mina’s second daughter, interview by author, July 14, 2021, via email.

  6. “Hospital Chooses Business Personnel,” . . .

  7. B. B. Alsaybar, “Brief News from PUC,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, April 1964, 11-12.

  8. M. R. Lyon, “Former P.U.C. President Visits Manila,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, September 1971, 12.

  9. “Hospital Chooses Business Personnel.”

  10. Ibid.

  11. Emmeline Amy Arriola-Flores, “Hospital Hosts Convention,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, September 1974, 8.

  12. Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (1977), 426.

  13. “Husband Administrator, Wife Elected to Board,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, August 1976, 6.

  14. Suzanne Blair Mina-Conopio, Fred Mina’s second daughter, interview by author, July 14, 2021, via email.

  15. “Obituary: Fred Mina.” Accessed July 25, 2021, https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/thornhill-on/fred-mina-9062399.

  16. Suzanne Blair Mina-Conopio, Fred Mina’s second daughter, interview by author, July 14, 2021, via email.

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Guzman, Mary Grace Ladion-De. "Mina, Godofredo Serrano (1932–2015)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. November 28, 2021. Accessed November 25, 2022. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=4AWB.

Guzman, Mary Grace Ladion-De. "Mina, Godofredo Serrano (1932–2015)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. November 28, 2021. Date of access November 25, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=4AWB.

Guzman, Mary Grace Ladion-De (2021, November 28). Mina, Godofredo Serrano (1932–2015). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved November 25, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=4AWB.