THE FORMER chairperson of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Department of Sociology died at the age of 86 due to heart failure last Oct. 21.
Alice Bulos, who graduated from UST with a master’s degree in social and behavioral sciences, taught sociology in the University from 1951 to 1971.
In 1967, she became the chair of the Department of Sociology but resigned in 1972 to join her husband, Dony Bulos, in the United States.
Dubbed as the “Grand Dame of the Filipino-American Politics,” Bulos, together with her husband, founded the Filipino American Grassroots Movement which is a voter registration drive to encourage the involvement of the Filipino American community in the political process.
Former US President Bill Clinton appointed Bulos to the Federal Council on Aging in 1993 and was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1995.
Bulos, who was named as Woman of the Year for 19th Assembly District in 2006, also stood for the rights of the Filipino veterans of the World War II.
She served as the Charter President of the Fil-Am Democratic Club in San Mateo County, Regional Chair of the National Filipino American Women’s Network, and Board Member of the National Asian/Pacific Democratic Council. F VANN MARLO M. VILLEGAS