ILOILO CITY - The first university in Western Visayas is celebrating a year-long 60th anniversary this Friday with Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President, Archbishop Jose Palma as presider and homilist of the Eucharistic celebration.
The University of San Agustin, the biggest school in Iloilo in number of students, was founded by the Augustinian Fathers on July 15, 1904 as an exclusive school for boys. It was elevated to University status on March 1, 1953. It offers various courses that meet industry requirements recognized by the Commission on Higher Education.
The CBCP president is also expected to answer questions from the local media in a short press conference regarding the church stand on various issues such as reproductive health and the coming May midterm elections.
The March 1 opening activities will usher in a year-long celebration set to officially conclude on March 1, 2014. With a theme USA @60: A commemoration of the past, a celebration of the present, a commitment to the future, the whole year activities will include an educators forum, international research congress, celebration of the Year of the Faith, visits to various Augustinian churches in Panay Island, installation of international markers, cultural shows and exhibits, various medical-dental missions and a general alumni homecoming.
The opening activities on Friday will be ushered by a caravan of 60 vehicles around Iloilo City streets, Eucharistic celebration, blessing of the auditorium and registrars office and salu-salo lunch in the morning.
A round-table discussion on the memoirs of SanAg will be conducted early in the afternoon with Rev. Fr. Eusebio Berdon OSA, prior provincial of the Province of Sto Niño de Cebu, Rev. Fr. Arnel Antonio Dizon OSA, VP for Academic Affairs of Colegio San Agustin-Biñan, Laguna and retired Prof Jose G. Espinosa Jr.
The discussion will be followed by the unveiling of the miniature Garden of Firsts, launching of the search for outstanding alumni, brief presentation of the philanthropic office, field demonstration, closing ceremonies and fireworks display. (PNA)