THE University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod City inaugurated the St. Br. Miguel building on Tuesday to accommodate its senior high school students.
Br. Joaquin Severino Martinez, USLS president and chancellor, said the five-storey building, which costs P110 million, includes solar panels for cross ventilations built using bio-engineered wood.
The 20-classroom building can accommodate up to a thousand Grade 12 students.
The blessing rites was officiated by Bishop Patricio Buzon of the Diocese of Bacolod.
Guests were led by Bacolod City First Lady Elsa Leonardia along with a group of alumni, faculty, and students.
Martinez said the building was named after St. Br. Miguel who was an academician and an educator.
Looking back, he said that on February 9, 1953, cement footings were paved on the first high school north wing building of the high school quadrangle.
Comprised of eight classrooms, this was the first building used by 60 first year high school students of La Salle Bacolod when it opened in June of 1953.
The classrooms were used by high school students from 1953 to 1995, and were turned over to the college unit in the same year when the high school department was transferred to a new complex.
The new building was constructed during the term of Br. Manuel Pajarillo as president and was named in honor of St. Br. Miguel Febres Cordero.
The USLS is also planning to develop the Handumanan Park with an estimated budget of P15 million, Martinez said.