IN CELEBRATION of its centennial celebration, Benguet State University on Tuesday, September 26, inaugurated its centennial park.
With attempts to establish a physical imprint of BSU’s institutional memory, Professor Maria Luz Delson Fang-asan conceptualized the BSU centennial park inspired by Flora Bondad Abeya’s recollection of the Trinidad Agricultural School Amphitheatre in the early 1930’s.
“Grandma Flora’s consistent and vivid recollection about the flowers in the school in the 1930’s has become both a challenge and an inspiration to us now in BSU. In an effort to duplicate the most remembered amphitheatre teaming with flowers, we proposed the centennial anniversary of 2016 BSU centennial park to provide a colorful face for the university,” said Fang-asan.
The school amphitheatre served as an avenue for peaceful retreats, social events and celebrations.
Construction of the centennial park also serves as tribute to Abeya, the oldest alumna who had passed away last September 30, 2014.
Nellie Abeya Pit-og, in behalf of her mother Flora said the centennial park is also a tribute to all the alumni of the institution who were not able to live long enough to have that opportunity to be interviewed.
“After all it is in this campus, in this spot that they have learned how to grow flowers and grow vegetables the scientific way. This garden is also a lovely way to remember my mother’s legacy,” Pit-og added.
Setting historical milestone, the presentation of the centennial park surrounded with 30 markers showcased highlights of BSU’s 100 years researched by Stanley Anongos and Jennyline Sabado Tabangcura which enlightened the public of the school’s development for the past century.
The physical design of the centennial park was made by Hazeline Tibangay, Manuelito Tirazona, and Liza Dacquias which serves as a multi-event area made to instill pride among past and present BSU employees and students.
In 2014, the Board of Regents through an administrative council action endorsed a proposal of the centennial park approved during the incumbency of president Ben Ladilad.
Afterwards, a ground breaking ceremony was held January 25, 2016 under the leadership of OIC-president Dr. Jones Feleciano while the construction began on September 19, 2016 with the full support of president Feliciano Calora Jr.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on September 27, 2017.
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