University of San Agustin turns 60 in March-A A +A
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
THE University of San Agustin (USA) in Iloilo is commemorating its 60th anniversary with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on Friday, March 1, 2013.
The University of San Agustin, which is 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.
The USA was elevated to University status on March 1, 1953 and offered courses recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched).
CBCP president Archbishop Jose Palma, who is the celebrants of the Eucharistic celebration in March 1, will also 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 event, which is dubbed as “USA @60: A commemoration of the past, a celebration of the present, a commitment to the future,” will run for a year until March 1, 2014.
Activities will also 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, and blessing of the auditorium and registrar’s office.
A round-table discussion will be conducted Friday 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 of the group will be followed by the unveiling of the miniature called Garden of Firsts; launching of the search for outstanding alumni; brief presentation of the philanthropic office; field demonstration; closing ceremonies; and fireworks display.