Ateneo celebrates 40 years of coeducation-A A +A
Monday, September 2, 2013
MANILA -- Ateneo de Manila is launching a year-long program of activities to mark 40 years of coeducation in the university.
The year-long celebration dubbed as “40 Years, Half the Sky: Celebrating Coeducation in the Ateneo”, kicks off with a Reunion and Coed Memorabilia Exhibition at the new Rizal Library at the Loyola Heights Campus on Saturday, September 7, from 4:00-7:30 p.m.
In 1973, the very first batch of female students enrolled in the Ateneo de Manila’s College of Arts and Sciences. In 1976, only two dozen or 24 women were awarded a full Ateneo diploma. By 1977, women made up 28 percent of the graduating class. Today, 4,377 young women are enrolled in the Loyola Schools, making up 51 percent of our college student population.
The headline 40 Years, Half the Sky: Celebrating Coeducation in the Ateneo” is taken from a well-known Chinese adage that “women hold up half the sky”, recognizing the importance of women’s participation in the development of a free and peaceful society.
Ateneo women alumnae have definitely come a long way over the last 40 years and contributed in so many different ways to society. The Ateneo is home to the first woman Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Maria Lourdes Aranal-Sereno, the first visually impaired summa cum laude graduate Roselle Ambubuyog, CEO and President of the Filinvest Group Josephine Gotianun-Yap, President of Malayan Insurance Co. Inc. and MICO Equities Inc. Yvonne S. Yuchengco, Filipino Equestrian and Asian Games Gold Medalist Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworksi, Entertainer-Superstar Kris Cojuangco Aquino, Journalist and Music Mogul Lizza Guerrero Nakpil and Sun Star Management President Gina Garcia Atienza.
Dr. Antonette Palma-Angeles, Vice President for the Ateneo Professional Schools, and Ms. Josephine Gotianun-Yap co-chair the Organizing Committee for the celebration.
For further information please call Ms. Liza Maramag at ext. 4081 or email: email@example.com of the University Development Office.
Ateneo coeds from Baguio, Pampanga, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao may write or call in to give their names and contact numbers at any Sun Star office or text 0915-441-0571. In Cebu, please contact Marichu Eyac at 254-6100 or Emie Cadungog at 231-0557.