5 June 2015 — Members and guests of the Ateneo de Naga University community celebrated the school’s 75th Foundation anniversary, under the theme: Celebrating 75 Years of Magis, Living the Spirit, and Forging Towards New Frontier. Several events were held to recall the university’s rich history, highlight the school’s contributions to Bicol, and prepare the community for the challenges of the new frontiers.
The celebration started with a Grand Mass at the covered courts, with Archbishop Rolando Joven Tria Tirona as the Main Presider. The Naga Jesuit community and their guests — Fr Provincial Antonio Moreno, SJ, Fr Xavier Olin, SJ, and Fr Eric Velandria, SJ, among others — served as Concelebrants. A special 75-member choir was also assembled for the occasion.
After the mass, the participants went to Pacol for the blessing of the Grade School Building and the launching of the AdNU at 75 Commemorative Watch, Stamps & Guest Book. Postmaster General Josie Dela Cruz provided a brief background on the creation of the limited edition stamps. University President Fr Primitivo Viray, Jr, SJ also shared a short history regarding the Pacol campus. Two exhibits (one in the high school campus and the other in the main campus) were also opened afterwards.
In the afternoon, groups from high school, college, and alumni all gathered to participate in the university parade. A concert — with Hale and Jim Paredes as special guests — was held at the university covered courts in the evening, capping the grand celebration.
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Dr Digna Paner-Alba (parade pictures)