Continuing the legacy

Imus Institure at 85

The Imus Institute, one of the oldest and largest private non-sectarian educational institutions in the province of Cavite, celebrates its 85th year with the commitment to continue its legacy of quality and affordable education.

As living proof, 43 of its achiever alumni, from the thousands of professionals and responsible citizens from various countries will be feted by its Alumni Association. Leading these prominent high school graduates are Senators Ramon Revilla, Sr. and Panfilo Lacson. Outstanding collegiate graduates are Dr. Efren R. Abueg, linguist and writer; Dr. Emmanuel Santiaguel, Mr. Lauro Monzon, Sofronia P. Onesa, Melchor Plabasan, and Francis Jacob Bautista.

The top graduates will be honored during a testimonial dinner on January 27 to cap the week-long anniversary celebration which will start with the college alumni homecoming on January 19, followed by students’ field demonstration on the 24th, the employees’ reunion on the 25th and the high school alumni homecoming on January 26.

There will also be a students’ military parade on the 24th of January tol honor the pillars of the educational institution, founded in 1923 as Ymus Central Academy. Posthumous awardees include Messrs. Manuel and Lorenzo Paredes. Dr. Eugenio Villanueva, Mr. Mariano Casimiro-Tirona, and Dr. Leoncio Monzon.

Imus Institute’s more than 3,200 high school students and 600 college students and more than 200 employees will parade and perform street dances on the 21st of January starting from its new campus in Dimasalang, passing through its original location at the Pilar (Masonic) Lodge 15, to its present location along Nueno Avenue.

To attain God-centeredness, Imus Institute’s multi-pronged and inter-faith theology program covers worship, education and service for students and employees. Four priests all graduates of the institute, will take part in the Eucharistic celebration on January 21. To follow are inter-faith services of pastors who also teach various subjects, including Peace Education and Bible studies at Imus Institute College.

After the Mass will be the opening of exhibits of the works of Dr. Jose Velasco, Imus Institute President from 1985 to 1989, and national scientist, and rare photographs of historic Imus graciously lent by Messrs. Obet Topacio and Rolly Yakit.

Starting on the 22nd, different schools will be participating in the Science Fair and Quiz Bee, technology and livelihood demonstrations. This will be hosted by the students of the institute’s Science High School. The school’s Pitch Choir will hold the second Choir Concert with the special participation of the choir’s alumni, Mr. Tristan Ignacio and Mary Anne Guiman.

Exhibiting Imus Institute’s commitment to developing entrepreneurship and job creation, students’ enterprises will sell products and services. Also on exhibit will be booths of partner institutions, which include banks, food chains and large manufacturing establishments, which also employed the graduates.

A supportive Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) will hold a Family Day on 20th of January and in the evening, a rock concert featuring “Hale” and “Calla Lily” to raise more funds for a student fellowship center and covered walks. In the past, the Imus Insitute-PTA was able to construct an audio-visual building, covered walks and student lounges, fund scholarships for needy students and purchase books for the school libraries.

The celebration will offer glimpses into the school’s well-rounded educational philosophy and achievements of its vision of academic excellence that produces God-centered, nationalistic, socially responsible, globally competitive, research-oriented and technologically competent administrators, faculty, support staff and students.

Last year, the research outputs of the institute’s faculty were published in The Lamp, the school’s first research journal. Next to be featured are studies on the effectiveness of the English plus program, study habits and learners’ academic needs assessment.

To integrate information and technology in the curriculum and instruction, the school set up the first e-learning facility in the province. Computer aided instruction for English, mathematics and science are offered. Next year, even high school graduates will be able to do visual basic programming, web design and computer aided design. This facility will also serve the new courses, B.S. Information Systems and Computer Engineering.

To address the immediate human resource requirements of local industries, Imus Institute is developing various courses for TESDA registration and ladderized to the CHED-registered degree courses in computer education and hotel and restaurant management.

Imus Institute alumni and benefactors provided scholarships to 72 high school and 59 college students who are financially-handicapped, athletes and choir members. In addition, student assistants were engaged for most entry-level positions and seasonal jobs.

As a service to the community, the school adopted Sitio Pulo, Barangay Anabu and Barangay Palico Elementary School, where it conducts livelihood and literacy seminars, catechetical instruction, supplementary feeding and occasional medical and dental missions.

The institute has undergone accreditation by the Philippine Association of College and Universities, Commission on Accreditation and shall continue to pursue its mission to deliver quality and relevant education.

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