THe University of Saint Anthony (Iriga City) celebrates its 60th Foundation Anniversary
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The University of Saint Anthony (USANT) in Iriga City celebrates this month its 60th foundation anniversary with a long-line of activities that started February 2 with the opening of some 30 murals done by students along the one-kilometer wall that make the walkway of the university.
Other activities had Virgilio S. Almario (a.k.a. Rio Alma) national artist and Dr. Galileo S. Zafra, both of the University of the Philippines as resource speakers during the August Linggo ng Wika celebration; Dong Abay , a well-known musical composer and the frontman of rock phenomenon Yano of the '90s conducted a regional song writing workshop last October. A 48-hour Crash Course on Campus Journalism was sponsored by Sapientia, the university paper and attended by students from different public and private schools in Camarines Sur.
Academic and literary contests, ball and parlor games in all levels, the Employees Day and the Parents bingo socials will be held this week. Last month, a book fair was held at the Elementary Dept. while the High School Dept. held its debate, oratorical and extemporaneous speaking contest.
The search for Ms. University Girl, she who epitomizes the good values of a true Anthonian, was held. It was one of the widely attended events. .
Recognition awards will be given to the following outstanding alumni to cap the celebration: Lorna Dig-Dino, PhD’95, and OIC Schools Division Superintendent DEPEd, Division of Sorsogon; Marietta Nagrampa Almazan, HS’71 and a very successful psychiatrist in USA; Kristian Sendon Cordero, HS’99, Palanca Award winner for literature; Nancy Brinas Cuba, PhD’02, Public Schools District Supervisor, Iriga Central District and Teresita Munoz Berina, PhD’97, founding president of the Philippine Nurses Association, Iriga and Rinconada Chapter.
The University of Saint Anthony started as a small night high school with only 131 students and 17 teaching and non-teaching staff. After 27 years, it became a college and later was given the university status, the first university in the city and today is considered the biggest and most advanced university in this side of Bicol Region. Its incumbent President and Chairman of the Board is Atty. Santiago D. Ortega Jr. whose vision for the university it to give its students the best but most affordable education.
Lately, the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) ranked the University as No. 2 of the Top Ten schools with the most number of accredited programs with majors. It tied with UST.