Closing ceremony and book launch mark end of the 110th founding anniversary celebration of SPU Manila
By: Michael Quilala | The Paulinian | December 7, 2022
Ending the 110th Founding Anniversary Celebration of St. Paul University Manila, a closing ceremony was held in the Fleur-de-lis Theater, in conjunction with the Blessing of Markers around the campus, led by Msgr. Gerardo O. Santos, and the launching of a coffee table book commemorating Paulinian experiences through the years. The event was attended by students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and led by the University President, Sr. Ma. Evangeline Anastacio, SPC.
At the closing ceremony, Sr. Evangeline highlighted the theme “In God’s Kairos, Goodness Overflowing” and acknowledged the community, faculty, and other various groups’ efforts in monthly Kairos departmental activities, from non-academic personnel conducting feeding programs for the poor, sponsors of the SPU Manila Community Pantry, various college departments hosting workshops, to partnerships with five international and two local partners for the International Forum on Innovative Collaborative Learning.
“The highlight of our 110th year was the Eucharistic Celebration held on the 21st of February, 2022, which was presided over by His Excellency Charles John Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, and was the first face-to-face liturgical gathering with the whole academic community since the pandemic broke out.” Sr. Evangeline said. “On that same day, we had the unveiling of the markers in the Sisters’ Convent, the blessing of the state-of-the-art Nursing Arts Laboratory, and the launching of ‘Gabay Paulino, Luntiang Puso 2022,’ a tuition subsidy given to 110 college freshmen for the school year 2022–2023.”
Msgr. Gerardo O. Santos, Presider and Homilist, commenced the Mass as a celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Mother of God, Mary of Nazareth and the closing event of the year-long 110th foundation anniversary of the University. Translated prayers from local dialects to foreign languages were offered at the Prayers of the Faithful, addressing protection and world peace.
After the Mass, the University acknowledged the successful release of the milestone coffee table book, St. Paul Manila@110: Goodness Overflowing, as the institution commemorated its 110th anniversary. The book contains 110 essays of Paulinian Sisters and alumni on how their education affected their personal and professional lives and on their fondest memories of the school. The program also recognized the team behind the book, led by the editor, Ms. Marionette O. Martinez, contributors, and donors.