Bicol University (BU) formally opened its yearly Olympics on September 22, with the traditional foot parade from Peñaranda Park to the BU grandstand, announcing anew to the public its celebration of its founding day.
The university kicked off its 46th foundation anniversary with a Holy Mass on September 19, at the BU College of Engineering Gymnasium. This was immediately followed by the celebration of Alumni Day, where BU high school alumnus BrigGen Guillermo Molina Jr. II of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was special guest and keynote speaker.
Bearing the theme, “BU@46: The best is yet to come,” the week-long celebration includes various activities involving students, faculty, non-teaching staff, alumni, and retirees of the university.
Monday, September 21 gave way to a special flag-raising ceremony combined with the launching of the BU Bird Watch in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the planting of 46 trees to mark BU’s 46 years of existence.
“Instead of blowing 46 candles, we will be planting 46 trees,” BU President Arnulfo Mascariñas said.
The evening of the same day saw the awarding of retirees and employees of the university in the program dubbed “BU Awards.” Retirees from October 2014 to September of this year, teaching, and non-teaching staff were given recognition for loyalty and dedicated service, as well as exemplary performance in research and extension.
The Opening Program of the BU Olympics was held right after the foot parade, where President Mascariñas gave an inspirational speech where he reminded all BU athletes to play fair and be exemplars of Bicol University’s four pillars of scholarship, leadership, character, and service.
“Particularly, let us show strong character through true sportsmanship,” he said.
Following his message were the lighting of the friendship flame and the athletes’ taking of the oath of amateurism. After the opening program were the presentation of candidates for the Mr. and Miss Bicol University pageant, and the yearly awaited Hataw dance exhibition of all Physical Education classes. The Pep Squad Competition was held in the afternoon, along with the start of games.
Other activities within the week-long celebration are the BU Voices, Techno-Expo and Mercatus, Medicine Day, and NSTP Day. (Ma. Celina G. Meneses/OP)