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CAL, CBEM, CS, CSSP celebrate 16th Founding Anniversary online

September 20, 2022

This year, as we celebrate the 16th Founding Anniversary of the College of Arts and Letters (CAL), College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM), College of Science (CS), and College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), let us take a glimpse of the past on how it was established way back 2004. 

Bicol University (BU) first president Atty. Dr. Ricardo A. Arcilla (1970-1980) managed the organizational transition of the various incorporated units, systematized policy-making, and the development direction of BU. 

He envisioned BU to be a sanctuary of scholarship, a training camp for professionals, and a social service station – to produce powerful forces toward education and research, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) was established in 1972.

Marking the first decade of BU’s existence was the beginning of the term of second BU President Judge Aquilino P. Bonto (1980-1988). His leadership focused on linkages with several organizations and agencies, rapid growth, and new spectra of activity such as the Center of Cultural Studies, Computer Center, and Audio-Visual Center. 

Third BU President Dr. Ma. Patria G. Lorenzo (1988-1992) committed her administration to the cultural and value transformation of BU. One of the historical milestones was the turning over of the Audio-Visual Center by the Japanese Government and its facilities in support of the Center for Bicol Studies. 

In 1992, fourth BU President Dr. Lylia Corporal-Sena (1992-1999) embarked on the expansion of BU’s academic, research, and extension programs and pursued democratization of tertiary and advanced education without sacrificing quality education. At the same year, the rise of the Institute of Communication and Cultural Studies (ICCS) was established offering the Bachelor of Communication Arts curriculum. 

Under the leadership of the fifth President Dr. Emiliano A. Aberin (1999-2003), Bicol University’s vision was: “In the 21st century, BU would have fully emerged as a progressive, outward-looking and dynamic educational institution that works in strong partnership with other agencies uplifting the Bicol area socially, economically, and culturally.”

During his presidency, he decentralized the administrative and fiscal system and the crafting of the BU Comprehensive Development (COMDEV) Plan was initiated. This plan will enhance the organizational set-up and the academic clustering of colleges/units by relatedness of disciplines/fields of studies, and creation of service and professional colleges. 

Year 2003 was the transition of university leadership to Dr. Susana C. Cabredo. She envisioned BU to be, “A university system of excellence dedicated to the generation, enhancement, and transfer of knowledge and technology, employing state-of-the-art facilities and learning approaches through competent management, and teaching and non-teaching personnel committed to the development of productive scholars imbued with moral and social conscience to sustain regional and national development.”

Under her first two-year of stewardship, Dr. Cabredo fully implemented the COMDEV Plan. Academic units were restructured into service and professional colleges and academic programs were reviewed that paved the way for restructuring of the University’s academic courses and gave birth to four new colleges: the College of Arts and Letters (CAL), College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM), College of Science (CS), and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) from the CAS and ICCS. 

Now in its 16th year, the pandemic will not hinder us from celebrating this milestone virtually. 

CAL commenced its week-long celebration with the theme, “CAL Sweet 16: Overcoming Obstacles, Sustaining Excellence.” The CAL – College Student Council (CSC) conducted a Literary, Visual, Music, and Dance (LitViMusDa) Competition online. 

While CBEM – CSC plans to set up a 16-day-long virtual activity bannering the theme, “BUCBEM at 16: Ceaselessly Attaining Numerous Sweet Success.”

On the other hand, CS – CSC posted a video walkthrough of their journey from its establishment since 2004 along with messages from BUCS Dean Prof. Jocelyn Serrano and BU President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas. 

Lastly, CSSP has related their celebration to the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and raise awareness on health protocols with their theme, “CSSP in the midst of Crisis: Learnings and Challenges.”

“Your College would not have risen to its present status of academic prominence had we not dared to traverse uncharted directions and set new goals grounded on innovation and creativity. The vision of a world-class Bicol University, has required each of us to go into difficult roads and many challenging miles, more so amidst today’s global crisis; but it is not a quixotic dream,” BU President Mascariñas said on his message for the college’s founding anniversary. 

“We have to remember that when there is a fusion of innovations and creativities, all work becomes a perfect integration of novel ideas and union of creative minds. If we are to achieve our vision of a world-class Bicol University producing leaders and change agents for social transformation in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, we need to continuously develop and sustain our role as knowledge generators responsive to the 21st Century challenges of borderless, multicultural, and flexible education,” he added. 

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