BU celebrates 50 years of growth in its 2019 BU Charter Day Celebration

Friday June 21,2019

Celebrating five decades of growth since its establishment in 1969, Bicol University holds the 50th BU Charter Day Celebration this June 21 at the BU College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF) Campus in Guinobatan, Albay.

The commemoration of Bicol University’s establishment has always been one of the university’s annual event. However, this year’s celebration was done with great reverence as BU’s 50th Charter Day marks a significant milestone in the university’s history.

Historically, the university has served the Bicolano communities as the region's premier academic institution for five decades, since its establishment on June 21, 1969 through Republic Act 5521. The establishment of Bicol University was realized through the efforts of its three Founding Fathers: Hon. Dominador R. Aytona, Hon. Carlos R. Imperial, and Hon. Jose M. Alberto.

In line with paying respects to the BU Founding Fathers and to all who contributed to the creation of the university, the 50th BU Charter Day began with a wreath laying ceremony, dubbed “Alay Parangal” (Offering of Honor), at the Roxas Monument in the BUCAF Campus.

Afterwards, BU officials gathered to release fifty doves as a symbolic representation of the university's growth over the past fifty years. This was followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Charter Day Exhibit in BUCAF.

To show gratefulness to God’s blessings to the university, a Thanksgiving Mass was also celebrated by Rev. Fr. Roberto Crisol who exhorted the BU community to continue serving with love as he emphasized the many sacrifices that were done to reach the birth of the University. At the start of the Charter Day Celebration’s program, the participants were greeted by BU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Helen M. Llenaresas in her opening remark who praised the BUCAF for festive atmosphere of the Charter Day celebration. Representing the student body, faculty, and alumni respectively, Student Regent Mr. Brian Mitchel R. dela Rama, Faculty Regent Dr. Ma. Joselyn J. Paje, and Alumni Regent Prof. Edgar S. Barrameda expressed their appreciation, joy, and hope for BU’s developments over the years in their felicitations.

Intermission numbers in the form of native dances were given by the BU Magayon Dance Troupe trained by IPESR Director Carina L. Sales. After a brief presentation about BU’s history, the participants gave their attention to BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas as he delivered his Charter Day Address. In his speech, he cited the reasons why every BUeño should rejoice being with a school that has stood strong for fifty years.

“Today, we celebrate half a century of lives lived for and in behalf of every Bicolano scholar, their families and friends who passed through the pillars of Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service in Bicol University,” stated Dr. Mascariñas. The president then cited the 25 reasons why BU deserves a golden celebration.

When the BU President’s address concluded, Dr. Mascariñas was joined by BUCAF Dean Prof. Domingo Ll. Nace, BUCAF Associate Dean Dr. Roscefe B. Dy, BUTC Dean Dr. Maria Giselle N. Mortega, and BUTC Associate Dean Dr. Renan U. Bobiles for the Turn-Over Ceremony of the BU Flag to the sponsor of the 51st BU Charter Day Celebration in 2021.

With BUTC being next year’s Charter Day host, Dean Dr. Mortega expressed in her acceptance speech her joy and willingness to lead BUTC’s hosting of the 51st BU Charter Day Celebration. She was soon followed by BUCAF Dean Prof. Nace who officially concluded the program in his closing remarks.

Throughout the celebration of the Charter Day, it was repeatedly emphasized that the key reason why BU endured and developed over fifty years was the unity and motivation of all who became members of the BU family. In the word of BU President Dr. Mascariñas: “We take the time to really count, not just what we have all collectively achieved, beginning with our Founding Fathers down to the past and present administrations, and the 638 teaching and 332 non-teaching personnel, but more so, the blessing of being part of a dynamic, innovative and persevering Bicol University family.”