(Speech delivered by Dr. Henry O. Chusuey during the Blessing and Inauguration Rites of the Administration and Grade School buildings of Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS held December 8, Atria Park District, San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City)
Today, I am most pleased to come home to my first Alma Mater, the great Santa Maria Catholic School, now the Ateneo de Iloilo.
I am happy to be re-united with my Atenean family here, under the guidance of the Jesuits, on this joyful and momentous occasion.
This is a time of thanksgiving, of expressing gratitude to those who have helped mold us into what we are now. Today marks another opportunity to give back to Santa Maria, to the kind academic community of Ateneo de Iloilo.
This Jesuit school has a special place in my heart. This is where I started my formal education. This is where I learned the fundamentals of knowledge, as well as the values of loving one’s neighbors and serving the community.
IN FRONT of a stellar assembly of the members of the Ateneo community, alumnus and business magnate Dr. Henry Chusuey shared his Santa Marian pedigree and declared “this Jesuit school has a special place in my heart” during the blessing of the Grade School (GS) and Administration buildings of Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School held Friday, December 8, at the Atria Park District, San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
“This is where I started my formal education. This is where I learned the fundamentals of knowledge, as well as the values of loving one’s neighbors and serving the community,” Dr. Chusuey of GS Batch ’68 said, adding, “that is why I am very honored and glad to support the Jesuit’s mission in education through our Alma Mater.”
To note, Dr. Chusuey, a business mogul who owns strings of local and international hotels and restaurants, is the major donor of the school’s Admin Building that was eventually named after him. Scores of other benefactors in attendance, including the representatives of sister Jesuit institutions, have also donated significant amount that helped in the completion of the buildings.
Those who also graced the much-anticipated blessing rites were Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo DD, Jesuit Provincial Fr. Primitivo Viray SJ, school BOT chief Fr. Bienvenido Nebres SJ, City Mayor Jose Espinosa III, school president Fr. Joseph Haw SJ, former school presidents Fr. Salustiano dela Rama SJ and Fr. Manuel Uy SJ. Also in attendance were scores of other Jesuit and diocesan priests, administrators, faculty, staff, and officers and members of the school’s Student Councils, Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and Ateneo Alumni Association (AAA).
DIGNITARIES and Jesuit fathers will lead in the much-anticipated inaugural blessing rites of the P200-million-worth Grade School (GS) and Administration buildings of Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School this Friday, December 8, at the Atria Park District, San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
Alumnus and business magnate Dr. Henry Chusuey of GS Batch ‘68 will lead the ribbon-cutting rites. He will team up with Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo DD, Jesuit Provincial Fr. Primitivo Viray SJ, and school president Fr. Joseph Haw SJ, in the ceremony that will kick off in the Central Administration building at 4 p.m. Celebrative activities, highlighted by the display of Atenean talents, will be showcased in the whole duration of the event that will culminate through a dinner party in the Chusuey gymnasium at 6 p.m.