AS TRIBUTE to the continuous support and commitment of an esteemed alumnus in helping the Jesuits in their mission in educating the Ilonggo youth, Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School is officially christening its four-story central structure as Dr. Henry O. Chusuey Administration Building.
In a contract signing held Wednesday, March 2, a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was inked by Dr. Chusuey (Grade School Batch 1968) and school president Fr. Joseph Haw, SJ, formalizing the naming of the building. Also in attendance were Chusuey’s wife Anna Lissa and daughter Christina, and the school’s treasurer Mark Yap, Board of Trustees (BOT) member Juliet Go, and corporate lawyer Atty. Aloysius de la Cruz. The building will house Ateneo’s main lobby, president’s office, conference room, multi-purpose open space, archive room, library, and auditorium
The Dr. Henry O. Chusuey Administration Building forms part of the PhP200-million worth Phase 2 project of ADI-SMCS which will bring together its Grade School and High School in its 7.5 hectare campus in Atria Park District, Pison Avenue, San Rafael, Mandurriao. The school expects to finish the project in 2017.
"The whole ADI-SMCS community is truly grateful for the help of one of our own grade school alumnus, Dr. Chusuey, for his commitment in helping us pursue the vision of the first Jesuit fathers who came to Iloilo and established Santa Maria Catholic School," Fr. Haw said, adding, "the building is a tribute to our shared vision to further uphold the Ateneo tradition of excellence and service in Iloilo and in the whole of Western Visayas."
In 2011, Dr. Chusuey, indisputably one of the most distinguished business magnates and philanthropists in the country, was also instrumental in the final stretch of the construction of ADI-SMCS Gymnasium which was later on named after his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso and Virginia Chusuey.
Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School (ADI-SMCS) was established by the Jesuits expelled from China in 1958 with the aim of providing quality education and Catholic formation to the Filipino and Chinese-Filipino youth in Iloilo. Dr. Chusuey finished his elementary education from ADI-SMCS in 1968.
To note, ADI-SMCS is the only Jesuit and Catholic Chinese-Filipino School in Western Visayas. It commits itself to the formation of excellent leaders who are always ignited by love and service and are men and women for others.
Since its establishment in 1958, the Jesuit school has produced key leaders in Iloilo in various fields such as medical and health service, information technology, engineering, business, banking, finance, law, and public service, among many other fields. At present, it has 1,700 students and 200 faculty and staff resting in two campuses: San Rafael, Mandurriao and Gen. Blanco Street, Iloilo City.
Next school year, Ateneo will open its Senior High School classes in its San Rafael Campus catering 200 Grade 11 students. It will also be the start of the soft transfer of the Grade School Department with its Grades 1 and 2 pupils having their classes in the new Grade School building. (Herman Lagon)