BU celebrates 49th Charter Day in BUCIT

Friday June 22,2018

In celebration of the birth of the university in 1969, Bicol University held its 49th annual Charter Day celebration this June 21 at the BRFICC Amphitheatre of BU’s East Campus in Legazpi City.

It can be recalled that, on June 21, 1969, Bicol University was officially founded through the passage of Republic Act 5521. After 49 years of existence, this year’s Charter Day was made to rejoice and look back on the many advancements made by university since its inception.

The event began with a Thanksgiving Mass, which was celebrated by the campus minister Fr. Ronilo Javines. After the mass, BU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Helen Llenaresas welcomed the participants of the gathering.

This year’s celebration of the Charter Day then featured cultural presentations, like song and dance numbers, as well as video presentations. The coffee-table book “Dokyu: Pagsalingoy” was also introduced during the said event, through an audio-visual presentation that narrates the history of Bicol University.

Expressing the perspective of the three major parts of the BU family; Student Regent Brian Mitchel dela Rama, BU’s Association of Non-Teaching Staff (BUANTS) president Mr. Salvador Bilono II, and a representative of Faculty Regent Dr. Jocelyn Paje were given opportunity to speak to the crowd during the occasion.

Due to an equally important meeting with the university’s Board of Regents, BU President Dr. Arnulfo Mascariñas was unable to be present on the celebration. However, he still delivered the Charter Day Address through an audio-video presentation. “The university has gone through so much. The past leaders and presidents of BU went through hardships, sacrifices and given dedication in order for BU to be in what state it is today,”stated Dr. Mascariñas.

In his message, the president gave focus on the university’s significant strides in six key strategic options: the promotion of responsive academic governance, enhancemet of the university’s resource endowments, availability of market-driven and relevant academic programs, reinforcing the research development and extension (RD&E), developing a critical mass of quality students and competent faculty members, and the upgrade and modernization of physical facilities.

“We have continuously stressed good stewardship by building on what the previous administrations have so far instituted and achieved,” he further said.

On the 49th Charter Day celebration, there was also a symbolically blowing of the candles on 49 cakes, which was done by BU officials and guests.

During the program, Dr. Jonathan Arroco, the Dean of the host college BU College of Industrial Technology (BUCIT), also turned over the BU Flag to Dr. Gerardo Ocfemia, the Dean of BU College of Agriculture and Fisheries, as BUCAF is to host next year’s Charter Day.

As the celebration of the 2018 Charter Day included, the officials, faculty members, employees and students are now gearing up for the long awaited 50th Golden Founding anniversary of the university next year, which is expected to be a big celebration of the institution’s major milestone.