December 12, 2015

Bulacan State University: #111 Years Strong

December 3, Thursday, marked the onset of the week-long celebration of the 111th Founding Anniversary of Bulacan State University with the theme "BulSU at 111: Upholding Excellence in the ASEAN Integration."

By MIS Office

”We need to step our best foot forward, we really need to assert who we really are as a university, what we are capable of, and what we can contribute.” This is Pres. Cecilia Gascon's message during the Opening Program of BulSU’s 111th Founding Anniversary celebration.

December 3, Thursday, marked the onset of the week-long celebration of the 111th Founding Anniversary of Bulacan State University with the theme ”BulSU at 111: Upholding Excellence in the ASEAN Integration. ”

The opening celebration was kicked off with ” Parada ng Karosa” which was participated by the different colleges from the main campus together with the satellite campuses.

The parade took off from The Cabanas Pavilion to Malolos Campus. Each college prepared a float that represents the theme of this year’s founding anniversary celebration.

The parade was promptly followed by an Opening Program that was held at the Activity Center.

In his speech, Dr. Danilo Hilario, Vice-President for Planning and Research, encouraged the students to actively participate in the numerous activities that were prepared for the BulSUans.

Dr. Hilario reminisced the celebration of the 100th year anniversary of BSU back in the year 2004 and commended this year's celebration.

”Noong 100 years ang BSU, sabi ko, ito na yata ang pinakamagandang, pinakamagarbong selebrasyon. Subalit taon-taon aking sinasabi na mukhang mas maganda ito kaysa ’yung nakaraang taon,” Dr. Hilario added.

In her speech on her very first founding anniversary celebration with the BulSU community as the University President, Dr. Cecilia Gascon emphasized that wherever BulSU is in now, it is undoubtedly a product of the collaborative efforts from the founders and past administrations who spent their valuable time, expertise and energy in making the continuous progress and development of the institution.

”Special tributes should be given to the founders of this Institution and the past administrations for their outstanding contributions to the development of our University.” Pres. Gascon stated.

Pres. Gascon encouraged the whole BulSU community to take part in keeping the university the premier educational institution in the region.

”Let the accomplishments of the past be our inspiration in facing the challenges and opportunities of the present especially in the advent of the ASEAN Integration,” Pres. Gascon added.

Senate President Franklin Drilon who served as the Guest Speaker of the Opening Program expressed his gratitude to BulSU as he claimed to be one of the people who is benefiting from the excellence that the institution is constantly striving for.

”Isa po sa mga pinaka magagaling na tauhan ko sa aking tanggapan ay gradute ninyo (BulSU), in the name of Gino Arellano a graduate of Mass Communication in the year 2008.”

Sen. Drilon acknowledged the importance of educational institutions in honing the skills and knowledge of the labor force of the country which he believed is the key player in keeping economic growth in a country such the Philippines with a young population.

Dr. Cecilia N. Gascon together with BulSU students during a photo-op.

Senator Franklin Drillon receives a warm welcome from the administration of BulSU.

”Education is the greatest equalizer of all. Basta't may pinag aralan, may laban,” Sen. Drilon asserted.

The highlights during the Opening Program were the ceremonies which were headed by the University President Dr. Cecilia Gascon.

As symbol of prosperity, a cake cutting ceremony was held followed by a butterfly ceremony.

With the participation of the student leaders, 111 balloons were released accompanied by a fireworks display which concluded the program.