Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2013)|
Ateneo de Cagayan
|Pamantasang Xavier – Ateneo de Cagayan|
The Jesuit University in Northern Mindanao, Philippines
|Latin: Universitas Xaverius Athenaea Cagayanus|
|Ateneo de Cagayan (1933–1958)|
|Motto||Veritas Liberabit Vos|
Motto in English
|"The Truth Shall Set You Free" (John 8:32)|
|Established||June 7, 1933|
|Type||Private, Research University|
|Affiliation||Catholic Church (Jesuit)|
|Chairman||Engr. Elpidio M. Paras|
|President||Fr. Roberto C. Yap, S.J., PhD|
|Principal||Fr. Joaquin Jose Mari C. Sumpaico III, S.J.(High School)
Emmanuel G. Gomez (Grade School)
|Undergraduates||10, 467 (AY 2012–13, 1st semester)|
|Postgraduates||526 (AY 2012–13, 1st semester)|
|Location||Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Philippines|
|Campus||8-ha. main campus - Corrales Ave., Divisoria (Undergraduate/Graduate schools and Professional schools)
13-ha. Pueblo de Oro campus (Grade School Annex and High School)
Macasandig campus (Grade School)
50-ha. Manresa campus (College of Agriculture and Center for Integrated Technologies)
Maria Reyna – Xavier University Hospital
|Hymn||"Xavier, Alma Mater"|
|Colors||Blue and White|
|Mascot||University-wide- Crusader Knight
It was founded on June 7, 1933 as the Ateneo de Cagayan by an American Jesuit missionary, Fr. James T. G. Hayes, S.J., who later became the first Bishop and Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. In 1958, Ateneo de Cagayan became a university and was renamed to its present name, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, in honor of the Jesuit missionary, St. Francis Xavier.
- 1 History
- 2 Governance
- 3 Academics
- 3.1 Professional Units
- 3.2 Undergraduate Units
- 4 Basic Education Units
- 5 Notable people
- 6 Campuses
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Xavier University was founded in June 7, 1933 as Ateneo de Cagayan, with only 17 First-year high school students.
It was founded by Fr. James T. G. Hayes, S.J., who became the first Bishop and Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro. It was firstly located at Burgos Street, where the former St. Augustine Parochial School was also located.
Cagayan de Oro, then Cagayan de Misamis, with a population of around 50,000, had the finest port in Mindanao and was a fast-growing town. Gradually, the school grew with the community and opened college courses in June 1938, and Grades 5 to 7 in June 1940 to accommodate requests from parents all over Mindanao and Visayas.
World War II
It was then moved to its present location in Corrales Avenue. It eventually grew into a college and offered courses in Liberal Arts, Education and Commerce. The school closed down on December 9, 1941, with only 614 students. It subsequently became the headquarters of the Imperial Japanese Army in Mindanao on May 2, 1942.
On September 9, 1944, planes from the United States Air Force swooped in and bombed most of Cagayan de Misamis into piles of rubble, even for the school itself. Fr. Edward J. Haggerty, S.J., then Rector and Military Vicar to the U.S. Armed Forces from Borneo to Okinawa, wrote these words in his diary:
|“||In 15 minutes, the American liberator bombers destroyed our labor of 15 years...||”|
Fr. Haggerty was awarded the U.S. Bronze Star medal on February 21, 1947 for his services as a volunteer chaplain of the Visayas-Mindanao Force during the war years. He also became an adviser to Fertig's Guerrilla Government. Fr. Haggerty and his successor, Fr. Andrew F. Cervini, S.J., worked to reconstruct the school, and in 1946, regular classes recommenced. This was only interrupted again after the eruption of Mt. Hibok-Hibok on August 30, 1947, when the campus housed refugees from Camiguin, and even sponsored a boxing bout in its gym to raise funds for the victims.
In a bid for university status, Fr. Francisco Z. Araneta, S.J., then rector, had vowed to St. Francis Xavier that if ever Ateneo de Cagayan is conferred as a university before its Commencement Exercises on March 22, 1958, he will rename the university after the saint.
On that fateful day, an hour before the Commencement Exercises, then-Secretary of Education Manuel Lim, had sent a telegram stating that Ateneo de Cagayan has now been granted university status.
On August 27, 1958, Ateneo de Cagayan was inaugurated as a university and had officially become "Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan". It became the first university in Mindanao, and the first Jesuit institution, among those existing in the Philippines, even first before its sister school Ateneo de Manila to be given university status. After the inauguration, a banquet was held in honor of then-President Carlos P. Garcia, who was conferred, the very same day, the honorary degree Doctor of Laws, the first honorary degree given by the university.
|Presidents and Rectors of
Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan
|Most Rev. James T. G. Hayes, S.J., D.D., 1933|
|Fr. Joseph L. Lucas, S.J., 1933 – 1934|
|Fr. Vincent L. Kenally, S.J., 1934 – 1935|
|Fr. George J. Kitchgessner, S.J., 1935 – 1937|
|Fr. Edward F. Haggerty, S.J., 1937 – 1949|
|Fr. Andrew F. Cervini, S.J., 1949 – 1956|
|Fr. Francisco Z. Araneta, S.J., 1958 – 1959|
|Fr. James J. McMahon, S.J., 1959 – 1964|
|Fr. Cornelius J. Quirkes, S.J., 1964 – 1967|
|Fr. Luis F. Torralba, S.J., 1967 – 1973|
|Fr. Federico O. Escaler, S.J., 1973 – 1976|
|Fr. Ernesto O. Javier, S.J., 1976 – 1990|
|Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J., PhD, 1990 – 1993|
|Fr. Antonio S. Samson, S.J., 1993 – 2005|
|Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J., PhD, 2005 – 2011|
|Fr. Roberto C. Yap, S.J., PhD, 2011 – present|
The University operates as a non-stock education institution governed by its own Board of Trustees with Mr. Elpidio M. Paras, President and CEO of Parasat Cable, Inc., as Chair, and Fr. Roberto C. Yap, S.J., PhD as University President since June 2011. Fr. Yap succeeded Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J., PhD after the transition period at the Ateneo de Manila University.
The Graduate School houses the university's post-baccalaureate programs, ranging from master's degrees to doctorates. Its council is the Graduate School Student Council (GSSC).
College of Law
On November 11, 2011, the college was named an "Outstanding Law School" by the Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, during the second anniversary of the board held at the Manila Pavilion, for being one of the ten best performing law schools in the Philippines from 2001 to 2011. Likewise, a plaque was presented to its dean, Atty. Raul R. Villanueva, as outstanding law dean.
Dr. Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine
Envisioned by Fr Ernesto O Javier SJ as a top producer of medical practitioners, the School of Medicine has been granted Level 1 Accredited Status. The School was recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Development in Medical Education after its graduates consistently scored 100% in licensure examinations for a number of years since it started in 1983. It was likewise recognized by the Professional Regulations Commission and the Board of Medicine for having ranked second in the national Physician Licensure Examination in a span of 11 consecutive exams.
Having gained national recognition, the School of Medicine has been chosen by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development as one of the satellite medical institutions for its project on the development of research capabilities. In collaboration with the XU Community Health Care Center, the School was also the pilot site of the Cervical Cancer Prevention Network Program in 2008, the first in the entire Mindanao area.
The School of Medicine envisions graduates who are committed to addressing the needs of society, particularly in Northern Mindanao. It continues to banner the provision of health care services that are acceptable, accessible, available, and affordable to our people.
College of Agriculture
The College of Agriculture was founded in 1954. Its student council is the Agriculture or Aggies Student Council (ASC). They are known by the monikers Aggies and Bullriders, and its mascot is the Bull.
On February 27, 2009, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in its Memorandum Order No. 3, declared Xavier as a Center of Development (COD) in Agriculture for a period of three years. This title is the first to be given to a private institution. In November 2009, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in its Memorandum Order no. 32 series of 2009, announced Xavier as a National Center of Excellence, specifically a Provincial Institute for Agriculture (PIA) under the National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System. As PIA, Xavier will be among the priority partners of CHED in implementing development projects in agriculture. Xavier also qualifies for a half a million grant to fund scholarships, continuing agriculture education programs, instructional materials development and upgrading of facilities including research laboratories, among other priority projects supported by CHED. In April 2010, the College of Agriculture was awarded Level II re-accreditation for a period of five years by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities. Recently, the college was awarded Level III accreditation by PAASCU, one year after its Level II re-accreditation.
College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences offers most of the university's teaching core subjects of all colleges (e.g. Filipino, English). Its student council is the United Arts and Sciences Student Council (UNITASS). Its mascot is the Tiger.
College of Computer Studies
The College of Computer Studies, founded in 2011, is the most recent college in the university. Its council is the Computer Studies Student Council (CSSC). Its mascot is the Wizard.
The College of Computer Studies had previously been recognized and included in the first batch of Centers of Development for Excellence in Information Technology Education (CODE-IT) by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and its flagship BS in Computer Science is one of the first programs outside Metro Manila to be Level II-accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).
College of Engineering
The College of Engineering student council is the Association of the College of Engineering Students (ACES). Its mascot is the Warrior symbolized by Lapu-Lapu.
On November 3–4, 2009, 65% or 11 out of 17 examinees, with national passing of 53% out of 912 examinees, have passed the Chemical Engineering government licensure examination. All of the passers are 2009 graduates. On the same month, 75% or 12 out of 16 examinees, with national passing of 46% out of 4878 examinees, have passed the licensure examination for Civil Engineering.
On September 2010, 100% of 7 examinees, with national passing of 65% out of 2387 examinees, have passed the Mechanical Engineering licensure examination. All of the passers are 2010 graduates. One passer, Roselle Victor C. Lague, came in second place. On the same month as well, 73% or 8 out of 11 examinees, with national passing of 34% out of 2686 examinees, have passed the Electrical Engineering licensure examination administered in Cebu City. All of the passers are 2010 graduates.
College of Nursing
The College of Nursing was founded in 1989. Its student council is the Council of Nursing Students (CONUS), and its mascot is the Python.
From 2004 to 2008, the College of Nursing was among the top 20 nursing schools in the Philippines, maintained from 2009 to 2011. The College of Nursing was in second place with 97.82%, next to the University of the Philippines Manila.
In June 2010, 86% of the 14 examinees (100% of first-time examinees (2 who are 2010 graduates) and 71% of 7 repeater examinees), with national passing of 41% out of 91,008 examinees, have passed the licensure examination for nurses.
School of Business and Management
The School of Business and Management (formerly College of Commerce) is a recognized center of excellence in accountancy, business, and management education in Mindanao. Its student council is the School of Business and Management Student Council (SBMSC). Its mascot is the Eagle.
School of Education
The School of Education was founded in 1938, and was reopened in 1947. Its student council is the Teachers' Guild (TG). Its mascot is the Phoenix.
Center for Integrated Technologies
Unlike the other colleges, the Center for Integrated Technologies (formerly Center for Industrial Technology) (CIT) is a technical-vocational school. Its student council is the Center for Integrated Technologies Student Council (CITSC), and its mascot is the Knight.
The CIT was housed at the main campus at Corrales Avenue until 2012. Today, it is currently housed at the Jose Ch. Alvarez Technology Complex in the Manresa campus.
The old CIT building has subsequently been renamed as the Faber Hall in December 2013, in honor of St. Peter Faber, co-founder of the Society of Jesus. It is currently occupied by the College of Nursing and College of Computer Studies.
Basic Education Units
Preparatory and Grade School
Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan offers Preparatory and Grade School. Currently, the University has campuses for the preparatory and grade school levels located in Barangay Macasandig, and in Pueblo de Oro.
Aside from Preparatory and Grade School, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan also offers secondary education. Formerly, the High School was located in the main campus at Corrales Avenue, but was relocated to a separate campus in Pueblo de Oro together with the Grade School levels.
Due to renovation works in the Pueblo campus, the High School occupied certain areas of the SBM (Commerce) building and the Faber Hall in the main campus during the 2013-14 academic year. They returned to the newly renovated Pueblo campus the following academic year.
- Romulo V. Borja (G.S. '59, H.S. '65, A.B. '69, Ll.B. '84) – lawyer; associate justice, Court of Appeals of the Philippines; former dean of Law (1993–2004)
- Theodore Te (H.S 82) - Lawyer; Law Professor UP College of Law; Supreme Court Spokesman
- Rodrigo F. Lim (G.S. '53, H.S. '57) - lawyer; former Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals. former Regional Trial Court judge
- Elpidio M. Paras (G.S. '65, H.S. '69) – businessman; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Parasat Cable TV; chairman, Xavier University Board of Trustees
- Rufus B. Rodriguez (G.S. '67, H.S. '71, M.A. '84) – lawyer; representative, 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro
- Jesus Emmanuel M. Paras (G.S. '67, H.S. '71) – agriculturist; former representative, 1st District of Bukidnon (2010-2013); former undersecretary for operations, Department of Agriculture
- Fr. Antonio F. Moreno, S.J. (G.S. '74, H.S. '78, A.B. '82) – Jesuit priest; Provincial Superior for the Philippines, Society of Jesus; former president, Ateneo de Zamboanga University (2006-2013); former dean of Arts and Sciences
- Teofisto T. Guingona, Jr. (H.S. '41) – lawyer; former Vice-President of the Philippines (2001–2004)
- Most Rev. Honesto Ch. Pacana, S.J., D.D. (H.S. '51) – Jesuit priest; Bishop Emeritus of Malaybalay
- Oscar S. Moreno (H.S. '67) – lawyer; mayor of Cagayan de Oro; former governor of Misamis Oriental (2004-2013); former representative, 1st District of Misamis Oriental (1998-2004)
- Raul C. Leonen (H.S. '68) – chemical engineer; chief manufacturing officer, Del Monte Philippines
- Fr. Anthony C. Pabayo, S.J. (H.S. '80, A.B. '84) – Jesuit priest; former principal, Ateneo de Davao High School; current Vice President for Basic Education, Ateneo de Manila University.
- Nereus O. Acosta (H.S. '81) – political scientist; vice-president for Mindanao, Liberal Party; Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection; general manager, Laguna Lake Development Authority; secretary-general, Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats; former representative, 1st District of Bukidnon (1998–2007)
- Isabelo Lastimosa, Jr. (H.S. '82) – athlete; former basketball player, Philippine Basketball Association (1988–2003)
- Earl Stanley Perez (H.S. '82, B.S '86) – business executive; former country director, GlaxoSmithKline (2000–2003), Pfizer (2003–2005), The Himalaya Drug Company (2008–2011); former controller, Watsons's (2005–2008)
- Ermin Stan B. Pimentel (H.S. '83) – director, Office of Alumni Affairs
- Robert dela Serna (H.S. '83) – project manager for the Philippines, Catholic Relief Services
- Jose Benjamin A. Benaldo (H.S. '86) – economist; former representative, 1st District of Cagayan de Oro (2010-2013)
- Dixon Q. Yasay (H.S. '87) – politician; former mayor of Opol, Misamis Oriental (2001–2010)
- Sergio E. Yap II (H.S. '96) – lawyer; former vice-mayor of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental (2007–2010)
- Nelbert Omolon (H.S. '97) – athlete; basketball player, Philippine Basketball Association; small forward, Air21 Express
- Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (A.B. '59) – lawyer; former senator (1987–1992), (1998–2010); former mayor of Cagayan de Oro (1980–1984); former dean of Law (1962–1967)
- Raul C. Rabe (A.B. '61, Ll.B. '65) – diplomat; former Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States (1992–1998)
- Salvador P. Escaño (A.B. '72) – businessman; Chairman, Pryce Gases Incorporated
- Nilo A. Labares (A.B. '89) – journalist; editor-in-chief, Sports at Balita Daily News; former chief of reporters, DXCC-Radio Mindanao Network Cagayan de Oro (1998–2010)
- Eleazar Gomez (A.B. '97) – NGO executive; regional coordinator for Asia, Caritas Internationalis
- Fatima L. Paepke (B.S. '70) – educator; former principal, Xavier University Grade School (2007–2012)
- Tomas R. Osmeña (B.S. '71) – agriculturist; representative, 2nd District of Cebu City; former mayor of Cebu City (1988–1995), (2001–2010)
- Jesus Nicanor P. Perlas III (B.S. '72) – environmentalist; 2010 elections presidential candidate
- Blesila A. Lantayona (B.S. '79) - economist; assistant secretary, Department of Trade and Industry
- Peter M. Unabia (B.S. '83) – agriculturist; representative, 1st District of Misamis Oriental
- Joey Pelaez (B.S. '90) – educator; vice-governor of Misamis Oriental; former executive director for Students and Co-curricular Affairs, Department of Education (1998-2012)
- Lorenzo Luzon (B.S. '92) – journalist; news anchor, TV Patrol Northern Mindanao
- Carina Dayondon (B.S. '95) – mountaineer; one of the first Filipinas to reach Mt. Everest
- Yevgeny Vicente B. Emano (B.S. '96) – agriculturist; governor of Misamis Oriental; former representative, 2nd District of Misamis Oriental (2007-2013); former mayor of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental (1998-2007)
- Shiella C. Balbutin (B.S. '96) – professor of Development Communication; vice-president, Erasmus Mundus Alumni Association (EMA) – Southeast Asia Chapter
- Ziaur-Rahman Alonto Adiong (B.S. '01) – politician; assemblyman, ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly 1st District of Lanao del Sur
- Ruel B. Paclipan (M.P.A. '93) – government official; provincial director for Lanao del Norte, Department of Trade and Industry
- Rey T. Uy – agriculturist; former provincial Board Member of Davao del Norte and former mayor of Tagum City
- Nestor Torre – journalist; columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer
- Manuel E. Valdehuesa – author; former director for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (1983–1985)
- Martin Andanar – journalist; host, Sapul sa Singko, Dokumentado and Andar ng mga Balita
- Aquilino Pimentel III – lawyer; senator; son of Aquilino Pimentel, Jr.
- Carlos P. Garcia (Ll.D. '58) – lawyer; former President of the Philippines (1957–1961)
- Justiniano R. Borja (D.P.A. '63) – politician; former mayor of Cagayan de Oro City (1954–1964)
- Eduardo Hontiveros (D.H.L. '74) – Jesuit priest; composer; composed the university hymn.
- Miriam Defensor Santiago (Ll.D. '89) – lawyer; senator
- Corazon C. Aquino (D.H.L. '01) – former President of the Philippines (1986–1992)
- Reynato Puno (Ll.D. '09) – lawyer; former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (2006–2010)
- Most Rev. Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., D.D. (D.H.L. '11) – priest; Cardinal Archbishop of Cotabato
- Milwilda Guevara (D.H.L. '12) – economist; former undersecretary of Finance; CEO, Synergeia Foundation, Inc.
- Most Rev. Luis Antonio G. Tagle, D.D. (D.H.L. '13) – priest; Cardinal Archbishop of Manila
- Corazon J. Soliman (D.H.L. '14) – social worker; Secretary of Social Welfare and Development
- Fr. Miguel A. Bernad, S.J., PhD – Jesuit priest; professor of Literature; writer and founder, Kinaadman Journal Research Center
- Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D. – Jesuit priest; Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro; former dean of Arts and Sciences, and of Agriculture (1984–1993); former director, Southeast Asia Rural Social Leadership Institute (SEARSOLIN) (1984–1993)
- Fr. William F. Masterson, S.J. – Jesuit priest; former president, Ateneo de Manila University (1947–1950); former department chair of English; first dean of Agriculture (1953–1984); former director, Southeast Asia Rural Social Leadership Institute (SEARSOLIN) (1964–1984)
- Jeoffre W. Acebido – lawyer; professor of Law; 2011 Judicial Excellence Awardee
- Capt. Jose Manuel C. Montalvan – World War II guerilla; former ROTC instructor (1933–1937)
- Jose L. Sabio, Jr. – lawyer; retired associate justice, Court of Appeals of the Philippines (1999–2009); former professor of Law (1960–1999); former professor emeritus of Law (1999–2012)
Xavier University operates on five campuses:
- The 8-hectare main campus in the heart of Cagayan de Oro City where the undergraduate and graduate academic units are located.
- The 50-hectare Manresa Complex on the way to the airport which is used as the experimental and demonstration farms and extension works of the College of Agriculture, and by SEARSOLIN, an outreach unit of the university as headquarters. It also houses the Jose Chavez Alvarez (JCA) Technology Complex of the Center for Integrated Technologies.
- The 13-hectare campus in Pueblo de Oro where the Grade School Annex and the High School departments are located.
- The Grade School campus in Macasandig.
- The Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital, the base hospital of the College of Nursing and the Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine.
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- Xavier University Official Website
- College of Agriculture Official Website
- Dr. Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine Official Website
- College of Engineering Official Website
- University Virtual Tour
- SEARSOLIN Official Website
- Ateneo Network
- Xavier University Libraries
- Xavier University – Central Student Government
- The Crusader Publication