Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan
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Ateneo de Cagayan
|Pamantasang Xavier – Ateneo de Cagayan|
The Jesuit University in Northern Mindanao, Philippines
|Latin: Universitas Xaverius Athenaea Cagayanus|
|Motto||Veritas Liberabit Vos|
|Motto in English||"The Truth Shall Set You Free"|
|Established||June 7, 1933|
|Type||Private, Research University|
|Religious affiliation||Jesuit (Roman Catholic)|
|Chairman||Engr. Elpidio M. Paras|
|President||Fr. Roberto C. Yap, S.J.|
|Principal||Joaquin Jose Mari C. Sumpaico III (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 (College and Professional Schools)
13-ha. Pueblo de Oro campus (High School and Elementary Annex)
50-ha. Manresa Complex (College of Agriculture)
Macasandig campus (Grade School)
Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital
Jose Ch. Alvarez (JCA) Technology Complex (Center for Integrated Technologies)
|Former names||Ateneo de Cagayan (1933–1958)|
|Hymn||"Xavier, Alma Mater"|
|Colors||Blue and White|
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, in honor of the Jesuit missionary, St. Francis Xavier.
Xavier University was founded on 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.
University Status 
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 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.
Professional Units 
Graduate School 
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 
Recently, only 63% out of 16 examinees, all 2008 graduates, with national passing of 46% out of 1344 examinees from around the Philippines, have passed the licensure examination for medical doctors last February 2010.
On October 8, 2009, a memorandum of understanding was signed by then-university president, Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J., PhD; the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, represented by Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D.; and the Mother Provincial of the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres in the Philippines, Sr. Zeta Caridad Rivero, S.P.C., as a partnership for the ownership of the new Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital (MRXUH) (formerly Maria Reyna Hospital), which will become the base hospital for the Dr. Jose P. Rizal School of Medicine and the College of Nursing, and the building of the new Emergency room/Operating room (ER/OR) complex.
Undergraduate Units 
College of Agriculture 
The College of Agriculture student council is the Agriculture or Aggies Student Council (ASC). Its team is called the 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 is the most recent college in the university. Its council is the Computer Studies Student Council. 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 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 
Founded in 1989, the College of Nursing student council is the Council of Nursing Students (CONUS). 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). Its mascot is the Knight. It is currently housed at the Jose Ch. Alvarez (JCA) Technology Center in the Manresa Campus.
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.
High School 
Aside from Preparatory and Grade School, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan also offers secondary education. Formerly, the High School is located in the Main Campus in Corrales Avenue, but was relocated in its separate campus in Pueblo de Oro together with the Grade School levels.
Notable people 
- 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)
- 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; representative, 1st District of Bukidnon; former undersecretary for operations, Department of Agriculture
- Fr. Antonio F. Moreno, S.J. (G.S. '74, H.S. '78, A.B. '82) – Jesuit priest; president, Ateneo de Zamboanga University; 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; governor of Misamis Oriental
- 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 headmaster, Ateneo de Davao High School
- Nereus O. Acosta (H.S. '81) – political scientist; former representative, 1st District of Bukidnon (1998–2007); 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
- 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; representative, 1st District of Cagayan de Oro
- Dixon Q. Yasay (H.S. '87) – politician; former mayor of Opol, Misamis Oriental (2001–2010)
- Jericho Vamenta (H.S. '93) – artist; grand prize winner, 2012 Philippine Art Awards
- 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
- Ramon Chaves III (H.S. '99, B.S. '03) – singer; 3rd Placer, GMA Pinoy Idol
- Joyce Vega (H.S. '06, B.S. '10) – journalist; co-host, Isyu Karon Northern Mindanao
- Sylvia Aguhob (H.S. '06, B.S. '10) – journalist; co-host, Isyu Karon Northern Mindanao
- Adlai Marcel M. Rivera (H.S. '07, B.S. '11) – athlete; football player, United Football League; defender, Cebu Queen City United F.C.
- Charles Wayne Villarta (H.S. '07, B.S. '11) – athlete; football player, United Football League; goalkeeper, Cebu Queen City United F.C.
- Francis Casey Alcantara (H.S. '09) – tennis player
- 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)
- Ma. Marna Pabillore (A.B. '03) – karateka; gold medalist, 2005 Southeast Asian Games
- Cherry Hazel Agustin (aka Sheree) (A.B. '04) – actress
- America Atega (B.E.Ed. '10) – model; Ms. Congeniality, 2011 Mutya ng Pilipinas
- Fatima L. Paepke (B.S. '70) – educator; former principal, Xavier University Grade School (2007–2012)
- Tomas R. Osmeña (B.S. '71) – agriculturist; former mayor of Cebu City (1988–1995), (2001–2010); representative, 2nd District of Cebu City
- Rev. Leo A. Soriano (B.S. '71) – physician; resident bishop, United Methodist Church Davao Episcopal Area
- Jesus Nicanor P. Perlas III (B.S. '72) – environmentalist; 2010 elections presidential candidate
- Peter M. Unabia (B.S. '83) – politician; representative, 1st District of Misamis Oriental
- Joey Pelaez (B.S. '90) – director for Students and Co-curricular Affairs, Department of Education
- 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; representative, 2nd District of Misamis Oriental
- 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
- Rey T. Uy – agriculturist; 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
- Marvin Kiefer – celebrity; former castaway, Survivor Philippines: Palau
- Aquilino Pimentel III – lawyer; son of Aquilino Pimentel, Jr.
- Krizza Neri – singer; protégé of Aiza Seguerra
Honoris causa 
- 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; 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
- 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
- 1LT 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
- 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; and lastly,
- The Jose Chavez Alvarez (JCA) Technology Complex, houses the Center for Integrated Technologies.
See also 
- Cagayan de Oro
- Northern Mindanao
- List of Jesuit educational institutions in the Philippines
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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