Aniag leads cornerstone laying

January 24, 2018

 

University President Pacifico B. Aniag led the ceremonial laying of the cornerstone for new buildings that will soon rise on the space occupied by former Agriculture Building last January 24.

Also present at the rites were Dr. Glenn Roy Paraso, chair of the Board of Trustees; Engr. Ferdinand Bote, chair of the BOT Committee on Infrastructure and Environment; Bishop Pedro Torio, Jr. of the Baguio Episcopal Area; Bishop Ciriaco Francisco of the Manila Episcopal Area; Bishop Rodolfo Juan of the Davao Episcopal Area; Prof. Eufemia Ayro, president of Wesleyan University-Philippines Faculty and Staff Association; and James Carl Alamani, Supreme Student Council president.

Aniag called the building construction a symbol of progress, unity, and stability.

“One of the practical reasons for constructing new buildings is because we are anticipating an influx of students especially this coming academic year after the transition period of the K to 12 program,” he said.

The proposed four-story buildings with a total cost of cost of Php 68.4  million, are expected to be finished within eight months..

Paraso, for his part, said, “As we build this edifice physically, we should also continue to build our edifice internally.”

He believed that more than the symbolism of the event, the Wesleyan community should build its character and integrity for the greater glory of the Lord.

Francisco reminded the audience of the story of Babel where the people had the common desire to build a tower for their own greatness but were thwarted by God because of their faulty intention.

He added that the new Wesley Divinity School building is the next to be built.He said that he  asked Chairman Paraso, “After this what’s next? Is it the hospital?,” to which the Chair replied, “No, it’s already done.”

The Bishop inferred, “It is therefore logical that the next one to build is the Wesley Divinity School.”

Also present in the event were members of the BOT-- Dr. Jonathan Razon, Dr. Arnel Panuyas, Arch. Renato Simbulan, former Department of Agrarian Reform Usec. Narciso Nieto, Rev. Benedicto Dulay, and Lawyer Cesar Villar; Dr. Leonita Garcia, vice president for Academic Affairs; Dr. Reynaldo Samonte, executive assistant to the President; Prof. Maria Theresa Gamboa, administrative officer; College deans and administrative heads, faculty, staff, and students.

 Engr. Homer Abad of the Prudenzia Construction and Realty Development Corporation is the project engineer. ###