President Aniag: ‘Resilient, one word to describe Wesleyan’

February 21, 2018


During the Thanksgiving Service for Wesleyan University-Philippines’ 72nd Founding Anniversary, President Pacifico Aniag mentioned in his speech thar he has commissioned a book about the history of Wesleyan, and upon reading the draft, realized the ups and downs the University had undergone.

Reminiscing the past, the President said that there was a time when the University was on the brink of bankruptcy, with portions of the extension campuses having classrooms made of sawali, among others.

“If there is one word to describe Wesleyan, it is resiliency,” the President pointed out.

He wants a “culture of gratefulness” to prevail in the University, saying, “It is truly that God is with us and with that we can only be grateful… I want gratefulness to be a culture of the University. Di tayo pinabayaan ng Panginoon.”

He announced that Wesleyan will open its School of Medicine in 2019, and next academic year the new building being constructed will welcome incoming senior high students and college freshmen,

For his part, Board of ‘Trustees Chairperson Glenn Roy Paraso remarked, “Our theme is ‘Therefore go toward social transformation’, and we know that Wesleyan University has played a role in that transformation and continuously plays a role.”

“The past has given us a lot of lessons, the present is continuing to give us these lessons which we are learning, and we look to the future with hope… We have become resilient only because of God’s love,” Paraso added.

Present at the event is the celebrated Methodist musician and award-winning composer Arnel De Pano who performed his own compositions. He is best known for his songs “Lead Me, Lord” (sung by Basil Valdez), “Lipad ng Pangarap” (by Gary Valenciano), and “Dakilang Katapatan”. He has twice won the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-National Music Competitions for Young Artists Choral Writing Competition and a recipient of the Gawad ng Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino for his contributions to original Filipino church music.

The event also marked the first formal appearance of the new member of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Arnel Panuyas, who served as the guest preacher.

Panuyas said what makes Wesleyan different from other schools is that it offers to students not only what is within the book but also instills in them how to live, governed by Gospel virtues.

He is a recognized trainer for the General Procurement Policy Board of the Department of Budget and Management Central Office; a procurement specialist; and member of the Bids and Awards Committee of Central Luzon State University and internal quality auditor of CLSU for ISO. ###