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CHED Commissioner to keynote nat’l confab at USA-Iloilo

CHED Commissioner Dr. Minella Alarcon, is expected to keynote in the 1st San Agustin National Research and Education Conference on November 27-29, 2013 at the University of San Agustin - Iloilo Auditorium.

With the theme “Philippine Higher Education and Research in the Knowledge Society,” the three-day Conference will consist of six plenary talks to be given by noted speakers covering topics in Social Science & Humanities, Natural Science, Technology & Innovation, and Education.

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San Agustin hosts the visiting relics of John 23 and JP2

Thousands of devotees are expected to welcome the visiting relics of the newly canonized Popes, St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII, today, at the University of San Agustin, Iloilo City. The 109 year old Catholic-Augustinian University is hosting the 3-day relic visit of the two new Saints of the Catholic Church from May 20-22.

At 11 a.m. today, Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo will celebrate a welcome mass at the University Chapel, where the relics will be enshrined for the entire duration of the visit.

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University of San Agustin installs 22nd president

FATHER Frederick C. Comendador, O.S.A., was officially installed as the 22nd president of the University of San Agustin (USA) on June 20. He begins his term this year and will act as head of the 108-year academic institution for the period 2012-16. The installation was administered by Fr. Eusebio B. Berdon, O.S.A., Prior Provincial and Chair of the Board of Trustees, and, witnessed by Ched Regional Director Virginia Resurreccion and DepEd Regional Director Mildred Garay.

Prior to his assignment at USA, Fr. Comendador served as president of Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (2008-12) and as Provincial Secretary of the Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu (2004-08). He earned his MA in Educational Administration from Ateneo de Manila University and his MA in Theology from Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA.

Though the 22nd friar to head the University, Fr. Comendador is technically the 7th president of this institution. The first 15 heads were formerly referred to as “Rector”. The first to be addressed “President” was Fr. Bernardino R. Ricafrente, O.S.A. His presidency was followed by five more friars, namely: Fathers Mamerto A. Alfeche, O.S.A. (1989-92 and 1996-2000); Eusebio B. Berdon, O.S.A. (1992-96); Rodolfo M. Arreza, O.S.A. (2000-02); Manuel M. Vergara, O.S.A. (2002-08); and Raul M. Marchan, O.S.A. (2008-12).

Together with Father President Comendador, the following eight friars are also assigned at the University for the next four years: Fathers Harold Ll. Rentoria, O.S.A., VP for Academic Affairs; Roy D. Aspera, O.S.A., VP for Administration/ Finance; Donato E. Ellezar, O.S.A., VP for Student Affairs; Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, O.S.A., Dean of Theology and Religious Education; Basilio S. Sugata-on, O.S.A., Campus Minister; Ian V. Ragodon, O.S.A., Director of General Services; Jessie T. Tabobo, O.S.A., Director of Community Service Center; and, Noli P. Detoyato, O.S.A., Assistant Campus Minister.

The University of San Agustin is managed by the friars of the Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu-Philippines, one of the provinces of the Order of Saint Augustine (O.S.A.) which is one of the oldest religious orders in the world. The In 1904, it opened as an exclusive school for boys as the Colegio de San Agustin de Iloilo. In 1953, the colegio was elevated to university status, thereby earning the singular distinction as the first university in Western Visayas.

Iloilo’s University of San Agustin marks heritage milestone

Panay pride and Augustinian audacity were in full display when the University of San Agustin  (USA) in Iloilo City celebrated  the 60th anniversary of its elevation as a university last March 1 with a solemn High Mass of thanksgiving, a concert that featured a magnificent Olympic-style gallery of lights performed by some 2,000 students, and an impressive fireworks display.

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