Andres Bonifacio College

College Park, Dipolog City, Philippines 7100

by Alumni and Public Affairs Office on 02 5th, 2011
 ABCollege celebrates 119th Founder’s Day, revs up for Mardi Gras

ABCollege celebrates 119th Founder’s Day, revs up for Mardi Gras

The Andres Bonifacio College is celebrating the 119th Birth Anniversary of its founder, Amando Borja Amatong, today, February 6, 2011. With the theme “ The Pursuit of Execellence: A Tribute to the Founder”,  the celebration is a tribute to the birth and life of Amando, who in 1940, established Andres Bonifacio Institute, now Andres Bonifacio College, which has become one of the most revered educational bastions in the Zamboanga Peninsula and in the country.

This year’s Founder’s Day celebration will  start with a Diana around Dipolog City at 4 o’clock in the morning to be followed by a departmental floral offering at the Catholic Cemetery. A Holy Mass will also immediately follow at the Amando B. Amatong Civic Center. This  will be participated in  by the College officials, faculty, staff, alumni, and students.

Highlighting the said event is ABCollege’s own version of the Mardi Gras.  Eight contingents will compete for this year’s title, showcasing local and national festivities. The School of Criminology with its Sarok Festival of Consolacion, Cebu will clash against the former title holder High School department with its interpretation of the Alikaraw Festival (Hilongos, Leyte) Hinonoh. Joining the fray is the Vocational Technical Institute and its version of the Kinaradtu Festival of Buenavista, Guimaras.

Also ready to rumble are the equally talented departments of the School of Business Management Education and the College of Arts and Sciences with their Karansa Festival (Danao City) and Bonga Festival (Sibonga, Cebu), respectively. One of the top contenders in the previous Mardi Gras competitions, the School of Education, will be interpreting the Hinugyaw Festival of Cotabato Province. The School of Engineering with their version of the Pasalamat Festival of La Carlota, Negros will also be pitting against the Kaamulan Festival (Bukidnon) of the School of Nursing. The festival presentations will be held at the Amando B. Amatong Civic Center at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

The Mardi Gras, which means “Fat Tuesday” in French, refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which starts on Ash Wednesday. It has been adopted by the Andres Bonifacio College a few years ago to add more color and vibrancy to the celebration of the Founder’s Day. It has been patronized ever since by local and foreign tourists alike as it has become one of the most anticipated events in the province.

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