Andres Bonifacio College

College Park, Dipolog City, Philippines 7100

by Alumni and Public Affairs Office on 02 9th, 2012
 ABCollege celebrates 120th Founder’s Day,  Pasidungog Festival 2012 highlights event

ABCollege celebrates 120th Founder’s Day, Pasidungog Festival 2012 highlights event

With the theme Our Founder’s Legacy: The Incessant Task of Addressing Ignorance and Deprivation, the Andres Bonifacio College has recently celebrated the 120th Founder’s Day last February 6, 2012 in honor of its founder Amando B. Amatong.

Highlighting this year’s celebration was the Pasidungog Festivals 2012. Pasidungog, which means to give honor in Cebuano, was the festival’s theme which aims to pay homage to the late founder who took a financially risky venture by establishing the Andres Bonifacio Institute way back in 1940 to provide access to quality education in the province. Today, the Andres Bonifacio College has continued to do so by constantly producing top calibre graduates and professionals.

Started in 2003, the festival has captured the hearts of local and foreign tourists alike for its grandeur and liveliness. It has since dominated local festivals and attractions. Bringing this year’s bacon is the High School Department with their astounding performance during the street dancing competition and in the final showdown. The winning team received a cash prize of P 25,000.00 and a trophy from the City Government of Dipolog. Trailing behind this year is the School of Business Management Education which made a landmark in the annals of the competition by winning the first-ever championship title for two years in a row, in 2003 and in 2004. The department received P 20,000 as cash prize.

Rounding up as 2nd runner-up is the School of Engineering, receiving P 15,000 as cash prize. The School of Nursing School of Education, Vocational Technical Institute, School of Criminology, and the College of Arts and Sciences received the consolation prizes of P 5,000 each. Over a thousand spectators flocked to the Amando B. Amatong Civic Center for the said event. Since its inception, the festival has continuously given pride and joy to the people of Zamboanga del Norte as it has truly been a spectacular event to watch out for.

Amando, as he is remembered today, lived a very modest life in his younger years. He started the institute in a rented building offering vocational courses. Over time, the small school he founded has grown to become what is now Andres Bonifacio College, the Pioneer Builder of Leaders. Today, most engineers, accountants, lawyers, teachers, nurses, police officers, and public servants in the province are proud alumni of this great institution. The Andres Bonifacio College has continued to live by its moniker, the Pioneer Builder of Leaders, and the ideals of its adored founder; that is, to provide quality, affordable, and accessible education in this part of the country.

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