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by Alumni and Public Affairs Office on 12 4th, 2010

ABCollege celebrates 70th Foundation Day

The Andres Bonifacio College recently celebrated its 70th Foundation Day last November 30, 2010. Highlighting the week-long event are the Commemoration Program, the Dedication of the Atty. Pablo B. Badong Memorial Law Collection, and the Grand Alumni Homecoming.

Ambassador Alexander B. Yano, Guest of Honor and Speaker of the 70th Foundation Day Celebration, receives his Plaque of Appreciation from ABCollege President Sancho S. Amatong.- apao

This year’s celebration has been graced by the presence of former Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Alexander B. Yano as Guest of Honor and Speaker. Retiring last year as a  four-star general and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, General Yano, who hails from Disud, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, talked on the theme “Curbing Corruption: Every Citizen’s Responsibility.” He stressed that while it was a tremendous responsibility to talk about corruption among the young people, he was  humbled and remarkably honored by the invitation.

The former AFP Chief laid out the anatomy of corruption and its solution in three key points. First, corruption must be battled at home. This can be done through inculcating values and character in the early stage of a child’s development. Parents should not treat their children as economic investments. Second, schools and offices must be freed from corruption, safeguarding the integrity of these institutions through transparency and objectivity. Lastly, corruption must be fought in the community level. It is the responsibility of the citizens of this country to curb corruption by exhausting all means. General Yano also encouraged the younger generation to take responsibilities and to work for progress.

“This happens to be my first major, major speech here in Zamboanga del Norte after my second retirement,” jested the eloquent general, quoting a famous line by a beauty queen. “I, therefore, laud the Andres Bonifacio College in its desire to not just only be a center of excellence but more so, a socially responsive institution,” General Yano added.

After his thirty years in the military service, General Yano was appointed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. He retired from his post last year. It can be remembered that three years ago, he was invited for the same annual event. He even came to Dipolog with boxing great and now Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao. Unfornately, he was not able to deliver the speech as he hurried back to Manila because of the infamous Manila Peninsula Siege.

Meanwhile, the Andres Bonifacio College became the proud recipient of over a thousand law books, journals, and other references collected by the late Atty. Pablo Bancairen Badong, an alumnus of the ABCollege High School Batch 1953. Atty. Badong, a well-known legal scholar and one of the best lawyers of his era, happens to be the uncle of Ambassador Yano. Mrs. Gloria Badong Yano, the only sibling and legal heiress of the late lawyer, entrusted the books to the College through a ten-year, renewable contract.

In her bequeathal speech, Mrs. Yano expressed her enthusiasm and great desire to have the books taken cared of by the School that she considers her second home as she is also a proud alumna of ABCollege just like her late brother. The Dedication of Atty. Pablo B. Badong Memorial Law Collection was held at the mezzanine of the Graduate and Professional Schools Building, a new state-of-the-art facility of ABCollege. The program was culminated with the unveiling of the Law Collection.

Later that day, the Andres Bonifacio College Alumni Association gleefully held their annual Grand Alumni Homecoming at the Amando B. Amatong Civic Center with the theme “A Homecoming: Providing Greater Awareness Among The Alumni.” This year’s Homecoming was graced by Mrs. Gloria B. Yano as Guest of Honor and Speaker. Nearly two hundred participants joined the event that was highlighted by the unveiling of the first ever Alumni Logo, raffle draws, and the awarding of this year’s Most Outstanding Alumni.

For the first time in the history of the Association, there were two awards presented to two highly respected and deserving individuals in their chosen fields. Earning the coveted awards were Dr. Elsa R. Cruz of the Department of Education, Zamboanga del Norte Division for her contributions in the field of Education and Industrial Chemist and Engineer Gilbert S. Cruz for his pioneering work in the field of structural and concrete technology. His works earned him the moniker “Concrete Guru of the Philippines.” Dr. Cruz and Engineer Cruz finished their tertiary and secondary studies in ABCollege, respectively.

Moreover, the Philippine National Red Cross Zamboanga del Norte Chapter launched “Dugong Bayani, Dugong Makaluwas,” a bloodletting campaign,  at the Amando B. Amatong Civic Center lobby. Students and the visiting Alumni willingly donated their blood for a humanitarian cause.

For seventy years in its existence, the Andres Bonifacio College has never wavered in its cause of providing quality and affordable education in  the Zamboanga Peninsula. Initially opened as Andres Bonifacio Institute, it humbly and wilfully rose to every challenge and became what is now known as the  Andres Bonifacio College. The ABCollege has continued to produce quality graduates, living up to its moniker “Pioneer Builder of Leaders.”

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