Universidad de Sta. Isabel launches One USI
The Universidad de Sta. Isabel in Naga City officially launched ONE USI on July 11, 2013 at the grounds of Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. ONE USI is the consolidation of the three Daughters of Charity (DC) institutions in Caceres: Mother Seton Hospital, St. Louise de Marillac School of Pili and Universidad de Sta. Isabel into one organizational entity: Universidad de Sta. Isabel.
The Eucharistic Celebration at Naga City Metropolitan Cathedral highlighted the launch. Fr. Jimmy Belita, CM, Spiritual Director of the Daughters of Charity in the Philippines, presided the mass with Fr. Rex Luis Hidalgo as the preacher together with other concelebrating priests.
The unveiling of ONE USI Commemorative Marker by Sr. Mary Anne Guevarra, DC, Councilor of the Daughters of Charity, Philippine Province and Sr. Lourdes Albis, DC, the President of Universidad de Sta. Isabel ensued while the guests from both private and public sectors gladly joined. The marker symbolizes the eloquence of the journey towards greater responsibility: more relentless and ardent in carrying-out the entrusted mission – as SERVANTS OF THE POOR. Officials of the three institutions, the ONE USI Coordinating Team and the crowd all witness, in jubilation, a milestones in USI’s history. The ceremony was held at the Quadricentennial Arch in front of Naga Metropolitan Cathedral a symbolic partnership between the University and the local church of Caceres.
One of the highlights of the activity was a motorcade joined by over 150 cars and motorcycles of USI community, friends and benefactors respectively. The route commenced at Cathedral grounds then along Elias Angeles Street to Naga People’s Mall, Tabuco then to Roxas Avenue passing by the Mother Seton Hospital. It continued to Rotonda towards the stretch of Concepcion. In going to Pili Campus, the convoy passed by Pili Diverson Road to Anayan then to Pili Centro until it reached USI Pili Campus where a festive mood welcomed the participants who later partake of the sumptuous and diverse native food served to them. After which the group travelled back to Naga. The faculty club had their fair share in the preparation and distribution of packed lunch to the motorcade participants.
Simultaneously to the motorcade was the opening of the Museum in the Main Campus for guests who joined the Mass. The students’ Organizational Fair inside the University added color to the activity. Basketball and Volleyball games were held at the main campus Gymnasium while two teams, the Starfishes and the Geese, organized among the personnel competed.
The day-long activity culminated with a variety show at the USI Auditorium hosted by Dr. Felipe Federico O. Pio, Jr and Dr. Lynne Lourdes N. Lucena of the USI Health Services Department (Mother Seton Hospital). The show was packed with song and dance numbers. The personnel, comprised of generally the health care providers from Health Services Department presented its history and services through a song-dance number. The students of Pili Campus depicted its history and culture through their Cimmarones dance which they finished with a modern dance genre portraying their hope on being ONE USI in spirit and in mission. The main campus showcased its talents as the University Band played and danced together with the members of the Vincentian Performing Arts Company (VPAC).
As a preliminary activity to the launch, USI had a simultaneous Fun Run held in USI Pili Campus and USI Main Campus on July 10, 2013. The Fun Run was participated in by more than 5,000 students, parents, faculty, personnel, administrators, Daughters of Charity Sisters and friends alike.
Tarpaulins of USI History in Series along the areas of USI, Mother Seton Hospital, and St. Louise de Marillac School of Pili were hung. The publication of the Special Edition of FUSION, the Folio Magazine of ONE USI embodied concretely the memorable events.
(D. Bondad, R. Encinas and R. Valencia, USI, Naga City)