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The Ateneo de Zamboanga University had a university-wide celebration of the Feast of San Ignacio de Loyola, patron and founder of the Society of Jesus, last July 2017.

Guided by the Ignatian values of Magis, Cura Personalis, Service, and Companionship, the St Ignatius Month featured a series of activities participated in by faculty, staff, and students across all levels.

The celebration kicked off simultaneously for the Grade School and Higher Education Units on July 17, 2017 with a series of Novena Masses and Trivia Contests. An exhibit also filled the college lobby in Salvador Campus engaging students in games, literature, and other displays portraying the works and life of St Ignatius de Loyola.

Other activities on the month-long celebration included Slogan, Photography, and Poster-Making Contests, Interpretative Dance, Storytelling, and Spoken Poetry Contests, Quiz Bowls, and the Junior High School’s St Ignatius Day.

Finding God in All things

Finding God in all things is the heart of every Atenean’s Ignatian Spirituality. It leads to the awareness that God can be found in every one and in everything. Thus the Ateneo, desiring to remain faithful to this aspect of Ignatian Spirituality, highlights the festivities with the celebration of the St Ignatius Mass across all units. Scheduled July 24 for the Grade School, July 25 for the Junior High School, and July 28 for the Senior High School, Higher Education, and Central Services, it is the community’s way of acknowledging God’s presence and purpose in the apostolic mission of educating men and women for others. Moreover, it is coming together as one community to thank God for helping the Ateneo get pass challenges and strengthening its resolve to go to the peripheries and serve those who are in need and marginalized.

Scholastic Bro Ed Colmenares, homilist for the Higher Education and Central Services Units, emphasized in his sharing “Perseverance” as a quality of St Ignatius worth emulating. In his homily, he recounted that St Ignatius, despite facing several defeats, rejections, and hardships in life had the grace to recognize God’s presence guiding him like how a schoolmaster would towards a student. He invited the community to see how God continues to guide, inspire, and fuel our thirst for learning.

Amare et Servire

“… We remember coming here the first time, our hearts full of ideas, of things to do to make a difference. There were times when bridging the gap between what we thought we needed to teach and what the students actually needed to learn was wide, but we just have to give our energy, enthusiasm, honesty, respect, and love to our students... We have been privileged to have had in our classroom many fine young people, some of them taught us how to teach.”

- Kaye O De Villa

                                                                                              2017 Retiree and Service Awardee


The Service Awards Ceremony, another highlight of the event, added to the significance of the Ignatius Month Celebration. Held annually, it recognizes members of the community for their years of dedicated service to the Ateneo--Service in the spirit of Magis and Cura Personalis, and service for God and country. The Service Awards upholds that in everything, love and serve the Lord.

The Grade School and Junior High School had their awarding ceremony last July 24 while the Senior High School, Higher Education, and Central Services had theirs July28.


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10 years

Agnes S Lim

Alma D Cuaresma

Arnold P Damian

Benjamin R Miranda

Brian Joseph P Bañgo

Catheleen Marie G Carpio

Concesa B Gayo

Crizel P Cardenas

Dulce Amor A Dagalea

Edwin DR Abu

Ezekiel Yu

Liza C Cabahug

Maria Carlotta B Lim

Maridel B Dagalea

Mark Vicente A Candido

Mary Joy R Feliciano

Mellany S Narvasa

Musin R Misuari

Nelson B Mariano

Paul Vincent S Miole

Reynaldo B Lomocso

Reynel R Bartolome

Shirley L Requejo

Sorina M Falcasantos

Romeo A Rabajante Jr

Narissa P Yasin

 15 years

Aurora C Gonzales

Belino R Rosagaron Jr

Celestina T Cuario

Clint Kenneth G Macrohon

Dyana Marciana M Saplan

Edwin F Pamaran

Genner R Cerna

Hazel S Inzo

Jayson M Mahilum

Joel Arvin M Gallego

Johanna G Aguila

Louie Virgil A Gallardo

Mario N Gemzon

Mary Ruth V Enriquez

Minnie F Bello

Noralyn Rosario M Guillermo

Raquel O De Villa

Robin A Delos Reyes

Suzette S Enriquez

 20 years

Cristina C Brizo

Dennis G Sinsuan

Edelmira S Aswigue

Edmundo C Langrio

Evelyn F Togado

Francis H Arroyo

Jacquiline E Dorban

Jayson V Sabdilon

Joel C Porras

Ma Lucia A Bernardo

Ma Pilar M de Guzman

Marilyn T Miguel

Mario S Rodriguez

Mercedita A Espiritusanto

Philip Harun O Rosco

Regina D Lim

Robert A Mayonila

Shirley Ann Z Nabo

25 years

Adelyna E Gatchalian

Anita R Tagadiad

Arnold M Alejandro

Ceferina E Gonzales

Dante V Partosa

Eufemio A Lasprilla Jr

Gelina M Tuangco

Jose B Yap Aizon

Leonora C Peña

Liza M Garrido

Ma Bella M Tandoc

Maria Sara L Velasco

Marjorie P Himor

Renee Vieve V Kanindot

Rey E Remotin

 30 years

Maria Lorna B Paber

Merlita C Garcia

35 years

Aida C Domingo

Jessica G Fernandez


40 years

Iluminada M Cortez

Santiago P Araneta Jr


45 years

Teresita P Peñaranda



Aida C Domingo

Alberto B Pacure

Ana Maria B Legarde

Evelyn F Togado

Genciano T Lim

Godofredo S Barcelona

Raquel O De Villa

Visitacion L Buenvenida

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