Ateneo rises from ashes thru ‘Ignacio’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:49

Picking up the pieces from the fire that hit its Salvador campus in La Purisima St. last July 7, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, with great resolve, is now focusing on rebuilding efforts.

Activities initiated mostly by ADZU alumni have commenced immediately as early as the day of the blaze. One of the most anticipated of these initiatives is the screening of Ignacio de Loyola, the film on the life of the founder of the Society of Jesus, the religious order that run the Ateneo.

The film, which “hopes to inspire people, especially the young, through a cinematic portrayal of Ignatius as a soldier and sinner and his conversion as a saint,” will have a nationwide premiere on July 27. In Zamboanga City, it will be shown at Cinema 2 of KCC Mall de Zamboangaand run til August 2.

With the screening of Ignacio, this year’s celebration in honor of St Ignatius, “is going to be more festive because, for the first time in Philippine history, the life of St Ignatius will be brought to the big screen through the film, IGNACIO DE LOYOLA, by Jesuit Communications Philippines”said ADZU President FrKarel San Juan, SJ. St Ignatius’ feast day falls on July 31st.

Ignacio the movie Organizing Team headedby Marco Alfino Miranda, Director of Ateneo Center for Culture and Arts, said that part of the proceeds of the screening will go to the ADZU Rehabilitation Funds. Miranda added that fundraisers who wish to conduct fundraising activities on behalf of ADZU are asked to submit a proposal to his officewhich will be forwarded to the President for approval. This protocol, he explained, will facilitate proper accounting and acknowledgement.

The movie ticket, priced at Php150 for regular screening and Php300 for special screening, may be purchased from Tricia Manulong, at the Gallery of the Peninsula and the Archipelago in ADZU.

In a related development, Fr President, in a letteraddressed to students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners, friends - all who have a stake in ADZU, rallied everyoneto help rebuild ADZU. He said that by helping the university rise from the ashes, one is also helping ADZU continue its mission in education – through instruction, and community outreach and social development in the city and the region.

In his letter, Fr President presented an overall picture of what transpired from Day 1 of the fire – the losses and damages estimatedat some Php100M, the various structures affected, and the overwhelming show of support receivedfrom those who share the loss.He also gavean update on ADZU’s rebuilding efforts.

He reported that Sauras which housed the College of Law and severely burned,is currently being assessed for its structuralintegrity. He also citedinitial ideas of building a multi-level, multi-purpose building to replace the gym, and of drawing up a master plan for the entire Salvador/La Purisima campus. He added that total cost of reconstruction, however, has yet to be determined.

Putting into context his appeal for help, Fr President presented the environment in which ADZU operates, zeroing in on the financialdifficulties the University is currently experiencing which were compounded further by the fire. He cited the decrease in enrolment due to the K-12 transition period and outstanding loan payments for recent constructions like the Grade School complex in the Kreutz campus in Tumaga. He added that, of all Jesuit universities in the country, ADZU is the “smallest and most financially-challenged.”