Official news confirms Kim Atienza and Miriam Quiambao’s Hosting during UST’s Paskuhan 2009
The kick-off event, to be hosted by UST alumni Kim Atienza and Miriam Quiambao, will coincide with the traditional UST Paskuhan that will be held at the UST field. JC Cuadrado will also serve as segment host while Rachel Lobangco is expected to perform a fire dance.
THE KICKOFF. Dubbed Countdown Count.Me.In.: 4 Horas 4 Dias 400 Days 400 Taon, the kickoff event commences UST’s countdown of 400 days to the celebration of its 400th anniversary in 2011.
“It will start at 8 o’clock p.m. of that day, which is four hours to 12 o’clock a.m. of December 19. This is, in turn, four days to December 22, the actual 400 days before the 400th anniversary on January 28, 2011,” explains UST secretary-general Fr. Isidro Abaño, O.P. As the Quadricentennial and Highlights executive director, Fr. Abaño informed PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that they wanted to do the kickoff on December 22 itself but they couldn’t hold it by then because of the Christmas vacation.
What exactly is going to happen this Friday?
“To start things, 400 students in costume are going to parade within UST grounds,” explains Candy. “You will see some people going up the Main Building, rappelling… there will also be fireworks, a fire dance by Rachel Lobangco [a UST alumna], tiangge, kainan, fair, fiesta.”
PEP asked Fr. Abaño if His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will be coming to the Philippines to join the celebration of the Royal, Pontifical and Catholic University.
“Yung sa Pope, actually, we already wrote a letter. Nakarating na sa kanya yung letter kasi may pumunta ritong cardinal, who is very close to the Pope, so through [the former], we were able to send a letter. The Pope knows already [that we are going to celebrate], but he has not yet given his final answer,” shares Fr. Abano.
In the past, UST has been visited once by Pope Paul VI in 1970 and twice by Pope John Paul II in 1981 and 1995.
MAJOR EVENTS. After the December 18 kickoff, major events that will span the two-year period of celebrations include the Simbayan 400 (Launching of the Quadricentennial outreach community); Unveiling of the restored 1911 Commemorative Painting and the declaration of the UST Main Building as a National Heritage Landmark at the UST Museum; UST’s Longest Living Rosary (wherein Thomasians will pray the rosary around the entire UST campus); the Lumina Pandit: An Exhibition of Historical Collections; the annual Christmas Concert Gala; Operas by the UST Conservatory of Music Featuring Cavalleria Rusticana and Gianni Schicchi with guest alumni at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP); Quadricentennial Thomasian Personality: The Search for Mr. & Ms. Quadricentennial; and then the Grand Celebration on the January 27-28, 2011.
The Lumina Pandit exhibit, which will run from June 17, 2010 to January 30, 2011, will showcase precious and significant collection of books–including a rare original (1887) copy of Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and Doctrina Christiana, the first book ever published in the country–and other materials accumulated by the UST Library through the years that reflects the growth of the nation and the unfolding of UST’s history.
There will also be the Grand Thomasian Family Day; the USTv Students’ Choice Awards Quadricentennial Edition; the Quadricentennial Conference on Learning Technologies; the International Conference of the Universities of St. Thomas (ICUSTA); Presentation of the 400 Titles of UST-published books and publications (with the Coffeetable Book as the 400th title); the Quadricentennial Exhibit at the UST Museum Main Hall; Operetta on the Life of Msgr. Benavides; Q Fashion Show; Rosarium (a vigil and visit of the Our Lady of the Rosary and the Our Lady of La Naval, and the blessing of the Rosary Garden); UST Exhibit at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France; Unveiling of the UST Martyrs’ Monuments; and the inauguration and blessing of the UST Gymnasium.