USC’s Diamond Jubilee and R.I.S.E. campaign

October 1, 2022

RCBC President Acevedo donates Php2M to USC

Eugene S. Acevedo, President and Chief Executive Office of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), donated Php2M of his family’s own personal money to the University’s R.I.S.E. campaign for its 75th Charter Anniversary. Read the full story.

RCBC President and CEO Eugene S. Acevedo (left) hands over a check for Php2M to University President Fr. Narciso A. Cellan Jr., SVD, D.Comm.

August 17, 2022

USC connects with alumni group for future collaboration

The University of San Carlos, headed by Fr. Narciso A. Cellan Jr., SVD, D.Comm., welcomed an alumni group composed of Carolinian graduates from all over the world on August 16, 2022 in the USC Downtown Campus. Read the complete story.

July 28, 2022

Cebu Landmasters Foundation, Inc. signs scholarship agreement with USC

Answering the call of the R.I.S.E. campaign, Cebu Landmasters Foundation, Inc. signs a scholarship agreement with USC sending their Leadership and Educational Assistance Program (LEAP) beneficiaries to enroll in the University’s flagship Accountancy, Architecture, and Engineering programs. Read the complete story.

July 19, 2022

USC launches Diamond Jubilee celebrations today

The University of San Carlos launched its Diamond Jubilee: the 75th University Charter Anniversary celebration on July 19, 2022 at the Fr. Michael Richartz Conference Center in Talamban Campus.

USC became a University on July 1, 1948. Celebrations leading up to the 75th Charter Anniversary on July 1, 2023 will continue until its culmination on September 8, 2023.

University President Fr. Narciso A. Cellan Jr., SVD, D.Comm. delivered his message relating how the Colegio rose from the ashes of war and shortly became a University in 1948 to the current situation, where USC seeks to rebound from the pandemic years and the devastation of typhoon Odette.

The event featured a message by University President Fr. Narciso A. Cellan Jr., SVD, D.Comm., who weaved a compelling story of the University rising from upheavals in the past (e.g., World War II) and the present (e.g., the COVID-19 pandemic, typhoon Odette).

One video presentation took the audience back through time, featuring era photographs and even rare films of the University dating back to its humble beginnings, the rebuilding after WWII, and up to the present time.

Another video presentation featured the R.I.S.E. initiatives, where the capital campaign for Research, Infrastructure, Scholarships, and Endowments was launched.

Members of the USC Choristers entertained the guests during the program.

Expressions of support for the R.I.S.E. initiative were also aired for the first time during the event, including messages from Eugene S. Acevedo (President and CEO, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation), Jose R. Soberano III (Chairman and President, Cebu Landmasters), Charles Kenneth Co (President, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Ronald S. Po (President and CEO, Fiesta Beverage Corporation), and Senator Sherwin “Win” T. Gatchalian (Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts, and Culture).

Exhibits of “USC through time,” research, infrastructure, and scholarships await guests at the SAFAD lobby.

Viewing of exhibits and a modest reception followed at the School of Architecture, Fine Arts, and Design lobby. USC Board of Trustees Chair Carmelita I. Quebengco thanked the guests for gracing the event with their presence.

Alumni association officers led by Chairman Emeritus Jack S. Gaisano (Chairman and President, Taft Property and Director, VICSAL Development Corp.; 4th from left) attended the event. From left: Engr. Christine Marie I. Gohetia, Engr. Francis John Jurado, Jocelyn C. Cadampog, Gaisano, Marlyn Juban-Mier, Fr. Jesuraj Anthoniappen, SVD, Ph.D. (Vice President for Academic Affairs), Dr. Jeane Dabon-Sanchez, Nelly Nonette M. Ouano, Ferdinand S. Bongcayao (Director, Alumni Affairs), Dr. Carmelita I. Quebengco (USC Board of Trustees Chair), and Fr. Cellan.

July 12, 2022

Workshop with alumni officers

On July 12, 2022, the Diamond Jubilee executive committee worked with alumni officers to plan and strategize for the capital campaign.
Alumni officers pledged their commitment to the R.I.S.E. initiatives of the 75th University Charter Day anniversary.
A modest lunch capped the half-day workshop with alumni officers on July 12, 2022.

June 21, 2022

Father Cellan presents the R.I.S.E. initiatives to alumni officers

Fr. Cellan met with alumni officers on June 21, 2022 at the Laguna Garden Cafe in Cebu Business Park to present the R.I.S.E. initiatives.

Read related story about Fr. Cellan’s initial meeting with alumni officers

July 1, 2022

Opening Mass and reception of the 74th Charter Day anniversary

Former SVD Superior General Fr. Heinz Kulueke, SVD, was the main celebrant of the opening Mass for the 74th Charter Day anniversary of the University. His concelebrants were (from left) Fr. Generoso Ricardo Rebayla, SVD (VP Administration), Fr. Arthur Villanueva, SVD (VP Finance), Fr. Narciso A. Cellan Jr., SVD (University President), Fr. Jesuraj Anthoniappen, SVD (VP Academics), and Fr. Melencio Balay Jr., SVD (University Chaplain).
SVD Philippine Southern Provincial Superior Fr. Roger Bag-ao, SVD delivers the homily, speaking of jubilee as a year of freedom and thanksgiving.

View the stream of the opening Mass for the 74th Charter Day anniversary.

At the reception after the Holy Mass, University President Fr. Narciso A. Cellan Jr., SVD, D.Comm. talks about the year-long celebration leading up to the 75th Diamond Jubilee on July 1, 2023. The event was graced by the presence of Board of Trustees members, alumni officers, administrators, faculty and staff members, and students in the USC Choristers and Dance Troupe.

Old photographs of USC campuses

Then and now: Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes inaugurated the completed administration building annex on April 7, 1951 (left); portion of the Downtown Campus shows the Quad enclosed by a third building named after Archbishop Reyes (right). (From Celebrating Milestones: 75 years of SVD Mission at the University of San Carlos)
(1) The administration building, now called the Dingman Building; (2) the administration building annex houses the chapel and library; (3) the transitorium connects the administration building with (4) the science building; (5) the Boys High School building; and (6) the Girls High School building (currently Land Bank of the Philippines). (From Celebrating Milestones: 75 years of SVD Mission at the University of San Carlos)
Two horse-drawn carriages (locally called kalesa) provide a period-appropriate foreground of the imposing facade of the University along with the completed San Rafael House which was constructed in 1961. (From Celebrating Milestones: 75 years of SVD Mission at the University of San Carlos)
U.S. Ambassador William E. Stevenson remarked that this “venerable and distinguished University…” has made a “tremendous contribution to this country and to others as well because of the large number of distinguished graduates it has produced.” Besides ambassador Stevenson, German President Heinrich Luebke graced the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Technological Center on November 20, 1963. (From Celebrating Milestones: 75 years of SVD Mission at the University of San Carlos)
The Technological Center (now Lawrence Bunzel Building) sits by its lonesome in this aerial photograph. USC’s Talamban Campus pioneered the expansion to the northern barangays, stimulating economic and infrastructure development in this part of Cebu City. (From Celebrating Milestones: 75 years of SVD Mission at the University of San Carlos)
A 2.5-hectare property along P. del Rosario Extension became the home of the Girls High School (now USC South Campus). Construction of the campus started in July 1964 with the last building completed in 1971. (From Celebrating Milestones: 75 years of SVD Mission at the University of San Carlos)
The gymnasium for the Boys High School (now USC North Campus) neared completion in August 1967 when this aerial photo was taken. (From Celebrating Milestones: 75 years of SVD Mission at the University of San Carlos)
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