Holy Name University will celebrate the culmination of its Diamond Jubilee Year come February 12-16, 2008. Bohol’s first and only Catholic university is celebrating its 60th year anniversary since it was established in 1947 by the religious missionaries of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), an international congregation of Catholic priests and brothers. An SVD missionary Fr. Alphonse Gerard Lesage, was instrumental in sowing the seeds of what would become the province’s center of excellence in Catholic education.
"Sa tumang pagpasalamat kita naghandum, nagsadya, nakiglambigit" will be the prevailing theme of the Eucharistic celebration that will usher in the jubilee at 6:00 A.M. on February 12. A photographic exhibit in tarpaulin will be unveiled at 10:00 A.M. at the Atrium of BQ Mall. The exhibit will feature the milestones of HNU through the years and the faces and events that have instilled pride and honor to the institution.
On the same day, a colorful street dancing and parade of floats will be showcased along CPG Avenue starting at 1:30 PM. Traditionally, this is the public’s most awaited spectacle of the HNU Days when throngs of eager spectators line up along the sides of the avenue to watch the magnificent floats and the dancers dressed in flamboyant costumes. This year, the dances and motif of the floats will be reflective of the countries where the HNU alumni are thriving. At 5:00 P.M., another trailblazing feat of HNU will be inaugurated. This will be the launching of the first and only water testing laboratory in Bohol, which is one of the main components of the Water Assessment, Testing, and Research Support Services (WATERSS) Project. The Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program (PACAP) approved a three- million grant to Holy Name University for the establishment of this testing laboratory under Focused Community Assistance Scheme (FOCAS) 4: Water and Sanitation. The laboratory will house HNU-WATERSS, a service facility that will include Water Assessment, Testing, Education and Research Support Services.
In the evening, a pre-valentine production featuring the university’s famous dance troupe will be staged at the Lesage Gym at 6:30 PM. The Diwanag Dance Theater and Cultural Troupe takes the world of dance on the wings of romance with the delightful Diamond Jubilee production "Aspects of Love" whose title is purposely borrowed from one of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical. "The Final Encounter" of the best bands of Holy Name University, capping a year-long search for HNU’s best student bands, will be the day’s final activity and will be held at the Janssen Campus at 8:30 P.M.
February 13 will be initiated with an outreach activity in Catarman Dauis (Cooking Demo and turnover of two computer sets), Taloto (Mangrove Planting) and a Puppet Show with the pupils of San Isidro Elementary School. In the afternoon, Judge. Gabriel T. Ingles, former dean, University of San Carlos College of Law and presently the presiding judge of Cebu RTC Branch 58 and one of the prominent alumni of HNU, will share with the faculty and employees his exposition of the topic "Trailblazing Excellence in Education." Then at 6:30 P.M., faculty and employees will enjoy the evening with music and fun featuring The CompanY, the country’s premiere vocal ensemble.
Valentine's Day will be a grand day for college students of HNU. An array of exciting activities will be capped with the special appearance of Matt Evans, lead actor of Pedro Penduko, during the Students' Fun Day at the Lesage Campus. "Valentine Groovin: Disco at the Oval" will be the featured activity in the evening.
The penultimate day of the jubilee will begin with the "Ugnayan" at the Janssen Campus of all HNU faculty and employees, which is geared towards strengthening camaraderie through fun games and sports activities. Meanwhile, the students will also have a whole day marathon of academic competitions designed to showcase the scholarly skills of the HNU students at the Lesage Campus. HNU students will also have an exclusive audience with Atty. Franklin M. Drilon during the Students’ Academic Forum at 3:00 PM when the former senator will share his insights on “Trailblazing Excellence.” The day will also be highlighted with a torch parade starting from the Island City Mall (ICM). Students with specially designed torches march towards the Janssen Campus and will culminate with a breathtaking and computerized lights show and fireworks display at the oval.
The last day of the jubilee will feature the homecoming and general assembly of all HNC/DWC-T/HNU alumni and the evening concert of Himig Diwa, HNU’s maturing choral ensemble. All alumni are enjoined to attend the homecoming and assembly with a minimum registration fee of P50.00. Highlights of the event will be a holy mass, the alumni president’s and treasurer’s report, election, parlor games, search for alumni king and queen, love-duet contest, and lots of other surprises. The 7:00 P.M. concert of Himig Diwa at the St. Joseph cathedral will be a night filled with religious music. This is in celebration of the ensemble’s 10th year anniversary. The concert is for the benefit of the cathedral candle vendors. Admission is free.