Common Guidelines for SVD Universities in the Asia Pacific Region was created and proposed during the Asia and the Pacific (ASPAC) Zonal Meeting of Presidents of SVD Administered Universities, to which Holy Name University was the host.
This event was participated in by SVD priests, University Presidents, and members of the Board of Directors from SVD universities in different Asia-Pacific countries like Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. This was held on January 28 to 30, 2010.
Like any SVD activity, the meeting commenced with the celebration of the Holy Mass.
For the rest of the day, a workshop was held were proposed changes on the guidelines were presented and discussed by the representatives and University Presidents from Nanzan University in Japan, Fu Jen University in Taiwan, University of San Carlos in Cebu, Widja Mandira University in Indonesia, Divine Word University in Papua New Guinea, and our very own Holy Name University in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
The workshop continued well on to the second and third days as the participants established patterns for a guideline to create a common identity of SVD education, students, and graduates. A discussion on the Pastoral and Missionary Slant of the SVD shools, as well as current linkages and best practices, was held and a proposal was formulated.
Some activities for rest and relaxation were also in their list of things-to-do such as lunch at Bohol Bee Farm on the first day, dinner at the HNU Night High School Department Fiesta on the second day and a night cruise at the Loboc River on the third day. This was a great way to show to our international guests some of Bohol's majestic and beautiful natural resources as well as giving them a taste of Boholano hospitality.