Ateneo at 150: MAGIS Cultural Gala

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This year marks 150 years of the Ateneo de Manila University’s foundation.

The School of Humanities will usher a big community celebration through a 2-hour cultural gala on September 9, 2009 (7-9 pm) at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater on Ateneo’s Loyola Campus.

Dubbed as Magis, the Jesuit pursuit of excellence, the gala affair highlights 150 years of the Ateneo’s accomplishments in culture and the arts. Prime sponsors for the event are ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, the Ateneo Schools Parents Council (ASPAC), and The Women of Ateneo (TWA).

The School of Humanities is oldest among the university’s four schools. No celebration of Ateneo’s history can ignore remarkable contributions from the artists, scholars, alumni, and teachers connected with its departments: English, Filipino, Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Theology.

The cultural gala features a revue of landmark achievements scored by Ateneo alumni in various genres and aspects of Philippine cultural life. Quite aptly, it begins with a tribute to its most eminent alumnus, Jose Rizal. The affair also pays homage to heroes and activists from the Ateneo, its performing artists, Jesuit liturgical music, filmmakers, popular entertainers, journalists, the university’s outstanding teachers, National Artists, and recognized figures in Philippine Theater, Literature, Visual Arts, and the nation’s intellectual life.

The gala event also touts the achievements of outstanding women from the Ateneo, since co-education’s debut in Katipunan. MAGIS will also honor the late Pres. Cory Aquino, beloved recipient of an honorary degree and heroic beacon of democratic restoration.

Among the earliest to confirm their participation in the event are The Ateneo College Glee Club, Ateneo Children’s Theater, Ateneo Staff, Blue Repertory, CADS, INDAK, Dilaab Music Ministry, Dulaang Sibol, Entablado, and Tanghalang Ateneo, Patricia Benitez Licuanan, Joy Belmonte, Noni Buencamino, Yael Buencamino, Laura Cabochan, Gilda Cordero Fernando, Noel Ferrer, Liana Lim, Edna Manlapaz, Missy Maramara, Onofre Pagsanghan, Jim Paredes, Eugene Soyoza, and Noel Trinidad.

Alumni, friends and patrons of the university, and the general public are all welcome to attend the event. For confirmation and seating enquiries, please contact Kristina Garcia/Rose Gatchalian of the SOH Dean’s Office, 426.6001 loc. 5300.

Special thanks to the following –
Sponsors: Jollibee, Smart Patrons: Ayala Land, Inc, Caravan Travel and Tours, Kusina Ni Kambal, Liberty Stile; Donors: Bell Floorcoverings, City Solutions International, Planters Development Bank, Pro-Guard Security, Thai Airways, Top Plaza Hotel (Dipolog)

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