𝘓𝘈𝘎𝘈𝘕𝘎𝘐𝘓𝘈𝘕𝘎, 𝘈𝘉𝘙𝘈 – As the University of Abra (UA) celebrates its first University Charter Day Anniversary, administrators, faculty, staff, and personnel, across all its campuses and students of its Main Campus gathered at the Main Campus Gymnasium last October 6, 2022.
A Thanksgiving Mass officiated by Most Rev. Leopoldo C. Jaucian, SVD, D.D. with co-celebrants, Rev. Fr. Marmolyn C. Anagaran and Rev. Fr. Mark Cloyd T. Degrano, marked the commencement of the program. Performances from the Bangued Cultural Affairs Society, College of Arts and Sciences Bangued and Main Campus, the 1st and 2nd runners up in the previously held 112th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary Chorale Competition, added vibrance to the event.
Gracing the commemoration were Guests of Honor, Representative of the Lone District of Abra, Hon. Menchie “Ching” Bernos and National President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), Mayor of the Municipality of La Paz, Abra, and revered Father of the University of Abra, Hon. Joseph Sto. Niño “JB” B. Bernos.
Hon. Ching Bernos delivered her message to the crowd focusing on the steadfast support of her office to the continuous development of the university to fulfill the mutual obligations to the law of the land to finally turn the College into a University.
Meanwhile, Hon. JB Bernos reiterated the purpose of R. A. 11574 in his inspirational message. R. A. 11574 is a law and should be enacted. "𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵. 𝘊𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯? 𝘔𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦, 𝘸𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘨𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘸 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘴, 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘸 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥. 𝘐𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘺 𝘢 𝘭𝘢𝘸 𝘣𝘺 𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘙𝘦𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤 𝘈𝘤𝘵 11574. 𝘞𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘶𝘴𝘦, 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘣𝘳𝘢." In addition, Hon. JB Bernos highlighted that he envisions the university to mold the next generation of leaders for the Province of Abra and even for the entire Philippines.
This year’s Charter Day is historic to the institution as the University of Abra Hymn, composed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Noel B. Begnalen, was first sang and heard by the University community.
Before the program ends, the entire UA family greeted Hon. JB Bernos with a surprise as the University of Abra’s Charter Day coincides with the birthday of the Father of the University of Abra.
The festivity continued as everyone enjoyed their sumptuous lunch.