Our Ateneo

As ateneans, whether belonging to our venerable golden jubilarians or to our very recent graduates, there is always this longing to look back and wonder on what “OUR ATENEO” is today. What’s new and what’s going on with our alma mater? What are the changes and developments such as new courses, new buildings and other school achievements? These are but some of the many things that ateneans everywhere would want be kept updated of.

Now, with just a click way, alums all over the world will have a chance to know what’s going on and what’s up with Ateneo de Naga today! This web page will keep you updated on the latest news and events in “Our Ateneo”. It will also link you to the official Ateneo de Naga University website: www.adnu.edu.ph.

This is truly “bridging the gap” of distance and time. No matter where you may be today, or how long since you’ve been back to our beloved ateneo, you may now stay connected and keep in touch. This is our way of bringing you back home.

Welcome home to OUR ATENEO!

History of the Ateneo de Naga University

In 1940, at the invitation of Bishop (later Archbishop) Pedro P. Santos of Caceres, the Ateneo de Naga was founded as a Jesuit school for boys, with Fr. Francis D. Burns, S.J., as Rector. The classes were first held in the building formerly used by the Camarines Sur Catholic Academy (now the Naga Parochial School). Meanwhile, the construction of the new school building, dominated by the now well-known façade of four pillars, began. In December, 1941, the small band of Jesuits moved to their new residence on campus and were preparing to transfer classes to the newly finished structures after the Christmas holidays. But suddenly, on December 8, the Pacific War broke out.

When the Japanese Imperial Forces came to Naga, they imprisoned the Jesuits (except Bro. Sergio Adriatico, S.J., the lone Filipino among them), occupied the Ateneo de Naga, and converted it into the local Fort Santiago. As soon as Philippine independence was restored in 1946, high school classes resumed.

On June 1, 1947, the Ateneo de Naga was granted by the Department of Education full recognition as a standard four-year high school. On June 5, 1947, the College was opened with 87 male students. On October 26, 1953, the Ateneo College became coeducational with the admission of five women.

Through its more than half century of existence, the Ateneo has made significant breakthroughs and suffered serious setbacks. Economic difficulties during the Martial Law years led to a dip in the college enrolment. But as the school marked its Golden Jubilee in 1990, there began a remarkable turn-around and recovery. The Graduate School, which had a brief existence in the seventies, was revived in 1993.

In 1979, the College and the High School were the first in Camarines Sur to be accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, College, and Universities (PAASCU). They were accredited for the third time in 1992. In 1991, the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports placed the Ateneo on its list of 18 excellent universities and colleges in the country.

The University status was granted to the Ateneo de Naga on November 11, 1998. Its conferment and the installation of the first University President, Fr. Raul J. Bonoan, S.J. was celebrated on February 20, 1999. In September of the same year, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J. was installed as its second University President.

In the initial months of his administration, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J., culled together representatives from all sectors of the University to review and streamline Ateneo de Naga’s direction in the next ten years. The approved CORPLAN 2010 then became the working document out of which the University’s mission-vision has been translated into action.

Following CORPLAN 2010’s approval, seven buildings have arisen on campus including the Christ the King University Church, Xavier Hall, the Arrupe Building, the Engineering Building, and the new Jesuit Residence. Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU) has since also established itself as the premier academic institution in the region by being the only one in Bicol with a PAASCU Level III accredited status. This distinction was granted last May 14, 2004, six months after having obtained a Level II re-accreditation status.

Two other highlights mark this most recent period in AdNU’s history: On June 23, 2003, the Ateneo de Naga High School moved out of the Bagumbayan campus to its new ten-hectare home in Pacol. For the first time in its 63 years of existence, the High School also admitted 185 girls into its student population. Then, effective SY 2004-2005, the University opened a College of Nursing, increasing the total number of its colleges to six.

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University Mission Statement

As a university, the Ateneo de Naga seeks the integral formation of men and women who will contribute to the total development of the family and human society.

As a Filipino university, the Ateneo de Naga commits itself to contribute to and benefit from global society through and for the development of the Filipino nation. Its task is to foster a deep commitment to the culture of human life everywhere, but especially in Bikol, through the preservation and enhancement of Bikol culture.

As a Catholic university, the Ateneo de Naga is committed to the service of the faith that promotes justice. It seeks to form men and women committed to the person and teaching of Jesus Christ in loyal and dedicated service to the Church and community, particularly the poor.

As a Jesuit university, the Ateneo de Naga draws its inspiration and educational principles from St. Ignatius of Loyola. It thereby seeks to imbue its members with the desire to strive for excellence in every sphere and activity of life. Through teaching, research, community service and deep personal interaction it aims to form “men and women for others” who will find God in all things, always seek his greater glory and respond generously and courageously to Christ's call to serve first God's Kingdom – Primum Regnum Dei.

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Ateneo de Naga University, the premier university in Southern Luzon, provides excellent instruction and formation, conducts vigorous research and engages in community service that is ultimately transformative of society, especially in Bikol. It is possible because of its competent and dedicated faculty, staff, administrators, integrated systems and excellent facilities.

It prides itself in its scholarship support and responsive student services.

It attracts highly qualified students and produces graduates formed in the Catholic faith and challenged by Ignatian spirituality. They are globally competent but locally responsive and environmentally sensitive.

Nurtured by Ignatian spirituality, it is a community that is happy to seek truth in divergent cultures, cultivate intellectual life, respect creation, build human community and promote justice.

Thus, the university and its sub-units enter into a group of alliances with institutions and individuals to further its mission.

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Ateneo Alma Mater
Your colors we raise on high,
Over mountains and hills
Your honor we’ll bring
Unto the glorious end.

You have taught us to pay the price
To be men for God and Country.
May we learn to love, may we learn to serve
For tomorrow belongs to us.

Ateneo Alma Mater
High shall our purpose be
Regnum Dei is our cry
Our fame and glory,too!

We’ll keep our hearts forever true
Ateneo for God and you.

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From Isarog through Bicol land
To lofty Mayon Peak
Our flag is carried flying high
In vict’ry or defeat.
And never have we furled it yet
In spite of foemen’s might.
We’ll cheer our men unto the end,
We’ll cheer them as they fight.

Here’s Ateneo’s marching song,
We sing of victory.
Through boyhood days and manhood years,
High shall our purpose be.
Regnum Dei is our cry, our fame and glory, too.
We’ll fight and win or fight and die.
Ateneo for God and you.

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Roster of Ateneo de Naga University Presidents

Francis D. Burns, S.J.
Acting Rector, 22 March 1940
Rector, 1 March 1948 to 1949

Eusebio G. Salvador, S.J.
Rector, 1 July 1949 to 1953

Vincent M. McNally, S.J.
Acting Rector, 19 June 1953
Rector, 23 January 1954 to 1959

Vincent Towers, S.J.
Rector, 15 June 1959 to 1960

Robert A. Rice, S.J.
Rector, 14 May 1960 to 1966

Luis G. Candelaria, S.J.
Acting Rector, 1966 to 1967

Maximo S. David, S.J.
Rector, 21 June 1967 to 1972

Oscar A. Millar, S.J.
Rector, May 1972 to 1978

Jose Ma. B. Fuentes, S.J.
Rector-President, 15 September 1978 to 1982

R. Eugene G. Moran, S.J.
President, 21 June 1982 to 31 March 1989

Raul J. Bonoan, S.J.
President, 1 April 1989 to 5 April 1999

Joel E. Tabora, S.J.
President, 28 August 1999 to May 2011

Primitivo E. Viray, Jr., S.J.
President, 1 June 2011 to Present

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