The De La Salle Alumni Association (DLSAA) held La Salle 101: The Start of the Next 100 Years, a homecoming event for Golden Jubilarians of batch ‘63 at the Henry Sy Hall last March 2, 2013. More than just a celebration for the golden jubilarians, Event Coordinator Bing Capuno explains that the event aims to commemorate the next 100 years of Lasallian education in the Philippines with its graduates.
Registration started at the Henry Sy Hall grounds at 2 pm followed by a mass held at the Most Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 4 pm. Campus tours were also offered to attendees. Lasallites from batch ‘63 performed alongside Route 70 in a simple program held after dinner. Other batches were also invited, and some seats for current undergraduates were also prepared.
Bert Saenz (HS ‘63) shares, “We were still from De La Salle College.” “Despite the change in name, which most of them disapprove of, the graduates believe that the quality of education has improved greatly since their time. Douglas Marcayda (HS ‘63) agrees, noting that DLSU has made several improvements.
Both agree that the prospects for DLSU are bright. “The faculty, the infrastructures, the modes of education, all of these are good,” says Saenz, who hopes these developments will be maintained.
And although passage of time and generations gave way to the change in name, Saenz believes that the Lasallite batches “should instill in [Lasallians] what were instilled in us—and that is the basic core values of De La Salle.”