December 10, 2008

149 and counting

On the 13th of June 1859, ten Spanish Jesuits arrived in Manila, almost 100 years after they were suppressed and expelled from Spain and all of its colonies. They were supposed to go on to Mindanao, the large southern island of the Philippines, for missionary work but since they were known in Manila as educators before their expulsion, they were prevailed upon by the city council and the Governor-General to take over a small private school for the children of Spanish residents. On the 10th of December 1859, the Jesuits began operating the Escuela Municipal de Manila. The school has undergone many changes since then—its name, the nationality of its Jesuit leaders, its mission and vision—but this is the date that the Ateneo de Manila University recognizes as its foundation day. One more year and the university will celebrate its Sesquicentennial, its 150th anniversary. The countdown has begun…

lamp post decoration of the Ateneo de Manila University with the Sesquicentennial tandem seals

11 comments:

Olivier said...

post intéressant avec cette leçon d'histoire.
Donc l'année prochaine, cela va être la grande fête.
post interesting with this lesson of history. Therefore next year, it is going to be big celebration.

the donG said...

congratulations to the atenistas. and thank God the Jesuits arrived in the Philippines.

rob said...

Hello! What a coincidence Hilda!
The church in Trieste is called "church of Jesuits" because of its origin bound to That Ecclesiastic Order. In the year 1619 arrived in Trieste, expelled (!!) from the kingdom of Bohemia, the Jesuits Giuseppe Mezler and Gregorio Salateo. In Trieste, thanks to the emperor's grace and support met among the faithful people, the Company of Jesus grew and developed so quickly that in 1627 the corner stone of the church was put on!
Ciao!

Halcyon said...

Neat photo and story! We'll wait to see the festivities next year.

USelaine said...

The emblem is beautiful! I know very little about the various Catholic orders, so the expulsion is news to me, at least one as recent as this. It was the Franciscans who left the greatest legacy in California.

gogouci said...

Next year is Oregon celebrates its 150th birthday too. How weird to think that the state of Oregon is the same age as the university.

metromanila said...

I bet it's going to be a really grand celebration next year.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

a sesquicentennial is a big deal for a university - based on it's lovely sign, I expect lots of wonderful things are in store!

thanks for the reminder at the lakewood snap regarding jan. theme day. I forgot to post my picture dec 1st... remembered dec 2nd realized it was too late. this time I'll do a 'scheduled post' - duh!!

JM said...

Very good information.
Here the Jesuits have been expelled by Marquis of Pombal and Count of Oeiras, the man who rebuilt Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake, PM of king José I.
It seems jesuits have been everywhere and expelled from everywhere too.
Very nice sign.

Afyonkarahisar said...

A Beautiful logo. Greetings.

MurciaDailyPhoto and www.asthes.tk said...

Hilda, did you know that the founder of the Jesuits was a Spanish?: San Ignacio de Loyola. The Jesuits were expelled from many countries for power that they were getting. Also that only accountable to the pope. The problem is that the Pope was very politicized and Facing emerged between the ideas of the Jesuits and the Vatican.