February 18, 2010

First Filipino

Fr. Horacio V. de la Costa, SJ (1916–1977), Atenean, historian, writer, teacher, priest, patriot. The first Filipino dean of the college of arts and sciences of the Ateneo de Manila University. And the first Filipino superior of the Philippine province of the Society of Jesus.

Fr. Horacio V. de la Costa, SJ

This statue, a gift of the Ateneo High School Class of 1952, stands in front of the building which bears his name, the Horacio de la Costa Hall, which is currently the home of the Ateneo de Manila's Loyola School of Humanities.

Fr. Horacio V. de la Costa, SJ



Reminding all CDP bloggers: The theme for our March Theme Day is Passageway. The April Theme Day poll is up too and we get two choices again, thanks to Demosthenes. Please vote and spread the word!

20 comments:

Jacob said...

This gentleman looks very much like a scholar would be expected to look. Maybe it's the glasses!

brattcat said...

He looks so kind.

James said...

He looks like a really nice guy. The title threw me off.

Deden said...

what a great man indeed... and thanks for the reminder..

George said...

I really like this statue. Thanks for telling us about this man.

FA said...

What a very interesting post, Hilda. The Filipino's of his time must have been very proud of him.

Thanks for your interesting perspective on the Lenten fast and abstinence of meat. We have that problem, too. Some seem to think it's okay to eat Lobster or expensive fish because it's not meat. That certainly defeats the purpose of sacrifice.

Have a blessed Lent.

Don and Krise said...

What a wonderful gift and a fitting tribute to him.
About theme day. We hopped on over there last night and cast our votes. Let's see what happens. :-)

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Handsome statue. Impressive that a high school class was responsible. Thanks for the heads up on the March theme day.

Princess Sarah said...

wow responsible students, and the man looks great, I thought he was the owner...
Thanks for the visit Hilda, blessings to you.


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Olivier said...

la sculpture est très belle, et puis merci pour l'histoire de ton pays que je découvre

maricar said...

thank you Hilda for always visiting my site :)

and thank you for sharing with us the history of Fr. Horacio V. de la Costa, very informative post Hilda.

Pam said...

The statue was a wonderful gift from the 1952 class. It stands as a nice reminder of their roots.

Halcyon said...

Love those spectacles!

Looks like a cool chap.

Jacob said...

Hi Hilda - Re your comment on Ocala DP...we didn't get any plants because at our new villa all the yard and plantings are taken care of! Yeah! And that means I can spend more time on the computer!

Lois said...

I agree with Jacob, his glasses do add a scholarly look to this statue!

Cezar and Léia said...

I liked a lot his expression, so kind , so gentle!
Léia :)

VP said...

A beautiful statue for a great man. Thanks for reminding us of the poll...

Johnny said...

Hola Hilda,
Un personaje único. Tu blog es grande y muy trabajado.
Abrazos

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» always appreciates these little nuggets of Philippine history you post, Hilda.

BTW, at our parish, we have a visiting pastor from the Philippines.

Dina said...

His outside look reflect his good inside.
May the world have more men like him.