May 3, 2011

New beginnings, part 2

Fired with hope. After 18 years of leading the Ateneo de Manila University as its longest-serving president, Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, SJ ("Fr. Ben" to many of us) is retiring. During his 71st birthday, the staff and the communities of his many social outreach projects paid tribute to the man whose battle cry is "nation-building." The name of the event? Benfire, of course.

Benfire

13 comments:

Olivier said...

un beau feu de joie

Lily Hydrangea said...

So nice that you remember his work in such a way.

brattcat said...

Was the temperature hot that night?

Leif Hagen said...

Looks like a fun, exciting evening!

Dina said...

Best wishes to Fr. Ben and to you, Hilda.
You know, 18 is a very auspicious number. In Hebrew the letter equivalents of 10 and 8 together spell chai, meaning LIFE.

Cezar and Léia said...

A day to celebrate!
Great picture!
Léia

brattcat said...

The sheep cheese Jilly and I bought in Menton was fresh, mild, not a hint of animal to eat, no tang. It was even milder than the breath of a baby.

Halcyon said...

The name is very original! Good luck to him in his retirement. The next person will have big shoes to fill.

Jacob said...

Benfire - that's very cute. I'm sure it was a splendid sendoff!

Lois said...

I like that name! What a nice tribute.

Rob and Mandy said...

Nice way of celebrating someone!

Kaori said...

That is a huge bonfire...er, Benfire? :D

Francisca said...

That's a long time at the helm. Quite the "Benfire"!