by RONALYN BANAKEN
(Digital rendering: Donald Rentiquiano/UB Media Affairs and Publications Office)
On August 8, the University of Baguio celebrates its 68th foundation anniversary. The event rings with moods of noble pursuit and inspired vision.
Dr. Fernando “Tatay” Gonzaga Bautista and Rosa “Nanay” Castillo-Bautista, the founders of UB, put up the institution with the goal of helping rebuild the nation from the rubble of the Second World War. Setting up a five-room structure along Session Road, they opened technical courses which could equip the young Filipinos with the necessary skills and competencies needed at the time. With 89 students and five teachers, they offered automotive mechanics, radio telegraphy, horology, typing, stenography, and bookkeeping.
In the years that followed, UB has steadily expanded its academic portfolio, alongside increasing access to education and providing more opportunities for students to develop an all-inclusive scale.
In 1969, the school was conferred the university status. Now, more than six decades from its establishment, UB stands among the region’s leading universities, molding minds and paving the way for future generations.
This year, as it turns 68, UB will continue to broaden its impact, providing the young generation the resources and opportunities they need to impact the society profoundly. Such is part of the very foundation which Tatay and Nanay built the school upon. And their legacy will continue to play out – that of inspired vision, that of commitment to the transformative power of education.