Posted on October 28, 2015
In my recollection, the opening ceremonies of the University Week this year ranks as number one in terms of over-all happiness and joy among the participants. Somehow you can feel the excitement and the tremendous energy of the students and the faculty who participated.
I have always believed that the vitality of a university can be felt if not measured from how it conducts its many extra-curricular activities such as convocations like their founding anniversaries and sports. Sports in particular gives a university a great sense of pride foe itself, and greatly enhances the morale of the students and the employees. That is the reason why the leading universities in the country spend huge sums of money in their sports programs. I have heard that one leading and prestigious university somewhere in Quezon City spends about PhP75 million for its basketball teams alone which is 3 times the entire budget of the RizalTech for all teams for the entire year.
Cultural activities also give the same effect. Our Teatro Rizalia, world-class performers themselves, performs in many different cultural presentations sponsored by many agencies and private entities, particularly in the programs of the National Commission for Culture and Arts, often held in the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
There was a year when we celebrated our Foundation Day on April 1. It was in 1979. It was held in the Pasig Campus. The reason for holding it in April was because the date President Ferdinand Marcos signed Presidential Decree 1341-A was on April 1, 1978, but we actually received the copy of the Decree on October 13, 1978. On the other hand, the law converting the Rizal Technological Colleges into a University lapsed into law on October 11, 1997 (I called up President Emeritus Dr. Jose Q. Macaballug who is right now in the University Games in Bacolod to confirm this date. Thus, we have been celebrating our foundation anniversary in October).
But there were so few participants and almost no students in the only and the last time we held the foundation day on April 1, so we went back to celebrating it in October. The question was whether we would hold the Foundation Week before or after the final examinations. The fear was there would be no more students if we held it after the final exams so for years we persisted in holding it before the final exams. During the final exams week, the students did not have much time to review and were still giddy with the celebrations. So, with trepidation, we decided to take a great risk and hold our founding anniversary after the finals exams, and hope and pray that the students would come. Well they came and played and celebrated with us. For many years now we have been holding our University Week after the final exams.
This year we have celebrated our 46th founding anniversary. We are going to have many more celebrations to come.