Ateneo to hold first Ignatian Festival

Posted at 07/12/2012 12:24 PM | Updated as of 07/12/2012 12:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Alumni of the Ateneo de Manila University as well as their family and friends are invited to take part in the Jesuit-run school’s first Ignatian festival, which celebrates the anniversary of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Titled “Atenista Ako, Kadiwa ni Ignacio,” the whole-day event will feature plenary talks and panel discussions on different “Ignatian themes” such as discernment, ethics, prayer, leadership, social involvement, science and art.

It will be held inside the Loyola Heights campus on Saturday, July 21.

Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ will open the Ignatian festival with a talk about the “identity and mission of the Atenean.”

Distinguished Ateneo alumni will also be at the event to share their thoughts and views. These include Supreme Court Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Ernesto Tanmantiong of homegrown fast-food giant Jollibee, Apo Hiking Society member Jim Paredes and Edward Go, chairman of the university’s board of trustees.

Manila Archbishop Luis Tagle, also an Ateneo alumnus, will lead a Eucharistic celebration at 5:45 p.m., followed by a concert of homegrown talents such as the Bukas Palad Music Ministry, Hangad and Ateneo Chamber Singers.

In a statement, Ateneo said the event is open to alumni for free, but seating is limited.

For more information about the Ignatian festival, call Ateneo’s office of university development and alumni relations at (02) 426-6081 to 82 or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]