A Century Old Commitment to Education
A Salute to BCAT, now the CSPC
"Hail to thee, College of Arts and Trades, symbol of Industrial Age..." BCAT March
Today, fresh pictures of yesterday's very significant milestone in the history of my dearest Alma Mater, the Bicol College of Arts and Trades, keep flashing as bright as how it was yesterday (March 5, 2011).
"Lift us in our noble endeavor, and lift us to progress door..."
My school has been a proud home to technically competent labor force of the global Bicolanos since 1911, and its centennial year this year came as a grand celebration of all the alumni who from all corners not just of the Philippines but of the world responded to the call to reunite and once and for all savor the great contributions it has made in their respective lives and to the lives of the greater global community.
Upon thee, Alma Mater dear, our hearts to thee, we never fear"
Truly, what a momentous event to recall memories, learnings, experiences and all that's attached to the celebration which made it more significant because of the the throngs of graduates from high school, college and post graduate ranging from the 1950's to the present trooped to the school telling varied stories that spell the difference that this proud institution has made not only in their personal lives but also in their professional activities, not to mention how it made impact in the community where they belong.
"In our hardship comfort us, in your guiding hands we trust, thy flag will fling to distant spheres..."
Personally, I feel very proud to be part of a celebration which would only be happening once because the next one hundred years starting today would become a remote celebration for my attendance. By then I suppose, this sharing and representation would be forgotten. But what remains to be so valuable are the countless strings of successes our school was able to make individually and collectively in the lives of its graduates.
"BCAT, hail. Thou giver of gifts that gladden..."
For all of the graduates of this school who have been served well and have benefited much from the invaluable teachings of its faculty members, coming home is one gesture of respect in honoring an institution which has survived years of war and political struggles, and to this date continues to stand high with its vision and mission of building a technologically proficient community of global Bicolanos.
"Thou molder of brains and brawns..."
With the various activities prepared and held to make the celebration a sparkling success, the centennial celebration would be another opportunity of perpetuating the global community with its high caliber labor force that would propel improved achievement in the technology world.
"Thou builder of Spartan men..."
As this happens, all the graduates of this school must signify their contribution as they promise to hold fast to their commitment to the school's vision and mission, making it part of their own advocacy, acting individually and collectively, and waving high and proud the school's banner, as we march onward.
"Our hearts to thee we enthrone..."
The centennial executive committee and all those who pooled their treasures to make the celebration a grand victory, our sincerest gratitude and appreciation. To HS Batch 1986 where I belong, the host of the centennial celebration, congratulations! We will all be proud to be etched in the history of our alma mater.
As the school march plays, "proud we will ever be of the B C A and T, for all eternity, all glory hail to thee."