“Thank you for returning home!”
This was Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho, Western Mindanao State University President’s heartfelt remark to the WMSU alumni during the opening program of the Grand Alumni Homecoming of the region’s premiere university.
The honorees for this year’s joint 94th and 95th homecoming are the Golden (Class of 1963 and 1964) and Silver (Class of 1988 and 1989) Jubilarians who were all warmly welcomed at the Multipurpose Covered Court of WMSU on Friday, July 18, 2014.
Hon. Celso L. Lobregat, Zamboanga City-District 1 Representative, was the guest speaker of the historic event as he is also an alumnus of the university, having conferred as a Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) in 2012. In his speech, Rep. Lobregat inspired the alumni and the students to make an addition, instead of making a difference. “Many graduates of WMSU has made a difference, however when you make a difference, you subtract,” says the Congressman, pertaining to mathematical jargons. Instead, he added “Together, we will make an addition.”
The alumni and the WMSU family who were present during the event participated in a community singing initiated by the former mayor. They sang to “No te Vayas de Zamboanga” (Don’t Leave Zamboanga)—an advocacy of the local government.
In return, alumni representatives of different colleges and batches responded to Rep. Lobregat’s message, saying that it indeed feels good to be back to the university where they shared priceless memories they had with their classmates and friends, walking along the halls of the historic Social Hall of the old Normal School.
Following the kickoff program yesterday, a motorcade around the city is scheduled today at 4:00 PM where the assembly will be at the WMSU Parking Area at 3:00 PM. By 6:00 PM, a Grand Fellowship Night will follow at the WMSU Grounds.
And to formally conclude this year’s homecoming, a Testimonial Dinner is set on Sunday, 5:00 PM at the roof deck of the Lantaka Hotel and Restaurant for the honorees where the Most Outstanding Alumni will be recognized. (Mandy Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)