Fr. Moral, Fr. President, Fr. Gabinete and students pose with Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia
The university celebrates the 3rd Freshmen Assembly Night (FAN) with the theme: “True Unorian” at the University gymnasium from 4 pm to 5 am last June 29 – 30. This is an overnight activity for the Freshmen students. It is a unique type gathering where Recoleto branding or the “Tatak Recoleto” was imposed upon every freshmen of UNO-R. Similar activities were also done in other Recollect schools like San Sebastian College-Manila; SSC-R- Cavite; USJR, Cebu. Registration, which was manned by the Registrar’s Office staff, started at 4 pm. Program proper commenced at exactly 5:30 with a parade to the Amphitheater, where faculty and administration imposed a cross necklace upon the freshmen and transfer students, a tradition which was started last year. Introduction of the school administrators and the community to the Freshmen followed the opening salvo by the Kasadyahan Dance Company. Atty. Mercedes Odango- Saril gave an inspirational message to the freshmen while Rev. Fr. Cornelio Moral, OAR, FAN Chairperson, discussed the Philosophy-Vision-Mission of the university. Rev. Fr. Jorge Peligro,OAR, VP-Academics was the Main Celebrant during the Concelebrated Mass at 8:50 PM. Rev. Fr. Emeterio Buñao,OAR , University President, talked on Recoleto Spirituality . Induction of SSG Officers followed after the Taize Prayer at 12 midnight. Fr. Louie Gabinete,OAR , VP-Student Welfare, discussed the “Characteristics of a UNO-Rian” at 1 am. Search for Mr. and Ms. Freshmen 2012-2013 was held at 3 am – 4:15 a.m. and Bro. Jaazeal “Tagoy” Jakosalem,OAR talked on Environmental Consciousness while Fr. Moral recapped the whole event at 5 am.
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who belongs to Law class ’79 and was the SAO president in 1978, surprised the freshmen when he came in at 11:30 pm and talked to the students. He told them that he launched his political career at UNO-R. As a token, he was presented with a copy of the 1979 Blue and Gold Yearbook.
The Religious Administrators during the presentation of administrators
Fr. Moral and Fr. President hand the token to the Mayor while Mr. Fritz Palma facilitates a group sharing session during the Freshmen Assembly Night.