The AUP Centennial Park
Opportunities for Remembrance and Celebration
From the AUP Advancement Office: Posted by Laurence T. Gayao MD, AB pre-Med 1976
The Centennial Park that will be constructed opens opportunities for those who want to take part in remembering and honoring certain significant events, developments and people in the history of Philippine Union College–now the Adventist University of the Philippines–for the past 100 years. Funds received will not only be used for the construction of the Centennial Park itself, the souvenir book for each honoree and sponsors, but also to contribute to the overall expenses of the centennial celebrations, including the community projects.
The Centennial Park has four major venue or components where the privilege to remember and honor may be expressed.
- The Globe. Seven arches of mirror polished stainless steel form a globe that follows the design of the University Seal. This sculpture, following the seal, arises from four gold fields of blue and gold, in a shallow pool of water. Naming opportunity for the Globe is open to alumni, with the estimated cost at $30,000.00. The name of the donor will be inscribed at the base of The Globe.
- The Pillars. This structure is a reproduction of the porch of the Jackson-Sevrens Hall, which was constructed in the beginnings of the Baesa campus, thus signifying the long tradition of the school. “The Pillars” refers to the four aspects of holistic Adventist education, which will be inscribed in the columns. Inscribed on the front triangular tympanum of the pediment is the school objective: “Excellence, Character, Service.” The rear cross beam has the inscription “Go ye. . . Serve.” Naming opportunity for The Pillars is also open to alumni, with the estimated cost of $20,000.00. The name of the donor(s) will be inscribed on the rear columns or floor of the porch.
- Walk of Service. The Walk commemorates two things: 1) the significant events and developments in the history of the school and 2) persons who exemplified its core value of service.
About one hundred fifty historical markers are also available for sponsorship, even to non-alumni of the school as long as they have a connection to the event or development being commemorated. Sponsorship is Php 10,000.00 for those working in the Philippines or USD 500.00 for those working outside the country.
Interspersed with the bigger historical markers will be the stones on which the names of people honored for a service category will be inscribed. The basic criteria for any nomination for exemplary service are
- Had been a student for at least a semester or an employee of PUC/AUP for at least 3 years cumulatively
- The person nominated continues to exemplify the values of the University, represents how the ideals of the University is to be lived out thus a worthy example for the future generation of students. Their work of service, as well as their interactions with others, are to be of such moral quality that they do not bring shame or disgrace in any way to the University or the Adventist Church.
The service categories are
- Service in any denominational or a non-profit charity/service/government organization for at least 15 years cumulatively. Since the nominees were remunerated, what is expected is exemplary loving service. Evidences must be provided about the honoree providing service not only as required by the employing organization but service to the Church and the community beyond the call of duty. Furthermore, as employees of these organizations, he/she must have no unresolved disciplinary cases, has not been terminated for cause, resigned with prejudice, or left the organization without fulfilling obligations. Endorsement is required from the management committee of each institution served.
- Service on a voluntary basis in leadership capacities in any service organization such as the local church, mission/conference functions, or community service organization for at least 15 years cumulatively. This category includes self-supporting/self employed service projects. The service work/project must be endorsed by a denominational or service organization.
- An honoris causa awardee of the University for service to humanity.
- A Christian Service awardee of the University.
The nomination process is managed by the faculty of the college from which the nominee was from. Initial suggestions of persons to be honored for service may come from the faculty or alumni. (See attached nomination form.) The faculty of the college then considers the suggested names, and processes the appropriate endorsement for the category. The names considered by the faculty of the college are recommended to the Administrative Committee of the University for approval. Once approved as a service honoree, the college will assist the Advancement Office in finding a sponsor for the commemorative stone. Sponsorship per honoree is Php 5,000.00 for Philippine based sponsors, or USD 300.00 for overseas sponsors.
Information about the honoree will be included in a souvenir book, to be later made available electronically in a kiosk at the Centennial Park. If sponsored by another person, the name of the sponsor will be stated at the end of the short biography of the honoree.
The nomination process is managed by the faculty of the college from which the alumnus/a was from or the administrative unit where the employee served. Initial suggestions of persons to be honored for service may come from the faculty, other alumni, or staff. (See attached nomination form.) The faculty of the college or administrative area then considers the suggested names, and processes the appropriate endorsement for the category. The names considered by the faculty or administrative area staff are recommended to the Administrative Committee of the University for approval. Once approved as a service honoree, the college or administrative unit will assist the Advancement Office in finding a sponsor for the commemorative stone. Sponsorship per honoree is Php 5,000.00 for Philippine based sponsors, or USD 300.00 for overseas sponsors.
- The Commission Point. This structure symbolizes not only the past but also the future of the University. It will be a place for remembering supporters of Christian education. It will also be a place where future students may be reminded and challenged to live holy lives and of service. Constructed as an amphitheater, it will be used as venue for commitment or sending-off programs of the religious organizations.
Naming opportunities for the seating area of the amphitheater are open to those who want to honor or memorialize parents, relatives and supporters who made studying in PUC/AUP and other Adventist schools possible. The honorees, whose name(s) will be etched in large letters, need not be alumni of the school. The sponsor of the commemorative seating however must be an alumnus. If there are more than two sponsors, two must at least be alumni of AUP while the rest must be alumni of an Adventist school. Because of the limited size of the marker, there will be a limited number of sponsors’ names that can be included. Sponsorship for seating is Php 25,000.00 for Philippine-based givers; if at least one of the sponsors is based outside the country, the amount is $2,000.00. There are 40 seating slots available for sponsorship.
The stage of the amphitheater will be a place where calls for faithfulness that revolve around God’s Word and commitment for service will be held. On the backdrop of the stage are two arches, representing the sides/pages of an open Bible. The design connects to the present University Main Gate. On the left arch is the inscription “The Everlasting Gospel,” on the right arch is the inscription “To All the World,” pointing to the message and work of God’s Church. A sculpture of a flame forming the letters AUP, will signify the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to live holy lives, to witness and serve. On the pedestal of the flame is the inscription “Arise. . .! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you.” (Isa 60:1, NLT) The stage is open for sponsorship by those who want to be part of the continuing tradition of service. The sponsorship may also be in honor or memory of a person or couple who might not even be an alumnus but whose lives exemplify dedication to service, and thus whose life story will become a part of the stories students will remember for years to come. The cost of the sponsorship for the stage is $25,000.00.
Those who want to suggest names to honor or want to sponsor a component of the Centennial Park may contact the specific college alumni coordinator or the University Advancement Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
College of Business (COB): Glenda Joy Lopez: email@example.com
College of Science and Technology (CST): Edwin A Balila: EABalila@aup.edu.ph
College of Arts and Humanities (CAH): Flor Villa P Marticio: FVPMarticio@aup.edu.ph
College of Dentistry (COD): Marissa H. Virgines: MHVirgines@aup.edu.ph
College of Education (COE): Gracel Ann S Saban: GASSaban@aup.edu.ph
College of Theology (COT): Julio Amurao: JCAmurao@aup.edu.ph
Gifts or sponsorships for the Centennial Park may be coursed through AACNA, AWESNA or EASNAC for tax deductible purposes.
For Nominations Forms select category and click on below and print:
1, Nomination Form for Service Honoree, Centennial Park Walk of Service
2. Nomination Form for Supporters of Christian Education Honorees, Centennial ParkGoogle+