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      After a yearlong preparation the Centennial Celebration of Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) finally commemorated. The celebrations featured the history, identity and achievements of the University.

          It was started by an 80km relay run where the torch was passed by 100 runners from Pasay, Manila to Baesa, Caloocan and to Silang, Cavite. The run represented the history of AUP from its humble beginnings up to its present location.

          The celebrations lasted for a week, from January 29 to February 5, 2017. Many of the alumni came to celebrate and visit their alma mater. They have witnessed the growth of the University, which it has become one of the top performing schools not only nationally but also worldwide. At present, AUP is known as one of the best Protestant universities in the Philippines because of the quality of its academic programs, autonomous status and institutional accreditation.

          The Medical Laboratory Science program of AUP was classified by the Professional Regulation Commission as the top school in the country in the year 2015 and 2017 as a result of its 100% passing rate. The same goes with the Dental program which was rated as the second in the Philippines based on board exams passing rates.  While Teacher Education program is considered by the CHED as a Center of Excellence in 2016. And in year 2015 the Doctor of Medicine program was opened.

          Also highlighted during the week was the strength of its academic program with each of the nine colleges conducting parallel symposiums and seminar-workshops with AUP alumni and other professionals from other institutions in attendance.  For the College of Education and the College of Business, participation was credited to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units needed for renewal of professional licenses.

          AUP is a school that trains for service. In the past five years alone, an estimated 250 groups went out to communities with the total participation of 1,500 students, bringing 1,750 new members to the Church and assisting in planting two new congregations.

          During the celebration the University also held a community service and medical mission for its four (4) neighboring villages which was participated by the students, faculty, and alumni.

          To commemorate AUP’s 100 years, a Centennial Park was inaugurated featuring among others a replica of the Jackson Sevren’s Memorial Hall in Baesa campus, along with its bell tower and the ceremonial ringing of the sunset bell.  The structure is situated at the facade as a reminder of the school’s  humble beginnings, identity, and mission of Adventist education through AUP, inscribed on, and symbolized by the various architectural structures in the Park.

          Throughout the University’s 100 years of existence it has produced and still produces alumni  trained in a quality Bible-based educational institution– nurtured for academic excellence, Christ-like character, and exemplary service; but testimonies on the influence of Adventist education through AUP cannot be summed up in just one week. Not even the 365 articles of the junior devotional book for 2017, “Shine On for Jesus” authored by AUP students, workers and alumni can tell the whole story.

          The runners of the torch relay may have reached the finish line but the torch keeps burning; illuminated in the lives of its grateful alumni. They are spread all over the world serving while ministering, and shining on ever onward until Jesus comes again.