Tarlac State University held the inauguration and blessing of the Museo-Archivo Tarlaqueño on July 12, 2019 at the College of Engineering and Technology grounds of the TSU Main Campus.
The launching was organized by the TSU Records and Archives Unit headed by Ms. Victoria G. Seguira and the Center for Tarlaqueño Studies with its head and renowned historian Dr. Lino L. Dizon.
The event was led by TSU President Dr. Myrna Q. Mallari along with the vice presidents of the university.
Key personalities in the province and city as well as the former officials of the university graced the event. Included among the guests of honor are Atty. Carlito David, Tarlac Province Vice Governor; Dr. Krishna Buenaventura, representative of Governor Susan Yap; Mr. Rhonie Dela Cruz of Bamban Museum; Mr. Wilfredo Toldanes from the Tarlac City Tourism Council; Ms. Marisa Vidad from Capas Tourism Council; Hon. Arsenio Lugay III, Tarlac Province Tourism Officer; and esteemed TSU retirees Dr. Dolores Matias, former TSU President; Dr. Dalisay Rigor, former TSU Vice President for Administration; and TSU Professor Emeritus Dr. Leodegardo Pruna and Prof. Rufina Garcia.
Also, in attendance to the inauguration are the members of the administrative and academic council, faculty, staff, and student representatives.
Meanwhile, the blessing of the building was facilitated by Rev. Fr. Jowi Driz Mendoza of the San Sebastian Cathedral.
The structure where the museum stands is a restoration of the Manual Trade Building built in 1909. In 1955, the said building was demolished and rebuilt into the present structure.
According to Dr. Dizon, some parts of the structure were changed like the glass, wood, and coppice but he reassured the audience that “we retained the spirit.”
In addition, President Mallari recounted in her welcome remarks that the area where the museum is located was once a vocational building of TSU, particularly in woodworking.
“We should not remove or change this building because this is already part of our history,” Dr. Mallari added.
In his opening remarks during the short program, Dr. Glenard T. Madriaga, Vice President for Administration and Finance, emphasized the importance of having a sense of historicity through the museum.
VP Madriaga said that the structure would serve as a place which encapsulates the past of TSU and will serve as a guide to where the institution is headed.
Gov. Yap’s message, delivered by representative Dr. Buenaventura, revolved around the Museo-Archivo Tarlaqueño serving as a structural reminder among Tarlaqueños about the rich culture and amalgam of the Province of Tarlac.
She added, “The structure is a great time to look back at our collective aspiration of moving ahead towards achievement of progress.”
Dr. Brigido Corpuz, who hosted the event, shared that he learned from Dr. Dizon that the term museum came from the latin word musea which means “place of the learned.” He also concluded that people who love to visit museums are intelligent and smart people. Corpuz differentiated the term archives from the term museum. He emphasized a museum contains item and pieces which have a lasting interest and value, whereas the archives consist of public records and other historical documents. [Jazzel Llaneli Manalo-Manabat & Maria Adelaida D. Calayag]
3,367 graduates received their diploma during the 30th Commencement Exercises of Tarlac State University on June 14, 17, 18, and 19, 2019 at the TSU Gymnasium.
The first day of the graduation activities was intended for the School of Law, College of Engineering and Technology, College of Architecture and Fine Arts, College of Public Administration and Governance, and the College of Criminal Justice Education with a total of 788 graduates. The ceremony was graced by Tarlac City Mayor Ma. Cristina Angeles.
Frederick Herman Israel and Ma. Queenie Anne Kate Galang, fraternal twins from the CCJE, were among the 33 honor students that day.
Also on the same day, architecture graduate Danilo Soria Jr., who is suffering from muscular dystrophy, caught the attention of the audience as he received his diploma on a wheelchair.
The second day of the ceremony consists of 322 graduates from the College of Arts and Social Sciences, 238 from College of Computer Studies, and 132 from the College of Science. The commencement speaker was Hon. Victor Yap, Second Congressional District Representative of Tarlac.
The College of Business and Accountancy, having the second highest number of graduates numbered 908, had TSU Board of Regents member Honorable Enrique Cojuangco, Jr. as their guest speaker.
The last day of the ceremony was filled with 979 graduates from the College of Education wherein Tarlac Province Governor Susan Yap was the guest speaker. The college produced the highest number of graduates, particularly honor graduates who numbered 126.
From this college comes another set of fraternal twins who shared the stage in receiving their diplomas. Darshiell and Raniell Lopez, both cum laude, earned a bachelor’s degree in Education major in Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health.
The valedictory speech for the 30th Commencement Exercises was delivered by Christine Haira Cadiang, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology major in Electronics and Information Technology from the College of Engineering and Technology.