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.."wonderful book of Fr. Arcilla brings us back down memory lane to some of the wonders of our past 150 years. The themes of our sesquicentennial are "Celebrating Excellence, Deepening Spirituality and Building the Nation." We see images of Jose Rizal. We remember how the martyrdom of Fathers Gomez, Burgos, and Zamora was a turning point for Rizal and focused his life and love on our country and people." As he would write in the Ultimo Adios, Mis suenos cuando apenas muchacho adlolescente, Mis suenos cuando joven ya lleno de vigor, Fueron el verte un dia, joya del mar de oriente Secos los negros ojos, alta la tersa frente, Sin ceno, sin arrugas, sin manchas de rubor. Americans were not just witnesses, they were deeply engaged in the transforming events of the late 19th century, the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine American War. The transition from Spanish to American colonialism comes alive in these pages. Here we can see Spanish Jesuits learning English in the patio of Ateneo in Intramuros. Our Blue Babble Battalion will be charmed by the young cheerleaders doing a human pyramid, the basketball team by the quaint uniforms in the early NCAA. We find a rich feast of images and memories of our theater groups, our debate teams and our ROTC cadets. In these beautiful pages we can iagine the journey of the Ateneo - a physical journey from Intramuros to Padre Faura to Loyola Heights and Makati and Ortigas, with a brief stop in Plaza Guipit, Sampaloc. It is also a cultural journey from Spanish to American to Filipino, a journey with the nation through war and peace. So much as changed and yet so much also has remained constant. We see excellence celebrated in these pages, spirituality lived and deepened, and generation after generation striving to build this nation: in the classrooms, in the playing fields, in the theater and in the great arena of the nation. We cannot thank Fr. Jose Arcilla, S.J. enough for this beautiful obra maestra.."
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