Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ateneo Municipál de Manila

One of the oldest and the first Jesuit University in the Intramuros, the Ateneo Municipál de Manila or also know now as Ateneo de Manila University.

1909 college side view ateneo Intramuros

Anu nga ba ang kasaysayan ng unibersidad? Paano nakatulong ang unibersidad? Sinu ang mga promeninteng to na nag-aral sa paaralan na ito?  Anu na ang itsura ng unibersidad ngaun?

According to Intramuros Site ;  Turned over to Jesuit administration by the city of Manila in 1859, the Ateneo Municipál was a school for boys. Initially, the Jesuits hesitated taking charge of the school as they were returning to the Philippines after more than eight decades of absence to take charge of the Mindanao missions. (The Jesuits were expelled from the Philippines in 1768). The instructions they received stipulated that they were to ask explicit permission from higher superiors should they commit themselves to education. The city council prevailed upon the Jesuits to take charge of the school then called Escuela Pia. With the necessary permissions secured, Fr. José Cuevas accepted the school and in December 1859, the Jesuits began instruction in a modest building along Arsobispado St. near the archbishop’s residence.

The Tourism’s Clamshell 1 (The Ateneo Municipál de Manila Now 2012 )

Founded and supported by the city, the school was allowed to bear Manila’s coat of arms. The institution began as a boarding school but started accepting day boarders. Her illustrious alumnus, José Rizal, began his studies as a day boarder and only in his second year did he become an interno or boarder.

This school was later expanded with the addition of a preparatory college that prepared students for studies in the university, offering such courses as pre-law, surveying and mechanics.

From 1879-1888, the college church of San Ignacio was built beside the Casa Mision and on a piece of property cut from the archbishop’s own garden. The city council allowed the Jesuits to build a bridge over Anda to connect the Casa Mision, which was their residence with the school and dorm.

At the turn of the century a third floor was added to the school buildings and in the early 20th an elaborate entrance was designed and executed by Isabelo Tampingco. A fire that ravaged the southwestern quadrant of the city in 1932 damaged the Ateneo. The fire occurred at night, and the student boarders and the Jesuits had to save as much as they could of the Ateneo. The student boarders moved to Ermita, where the Jesuits had built the Escuela Normal de San Francisco Xavier for the education of teachers and had transferred the Manila Observatory.

During World War II, the Ateneo moved its quarters to different parts of the city while trying to maintain a semblance of normality. By the end of the war, the buildings at Ermita, along the road now named after the Jesuit founder of the Manila Observatory, Fr. Federico Faura, was in ruins. In 1951, the Jesuits transferred the Ateneo to Loyola Heights, in Quezon City, where it has remained. In 1959, Ateneo became a university.

The Ateneo archives in Quezon City preserves documents and pictures relating to the Ateneo in Intramuros, among them are award-giving programs which list prominent Ateneo alumni of the Spanish era like José Rizal. A Tampingco screen saved from the San Ignacio church, decorated with carvings in the round of acanthus leaves and braided rope, is in the Ateneo’s Rizal Library.

Here some of my shoot at Ateneo Municipál de Manila.

 The Ateneo de Manila Marker

View from Santa Lucia

Here some of the old house you will see at Ateneo Amenities 

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  1. nagiging historian ka na ah :p

    actually sayo ko lang nalaman na ang clamshell na dati ay lakwatsahan lang namin noon ay ang AdMU dati :)

  2. wow... ang ganda paghinukay mo talaga yung kasaysaysayan natin...

  3. yaman tlg ni Rizal, atenista ^_^.

    last night my homecoming college lass went home after finishing her summer class. and she was talking of her plans after she graduates. tumaas ang kilay ko :)
    she said she wanted to take up masteral units for micriobiology at either admu or uplb. my jaw dropped and exclaimed "baka di mo alam kung magkanu tuition s admu" haha

  4. kung titignan mo naman ang mga litrato ng makalumang Manila, mapapahanga ka sa sobrang ganda nito... pati history eh napakakulay din... kung hindi lang nabahiran ng kung anu-anong bagay ang Manila at napreserba ang ganda nito eh maituturing pa rin na isa sa mga pinaka-magandang syudad ito sa buong mundo :)

  5. Nice shots and history lesson on ADMU :)

    Our universities really have amazing history lessons embedded in them if we really seek to know more about them :)

  6. what a beautiful school Ateneo is :-) I have heard so much news how great this school is :-) though I have never been there

  7. why dont they just reconstruct the bldg? wish the jesuits thought about that.

  8. Parang hindi sa Pilipinas ah. Parang nasa Europe lang. :) Great shots!

  9. Another AXL PPI masterpiece.. galing talaga ng taong to

  10. ganda naman, parang walking down history!

  11. Beautiful photos! I can't believe I have not visited this place. Thanks for reminding me about this national treasure.

  12. Pwde ka ng teacher ng history tapos tutulog ako! Chos!

  13. Sobrang nakakanilib ang mga larawan at ang mga impormasyong inilathala. Ayos to kuya AXl. galing! Mula sa pinakaunang larawan (Maynila Noon) parang gusto kong bumalik sa nakaraan para makita ang mga establisibentong tulad ng nabanggit. Magandang Araw.!

  14. Ngayon mas malinaw na sakin kung paano napunta sa QC and Ateno. It was just mentioned in our school lessons in high school that Rizal attended it and it was in Intramuros but I grew up in Manila and cannot find Ateneo in Manila. I just assumed that they were transferred after the war.

  15. napakainteresting tlagang balikan ng history..

    astig nga ang pic..

    parang hindi sa pinas kinuna..hehe

  16. naku magbubunyi ang mga blue eagles dito. hehehe

    saan banda yan sa intramuros?

  17. @hoshi... malapit lang sa san Ignacio church!

  18. It's nice that they've been able to preserve the houses and some other stuff.

  19. It's nice that they've been able to preserve some of the houses and some other stuff.