The Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) feted five distinguished individuals who served as key players in the educational institution's conversion into a university in a testimonial dinner.
Feted and awarded plaques of recognition during the testimonial dinner on August 31 at the Del Rio Hotel, Molo, Iloilo City, were Senator Franklin M. Drilon , Congressman Jerry P. Trenas, President Emeritus Renato V. Alba, Dr. Luis M. Sorolla Jr., and Dr. Nehema K. Misola.
Due to some personal commitments, Sen. Drilon was represented by Mrs. Eleanor Drilon Gregorio while Cong. Trenas by Mr. Noel Panaguiton.
The recepients and their representatives delivered their testimonial speeches after the awarding.
In her speech, Dr. Misola, Chairperson and Focal Person of the university hood conversion, expressed her joy as she looked back to the challenges the school encountered in its quest for university status.
Dr. Sorolla, the former president of the institution, also expressed his overwhelming joy and gratitude in the achievement of the university status.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Raul F. Muyong, President, ISAT U, stated the reasons why the ocassion is special.
"First, we celebrate it as a newly-converted university. Second, it's the Diamond Jubillee of the ISAT U Teacher Education. Third, we have a new President,. The fourth President of the institution and the first President of the University," said Dr. Muyong.
A video about the institution’s history and its journey towards conversion into a university was also presented.
A candle lighting ceremony in the pool area was also held followed by a fireworks presentation.
A community singing of the new ISAT U hymn, composed by Dr. Sorolla, Jr. and Edgar Jimena, capped the event.