Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai cars in the Philippines, through HARI Board Chairman Edward S. Go, sealed an agreement with the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) to build the Hyundai Hall in The Areté, Ateneo’s soon-to-rise creativity hub. The MOA signing was held last August 29 at the ADMU Loyola Heights Campus. The 900-seater Hyundai Hall, envisioned to be The Areté’s state-of-the-art theater and concert space, will house the Edward S. Go Wing. This permanent fixture of the Hyundai Hall has the donor, an outstanding Atenean himself, celebrating his Jesuit education, which has the Humanities, or the holistic formation of the person, at its core.
“The Hyundai slogan ‘New Thinking. New Possibilities.’ resonates well with the Ateneo’s mission,” affirmed Mr. Go. He also expressed confidence that this hub for the arts will nurture and develop leaders and culture influencers whose “New Thinking” can unite and drive the Philippines towards its goals of sustainable socio-economic progress.
For his part, Ateneo President Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ, a self-confessed car aficionado, expressed mixed gratitude, surprise, and delight with “Hyundai’s gift,” HARI being The Areté’s first major benefactor. “We plan this to be a cradle for creativity, a cradle for innovation. I believe that The Areté, which is a Greek word that means goodness, virtue, excellence, will promote this spirit.”
Designed by W.V. Coscolluela & Associates, the three-story building will be the new home of the Ateneo Art Gallery, and will also house a museum, a 250-seat black box theater, and an art library.