President exhorts Ateneans to take part in transforming the country


President Benigno S. Aquino III on Saturday exhorted Ateneo de Manila University community to get involved in the country’s transformation and progress.

Aquino, who was guest at Ateneo’s Ignatian Festival, said every Atenean is honed not only academically but also on how to face real-life challenges.

It is the obligation of every Atenean to help find the solutions for society’s problems and correct the flaws of the system, he said.

“Don’t confine the Atenean spirit within the buildings and corridors of this school. Wherever you study, teach or work, whatever agency you serve, you must be a man for others,” the President said in Filipino.

He thanked his teachers in Ateneo for honing him in the field of economics and other areas and providing him spiritual advice during trying times.

The Ignatian Festival 2013 aims to gather Ateneo alumni, students, faculty and staff to commemorate the annual Feast of St. Ignatius de Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.

The gathering is a venue to reflect and celebrate the spirit and tradition of St. Ignatius and the Jesuits, the Ignatian spirituality and the identity of the Ateneans as an Ignatian.

Launched in July last year, the Ignatian Festival was a success and it had generated interest among the members of the Ateneo de Manila community.

This year’s Ignatian Festival has for its theme “Lahing Loyola Para sa Kapwa.” PNA



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