On Friday, Bro. Marty made sure I would not succumb to idleness! We covered lots of kilometers, and I toured three LEAD ministries: De La Salle Araneta University, De La Salle Green Hills, and the College of Saint Benilde.
We began the day at Araneta, one of the two schools Marty spends time at each week. It was a long tortuous drive through crazy traffic, but definitely worth the visit. Marty is clearly a celebrity at DLSAU!
I was struck by this image of the Founder, because it’s very rare that you see the Founder in a “rural” setting; but it’s quite appropriate at Araneta which has an agricultural and horticultural focus.
Next stop: Green Hills, the only Lasallian all-boys school in the Philippines. It has a very extensive and impressive campus and was the former headquarters of the Philippines District, now part of LEAD.
The gym at Green Hills has key historical significance. This tally board, which has been preserved, records the monumental election victory of Cory Aquino over Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, which led to Marcos’ exile a few weeks later.
Our final stop of the day was The College of Saint Benilde, very near DLSU in Manila. I was very impressed with the creativity and innovation that practically leapt from the place. From fashion design to culinary arts to filmmaking, CSB is nationally known as both a trendsetter and leader in creative arts higher education.
One of Benilde’s signature programs is hotel and restaurant management. We ended up our day with a delicious dinner prepared and served by students in training. Our two wonderful guides, Mela and Robin, dined with us. Bon appetit!