Ateneo Senior High celebrates groundbreaking ceremony for new facility

October 29, 2019
On October 22, the Ateneo Senior High School (ASHS) community held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for its new multipurpose facility.  University officials, led by its president, Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ gathered at the construction site to celebrate this milestone.
University President Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ and ASHS Principal Ma. Victoria Panlilio- Dimalanta led the time capsule laying.
Located parallel to the Senior High School building, the new multi-purpose facility aims to foster a nurturing and collaborative environment for ASHS students. The three-level building—designed by Jonathan O. Gan Associates–will be a mix of learning facilities, multi-purpose halls, offices and open spaces. There will be five courts, a chapel, robotics room, music and art rooms, as well as a dining hall, gym, clinic and sports laboratory. It is slated for completion in 2020. 
At the groundbreaking ceremony, ASHS Principal Ma. Victoria Panlilio-Dimalanta spoke of how the new facility will help nurture the students.   

“Today, we are also symbolically giving birth to a strong, beautiful and sustainable edifice that will be a venue where markers of a Jesuit education ca be deepened,” she said.
Fr. Villarin recalled the planning stages of the master planned facility. He said that there were many discussions and deliberations, and that everything was taken into consideration, including the three trees that were in the way of the site. Eventually, the facility’s location had to be moved to avoid cutting down the trees.  
Speaking on behalf of students, Matthew Tiongco, ASHS Sanggunian president, expressed excitement over the new building although his batch will not have the opportunity to use it.  
“We’re really grateful that things like this are happening in the Ateneo community because it signifies that the Ateneo is continuously growing and moving forward to be able to give students a better environment and give them a better education.I hope that when they [future students] see this building, they will be very grateful that they have something like this and that they will be able to better their God-given talents and exercise the skills that they were given. That they won’t use it for their personal desires but use it to become men and women for others.”
Matthew Tiongco is excited about the new facility.
Fr. Bert Ampil, SJ, on the other hand, talked about how the new facility could provide room for growth and opportunities for the “young men and women who are at the cusp of adolescence.” 

University officials and project partners pose for a group photo.

Before the ceremony ended, University officials and representatives from organizations involved in the project buried a time capsule and led a ceremonial shoveling.