Today marks a momentous event for Liceo de Cagayan University – its 68th Founding Anniversary. It was on this day in 1955 when the visionary couple, Atty. Rodolfo and Elsa Pelaez, founded the Liceo de Cagayan. With great love for Cagayan de Oro and for the nation and with deep passion for education, Rodelsa and Elsa braved those trying years of the new republic by establishing a collegiate school, which became a full university in the late 1990s. With a very long history of quality education in various program offerings evidenced by numerous recognitions and distinctions earned, Liceo U has become one of the earliest, most enduring, and most respected higher learning institutions in Mindanao. Liceo de Cagayan University is indeed the founders’ great legacy to the community and the nation – a legacy that Liceans now celebrate with festivities.

The celebration was formally opened early today with a Holy Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Bobit Laroga, SSS at the Liceo Civic Center. Following the Mass was the laying of wreath before the founders’ life-sized monument laid at the iconic Rodelsa Hall. Chair of the Board Dr. Rafaelita Pelaez Pelaez and University President Dr. Alain Marc P. Golez led the wreath-laying rites. In attendance were the University’s top officials, the heads of all academic and non-academic departments, the faculty and staff, and the students.

In his message during the opening salvo at the Civic Center that featured several live performances and the candidates of the Liceo Student Ambassadors 2023, the University President expounded the celebration’s theme “Thrive. Triumph. Transcend.” saying,

“To thrive means to grow, to prosper, to reach our full potential. It is a fitting theme for our anniversary as we reflect on the many ways that Liceo de Cagayan University has flourished over the years. Our academic programs have expanded, our facilities have improved, and our reputation for excellence has spread far and wide. But even as we celebrate our success, we know that there’s always more we can do, more we can achieve.

To triumph means to overcome obstacles, to persevere in the face of adversity, to immerge victorious. It is a testament to the resilience of our community that we have weathered so many challenges over the years from natural disasters to global pandemic. But through It all, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to education, to service, and to each other. And we will continue to triumph in the face of whatever challenges lie ahead.

To transcend means to go beyond, to rise above, to reach new heights. It is a call to action, a challenge to strive for excellence in all that we do. We must push ourselves to be better, to learn more, to serve more, to make a greater impact on the world. And we must do so, not just for our own benefit, but for the benefit of all those around us, for our community, for our nation, for the world.”

>On a final note, Dr. Golez urged the Licean community to look to the past, present, and future as he remarked: “…let us look to the past, to our founders Atty. Rodolfo and Elsa Pelaez, to the present with determination, and to the future with hope. Let us continue to thrive, to triumph, and to transcend, building on the legacy of those who have come before us and paving the way for those who will follow.”

Academic and non-academic events highlight the celebration of the 68th Founding Anniversary. These events include RODELSA Lecture Series, Atty. Rodolfo N. Pelaez Debate Tournament, Intraschool Oratorical Contest, Research Colloquium, The La Castilla Blue and White Ware: A Photography Exhibition (Ayala Mall), Opera Bonanza featuring CDO Symphony Orchestra, 17th Cultural Season (arts festival), Service Awards 2023, H.E.L.P.S (outreach program), Liceo Student Ambassadors Coronation Night, Rise Up: A Variety Concert, Employees’ Day, and REGRESSO 2023 (grand alumni homecoming), among others.


By: Liceo Communications and Promotions