ADDU Motto: “Fortes In Fide” (Latin, Strong in Faith)
Ateneo De Davao University (ADDU)
Address: E. Jacinto Street 8016 Davao City Philippines
Phone: +63 82 221-2411
History of Ateneo
The Ateneo de Davao University is one of nine schools in the Philippines owned and operated by the Society of Jesus. The school tradition at Ateneo de Davao University is the product of over four centuries of educational experience of the Society. This tradition started with the establishment of a College at Messina in 1547 by St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, and which is now found in very many educational institutions throughout the world managed by the Society of Jesus.
At the request of the Most Reverend Luis del Rosario, S.J., bishop of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, which then included the Davao region, the Jesuit fathers took over St. Peter’s Parochial School and founded the Ateneo de Davao in 1948. The founding fathers were led by Fr. Theodore E. Daigler S.J., who became the first rector of the school. The other founding Jesuits were Alfredo Paguia S.J., Grant Quinn S.J., Scholastics James Donelan S.J. and Rodolfo Malasmas S.J. On 20 May 1948, Ateneo de Davao was registered with the SEC (SEC Registration No. 3467) as a non-stock, non-profit, education institution.
When the Ateneo de Davao formally opened on 28 June 1948, it offered grades V and VI and 1st to 3rd year high school. There were 71 elementary students and 131 high school students who started in a wooden building on a six-hectare lot in Matina.
The Jacinto campus (3.5 hectares) was acquired in 1951 with the support of the Most Rev. Clovis Thibault, P.M.E., Bishop-Prelate of Davao. The campus provided classrooms for high school students in the daytime and college courses in the evenings. College course offerings then were liberal arts, commerce, education, associate in arts, pre-law, secretarial and an elementary teacher’s certificate program. There were 130 male college students on the July 1951 start of the College Department, and they were housed in the wooden Bellarmine Hall. In 1953, the Ateneo de Davao College became co-educational. By then, there were nine collegiate course programs offered.
The Ateneo de Davao University is a Catholic, Jesuit and Filipino University. As a university it is a community engaged in excellent instruction and formation, robust research, and vibrant community service. As Catholic, it proceeds ex corde ecclesiae, from the heart of the Church. As Jesuit, it appropriates the mission of the Society of Jesus and the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. As Filipino, it prepares students to benefit from, contribute to and engage the global world.
The Ateneo de Davao excels in the formation of leaders for the Philippine Church and society, especially for Mindanao. It excels further in the promotion of the faith that does justice, in cultural sensitivity and transformation, and in inter-religious dialogue, particularly with the Muslim and Lumad communities of Mindanao. It promotes communities touched and transformed by the faith, communities of peace and human well-being, culturally resilient yet able to adapt to the modern world. It promotes social justice, gender equality, good governance, the creation of wealth and its equitable distribution.
It engages vigorously in environmental protection, the preservation of bio-diversity, and the promotion of renewable energy. It leads in Philippine educational reform, especially for the peoples of Southern Philippines.
Insights from Student Intern…
Taking Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at Ateneo de Davao University was a huge challenge. The reason why I choose this course at first for the reason that I was fond of using computer doing random stuff but as what also some of my classmates say the ideal is very different from the reality that was when it made me realize if I can even survive in this course.
The 1st year was really a rough time for me as the very 1st major subject I encountered at that time was handled by the best and also the hardest teacher and in the end, I failed in that subject which made me assess myself if this course is really for me. Then here comes 1st semester of my 2nd year, imagine a 2nd year student taking the very 1st major and the pre-requisite for the succeeding subjects, luckily during that time the teacher that was assigned became a great help in making me like this course. Yet as a student it is hard for me to balance the subjects that we need to take every semester, there were still those demanding minor subjects that we need to balance with my major subjects that have projects that need to be finished which almost took all my free time just to finish before the deadline.
Luckily the facilities within the school really helped especially when I can use the facilities that are needed in helping me finish my school requirements and approachable teachers. Things had been a bit easy especially during the time when our 4th year major’s subjects included mostly my most awaited subjects which includes video editing, animation, android development and many more though it was still hard because of THESIS that made every student have all those sleepiness nights just to polish and check if things really work if I can really graduate this time. In the end, I realized luckily I didn’t immediately surrender and make out the best out of those failures as a chance for me in doing my best and loving this course.
Guilmare Joyce D. Adriatico, BSIT,
ADDU Davao (OSOmniMedia Intern, 2016)
I transitioned from clueless high school student to a college junior that has had a taste of what computer science has to offer. Time flew by in the blink of an eye as I took my very first step in the world of coding.
In my three years of learning computer science at Ateneo de Davao University, I realized that the cliché line; road to success is filled with plenty of trials, is indeed true. In every semester there is a course or two that would cause a student trouble. I would know this because I have had my fair share of near-death experiences with subjects I almost failed. However, failure births perseverance and in turn; success. The more I struggle, the more I realize that I still need to improve.
However, a person’s darkest times often sheds light on his brightest angels. I often go to my friends for help whenever I encounter problems with my subjects. Often, I learn from them, and the both of us improve through a give and take teaching session.
All in all, I am very thankful for the opportunity to study and meet great individuals.
Lean Raphael S. Alfafara, BSCS,
ADDU Davao (OSOmniMedia Intern, 2018)
As a Computer Science student from Ateneo de Davao University, taking this course is not nor never will be a joke. I’ve been warned about it being challenging (survival of the fittest); however, my passion for design, code, and games made those warnings fall on deaf ears. And boy, I thought there would be a few math subjects. Again: “I thought”. Trust me, every skill of yours will be tested, and stress will always chase you. So say hello to tears and eye bags!
But if you love what you’re doing, everything will be worthwhile. As much negativity I poured out earlier, a balancing positivity keeps me sane and driven.
I learned way more than I’ve expected. Also, I’d treat school as another home because of its excellent facilities and the people I’ve met. The professors are both teachers and mentors in life. They’re not the type to spoon-feed you because they let you experience reality. I treat my classmates as part of my family because no one will leave you behind and they give me joy in the midst of giving up. And, I started to look at computers differently as they’re these complicated machines that could give life to you.
So yes, I’ve tasted both failure and success. From that, I found love for my course and never stopped pursuing it.
Samantha B. Aclan, BSCS,
ADDU Davao (OSOmniMedia Intern, 2018)
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