BSU soft launches Centennial coffee table book

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Sept. 29 (PIA) -- The Benguet State University soft launched its Centennial Coffee Table Book along with the university’s Story Monograph Series to commemorate its hundred years of existence since its humble beginnings as a farm school until it flourished as a premiere state university in the province.


BSU President Feliciano Calora Jr together with History Committee Chair Grace Bengwayan and BSU History and Museum Director Stanley Anongos Jr. led the unveiling of the history materials at the Historical Museum last Thursday. The hard launch is expected to take place by December this year or January next year.

Calora hopes that the production of history materials which is part of the university’s centennial celebrations would capture what BSU is all about. He encouraged other stakeholders such as the alumni, professors, teachers, and officials to write also their stories and experiences with the school as history materials are still works in progress.

Bengwayan presented the contents and the processes involved in the production of materials that encapsulate the pre-war, Japanese period, post war, and university period. Each of the era or the theme highlights the significant events in the life of the school, the students, faculty, staff and management.

Facts cut across all available sources of information such as in-house publications, studies and interviews for the crafting of in-depth and detailed historical accounts.

Photographs and personal accounts shared by alumni, officials and retired teachers in a two-day workshop back in May 2014 formed part of the institution’s history data base. This has become a venue which unearthed experiences related to the life of the school at certain point frames, Begawan said.

Anongos also presented the overview of a book he co-authored under the pre-war period entitled, “Transformation of a Mountain College” which is part of the Monograph Series.

All these productions are borne of an idea of the 2010 BSU History Committee chaired by Dr. Maria Luz D. Fangasan , entitled “Writing the History of the BSU” which has evolved into a coffee table book and monograph series.

Betty Lestino, an alumna who runs her own non-government organization, leads the writing of the history materials together with alumni volunteers like Faith Belingon, Rhe-ann Ngayaan, Rhea Leoncio, Arniel Dumigsi, Richard Giye, Bobby Mc Gee Lee, Romulo Bagacina, Ronalyn Banaken, and Crislyn Balangen. (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
EL Kikasa