HAU celebrates 90th Founders Day on March 8

University News

February 8, 2023

Holy Angel University (HAU), the first Catholic co-educational school in the Philippines, will mark its 90th foundation anniversary on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, with various activities celebrating the University's nine decades of existence and its role in the socio-economic and cultural life of Filipinos, especially Angeleños and Kapampangans.
The celebration starts with a wreath-laying at the gravesite of the founder Juan D. Nepomuceno, who, in 1933, created a new high school in Angeles City to provide accessible quality education as an alternative to Manila schools. Holy Angel has since become one of the largest and most prestigious private universities in the province and the country.
Holy Mass will follow at the University's Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angel. OIC President Leopoldo Jaime Valdes will deliver a Founders Day message and introduce to the academic community the newest members of the HAU Board of Trustees, including its Chairman, Most Rev. Florentino Lavarias, D.D., the Archbishop of San Fernando and a college alumnus of HAU.
The celebration's highlight is the conferment of the Founders Day Awards on six individuals chosen by the University for their outstanding contribution and achievement in various fields, including an alumnus, a retiree, a Kapampangan artist, a Kapampangan scholar, and two Filipinos advocating Catholic education and community service.
The Center for Kapampangan Studies will unveil the HAU Memorabilia Room in the afternoon. Then, the University Student Council (USC) will begin the four-day celebration called University Days with a festive parade.
The Founders Day celebration will conclude with a free concert at the University Theatre by the HAU Orchestra conducted by Maestro Edwin Lumanug, featuring opera classics by Verdi, Mozart, Bizet, Mascagni, and Massanet. This public concert is an encore presentation following the orchestra's successful Sintang Kapampangan concert last December.