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New RL multimedia rooms named in honor of donors

Three groups have made generous donations to the new Rizal Library, and three multimedia rooms in the library’s Multimedia Resource Center have been named in their honor.

Ateneo de Manila College Class ‘83

Front row: Rudy Ang (AB Com), Bong Casis (BS Bio), Apol Dionglay (BS BM)
Back row: VP for Finance Jose M. Santos, Asst. to the President Rose Banzon,
Carmela Capay-Casis (BS BM), Gigi Phua-Lim (AB Eco), Chelle Campos (AB Eco),
RL Director Lourdes T. David, VP for the Loyola Schools Ma. Assunta C. Cuyegkeng

On December 5, 2009, the Ateneo de Manila College Class ’83, represented by core group members Rodolfo P. Ang (AB Com) and Rhoderick M. Casis (BS Bio), signed a memorandum of agreement with the Ateneo and witnessed the turnover of the Ateneo de Manila University College Class ’83 Multimedia Room. Raising funds for the new Rizal Library was a project of batch ’83 in celebration of their silver anniversary.


Ambrosio B. Padilla Foundation

The Padilla clan poses at the door of the Ambrosio B. Padilla Room

As December 7, 2009 marked the 99th birth anniversary of the late Senator Ambrosio Bibby Padilla, it was fitting that the turnover of the Ambrosio B. Padilla Room at the new Rizal Library should take place on this day. The room was named in honor of Padilla as a way of thanking the Ambrosio B. Padilla Foundation for its donation to the library. Signing the memorandum of agreement in behalf of the foundation was Padilla’s daughter Mrs. Josie Padilla-Rufino. Also present were were other Padilla siblings and their spouses, along with some of their children.

National Bookstore, Inc.

Another donor to the new library was National Bookstore, Inc., represented by Alfredo C. Ramos. In honor of their donation, a multimedia room has been named the National Bookstore-Socorro Ramos Room.

Why are you not number one?

At the turnover of the Padilla room, his daughter Grace Padilla-Chua gave the following response, which captures the late senator’s love for the Ateneo, and his efforts to pass on to his children the Ateneo values which he loved and embodied throughout his life.

Today is the 99th birth anniversary of Ambrosio Bibby Padilla. We believe that today’s event, the naming of this multi-purpose room in the Rizal Library of the Ateneo de Manila University is the best, most meaningful and most enduring birthday tribute that we can give him. Pappy, as we lovingly call him and Paddy as he was known to the outside world, loved the Ateneo where he spent most of his youth being nurtured in his life long belief of a sound mind in a sound body “mens sana in corpore sano”. He loved Rizal whose writings and poems such as “Mi Jardin and Mi Ultimo Adios” he would recite to us by memory. In the 1986 Constitutional Commission, he was the one who fought to retain Spanish in our schools, believing that it was the language of Rizal and our early heroes.

When I was in grade school, I remember proudly presenting my report card to Pappy. I had honors then and was one of the top in my class. He looked at my card and asked me, “Why are you not number one?” That memory stayed with me all my life and as I grew older, I understood where my father was coming from. It was not that I disappointed him but more because of his natural inclination to always strive for excellence and to do his best. 

He showed this in the way he lived his life. He graduated valedictorian in high school at the Ateneo de Manila, Summa Cum Laude in his Bachelor of Arts, still from the Ateneo, Salutatorian from the University of the Philippines for his Bachelor of Laws and Meritissimus for his Doctorate of Civil Law from the University of Santo Tomas.  He was also a bar topnotcher.

He showed excellence both in academics and athletics.  He led various varsity teams in basketball and baseball.  In 1936, he was the captain of the National Olympic Basketball team to the World Olympic Games in Berlin where they lost only one game to the USA. This record still stands up to this day.

Aside from academics and athletics, Pappy was active in extra-curricular activities like the dramatics club, the debate club and was also the editor of the UP Collegian. He went on to his profession as a lawyer, professor and author of law books.  He served the country as the Solicitor-General and as a senator for three terms until his last term was cut short by Martial Law. He served as the Vice-President of the Constitutional Commission in 1986. He was known for his morality, integrity and intelligence, qualities that are sorely missing in many of our public servants in the present age.

In everything he did, he strove for excellence, Magis as the Ateneans will say. As his children, we saw how dedicated he was. He was usually the first to get up in the morning and would be at his worktable when we leave for school. He would go back to this work table after dinner and continue to work. He was a prolific writer and we all got a taste of proof reading his Law books which he was forever updating.  He also wrote constantly on many social and legal issues. His colleagues in the Senate said he was one senator who did his homework, showing mastery for any bill that was on the Senate’s agenda.

His greatest achievement though would be in his family life where he cared for his marriage to Mommy for more than 50 years. They had 10 children, 40 grandchildren and a family that is still growing. Pappy left us the legacy of a good name which we are very proud of. We are also thankful for our family unity, a fruit of our parent’s love, prayers and example to all of us.

In behalf of the Padilla family, we would like to thank Ateneo for naming this room  in honor of our father. We pray that the youth who pass through this library may hear of Ambrosio Bibby Padilla, be inspired by his life and be challenged by the question he once asked me in my youth, “Why are you not number one?”