Sesquicentennial means the 150th anniversary or its celebration. The term comes from a combination of the Latin-Greek derivative “sésqui,” meaning, one-and-a-half, and the American-Latin derivative “centennial,” which pertains to 100 years.


The three-year run-up to the Ateneo de Manila’s Sesquicentennial, anchored on the overarching theme “150 Years the Ateneo Way,” kicked off on August 5, 2007 at the Church of the Gesù on the Loyola Heights campus. The three-year celebration culminates on December 10, 2009, exactly 150 years since the Jesuits returned to the after almost a hundred years away from the country.


The following are the sub-themes which best define the vision and mission of the Ateneo:


Year 1: We Stand on a Hill:


Commemorating a passion for excellence and challenging students to develop their gifts and to be the best that they can be.


Year 2: Between the Earth and Sky:


Nurturing Ignatian Spirituality – discovering and responding to Christ’s call and finding God in all things.


Year 3: Down from the Hill:


To be men and women and professionals for others in the building up of our nation.


We invite you to be engaged in the life of the Ateneo as we prepare the next generation of Ateneans who will lead us in the next 150 years, Ateneans grounded in the Ignatian values of service and excellence and who will make a difference in the lives of their families, their communities, our country and our people.