Duterte hails Letran as college marks 400 years

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 28 2020 12:29 PM

The Intramuros campus of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran. Photo from Letran website

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte hailed the contributions of Colegio de San Juan de Letran to the country as the Catholic institution marks its 400th founding anniversary this year.

Duterte, through Proclamation No. 908, declared 2020 as the “Year for the Celebration of the Quadricentennial Anniversary of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran.”

“The State recognizes the Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s contributions to our history and nation-building, through the formation of individuals who have excelled in various fields, including national heroes, leaders and artists, as well as through community services to the poor and needy,” he said.

The President signed the order on Feb. 21 but was made public only on Friday.

Founded in 1620, Letran is ran by the Order of the Preachers and currently has 4 campuses across the country — in Manila City, Abucay in Bataan, Manaoag in Pangasinan, and Calamba City in Laguna.

Among its notable Filipino alumni are former presidents Emilio Aguinaldo, Manuel Quezon, Sergio Osmeña, and Jose Laurel. The college has also produced several national artists.