Aquino to swear in Ateneo's new president


Posted at Sep 07 2011 06:39 PM | Updated as of Sep 08 2011 02:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The country's chief executive is set to swear in the new president of the Ateneo de Manila University on Thursday in investiture rites that will be beamed to alumni across the globe.

Aquino was a speaker during this year's commencement exercises of the Ateneo, which is also his alma matter.

He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Economics in 1981 and was one of the students of his predecessor, former President turned congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ officially began his term as Ateneo president last June 1. He succeeded Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, SJ, who served as university president for more than 18 years.

The Ateneo is set to begin the celebration of Villarin's investiture on Wednesday night with a concert titled "Bagong Simula" (New Beginning), which will feature the Ateneo Chamber Singers, the College Glee Club, the Ateneo Grade School Boys Choir and the Ateneo High School Symphonic Ensemble, among others.

A mass at the Church of the Gesu will be held on Thursday afternoon, followed by the swearing-in ceremony by Aquino at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater.

Villarin received the National Outstanding Young Scientist award by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in 2000.

A year later, he edited a book titled Disturbing Climate, which was conferred the National Book Award (Sciences) by the Manila Critics Circle, the National Book Development Board, and later in 2002 by the NAST.

He also became part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a team of climate scientists that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize together with former US Vice President Al Gore.