DLSU Centennial Kick-off celebration
The colors green and white dominated Taft Avenue, Manila last June 16, 2011 as De La Salle University (DLSU) celebrated 100 years of Lasallian presence in the Philippines. On that same day in 1911, the Lasallian Brothers opened the first La Salle School in the Philippines at Calle Nozaleda in Paco, Manila and welcomed 125 students. Today, there are probably thousands of students receiving their education in 17 La Salle schools in the Philippine Islands.
As a private university, DLSU is well-known for establishing standards of excellence in education and research. It is in fact one of the only 2 schools in the country that has achieved the highest accreditation in Philippine education. It has also produced well-respected achievers in the field of media, government, business and education, among others. The De La Salle Brothers will also be remembered for their sacrifices during World War II because they continued to educate and care for Filipino students during the war. 16 Brothers, as well as civilians on campus, were later massacred by Japanese soldiers during the Battle for the Liberation of Manila in 1945.
A eucharistic celebration, a flash mob in different La Salle schools, a parade, a tree-planting activity, several exhibits, a bazaar, an acoustic show and poetry reading session, a street party, a pyromusical show, and concerts were just some of the many activities held to mark this important milestone in the University's history. The event last June 16 was actually the launching of the year-long celebration of the Centennial of La Salle Philippines. Schedule of other events can be found in their website.