COLEGIO de San Juan de Letran in Manila commemorated its 400th anniversary with a relief drive dubbed “Tulong Letranista,” which has raised more than P500,000 for the victims of recent typhoons as of Dec. 23.

Instead of doing the usual merry-making, Letran’s core committee decided to mount “Tulong Letranista” to help families affected by typhoons, Letran Alumni and Public Relations Department Director Jhennie Caldito-Villar told the Varsitarian.

“With the help of our alumni, students, parents and the (Dominican Family Commission for Justice, Peace and Care for Creation), we were able to raise more than P500,000 and enough goods for distribution,” she said.

“Our community extension department has a series of relief drive efforts in Bicol and Isabela. For the past three weeks, they were coming back and forth to Isabela to distribute relief goods,” she added.

Earlier this year, Letran opened its quadricentennial celebrations with a procession of the image of Our Lady of La Naval around Intramuros.

On Feb. 28, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 908, which declared 2020 as the “Year for the Celebration of the Quadricentennial Anniversary of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran.”

Letran’s four-part quadricentennial celebration kicked off in 2016.

The final phase of celebrations held this year had the theme “Como el Sol es tu Gloria Sin Fin” (Like the Sun Your Glory is Without End).

Founded in 1620, Colegio de San Juan de Letran has three campuses outside Manila: Bataan, Laguna and Pangasinan.


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