By Princess T. Abellon, Keren Anne V. Bernadas, Katrin Anne A. Arcala
SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY INAUGURATED the Emilio T. Yap Hall that now encores the new home for College of Mass
Communication last Aug. 29.Occupying the second floor of Information, Media and Technology Center (IM TC), the college composed of 174 students as of this semester started using its new facility since the first week of this semester.
The building was named after media tycoon Emilio Yap, chairman of the nationwide newspaper Manila Bulletin. Yap donated an initial amount of P5 million towards the construction of the building, which cost around P8 million.
“Through humble beginnings, we can persevere and become global leaders. Education is our license to go up. That’s why in line with the values of Emilio Yap, this donation is parallel to the quality education that Silliman offers,” retired Gen. Ricardo de Leon, Yap’s representative, said.
The new building has three big air-conditioned classrooms, a TV studio, a radio studio, an electronic newsroom, a faculty lounge, a library, a faculty room and the offices of the dean and the guidance counselor. A ramp was also constructed in accordance with the new building code to cater persons with disabilities (PWDs). Present in the inauguration were University President Ben S. Malayang III , Vice President for Academic Affairs, Betsy Joy Tan, VP for Development Jane Anetter Belarmino as well as other members from the administration, alumni, faculty and staff and the masscom students.
Dr. Ma. Cecilia Genove, dean of the College of Mass Communication, said that the location of the college’s new home is better as it is now nearer to buildings of related disciplines. “Mass Com is in the field of information, communication and technology. Therefore, in a cluster of academic buildings, this is the best area where the College of Mass Com should be,” said Genove.
Director of Silliman’s Office of Information and Publications, Mark Raygan Garcia, said that there is a plan to make Guy Hall, the college’s former home, a visitor and convention center that will generate revenues to “have more resources to convert to scholarships and other form of programs for students.