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BSU launches coffee table book chronicling its history
by Ofelia C. Empian

BSU HISTORY -- The Benguet State University history coffee table book detailing the institution’s centennial journey was launched Sept. 26 in celebration of the culmination of the centennial year of the institution. The book presented by BSU President Feliciano Calora Jr. (3rd from l) with BSU History Committee Vice Chair and University Board Secretary Grace Bengwayan (2nd from l) and history committee members and authors Stanley Anongos Jr. and Tocah Sagandoy is still a work in progress. -- Ofelia Empian

The rich history of Benguet State University is now written in its very own history book that was launched during the university’s culmination of its centenary last week. 

The coffee table book titled, “BSU History Coffee Table Book: A Centennial Journey and BSU Story Monograph Series” contains the beginnings and highlights of the university’s eras.

It was fittingly launched in the oldest structure in the university built in the 1920’s, the Principal’s cottage where BSU’s first principal, James A. Wright, resided. The site is where the BSU museum now stands.

The coffee table book contains well-researched materials describing the university’s significant events divided into the pre-war (1903-1941), Japanese occupation (1942-1945), post-war (1946-1985) and its university years (1986-2016).

Grace Bengwayan, BSU board secretary and vice chair of the BSU History Committee, said the book’s primary sources of information include archive documents, in-house publications, school organs, memoirs, interviews, and works of historical studies.

“It is still a work in progress. Our main aim is to come up with an in-depth account of history of the university,” Bengwayan said. 

She said they are aiming to conduct the hard launch of the coffee table book January of next year.

Stanley Anongos, director of the BSU museum and member of the History Committee cited some of their basis for the history book such as Nicomedes Alipit’s article on the history of Trinidad National Agricultural School found in “From G-Strings to Modern Pants” published in 1951 and Luciano Victor’s unpublished books which attempted to create BSU’s history “for BSU history’s sake.”

They were able to piece the book together also with the help of volunteer writers and alumni who are now working in various institutions but who gave their time for the project.

BSU President Feliciano Calora, Jr. said the book should be a very fitting gift for BSU alumni wherever they are in the world. He said out from the coffee table book, each department could also come up with their own history as to how they started.

The BSU “talking chair” was also conducted where various alumni shared and talked about their experiences while studying in the 100-year-old university.

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