2002, December 5. Lyceum of the Philippines, 50th Anniversary
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Lyceum Tower, Bust of Pres. Jose P. Laurel - Singles
7-Story Lyceum Tower and Bust of President Jose P. Laurel
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President Jose P. Laurel founded the Lyceum of the Philippines in
1952. He named the school after the lykeion, the grove in ancient
Athens where Aristotle taught. The Lyceum of the Philippines was to
be the "Alexandria of the Far East", a center for learning and
culture. Ueritas et Fortitudo: Truth and the courage to defend. It
was his motto for the new school.
The idea for the Lyceum had been nurtured in his mind since his days
as a graduate student at Yale University in the U.S. and as he
observed the great universities of Europe.
The location President Laurel chose of the new school was
Intramuros, the fortified Spanish settlement where the City of
Manila had its beginnings in the 16th century. The area, the
bombed-out site of the San Juan De Dios Hospital, covered some 9,000
square meters. The property is bounded on the North by Real Street,
South by San Francisco Street, East by Muralla Street and West by
Construction for the first unit of the building complex, called
Mabini Hall, was based on a plan designed by Architect Antonio Banas.
Mabini Hall was ready in time for the first opening of classes on
July 7, 1952.
In November 1959, the founder passed away and was succeeded by his
son, Sotero H. Laurel, Senator of the Republic from 1987 to 1992.
Under his watch, the Lyceum gained its reputation as a leader in the
fields of Law and Foreign Service.
Sotero's son Roberto assumed the Lyceum presidency in
More campuses has been established: Lyceum
of Batangas in 1996, the Lyceum Institute of Technology, Calamba,
Laguna in 2000 and the Lyceum - St. Cabrini College of Allied
Medicine in 2002.