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RP Issues of 2002




2002, December 5.  Lyceum of the Philippines, 50th Anniversary

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.,  Perf. 14

Singles, Sheets of 50


   5p  Lyceum Tower, Bust of Pres. Jose P. Laurel  -  Singles  (100,000)



Designs:  7-Story Lyceum Tower and Bust of President Jose P. Laurel sculputred in brozen by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino.


First Day Covers:  Manila



Lyceum of the Philippines, Golden Jubilee

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 Legaspi Street.

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 December 2001.

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.




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Issues of 2002