Ateneo Moving Out of Loyola Heights Campus?

The Ateneo de Manila University may consider moving out of Loyola Heights in Quezon City, its home for the past 59 years, the Ateneo High School principal revealed Friday.

“Ateneo may actually consider moving to another campus,” said Fr. Raymund-Benedict Hizon, SJ, principal of the Ateneo High School, in a post using his Twitter account @RBHizonSJ.

Xavier Hall at the Loyola Heights Campus
Hizon tweeted this in the context of a strategic planning activity in Antipolo City, based on his post earlier in the day.

“We have to consider our rapidly expanding population, environmental impact, and our many needs,” Hizon said, explaining the proposed move. “We MAY (emphasis his), but it still remains a long shot.”

“Be at peace,” the school official added after his statement drew a mix of reactions from Ateneans. “We MAY does not mean we WILL.”

Changing landscapes

If the move pushes through, it will come amid changing landscapes in Loyola Heights – a popular hangout of students not only from the Ateneo de Manila University but also from other schools like Miriam College and the nearby University of the Philippines.

“There is an increase in population density and commercialization of Katipunan in Loyola Heights,” Ateneo High School associate principal Fr. Jessel Gerard Gonzales, SJ, in another tweet using his account @jboygonzalessj.

This August alone, students from Ateneo and Miriam staged a protest against a 42-story building that supposedly benefited from a controversial zoning exemption from the Quezon City government.

The main campus of the Ateneo de Manila has transferred at least thrice in its 152-year history – from Intramuros in Manila when it was founded in 1859, to Padre Faura also in Manila in 1932, then to Loyola Heights in 1952.

Controversy surrounded the decision to move the Ateneo de Manila to its present Loyola Heights campus in 1952, according to an article on the Ateneo de Manila University website.

“An Ateneo Jesuit supposedly said that only the ‘children of Tarzan’ would study in the new campus. But over the years, the Ateneo in Loyola Heights has become the center of a dynamic community,” the article said.

Ateneo has since built smaller campuses beyond Loyola Heights, notably the Ateneo Professional Schools in Makati City and the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health in Pasig City.

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via RSJ, GMA News

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