The first night of December in Iloilo Science and Technology University Iloilo City Campus became colorful as the Administration turned on the Christmas lights on its trees, canopies and facade for the “Opening of Lights 2023” on Friday, December 1, 2023. Welcoming the Christmas month, the Opening of Lights was spearheaded by the University President, Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. and the Vice Presidents which took place in front of the Administration Building at 5:30 P.M.

In his speech, Dr. Salistre emphasized that the opening of lights in the ISAT U Iloilo City Campus may serve as a light not just to illuminate the holiday season but also the path to a new year filled with blessings and academic achievements. He encouraged everyone to let the true essence of Christmas shine through a time of reflection, gratitude and the joyous celebration of the miraculous gift of Christ’s birth.  Dr. Salistre also hopes that the University Community becomes a reflection of love, understanding and the transformative power of knowledge.

Dr. Russ Allen B. Napud, Vice President for Administration and Finance, in his speech, expressed that this event symbolizes the unity and togetherness that define ISAT U Community. The glittering of lights, he said, serves as a visual testament to the bright minds and spirits that thrive within the ISAT U walls. He pointed out that no matter how simple the celebration may be, we must be reminded of the humility of our Savior, and that the significance of the celebration lies not in its grandeur but, more importantly, in the true spirit of Christmas – the joy of caring, understanding and giving.

Also part of the program are the ISAT U Performing Arts and the Marching Band who added colors to the festivity thru their songs and performances.

This remarkable event was made possible through the ISAT U Planning and Development Auxiliary Services Office whose electrical engineers facilitated the installation the lights. These lights will continue to illuminate the campus all throughout this year’s Christmas season.