Normally, the celebration of the Manresa Days is kicked off by a mass for Fr. Masterson’s death anniversary at the SEARSOLIN graveyard. Students, faculty and staff from the College of Agriculture, various Aggie alumni from different batches, and many others are invited to join the celebration. However, due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the celebration this year is more intimate and reserved.
The celebration was attended by selected staff from the College of Agriculture, SEARSOLIN and XSF. Some alumni was also able to attend the celebration. After the mass, there was a short program where Dr. Boy Mercado, Dean Charie Mosqueda, Sir Floro Dalapag, Alex Besinga, Arch. Ledesma and Thieza Verdijo expressed heartfelt messages dedicated to Fr. Masterson and to the Aggie community.
It was highlighted that in this new normal and challenge we are facing right now, there seems to be a silver lining; Dean Charie emphasized that an 8-week course was offered to the Aggie freshmen students that would introduce them to the roots and history of the College of Agriculture. It was also mentioned that funding opportunities such as a study on food security and agriculture are being offered. With this, the Aggie community is glad knowing that Fr. Masterson’s legacy continues to live on.
Thank you for your significant contributions, Fr. Masterson! Your legacy will live on and the tree will continue to flourish!