The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) on Monday celebrated its 54th Foundation Day, marking over a five-decade legacy of its thrust to serve public interest through providing accessible quality education to the Filipino youth.
In a virtual ceremony on Monday, June 21, the PLM community honored outstanding employees who have served the University for decades as well as students, board topnotchers, and alumni.
Majority of honorees during the online celebration are long-time faculty and staff of the University who received the Service Award and Loyalty Award, the longest of which have been working for PLM for 40 years now.
Posthumous awards were also conferred to PLM’s dearly departed, led by the late Associate Professor and former Vice President for Administration Roberto Dela Cruz.
“The past year has been difficult for all of us, but we have risen above the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. We are here today to celebrate PLM’s legacy, which we continue to achieve with everyone’s help. This is our way of acknowledging your many contributions,” PLM President Emmanuel Leyco said.
“Let us sustain PLM’s legacy of serving the people and may we always be guided by the University’s principles of Karunungan, Kaunlaran, at Kadakilaan in our day-to-day lives,” he added.
PLM was created on June 19, 1965 — coinciding with the birth of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal — by virtue of Republic Act No. 4196, which now serves as the University’s charter. Two years later, the first Board of Regents was convened to lead PLM, the first university to be funded by the Manila City Government.