Dr. Lucio C. Tan led the inauguration of a new edifice of the University of the East: the Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building, UE Manila Annex. The building’s inauguration and blessing was held in the morning of December 8, 2014.
The building, once the home of the now bygone Gotesco Cinemas, is located along C. M. Recto Avenue diagonally across both the main UE Manila Campus and the busy intersection of Recto Avenue and Morayta Street.
This is the newest and latest UE edifice to be named after UE’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, coming after the Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building in UE Caloocan, whose inauguration—on September 25, 2012, during UE’s 66th Foundation Anniversary—Dr. Tan had also led.
Whereas the Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building in UE Caloocan is home to UE Caloocan’s Elementary and High School Department (EHSD), the Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building, UE Manila Annex is the new home of the UE College of Dentistry, one of the Philippines’ finest dentistry colleges and the producer of exceptional dental health professionals and dentistry licensure examination topnotchers.
The brief program following the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, unveiling of the marker and the blessing of the building featured, among others, a special message from Dr. Tan himself.
This newest UE building has six floors and a mezzanine, and features various facilities and equipment—including a variety of dental laboratory facilities, four specialty clinics, 253 dental chairs, a variety of simulator equipment and specialized machines, two auditoriums, four lecture rooms, a multipurpose hall and a parking area, among many others.
With this fully equipped Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building, UE Manila Annex, the University of the East, through the UE College of Dentistry, would all the more keep offering topnotch undergraduate and postgraduate education for aspiring dental health professionals of the country and the world.
DR. LUCIO C. TAN’S MESSAGE
Members of the UE Board of Trustees; officers, personnel and students of UE; other colleagues and members of the Lucio Tan Group of Companies; special guests; friends; good morning.
I am filled with humility and gratitude, because standing before us now is this new UE building, of which I am privileged to share my name.
Let me assure you that this is an honor I shall always cherish. I wish to share this achievement with all of you who are part of the UE community.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this distinction, and assure you that my family is likewise thankful to the UE for this magnanimous gesture.
I am now reminded of the late UE Chairman of the Board and CEO P. O. Domingo in two ways.
First, a UE building also got named after him, the P. O. Domingo Center for Information Technology in UE Manila, back in 1997.
I believe that when P. O. learned about the plan to name that building after him, he expressed surprise and said, “But I’m still here!” Well, P. O., you are not alone, though now I happen to have not just one but two UE buildings to my name.
Second, and more importantly, it was Dr. P. O. Domingo who got me to be part of UE, back when his Alma Mater needed a fresh start in 1990. I think that anyone who has thanked me for being part of that renaissance is actually thanking P. O.
Now, my own name and whatever humble contribution I have made to UE will further endure thanks to this proud and formidable structure.
I am also profoundly honored that this building is all about education, particularly the education of future dental health professionals. It is an honor that my family and I will treasure forever.
I like the idea as well that, through this building, I will always be present in UE. I may not always be around, but as this building implies, I would always be here in spirit.
So thank you for this special occasion and this grand gesture. And thanks to all of you who are in continued, hardworking service to UE and its students.
Merry Christmas as well and Happy New Year!
Published in www.ue.edu.ph