The College of Commerce and Business Administration celebrated its 82nd founding anniversary from September 21-26, 2015, with the theme “Commerce at 82: Intensifying Thomasian Values in Business”. Being a premier business school, one of the highlights of this year’s celebration was the business opportunities and cultural tour in Bataan last September 25, 2015. This was participated in by the administrative and academic officials, and the faculty members of the College. This was organized by the committee headed by Asst. Prof. James R. Platon.
The morning activity was a tour of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan, a heritage resort which exhibits historical houses from various parts of the country, which have been reconstructed and restored. The walking tour showed how the Filipino cultural legacy can promote tourism and business.
After lunch, there was a visit to the Mt. Samat National Shrine in Pilar, Bataan. The shrine was built during the presidency of his excellency Ferdinand E. Marcos to honor the heroism and bravery of the Filipinos who fought during World War II. Inside the museum, located at the Colonnade of the shrine, a picture of the Main Building of the University of Santo Tomas, which was used as a camp during the war, is displayed. The guide in the museum acknowledged the important role the University played in our country’s history. Later on, some members of the group decided to continue the trek to the top of the mountain, where the cross is located.
Before leaving for Manila, the group visited the Tourism Office of Bataan, where the local food and non-food products of the province were showcased.