Wednesday, February 6, 2013

1959 Ateneo de Manila Centenary

The Ateneo de Manila University celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1959. The Jesuit-run school's main campus is located in Quezon City.

Ateneo Seals

The original seal showed the the coat of arms of the city of Manila. In 1909, the school's golden jubilee, the motto, Lux in Domino was added. A new seal was introduced for Ateneo de Manila’s diamond jubilee in 1929. This seal abandoned the arms of Manila and  adopted a design that used mostly Jesuit symbols.

(a) 1909 Golden Jubilee Seal  (b) 1929 Diamond Jubilee Seal

Statue of St. Ignatius Loyola

St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, had been a soldier. The statue  on the Ateneo campus depicts Loyala in uniform kneeling and giving up his sword.


On December 10, 1959, the Bureau of Posts issued a set of stamps commemorating the centenary of the Ateneo de Manila. The 1909 and 1919 University seals and the statue of St. Ignatius Loyola are shown on the stamps.

First Day of Issue Cancellation

The crest in the 1929 seal is included in the first day of issue cancellation.

First Day Covers