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Dumaguete City, Philippines Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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Silliman opens first
ROTC museum

Silliman University in Dumaguete City opened the country's first Reserve Officers Training Corps museum at the Col. Roman T. Yap Hall in the school recently, a press release from SU said.

The museum is dedicated to the university's rich history in military service, and features full uniforms of Sillimanian high-ranking officials in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and government service, including a presidential barong of former President Fidel V. Ramos, the press release also said.

It is open for public viewing, and targets to expand the collection, to include medals, weapons, documents and other military artifacts that symbolize and affirm the patriotism of the Filipinos.

Present at the inauguration were Eugene Yap, Ruby Yap-Cruz and Shirley Yap-Sese, children of the late Colonel Yap, a Silliman alumnus and was among the army reservists who defended the country during World War II. He was also a generous benefactor of the university, who had a soft spot for the SU-ROTC, a successful businessman, philanthropist, and was chairman emeritus of the SU Board of Trustees, the press release also said.

Meanwhile, Richard Salter, a p rofessor of religious studies from the Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, launched the general education integrative learning lectures this semester, with his talk on “The Promises and Pitfalls of Moral Formation in American Civil Religion”, at the Cyber Lecture Hall of Silliman recently, the press release also said.

Salter drew insights from his extensive work examining American civil religion, using ideas and methods from practical theology. His interest in the subject was triggered and shaped by his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West Indies from 1986 to 1988, the press release said.

The lecture formed part of the Research and Lecture Series Program of the Divinity School, coordinated by Dr. Muriel Orevillo-Montenegro, the press release added.*

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