Silver Jubilee Celebration
1948, after a quarter century of the existence, a two-day "Silver
Jubilee" celebration was held at the Manila Hotel from
December 11-12. The Governor then was Amado A. Castro, who later
became Dean of the UP School of Economics.
During the first day, a conference-forum was conducted at the
Champagne Room with the Bro. Elpidio Quirino and Bro.Miguel
S. Cuaderno Sr. as principal speakers. The conference was a
panel discussions among Bros. Bienvenido Y. Dizon, Jan H. Marsman,
Manuel Rustia, and Salvador Araneta. There was an open forum
presided by then Secretary of Commerce and Industry, Bro. Cornelio
Balmaceda, and then dean of the UP CBA, Bro. Gil J. Puyat. There
were other speakers, led by Bro. Delfin Buencamino, then RFC
Governor, who was inducted as Associate Member just weeks earlier
in the company of Dean Alberto Reyes, Prof. Conrado Sevilla
and Nicanor Tomas. Towards the end of the day, excerpts of the
speeches and discussions were broadcast over the radio.
The main activity for the second day was the reception and ball
held at the Fiesta Pavilion. The traditional "Rigodon de
Honor" led the dance, which was followed by surprise numbers
contributed by three sororities.
Other memorable affairs during the Silver Jubilee were the testimonial
dinners tendered in honor of Bros. Cornelio Balmaceda, Andres
V. Castillo, Pablo Mabbun and Jose Ma. Espino who brought home
more laurels for the Fraternity when they represented the county
in various international conventions and conferences abroad.
The arrival of added honors was sustained through the next year
with the election of Bro. Carlos P. Romulo as the President
of the UN General Assembly in 1949. It should be noted that
only two weeks back, he was tendered a testimonial banquet by
the Pan Xenia for initiating the Southeast Asia Conference.
Furthermore, in 1949, Bro. Miguel Cuaderno Sr. was appointed
Governor of the Central Bank, a government position that was
to become an exclusive preserve for Pan Xenians: Bro. Andres
V. Castillo, Bro. Alfonso Calalang, Bro. Gregorio S. Licaros,
and Bro. Jaimes Laya. Then as now, several Pan Xenians serve
in various capacities in the Central Bank.