Another important milestone for the school of fine arts during thatperiod was the official recognition of its courses from the government. Thethen Secretary of Public Instruction, Jorge Bocobo, signed the on May 19, 1939which recognized the School and empowered it “to grant the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts to students who have successfully completed inaccordance with the regulations of the Department of Public Instruction all of the prescribed work of the said courses.”
Pre-War Organization, 1938-1941 Administrators
Only two Rectors were at the helm of the university during the school’sSAFA years. They were Rev. Fr. Silvestre Sancho, O.P. and Rev. Fr. EugenioJordan, O.P. The former was Rector Magnificus when the period started. Hewas, however, not able to finish his term because the Pacific War erupted whilehe was in Spain on official business. He left for Spain on April 1, 1941 but theoutbreak of hostilities late that year prevented him from returning to thePhilippines to finish his term. Fr. Eugenio Jordan, O.P. took over the job andserved the remaining term of Fr. Sancho as the university rector.
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