At the heart of the Visayas — the central group of islands in the Philippines, Cebu City prides itself with the oldest school established in Asia, the University of San Carlos (USC) which traces back its roots of Colegio de San Ildefonso way back 1595. The humble beginnings of the institution was intended for priestly formation — a seminary — handled by the Jesuits. Towards a bitter turn of history upon the expulsion of the Jesuits, the building was transferred to a different addressed and changed its name to Colegio-Seminario de San Carlos, after St. Charles Borromeo.
The school building suffered cataclysmic damage after the World War II. San Carlos became a university in 1948, three years after it reopened. Since then, the University of San Carlos became the center of learning and research not only in Cebu but the rest of the Visayas and Mindanao. It also reaches it influences to the Northern part of the Philippines and the entire world through the participation of various academic conferences, workshops, and advocacies.
In Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City lies the largest campus of USC. Since the area is very wide and steep, shuttle cabs were introduced for students to travel around the campus. College students and professors sit inside these cabs in a jeepney style for a fare of 5 Php (0.10 USD).
Now, the USC Shuttle Cab undergoes a techie makeover. It has now these additional features:
- Televisionis now available.
- A switch is now available for those who want to drop off a certain place of deployment. Once someone presses the button, a buzzer sounds informing the driver.
- Candies are now available at the front
- A small electric fan is now available at the front.
Any USC student can enjoy these amenities with the same fare. I myself enjoys this because I am currently studying in the same university.
What disturbs me now, “Is the television neccessary?”. Certainly, this is the first step of a more efficient transportation within the campus. I still wish renewable-power air-conditioned buses where we can tap our IDs for the fare to roam around.
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