Araw ng Xavier Days

Posted: November 29, 2006 in news & stories

as redundant as it may sound, these 4 words – Araw ng Xavier Days – has been around for as long as i’ve been a student of Xavier University. Araw ng Xavier Days literally means Day of Xavier Days, or Xavier Days Day, the word araw being a Filipino term for day. so the phrase itself, obviously, is quite wrong. it is said to have originated from one student of the said school, who submitted a Filipino course requirement to write about one’s experience during the Xavier Days. since the foundation days of the school is dubbed as Xavier Days, the absent-minded student, most likely, forgot to take out days from the name. the term has stuck since then and is often used to jokingly refer to the celebration. (on a side note: it is not so much as to say that the students of this school are careless, but that everyone makes mistakes.)

riding on the popularity of the school in this region, another joke also lends itself to the “Xavier Days”. the joke extends to other schools where people would say – kanus-a inyong Xavier Days sa [NAME OF SCHOOL]? (when is the Xavier Days of […]?)” – when asking for another school’s foundation day(s).

the Xavier Day festivities, usually starts on the last Thursday of November and culminates on the first Sunday of December, in celebration of the foundation of one, if not the most, popular school in Northern Mindanao, Philippines – Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan. incidentally, it is also the feast of the school’s patron saint, St. Francs Xavier, who died on December 2, 1552.

this year, the Xavier Days officially starts today at 5pm, Thursday and will end on Sunday, December 2, 2006.


  1. jackal says:

    hahah josabs.. pildi mi.. rematch mi.. hehe doi.. beer drinking contest.. diay na.. ahhahahha

  2. yamzz says:

    ey that’s a good idea! maybe you should propose this to the school? this is good for those who wanna participate in the Xavier Days but can’t because they’re busy playing DOTA or what.. . hehehe.. .

  3. josabz says:

    xu days, saturday, supposed to be enjoying the last day last craze festivities, but i got stuck at home playing DOTA with friends in cebu and manila. also harvested the efficiency of internet calls and spent over an hour of international communication. truly, its cyberspace. if XUdays were accessible thru that space, then i should have enjoyed it 100 and 1 percent.

  4. yamzz says:

    yeah, indeed! but what is a “beer drinking contents” doi? hehehe.. .

  5. jackalmurdoc says:

    waa Xavier days na doi…? how time pass by so fast… usually when we talk about xavier days we actually associate it with chicks hunting heheh.. daghan au chix muadto sa xavier whoooah… sure missed those days…. especially in the past where XU days was open to all cool events and the security was not strict on liquors and cigars… naa pay mga battle of the bands, beer drinking contents and even xavier’s very own walk in movie… I would like to go back in time and experience Xavier days in its enjoyable peak…

  6. Lemski says:

    Happy Araw ng Xavier Days! 🙂 I miss our school intrams too. Miss the booths, the field demonstrations, cheerleading competitions, Dancesport–all of them! I miss college. 😦

  7. yamz says:

    kewl!!! now that’s a first, AFAIK.. . usually they just invite other Ateneo schools on exhibition games. which Ateneo schools came over to XU to witness the opening? hehehe.. .

    i’m sure there’s a henna booth somewhere. it won’t be expensive i’ll bet. they’re ‘selling’ it to students so it shouldn’t be.

  8. rockchiq910 says:

    happy Xavier Days! i missed the opening of xavier days yesterday. my bro said that the program consisted of presentations for the different colleges, dating game and fireworks. what was unexpected was that there were actually other ateneo schools yesterday who witnessed the opening of the said event.

    its really funny how people would say kanus-a inyong Xavier Days sa [NAME OF SCHOOL]? its just like what you usually hear when other people toothpaste, “palit ko ug colgate na close-up”. hahaha.

    ill try to go to xu and hope ill see a henna booth. i wanna get one,if i can afford to get one. (barato unta)

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