With the approved development of Masterson Campus which will start next year (2022), a lot of questions remain with that of Xavier University’s existing main campus in Cagayan de Oro’s downtown area.

During a presentation in late 2019, around 3.9 hectares of the Corrales campus is being planned to be sold to Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) on the 5th year or when Phase 1 of the Masterson Campus would have been completed. CLI is proposing for a mixed-use development called “Xavier City.” Accordingly, the Immaculate Conception Chapel will be retained and the immediate vicinity will be converted into a park.


However, some alumni are opposing such proposal owing to its historical and heritage value. Aside from the Immaculate Conception Chapel, other historical buildings inside the campus include the Administration Building and Lucal Hall which survived World War II but with damages.

This is Ateneo de Cagayan prior to the war.

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This is the Administration Building and Lucal Hall after shelling during the war.

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Lucas Hall during the war.

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Lucas Hall in 1946.

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The Loyola House in 1946.

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This is the same building sometime in the 1950s after restoration.

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Aerial shot of the university campus taken in 1959.

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This is the Immaculate Conception Chapel sometime in the 50s-60s.

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This is the old Administration Building from way back which basically remains the same up to this day.

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XU Science Center during the 1950s.


Check out our previous post regarding the proposal below.

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