Philippine Nationality Room to be dedicated June 9

After more than 10 years of planning, fundraising and construction, the Philippine Nationality Room — the 31st room in the Cathedral of Learning dedicated to a specific culture — will be formally dedicated on June 9.

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, Provost Ann Cudd and Ariel Armony, vice provost for global affairs, will participate in the 2 p.m. dedication ceremony at Heinz Memorial Chapel.

The room, set in the style of the Filipino “Bahay na Bato” (House of Stone), was designed by architect Poppi Laudico from the Philippines using the Quema House from the UNESCO World Heritage city of Vigan in the Philippines for inspiration.

Following the dedication, a free public program featuring Filipino music, dance performances and food will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room. During that time, free tours of the Nationality Rooms will be available.

A Catholic mass will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. at Heinz Chapel.

No registration is needed for any of the free events, but those wishing to attend the dedication dinner, from 6 to 11 p.m. in Alumni Hall, Connelly Ballroom can register here. The dinner is open to all and tickets are $75.

Anyone wishing to support the Philippine Nationality Room can donate here.