Since making its soft launch on February 14, 2018, and later blessed by Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ on its official debut just half a year later on August 28, Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM has thrived as a vital platform for communicating prayer, peace, and unity on the airwaves.
Celebrating its milestone third anniversary called “SHIN3” this August 22-28, Radyo Katipunan invites the Ateneo community to revisit the Voice of the Blue Eagle’s shining moments, soaring triumphs, and selfless service.
From its early days, to now on its third-year of operations, the Ateneo de Manila University’s pioneering campus radio station’s five principal goals of Information, Instruction, Insight, Inspiration and Identity have continuously shaped its values-enriched programs and digital productions.
On March 19, 2020, at 8 am — the feast of St. Joseph — the station aired the first of its live daily masses, that have since received heartfelt testimonies and staunch support for strengthening the faith of its thriving virtual parish. Radyo Katipunan’s most celebrated program, “Keep the Faith: Daily Mass for Hope and Healing”, has helped the Filipino Catholic faithful pray and participate, from the safe confines of home—reflecting Radyo Katipunan and JesCom’s humble mission of media evangelization and public service.
Expanding its multi-stream coverage from FM radio to online internet radio, including its very own Facebook and YouTube pages, the station’s powerful messages of hope and positivity, continue to resonate with its avid listeners, in and beyond Loyola Heights.
For two eventful and unforgettable days last June 2021, Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM opened the doors of the Ateneo to the rest of a heavyhearted nation, as the Filipino people bid one last goodbye to an honorable leader and proud son of Loyola—former President Benigno Simeon ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III.
Through its comprehensive coverage, entitled “Hindi Ka, Nag-Iisa”, the campus radio
live-streamed the departed 15th President of the Philippines’ Honor Rites, public viewing, Requiem Masses, and Internment Mass—granting a lasting tribute, to a distinguished public servant and proud son of Loyola.
Amidst the persisting COVID 19 pandemic, Radyo Katipunan has also transformed into the primary virtual stage for momentous university-wide gatherings and many other notable events by partners of the university’s mission. The station has emerged as the premier digital hub of Ateneo formation and education—firmly cementing its position as the leading media voice of the Ateneo community in these unprecedented times.
Serving as the virtual home of “One Foot Raised”, Ateneo de Manila’s 2020 Ignatian Festival, the station hosted several Jesuit Music Ministry concerts, as well as Fr. Jett Villarin SJ’s farewell mass on St. Ignatius’ feast day. A year later, newly-installed University President Fr. Roberto C. Yap, SJ’s homily featured in the opening mass for 2021’s Ignatian Year—with the Ateneo joining the global Jesuit community in commemorating the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s inspiring conversion, through Radyo Katipunan’s programs and activities.
True to the essence of magis, Radyo Katipunan has staunchly supported the community pantries of Makati’s San Ildefonso Parish, Payatas’ St. Joseph Chapel, and Cardona Rizal, by generously donating fresh produce and supplies. With the help of mission partners Ms. Carol Cepeda-Thor and Mr. McKevin Bonza, the campus radio has brought the selfless spirit of the Ateneo to the greater Filipino community, and made its mark as a station truly “with and for others”.
Three years since its launch, it is these shining stories of truth, faith, and service that remain the Voice of the Blue Eagle’s most emphatic sound indeed.