How do I become a member of Lauan?
There’s no membership application needed to avail of Lauan’s service and facilities. Lauan is not like a school organization where you submit an application form to join. Students come here to attend any of the formative activities of the center because they want to. They see the importance of these formative activities, and so they make time to attend them.
There are some students who come here but do not attend any of the organized activities. They come simply to chat with someone from the staff or study or go to confession or pray in the chapel.
Does the center charge fees?
Students are not normally charged fees for most activities. Neither do students pay for the use of the facilities except for some items like printing.
But yes, students pay when they join special activities like excursions, cookouts, out-of-town seminars, retreats and some special courses. The budget of the center does not cover these activities.
If Lauan does not charge any fees from the students, how does it support itself financially?
Lauan is owned by the Philippine Foundation for Cultural and Educational Development, an NGO dedicated to the promotion of academic excellence, professional proficiency and social responsibility. Philippine foundation gets financial assistance from generous donors who appreciate its work.
Voluntary donations are very much appreciated but never required. Some also help out in doing some tasks related to the repair and maintenance of the center or assist in the activities through marketing materials development, program organization, etc.
Aside from voluntary donations, students also assist Lauan in its financial needs, if they want, by helping out in occasional fund raising projects of the center.
Why is it only for guys?
The formation given by Lauan is gender-specific. Training young men requires a different approach from training girls, especially when it comes to forming them in virtues, character, their future role as fathers, etc.
Many years of experience have proven this set up to be very effective in forming students in the university centers (like Lauan) in the Philippines and other countries.
Female students who wish to receive the same formation that Lauan gives are referred to another center for girls.
Can non-Catholics come here?
Although part of Lauan’s program is spiritual formation for Catholics, non-Catholics may also avail of some activities for spiritual development if they are interested.
Take note that there are many activities in the center that cater to all regardless of religion or beliefs. You need not be a Catholic to join the monthly cookouts, out-of-town trips, cultural activities, leadership programs or use the center’s facilities.
What is Opus Dei and how is it related to Lauan?
Opus Dei is a Catholic institution whose core mission is to spread the message that everyone can seek holiness in the middle of the world, especially by doing ordinary things, extraordinarily well. The spiritual formation of the center is entrusted to priests and faithful of Opus Dei.
You may visit www.opusdei.org, for more information.