Sentrál (sen-tral), signifies many things.
In our province, Negros Occidental, Central is the colloquial term for the “sugar central” - the sugar mill. Sugar cane, once harvested, is brought to the central for processing. Our province produces 50% percent of sugar in the country. Our province also produces 50% percent of Brothers in the Philippines (both are sweet and are of export quality). Geographically, Bacolod is in the central part of the Philippines, the Visayas. To our north is Luzon, where most schools and communities in the Philippines are located. To our south is Mindanao, where we have three schools and two communities. With a bit of the infamous Bacolod pride, we say can that we are the central community. In the City of Bacolod, our community is “Central” in the sense that we are home and hearth for Brothers who work in two schools, the University of St. La Salle and St. Joseph School-La Salle. Of course, among us Brothers, in our community we commit to our role as “heart, memory, and guarantor” of the Lasallian Mission, this central role in the mission is what motivates us, and this is what we wish to share with you.