Academia – January 2020

Master of the Order of Preachers conducts first official visit to Pope Francis


Master of the Order of Preachers and UST Chancellor Very Rev. Fr. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner, III, O.P., (left) pays a courtesy call upon His Holiness Pope Francis on December 7, 2019 at the Holy See [Photo courtesy of]
Very Rev. Fr. Timoner (right) greets His Holiness Pope Francis. [Photo courtesy of]

Solemnity of St. Thomas Aquinas commemorated with Triduum Masses, procession

To celebrate the life of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of Catholic Schools and the University of Santo Tomas, triduum masses and a campus procession were held in his honor.

Acting Rector Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., was the presider in the University Mass of January 27, 2020. The campus procession on the same day was led by UST Vice Rector for Religious Affairs Rev. Fr. Pablo T. Tiong, O.P.

From January 22 to 24, 2020, triduum masses were held at the Santísimo Rosario Parish Church (UST Chapel) participated in by administrative and academic units. With the theme of “St. Thomas, Devoted to Truth” for Day 1, UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Jesús M. Miranda, Jr., O.P. was the presider, with Prior of the Priory of St. Thomas Aquinas Rev. Fr. Rodel E. Aligan, O.P., serving as homilist.

Presiding the Mass for Day 2, with the theme “St. Thomas, Patron of Students” was UST Vice Rector for Religious Affairs Rev. Fr. Pablo T. Tiong, O.P., with homilist Faculty of Civil Law Regent Rev. Fr. Isidro D. Abaño, O.P.

For Day 3, “St. Thomas, Chaste Lover of God,” UST Central Seminary Rector Rev. Fr. Quirico T. Pedregosa, Jr., O.P. served as presider, while Senior High School Regent Rev. Fr. Ermito G. de Sagon, O.P., was the homilist.

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Editorial Board

Rev. Fr. Jesús M. Miranda, Jr., O.P., PhDEditor-in-Chief

Assoc. Prof. Giovanna V. Fontanilla, PhD, APREditor

Rev. Fr. Christopher Jeffrey L. Aytona, O.P.Editor

Asst. Prof. Virginia A. Sembrano, MEngAssociate Editor

Mr. Emmanuel M. Batulan, PhDAssociate Editor

Mr. Philippe Jose S. Hernandez, MEngAssociate Editor

Ms. Christie Elise C. CruzStaff Writer

Mr. Kennett Roger T. Garcia, Layout Artist

DMD Photography, Photographers

Coordinator Correspondents

Assoc. Prof. Ma. Fylene U. Gardiner, MS – Academic Affairs

Asst. Prof. Christine S.M. Alday – Accountancy

Mr. Steve Michael M. Moore, Jr. – Admissions

Ms. Jazzmin Mae N. Carilla – Alumni Relations

Arch’t. Froilan M. Fontecha – Architecture

Asst. Prof. Ma. Zenia M. Rodriguez – Arts and Letters

Assoc. Prof. Richard G. Pazcoguin, MA – Campus Ministry 

Atty. Anicia Marquez – Civil Law

Ms. Jasmin A. Victoria – Community Development

Assoc. Prof. Eric B. Zerrudo, MCH – Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics

Assoc. Prof. Ralph S. Galán, MA – Creative Writing and Literary Studies

Ms. Irene T. Nicolas – Chief Justice Roberto Concepcion Legal Aid Clinic

Asst. Prof. Maureen H. Gelle-Jimenez, MA – Commerce and Business Administration

Mr. Hans Lawrence V. Malgapu – Communications

Ms. Carol Angeline P. Macawile – Counseling and Career

Asst. Prof. Joel C. Sagut, PhD – Ecclesiastical Faculties

Assoc. Prof. Joel L. Adamos, MEd – Education

Assoc. Prof. Andres Julio V. Santiago, Jr., PhD – Education High School

Ms. Mariflor Irish C. Ibay – Educational Technology

Engr. Rianna Camille G. Ventura – Engineering

Ms. Adrienne A. Zacarias, MS – Fine Arts and Design

Assoc. Prof. Alejandro S. Bernardo, PhD – Graduate School

Mrs. Rowena R. Castro – Human Resource

Information and Computing Sciences – Mr. Khrisnamonte Balmeo

International Relations and Programs – Prof. Karen S. Santiago, PhD

Junior High School – Mr. Anthony C. Castro

Medicine and Surgery – Prof. Ma. Lourdes B. Coloma, MD

Miguel de Benavides Library – Ms. Diana V. Padilla

Military Science and Tactics – C/COL Carl Matthew R. Alcantara

Museum – Ms. Ma. Zita Maita B. Oebanda

Music – Asst. Prof. Eugene A. delos Santos, PhD

Natural and Applied Sciences – Prof. Edna C. Quinto, PhD

Nursing – Prof. Elmer C. Hibek, PhD

Pharmacy – Ms. Michelle A. Desierto

Physical Education and Athletics – Mr. Al Denn John Lozada

Publishing House – Asst. Prof. Ma. Ailil B. Alvarez, MA

Rehabilitation Sciences – Asst. Prof. Selenne Anne S. Leynes

Religion – Mr. Sir-Lien-Hugh T. Tadeo, MA

Research and Innovation – Assoc. Prof. Michael Jorge N. Peralta, MS, MSc, Ll. M.

Santo Tomas e-Service Providers – Mr. Rosauro L. Gervacio

Science – Asst. Prof. Maria Juana P. Lacuata, PhD

Social Sciences and Education – Asst. Prof. Ryan Francis O. Cayubit, PhD

Tourism and Hospitality Management – Asst. Prof. Freddie A. Quinito, PhD

Varsitarian – Ms. Dayanara C. Cudal

Vice-Rector – Ms. Melanie M. Maddatu

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