Prof. Arvin D. Eballo, PhD, Director of the Simbahayan Community Development Office and faculty member of the Institute of Religion, was recognized by the local government of Bustos, Bulacan as of the Natatanging Bustosenyo (Distinguished Bustos citizen), in awarding ceremonies held on January 19, 2020 (Sunday).

Eballo dedicated the award to his family and expressed appreciation to his town, “for honouring my contributions to the University through teaching, conducting research, and doing community engagement.”

The award was conferred upon Bustos natives who excelled in their respective professions, such as government service, business, academe, and sports, among others. Eballo joined former Commission on Elections Commissioner Luzviminda G. Tancangco and former Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff and incumbent Presidential Peace Adviser Sec. Carlito G. Galvez in receiving the plum.

Eballo, prior to being the Director of UST’s community development arm, has been actively involved in researches on the anthropology, history, and sociology of religion. He is the President of the Philippine Association for the Sociology of Religion, Inc. and was a member of the South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion, as well as the International Association for the History of Religions.

In 2018, Eballo received the prestigious Mendel Fellowship in Indiana University, where he studied in the Lilly Library using the Bernardo Mendel collections. Eballo looked into old religious literature on Tagalog catechisms found in the Mendel collections. Specifically, he looked at works like Juan de Oliver’s Declaracion de la Doctrina Christina en Idioma Tagalog, in an attempt to “reconstruct the ancient Katagalugan worldview necessary in understanding the culture and identity of the ancient Tagalogs.