Faculty of Canon Law (1733)

Degree Programs

Doctor of Canon Law
Licentiate in Canon Law
Bachelor of Canon Law

Research Publication

The Philippiniana Sacra is the official publication of the Ecclesiastical Faculties of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. It is published three times a year with an Ecclesiastical Approval.

Articles written in English, Spanish, Latin, and Filipino (with English translation) and focusing on Philosophy, Theology, and Canon Law are welcome. Submitted manuscripts are subjected to a qualitative assessment of the editorial board and double-blind review.

The Philippiniana Sacra is presently a Commission on Higher Education-recognized research journal, with Category A-2 rank.

Our Identity


General Objectives

  • To deepen the knowledge of Christian revelation and of matters connected with it;
  • To enunciate systematically the truth contained therein;
  • To consider in the light of revelation, the problems of the times, presenting them in a manner adapted to the local culture.

The Faculty of Canon Law shall cultivate and promote its own disciplines through scientific research, by establishing or availing itself of specialized research centers, by publishing scientific journals and collections, and by organizing and/or participating in scientific workshops or conferences.

The Faculty of Canon Law is entrusted by the Church with the task of preparing with special care students for the priestly ministry, for teaching the sacred sciences, and for the more arduous task of the apostolate (cf. Sapientia Christiana, Foreword, III). Furthermore, it is enjoined by the Church “to promote the continuing permanent education of the ministers of the Church” (cf. Ibid., art 3, #2).

The Faculty of Canon Law is closely connected with the mission of evangelization of the Church; hence, it has to collaborate effectively in the work of evangelization, in close communion with the Hierarchy of the universal as well as of the local Church, in its pastoral, doctrinal, ecumenical and missionary undertakings.

The work of evangelization is primarily directed to the understanding, defense and diffusion of faith within the whole context of culture and human society (cf. Sapientia Christiana, Norms of Application, art.3). As a primary component of the University of Santo Tomas, the Catholic University of the Philippines, the Faculty of Canon Law shares in the University’s responsibility to be an educative community permeated with the spirit of freedom and charity (cf. Gravissimum Educationis, 8).

Specific Purpose

The Faculty of Canon Law has for its purpose the study and promotion of ecclesiastical juridical disciplines in the light of the Gospel and the molding of students in the spirit of Church Law, so that they may be prepared for scientific research, for the development, interpretation, and teaching of the same in seminaries, houses of studies and universities, and to train people for professional practice in diocesan and religious curia as well as for holding special ecclesiastical posts. The Faculty of Canon Law shall with special interest search for ways to harmonize the difference between the laws of the Church and those of the State.

Patron Saint

Saint Raymund de Peñafort, O.P.

Feast Day: January 7

Administration, Faculty, and Staff

Rev. Fr. Isaias D. Tiongco, O.P., JCD, Dean

Assoc. Prof. Joel C. Sagut, PhD, Faculty Secretary

Faculty Council

Rev. fr. Isaias D. Tiongco, O.P., JCD, Chair

Rev. fr. Jose Ma. B. Tinoko, O.P., JCD, Member

Rev. fr. Florentino A. Bolo, Jr., O.P., JCD, Member

Rev. fr. Honorato Castigador, O.P., SThL, JCD, Member

Rev. fr. Julius Paul C. Factora, O.P., JCD, Member

Rev. fr. Romulo V. Rodriguez, O.P., JCD, Member

Assoc. Prof. Joel C. Sagut, PhD, Secretary (Ex-Officio)

Faculty Members
 Rev. Fr. Reynaldo J. Adalid, O.P., S.Th.B., PhL
Rev. Fr. Florentino A. Bolo, J.C.D.
Sr. Esther Bravante, O.P., J.C.L.
 Rev. Fr. Romualdo P. Cabanatan Jr., O.P., J.C.L.
Rev. Fr. Honorato C. Castigador, O.P., Ph.L., S.Th.L., J.C.L.
Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, O.P., H.E.L.
 Rev. Fr. Julius Paul C. Factora, O.P., J.C.D.
Rev. Fr. Danilo Flores, J.U.D.
  Rev. Msgr. Edgardo Pangan, J.C.D.
 Rev. Fr. Msgr. Bernardo R. Panitin, J.C.D.
 Rev. Fr. Roberto Ceferino N. Pinto, O.P., J.C.L.
Rev. Fr. Romulo V. Rodriguez, O.P., J.C.D.
 Rev. Fr. Jose Maria B. Tinoko, O.P., Ph.L, S.T.Lect., J.C.D.
Rev. Fr. Isaias D. Tiongco, O.P., J.C.D.
 Rev. Fr. Vicente R. Uy, J.C.D.


Support Staff
Mrs. Cecilia Rebelyn Flores
Office Assistant (SWDB and Community Development Coordinator / Student Activities)

Mr. Jefferson Ong

Office Clerk (Student Records)

Mr. Aaron James Bautista

General Clerk (Thesis Writing Concerns, Office Equipment, Job Requisitions)

Mrs. Nona Ong

Office Clerk (Office Communications and Files)

Contact Information

Office Address

Office of the Ecclesiastical Faculties
Ground Floor, Central Seminary Building
University of Santo Tomas
España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila 1008

Telephone Numbers

Telephone: +63-2-3406-1611 loc. 8261

Telefax: +63-2-8731-4066


The Ecclesiastical Faculties of Sacred Theology, Philosophy, and Canon Law have always been considered as integral components of the University of Santo Tomas, which Pope Leo XIII proclaimed a Pontifical University on September 17, 1902 through the Constitution Quae Mari Sinico. Pope Pius XII, meanwhile, declared UST as “the Catholic University of the Philippines” in 1947.

Towards the end of the 17th century, when new buildings had been constructed and able men with Doctorate in Canon Law had come to join the professorial staff, the University obtained the Brief “Inscrutabili” from Innocent XI, dated August 7, 1681 whereby this Faculty, together with those of Civil Law and Medicine were erected. On January 17, 1682, the Faculty to teach the canons was granted to the Dominicans by the Master of the Order. King Charles II of Spain also recommended on November 22, 1682, the erection of the Faculty.

However, because of the political unrest then reigning in the Islands, the plan was not carried out, even if Archbishop Pardo, then Rector of the University, had already granted in 1689 the necessary financial aid for its maintenance. Early in the 18th century, in 1702 and again in 1715, the government maintained the establishment of a legal course, but which was however, suppressed in 1726.

Finally, on the 12th of November 1732, the School of Sacred Canons, with an enrollment of 41 students, was solemnly inaugurated, with a chair of Canon Law in place. The school was subsequently confirmed both by the King of Spain on October 23, 1733, and by Pope Clement XI with his Brief “Dudum emanarunt” of September 2, 1734.


The Faculty of Canon Law, along with the Faculty of Philosophy and the Faculty of Sacred Theology has also contributed in the intellectual formation of modern-day Catholic hierarchy and clergy in local Church of the Philippines and other Asian countries, particularly Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Some countries from Africa (those from Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe and Oceania (particularly Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu) also send their seminarians and priests to complete their degree in Asia’s oldest existing Ecclesiastical Faculties.

Adapted from: Fr. Rodel E. Aligan, O.P., Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., Fr. Jose Ma. B. Tinoko, O.P. in 400 @ 800: A Tribute to the 8th Centenary of the Order of Preachers (1216-2016), published by the University of Santo Tomas.