Institute of Religion (1933)

Courses Offered

Institutionally Mandated Theology Courses

Theology 1 - Christian Vision of the Human Person

An outcomes-based undergraduate theology course that enables students to understand the Christian view of the human person and to live out the fundamentals of the moral doctrine of the Church. The course focuses on Christ’s call to holiness and the human person’s response in faith. It covers the following major themes on the human person:   I. Called to Salvation in Christ; II. Called to Happiness in Christ; III. Called to Fullness in Christ; and IV. Called to Holiness in Christ. The students are expected to reflect more deeply and act more fully on the moral teachings of Christ so that they can lead lives worthy of the Gospel.

Theology 2 - Christian Vision of Marriage and the Family

An outcomes-based undergraduate theology course that provides a complete understanding of marriage and family as a Christian vocation rooted in the Catholic faith. The course focuses on marriage as vocation to holiness and the family as the institution willed by God to form faithful members of the Church. It covers the following major themes: I. Fundamental Christian Dimensions of the Family, II. Christian Understanding of Marriage, III. Education on Human Love, IV. Pastoral Response of the Church to Issues Affecting the Family. The students are expected to uphold the sanctity of marriage, to promote the family as domestic Church, and to become responsible Christians in discerning and making decisions with regard to their vocation.

Theology 3 - Christian Vision of the Church in Society

An outcomes-based undergraduate theology course that serves as a moral guide in the socio-cultural, economic, political, and technological involvement of Christians in the world. The course focuses on the role of the Church in the social order, emanating from her mission of evangelization and integral human liberation, and promotion of the common good. It covers the following major themes: I. Understanding the Concept of Human Dignity; II. Social Mission of the Church and the Commitment of the Lay Faithful; III. The Principles and the Development of the Social Teachings of the Church; and IV. The Mission of the Church in the Contemporary World. The students are expected to manifest a way of life that is inspired by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching in their decision-making and involvement in ecclesial and civic affairs.

Theology 4 - Living the Christian Vision in the Contemporary World

An outcomes-based undergraduate theology course that provides students an opportunity to understand what it means to be Church in the contemporary world, integrate faith and context in the light of the Gospel, and create concrete steps in committed response to the “signs of the times.” The course focuses on the Christian response to the challenges in the contemporary world, rooted in one’s relationship with God. It covers the following major themes: I. Harmony With God: Called to Communion; II. Harmony With the Human Community: Called to Dialogue; III. Harmony With All Creation: Called to Stewardship; IV. Harmony of Faith and Life: Called to Mission. The students are expected to develop a capstone program as their personal and committed response to the call of the Gospel today, rooted in a sound spirituality and discerning the signs of the times.

Certificate in Religious Education (CReED) Course

Signature Pedagogy

As an integral part of the charism of the Order of Preachers and of Catholic Social Teaching, the Salamanca Process calls for a synergy between the Dominican intellectual and apostolic life by directing study, research, analysis and action towards addressing the challenges that the world faces. This was articulated during the International Congress on “Dominicans in the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future” held in Salamanca, Spain from 1-5 September 2016, to which the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Manila, is party. The Congress formed part of the celebration of the 800th Jubilee Year of the Dominican Order as entrusted by the Church with the mission to go forth and preach the Gospel. In response to the declarations pronounced in the final document of the Congress, the UST Institute of Religion draws inspiration from the Salamanca Process to conceive its signature pedagogy in the form of this educative framework named “DoT-ED: Dominican-Thomistic Education by Design”.

Read more: Signature Pedagogy of the Institute of Religion (.pdf)

Our Identity

Vision
Mission
Graduate Attributes
Objectives

Patron Saint

Saint Mary Magdalene

Feast Day: July 22

Administration, Officials, and Staff

Administrators

REV. FR. FLORENTINO H. BOLO, O.P., JCD

Director

UST FACULTY IR - LITUAÑAS Catalina N (2013, MA - 2x2 Gray)

ASST. PROF. CATALINA N. LITUAÑAS, MA

Assistant Director

UST FACULTY IR - BASAS Allan A (2014, MA - 2x2 Gray)

ASST. PROF. ALLAN A. BASAS, SThD

Institute Secretary

 

Coordinators

COMMUNITY SERVICE AND EXTENSION (Simbahayan)

Mr. John Paul T. Balanquit, MA

e-LEARNING SPECIALIST

Mr. Dennis Ian B. Sy, MA

LIBRARY

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

Faculty Members

ABOY, GEMMA V.

Rank: Assistant Professor 5

Degrees

Master of Education, major in School Leadership (With Distinction(De la Salle University – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Secondary Education (Notre Dame University – Cotabato City, Philippines)

ASIONES, NOEL G.

Rank: Professor 3

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Theology (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Psychology (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Sacred Theology (Unviersity of Santo Tomas –  Manila, Philippines)

BAGAIPO, JOAN CHRISTI T.

Rank: Professor 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Development Studies (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Education, major in Religious and Values Education (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)

Master in Management, major in School Management (Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Calamba, Laguna, Philippines)

Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Religious Education, minor in English Literature (Cum Laude) (Siena College – Quezon City, Philippines)

BALAJADIA, MA. CECILIA L.

Rank: Instructor 5

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Secondary Education (Notre Dame of Marbel University – Koronadal, South Cotabato, Philippines)

BALANQUIT, JOHN PAUL T.

Rank: Instructor 4

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Sacred Theology (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor in Secondary Education, major in Philosophy  (Magna cum Laude(Mater Dei College – Negros Occidental, Philippines)

BALDOZA, LOUELL V.

Rank: Assistant Professor 2

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theology (Cum Laude(Alphonsus School of Theology – Lucena City – Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Classical) (St. Francis de Sales Major Seminary – Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines)

Certificate in Secondary Education (University of Batangas – Batangas City, Philippines)

BASAS, ALLAN A.

Rank: Associate Professor 3

Degrees

Doctorate in Sacred Theology, major in Dogma (Cum Laude(University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Licentiate in Sacred Theology, major in Dogma (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Theology (Cum Laude(University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Theology (Cum Laude(University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude(Philippine Dominican Center of Institutional Studies – Quezon City, Philippines)

BAYBADO, PABLITO A. JR.

Rank: Associate Professor 2

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Christ the King Mission Seminary – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (Divine Word Mission Seminary – Quezon City, Philippines)

BLANZA, MAILA M.

Rank: Assistant Professor 5

Degrees

Master of Arts in Religious Education (Ateneo de Manila University  Quezon City, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (San Carlos Seminary – Makati City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Certificate, Formation Institute for Religious Educators (FIRE) (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

BODORAYA, SER ALLAN G.

Rank: Instructor 3

Degrees

Master of Arts in Applied Theology (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (San Carlos Seminary – Makati City, Philippines)

BOLAÑOS, MARY ERIKA N.

Rank: Assistant Professor 4

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Education, major in Religion and School Guidance (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

BRILLO, VAL G.

Rank: Assistant Professor 5

Degrees

Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Summa cum Laude) (Pontificia Universita S.Tommaso D’Aquino – Angelicum – Rome, Italy)

Master in Peace Building Management (Pontificia Facolta Teologica San Bonaventura – Rome, Italy)

Bachelor in Sacred Theology (Magna cum Laude(University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (Seminary of St. Pius X – Roxas City, Philippines)

CAGURANGAN, MARIO M. JR.

Rank: Instructor 3

Degrees

Master of Psychology (St. Paul University – Tugegarao City, Philippines)

Bachelor in Sacred Theology (Cum Laude(University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

CARLOS, FIDES MARIA LOURDES F.

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master of Arts in Higher Religious Studies (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Education (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

CARLOS, JOSE Y.

Rank: Assistant Professor 1

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theology (Benemeritus) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Don Bosco College Seminary – Laguna, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in English (National College of Business and Arts – Quezon City, Philippines)

CONSTANTINO, GIRLY V.

Rank: Assistant Professor 4

Degrees

Master of Arts in Educational Management (Holy Angel University – Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines)

Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Religious Education (College of Don Bosco – Laguna, Philippines)

COROTAN, CONCEPCION LIZA V.

Rank: Associate Professor 3

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Theology (St. Anthony Mary Claret College – Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

DEL ROSARIO, FREDERICK C.

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master of Arts in Religious Education (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Classical) (San Carlos Seminary – Makati City, Philippines)

Certificate, Formation Institute for Religious Education (FIRE) (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

Certificate in Teaching (Trinity College of Quezon City – Quezon City, Philippines)

DELA SANTA, EMMA LYN Y.

Rank: Instructor 3

Degrees

Master of Arts in Religious Education (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Sacred Heart College – Lucena City, Quezon, Philippines)

Certificate, Formation Institute for Religious Educators (FIRE) (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

EBALLO, ARVIN D.

Rank: Associate Professor 4

Degrees

Doctor of Education, major in Religious Education and Values Education (With High Distinction) (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Education, major in Religious and Values Education (With High Distinction) (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

ESPARAGOZA, CRISTOPHER E.

Rank: Instructor 4

Degrees

Master of Education, major in Religious and Values Education (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of St. La Salle – Bacolod City, Philippines)

Certificate in Teaching (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

FUENTES, PHILIP L.

Rank: Assistant Professor 5

Degrees

Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Pontificia Universita S.Tommaso D’Aquino – Angelicum – Rome, Italy)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Philippine Dominican Center of Institutional Studies – Quezon City, Philippines)

Certificate in Teaching (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

JAMILLA, ENRIQUE M.

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts, major in Religious Studies, minor in Philosophy and Sociology (Our Lady of the Angels Franciscan Seminary – Quezon City, Philippines)

LITUANAS, CATALINA M.

Rank: Assistant Professor 2

Degrees

Master in Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Education, major in Guidance and Counseling (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

MANALOTO, ABNER C.

Rank: Associate Professor 1

Degrees

Doctor of Education, major in Religious Education and Values Education (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Education (Angeles University Foundation – Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines)

Bachelor of Secondary Education (Columban University – Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines)

MANEJA, WARREN S.

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theology (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Religious Education and School Guidance (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

NIERRA, CELSO M.

Rank: Assistant Professor 5

Degrees

Master of Arts in Higher Religious Studies (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, minor in Philosophy (Our Lady of the Angels Franciscan Seminary – Quezon City, Philippines)

OCAMPO, LEO-MARTIN ANGELO R.

Rank: Instructor 2

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Pre-Divinity Track) (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

ORTEGA, RAUL T.

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Licentiate in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

PARADO, ULYSSES JOHN R.

Rank: Assistant Professor 1

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor in Sacred Theology (Immaculate Conception School of Theology – Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (San Pablo Seminary – Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines)

PARAS, LORNA T.

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Values Education (Magna cum Laude) (Holy Angel University – Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines)

PAZCOGUIN, RICHARD G.

Rank: Associate Professor 1

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theology (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in Religious Education and School Guidance (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

QUILATAN, MA. SANITA A.

Rank: Assistant Professor 5

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Certificate of Proficiency in Religious Education and Guidance and Counseling (Mother of Life Center – Quezon City, Philippines)

QUINTERO, JUDITH T.

Rank: Instructor 4

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Secondary Education, major in School Guidance and Character Education (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

RAMISCAL, ROMMEL D.

Rank: Instructor 5

Degrees

Bachelor of Sacred Theology (Cum Laude) (Immaculate Conception School of Theology, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Lyceum of Aparri – Municipality of Aparri, Cagayan, Philippines)

REDONA, MARITES R.

Rank: Assistant Professor 4

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theology (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Management (Adamson University – Manila, Philippines)

SAGUT, JOEL C.

 

Rank: Associate Professor 3

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (Philippine Dominican Center of Institutional Studies – Quezon City, Philippines)

Diploma in Teacher Education (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila, Philippines)

SANTIZO, GRACE D.

Rank: Assistant Professor 4

Degrees

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (San Carlos Seminary – Makati City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (San Sebastian College – Recoletos – Manila, Philippines)

SAWIT, CHITO M.

Rank: Assistant Professor 2

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Theology (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, major in Religious Studies (Immaculate Conception Major Seminary – Bulacan, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

SY, DENNIS IAN B.

Rank: Instructor 5

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theology, major in Theological Studies (Magna cum Laude) (CICM Maryhill School of Theology – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Christ the King Mission Seminary – Quezon City, Philippines)

Diploma in Basic Catechetical Formation (Institute of Catechetics of the Archdiocese of Manila – Manila, Philippines)

Certificate in General Theology (CICM Maryhill School of Theology – Quezon City, Philippines)

TADEO, SIR-LIEN HUGH T.

Rank: Instructor 2

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Loyola School of Theology – Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

TUBALLA, EDGAR M.

Rank: Assistant Professor 1

Degrees

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, minor in English (St. Camillus College Seminary – Marikina City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Sacred Theology (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

VARGAS, REVENENDO R.

Rank: Assistant Professor 4

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Education (Cum Laude) (Saint Columban’s College – Pangasinan, Philippines)

VERDEFLOR, ROSARIO D.

Rank: Assistant Professor 2

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Education (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Diploma in Teaching Religion (Lumen Christi Catechetical Center – Quezon City, Philippines)

YARANON, CLAUDITA O.

Rank: Assistant Professor 5

Degrees

Master of Arts in Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Science in Education, major in Religious Education (St. Joseph’s College – Quezon City, Philippines)

Support Staff

Contact Information

Office Address

Office of the Director

First Floor, Main Building

University of Santo Tomas

España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila 1008

Contact Numbers

Telephone: +63-2-406-1611 loc. 8256

Telefax: +63-2-731-4301

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