Last August 31, 2018, the University of Santo Tomas SOCCSKSARGEN Alumni Chapter was inaugurated, with the induction of officers witnessed by the Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., PhD, Rector of the University. The ceremonies took place in Hotel San Marco, General Santos City.

Ms. Maria Carmela M. Royeca was inducted as the inauguaral UST SOCCSKSARGEN Alumni Chapter President, and in her speech, she expressed the chapter’s commitment in terms of community extension programs of the association for the community of General Santos City.

Inducted with Ms. Royeca were the following:

Vice-President Internal: Arch’t. Antonio Villanueva

Vice-President External: Mr. Gerard Paul Duremdes

Secretary: Ms. Lynette E. Gallinero

Treasurer: Mr. Darren Uy

Auditor: Ms. Mayvelyn G. Urbano

Board of Directors

Rev. Fr. Boyd Sulpico, O.P.

Rev. Fr. Gerard Zabala, O.P.

Dr. Sergio Demontaño

Dr. Edwin Valencia

Dr. Cristina Ramizo

Atty. Leonardo Mann

Ms. Lord Peter Michael G. Gaisano, Jr.

Mr. Marc Dominic Pimentel

Mr. Charlson King

Advisers:

Mayor Peter B. Miguel

Dr. Socorro Mayol-Partridge

Ms. Natalia de Belen Sabado, CPA

During the same event, UST Alumni Association, Inc. President Evelyn A. Songco, PhD focused attention on the three values immortalized atop the UST Main Building: Faith, Hope, and Love. She asked the new alumni chapter to live out these values in their community. Fr. Dagohoy, for his part, said that the alumni chapter was made up of the “faces of the University” who will serve as role models to future Thomasians in the southern Philippines.

In line with the excitement brought about by the ongoing construction of UST General Santos, Mayor Ronnel Rivera reiterated his support for UST, whose Mindanao campus will open in 2021.

The induction ceremony was the centerpiece of a three-day alumni activity participated in by Fr. Dagohoy, the UST AAI, and the UST Office of Alumni Relations, led by Director Fredeswindo R. Medina, MACHS. The visit included a helicopter tour of the 80-hectare UST General Santos City lot, and a courtesy call to Mayor Rivera, whose City Economic Management and Cooperative Development Office representative talked about the economic development programs and business opportunities for GenSan.

The visit likewise included a chance for the OAR and UST AAI representatives to mingle with the GenSan locals, specifically during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Tuna Festival dubbed as “Mega Tuna Fun in Metro GenSan.”

With reporting from Asst. Prof. Fredeswindo R. Medina, MACHS – Office of Alumni Relations