92 Thomasian retirees are honored with testimonial luncheon

The University of Santo Tomas held a testimonial luncheon for the academic staff retirees from 2020 to 2022 on July 14, 2022. UST Vice Rector for Religious Affairs Rev. Fr. Pablo T. Tiong, O.P., was the presider and homilist for the Eucharistic Celebration.

In his message, UST Rector Very Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., Ph.D., thanked the retiring academic staff for their years of selfless service and congratulated them on “…the beginning of a new adventure. It is not a new chapter or an epilogue, for the retirement is a sequel. Today inaugurates exciting possibilities for you.”

College of Tourism and Hospitality Management Assistant Dean Assoc. Prof. Evangeline Timbang, Ph.D., in her address representing the retirees for A.Y. 2019 to 2020, thanked UST for being part of their productive and blissful life as Thomasian educators. Using the acronym BLISS, she expressed that she was grateful for the “Abundant Blessings, for the good Life you have given us, for the Inspiration to achieve our dreams, for the Sparks in our lives as we continue to illuminate the world, and for making us feel truly Special today.”

Assoc. Prof. Bernadette M. Duran, who represented the retirees of A.Y. 2020 to 2021, reflected on her journey with UST, which she called “challenging and FUNtastic, spelled with f, u, n. We were not alone in this journey. Together with our students, colleagues, and administrators, the University life we went through was full of memories. UST molded not only its students, but also the academic and non-academic staff to become competent, committed, and compassionate Thomasians.”

Assistant to the Rector for UST-General Santos Prof. Maribel G. Nonato, Ph.D., shared the highlights of her experiences as a Thomasian and thanked the five Rectors and College Regents who trusted her in their journey to lead the University. “UST transformed me to who I am today – an educator, a mentor, a researcher, an administrator, and academician,” said the representative for the retirees of A.Y. 2021 to 2022.

The Retirees’ Pledge was led by Prof. Evelyn R. Laurito, Ph.D., while the Ceremonial Toast was led by the Vice Rector for Finance Rev. Fr. Roberto L. Luanzon, Jr., O.P., SThD, DL.

For Academic Year 2019 to 2020, there were 34 retirees as follows:

Asst. Prof. Jose L. Ngo, Jr., from the UST-AMV College of Accountancy; Asst. Prof. Demetrio D. Alcaraz, Jr., Asst. Prof. Armando L. Miranda from the College of Architecture; Asst. Prof. Carmelita V. Cabrera, Assoc. Prof. Anita P. Garcia, Assoc. Prof. Arlo Luis Salvador, II, M.D., from the Faculty of Arts and Letters; Atty. Rene B. Gorospe from the Faculty of Civil Law; Asst. Prof. Carmen E. Mazo from the College of Commerce and Business Administration; Assoc. Prof. Aurora L. Domingo, Ph.D. Prof. Editha A. Fernandez, Ph.D., Asst. Prof. Gliceria May O. Lagniton, Assoc. Prof. Zenaida F. Velasco from the College of Education; Prof. Evelyn R. Laurito, Ph.D. from the Faculty of Engineering; Ms. Aileen Catherine B. Hernandez from the Junior High School; Assoc. Prof. Eduardo Vicente S. Caguioa, M.D., Asst. Prof. Ruben D. Cardenas, M.D., Assoc. Prof. Stephanie Marie B. Javier, M.D., Prof. Mary Jocelyn Laygo, M.D., Prof. Redario C. Laygo, M.D., Prof. Rolando A. Lopez, M.D., Prof. Ray B. Malilay, M.D., Prof. Sandra Teresa V. Navarra, M.D., Prof. Leoncia N. Olonan, M.D., Prof. Mary Agnes S. Regal, M.D., Asst. Prof. Mercy G. Santi, M.D., Prof. Manuel B. Zacarias, M.D., from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery; Asst. Prof. Elizabeth D. Cortez, Assoc. Prof. Ma. Socorro S. Guan Hing, DNM, Assoc. Prof. Maria Corazon Olayres, Ph.D., from the College of Nursing; Asst. Prof. Carmelita C. Cardona from the Faculty of Pharmacy; Assoc. Prof. Mary C. Martin, Assoc. Prof. Angelina Silverio, from the College of Science; Asst. Prof. Remedios P. Abuton and Assoc. Prof. Evangeline E. Timbang, Ph.D. from the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

For Academic Year 2020 to 2021, there were 28 retirees:

Asst. Prof. Leoncia San Andres, Ph.D., from the UST-AMV College of Accountancy; Asst. Prof. Virginia A. Sembrano from the Faculty of Arts and Letters; Asst. Prof. Robert Lao from the College of Commerce and Business Administration; Asst. Prof. Rosario Cabusao, Prof. Imelda de Castro, Ph.D., Asst. Prof. Carminia Paulino from the College of Education; Assoc. Prof. Ricardo Balog, Assoc. Prof. Bernadette Duran from the Faculty of Engineering; Asst. Prof. Rodolfo Olaso from the College of Fine Arts and Design; Prof. Leilani Mercado – Asis, M.D., Assoc. Prof. Noel Martin Bautista, M.D., Assoc. Prof. Manuel Martin Barnes, M.D., Assoc. Prof. Priscilla Caguioa, M.D., Prof. Marlyn Dee, M.D., Assoc. Prof. Marissa Dizon, M.D., Prof. Alex Erasmo, M.D., Prof. Gil Gonzalez, M.D., Prof. Isaias Lanzona, M.D., Prof. George Lim, M.D., Prof. Wilhelmina Mercado, M.D., Assoc. Prof. Hermogenes Regal, Jr., M.D., Prof. Clara Rivera, M.D., Assoc. Prof. Ivan Villespin, M.D. from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery; Asst. Prof. Thelma Abelardo from the College of Nursing; Asst. Prof. Felicitas Ponciano, Assoc. Prof. Rodolfo Rabor from the Faculty of Pharmacy; Asst. Prof. Celso Nierra from the Institute of Religion, and Asst. Prof. Josefino Castillo from the College of Science.

For Academic Year 2021 to 2022, 30 academic staff retired from teaching:

Asst. Prof. Marie Anne Lourdes Guanzon from the UST-AMV College of Accountancy; Asst. Prof. Beyan Mohamed Hagos, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. Alice Maghuyop, Ph.D., from the Faculty of Arts and Letters; Asst. Prof. Benedicto Ducat, Assoc. Prof. Nady Nacario from the College of Fine Arts and Design; Asst. Prof. Evangeline Deleña, Prof. Marilyn Mabini, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. Ma. Theresa Roque from the Faculty of Engineering; Asst. Prof. Salve Diaz from the College of Information and Computing Sciences; Ms. Rosemarie Cabauatan from the Junior High School; Assoc. Prof. Emmanuel Almazan, M.D., Assoc. Prof. David Bolong, M.D., Prof. Maria Minerva P. Calimag, M.D., Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. Melchor Chan, M.D., Assoc. Prof. Maria Theresa Torres-Cosme, M.D., Prof. Olivia Go, M.D., Prof. Daisy Ismael, M.D., Assot. Prof. Juan Lopez, M.D., Asst. Prof. Benigno Santi, M.D., Assoc. Prof. Teresa Sy-Ortin, M.D., Assoc. Prof. Wilson Tan De Guzman, M.D., from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery; Assoc. Prof. Mila Delia Llanes, Ph.D., Prof. Susan Maravilla, DNM, from the College of Nursing; Asst. Prof. Laura Victoria Clavo de Comer from the Institute of Physical Education and Sciences; Asst. Prof. Maria Socorro Crooc, Asst. Prof. Editha Ocampo, Ph.D., from the Faculty of Pharmacy; Asst. Prof. Rosario Verdeflor from the Institute of Religion; Asst. Prof. Sonia Javier, Prof. Maribel G. Nonato, Ph.D., and Prof. Corazon Menguito, Ph.D., from the College of Science.