His Excellency Antonio J.M. de Souza e Silva, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brazil to the Philippines, visited the University of Santo Tomas on March 15, 2022 (Tuesday) to meet with UST officials and discuss matters of mutual interest.
In a courtesy call to the Rector, the Very Rev. Father Richard G. Ang, O.P., PhD, Ambassador de Souza e Silva met UST officials handling internationalization, athletics, and languages. Institute of Physical Education and Athletics Director/Regent Father Rodel S. Cansancio, O.P., International Relations and Programs Director Lilian J. Sison, PhD, and Language Center Officer-in-Charge Honorata S. Dayao, MEd presented the University’s programs to the Ambassador, who was joined by Deputy Chief of Mission Minister Sérgio Taam, Head of Political Sector Counselor Ricardo Poletto, and Head of Trade and Economic Sector First Secretary Eduardo Chikusa.
The Ambassador and his team were likewise given a tour of the UST Miguel de Benavides Library, particularly the Antonio Vivencio Heritage Library, and the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion, which houses the 5,000-seater arena of the campus.
The visit, overseen by the Office of the Secretary-General and the Office of Public Affairs, is one of the first courtesy calls by the members of the Diplomatic Corps to the University since the pandemic limited mobility. Among the members of the diplomatic corps who have graced UST recently are the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, His Excellency Charles John Brown, D.D., Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, when the Apostolic Nunciature and the University co-hosted a webinar on the diplomatic relations between the Vatican and the Philippines.