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DE LA ROSA, Fr. Rolando, V., O.P., PhD, SThD

Academic Degrees

Doctor in Sacred Theology and Ph.D. in Higher Religious Studies, Magna cum Laude, 1988
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Licentiate in Sacred Theology and MA in Higher Religious Studies, Magna cum Laude, 1984
University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

Bachelor in Sacred Theology, Magna cum Laude, 1980
University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Magna cum Laude, 1977
Dominican House of Studies, Quezon City, Philippines

Area of Specialization

Church History

Published Work


  • Theology and Science in a Catholic University, Keynote Address, 7th St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture Series, University of Santo Tomas, February 16, 2009.
  • Quality Assurance in Philippine Medical Education, 42nd Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Annual Convention, University of the Philippines Manila, January 22, 2009.
  • What Makes an Excellent University, Academic Convocation, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, September 27, 2009
  • Revisiting Filipino Values for Career Development, Keynote Address, Career Development Association of the Philippines, September 04, 2008.
  • The Purity of Blood, Jose Rizal Lecture, Philippine Center of International PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists), Cultural Center of the Philippines, 06 December 2008.
  • CEAP at 64: Making Difference through Partnership, Keynote Address, Annual Convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, September 14, 2005.
  • Spirituality and Character: The Teacher’s Armor, Speech delivered during Annual Convention of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction Development, September 2, 2005.
  • Deteriorating Language Proficiency: a Symptom of our Worsening Lack of Understanding, Keynote Address, Annual Convention of the National Association of English Teachers, May 19, 2005
  • Values in Practice: The Core of Professionalism,  Keynote Address, University of Santo Tomas College of Nursing Annual Lecture, January 19, 2005.
  • Transformative Education, Annual Lecture, University of Santo Tomas College of Education Antonio Gonzalez Education Forum, February 21, 2005.
  • Quality Medical Education: A Pre-requisite for Excellent Health Care Delivery, Keynote Address, Association of Deans of Medical Schools, March 2, 2005.
  • Quality Instruction in Higher Education: An Imperative for Excellence in Teacher Education, Keynote Address, State Colleges and Universities Teachers Educators Association, January 12, 2005.
  • The Partnership of CHED and Private HEI’s, Speech delivered at the Annual Convention of the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations, April 14, 2005.
  • Psychology in the New Millennium: Challenges and Opportunities, Keynote Address, Annual Convention of the Psychological Association of the Philippines, December 3, 1999.
  • Environmental Protection: Lessons from the History of Religion, Keynote Address, National Conference of the Philippine Association for Graduate Education, May 11, 1999.
  • Academic Freedom and Quality Education in the Philippines, Convocation Lecture, University Convocation of the University of the East, Manila, Philippines, July 27, 1999.
  • The Spirituality of Preaching, Lecture delivered during the Annual Retreat of the Clergy of the Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines, April 14, 1999.
  • Catholic Education in the Philippines: Then, Now, and onwards to the 21st Century, Keynote Address, General Assembly of Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, Mindanao Chapter, Philippines, July 27, 1998.
  • Jose Rizal: The Hero, Convocation Lecture, Faculty Convocation, University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, October 5, 1998.
  • Heroism in Our Contemporary Times, Keynote Speech,  Conference on the 125th Anniversary of the Execution of Fathers Gomez, Burgos, and Zamora, the First Martyrs of the Philippine Revolution, at the Plaza of Execution, February 17, 1997.
  • What Universities have done to Instill Ethics in Public Service, Anniversary Lecture, The 1997 Barbara Yap Angeles Lecture Series, Angeles University Foundation, November 14, 1997.
  • Studies and Formation, Seminar Lecture, Asia-Pacific Dominican Formation Course, February 27, 1998.
  •  Educating the Catholic Woman for the Professions in the Service of the Family, Church, and Society, Speech delivered on the National Conference on Women sponsored by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, March 28, 1997.
  •  Why Filipinos Vote the Way they Vote: A Historical Study of the Philippine Elections since the Spanish Regime, Lecture delivered for the New Humanity School of the FOCOLARE Movement, Tagaytay City, Philippines, July 19, 1997.


Selected Publications

  • History of the Filipinization of the Religious Orders in the Philippines: Beginnings of the Filipino Dominicans, First Edition, 1991; Revised Edition, 1997; UST Publishing House, 306 pp.
  • Participatory Belonging and Distanciation: Reflections on Interreligious Dialogue as an Hermeneutic Experience,  in Unitas, LXII, 3 (1989), pp. 165-172.
  • Admission of Filipinos in the Dominican Order in the 20th Century, in Unitas, LXIII, 1 (1990), pp. 34-52.
  • Reinheit des Blutes: Der verwehrte Zugang zu Priesteramt und Ordensstand in Conquista und Evangelisation – Fünfhundert Jahre Orden in Lateinamerica, Mainz, Germany 1992,  pp. 271-293.
  • Suspicion or Development?  The Operative Hermeneutics in Two Church Documents on the Media of Communication, in  Philippiniana Sacra,  XXVII, 79 (1992), pp. 57-71
  • Religion as an Antidote to the Toxins of Modernity, in Restoration of Morality and Humanity: Proceedings of the International Commemoration of the 13th Anniversary of the UN International Day of Peace, Seoul, Korea, 1994.
  • Les premiers dominicains philippins in Memoire Dominicaine: Lórient lointain, Paris, 1995, pp. 59-73.
  • Remembering Urban II, the Father of the Crusades, in Philippiniana Sacra, Vol. XXXI, 91,          pp. 43-61. 
  • Catholic Schools: Survival and Reform, in The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines MONITOR, June 22, 1997, pp. 8-9.
  • Relevance and Philippine Higher Education, in The Manila Chronicle, June 21, 1997, pp. 5-6.
  • Educating the Filipino Woman in The Woman of Faith Today, Office of Women, CBCP, 1999, pp.179-191. 
  • Various (230) Essays as Weekly Columnist in The Manila Bulletin, 1990 to present. 

Scientific, Ecclesial and Cultural Activities

  • Full Professor, Faculty of Sacred Theology, 1985 to Present
  • Dean, Faculty of Sacred Theology, 2015 – 2017
  • Rector, University Of Santo Tomas, 1990 to 1998; 2008 to 2012
  • Acting Rector, September 2007 to April 2008
  • Assistant to the Rector For Research And Development, February to November 2006
  • Chairman, Commission on Higher Education, 2004 – 2005
  • Rector and President, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, 2003-2004
  • President, International Council of the Universities of St. Thomas Aquinas, 1996 to 1998; 2009 to present
  • Vice President, Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, 1997 to 1999
  • Director, National Inter-University Forum, 1995 to 1998
  • Founder, Network of Dominican Schools, Colleges, and Universities, 1995
  • Chairman, Organizing Committee of the International Youth Forum World Youth Day, 1995
  • President, Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines, 1990-1998
  • Director, Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities, 1990-1998


National and International Conferences 

  • Official Delegate, Synod of Asia, Rome, Italy, 1998
  • Speaker, Peace Strategies for Global Community, Seoul, Korea, 1997
  • Chairman, Resolutions Committee: Provincial Council of Manila, Manila, 1996
  • Speaker, 13th Anniversary of the UN Day of Peace, Seoul, Korea, 1994
  • Official Delegate, Second Plenary Council of the Philippines, Manila, 1991 


  • Outstanding Manilan Award in Values Formation, City of Manila, Republic of the Philippines, 2010
  • The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) Award in Education. University of Santo Tomas and the UST Alumni Association, Inc., 2006.
  • Catholic Authors Award, Asian Catholic Publishers and the Archdiocese of Manila. 1997
  • Medal of Highest Honor, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea, 1996
  • Outstanding Manilan Award in Education, City of Manila, Republic of the Philippines, 1995
  • National Book Award in History, Manila Critics Circle, 1991 

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