Assoc. Prof. Maria Alexandra Iñigo-Chua, PhD and Mr. Carlomar A. Daoana are the first recipients of the Research Grants from the newly established Amb. Antonio L. Cabangon Chua Research Award for the Humanities. The recipients were awarded the grant during the Nick Joaquin Literary Awards ceremony held on September 20, 2019 in the Citystate Tower Hotel. Present during the ceremonies were the family of the late Ambassador Cabangon Chua and UST officials led by Rev. fr. Jesus M. Miranda, Jr., O.P., Director of the Office for Grants, Endowments, and Partnerships in Higher Education.
Iñigo Chua and Daoana will each receive P150,000 for their researches on the lifeworks of Thomasian artists Raul Sunico and Danilo Dalena, respectively. Sunico, former Dean of the Conservatory of Music, is an internationally acclaimed pianist, while Danilo Dalena is a visual artist known for his expressionist folk paintings.
Iñigo Chua is teaching at the UST Conservatory of Music and is a researcher of the UST Research Center for Culture, Arts, and Humanities. Meanwhile, Daoana is a multi-awarded poet and art critic who teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University.
On February 26, 2019, son D. Edgard A. Cabangon led the family of the eminent philanthropist in formally establishing the UST-Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua Research Award for the Humanities in honor of their father. It was done through the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the family and the University, through the UST Research and Endowment Foundation, Inc. (UST REFI).
First reported in: The Business Mirror (https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/09/29/freeing-the-word-the-2019-njla-the-grants-for-humanities-research/)