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Faculty of Pharmacy
Faculty of Pharmacy
Faculty of Pharmacy (1871)
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (4 years)
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (4 years)
Doctor of Pharmacy (2 years)
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Vision & Mission
Vision & Mission
The Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Santo Tomas envisions itself as a premier Pharmacy, Medical Technology, Biochemistry institution in Asia, committed to the professional and moral formation of her stakeholders for social transformation.
The mission of the Faculty of Pharmacy is aligned with UST’s mission to generate, advance, and transmit knowledge to form competent and compassionate Pharmacy, Medical Technology, and Biochemistry professionals committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.
Activities and Events
Pharmacy @ 150
Activities and Events
2016 Philippine Pharmacists Association Outstanding Pharmacist in Education
Faculty of Pharmacy Student Council
Commission on Elections – Pharmacy Unit
Junior Pharmacists’ Association – Gamma Chapter
Medical Technology Society
UST Biochemistry Society
UST Pharmacy Glee Club
UST Pharmacy Dance Troupe
Pax Romana – Pharmacy Unit
UST Red Cross Youth Council – Pharmacy Unit
Scarlet – Pharmacy Unit
Scholia Tutorial Club
Organization of Medical Technology Interns
Patron of the UST Faculty of Pharmacy
Feast Day: December 8
The Virgin Mary was enriched by God with gifts to fulfill her mission as the mother of God (cf. LG 56). When the angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace" (Lk 1:28), she faithfully responded: "Let it be [done] to me according to your word" (Lk 1:28-38).. In fact, in order to give the free assent of her faith, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace. On December 8, 1854, the Church proclaimed: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin” (Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus). Embracing the divine will, she gave herself entirely to the person and to the work of her Son to serve the mystery of redemption with Him and dependent on Him, by God's grace (cf. LG 56).
Since the 15th century, the Universities in Europe had a special influence in the promotion of the Immaculate Conception which was not only an intensely debated topic, but also had a clear impact on the early graduates of Pharmacy, who considered her as their patroness. During the reign of Reina Isabel II from 1833 until 1868, the pharmacists in Spain were obliged to take an oath to the Immaculate Mother upon finishing their degree and receiving the title. In such a solemn act, white gloves were used to symbolize the cleanliness and purity of the medicines they were to prepare, and their commitment to Science as their profession.
In 1871, UST is the first to offer Pharmacy in the Philippines. Based on his research, Fr. Lorenzo Rodriguez, OP, the Dean from 1946 to 1968, declared that the Faculty did not have a patron ever since. Since the Immaculate Conception has been generally regarded as the Patroness of Pharmacy, the UST Faculty of Pharmacy adopted her as their patroness on November 9, 1948. The first celebration was held on December 7, 1948, which coincided with the inauguration of the second UST Botanical Garden. An image of the Immaculate Conception was blessed in the Office of the Dean on February 26, 1949, and remains to be enthroned there until the present. On October 11, 2015, the Council of Regents confirmed the Immaculate Conception as the Patroness of Pharmacy. Subsequently, the first ‘White Coat Ceremony’ was held on December 7, 2015.
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 484-494.
- Rodriguez, OP, Lorenzo, “A Century Progress of the First One Hundred Years of the Faculty [of Pharmacy] of the University of Santo Tomas,” Acta Manilana, February 1972, Series B, No. 2 (14), p. 73.
- Pablo, Carol Geraldine, “Lorenzo Rodriguez, OP: Trailblazing Pharmacy Education, Research, Practice and Services in the Philippines,” Philippiniana Sacra, Vol. LI, No. 152 ( January-April 2016), pp. 98-99.
- Ramos Carrillo, A and Moreno Torrel, E, The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Patron of Pharmacists in Spain: A Theory to Explain this Patronage, Sevilla, Spain.
Rev. Fr. Pompeyo F. de Mesa, O.P., Regent
Prof. Ma. Freida Z. Hapan, PhD, Assistant Dean
Asst. Prof. Renz Kenneth G. Cadiang, MS,
Department Chairpersons and Laboratory Coordinators
Rev. Fr. Pompeyo F. de Mesa, O.P.,
Prof. Ma. Freida Z. Hapan, PhD,
Assoc. Prof. Ma. Cristina C. Doria, PhD,
Assoc. Prof. Nelson Tubon, PhD,
Asst. Prof. Maria Socorro Crooc, MS,
Asst. Prof. Andrea Vargas, MSc,
Asst. Prof. Renz Kenneth G. Cadiang, MSc,
Coordinators / Supervisors
Ms. Lilia Imelda M. Cabrito
Ms. Peregrina F. Mongcal
Ms. Consuelo M. Pardiñez
Mr. Fred S. Unilongo
Mr. Marionito M. Yadao
Mr. Jacob M. Espiritu
Computer Laboratory Technician
Mr. Michael P. Vindollo
Animal Laboratory Technician
Mr. Aaron H. Atienza
Mr. Wilmer P. Atienza
Mr. Carlo Honesto B. Botor
Mr. Jay Anthony S. Cabahug
Mr. Feliciano C. Capiral
Mr. Romie Robert C. Cultura
Mr. Ernesto C. Gutierrez, Jr.
Mr. Roberto C. Li
Mr. Isagani H. Manalo
Mr. Ernani R. Mutas
Mr. Franz Kevin P. Salvador
Mr. Rhayan Q. Valdez
Mr. Glenn A. Vasquez
Mr. Julian Kenneth A. Yap
Mr. Emmanuel D. Zambrano
The University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Pharmacy is the first to offer Pharmacy in the Philippines. It was founded in May 29, 1871 by virtue of the Modification of the Moret Decree. During the Spanish regime, the course took 6 years to finish, then was reduced to 4 years when the Americans took over. By 1926, the Faculty of Pharmacy was the first to accept female students.
The Faculty of Pharmacy continued to grow with the addition of programs leading to a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology in 1958 and Degree of Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 1962. In both cases, the University of Santo Tomas has gained the distinction of introducing these programs first time in the Philippines. In 2006, the 5 year BS Pharmacy major in Clinical Pharmacy was offered that paved the way for graduates to venture into another promising field of Pharmacy practice.