Philippiniana Sacra January-April 2024 issue delves on Filipino virtue ethics

Philippiniana Sacra, the official publication of the UST Ecclesiastical Faculties, released its January-April 2024 special issue via its open access website. The journal is indexed by Web of Science.

Guest editor Rev. fr. Nicanor Pier Giorgio R. Austriaco, O.P., SThD, PhD said in his Editor’s Note that the essays in this volume “confirm the intuition that the scholastic framework can help Filipinos better understand how they feel, how they choose, how they think, and how they act.”

The articles published in the said issue are the following:

  1. Pag-unawa and the Thomistic Virtue of Mercy by Eugene Dominic Aboy, O.P. explores the relationship of pag-unawa, the Filipino notion of “understanding” with Aquinas’ discussion of the virtue of mercy.
  2. Pakikisáma in Dialogue with Aquinas’ Amicitia, i.e., Charity in Friendship  Wilhelm Boñon, O.P. presents the dynamic interplay between the Filipino virtue of pakikisáma and Aquinas’ concept of charity within the context of friendship, i.e., amicitia, thus forging a compelling dialogue that uncovers the profound connection between these two virtues.
  3. A Thomistic Reading of Kagandahang-Loób as Benevolentia, Beneficentia, and Misericordia by Siddharta Chiong, O.P. uses the Thomistic virtue ethics framework to recast kagandahangloób, which is the disposition to regard the other as a kapwa or shared-self, as a Filipino virtue. 
  4. A Dialogue on Gratefulness: A Study on the Filipino Account of Utang na Loób in Conversation with Aquinas’ Notion of Gratitude by Marc Adrian de la Peña, O.P. studies “utang na loób” in conversation with St. Thomas’ Aquinas’ notion of gratia/gratitudine, demonstrating how Aquinas’ notion of gratitude can elucidate ways to avoid the pitfalls of utang na loób and distinguish circumstances where utang na loób becomes either a virtue or vice.
  5. The Filipino Virtue of Pagpapakabayani and the Thomistic Account of Virtuous Anger by Vince Stanley B. Iñigo, O.P. explores pagpapakabayani in dialogue with the Thomistic account of virtuous anger.
  6. Paninindigan as an Integral Part of Filipino Virtue Ethics by Ian Joeffrey G. Melendres, O.P. proposes that the virtue of paninindigan must play an integral part of any successful Filipino virtue ethics, aiming to discover that this virtue can fundamentally anchor the Filipino virtues in katotohanan, i.e, truth.
  7. Maka-Diyos and the Thomistic Virtue of Faith  by Julian Christopher Morada, O.P. examines the writings of Thomas Aquinas in Summa Theologiae regarding the virtue of faith.
  8. The Unfamiliar Devotions to the Santo Niño in Northern Philippines (Abulug and Bangui) [PHILIPPINIANA RECORDS] by Regalado Trota José presents the documents that show the strong Santo Niño devotions in the northernmost towns of the Ilocos and Cagayan provinces.
  9. La primera biografía de un filipino: la vida de Miguel Ayatumo (1593-1606) [PHILIPPINIANA RECORDS]  by Jorge Mojarro explores the life of young Miguel Ayatumo, a Boholano who imitated Christ during his brief life.
  10. Klos, Jan. Heart Speaks unto Heart On the Kinship of Spirit and Thought: John Henry Newman and Edith Stein. Leiden: Brill, 2021. pp. 212. ISBN: 978-90-04-46622-7. (REVIEWS & NOTICES)  , a review by Jose Adriand Emmanuel L. Layug.
  11. Martens, Kurt, ed. Justice and Mercy Have Met: Pope Francis and the Reform of the Marriage Nullity Process. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press. 2017. pp 380. ISBN: 978-0-8132-2967-6. (REVIEWS & NOTICES)  , a review by Ritz Darwin P. Resuello.
  12. Bok, Derek. Universities in the Marketplace: The Commercialization of Higher Education. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003. pp. 233. ISBN: 0-691-11412-9. (REVIEWS & NOTICES)  , a review by Leonard Jay I. Rabuya.
  13. Beyer, Gerald J. Just Universities: Catholic Social Teaching Confronts Corporatized Higher Education. New York, USA: Fordham University Press, 2021. pp. 417. ISBN: 9780823289974. (REVIEWS & NOTICES), a review by Blaise D. Ringor.
  14. More, Justy Felix. For God’s Sake: The Friar Missionaries and their Evangelization in Aklan (1659-1794). Quezon City: Central Book Supply, Inc., 2022. pp. 182. ISBN: 978-621-02-1892-3. (REVIEWS & NOTICES)  , a review by Antonio C. Hila.

Philippiniana Sacra editor Rev. fr. Jesus M. Miranda, Jr., O.P., PhD,  said the digital interface “aims to facilitate the fluid curation and circulation of knowledge on ecclesiastical disciplines”. The journal publishes the most relevant research articles in the areas of Ecclesiastical Sciences and Church history.

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