The UST Miguel de Benavides Library in cooperation with the children of the late Ambassador Ramon V. Del Rosario, Sr., have recently published a book on the life of his grandfather titled “Antonio Vivencio del Rosario
(AVdR) (1828-1884): A Life and Legacy of Service and Excellence” in commemoration of the 100th birth anniversary of Amb. Del Rosario. The book offers a glimpse into the character of AVdR not just a historic figure but as a human being as well. It also retraces his humble beginnings to
his illustrious legacy.
The book, written by Anabel de la Paz, a librarian from Barcelona, Spain and Ana Karina Porto, a Filipino copy editor, was presented and served as a token to the guests at the 2018 Ramon V. Del Rosario Award for Nation
Building held at National Museum of Natural History, Manila. The event was organized by the Philippine Investment Management Consultants
(PHINMA), Inc. and the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila. A.V. del Rosario was an outstanding Thomasian, and former Secretary-General of UST (1854-1866) in whose honor the University of Santo Tomas had dedicated the Heritage Library and named it after him. This was a
special circumstance because he was the first non-priest to acquire the position. The Del Rosario family has donated financial assistance
to the UST Benavides Library for the continued preservation of its significant and historical rare collections.
Amb. Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr., son of Antonio Vivencio, on whose birth centenary the book was published, was an Ambassador to Japan. He was born in 1918 and passed away in 2008. He was considered one of the founding fathers of Philippine industry