UST honors 37 faculty retirees through online tribute

Thirty-seven faculty members of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) who retired from teaching were honored through an online video tribute on July 30, 2020.

Through a video message posted on the official Facebook page of the University, UST Rector Very Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., Ph.D., extended his gratitude to the seasoned mentors and lauded their academic efforts.

“Our Thomasian teachers, you have truly made a mark in your students’ lives. Retiring is not about leaving; it is about the lasting legacy that you will leave behind as your students face the world armed with the knowledge and values you have taught and inculcated in them. You will always be an inspiration and a beacon of hope to the lives of everyone you have deeply touched. This is the precious gift that the teacher receives — the gift of gratitude, both from your students who look up to you and whom you have inspired to be better versions of themselves, and the University that acknowledges that a higher-learning institution is as good as its teaching force, and the University of Santo Tomas is known to be one of the best universities in the Philippines, largely due to the tremendous role played by its faculty,” said Father Ang.

Acknowledging that this is the first time that the annual tribute is held online, UST’s 97th Rector said that “Today’s event may be a new experience for us all since this is usually held in the University, but it doesn’t mean that [this year’s testimonial for retirees] is less solemn and meaningful.” He added that since the spirit of the occasion is genuinely present, it can be approximated in a virtual environment.

Out of the 37 retirees, Prof. Evelyn R. Laurito, Ph.D., former Chemical Engineering Department chair from the Faculty of Engineering served the longest, having taught for 44 years.

Also in the same group were Office of Faculty Evaluation and Development Director Prof. Editha Fernandez, Ph.D., from the College of Education, and Assoc. Prof. Angelina Silverio from the College of Science, who both served for 43 years. Here is the complete list of retirees for Academic Year 2019-2020:

College of Accountancy

Atty. Jose L. Ngo, Jr. (24 years)

College of Architecture

Asst. Prof. Demeterio D. Alcaraz Jr. (13 years)

Asst. Prof. Armando L. Miranda (23.5 years)

Faculty of Arts and Letters

Asst. Prof. Carmelita V. Cabrera (40 years)

Assoc. Prof. Anita P. Garcia (40.5 years)

Dr. Arlo Luis R. Salvador II (25.5 years)

College of Commerce and Business Administration

Asst. Prof. Carmen E. Mazo (38 years)

College of Education

Assoc. Prof. Aurora L. Domingo (40 years)

Prof. Editha A. Fernandez (43 years)

Asst. Prof. Gliceria May O. Lagniton (30 years)

Assoc. Prof. Zenaida F. Velasco (31 years)

Faculty of Engineering

Prof. Evelyn R. Laurito (44 years)

Junior High School

Ms. Aileen Catherine B. Hernandez (36 years)

Faculty of Civil Law

Atty. Rene B. Gorospe (40 years)

Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Eduardo Vicente S. Caguiao (27 years)

Dr. Prof. Ruben D. Cardenas (29 years)

Dr. Stephanie Marie B. Javier (30 years)

Dr. Mary Jocelyn Y. Laygo (36 years)

Dr. Redario C. Laygo (29 years)

Dr. Rolando A. Lopez (36 years)

Dr. Ray B. Malilay (31 years)

Dr. Sandra Teresa V. Navarra (38 years)

Dr. Leoncia N. Olonan (37 years)

Dr. Mary Agnes S. Regal (34 years)

Dr. Prof. Mercy G. Santi (28 years)

Dr. Manuel B. Zacarias (29 years)

College of Nursing

Asst. Prof. Elizabeth D. Cortez (38 years)

Assoc. Prof. Ma. Socorro S. Guan Hing (32 years)

Assoc. Prof. Maria Corazon S. Olayres (34 years)

Faculty of Pharmacy

Asst. Prof. Carmelita C. Cardona (42 years)

College of Science

Assoc. Prof. Mary C. Martin (35 years)

Assoc. Prof. Angelina A. Silverio (43 years)

College of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Asst. Prof. Remedios P. Abuton (30 years)

Assoc. Prof. Evangeline E. Timbang (42.5 years)

The tribute video may be watched through this link:

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