ALUMNI of the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) and the defunct Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (Philets) will honor outstanding alumni with the Sanghaya Awards, launched last Dec. 3 at the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Alumni Center.
Henry Tenedero, president of the UST Alumni Association, said the awards would go to the “epitome” of Artlets and Philets alumni. “The Sanghaya Award is very important because the very meaning of it means high honor, dignity, and integrity […] It epitomizes the essence of what an AB alumnus or alumni [is],” Tenedero told the Varsitarian.
A screening committee composed of alumni will be formed, he said. The awards will consist of nine categories, eight of which are named after Philets and Artlets alumni.
The categories are named after F. Sionil Jose for Artlets who have exemplified service to society; Magdalena Villaba for apostolate and advocacy; Rolando Tinio for news, entertainment and creative media; Cesar Climaco for government and law; Bienvenido Lumbera for humanities; Eugenia Duran Apostol for advocacy, industry and management; Nick Joaquin for youth achievement and Emerita Quito for academic excellence.
The Faculty of Philosophy and Letters was established in 1896. In 1964, it was renamed the Faculty of Arts and Letters, with the merger of the programs of the old Philets with those of the defunct College of Liberal Arts, which became the College of Science.