SIX THOMASIAN martyrs were declared “Blessed” in the biggest beatification in history presided by Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, at St. Peter’s Square in Rome last October 28.
The 498 beatified martyrs, who died in the hands of an anticlerical movement in Spain in the early 1930s, were composed of two bishops, 24 diocesan priests, 462 religious, one deacon, one sub-deacon (a position which does not exist today), one seminarian, and seven lay people.
According to Fr. Pedro Tejero, O.P., spiritual director of the UST Central Seminary, the beatification rites should serve as sort of a stimulus for the renewal of Christian life and the promotion of the spirit of reconciliation.
WHILE still awaiting the results of a thorough review of plans to expand and commercialize the UST Hospital, the University is bent on seeking better terms from a group of banks supposed to finance the expansion, following a directive from the Dominican headquarters in Rome for the hospital to keep its educational character.
Acting Rector Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P. said the University wants to renegotiate the P3-billion loan from a consortium of banks signed last April to reduce the cost of the hospital redevelopment.
A committee has been studying the redevelopment plan and had submitted a preliminary report last October 8. The committee was due to submit another report last October 15, which will be fine-tuned before the results are disseminated, Father De la Rosa said in an interview.
ALL’S for the best, said UST’s top three officials whose resignations had been accepted by the Master of the Dominican Order due to Rome’s disagreement with their redevelopment plan for the UST Hospital.
“I am leaving excitedly for Letran Calamba,” said resigned UST rector Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P., who would now be a resident faculty of the Philippine Dominican Province’s school in Laguna.
Father Arceo announced his post-UST plans during a farewell dinner tendered for the three priests by Acting Rector Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa at the UST Central Seminary gymnasium last October 3.
The dinner was an opportunity for Father Arceo and the two other top UST officials — resigned Philippine Dominican Province prior provincial Fr. Edmund Nantes, O.P. and resigned vice-rector Fr. Juan Ponce, O.P. — to formally bid goodbye to the UST community as well as come clean on the issues that led to their resignations.
THOMASIANS will greet not only a new year in January 2008 but also likely, a new, yet old, rector.
The acting rector, Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P., may have to stay on the job for at least four more years after being chosen by fellow Dominicans and University deans to serve a full term as rector.
Father De la Rosa, appointed acting UST rector by the Dominican master general last September to spearhead the review of the controversial spinoff and expansion of UST Hospital, won successive ballots conducted among UST Dominicans and members of the Academic Senate in accordance with the University’s General Statutes.
THE IRONY of the Philippines being a predominantly Christian country while being named as the most corrupt Asian country in the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy survey is not lost on Catholic educational institutions like UST.
Father Rector Ernesto Arceo, O.P. has created a Permanent Committee for the Advocacy of Honesty and Justice that will cultivate the values of truth and honesty so as to make Thomasians “agents of moral change” in the wider world outside.
FOR THE second consecutive year, the UST Publishing House (USTPH) was awarded Publisher of the Year by the Manila Critics Circle during the 24th National Book Awards last Sept. 4 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.
“When you say ‘winner’, you are producing quality books,” USTPH Director Mecheline Manalastas told the Varsitarian. “We had six award recipients out of 11, the most number of award recipients among the publishers.”
ALAM BA ninyong hindi lamang UST Singers ang nagdala ng karalangan sa Unibersidad sa larangan ng musika?
Itinatag ang UST Symphonic Band, na mas kilala noon bilang UST-ROTC Band, bago pa man sumiklab ang Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig. Muli itong binigyan ng buhay pagkatapos ng digmaan ng isang nagngangalang Maestro Bautista ng Philippine Constabulary. Sa pamumuno ni Col. Jose Campana sa loob ng halos 20 taon, lalong nakilala ang banda at naging isa sa pinakamahusay na bandang pang-unibersidad sa buong Maynila. Sa pamumuno naman ni Prop. Romeo Verayo na pumalit kay Campana, tumanggap ang banda ng mga babaeng miyembro sa unang pagkakataon.
THE UST Publishing House launched its second set of titles for the year last Dec. 11 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex auditorium. The launching is in line with its “400 books for UST’s 400th” project, which seeks to release 40 new titles annually for 10 years until 2011, when the University marks its 400th year.
The titles launched were:
NAGKAMIT agad ang pinakamatandang palimbagan sa Asya ng iba’t ibang parangal sa dalawang patimpalak sa ikaapat na taon pa lamang ng proyektong “400 books for UST’s 400th” ng UST Publishing House (USTPH).
Pinarangalan ng Manila Critics’ Circle sa 23rd National Book Awards ang USTPH bilang “Publisher of the Year 2003,” noong Agosto 14 sa World Trade Center sa Pasay.
AN AWARD-WINNING Thomasian writer launched his first Filipino novel which he claimed “a timely contribution to the often erratic and unproductive field of Philippine long fiction” last July 15 at the UST Center for Creative Writing and Studies (UST-CCWS).
UST-CCWS senior associate Cirilo Bautista’s “Galaw ng Asoge” tackles the 1965 presidential election and its effects on the members of the Ortiz family, the protagonists in the story.
“(My latest novel) will change the direction of the Tagalog novel in the near future,” Bautista said.