ARCHBISHOP Antonio Franco, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, urged the UST faculty to continue striving for excellence during the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the UST chapel last June10. The Mass formally opened the academic year 2002-2003.

In his homily, Franco reminded the academic personnel to guide their charges to become good students, good citizens, and good Christians.

He encouraged the teachers to further boost their level of confidence through rigorous research and further studies.

“Teachers should seek to improve their competence and know their respective subject matters because an increase in competence is an increase in wisdom”

Furthermore, Franco commended the effort of the University to strengthen the Catholic faith.

“As a Catholic University, you are leading the nation in conquering weaknesses in the present times through the modern ways of the Church and that is your challenge,” the papal envoy said.

Meanwhile, in the 136th discurso de apertura (opening lecture), College of Fine Arts and Design Assistant Dean Jaime de los Santos talked about the creative instinct, explaining how the five senses affect one’s creativity.

“Nothing enters the mind without passing through the senses. The five senses are the playgrounds of the arts,” he said.

The discurso is the traditional lecture that opens a new academic year. Jennifer B. Fortuno and Ma. Cristina S. Lavapie

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