De la RosaRECTOR Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P., has received his second Outstanding Manilan Award, sharing honors with President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and nine other individuals in ceremonies for the 439th founding anniversary of the City of Manila last June 24 at the Manila Hotel.

“This award was not given for my person. This is a recognition of the University’s contribution to the progress of Manila,” De la Rosa said in an interview.

The award was given to De la Rosa for his contribution in values formation.

De la Rosa first received the Outstanding Manilan Award in the field of education in 1995. He first served as UST Rector from 1990 to 1998, and became chairman of the Commission on Higher Education from 2004 to 2005.

Aquino, who was the awardee for the field of public service, led the list of this year’s Outstanding Manilans.

Other recipients of the award were: Far Eastern University president Dr. Lydia Echauz for Education; Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales for spiritual leadership; former De La Salle University president and Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC for social consciousness advocacy; business tycoon Lucio Tan for humanitarian service; Enrique Razon for international business; Justice Antonio Carpio for jurisprudence; Justice Edilberto Sandoval for law and letters; Manolo Lopez for corporate social responsibility; and Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon for film and television.

De la Rosa served as president of the Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines from 1990 to 1998 and the International Association of Universities of St. Thomas from 1996 to 1998. He is one of the founders of Network of Dominican Schools, Colleges, and Universities. Charizze L. Abulencia

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