A LIBRARY in Spain has been named after Msgr. Miguel de Benavides, O.P., founder of UST.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement last month that the inauguration of the “Fray Miguel de Benavidez (sic) Library” in Carrion de los Condes in Palencia—birthplace of the UST founder—was led by Philippine Ambassador to Spain Carlos Salinas, himself a UST alumnus, and Palencia Mayor Francisco Javier Villafruela Fierro last Feb. 26.

“During the short ceremony, Ambassador Salinas read a heartfelt letter of congratulations addressed to Mayor Villafruela from the UST Rector Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P. and donated books on the UST and the Philippines on behalf of Fr. De la Rosa and the embassy,” the DFA said.

It added: “A commemorative mass at the Iglesia de San Andres and a wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Miguel de Benavidez in the town were also held prior to the inauguration ceremonies.”

In 2005, the UST Central Library was named after Benavides, the third archbishop of Manila who donated his books and fortune for the establishment of the University before his death in 1605. D. J. Magturo

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