THE success of a teacher is measured not by the number of articles published or awards received, but by the recognition of students of his or her ability to change their perspectives.

This was Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P.’s message during ceremonies honoring 107 outstanding faculty members at the 14th Dangal ng UST Awards last Feb. 7.

“Kung totoong mahusay ang isang guro, kung ang kaniyang mag-aaral ay natututong mag-isip nang malaya at lumikhang pang-unawa bunsod ng tiyaga at masusing pagpapaliwanag, ang dulo ng lahat ng ito ay pagtatagumpay,” Dagohoy said.

With the advent of technology, teachers must update themselves on the latest developments in their respective fields, he added.

Medicine and Surgery Prof. Estrella Paje-Villar, who has served UST for 50 years, led this year’s recipients of the Gawad Benavides (loyalty) Award.

Faculty of Pharmacy Dean Priscilla Torres also received the award for serving UST for 45 years, while Engineering and Education professors Benedicta Alcala and Ma. Lourdes Medina were cited for 40 years of service.

Meanwhile, College of Science professors May Beth Maningas and Allan Patrick Macabeo, and College of Fine Arts and Design professor Mark Victor Bautista received the Gawad San Alberto Magno for outstanding research and innovation in the field of science and technology. Bautista was cited for his role in the architectural and industrial design of the Mind Museum in Taguig.

The Gawad Santo Domingo for community service was given to Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Professor Antonio Say for spearheading the Project 400/400 Cataract Surgery.

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College of Education Prof. Allan de Guzman (outstanding professor, Metrobank Foundation 2011), Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Prof. Sandra Teresa Navarra (outstanding physician, Philippine College of Physicians), College of Science Prof. Alicia Aguinaldo (recognition for the contributions in Chemistry, National Research Council of the Philippines) and Faculty of Pharmacy Prof. Rosalinda Solevilla (outstanding professional of the year, Philippine Regulation Commission) received the Gawad San Lorenzo for national and international achievements in the academe.

The annual awards, organized by the administration and the Faculty Union, recognize faculty members, guidance counselors and librarians who have made outstanding contributions to the University in the fields of teaching, research, and service. Nikka Lavinia G. Valenzuela

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