(Photo by Amparo Klarin J. Mangoroban)

December 4, 2015, 6:22p.m. – A SHOWCASE of Thomasian talents lit up the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church last Dec. 3 as the University’s annual Christmas Gala marked the beginning of yuletide on campus.

“This concert is for the conservation of the cultural heritage of the University,” said Fr. Isidro Abaño, O.P., chairman of the UST Christmas Concert committee and regent of the Faculty of Civil Law. “We hope that by witnessing this long-waited event of UST, you will be more inspired to support not just the music but the artworks in the UST Museum,” he told concert guests.

The internationally acclaimed UST Singers captivated the audience with their performances of “Gloria Patrym,” “The Ground,” and “Get Happy.” 

Conservatory of Music professor Rachelle Gerodias-Park and her husband Byeong-in Park performed a soulful duet of “Gesu Bambino-O Holy Night.”

Katrina Sunga, Frederick Angelo Maturan and Radnel Ofalsa, who all hailed from the Conservatory, had solo performances in different acts of the concert.

Russian violinist Yaroslava “Yasa” Poletava graced the event with renditions of “Zigeunerwersein” and “Carol of the Bells,” together with the UST Symphony Orchestra conducted by Prof. Herminigildo Ranera.

Now in its 13th year, the UST Christmas Concert Gala has become a tradition of the University. The first concert was held in 2003, with the theme “Hark the Herald, Thomasians Singing: A Christmas Concert.” Amierielle Anne A. Bulan and Ma. Czarina A. Fernandez


  1. Hello, would just like to note that one of the songs that UST Singers performed is “Gloria Patri” and not “Gloria PATRYM.” Thank you. 🙂


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