2016 Total awardees cited as inspirations for Thomasians

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Nov. 19 2016, 10:13 p.m. – UST RECTOR Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy lauded Thomasian alumni at the awarding ceremony of the 2016 The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (Total) Awards, calling them “beacons” to young Thomasians.

“You do more than just carve and teach in your chosen fields, not only because you have left an indelible mark as outstanding practitioners in your respective areas of expertise,” Fr. Dagohoy said in his message to the awardees.

“By your achievements you serve as beacons to our young Thomasians whose destinies are yet to unfold,” he said.

Nov. 19 2016, 10:13 p.m. – UST RECTOR Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy lauded Thomasian alumni at the awarding ceremony of the 2016 The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (Total) Awards, calling them “beacons” to young Thomasians.

“You do more than just carve and teach in your chosen fields, not only because you have left an indelible mark as outstanding practitioners in your respective areas of expertise,” Fr. Dagohoy said in his message to the awardees.

“By your achievements you serve as beacons to our young Thomasians whose destinies are yet to unfold,” he said.

Twenty-eight Thomasian alumni were cited for their significant contributions to society and the Church. Two special awards were also given: the Young Thomasian Achiever Award to Albert Joseph Emas (BS Mechanical Engineering, 2005) and Rubilen Amit (BS Accountancy, 2002), and the Lasala Family for the Outstanding Thomasian Family.

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Fr. Dagohoy said the Total Awards, the highest honor bestowed by the University upon Thomasian alumni, were a “testimony” of the winners during their stay in UST.

“When you were here studying at Santo Tomas you pleaded to God to keep you in beauty. This evening’s event is a testimony that indeed God has answered your prayer. You have what it takes to be a Thomasian, God has kept you in beauty,” he said.

Newly-appointed University Vice Chancellor Fr. Napoleon Sipalay Jr., O.P. urged Total awardees to put God at the center of their careers.

“We must not be in a pedestal. We must translate our authority into service. To the professionals here, please also translate your profession into service,” Sipalay, also the head of the Dominican Order in the Philippines, said in his message to the awardees.

The winners underwent a selection process led by a screening committee, which drew up a list of candidates for final review by the UST Alumni Association Board Trustees and approval by the Rector.

The awarding ceremony took place at the Grand Ballroom of the Buenaventura G. Paredes, O.P. building.

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