‘Retiring is about the legacy,’ UST Rector tells 37 retiring faculty members

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. and other University officials pose for a photo taking with this year's faculty retirees. Photo by Kevin A. Alabaso/The Varsitarian

Thirty-seven retiring faculty members of the University were honored for their years of service on Wednesday at the grand ballroom of the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building.

In his message, Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. reminded this year’s retirees of the legacy that they would be leaving behind to their students.

“Retiring is not necessarily about leaving, it is more about the lasting legacy that you will leave behind as your students face the world armed with the knowledge and values that you have taught and inculcated in them,” Dagohoy said.

Prof. Jerome Amon, former head of UST’s electrical engineering department, and Assoc. Prof. Clarita Marilyn Guevara, a chemical engineering professor, led the roster of retirees, with 44 years of service.

Associate professors Corazon Cruz of the College of Architecture and George Villasis of the College of Commerce and Business Administration followed, with 41.5 years of service.

Josephine Lumitao, head of the medical ethics department of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, said retirement should not be seen as an end but an exciting beginning to pursue God’s other plans.

“It could be apostolate [na] pag-aalaga ng apo, or another apostolate, probably in church, or volunteer work in the community, but wherever God brings us, we share the core values of competence, commitment, and compassion that UST stands for,” Lumitao said in her speech.

Vice Rector Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., Secretary General Fr. Jesus Miranda, O.P., and Cheryl Peralta, vice rector for academic affairs, joined the annual ceremony.

The retirees for this year are:

UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy

•   Asst. Prof. Elizabeth Inoturan (39 years)

College of Architecture

•   Assoc. Prof. Corazon Cruz (41.5 years)

•   Asst. Prof. Edgar Lee (25 years)

•   Asst. Prof. Avelino Micu (32.5 years)

Faculty of Arts and Letters

•  Asst. Prof. Jonathan Foe (12 years)

College of Commerce and Business Administration

• Asst. Prof. Dante Blanco (12.5 years)

• Prof. Maria Belinda Mandigma (16 years)

• Assoc. Prof. George Villasis (41.5 years)

College of Education

• Asst. Prof. Ma. Susana Gualvez (24.5 years)

• Asst. Prof. Eva Olarte (35 years)

Faculty of Engineering

• Prof. Jerome Amon (44 years)

• Asst. Prof. Rolando Conception (39.5 years)

• Assoc. Prof. Clarita Marilyn Guevara (44 years)

College of Fine Arts and Design

• Romeo Castro (15 years)

• Maria Rita Teresa Laforteza (23 years)

Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

• Dr. Melinda Atienza (31 years)

• Dr. Jose Blas (36 years)

• Dr. Benjamin Campomanes, Jr. (23 years)

• Dr. Celeste Mae Campomanes (20.5 years)

• Dr. Enrique Carandang (29.5 years)

• Dr. Ma. Rosario Irene Castillo (26 years)

• Dr. Bernardo Cuevas, Jr. (35 years)

• Dr. Ma. Rhodora De Leon  (26 years)

• Dr. Evelina Lagamayo (35 years)

• Dr. Josephine Lumitao (40 years)

• Dr. Elvira Milo (36 years)

• Dr. Rosella Montano (27 years)

• Dr. Oscar Ng (34 years)

• Dr. Ervin H. Nucum (35 years)

• Dr. Amado C. Pacio (34 years)

• Dr. Cecilia A. Villamor (35 years)

Conservatory of Music

• Asst. Prof. Ariel Sta. Ana (21 years)

College of Nursing

• Asst. Prof. Ruth Arenas (29 years)

• Prof. Lily Famadico (35.5 years)

• Asst. Prof. Lourdes Efrelyn Mario (29 years)

Institute of Religion

• Asst. Prof. Angelina Garcia (38 years)

College of Science

• Assoc. Prof. Consuelo Gotauco (21 years)


  1. Dear Varsitarian,
    Thank you for such good memories of college days at St. Raymunds Bldg, College of Commerce,
    to my former professors your efforts did not go in vain.
    I see my former Dean, Prof. Villasis is finally retiring already.

    From Riyadh, KSA


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