Faculty, librarians honored in 20th Dangal ng UST Awards

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THE UNIVERSITY lauded faculty members, librarians and guidance counsellors for their service and contributions to the Thomasian community during the 20th Dangal ng UST Awards last Friday at the Medicine Auditorium.

Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said the true success of Thomasian educators should not only be measured by the number of their awards or their skill in research.

“Ang husay at maayos na kalagayan ng maraming Tomasino sa iba’t-ibang larangan, ay pagpapatunay sa husay ng gurong Tomasino,” he said.

Three-time UST Rector Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P. said Thomasian professors should remember their goal as teachers.

“Sa loob ng dalawang dekada, ang mga gurong Tomasino ay nagtagumpay sa pagbibigay at pagpapanatili ng karangalan sa pagiging guro,” de la Rosa said.

The Gawad Benavides Award, a loyalty award, was granted to 37 awardees who had served the University for 20 years. Also, 39 professors who had served the University for 25 years, 20 professors for 30 years, and 22 professors for 35 years of service.

Professors Marilyn Mabini (Faculty of Engineering); Carmelita Cardona and Rodolfo Rabor (Faculty of Pharmacy); Ma. Corazon Zaida Gamilla, Josephine Lumitao and Edgardo Orlina (Faculty of Medicine and Surgery); Ma. Rebecca Penafiel (College of Architecture); and Evangeline Timbang (College of Tourism and Hospitality Management) received the award for 40 years of service in UST.

Most of the Gawad Benavides awardees were from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery—36 professors.

The San Lorenzo Ruiz Award was given to those with outstanding achievements or were recognized in the national or international scene.

San Lorenzo Ruiz awardees were College of Science professors Allan Patrick Macabeo and Mario Tan; Artlets professor Paul Castillo; College of Education professor Anna Cherylle Ramos; Faculty of Pharmacy Dean Aleth Therese Dacanay; and College of Accountancy Dean Patricia Empleo.

Leonardo Guevarra of the Faculty of Pharmacy received the Gawad San Alberto Magno Award for outstanding research in the health sciences, while Andrea Vargas of the Faculty of Pharmacy was cited for outstanding research in science and technology.

Moises Norman Garcia and Maria Rosario Virginia Garcia received the same award for their outstanding research in the social sciences and education.

Artlets professor Chuckberry Pascual received two Gawad San Alberto Magno for his outstanding research in Humanities and Social Sciences, and for his book “Ang Nawawala.” Artlets and UST Graduate School professor Augusto Antonio Aguila also took home the Gawad San Alberto Magno Award for his creative works in his book “Carnival of Hate: Stories.”

No professor was named to the Hall of Fame, as no one received at least three Gawad San Alberto Magno or Gawad Santo Domingo trophies.

The annual Dangal ng UST awards has been organized by the UST Faculty Union and the UST administration since 1998. It recognizes faculty members, guidance counselors and librarians who have made outstanding contributions to the University in the fields of teaching, research and service.

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