Ex-UST officials to head UST Legazpi, Letran Manila anew

Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P. (left) and Fr. Clarence Victor Marquez O.P. (right)

FORMER UST officials were re-elected to the top positions of Dominican-run schools UST Legazpi in Albay and Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila.

Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P., former UST rector, was installed as the eighth rector and president of UST Legazpi on Friday, June 21.

“What a privilege [it is] to give holistic provision [to students], not only emotionally but also physically, and most especially morally and spiritually,” he said in his speech during the installation.

He served as the rector of UST Central Seminary in 2005 and became UST rector from 2006 to 2007. He started his first term as rector and president of UST Legazpi in 2011.

Arceo was regent of the College of Commerce and Business Administration from 1995 to 1998, before serving as UST vice rector from 1998 to 2001.

He was the dean of the Faculty of Philosophy from 1996 to 1999, and prior provincial of the Philippine Dominican Province from 2000 to 2004.

Marquez to lead Letran quadricentennial

Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila welcomed anew Fr. Clarence Victor Marquez, O.P. as rector and president.

Marquez was first installed as Letran Manila rector and president in 2015 and was formally re-installed on Tuesday, June 18.

“The Dominican leadership of Letran is a vocation of preaching, a proclamation of the Word. Dominican servant-leadership in schools is proven to be effective vehicles for grace and faith,” he said in his inaugural address.

Marquez will lead the quadricentennial anniversary of Letran in 2020. He urged students and officials to contribute to the “quality reputation and sustainability” of the college.

“But let us not merely make this a shallow, self-referential, inward-looking party. Let us share the blessing. Let us not miss the opportunity to join the celebration. Be involved. Be active. Be proud,” he said.

Marquez was regent of studies and director of the UST Institute of Religion from 2004 to 2008, vice rector for finance from 2006 to 2007, and acting vice rector from 2007 to 2008.

He finished his studies in sacred theology, cum laude, at the University in 1994.

Marquez is a Letran alumnus, having completed his basic education at the college in 1985. He graduated from the Philippine Dominican Center of Institutional Studies in 1991 as summa cum laude. R. R. L. ARUGAY and A. V. ORTEGA


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