Philippiniana Sacra, the scholarly journal of the UST Ecclesiastical Faculties, has released the first of three special issues commemorating the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the country.

The first installment of the quincentennial series features articles on how early missionaries evangelized the natives, the establishment of religious centers for evangelization, and key historical figures.

The Philippiniana Sacra editor, UST Secretary General Fr. Jesus Jay Miranda, O.P., said the compiled works present an “in-depth scholarly understanding of the missionaries’ collegial efforts in evangelizing the so-called ‘bastion of Christianity in Asia.’”

“May our dear researchers, in pursuit of newfound knowledge, find joy in opening and browsing [these articles]. We invite them to join us, humble sons of Dominic de Guzman, as we endeavor to perpetuate Father Dominic’s pivotal role in serving the Church that he loved, especially here in a region that he may have never imagined or known when he founded the Order of Preachers,” Miranda said.

UST Graduate School professor Jorge Mojarro, who specializes in global Hispanic literature and teaches and researches on trans-Pacific studies and early Iberian accounts about Asia, is the guest editor for the quincentennial series.

The journals can be accessed here.

As part of its quincentennial series, the Philippiniana Sacra will also commemorate the eighth centennial of St. Dominic de Guzman’s death.

Miranda said the second issue would have the theme, “The Dominican Way of Building the Church.” Sophia T. Sadang and Mark Ernest V. Villeza


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