A milestone in the history of the Royal Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Angelicum College (AC), the pioneer of the non-graded system of education in the Philippines, happened on June 29, 2017.

UST, represented by Rector Magnificus Rev. Fr. HerminioDagohoy, O.P.; AC, represented by Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Bautista, O.P., Ph.D.; and Rev. Fr. Napoleon B. Sipalay, Jr., O. P., the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, Vice Chancellor of the University of Santo Tomas and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Angelicum College, signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the integration of the two educational institutions. It transpired during the blessing of the newlyconstructed Blessed Jordan of Saxony Building, whichwill be the home of the Senior High School and College students of Angelicum College starting the Academic Year 2017-2018.

This integration, which was approved by the Board of Trustees of Angelicum College on February 23, 2017, is anchored on the provision of the 10th Provincial Chapter of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, which states in part, “integrate all the Dominican institutions within two venerable and historical educational traditions, that of Letran, which was founded in the year 1620, and of UST, which was built in 1611.”  The integration  will intensify the collaboration of UST and AC, specifically in the areas of School Leadership and Management; Courses on Religious Education and Christian Living Education; Community and Extension Services; Financial Management; Marketing and Promotion; and Research and Publication.

Present to witness this momentous event were the members of the UST Board of Trustees; members of the AC Board of Trustees; Priors of the different Convents of the Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP); Council of Rectors; brethren of Dominican Province of the Philippines; representatives of UST academic community; UST and AC legal counsel; AC administrators, faculty, and employees; AC alumni, parents, and students; and the architect, contractor, and project manager of the Blessed Jordan of Saxony Building.

As the integration unfolds, UST and AC will hopefully strengthen the DPP’s Ministry of Evangelization through Education.

By Dr. Rosanni M. delMundo

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