Saturday, August 23, 2014

UST-Mindanao in Barangay Ligaya, GenSan Updates

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For those who have been asking about the entry of the UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS in Gen. Santos City, here finally is a news report from the UST website filed over a year ago.

It mentions the ritual blessing last May 2007 of their Summer projects at their 80-hectare UST Compound in Barangay Ligaya, GenSan, which included the following:

  • The Benavides Staff House,
  • The Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) Research Facility; and,
  • The barangay high school classroom building later turned over to the Labangal National High School (Annex) at the one-hectare lot they donated earlier inside the UST Compound.

These were attended by the who’s who (I presume) of the UST including their Dominican Fathers and OP-Siena Sisters who must have planed in from all over the country.

Gosh! Why did all these remarkable things happen right under our noses? How come this was not reported by the media? Did UST wanted it to be hush-hush?

Anyway, whatever their motive was in making it low-key, we’re just too happy to finally find out that UST is really bent on establishing their own presence in this part of the Philippines. And in choosing General Santos City, wow, that again cements our reputation as the Education Hub of South Central Mindanao!

Although there is no mention of when they will start constructing their own university building here, am sure that it is in the pipeline already.

Meanwhile, here is the report. Read on:

The UST 2011 expansion projects march on with the “Ritual Blessing of UST-Mindanao Summer Projects,” on May 20, 2007, at the UST Complex, Brgy. Ligaya, General Santos City, Mindanao.

The Rev. Fr. Rector, Ernesto Arceo, O.P., presided over the Eucharistic celebration and proceeded to bless the projects, assisted by Rev. Fr. Bienvenido Trinilla, Jr., O.P., Prior of Sto. Domingo Convent, Q.C., and Rev. Fr. Clarence Marquez, O.P. UST Vice-Rector for Finance, the following sites: the Benavides Staff House, the Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) Research Facility, and the barangay high school classroom building.

Among the guests were several Dominican fathers and brothers, sisters from the OP-Siena congregation led by Sr. Adel Buzarang, O.P. Regional Prioress, Dr. Nancy Eleria, head of the UST-Mindanao Focus Group, several Thomasian alumni doctors, local government and school officials, and the people of Baranggay Ligaya.

From May 21 to 25, 2007, inaugural lectures of the “UST-Mindanao and OP-Siena Mindanao In-Service Training Partnership,” were held at the Benavides Staff House, UST, Brgy. Ligaya, General Santos City.

Among the lecturers were: Rev. Fr. Clarence Marquez, O.P. (Vice Rector for Finance), Rev. Fr. Ronald Cortel, (Regent, Faculty of Pharmacy), Rev. Fr. Arthur Dingel, O.P.(Regent, Faculty of Engineering) and Mr. Clod Beo from UST Ed-Tech.

The lecturers were attended by representative administrators, sisters and faculty members from the different OP-Siena schools in Mindanao.

Last June 10, UST Mindanao formally turned over a classroom building to the Labangal Public High School (Annex), located in the one (1) hectare lot earlier donated by UST to Baranggay Ligaya, General Santos City.

The classroom building was put up through the joint efforts of the UST Office of the Vice-Rector for Finance, the Office for Community Development (OCD) and the Faculty Association of the Institute of Religion (FAIR) and the people of Barangay Ligaya.

The turn-over ceremony was headed by Fr. Cortel, O.P., member of the UST-Mindanao Focus group, and officials of the barangay and the public school.

SOURCE: University of Santo Tomas Website

Thanks to Rodney for giving us this piece of info. Ok ka Rod!

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53 thoughts on “UST-Mindanao in Barangay Ligaya, GenSan Updates

  1. dak

    ellow.

    yeah, and i heard they’re building another branch in Baguio City and somewhere in Laguna.

    I think it’s a brilliant idea to expand somewhere but the main campus… don’t you think it’s too late for them doing this? hehehe…

    daks last blog post..Capeside Story

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  2. Cecil Flores

    Wow! that’s great news and great pride for all Tomasian Generals like me! It’s never too late. It coudnt come at a better time. God has His reasons.

    Do you know that St. Thomas wrote a treatise on the Doctrine of the Holy Eucharist and it was approved by the Lord saying, “Son, you have wriiten so well about my body and blood”?

    Go go Tomasino. Thanks, Manoy!
    St. Thomas,
    St. Dominic,
    St. Catherine of Siena,
    Notre Dame,
    Pray for us!

    Cecil

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  3. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By dak
    ellow.

    yeah, and i heard they’re building another branch in Baguio City and somewhere in Laguna.

    I think it’s a brilliant idea to expand somewhere but the main campus… don’t you think it’s too late for them doing this? hehehe…

    daks last blog post..Capeside Story

    Hi Dak! I don’t think so. Maybe this is the best time to come in considering the increase in population in the rural areas. One more university wouldn’t hurt Soccsksargen. Thanks for your views. :)

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  4. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By Cecil Flores
    Wow! that’s great news and great pride for all Tomasian Generals like me! It’s never too late. It coudnt come at a better time. God has His reasons.

    Do you know that St. Thomas wrote a treatise on the Doctrine of the Holy Eucharist and it was approved by the Lord saying, “Son, you have wriiten so well about my body and blood”?

    Go go Tomasino. Thanks, Manoy!
    St. Thomas,
    St. Dominic,
    St. Catherine of Siena,
    Notre Dame,
    Pray for us!

    Cecil

    Amen, sister Cecil, Amen. How’s Cagayan de Oro?

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  5. Californian

    That’s good news to know that Sto. Tomas (USTE) is expanding down south – one of my Alma Maters. Lots of college memories shared with Cecilia, Divina and Rosalyn… way to go, Tomasites…. YAM

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  6. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By Californian
    That’s good news to know that Sto. Tomas (USTE) is expanding down south – one of my Alma Maters. Lots of college memories shared with Cecilia, Divina and Rosalyn… way to go, Tomasites…. YAM

    Hello Californian! Finally, you made it here. Welcome to Bariles Republic! With UST now in GenSan, that would give you more than enough reason to be home by 2011 for our 35th Homecoming Year then? Thanks for commenting here yam. :)

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  7. rj

    as i heared, ust gensan is the biggest university in mindanao…..nice to have ust in gensan soon….

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  8. jm

    i was there during the Ritual Blessing of UST-Mindanao Summer Projects! =) laki nga tlg ng compound nila. and UST mindanao here in GenSan will be thier biggest campus… galing po tlg…

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  9. Kimberly

    Thanks Kuya Avel for this great news update.
    Am happy to hear this! Indeed, Gensan has gone
    a long way…another prestigeous school like UST in
    our city… for sure it will bring the ‘generals’ to
    another level of higher standard and excellence when
    it comes to education. Another boost to our economy
    and pride of our beloved city!

    Cheers!!!

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  10. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By Kimberly
    Thanks Kuya Avel for this great news update.
    Am happy to hear this! Indeed, Gensan has gone
    a long way…another prestigeous school like UST in
    our city… for sure it will bring the ‘generals’ to
    another level of higher standard and excellence when
    it comes to education. Another boost to our economy
    and pride of our beloved city!

    Cheers!!!

    You’re right on the dot, Kimberly! We’re really moving up and up the development ladder. Did you not graduate here? Cecille and Meriam also commented earlier. They are also UST grads. :)

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  11. gensanite

    great news, TUNA MAN…

    with this addition, gensan and the socsargen area will be producing more quality graduates…

    i’m glad the deal was settled and the university is pushing through with their expansion…

    cheers to uste!!!

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  12. BoomCityBoy

    Daddy(lolo) ko nag mamay ari ng lupain sa Ligaya, na papatayuan ng UST that was the honored to him during General Paulino Santos Times…

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  13. archmykel

    This is really good news. One role that Gensan can play in this region other than being the tuna capital of the Philippines is to become the educational hub of Mindanao. our proximity to the arigulture and fishery area is perfect especially for the conduct of agricultural and aquatic researches. IT related education is another field that we can look into with the establishment of the IT Park and the soon to come Call centers.

    The low cost of living in our area particular in food and lodging is conducive to student life.

    Paging other educational institions such as Mapua, UP, La salle, Ateneo, Feu, and others to consider Gensan as your Mindanao branch.

    Keep posting Bariles,:)

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  14. Cecil Flores

    Hay naku Archmykel, wala ng tatalo sa uste! Oldest and the only Royal and Pontifical University yan. Kaya we Thomasians are a favored race. May royal blood kami!
    Manay, Cdo is preparing for one of the biggest events: The blessing of the tallest Statue of the Divine Mercy in the world on Sept 8, 2008! We are expecting 30,000 pilgrims! The Shrine will be blessed and will be turned over to the Diocese of Cagayan De Oro. The custodians of the Shrine are the Fathers of the Immaculate Conception who are Polish priests EWTN priests are coming. You are most welcome to visit. We guarantee u an ocean of blessings during ur pilgrimage.
    Similarly, last August 2, the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Holy Eucharist was dedicated by none other than Bishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ,DD. You havent been to Cagayan de Oro if you miss to visit these two shrines kaya Adto na mo uy! Pachada kaau !
    Ces

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  15. ARIES

    MAY COLLEGE OF LAW DIN BA SA BAGONG UST CAMPUS SA GENSAN?
    OFFER NA KAU PRA MY TOPNOTCHER NA RIN FROM GENSAN.DBA MAS MAGANDA, HINDI LANG TAYO PRODUCER NG EXPORT QUALITY TUNA, PRODUCER NG WORLD CHAMP BOXER, PRODUCER N RIN NG TOPNOTCHER ABOGADO.

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  16. archmykel

    Hi Cecile,

    Hehe! Why do you have to react about the invitation to other schools? di ko naman sinasabing inferior ang UST. Na insecure ka yata hehehe. the more the merrier. No single school can claim to be superior in all fields. May kanya kanyang galing ang kada school. At di naman sinusukat ang galing ng isang school sa pagiging oldest. Sa archiving lang or museum importante and “oldest”. If super galing ang UST di sana nangyari yung problema nila with the locational clearance sa Gensan, di ba? Peace!!! hehehe! …. kailan ka balik gensan? di ka na naga attend sa PEC meetings.
    Regards friend! :)

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  17. Jasper

    As far as I know the University of Santo Tomas will extend their campus here in Gensan primarily for the university’s agricultural research, studies and development. That is probably why they have acquired a huge parcel in Bgy. Ligaya. Per0 sana, hopeful pa rin tayo that eventually they will also extend some (if not all) of their colleges and centers for excellence here in this part of the country. UST has centers of excellence in Architecture and Fine Arts and maybe Medecine as well. :)

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  18. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By ARIES
    MAY COLLEGE OF LAW DIN BA SA BAGONG UST CAMPUS SA GENSAN?
    OFFER NA KAU PRA MY TOPNOTCHER NA RIN FROM GENSAN.DBA MAS MAGANDA, HINDI LANG TAYO PRODUCER NG EXPORT QUALITY TUNA, PRODUCER NG WORLD CHAMP BOXER, PRODUCER N RIN NG TOPNOTCHER ABOGADO.

    Baka agricultural courses ang thrust nila sa gensan. i hope they don’t limit the courses to that field alone.

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  19. bariles Post author

    Originally Posted By Jasper
    As far as I know the University of Santo Tomas will extend their campus here in Gensan primarily for the university’s agricultural research, studies and development. That is probably why they have acquired a huge parcel in Bgy. Ligaya. Per0 sana, hopeful pa rin tayo that eventually they will also extend some (if not all) of their colleges and centers for excellence here in this part of the country. UST has centers of excellence in Architecture and Fine Arts and maybe Medecine as well. :)

    Jasper, that would really be good for Soccsksargen. Sana matuloy. :)
    Thanks.

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  20. White Knight

    Originally Posted By ARIESMAY COLLEGE OF LAW DIN BA SA BAGONG UST CAMPUS SA GENSAN?
    OFFER NA KAU PRA MY TOPNOTCHER NA RIN FROM GENSAN.DBA MAS MAGANDA, HINDI LANG TAYO PRODUCER NG EXPORT QUALITY TUNA, PRODUCER NG WORLD CHAMP BOXER, PRODUCER N RIN NG TOPNOTCHER ABOGADO.

    How about MSU College of Law pala. Have’nt they produce yet a topnotch?

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  21. Jade

    Hey!! thats good news.. I’m planning to have my Doctor’s Degree in Medicine in UST manila but its too far from here. They should also offer Medicine and Surgery there.. I’m Dying to be USTean.. haha! Seriously..

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  22. Toinks

    hala, what so ever happend na po ba to UST Mindanao? sana may Architecture din silang course.

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  23. OSN

    Top schools in Mindanao

    (not in order)
    *Ateneo Schools
    *Notre Dame Schools
    *MSU
    *La Salle Schools
    *UP mindanao

    May UST pa! Ok na tlaga ang Mindanao

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  24. kester bilbao

    msu gensan got 156 hectares land area, ust -gensan is not the biggest university in mindanao in terms of land area:)

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  25. marichel gallero

    Hi good day. I would like to ask if meron silang course offered sa ust gensan Bachelor of science in Education, major in PE,& Health (MAPEH)?..

    Thanks, and please send me also unformation on how to enroll and the tuition fee…

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  26. coli

    hello Mr. Bariles! Could you confirmed kung how true nakabili ng lupa ang Ateneo Heights area, Casabuena property? lumabas kasi ito sa isang teachers forums sa gensan. ty, and meron na sila business to operate from my source

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    • bariles Post author

      @zen, no word from UST up to now. They also haven’t responded to the letters from the Sangguniang Panlungsod or acquiesced to their requests for an audience. No idea why. Must be hurting from the allegation that the lgu has declared their area as agricultural zone. Which I have yet to find out if true or not.

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  27. rrrr

    Grabe naman pud na oi. Lain kaayo nga ang Big school sa Phil. kay i reject sa SP. daw sensitive naman kaayo ang SP sa ilahang ginahimo sir. , daghan kaayo na generals ang musuporta sa UST gensan, for sure.

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    • bariles Post author

      @rrrr, hindi naman sila ni-reject ng SP. Nagrerequest lang ng appointment for a meeting ang SP (during the time of Mayor Acharon pa) with the UST administration but it seems, di pa sila sinagot ng mga Dominicans na nagpapatakbo ng university. Sa ngayon, UST has not informed the LGU kung ano talaga ang plano nila sa kanilang nabiling lupa sa Ligaya. So, abangan na lang natin ang mga susunod na kabanata… :)

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  28. Toinks

    haaaayyy…basig naay kusgan nga taga SP diha nga stock holder pud sa isa ka private university diri sa syudad??? hahahahaaaayyyy na langgggg………..

    My advise to UST, huwag sana silang paaapekto. yun lang. hehe

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  29. rrrr

    Mabuti po yun, maraming makakabenefit talaga kung matutuloy ang UST sa gensan. dito talaga ako mag-aaral kahit manila rate ang fee ok. lang. :D hehehe

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