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'Lumina Pandit' at UST
(The Philippine Star) Updated May 17, 2010 12:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines - Priceless gems of legacy and learning will be the main attraction of the University of Santo Tomas’ upcoming library exhibit titled “Lumina Pandit: An Exhibition of Historical Treasures” which opens on June 17, as part of its quadricentennial celebration.
Rare books and important historical documents from the sprawling collection of the UST Miguel de Benavides Library top-bill the six-part exhibit highlighting the role of the university and its library “in the continuing saga of nation-building.”
The exhibit begins with “Threshold 400” which narrates the arrival of the Dominican fathers in the Philippines. Among the noted Dominicans who “sustained the spiritual fervor of the conquistadores” and laid the groundwork for Philippine tertiary education were Domingo de Salazar, O.P., first bishop of Manila, and Miguel de Benavides, O.P. third bishop of Manila and founder of UST. Also to be featured in the first part are some of the oldest books of the UST Library and authentic copies of the university’s Act of Foundation, the Royal Cedula issued by Philip IV of Spain in 1623, the Papal bulls, and royal decrees juxtaposed with period objects from the UST Museum.
“Realm of Print” as the second part of the exhibit discusses the arrival of the printing press in the Philippines “in aid of production of books for missionary efforts” and presents an exact replica of the first printing press together with the Librong Pag-aaralan nang Manga Tagalog nang Uicang Castila, the first Tagalong-written book published by Filipino printer Tomas Pinpin.
Part Three, the “Sphere of Change,” centers on the Filipinos’ exposure to new ideas in the field of law, medicine, agriculture, architecture, engineering, and theology among others by reading the works of Copernicus, Aristotle, Galileo, Strabon, Thomas Aquinas and Ceferino Gonzales, to name a few.
The fourth part under the heading “Routes of Globalization” recounts the first circumnavigation voyage led by Magellan, whose death on Philippine soil planted the seeds of Filipino nationalism amid the “tremendous advances in the history of humanity” as can be grasped from the books Rlazione del primo Viaggio, De Molucis Insulis, Ataque de Limahon, and Historia Mundi, among others.
The exhibit then reorients its viewers to the “most important decisions that have been made, rightly or wrongly that makes us who we are today” in the fifth part titled “Nascent Nation” which describes the Philippines as “truly the only country in Asia whose children were nurtured in a Scholastic tradition that stretches back all the way to classical civilization.” Issues on catechism, nationalism, freedom, equality, commerce and trade, economics, and human rights will likewise be expounded at this juncture.
“Curve of Nationalism” caps the six-part exhibit, drumbeating the 300-year old UST’s achievements and contributions to the Philippines.
Equally interesting and intriguing is the public viewing of the academic grades of the fathers of our nation, of four Philippine Presidents, six Supreme Court chief justices, and many other outstanding UST alumni.
UST to exhibit oldest book
Philippine Daily Inquirer
DateFirst Posted 00:00:00 03/07/2010
One indication of the growing prospects for another papal visit is that the Vatican has agreed to ship to the Philippines its copy of “Doctrina Cristiana,” the first book to be printed in the Philippines. The copy will be displayed in “Lumina Pandit (Spreading the Light),” a multimillion international exhibit at the UST Miguel de Benavides Central Library that will run July 2010 to January 2011, when the papal visit is expected to take place.
In the run-up to the 1995 visit of John Paul II, the Vatican shipped to the Philippines priceless items from the Vatican Museum for an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. The exhibit of sacred art and other relics emphasized the Church’s work of evangelization in Asia.
Printed by the wooden block press constructed by Dominican Fr. Blancas de San José and the Chinese convert Jaime de Vera in 1593, “Doctrina” was a catechism in Tagalog, proof that the early missionaries like the Dominicans had mastered the native languages in order to spread the faith. No copy of the work is believed to have survived in the Philippines, whose tropical climate is unkind to book preservation.
According to Fr. Angel Aparicio, OP, UST’s prefect of libraries, UST will also exhibit the incunabulae (books printed before 1501) and other rare books in its rich and very varied collection, including its copy of Copernicus’ “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres),” which contains the astronomer’s famous heliocentric theory, published in 1543.
Other activities being prepared by UST to mark its 400th anniversary: an international conference on the history of UST; the Manila meeting of the International Council of St. Thomas Aquinas Universities; the Premio Tomas, a literary contest in English, Filipino and Spanish; and the construction with Gawad Kalinga of 400 villages for the shelterless across the Philippines.
I heard the construction of a satellite campus in Sta. Rosa has been shelved temporarily to channel the funds to the quadricentennial celebration.
May nakakaalam ba sa inyo kung magkano ang budget ng UST sa Quadricentennial celebration?
Introducing "Quster," the UST Quadricentennial Mascot
The Office of the Executive Director for Quadricentennial Activities and Highlights, under Fr. Isidro Abaño, OP, introduced the Official Q Mascot named "Quster" (Quadricentennial UST tigER).
wala pa palang nasisimulan sa sta rosa campus? 1st year ako ng 2000 hanggang pag-graduate ko ng 2005 sabi sisimulan na daw... oh well marami namang nauunsyami kagaya na lang ng medical bldg malapit sa forbes gate...
ang malas naman kasi. eto yung mga moments na sana studyante ka pa rin ng UST eh
sana makadaan ako kahit yung mga major events lang lalo na yung Mr. and Ms. Quadri
grabe siguro lahat ng events this year. kung yung paskuhan last year eh sinabing best paskuhan ever, panu pa kaya ngayong taon?!
Go UST! Panis itong ibang eskwelahan na ito puro isang daang taon lang.
infrastructure: P1.2 billion
*ust sports complex : P800 million
*ust alumni center : P300 million
others: P100 million
*tetraglobal by ramon orlina
* campus renovation
Simbahayan 400 (housing for gawad kalinga, livelihood, healthcare, etc.)
I understand that UST will stage at least two operas in CCP. We all know that staging an opera in CCP is very expensive.
Tapos may international conference pa sa campus and exhibit sa Unesco, Paris.
Paano na lang kung natuloy yung visit ni Pope Benedict XVI? Tapos balita ko UST invited the King and Queen of Spain and other important dignitaries.
Pinapagtuunan talaga nang mga Dominicano ang Quadri natin. Diba nga yung pondo para sa UST-Sta Rosa, nilipat muna sa atin