Fr. Dagohoy was the former internal auditor of the University.
Kneeling before the newly installed Vice Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner III, O.P., Fr. Dagohoy signed the Decree of Appointment, with Secretary General Rev. Fr. Florentino Bolo, Jr., O.P. reading it. This was followed by the Profession of Faith, where he put his left hand on the Bible, and the Oath of Fidelity.
The Rector’s Collar was conferred upon by Dr. Nona Ricafort of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), while the University Maces were entrusted by Prof. Clarita Carillo, Ph. D., Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Research, and by Rev. Fr. Pablo Tiong, O.P., former Vice Rector. Fr. Bolo was the Master of Ceremonies.
In his inaugural address, the new Rector said that he hoped Thomasians would walk with him for UST’s future. He said that “continuity is not synonymous with stagnance,” implying that his term shall also work with what was left unfinished for “they are there out of good intentions.” He felt fear when he learned of the news of him taking the post but he prayed to the Lord for guidance and strength.
“In behalf of the CSC Executive Board and Central Board, we would like to congratulate the newly appointed Rector. We are looking forward with working with [him] for a fruitful academic year,” says Central Student Council President Rubi Anne Dauan with an interview with TomasinoWeb. The Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC) President Benjamin Ravanera III also congratulated the new Rector. “SOCC will always support your plans for the university.” Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim also expressed his support for Fr. Dagohoy.
Attendees of the rites included students, alumni, faculty members, student leaders, Regents, the Board of Trustees, the Academic Senate, administrative officials, academic officials, administrators of other schools, and members of Fr. Dagohoy’s family. Government agencies such as CHED, represented by Dr. Ricafort, were at the ceremony. Also present were Mayor Lim and Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, His Excellency Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, who led the Misa de Apertura or the Opening Mass.
By Miguel Villon
Photo taken by Jenzine Alcantara