The University of Santo Tomas Graduate School cluster and UST Institute of Religion will conduct a webinar on the celebration of the 500 Years of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines on March 20, 2021.
With the theme, “The 500th Anniversary of Christianity and the New Evangelization”, the webinar will focus on how the Christian faith can be nourished.
“Rather than merely look back at the colonial history of Christianization that started when the first Mass was held on March 21, 1521, in the islands that would later be known as the Philippines, the webinar recognizes the need for evaluation and renewal as one Church. Following the CBCP exhortation on the New Evangelization, evangelizing is no longer linked with colonization, but with dialogue and friendship,” according to the statement by the university.
Guest speakers in the webinar are Professor Rev. Fr. Hermel Pama, OP, Ph.D., anthropologist and Philosophy Professor (New Evangelization and Indigenous Peoples), Pablito A. Baybado, Jr., Ph.D., Religions for Peace Asia Associate Secretary General (New Evangelization and the Muslim Community) and Rev. Fr. Delfo Canceran, O.P., Ph.D., Philosopher and writer (New Evangelization and the Cognitive Science of Religion).
The webinar will also feature a panel of speakers and reactors from different disciplines in the social sciences, especially history, anthropology, education, religion, sociology, and politics.
The members of the panel of reactors are Br. Mervin Lomague, O.P., of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, Carolina Dionco, Ph.D., of the Mary Hill School of Theology, Dr. Mariel A. Abante of the Sta. Teresa College – Bauan, Batangas Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Asst. Prof. Val Brillo of the UST Institute of Religion, Arche Ligo of the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies, and Asst. Prof. Reuel Rito Seño, of the De La Salle College of St. Benilde and president of the Religious Educators Association of the Philippines.
Martius Lechuga and Mariel Blanza, UST graduate school students will serve as moderators of the webinar that will be held via Zoom.
According to the university, only 300 participants can be accommodated. To secure a slot, register through this link: http://bit.ly/3pj44Lg. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)