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Magdalena A. Villaba, Ph.D.

Magdalena A. Villaba, Ph.D. was former dean of the UST Graduate School from 1987 to 1996 and the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters from 1976 to 1987 of the University of Santo Tomas. A true blue Thomasian, she earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy in 1957 from the University of Santo Tomas where she also completed Master of Arts in Philosophy degree in 1967 and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1976. Among the highlights of her deanship at the Faculty of Arts and Letters were working for government recognition for courses like AB Asian Studies, AB Communication Arts and AB Behavioral Science. On the other hand, her deanship at the Graduate School saw the department earning level II accreditation status. She was also responsible for a number of professorial chairs namely the Lord Takayama Chair, the Atty. Romeo Co Chair for the Humanities, and the J. P. Laurel Professorial Chair.

Villaba has published articles and books on Oriental Philosophy, spirituality, eduation and culture. She presently teaches at the University of Santo Tomas's Faculty of Arts and Letters, Graduate School and Ecclesiastical Faculties, and at the Studium General-Santo Domingo. In 1987, Villaba received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Papal Award. She was conferred the honorary title "Dean Emeritus" of the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters in 1996. Villaba was also a recipient of the Japanese Bunku Koryo Award in 1997 and the Catholic Authors Award in 2000.


  • TOTAL Awards 2007 Souvenir Program
    18 August 2007, UST Central Seminary Gymnasium