DLSU faculty among
the world’s 100 famous contemporary theologians
Dr. Jose de Mesa of DLSU-Manila’s
Religious Education Department has been listed among 100 famous
contemporary theologians by Germany-based Missionswissenschaftliches
Institut Missio, which undertook a worldwide inquiry on the situation
of theology at the end of the 20th century.
In September 1999, the institute sent
a questionnaire to those who have made it in the list of the world’s
famous theologians, or individuals “who, through their work, had
either left their imprint on the development of present-day theology
or had received at least a certain degree of recognition in their
De Mesa’s response is included in
the compilation of answers to the questionnaire released recently
under the title, Theologie im III.Millennium—Quo Vadis?: Antworten
der Theologen. Dokumentation einer Weltumfrage, by IKO-Verlag für
Interkulturelle Kommunikation of Frankfurt.
In his published response, De Mesa
highlights the importance of human experience and culture in doing
local theology today.
Dr. Professor Raul Fornet-Betancourt
of Missio was the project editor. The book is Volume 7 of the series,
Denktraditionen im Dialog: Studien zur Befreiung und Interkulturalität.
The answers were also published in a
1999 special publication of the series Traditions in dialogue. Studies
on interculturality by the same publishers. It was presented during
the III. International Congress of Intercultural Philosophy, which
took place in November 1999 in Aachen, Germany.
In another development, the Jesuit
Communications Foundation in cooperation with the East Asian Pastoral
Institute (EAPI) finished last July the production of its fourth video
on theological-pastoral topics, titled, “Doing Christology in Asia
De Mesa, a systematic theologian, is
featured in the video with his 50-minute lecture on the relationship
between Christology and culture. Using the first disciples’ model of
doing Christology, De Mesa illustrates possible ways of understanding
and articulating the meaning of Jesus in the context of Asia today.
A formal launch is being planned by
the Jesuit Communications Foundation in the near future. Copies of the
videos will be available in the Foundation’s office at the Sonolux
Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
COE dean named
president of national engineering organization
College of Engineering Dean
Servillano Olaño, Jr. was elected President of the Philippine
Association for Technological Education (PATE) during its National
Convention held at the Holiday Plaza Hotel in Cebu City on July 27-29.
Olaño stands as the fourth COE Dean to serve as PATE President,
following the footsteps of Brother J. Benedict, FSC, Dean Emeritus
Eduardo Gutierrez, and Dr. Angel Lazaro III. His term of office is
As PATE President, Olaño envisions
the organization “to serve its members in improving engineering
education in the country.” PATE is a nationwide organization
composed of more than a hundred engineering schools in the country. It
conducts management trainings for administrators, computer literacy
programs, and quality and productivity seminars nationwide.
Among its major achievements is the
institution of the program offering Master of Engineering Through the
PATE Consortium, composed of DLSU-Manila, Adamson University, Mapua
Institute of Technology, Technological University of the Philippines,
and the University of Santo Tomas.
During the national convention, the
DLSU delegation was composed of the Dean, Graduate Director Dr.
Carlito Salazar (ChE), Vice Dean Efren dela Cruz, Dr. Aida Velasco
(IE), Dr. Manuel Belino (ME), Dr. Felicito Caluyo (ECE), Ronaldo
Gallardo (CE) and Nilo Bugtai (MEM). Velasco, Caluyo and Belino
presented papers in line with convention’s theme: “Reengineering
Engineering Education in the Era of Globalization”.
Velasco read her paper “Are We
Ready to Reengineer Engineering Schools in the Philippines?” while
Caluyo and Belino presented their papers titled “Technology,
Innovation and R & D Management” and “Towards a World-class
Engineering Ethics Education”, respectively.