Fundraising Modernization of Facilities Newsletter

Celebrating Progress: Redeveloped Wing of St. Martin de Porres blessed

June 1, 2023


To mark the completion of renovations inside the St. Martin de Porres Medicine Building, a blessing ceremony was held on May 19, 2023. This momentous event brought together the University officials, FMS  faculty members,  other community members, and AFI. In her  welcome message, Dr. Ma. Lourdes Maglinao, Dean of the UST-FMS, expressed her appreciation to all those involved in the renovation process and emphasized the building's vital role in training the next generation of Thomasian physicians.

Dean Maglinao noted, "Today is a day of gratitude. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. This event is yet another proof that we can turn a vision into fruition and bring a dream into reality".

Present during the blessing rite and to show their support to the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery,  were  the UST Rector,   Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P.,: Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. (Sec. General), Fr. Dexter Austria, O.P. (Facilities and Management Office Director), Fr. Jesus Jay Miranda, O.P. (UST, BOT), Fr. Senen Ecleo, O.P. (Regent, College of Commerce and Business Administration), and Fr. George Phe Mang, O.P. (Regent, Faculty of Arts and Letter) who were assigned to the different floors.

Fr. Angel Aparicio, O.P., Regent of FMS, worked closely with the Campus Ministry to make this occasion meaningful and memorable.

Aside from this event, UST FMS also celebrated its 152nd Founding Anniversary on May 28, 2023.


Almost a decade ago, when Fr. Angel Aparicio, O.P. was appointed as the Regent of the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, he and the Faculty recognized the need for structural innovation to  adapt to 21st century medical education.

After years of planning and working on the project, it has now come to completion.

Fr. Angel Aparicio confirmed, “This is the first time that a vast renovation has been undertaken. There have been renovations in the past, but less encompassing than this.”

AFI, fulfilling its commitment to the UST FMS, funded the audio-visual equipment acquisition and its installation in the  new laboratories and lecture halls and the refurbishing of the faculty rooms at a cost approximately  PhP 12 Million.  

"Anargyroi really helped us a lot on this (project) and we are grateful for that," said Dr. Melvin R. Marcial, chairman of the Department of Medicine.

Naming rights for 18 renovated  rooms in St. Martin de Porres Medicine Building are still available.

Join us in creating a lasting legacy within our Alma Mater!

Fundraising Newsletter Simulation & Research Center Simulation Laboratory and Research Development Building

The Generosity of Class 1982

It’s the season of love once again, and the best way to celebrate it is to generously share love with as many people as we can. 

This is why,  we are so inspired by USTFMS Class 1982’s act of generosity that is concretized in their commitment to share the gift of quality medical education to the future Thomasian physicians. Last February 9, Anargyroi: FMS Foundation, Inc. (AFI) Trustee and Class 1982 alumnus Prof. Norberto Martinez, MD turned over a set of Balance Testing and Rehabilitation Equipment to FMS through AFI. This set includes the following:

  • Pressure Plate
  • Balance software
  • Foam for Pressure Plate
  • Bag for Pressure Plate
  • Software Libra Vestibular Rehab Clinic
  • VR goggles
  • Gaming computer
  • Lumos projector

Present in the turnover to receive the donations were AFI President and USTFMS Dean Ma. Lourdes D. Maglinao, MD, Assistant Dean Prof. Remedios D. Chan, MD, Asst. Faculty Secretary Prof. Dexter Clifton C. Pe, MD, and AFI Executive Director Ms. Anna Maria Gloria S. Ward.

These equipment will be used for the benefit of the current Audiology Laboratory in the St. Martin de Porres Building. This donation will also be accounted as part of Class 1982’s effort to raise Php 10M for the naming rights of the Faculty/Student Lounge in the upcoming Henry Sy, Sr. Hall. This 171.25-sqm facility will be placed on the 2nd floor of the building and is adjacent to the 2nd floor lobby, the coaching and mentoring rooms, and beside the projected office of AFI.

Since last year, their Class has been generously contributing to this goal either from personal donations or their fundraising initiatives with their friends and supporters. Together, they are already halfway through their goal.

Apart from the abovementioned donations, Professor Emeritus Philip Newall of Macquarie University and Audiologist Dr. Cristy Newall of Concord Hospital, donated additional equipment for the current audiology laboratory, along with numerous hearing aids to be given to patients in need through Dr. Hubert Ramos, Course Director of the masters program in Clinical Audiology. This donation is made to USTFMS also through AFI.

Present to receive the donations were AFI President and USTFMS Dean Ma. Lourdes D. Maglinao, AFI Executive Director Ms. Anna Maria Gloria S. Ward, and AFI Trustee and Class 1982 alumnus Prof. Norberto V. Martinez, MD who brokered the connection between the donors and USTFMS. 

The Faculty is honored to have such generous alumni and friends. Indeed, there is much love to be shared around when each member of the community contributes. 

Fundraising Newsletter Simulation & Research Center Simulation Laboratory and Research Development Building

On this site will rise the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall

The long wait is over.

All systems go for the construction of the much-awaited Henry Sy, Sr. Hall. With all the necessary permits acquired and the lot now finally cleared, operations are now running on the site beside the Tan Yan Kee Student Center and in front of the Miguel de Benavides Library. The University has contracted AIMM Builder and Construction Supply for the project during an onsite ceremony held in December 2022. Following a few weeks of preparation and some delays due to the holiday break, the countdown towards the building’s completion now resumes.

In photo (L-R): Members of the AFI Board of Trustees and Fundraising Committee — Dr. Larry King, AFI Executive Director Ms. Annette Ward, Dr. Bee Giok Tan-Sales, UST-FMS Dean Dr. Lourdes Maglinao, UST-FMS Regent Fr. Angel Aparicio, and Fundraising Chairman Dr. Charles Cuaso.

Supporting UST-FMS’s thrust in promoting collaborative research on the country’s health challenges and to provide a venue for medical students to obtain higher, research-based degrees, the Henry Sy Foundation donated P300 million to the University that would support the cost of constructing this seven-story structure that will house simulation and research facilities. The construction period is expected to last 18 months with substantial completion by Q4 of 2024. Weekly meetings are being done among the contractor representatives, UST Facilities Management Office, and UST-FMS to make sure that the project is on-track with the proposed timeline.

In addition to the grant of Henry Sy Foundation, the other donations will come from UST-FMS alumni and supporters. Anargyroi Foundation, Inc., through the leadership of its President Dean Lourdes Maglinao and Fundraising Committee Chairman Dr. Charles Cuaso, has been raising funds for this project for the past years.

Join us and Go Further with AFI!

If you wish to contribute to this project, kindly contact AFI Executive Director Ms. Anna Maria Gloria Ward through

or (+63 2) 8553 1611 loc. 8566.

AFI accepts Philippine and overseas donations through this link.

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AFI Joins Celebration of UST-FMS Jubilarians

December 16, 2022 — The festive spirit of Christmas lights up the halls of UST-FMS, as bright smiles and cheerful greetings from UST-FMS jubilarian classes that end in 1 and 6 from all over the world, are back home for the series of celebrations of their alumni homecoming and the closing of the sesquicentennial celebrations. Together with the rest of the Faculty, AFI welcomes them home at the doorway.

The celebrations kicked off with the first installment of the back-to-back Dr. Mariano M. Alimurung Memorial Post-Graduate Course last December 8 and 9, hosted by Class 1996. While doctors attended the lecture series, AFI prepared a booth where they may get to know more about the Go Further: Beyond 150 Years Campaign, sign up for the AFI newsletter, and get a chance to win raffle items.

 The merriment continued to the weekend in EDSA Shangri-la, where the doctors exchanged their academic hats for dancing shoes and glamorous dresses for the much-awaited alumni homecoming last December 11. The AFI team was also present at their booth to greet the doctors.

It was also a great opportunity for Class 1986 to publicly announce their donation of Php 5 Million towards the completion of the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall Simulation and Research Center. To honor their generosity, the lounge at the 2nd floor of the building will be named after them. Their donation was officially turned over to AFI last December 8, 2022 at the Dean’s Conference Room of some members of their Class, led by Dr. Francis Roasa. Dean Ma. Lourdes Maglinao, as President of AFI, gladly and proudly received the check, as she is also of Class ‘86.


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Starkey Hearing Technologies donates to AFI for Henry Sy, Sr. Hall Audiology Lab

November 8, 2022 –  AFI received a donation for the highly anticipated Henry Sy, Sr. Hall from US-based Starkey Hearing Technologies through its founder, principal owner, and chairman Dr. William Austin and Mrs. Tani Austin. This partnership was made possible through the bridging of Dr. Norberto Martinez, AFI Trustee and Treasurer and UST-FMS Department Chair of Otorhinolaryngology. Committed to the vision of helping the world hear better, Starkey generously donated the amount of USD 200 Thousand for the naming rights to the Audiology Laboratory in the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall. The donation shall be used exclusively for the purchase and maintenance of equipment of the said facility.

More than his innovativeness and business acumen that grew his company to be one of the largest manufacturers of hearing aid in the world, Dr. Austin is consistently being recognized for his philanthropic work. According to the website of Starkey, his numerous awards include: the Horatio Alger Award, Mexico’s Aztec Eagle Award, the Jefferson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award, the National Caring Award, the Humanitarian Award from Variety International, and the AG Bell Lifetime Achievement Award. At the United Nations in 2017, Bill Austin was named the first Goodwill Global Ambassador for Ear and Hearing Health. Most recently, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 50th annual Tri-State Hearing Convention, and was named the 2022 Career Achievement honoree in Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s Minnesota Manufacturing Awards.

With an Audiology Laboratory at the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall named after him, future UST-FMS students and faculty who will benefit from its research and simulation laboratories will continuously be reminded of Dr. Austin’s innovation and generosity, inspiring the next generation of Thomasian doctors to do the same.

Join us and Go Further with AFI!
Contact Ms. Anna Maria Gloria Ward through
or (+63 2) 8553 1611 loc. 8566.
AFI accepts Philippine and overseas donations through this link.