Newsletter Simulation & Research Center Simulation Laboratory and Research Development Building

Notes from the Architects

written by Archs. Rodolfo and Ana Ventura

The UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, headed by the Regent Rev. Fr.  Angel Aparicio, O.P. and Dean Dra. Maria Lourdes Maglinao, and with Dr. Larry King as the FMS Simulation director, will begin the construction of the St. Cosmas and St. Damian Simulation and Research Building very soon.  

Despite the several twists and turns in its planning in the past years and some uncertainty during the pandemic, it is finally a go. The primary objective for the Building is to provide Thomasian medical students with state-of-the-art facilities for the simulation of hospital activities and patient care using medical manikins as learning tools. There will be provisions for simulation of ICUs, wards, OB delivery room, operating theatre, and consultation rooms.  Students will be able to take active participation in an environment of experiential learning while being closely monitored by the esteemed faculty.  There will also be provision for offices and activity areas for the Anargyroi: FMS Foundation, Inc., medical academic researchers, and the alumni.

The proposed Simulation and Research Building will be located at the empty rectangular lot adjacent to the Tan Yan Kee Student Center, the Miguel de Benavides Central Library and the Benavides High School Building.  With roads along the perimeter of the lot, the Building is an island setting with the opportunity to feature four different but related façade designs.

Located parallel and adjacent to the busy Dapitan Street, the 7-floor Building will be a standout structure visible to all passers-by.  The Building features a prominent Latin inscription on the façade along Dapitan Street, which translates to “Honor the physician; his works are necessary, but God is the one who brings the power of life and death.” This Building will be a tribute to the Catholic medical education of the University of Santo Tomas, where it was first offered in the Philippines and has since been recognized as the country’s premier medical school. 

The corner of its façade along Osmena drive and parallel to Dapitan St. will be the focal point that greets all who enters the campus through the Dapitan gate. The use of reflective corner glass will provide the hint of student activity within and outside the Building, complemented by the random vertical silver gray aluminum fins that create the impression of positive upward movement. This focal corner will be distinctly outlined by the University’s trademark yellow.

With the extensive use of glass for all facades, the Building will evoke transparency from within, modernity and innovation – the direction that the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery is now actively pursuing.  The Building exteriors will also feature vertical aluminum sun breakers, which while being functional in itself, will evoke verticality and suggest growth and reaching up to new heights with the innovation in the study of medicine. Expanses of concrete walls will evoke stability, solidity and timelessness. The use of horizontal and vertical concrete fins extending up and around the facades interrelates and embraces the building’s exterior facades into a cohesive design.

The Building interiors will simulate the feel and ambiance of a modern hospital in order to provide the proper setting of learning for future doctors.  Transparency by the use of glass will provide the feeling of expanse and space despite the limitation in the Building’s footprint. Careful and thoughtful study of utilities was done to ensure that the Building’s functionality will be easily maintained in the years to come. 


About the writers:

Ar. Rodolfo P. Ventura, MS is currently the Dean of UST’s College of Architecture. Together with his wife, Ar. Ana Ventura, he heads his architectural firm CA Ventura and Partners. Their team is in charge of the design of the upcoming Sts. Cosmas and Damian Simulation and Research Building.

Newsletter Simulation & Research Center Simulation Laboratory and Research Development Building

Be one of the first 400!

“You can count the seeds in an apple, but you can’t count the apples in a seed.”

Dr. Peter Fang shared this proverb during the signing ceremony of the Deed of his Donation for the Sts. Cosmas and Damian Simulation and Research Center held last March 18, 2022 at the UST Rector’s Hall.

Indeed, no words can better describe the bountiful generosity that has flowed from him and his wife, Dr. Linda Sy-Fang, in the name of gratitude and trust towards their alma mater UST-FMS. They are among the many Thomasian alumni who contribute to the scholarship fund now being enjoyed by more future Thomasian physicians. And now, with their donation of 4 million US dollars towards the Center, their generosity can assure that these future doctors will be trained with the latest technology and interventions in healthcare.

But as the proverb goes, generosity does not end there.

To encourage more UST-FMS alumni to give back to their alma mater by paying forward to the future Thomasian doctors, Drs. Peter and Linda Fang will donate 250 US dollars in honor of each of the first 400 US-based donors who will make a donation through a donor-advised fund towards the St. Cosmas and St. Damian Simulation and Research Lab campaign. 

This inspired the new fundraising endeavor of AFI: the Seeds of Generosity Campaign.

This campaign is open to all US-based Thomasian alumni who wish to share their gift of resources to the current students of UST-FMS. For those who are interested in partaking of this mission, here is a brief step-by-step process in opening a donor-advised fund so you can begin your donation process:

Step 1:

  1. Go to the website of Schwab Charitable to access the Application Form:
  2. You may choose to apply online or manually.

Key points:

  • Minimum grant is $50.
  • You may skip pages 3,4,5,6, and 7 and leave blank because there is no need to name any Secondary Account Holder (unless you want to.) No need to choose any Succession Plan option or Legacy Charitable Beneficiary option at this time.
  • On Page 8, choose CORE ACCOUNT, then choose MONEY MARKET POOL – 100%,
  • On Page 9 under source of funds, choose SALARY/WAGES/SAVINGS.
  • Under CONTRIBUTIONS TO YOUR ACCOUNT, choose CASH CONTRIBUTION, then specify amount.
  • For those applying manually, the simplest way is to choose Core Account; print out the application form; fill out manually and enclose a Check as Cash contribution and send to address given on page 12. However, if you wish to transfer non-cash assets from another institution, you need to fill out the Transfer of Assets Form.
  • Administrative fee: 0.6% of asset or $100 whichever is greater per year. (Subject to change.)

Step 2:

  1. Call 800-746-6216 and ask for assistance.  Make sure to say you only have a DAF and would like to receive the acknowlegement of contribution letter.  Verify who you are and ask to have the letter e-mailed to you. Save the letter for tax purposes.
  2. Ask to have your account to be web enabled.  Make sure to ask for your full account number.
  3. Log in to the Schwab Charitable Client Center. Operator will walk you through the log in process.   Be ready to have thought of a screen name and password of your choice.
  4. Inform operator/donor specialist that you are going to use NGOSource to grant ANARGYROI:FMS FOUNDATION, INC and connect you with a “Schwab charitable international granting” officer who will send you a separate e-mail with required form to fill once you are ready to grant.

Step 3:

  1. Download SCHWAB MOBILE app and register your phone/tablet as a trusted devise.
  2. On your app, tap on Charitable Gift Account when you are ready to grant.

AFI — the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery foundation and the aggregator of donated funds for the FMS — is now recognized as a U.S. public charity through equivalency determination. This means that US-based donors can now streamline their donations to AFI and be eligible for tax deduction, as we are now recognized as a U.S. public charity under Section 501(c)(3) by virtue of this Equivalency Determination certification.

Interested donors and partners may contact AFI for more information on projects and programs that can be supported through our email address

Let us sow the seeds of generosity today, and harvest limitless fruits in the future!