UST honors Jollibee founder with doctorate degree
THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) honors its alumnus, Jollibee Foods Corp. founder and chairman Tony Tan Caktiong, by conferring upon him the degree Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa, at a ceremony that will be held today, Feb. 15, at the UST Medicine Auditorium, Manila. The UST confers doctorate degree, honoris
causa, upon illustrious individuals and alumni who have manifested outstanding contribution in the field where he/she is being recognized. In the history of the 407 year-old University, 77 individuals from diverse fields from all over the world have received the honorary doctorate degree. Included in the roster are President Manuel L. Quezon, President of the UN Assembly and Filipino diplomat Carlos P. Romulo, Prince Juan Carlos de Borbon of Spain, President Corazon C. Aquino, SGV Founder Washington SyCip, Focolare founder Chiara Lubich, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Lebedev, Jaime Cardinal L. Sin, among others. The most recent awardees were Mercury Drug Founder Mariano Que and UnionBank President Justo A. Ortiz, who received their awards in 2015. Mr. Tan Caktiong becomes the 78th awardee of a doctorate degree, honoris causa.
The ceremony will be led by UST Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., who will give the address of Concession in response to the Address of Petition that will be read by the UST Graduate School Dean Dr. Marilu R. Madrunio. The Regent of the Faculty of Engineering Rev. Fr. Roberto L. Luanzon, Jr., O.P., will give the invocation, while Dean Philipina A. Marcelo will read the diploma. Tan Caktiong will deliver his address of acceptance. UST Secretary General, Fr. Jesus M. Miranda, Jr., O.P., will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Citing his achievements in the food industry that has spanned 40 years, Mr. Tan Caktiong’s visionary leadership has not only placed his company, Jollibee Foods Corp., as the first food service company in the Philippines to be publicly listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange, it has also acquired business interests in various food brands in Asia and the United States.
TONY TAN CAKTIONG