UST Library launched bilingual edition of historic book ‘Ensayo’ 

Published September 14, 2022, 3:09 PM

by Jessica Pag-iwayan

It is a book about Spanish religious corporations written by Fr. Valentin Morales Marin, OP.

First published in 1901, the book “Ensayo de una sintesis de los trabajos realizados por las Corporaciones eligiosas Españolas” (Essay of a synthesis of the works accomplished by the Spanish religious corporations in the Philippines) by Spanish priest Fr. Valentin Morales Marin, OP., finally had its Spanish-English bilingual edition, published by the UST Library.  

The two-volume book, edited by the UST Prefect of Libraries, Rev. Fr. Angel A. Aparicio, O.P. describes the contributions of the Spanish religious corporations in the country and what transpired during the Spanish period of 1521 to 1898.

Volume I of Ensayo discusses the pre-Spanish Civilization and the Spanish colonization and evangelization of the archipelago, while Volume II details the works of four religious missionary congregations in the Philippines—Augustinians, Franciscans, Recollects, and Dominicans.

The new edition is a joint endeavor among the University of Santo Tomas Miguel de Benavides Librarv the Archivo de la Universidad de Santo Tomas, and the Union Bank of the Philippines. The University offers it as a contribution to the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines.

The introductory price of the two-volume set is P4,000 (regular price: P5,000). For more information or to reserve a copy, contact Ms. Sabina C. Viernes ([email protected] or (02)8731-3034).