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Thomasian interdisciplinary scholar dies at 77

Photo from Hornedo's Facebook account
Photo from Hornedo’s Facebook account

THOMASIAN INTERDISCIPLINARY scholar Prof. Florentino Hornedo, Ph.D. passed away at the age of 77 yesterday.

Hornedo was found lying unconscious in his room at St. Dominic College, Basco, Batanes and was immediately brought to the hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

An expert in the fields of political science, philosophy, and anthropology, he taught education, philosophy, literature, and history at the Ateneo De Manila University and the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Graduate School and Ecclesiastical Studies of the University of Santo Tomas (UST). He was also the dean of St. Dominic College of Batanes.

Hornedo, a Thomasian alumnus, earned a degree in Bachelor of Science in Education as cum laude, a doctorate in Literature, and post doctorate degrees in History and Political Science. He finished his Master of Arts degrees in English Literature and Philosophy at the St. Louis University, Baguio City, both as cum laude.

Assoc. Prof. Maria Eloisa De Castro said the deceased educator was a quintessential interdisciplinary scholar. “He is one of the quintessential Thomasians in my opinion. They don’t make people like him anymore.”

“He was the first to cross the boundary of disciplines. Even before the idea of interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity became fashionable, he was already doing that for many years,” De Castro added.

Aside from being an educator, Hornedo garnered recognitions for his writings and research such as the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, National Catholic Authors Award, Pilak Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Batanes Provincial Achievement Recognition for Cultural and Social Reasearch, and Recognition Award for Social Research from UST College of Education Alumni Association.

Born in Savidug, Sabtang, Batanes on Oct. 16, 1938, Hornedo poured efforts in the promotion of the Ivatan culture, paving way for his appointment as curator of the Prelate of Batanes.

Assoc. Prof. Augusto De Viana, Ph.D. said Hornedo was “very much respected in his community” and many of the professors in the University were under his guidance. F KRYSTAL GAYLE R. DIGAY with reports from NEIL JAYSON N. SERVALLOS

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