Tom Rosario and the Light of Being - Eagle eyes by Tony La Viña

December 11, 2017
I was supposed to write a column to share my reflections on the Gospel reading for the Second Day of Advent. But yesterday, news came of the passage into eternal life of a friend and colleague of nearly 40 years, Professor Tom Rosario of Ateneo de Manila. For a moment, when I heard the news and consumed by grief, Advent seemed so far away. I will write that column for next Tuesday instead.
I first met Tomas G. Rosario in 1978. He was still a graduate student of philosophy in Ateneo de Manila University then, writing a thesis on Saint Thomas Aquinas. We shared a teacher Fr. Francis Reilly who taught us undergraduate philosophy students Metaphysics and Epistemology, introducing us also to Thomistic philosophy. Tom was mentored by Fr. Reilly and would soon be recruited into the philosophy faculty of Ateneo de Manila. Eventually, I would join that faculty and Tom and I would become colleagues for nearly a decade before I moved to Diliman to become a law professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law. Tom, on the other hand, would go on teaching in Ateneo and finish his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Santo Tomas.