This oration was delivered by the author during the annual discurso de apertura at the formal opening of the academic year 2019-2020 at the University of Santo Tomas last August 1, 2019. The discurso started as a Dominican Catholic tradition on July 16, 1866 as an annual event. The professor or dean assigned the preparation of this academic paper is appointed by the rector of the university a few months prior to the opening of each school year.
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