Philippine Daily Inquirer
Being himself and more
Br. Ricardo P. Laguda, FSC
An article talking about Br. Ricky Laguda’s vocation as a Brother of the Christian Schools as he transitions to his role as a General Councilor, written by Chelo Banal-Formoso
“God pulls a rug from under your feet and life changes inevitably,” Br. Ricardo P. Laguda FSC said in a recent speech to the general assembly at De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila.
Laguda, who was appointed chancellor in 2010 and became concurrent university president in 2012, leaves for Rome today to assume new responsibilities. He has been elected general councilor, one of five who will be assisting the likewise newly elected superior general of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Fratres Scholarum Christianarum in Latin, hence the abbreviation FSC).
“One part of my portfolio will be the Asia-Pacific region. My official address will be in Singapore. I will travel to Rome only four times during the year,” Laguda said.
The 45-year-old Christian brother received his basic education from, well, the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City. But perhaps not very many people know that the man who would be DLSU president earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree from Ateneo de Manila University in 1992. That same year, his roots claimed him back from the Jesuits when he began his postulancy at Lasallian Center. Laguda subsequently received his master’s degree as well as his Ph.D. from DLSU and served as teacher, formator and administrator in the religious order whose main ministry is education.