By: Lance Kirby M. Ami / The Dominican Gazette
Saint Dominic de Guzman, the patron saint of the Dominican Republic and Astronomers, was born on August 8, 1170, at Caleruega, Spain. He studied at the University of Palencia, was canonized in the year 1234 by Pope Gregory IX. He founded the Dominican Order, also known as “The Order of Preachers,” on December 22, 1216, a church established in Toulouse, France. Long ago, a pregnant woman named Juana de Aza, married to Dominic de Guzmán, had a premonition. A dream in which a dog was igniting the world with a torch held into its mouth. A dream that sparked symbolism; became keen to every Dominicans.
A dalmatian igniting the world. A symbolism for Saint Dominic sharing his burning passion for wisdom and education with the world. His passion for truth, the word of God as an inspiration to every living soul, a symbolism that gained its life supported by the life and journey of Saint Dominic.
Rev. Fr. Anthony George Bergonio, a former dean of studies and a college director of Our Lady of Peace College Seminary, a chaplain at Dominican College of Tarlac who started his official appointment on September 1, 2021, in company with his dog Jacob, his “bark side.”
Jacob is a Shih Tzu with a black, brown, and white pattern on its coat, seemingly a tortoiseshell cat disguised as a dog. But this dog is more than just a man’s best friend or a tortoiseshell cat in disguise. Coincidentally, Jacob and Father Anthony have found their fate here at Dominican College of Tarlac, bringing a live metaphor of Saint Dominic and the dog that has ignited the world in Juana de Aza’s dream. A spark for a new beginning, a living symbol of Juana De Aza’s dream, a symbolism for Saint Dominic. A symbolism and company to Rev. Fr. Anthony George Bergonio, together to deliver a burning fire and history of Dominican College of Tarlac.
Jacob, along with Rev. Fr. Anthony George Bergonio, has set a new meaning of “history repeats itself,” ablaze with the ability to spread their passion for truth and the burning words that would leave a mark in Dominican College of Tarlac’s history, but on their own. A new history, a kindle of a new beginning will revive a new symbolism to their recognition of the ignition of the world, a fire for education, a fire for preach, a fire of eternity to every student and facilitators, a fire for knowledge, wisdom, and passion for truth.
We are honored to be part of a new history. The kindle of our new beginning to be bestowed below your burning passion. To be preaching under your words and to be a part of your journey together as Dominicans. We are blessed to be also a part of your beginning. We Dominican students will also spread our burning passion for education, our honor, and our pride. Together, we welcome you Jacob and Rev. Fr. Anthony George Bergonio. May you both have a pleasant history together with us Dominicans.