Alumni Spotlight

Servando ‘Buddy’ C. Aromin

Vice President

Sigma Beta ‘54


Servando C. Aromin, known as ‘Buddy’ to his Betan brothers was born in Santa Cruz, Manila on November 24, 1934. He is married to Carminia L.Villavicencio, to which he had four loving children, Ma. Isabel, Ma. Lourdes, Ma. Veronica and Francisco and now buddy has six grand children. Buddy finished high school at U.S.T. in 1952. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Santo Tomas in 1956. He joined Sigma Beta in 1954 and has been an outstanding representative of the fraternity.


Buddy is considered and is recognized as one of the pillars in the field of Structural Engineering here and abroad. He is a Fellow of three prestigious organizations of Structural and Civil Engineers, namely: the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP), and the Philippines Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE). His illustrious career spans for more than 40 years with various consulting firms, wherein he held responsible positions and which brought him to work and to gain experience in his field in other countries. Buddy was a Senior Structural Engineer or Head of Structural Department for Trans-Asia Group of Companies in the Far East. As such, he was assigned to their offices in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Guam and the Philippines for an aggregate period of 16 years.


In 1977, he went into private practice and founded his own company, S.C. Aromin & Associates before he organized AROMIN & SY + ASSOCIATES, Inc., a structural design consultancy firm. Through his dedication, discipline and outstanding leadership, he steered the company to its current enviable status as one of the most prominent and prestigious structural design companies in the Philippines.


His portfolio of structural designs as Engineer-of-Record, includes numerous high-rise buildings, such as the Ayala Tower One, Ritz Towers, Pacific Plaza Condominium, Rockwell Residential Condominiums (Rizal, Hidalgo, Luna, Amorsolo East and Amorsolo West), PBCom Tower, GT Tower, Forbes Tower, Pacific Plaza Towers, Urban Bank Plaza (now Export-Import Bank), Petron Plaza Tower, Manila Hotel, Cultural Center Theater, the former Hilton Hotel, now Manila Pavilion Hotel and many more. A number of these buildings were considered as the tallest building in the Philippines at one time. At present the tallest is the PBCom Tower along Ayala Avenue in Makati, and it is to Buddy’s credit that he has been consistently responsible for the structural design of the tallest buildings in the Philippines.


Capping his colorful career are awards that eloquently speak of his magnificent contribution to structural engineering design. Some of these awards are: “Presidential Citation for Outstanding Structural Engineering Achievement”, 1971, given by the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP); the “Certificate of Recognition for Structural Engineering” by the Professional Regulations Commission, 1977; “Outstanding Civil Engineer in the Field of Structural Design”, 1979, by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE); “Outstanding Thomasian for Structural Engineering”, 1980, by the UST Alumni Association; “Outstanding Alumnus” 1986, by the UST Engineering Alumni Association; “The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni” (TOTAL) in the field of Science and Technology by the UST Alumni Association; “Golden Jubilee Award”, 2002, by the UST High School Alumni Association; and in 2007, “Centennial Awardee” by the UST Faculty of Engineering.


Buddy is an active Betan in Community service and work, a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Las Pinas South. He is presently a member of the Rotary Club of Makati Central. He is also actively serving in his Parish Church, as a member of various Church organizations and ministries, such as, the Knights of Columbus (Council 9636), where he was once a Deputy Grand Knight; an active member and Past Jefe de Turno of the Adoracion Nocturna Filipina (Turno 1178); and. Currently the Vice President of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Las Pinas City.


Servando “Buddy” C. Aromin has made exemplary contributions to the nation’s structural engineering. As a distinguished Civil Engineer and Betan, he has brought great honor to University of Santo Tomas and Sigma Beta Fraternity.



Short message from Buddy:

‘SIGMA BETA has been an excellent venue for me to interact with my Brothers from different batches,

 the Civil Engineers from U.S.T. Faculty of Engineering, Especially now that most of our batch mates and even the batches ahead of us are gone. I truly cherish the camaraderie and exchange of experiences, professional practice and otherwise, and I look forward to a closer fraternal relationship in the future. I see a vibrant and alive group and with the advent of computer technology, we can instantly contact anyone of our Brothers listed in our directory. ” May I, therefore, invite our U.S.T. Civil Engineering students to consider joining our Fraternity. It’s fun and fulfilling.”



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