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Tiger Jins dominate UAAP taekwondo; Lady Jins finish second

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 22:32

Oct. 25 2016, 10:32 p.m. - THE UST Tiger Jins secured their third consecutive title while the Lady Jins landed on second place for the second straight year in the UAAP Season 79 taekwondo tournament at the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagle gym Tuesday.

UST capped its season with a 5-1 record in the men's division while the Lady Jins, which finished with a 4-2 card, fell behind the unbeaten National University.

Today marked UST's 14th championship in the men's division, the most in UAAP history. The Lady Jins remain the winningest team in the league with 10 titles. 

The Tiger Jins prevailed over University of the East, 4-3, and the University of the Philippines, 6-1.  read more »

Rookie-MVP claims manhandling; quits Golden Sox

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 17:03

REIGNING UAAP rookie-MVP Julius Diaz is set to leave the UST Golden Sox following an altercation with a teammate.

Diaz, who was tied for the most runs-batted-in at 12 last season, said he could move either to National University or the University of Rizal System, where he played high school baseball. 

“UST is really not for me even if I want to be here,” he told the Varsitarian.

Diaz said an older teammate came to his dormitory on the night ofAug. 25 and kicked him repeatedly on the stomach. 

He said the teammate confronted him for leaving early and failing to perform with other rookies at a UST pep rally. 


Probe read more »

UST to name Peruvian Nobel laureate 'honorary professor'

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 21:01

Oct. 24 2016, 9:01 p.m. - ASIA'S oldest university will confer the title "honorary professor" on award-winning Peruvian-Spanish author Mario Vargas Llosa on his visit on Nov. 7.

Llosa will drop by the UST Miguel de Benavides Library before delivering a lecture in Spanish at the Grand Ballroom of the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building.

As president of the worldwide literary organization Poets, Playwrights, Essayists and Novelists (PEN) International from 1976 to 1979, he visited Manila in 1978 to meet Philippine PEN members including National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose. read more »

Language, literary conventions highlighted in 12th Creative Writing Workshop

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 20:53

Oct. 24 2016, 8:53 p.m. - THE COUNTRY'S top writers urged Thomasian writers to be mindful of language and literary conventions during the Varsitarian’s 12th Creative Writing Workshop.

Discussing tula (poetry in Filipino), poet Allan Popa advised the use of conversational language to appeal to a contemporary audience.

“Gumamit ng wikang colloquial kung kinakailangan, tulad ng paggamit ng ‘ma’ imbis na ‘inay.’ Hindi masama ang mga tula na madaling intindihin,” he said.

Popa said poems should be concise but sustain their impact. “Minsan, kailangan din ng kaunting pag-rerenda sa salita. Kahit maikli lamang ang pahayag, dapat loaded siya,” he said. read more »

Tiger Jins split matches on Day 2 of UAAP taekwondo

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 19:30

Oct. 24 2016, 7:30 p.m. - THE UST Tiger Jins put their chances of winning a gold medal in jeopardy as both the men's and women's teams split their matches on the second day of the UAAP Season 79 taekwondo tournament at the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagle gym Monday.

UST made quick work of NU in the men's division as Juan Miguel Ramos defeated Anjon Ortonio with a 5-0 rout in the fifth game.  The Tiger Jins finished the series with a 5-2 victory. 

Ramos continued his impressive showing with a 10-1 win over Mitchell Agapito in the fourth game to keep UST alive, 1-3, but Kyle Uy clinched the series for DLSU, which won 5-2.  read more »

UST Tigersharks finish fourth anew in UAAP swimming tourney

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 18:54

Oct. 24 2016, 6:54 p.m. - THE UST Tigersharks finished at fourth place for the second straight year in the UAAP swimming tournament, falling behind powerhouses Ateneo de Manila, De La Salle University and the University of the Philippines. 

UST capped the Season 79 swimming tilt with two silver medals in the men's division for 84 points, and two silver and three bronze medals in the women's division for 129 points.

Ateneo took the overall swimming championship in the men's division with 603 points, while UP ruled the women's division with 444 points.  read more »

'Saint-maker' Fr. Fidel Villarroel, O.P. dies at 87

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 18:05

Oct. 24 2016, 6:05 p.m. - FR. FIDEL Villarroel, O.P., the country's "most prolific saint-maker,"  died Sunday morning at the UST Hospital following multiple organ failure. He was 87.

The University historian and archivist is credited for writing the "Positio Super Introductione Causae," the historical research that led to the canonization of St. Lorenzo Ruiz and his 15 martyred companions in 1987.

Born on March 18, 1929, Villarroel hailed from Tejerina in Leon, Spain. He took up philosophy and theology at the House of Studies of the Dominican the Convent of Avila. read more »

'Eco-theologian' hits Church social doctrine for lack of teaching on climate change

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:07

Oct. 24 2016, 11:07 a.m. - AN ECO-THEOLOGIAN has criticized the "Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church" for having little to say on the issue of climate change. 

Fr. Sean McDonagh, a Columban "environmental missionary," said the lack of content on climate change in the Compendium, a detailed document on Catholic Social Teaching, was "complete utter nonsense."

“This is in 2004, this is not from a hundred years ago,” the Irish priest said in a conference at the Espiritu Santo Parochial School last Oct. 22. 

McDonagh emphasized the need for the care and preservation of the environment, calling it a "responsibility and moral issue." read more »

Tagle launches rehab program, says addiction 'a spiritual concern'

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 08:49

Oct. 24 2016, 8:49 a.m. - MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called for "restorative justice" through spiritual guidance to help rehabilitate drug users and pushers, rejecting the spate of summary killings in the country.

At the launch of "Sanlakbay Para sa Pagbabagong Buhay," the Archdiocese of Manila's rehabilitation program, Tagle said drug addiction is a spiritual concern that should be addressed through healing and restoration.

"Ang tugon ay hindi dapat panghuhusga, kung hindi pagtulong," Tagle said in his homily at the Manila Cathedral last Oct. 23.

Tagle called on the faithful to believe in due process of law, saying extrajudicial killings do not solve the drug menace. read more »

Tiger Jins win back-to-back in UAAP opener

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 20:41

Oct. 23, 2016, 8:41 p.m. - THE UST Tiger Jins scored twin victories while their female counterparts split their matches in the opening day of the UAAP Season 79 taekwondo tournament at the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagle gym Sunday. 

The Tiger Jins squeaked past Far Eastern University, 4-3, but went on to annihilate the Ateneo de Manila University, 6-1, in their first two matches. read more »

UST winless on Day 3 of UAAP swimming tourney

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 20:40

Oct. 23 2016, 8:40 p.m. - THE UST Tigersharks failed to bag a medal on the third day of the UAAP Season 79 swimming tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium Sunday.

Tigersharks Jux Keaton Solita and Bryan Kyle Celestial reached the finals of the 200-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly and 400-meter individual medley events but fell short against powerhouses Ateneo De Manila University and University of the Philippines. 

In women's play, Julianne Khryztell Torres had the chance to clinch a medal in the 100-meter breaststroke but UP and Ateneo reigned supreme once again. read more »

Archers repeat over Tigers in 43-point blowout

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 16:44

Oct. 23 2016, 4:44 p.m. - THE DE La Salle Green Archers thrashed UST by 43 points, 99-56, as the Growling Tigers crashed out of Final Four contention in the UAAP Season 79 men's basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum Sunday. 

It was déjà vu for the Tigers who lost by 42 points in their first encounter with the Green Archers. 

Ben Mbala took charge for La Salle with 21 points, 15 boards and five blocks while Justine Baltazar had 10 points and 12 rebounds. 

Louie Vigil dropped 18 points for the Tigers, who remain at sixth place with a 3-8 win-loss card. 

Details to follow. read more »

UST HS volleybelles trounce La Salle-Zobel

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 16:34

THE UST Junior Golden Tigresses whipped the De La Salle-Zobel Junior Lady Spikers, 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21, in the UAAP Season 79 girls' volleyball tournament at the Adamson University Gym Sunday.  

UST registered 52 attacks, six blocks and six aces to improve to a 10-2 record. 

Trailing by a point in the final set, 18-19, the Junior Tigresses arrived at match point off a 6-2 rin before team captian Eya Laure's service ace sealed the game. 

"Errors pa rin 'yung pumapatay sa amin [kaya umabot sa fourth set.] At the same time, may factor 'yung pagkatalo namin sa NU kahapon," UST head coach Emilio "Kung Fu" Reyes Jr. said in an interview with the Varsitarian read more »

Junior Tiger Spikers dominate Ateneo

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 13:34

Oct. 23 2016, 1:34 p.m. - THE UST Junior Spikers walloped the Ateneo de Manila University, 26-24, 25-16, 25-17, in the UAAP Season 79 boys' volleyball tournament at the Adamson gym Sunday.

UST exploited Ateneo's poor floor defense with 29 kills and 12 service aces.

The Junior Spikers pulled away from a three-point lead to reach match point, 24-17, before Jaron Requinton's hit gave UST its 11th win in 12 games.

"Nakaka-receive tayo ng maayos [at] walang problema 'yung offense natin," UST assistant coach Rommel Abella said.

Rey De Vega led UST with 19 points. read more »

Artlets professor elected head of Philippine Sociological Society

Sun, 10/23/2016 - 12:11

Oct. 23 2016, 12:10 pm. - SOCIOLOGIST Clarence Batan of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) was elected president of the Philippine Sociological Society last Oct. 7.

Batan graduated from UST in 1995 with a degree in sociology. He obtained his master's degree in sociology from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, and a doctorate degree from Dalhousie University under a scholarship grant from the Canadian government.  read more »

NU blasts UST HS volleybelles

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 21:54

Oct. 22 2016, 9:53 p.m. - THE UST Junior Tigresses yielded to the National University Lady Bullpups, 19-25, 25-21, 21-25 and 20-25 in the UAAP Season 79 girls' volleyball at the Adamson University gym Saturday.

The undefeated NU swept the Junior Tigresses, who are now at second place with a 10-2 record. 

Faith Nisperos spearheaded the Lady Bullpups with 17 markers.  Eya Laure anchored the Tigresses with 12 points. 

The Junior Tigresses face De La Salle-Zobel on Oct. 23, 1 p.m., at the same venue. I. R. L. Suing read more »

UST swimmer bags silver in UAAP freestyle

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 21:52

Oct. 22 2016, 9:52 p.m. - UST SWIMMERS brought home only one medal on the second day of the UAAP Season 79 swimming tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium Saturday. 

Female Tigershark Mary Angelic Saavedra bagged silver in the 400-meter freestyle behind Ateneo De Manila University's Hannah Dato.

The Female Tigersharks now have two silver and four bronze medals while their male counterparts won a silver.

UST is now at third place in the women's division with 73 points behind Ateneo's 210 and University of the Philippines' 189. 

The Male Tigersharks ranked fourth with 38 points.  read more »

Tigresses suffer 22-point blowout vs NU

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 14:35

Oct. 22 2016, 2:35 p.m. - THE NATIONAL University Lady Bulldogs wiped out the UST Growling Tigresses, 71-49, in the UAAP Season 79 women's basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum Saturday. 

The Lady Bulldogs handed the Tigresses their second straight loss behind reigning MVP Afril Bernardino who had 24 points and 14 rebounds. They remain undefeates in 11 games. 

The Tigresses, now with a 3-7 record, scored only nine points in each of the first three quarters. They shot an atrocious 30 percent from the field and muffed eight of their 14 free throw attempts. read more »

Junior Tiger Spikers crush UP

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 13:36

Oct. 22 2016, 1:35 p.m. - THE UST Junior Tiger Spikers annihilated the University of the Philippines, 25-16, 25-10, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 79 boys’ volleyball tournament at the Adamson University gym Saturday.

UST dominated UP with 18 kills and 10 service aces as it improved to a 10-1 record.

Lance Caparas led UST with 14 points while Joshua Munji added 12 points.

UP cut a nine-point deficit to four in the third set, 15-19, before the Junior Spikers scored three straight points to pull away.  read more »

Tigersharks bag 5 medals in UAAP swimming opener

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 22:12

Oct. 21 2016, 10:12 p.m. - THE UST Tigersharks grabbed two silver and three bronze medals in the opening of the UAAP Season 79 swimming tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium Friday.

Mary Angelic Saavedra won silver in the 800-meter freestyle and captured bronze in the 200-meter individual medley. 

Jux Keaton Solita clinched the lone medal for the Male Tigersharks after he won silver in the 800-meter freestyle event. 

Female Tigersharks Ana Dela Cruz, Franchesca Bustria, Zsuzsanna Gatchalian and Jana Toledo finished third in the 200-meter medley relay, behind Ateneo de Manila and University of the Philippines, which clinched first and second places, respectively. read more »