You are here

Latest News

Subscribe to Latest News feed
The Official Student Publication of the University of Santo Tomas
Updated: 1 hour 3 min ago

UST scores 100 percent in chem tech, improves in chemist board exams

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 23:04
THE UNIVERSITY posted a 100-percent passing rate in the October 2017 licensure exams for chemical technicians, with all 21 Thomasian examinees making to the cut. Diamond Jeff Paug from the Cebu Institute of Technology topped this year’s exams with a score of 92.50 percent. Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology was the top-performing school for […]

Silence an injustice to Atio Castillo, family, Poe tells Aegis Juris members

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 17:23
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a press release from the office of Sen. Grace Poe.  Sen. Grace Poe today slammed the continued “code of silence” of Aegis Juris fraternity members and their refusal to fully cooperate with Senate probers on the death of hazing victim Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III, saying this was an injustice to the […]

UST zooms to 145th spot in QS Asian ranking

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:18
THE UNIVERSITY rose 11 notches to 145th place in the 2017 Asian university ranking of the London-based Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS), after two years of decline. UST jumped from 157th place in 2017, getting an overall score of 37.6 and high marks from employers. “UST graduates consistently and yearly dominate the top ten in courses with board […]

Aegis Juris fratmen summoned to Senate hearing

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:43
THE SENATE Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs has summoned suspects behind the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio Castillo III to its second hearing on Wednesday. Aegis Juris officers and fratmen Arvin Balag, Aeron Salientes, Mhin Wei Chan, Mark Anthony Ventura, Oliver John Audrey Onofre, Ralph Trangia, Ranie Rafael Santiago, Zimon Padro, […]

Dominicans urged to engage in ‘poor-centered’ preaching ministry

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 18:18
THE ORDER of Preachers’ pointman for the Asia-Pacific has called on his fellow Dominicans to promote a “culture of encounter” by going to the peripheries and listening to the poor. “The people in the periphery are central to our ministry. We are told twice to be served by the people we are intending to serve. […]

DNA found on Aegis Juris paddle matches those of Atio’s parents – police

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 06:46
Blood stains from a paddle and white shirt found in the Aegis Juris Fraternity library matched the DNA of the parents of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, a source from the Manila Police District told the Varsitarian on Friday. Laboratory findings showed that blood on the evidence gathered from the police’s two-day sweep of the frat […]

UST urged to review frat policies

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 06:42
A lawyer has called on the University to review policies on fraternities following the death of a UST law freshman in hazing rites, saying non-accreditation of a fraternity didn’t mean UST no longer has a liability. Marwil Llasos of the University of the Philippines Law Center said UST was still be liable for the death […]

Divina files 3rd libel case against Castillo lawyer over remarks in ‘V’ story

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 23:12
CIVIL Law Dean Nilo Divina has filed a third libel complaint against Lorna Kapunan, the family lawyer of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III, for her remarks in a story published by the Varsitarian last Oct. 8. Divina charged Kapunan over her claim that he was liable for the death of Castillo, as dean of Civil […]

CFAD professor mounts Filipino-themed space in BGC exhibit

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 19:19
INTERIOR designer Maria Ann Venturina-Bulanadi mounted a Filipino-themed exhibition for the celebration of Philippine School of Interior Design’s (PSID) 50th anniversary last Oct. 1 at Bonifacio Global City. Bulanadi, who teaches at the College of Fine Arts and Design, highlighted two “advocacies” in her exhibit titled “The Adaptive Reuse of Historical Interiors and Promotion of […]

Civil Law dean, faculty secretary face hazing, murder raps

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 21:09
THE PARENTS of law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III on Monday accused Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina and Faculty Secretary Arthur Capili of being complicit in the fraternity hazing rites that led to their son’s death. A supplementary affidavit filed by the Horacio Jr. and Carmina Castillo before the Department of Justice on Oct. 9 […]

Hazing suspect back in Manila, eyed as state witness

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 18:31
THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DOJ) is eyeing Ralph Trangia, one of the primary suspects in the death of UST law freshman and hazing victim Horacio Castillo III, as a state witness. Trangia, who is listed by the police as the sergeant at arms of the Aegis Juris Fraternity, returned to Manila via Eva Air Flight […]

‘Prayer is key to peace,’ La Naval devotees told

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 23:07
Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco on Sunday said chaos in society was rooted in the lack of respect for life, in a Mass for the feast of La Naval de Manila at Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City. “Magulo [ang lipunan kasi] wala na tayong paggalang sa buhay ng tao samantalang ang buhay ng tao ay […]

Civil Law dean sues Castillo family lawyer for libel

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 22:45
UST FACULTY of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina has filed a libel complaint against lawyer Lorna Kapunan, for allegedly linking him to the death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III as well as the corruption allegations involving the chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Divina wants Kapunan to pay P120 million in damages for […]

Castillo lawyer wants Divina, 18 other UST officials charged over frat hazing

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:21
The parents of slain UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III wants UST officials, including Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina, held liable for the death of the hazing victim. Lorna Kapunan, counsel of Castillo’s parents, said criminal complaints would be filed against Divina and 18 other University officials in addition to the cases against members […]

UST alumni: No cover-up in Castillo hazing case

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:10
Thomasian alumni groups on Saturday decried allegations of a cover-up in the death of UST law freshman and hazing victim Horacio Castillo III. In a joint statement, the alumni associations of UST and the Faculty of Civil Law said the University should not be held liable for Castillo’s death. “There was no attempt at all to cover […]

A call for a new sports leadership

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:16
PHILIPPINE sports have slowly deteriorated in competence and relevance in the last decade not because of untalented athletes, but rather because of leadership of sports officials. The country exited the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur with its worst outing in 18 years, collecting a measly 24 gold medals from the projected 50 […]

Duterte is a lapdog of the Marcoses

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:12
FROM his shocking decision to allow the interment of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani to supporting Bongbong Marcos’s electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, expressing desire to extend Martial Law from Mindanao to Luzon and the entire country, and proposing that the Marcoses be given immunity so they could ostensibly return […]

‘Libreng matrikula’:Marupok, mapusok na konsepto

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:08
SA PANAHONG lubog sa krisis ang bansa, dapat maging makilatis ang mga mamamayan sa mga pangil ng mga ipinapasang mandato tulad na lamang ng libreng matrikula sa mga mag-aaral ng state universities and colleges (SUC) sa ilalim ng Republic Act (RA) 10931. Ikaapat ng Agosto nang ianunsiyo ni Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra ang […]

Use mother tongue in poetry, aspiring poets urged

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:48
AN AWARD-WINNING writer has urged aspiring poets to write in their regional languages to come up with the best poems. “It is a form of witnessing. If you do not use your mother tongue, that tongue will die,” said Jaime An Lim in his lecture at the Solidaridad Bookstore last Sept. 30. Lim, who has […]

Healing, not killing, in Church drug-rehab programs

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:04
AMID THE rising number of deaths brought by President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, the Church maintains that comprehensive rehabilitation programs and cultural evangelization are sustainable solutions to the problem of illegal drugs. Fr. Luciano Felloni, parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes in Caloocan, said drug-rehabilitation programs serve as a “refuge” for drug dependents. […]