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Social media trolls, cretins unite versus ‘V’

6 hours 28 min ago
FOLLOWING the Varsitarian’s call on the officers of the UST Alumni Association Inc. (UAAI) to resign over “libelling” UST when it gave the “Outstanding UST Alumna in Government” award to Mocha Uson, there has been a spate of ignorant and infuriating comments on the V’s social media accounts. They claim that the publication has turned a blind eye on more pressing matters such […]

Aldin Ayo a Dominican product

6 hours 29 min ago
ALDIN Ayo’s hiring as the new Growling Tigers head tactician should make UST forget about its proud tradition of engaging exclusively with alumni coaches in its UAAP varsity teams, and accept “outsiders” that embody the same Thomasian core values. In a statement released early January that officially inducted Ayo of his new coaching job, the […]

Allegations vs. Civil Law dean mostly ‘based on speculations’ – Divina lawyer

7 hours 51 min ago
THE LEGAL counsel of UST Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina dismissed allegations against him in relation to the fraternity hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III as mostly “based on speculations.” Lawyer Estrella Elamparo said Divina’s legal team was “very confident” there was no legal basis even for a disbarment case being […]

Atio’s mom thanks UST for expelling fratmen, but says law profs should be probed, too

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:24
THE MOTHER of slain UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III on Sunday lauded UST’s decision to expel eight law students involved in her son’s death, but said Civil Law faculty members should also be held accountable. Carmina Castillo urged the UST administration to investigate faculty members linked to Aegis Juris, the law fraternity implicated […]

Be the ‘new heroes’ in daily acts of kindness, Robredo urges Thomasians

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 15:42
THERE’S no need for a revolution for heroism to emerge. Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Saturday urged Thomasians to be heroes by being “servant-leaders” in daily life. “We no longer need a hero or a one-time revolution. What we need are our collective daily acts of kindness, respect for people’s rights and servant-leadership. […]

Music alumna shines in operatic concert

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 15:11
A Conservatory of Music alumna treated opera lovers to a pre-Valentine concert in “A Night of Love: An Evening of Opera Love Songs and Duets” last Feb. 10 at the Ayala Museum. Soprano Mheco Manlangit shared the stage with tenor Arthur Espiritu and another soprano, Stefanie Quintin. “It’s always exciting to perform because I get […]

Thomasian is new bishop of Iba, Zambales

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 15:02
Pope Francis has appointed a Thomasian cleric as bishop of the Diocese of Iba in Zambales. Msgr. Bartolome Gaspar Santos will be succeeding Bishop Florentino Lavarias. Santos, the vicar general of the Diocese of Malolos since 2013, attained his degrees in philosophy and theology in UST. Born on Dec. 1, 1967 in Santa Maria, Bulacan, […]

UST STATEMENT: UST Committee expels 8 law students in connection with the death of Mr. Horacio Castillo III

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 13:48
UST Committee expels 8 law students in connection with the death of Mr. Horacio Castillo III The University of Santo Tomas (UST) confirmed that the Committee tasked to investigate the death of Mr. Horacio Castillo III has issued its first resolution finding eight (8) law students guilty of violating the Code of Conduct and Discipline […]

University expels 8 law students in Atio hazing death

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 13:43
UST has kicked out eight Faculty of Civil Law students involved in the hazing death of Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. In a statement, the University administration said a committee investigating the hazing death had issued its first resolution finding eight law students “guilty of violating the Code of Conduct and Discipline and imposing the supreme […]

UST confers honorary doctorate on Jollibee founder

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 16:38
THE UNIVERSITY conferred on Thursday an honorary doctorate in business administration, honoris causa, on Jollibee Foods Corp. founder Tony Tan Caktiong for his outstanding contribution to the economy and business. Tan Caktiong, 65, graduated from the University in 1975 with a degree in chemical engineering. In an interview with the Varsitarian, Tan Caktiong credited his Thomasian […]

Cebu Archbishop Palma on entering Dominican family: Nothing late about love

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:32
CEBU CITY – Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma entered the Priestly Fraternities of St. Dominic in the Philippines in a rite of admission at the chapel of the Archbishop’s Palace in Cebu last Jan. 23. Palma said his admission to the order was not late, and was an act of “growing in holiness” by living out the Dominican spirituality of […]

Take sides in the ‘age of fake news,’ journalists urged

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 07:52
MEDIA scholars and journalists said it was time for the press to step away from neutrality, and take the side of the public as they practice their profession under an administration that openly spreads false information. Cherian George, professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University, said media should “take sides for truth [and] take sides […]

This Lent, save ‘fallen’ relationships with promise to change – Rector

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 20:50
UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. talked about the need to save fallen relationships through God’s transforming love on Ash Wednesday, which coincided with Valentine’s Day this year. In his homily during the Ash Wednesday Mass at Plaza Mayor, Dagohoy said Christ’s sacrifice on the cross transforms an individual because it is the “greatest love […]

Senate approves ‘Atio Castillo Law’

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 20:18
The Senate repealed on Monday the Anti-Hazing Act on third and final reading, banning all forms of hazing following the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. Nineteen senators voted in favor, the bill, which amends Republic Act 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law of 1995 and imposes harsher penalties. The bill will be referred to […]

Marawi prelate emotional while recounting 5-month horror

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 20:01
MARAWI Bishop Edwin de la Peña turned emotional as he recalled the siege of Marawi during the University-wide faculty and staff retreat last Feb 9. De la Peña, a target for kidnapping of Islamic State-inspired terrorists, teared up when he spoke of the hundreds of lives lost to the siege, as well as some 250 […]

‘Unfair’ to be included in disbarment proceedings – Divina

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 19:50
CIVIL Law Dean Nilo Divina on Tuesday said it was “unfair” for him to be included in disbarment proceedings in connection with the Aegis Juris Fraternity’s alleged cover-up of the hazing death of law freshman Horacio Castillo III, pointing out that he had exerted efforts to help in the investigation. “I find it unfair and […]

Thomasians perform in Pasinaya arts fest

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:50
TALENTS from the University held multiple performances throughout the two-day Pasinaya 2018, a cultural event that ran from Feb. 3 to 4 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The UST Symphony Orchestra kick-started the line-up of performances at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater), delighting the audience with its own arrangements of Filipino folk […]

90 years of the ‘V’ shown in exhibit

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:37
UST’s official student publication, the Varsitarian, unveiled its exhibit in celebration of its 90th year anniversary at the UST Museum last Feb. 6. Managing Editor Bernadette Pamintuan, Publications Adviser Joselito Zulueta and seasoned ‘V’ alumni Nestor Cuartero and Vim Nadera led the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Varsitarian’s maiden issue, released on Jan. 16, 1928, stood at […]

Former CBCP president decries ‘normalization’ of cursing, lying, cheating in society

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:05
WHAT is a saint? This was the question tackled by Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas on Thursday, Day 2 of Ambag 2021, the University-wide retreat at the Quadricentennial Pavilion. To be a saint is to be a “normal Christian,” said Villegas, the former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), as he decried […]

4 Thomasians among fellows of UST National Writers’ Workshop

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:10
FOUR Thomasian alumni were named fellows of the UST National Writers’ Workshop. Journalism alumnus Hans Lawrence Malgapu, communication arts graduate Karl Ivan Dan Orit, and literature alumni Kristinne Nigel Santos and Edmark Tan are set to join the seven-day workshop on March 18 to 25 in Baguio. Malgapu and Tan are fellows for poetry, while […]

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