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Si Dionisio San Agustin at kaniyang pagsulyap sa daigdig

3 hours 22 min ago
BINUBUO ng mga tala at aral sa pagbisita ni Dionisio San Agustin, isang periyodista sa bungad ng nakaraang siglo, ang bagong lunsad na aklat na “Ilang Sulyap sa Daigdig” (UST Publishing House, 2018). Para kay Michael Coroza, patnugot ng aklat, mapapansin dito ang nabuong naratibo tungkol sa buong panahon ng pagdalaw at pagdanas ni San […]

UST partners with EU to celebrate culture

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:48
MUSIC and dance became platforms for cultural exchange in “Hemispheres: A European Cultural Symposium,” a series of talks and performances organized by the European Union and the Office of Public Affairs (OPA), last Feb. 15. Swedish classical violinists Jeanette Kamphuis and Stefan Randehed, along with concert cellist and professor Renato Lucas, a faculty member of […]

Manila has never truly recovered from WW2–American author

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 13:28
AN AMERICAN author urged Filipinos to remember the 1945 Battle of Manila, which forever scarred the city, during the launching of the book, “Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila” at the UST Museum last Feb. 14. “[T]his was a battle that was really born on the backs of the civilians. A hundred thousand […]

OVERWORKED, UNDERPAID: Nurses hit UST Hospital’s ‘unjust’ labor practices

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 20:54
UST HOSPITAL (USTH) nurses are grappling with poor working conditions in the hospital and vow to strike if their complaints are not addressed under a new collective bargaining deal. A nurse from the UST Hospital Employees’ Association said the lack of staff is forcing nurses to serve beyond their prescribed and paid working hours, resulting […]

National Artist for Architecture Bobby Mañosa dies at 88

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 20:38
NATIONAL Artist for Architecture Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa passed away after a bout with pneumonia on Feb. 20. He was 88. Mañosa graduated from the old College of Architecture and Fine Arts in 1953 and is  known as a pioneer of Philippine architecture, having highlighted local designs and materials in his works. In an interview with the Varsitarian in 2010, Mañosa […]

CURING A SOCIAL ILL: ‘Humane, scientific’ way urged vs Duterte’s drug war

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 19:30
HOW SHOULD the country solve its drug problem and save those who are afflicted? On Jan. 7, members of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) spoke out against criminalizing drug users under President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, his “Tokhang” war waged against users and pushers, the innocent women and children, but not the […]

Kung mapadaan sa Lovers’ lane

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 19:42
BINANSAGAN ang isang liwasan sa loob ng Unibersidad na “Lovers’ Lane” na naging tagpuan ng mga magkasintahan. Alam ba ninyong nakapangalan ang Lovers’ Lane sa tatlong tanyag na tao? Ipinangalan kay Padre Jose Burgos, isang martir, at sa mga bayaning sina Dr. Jose Rizal at Marcelo H. del Pilar ang mga daanan nito. Nagsisilbi itong […]

Assault on press freedom allows madmen free rein

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 19:26
TRUTH-TELLING has never been about those who practice it. As part of a self-denying profession, journalists leave behind their personal and even selfish interests to be able to report the best obtainable version of the truth. They do this because their allegiance belongs to the public. But when the press faces attack, it falls on […]

Thomasian lands 10th in December 2018 microbiologist certification exam

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:52
A THOMASIAN clinched the 10th spot in the December 2018 licensure exam for microbiologists. Nica Victorina Domingo led the new batch of registered Thomasian microbiologists. Aside from Domingo, five other Thomasians passed the exam. Emerson Bryan Dilla of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna topped this year’s microbiologist certification exam. This was the […]

UST Hospital staff vote to strike

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:38
UST HOSPITAL (USTH) administrators and staff have reached a deadlock in collective bargaining negotiations, forcing the employees’ union to file a notice of strike with the Department of Labor and Employment. A resounding 399 members of the USTH Employees Association voted “Yes” to a strike referendum held on Monday, while only seven voted “No.” The […]

Sampaloc crime rate down in 2018–police

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 19:49
ADVERTISING arts senior Patricia Esguerra recalled the night of October 2017 when three men stole her bag after she left it on a table inside a convenience store on España Boulevard. “I entered [Ministop] to buy something and left my bag on a table. When I came back, the bag was gone,” Esguerra told the […]

Thomasian artists join Pasinaya 2019

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 15:26
THOMASIAN musicians and dancers joined artists from all over Luzon on the third day of the 15th Pasinaya: Open House Festival, a three-day arts festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from Feb. 1-3. The UST Symphony Orchestra (USTSO), one of CCP’s resident orchestras, opened the lineup of performances in the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo […]

Lawrence Pangan, UST civil engineer, 61

Sun, 02/10/2019 - 13:38
THE UNIVERSITY Facilities Management Office’s in-house civil engineer, Lawrence Pangan, died on Feb. 4 after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 61. Pangan served the University for 30 years and was involved in the construction of the Central Laboratory and other buildings, plans for campuses in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and General Santos City, and work on […]

Thomasian scientists warn about the multiple threats to tawilis population

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 15:16
SARDINELLA tawilis will become “critically endangered” unless the community addresses multiple threats to the fish population, Thomasian scientists have warned. Sardinella tawilis or tawilis, also known as Bombon Sardine, the only freshwater sardine in the world, is found exclusively in the Taal Lake. Dr. Rey Donne Papa, a biologist and a researcher at the UST Research Center for Natural […]

UST improves in Feb 2019 OT exams

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 20:30
THE UNIVERSITY posted a 100-percent overall performance rate in the February 2019 licensure exams for occupational therapists, with all seven Thomasian examinees passing the test. This was higher than last year’s 91.67 percent, or 11 out of 12 Thomasian examinees. Nicole Kyla Delfin of the University of the Philippines – Manila led the fresh batch […]

Thomasian filmmaker’s short film featured in CCP’s Pasinaya 2019

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 16:03
A THOMASIAN filmmaker’s short film was featured in the Pasinaya 2019, the largest multi-arts festival in the country. Jose Mojica’s experimental short film, titled “E,” was shown at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) last Feb. 3. “I did the film with a clear intention. I just wanted the audience to ask questions, not […]

Video games open new platforms for composers

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:01
AN ESTABLISHED film scorer discussed the ever-expanding platform for composers in the video game and film industry in a lecture and masterclass at the Conservatory of Music last Jan. 25. Amit Weiner, a composer and concert pianist, discussed in detail the different avenues for film scorers, recalling his numerous experiences in writing music for multimedia […]

Union members hit distribution of USTFU savings, file labor complaint

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:48
SOME FACULTY members filed a complaint last Feb. 4 before the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) against the officers of the UST Faculty Union (USTFU) over the “unjust distribution of USTFU savings.” Complainants Rene Tadle, Noel Asiones, Michelle Desierto, Leonardo Guevarra Jr., Gemma Aboy, John Vincent Ignacio and Ramil Sotelo Sasi opposed the release […]

Be more conscious on gender when writing —Thomasian scholar

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:48
A THOMASIAN poet and critic has called on writers to be more conscious on gender in their works during a literary forum at the UST Central Laboratory Auditorium last Jan. 31. “It behooves writers to think of gender as a crucial element in their works because everything that they write, and everything they can ever […]

 Architecture needs a sense of purpose — Thomasian architect

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 18:51
ARCHITECTURE Alumnus Angelo Mañosa highlighted the importance of the environment in advancement and innovation in Philippine architecture. Mañosa tackled sustainable tropical architecture in “Icons MADE: the 2019 Art MADE Public,” the first of a series of traveling exhibits and lectures by Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE), held at the Podium in Mandaluyong last Jan. 24. […]