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Justice department reopens Atio hazing case after admission of witness’ affidavit 

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 15:10
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reopened the preliminary investigation on the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, following receipt of the affidavit of witness Marc Anthony Ventura. In the affidavit submitted to the DOJ last Jan. 3, Ventura identified the members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity who took part in […]

Follow the Lord’s will, imitate Christ’s simplicity, Black Nazarene devotees told

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 19:06
MANILA Archbishop Luis Cardinal Tagle called on devotees of the Black Nazarene to trust and follow the Lord’s will in a Eucharistic celebration for the Nazareno’s feast on Tuesday. Discussing the theme “Poong Hesus Nazareno: Ang Daan, Ang Katotohanan at Ang Buhay,” Tagle encouraged Catholic faithful to draw hope from Christ amid life’s struggles and […]

The UST Main Building at 90

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 19:50
UKNOWN to Thomasians and perhaps even to Filipino Dominicans, last Nov. 12 marked the 90th anniversary of the UST Main Building. The day passed without fanfare or even prayerful commemoration. Although the Main Building is everyone’s image of UST, especially for outsiders and even tourists who make it a point to put it in their […]

The Varsitarian’s top stories of 2017

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 13:58
AS THE year draws to a close, the Varsitarian presents the top stories of 2017 in the University and national levels. UST hikes tuition amid K to 12 transition The University implemented a 7.02- to 9.96-percent tuition increase for Academic Year 2017 to 2018 in an effort to keep faculty members and maintain school facilities […]

UST to introduce 3 new programs, reduced years of study next academic year

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 19:54
THE UNIVERSITY is set to offer new undergraduate programs and tracks for Academic Year 2018 to 2019, while programs with five years of study will be reduced to four years. The Faculty of Arts and Letters will open a fresh undergraduate program in creative writing, which will be holding writing workshops as part of its […]

Rebuild hopes and homes in Marawi: A Christmas wish

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 17:11
‘TIS NOT the season for corruption, injustice and ignorance to prevail, especially when 60,000 families displaced due to the Marawi crisis are still suffering from trauma and subject to the poor conditions in evacuation centers months after the government declared them “liberated.” Although the death of militants Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute and withdrawal of […]

Dengvaxia, RH, Garin, and greed

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:59
PRESIDENT Duterte in one rare instance of withholding his vindictiveness toward his predecessor, who had equally been vindictive toward his predecessor, said he would not put the blame on anyone for the disastrous dengue vaccination program, in which the scarcely texted Dengvaxia formulation from the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur was administered to tens of […]

Duterte: The Grinch who stole our Christmas

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 16:41
CHRISTMAS has always been a celebration of love and life but for President Duterte, it is a convenient time to resume the bloody war on drugs. The number of extrajudicial killings in the country is still rising and will probably continue to rise as President Duterte has restored the Philippine National Police (PNP) at the […]

Mga manunulat, hinikayat na lumikha ng sariling inspirasiyon sa pagsusulat

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 13:22
HUWAG maghintay ng inspirasyon sa pagsusulat, kundi lumikha ng sariling inspirasiyon kung saan gumagawa ng isang kondisiyon para mapadali ang paglalahad ng kuwento. Ito ang pahayag ni Eros Atalia, kuwentista at propesor ng Filipino sa Unibersidad, sa idinaos na ikalawang Literary Festival sa Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Filipinas noong ika-7 ng Disyembre. Ayon kay Atalia, dapat […]

UST High student among those missing in ferry tragedy

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 07:13
A UST JUNIOR High School student was declared missing after a ferry headed to Polillo Island in Quezon Province capsized on Thursday. Jake Noel Mendiola, 14, was one of the passengers of the fast craft MV Mercraft III that overturned off Real Port in Quezon Province, a report from radio station dzRH said. Mendiola’s cousin, […]

Aegis Juris leader freed from Senate detention

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:59
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of a lead suspect in the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III from Senate custody. Arvin Balag, “grand praefectus,” of Aegis Juris, the law fraternity implicated in Atio’s slay, was detained in the Senate after he was cited in contempt for repeatedly refusing […]

Game of Thrones-inspired Paskuhan draws crowd of 60,000

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 15:03
Paskuhan revelers enjoyed an almost rainless night in the culmination of the University’s “Game of Thrones”-inspired yuletide festivities on Wednesday, Dec. 20. An estimated 60,000 Thomasians and guests gathered at the UST Grandstand and Open Field for the annual festivities, according to the UST Security Office. Light rainshowers fell as a fifteen-minute pyromusical display capped […]

Santa Claus, out; St. Nicholas of Bari, in

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 00:00
“SANTA Claus” may be a Western stereotype and a cultural anachronism in Asia, but Filipinos believe in him. The figure of the white-bearded man in a red suit seems to displace the figure of the infant Christ in the manger as the icon of Christmas. Leo Martin Angelo Ocampo, who teaches theology in the University, […]

36th National Book Awards a Celebration of Reading

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 00:00
THE 36TH National Book Awards were a celebration not only of authors but also of readers, as winning authors emphasized passion for reading as determinant of their writing success. “Reading not only gives us information, but also the sharing of information that could benefit both the reader and the writer,” said Jose Victor Torres, a […]

Tomasino sa Human Rights Day

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 23:28
HINDI kailanman mawawalan ng mulat na Tomasino na handang ipaglaban ang karapatang-pantao, lalo na ng kaniyang kapuwa. Ayon sa ulat ng Varsitarian noong 1981, lumahok ang ilang mag-aaral ng Unibersidad sa pagdiriwang ng ika-33 anibersaryo ng Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Kinabilangan ng mahigit 3,000 katao ang pagtitipon na idinaos noong ika-10 ng Disyembre sa […]


Mon, 12/18/2017 - 23:24
“Sa may bahay ang aming bati; Sa bahay-bahay, mayro’n kaming hatid Bago at pagkatapos ng bawat sermon ng pari— “’Merry Christmas’ na maluwalhati; Mga natutuhang bersong may kapalit na salapi. “Ang pag-ibig, ‘pag siyang naghari, araw-araw ay magiging Pasko lagi; Maya-maya na kami ni bunso uuwi Susuyurin muna ang mga bahay na triple ang laki […]

Court upholds graft raps vs CHEd chief

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 00:00
THE FIGHT to hold Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chairwoman Patricia Licuanan liable for graft continues for a respected school-accreditation association. In a Resolution dated 18 August 2017, the Court of Appeals (CA) reversed its earlier ruling to dismiss the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) petition, questioning the Office of the […]

The UST Main Building at 90

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 00:00
UKNOWN to Thomasians and perhaps even to Filipino Dominicans, last Nov. 12 marked the 90th anniversary of the UST Main Building. The day passed without fanfare or even prayerful commemoration. Although the Main Building is everyone’s image of UST, especially for outsiders and even tourists who make it a point to put it in their […]

Annual Christmas concert revamped

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 00:00
HOMEGROWN talents from the Conservatory of Music bested in the performance of classical Christmas hymns to a much wider Thomasian crowd in this year’s revamped UST Christmas Concert. The traditional two-night event of the Christmas concert was merged into one grand event with the University’s “Pre-Paskuhan festivities” last Dec. 1, ushering in the Yuletide season […]

UST campus in GenSan to push through

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 00:00
LOCAL officials have given the go-signal for the construction of a UST campus in General Santos City, a University official said. The plan to build UST GenSan is supported by the local government including Sen. Manny Pacquiao, a former Sarangani representative, said Fr. Dexter Austria, O.P., director of the Facilities Management Office (FMO). “We had […]