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Artlets Student Council president won’t resign

4 hours 2 min ago
The president of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) Student Council has decided to continue his duties and will not resign from his post, as he recovers from multiple injuries after his attempt to take his own life nearly two months ago. Political science senior Reymark Simbulan suffered a dislocated knee, a broken hip […]

Journ profs warn vs low Palace accreditation standards for bloggers, social media users

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:30
Editor’s note: This story was rewritten to correct a misinterpretation of the views expressed by the resource persons interviewed. TWO JOURNALISM professors are taking issue with the low accreditation standards set by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for bloggers and social media users who want to cover President Rodrigo Duterte. While not in principle […]

Adopt Jesse Robredo’s ‘servant leadership,’ Thomasians urged

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 21:47
A lawmaker has underscored the importance of people’s participation in government as exemplified by the consultative style of the late Jesse Robredo as mayor of Naga City and secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Gabriel Bordado, representative of the third district of Camarines Sur, said Robredo’s legacy was the institutionalization of […]

UST to offer first ‘transnational’ architecture doctorate in PH

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 21:38
The University is set to offer the first “transnational” doctorate program in architecture in the country next academic year. Graduate School Dean Marilu Madrunio said the doctorate program would be offered as a double degree by UST and in the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. The program is a collaboration between the Commission […]

Cinemalaya 13 in review, Part 3: “Nabubulok,” “Bagahe,” “Requited”

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:32
This year’s roster of Cinemalaya independent films is again impressive, featuring a diverse set of directors, actors and narratives. With a larger number of “millennials” this year, the biggest independent film festival centers on the development of new norms for the “indie” scene. More mainstream actors took the helm, developing audience appreciation in the process. […]

Cinemalaya 13 in review, Part 2: “Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig” and “Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa”

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:07
This year’s roster of Cinemalaya independent films is again impressive, featuring a diverse set of directors, actors and narratives. With a larger number of “millennials” this year, the biggest independent film festival centers on the development of new norms for the “indie” scene. More mainstream actors took the helm, developing audience appreciation in the process. […]

Journalism profs warn vs reckless, irresponsible bloggers

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:33
JOURNALISM professors warned the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) against allowing bloggers and social media users to cover presidential events, as some of them tend to be reckless and irresponsible. Veteran journalist Nestor Cuartero, instructor at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, said recklessness and irresponsibility in news coverage were problems that could arise as […]

Journalism profs warn vs reckless, irresponsible bloggers

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:24
JOURNALISM professors warned the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) against allowing bloggers and social media users to cover presidential events, as some of them tend to be reckless and irresponsible. Veteran journalist Nestor Cuartero, instructor at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, said recklessness and irresponsibility in news coverage were problems that could arise as […]

Cinemalaya 13 in review, Part 1: ‘Baconaua,’ ‘Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha,’ and ‘Kiko Boksingero’

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:10
This year’s roster of Cinemalaya independent films is again impressive, featuring a diverse set of directors, actors and narratives. With a larger number of “millennials” this year, the biggest independent film festival centers on the development of new norms for the “indie” scene. More mainstream actors took the helm, developing audience appreciation in the process. […]

Pinoy hip-hop given new light in indie film

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:06
Fliptop battles are the heart and core of “Respeto,” a beat-drop anthem to the art of rap competitions in the country. It was Thomasian director Alberto “Treb” Monteras II’s official entry to this year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Monteras fused music, time and literature in “Respeto,” which tells the story of a destitute teenager from Pandacan, […]

UST alumnus’ hip-hop drama ‘Respeto’ bags 6 awards in Cinemalaya film fest

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 08:46
A Thomasian director’s film about a young rapper’s quest to gain respect — with Martial Law and the bloody war on drugs as backdrop — won six awards including best film in the 13th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Alberto “Treb” Monteras II’s “Respeto” emerged as the audience’s choice, and won best cinematography along with Joseph […]

Duterte and Ang’s shakedown of Inquirer

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 21:20
The shocking announcement of the sale of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) to Ramon Ang, COO of San Miguel Corp., the biggest corporation in the Philippines, is a blow to press freedom not only in the Philippines but in the region. The Philippines is touted to have the wildest press in Southeast Asia—a title that has […]

‘Pagsasalin, nakakatalas ng kaalaman sa wika’

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 19:55
Tumatalas ang kakayahan at kaalaman sa wika sa pamamagitan ng pagsasalin, ayon sa isang manunulat at tagasalin sa idinaos na Paglulunsad ng Aklat ng Bayan sa Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) noong ika-11 ng Agosto. “Kapag nagsasalin ka, obligado ka hanapin ‘yung eksaktong kahulugan ng mga sinasalin mo. Gusto mo maging tapat sa orihinal [na […]

Environmentalists call on youth to lead campaign for proper waste disposal

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 18:32
SOLID waste management advocates urged young people to take action on environmental issues during the 3rd Integrated Ecological Waste Management Expo and Environment Summit last Aug. 12. Roslin Gutierrez, Manila Bay task group program officer of Department of the Interior and Local Government, told the Varsitarian Thomasians should attain a deeper understanding and efficient application […]

Miss Earth PH calls on gov’t to impose carbon tax

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 18:27
THOMASIAN alumna and Miss Philippines-Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco has called on to the government to tax carbon emissions in the Philippines to ensure a clean environment. “What I want to see is to pass a carbon tax. In that way, we would invest in renewable energy,” Ibasco told the Varsitarian. Ibasco urged Thomasians to practice […]

Thomasian abstractionist holds electricity-themed exhibit

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 15:16
Abstractionist Milmar Onal retains his vigor in representing landscapes through explorative themes in his new art exhibit titled “Greater Heights,” which opened last Aug. 3. Showcasing Onal’s latest set of abstractionist landscape paintings, the exhibit illuminates the artist’s new and ambitious ways of translating landscapes through abstracted forms of electrical flow. ”Abstract is a style. […]

CFAD prof named research director for interior design council

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 09:37
AN INTERIOR design professor was appointed director for research and publications of the Council of Interior Design Educators last Aug. 1. Asst. Prof. Mary Ann Venturina-Bulanadi plans to hold a series of forums to enhance the knowledge and skills of her colleagues and future designers. “My intention is to have [a] series of [forums] to reinforce […]

UST Civil Law dean denies illegal activities with Comelec chief

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 01:30
Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina has issued a blanket denial amid allegations he gave illegal commissions to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista, who is accused of accumulating nearly P1 billion in unexplained wealth. In a statement posted on the UST Civil Law Student Council’s Facebook page on Aug. 10, Divina vowed […]

New administrators named

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:33
Four University offices will be led by new administrators this academic year. Former Vice Rector Fr. Pablo Tiong, O.P has been appointed vice rector for religious affairs. Tiong replaces Fr. Filemon de la Cruz, O.P. who also served as director of the UST Center for Campus Ministry. Tiong was the University’s vice rector from 2008 to […]

Pharmacy prof elected to NCR cluster of Association for Campus Advisers

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:29
A PHARMACY faculty member was elected vice president for the National Capital Region (NCR) cluster of a nationwide association of campus student advisers last Nov. 25. With 35 years of service as campus student adviser in UST, Assoc. Prof. Rosario Aranda said she owed her success to her devotion to her work. “I do believe […]

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