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Giving in

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 12:42
Rushing through the seemingly endless line of beings convincing one to concede to what the world calls giving   are people who owe people a box or two of things that are made to be given, then soon, to be broken.   Not like it’s problematic to let love be wrapped, but never to go […]

Revilla acquittal a boon to corruption

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 00:00
THE DECISION of the Sandiganbayan to acquit former senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. of plunder is a dreadful Christmas gift to the public as it has boosted his shameless confidence to run again for public office. Revilla still has to stand trial for 16 graft cases related to the plunder charge of which he was […]

Compromise on keeping Filipino subjects eyed

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 00:00
THE HEAD of the Filipino department said the University was keen on keeping Filipino subjects in the curriculum despite the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision in November to remove Filipino from core college courses. Alvin Ringgo Reyes said he was confident that the Academic Senate would eventually retain Filipino subjects in the college curriculum. “[The Academic […]

Clergy: Balangiga bells belong to the Church

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 00:00
CATHOLIC officials and lay experts stressed that the Balangiga bells symbolize Filipino faith, and that its proper place is in the Church. After 117 years, the three historic church bells of Balangiga were returned to the Philippines on Dec. 11. On September 2017, a 1998 United States law prohibiting the return of war spoils expired, […]

Itim daw ang kulay ng Pasko

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 00:00
Kumukutikutitap, bumubusibusilak, ganiyan ang indak ng mga bumbilya. Ganoon na lamang ang pananabik ko nang marinig ito sa aming radyo. Iba talaga kapag panahon ng kapaskuhan, palaging nasa isip ko ang dating mga matatamis na tsokolate, malalambot na unan, pabango at ‘di umano’y bagong labas na modelo ng headset na iniregalo sa akin nina inay […]

Martial law extension is Duterte’s Christmas gift

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 00:00
Congress has approved President Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao. Duterte and Congress cited the alleged overwhelming support of the people of Mindanao for the extension, which basically betrays their insecurity in a regime where the president is one of their own and who, despite loud calls for law and order, cannot seem […]

LEB merges LI.B, JD law programs

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 00:00
THE LEGAL Education Board (LEB) has directed law schools to “rename” their Bachelor of Laws (LI.B.) programs to Juris Doctor (J.D.) to avoid the misconception that the LI.B. degree is “inferior” to the J.D. degree. In a memorandum last Dec. 2, the LEB explained that the J.D. and the Ll. B. are both graduate degrees […]

UST bags 10 awards in Pacucoa assembly

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 00:00
THE UNIVERSITY was cited anew for having the most number of accredited programs in the country, as it bagged 10 awards in the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation’s (Pacucoa) 29th general assembly. UST has a total of 41 accredited programs, 26 of which have the Level 4 status, the highest rank […]

Pyromusical display—a campus Christmas staple

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 00:00
THE UST alumni that started it all are back again in what they promise to be a “magical” night of pyromusical display, the highlight of this year’s Paskuhan. The company of advertising graduates Don Miguel Villarosa and John Oliver Zeng was the first from Southeast Asia to bring home Gold Jupiter Award and Best in […]

UST Central Seminary holds thanksgiving concert for its 90th anniversary

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:18
THE UST Central Seminary on Sunday held a thanksgiving concert titled, “Himig Pasasalamat,” in celebration of its 90th anniversary as the official interdiocesan seminary of the Philippines at the UST Central Seminary Chapel. Its official choir, Psalterion, conducted by Michael Bernardino, kicked off the concert with a rendition of Newsboys’ “Stay With Me,” followed by […]

Love of money and power corrupts, blinds – Tagle

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:10
MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Monday warned against idolatrous worship of money and power that blinds people from the truth, during the Mass for the rededication of the altar at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros. “Tingnan mo ang inaalay sa diyos-diyosan ng kapangyarihan: [ang] katotohanan. Sinusunog ang katotohanan… [K]aya wag kang maghandog nang […]

Thomasian singers lead youth opera group in debut production

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:29
THOMASIAN singers led a group of young talents in a debut musical production titled “Of Thrones and Tiaras” on Dec. 9 at the Ronac Lifestyle Center in Makati. Thomasian singer Renz Nathaniel Cruz, director of the production, assembled talents from UST as well as from University of the Philippines (UP), New Era University and Mapua […]

Be the ‘voice of God’ for the marginalized, Filipino Dominicans told on their 47th anniversary

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 14:21
FILIPINO Dominicans were urged to be the “voice of God” for the marginalized in their respective ministries during the celebration of the 47th anniversary of the Dominican Province in the Philippines (DPP) on Dec. 8. Fr. Napoleon Sipalay, Jr., O.P., head of the Filipino Dominican province, emphasized the need to tackle difficult questions in society […]

Scholar: Literature should denounce ‘patriarchal ideology’

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 20:50
THOMASIAN scholar Ferdinand Lopez said writers should use literature to “service” or empower oppressed women and gays. “As a writer, I am challenged to produce texts such as poems or stories which are supposed to be serviceable to women and gays,” Lopez said during a discussion on gender at the Miguel de Benavides Library Conference […]

Himig Tomasino champs hold concert at UST Museum

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 20:39
TWO-TIME Himig Tomasino champions the UST Chorus of Arts and Letters offered a variety of Christmas carols and sacred songs in “Gloria et Exaltatio,” a concert held on Dec. 1 at the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences. The choir opened the night with a combination of Latin and English piece titled “Jubilate Deo.” The […]

Steer clear of social media carelessness — media expert

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 20:22
AN AMERICAN communications professor urged journalism students to be sensible in the use of social media to avoid misinformation and vulnerability from fake information. Stephanie Edgerly, an associate professor of the Medill School of Journalism in Chicago, Illinois, said the lack of context in social media often leads to the spread of false information. “When […]

CCP launches 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of Philippine Art

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 20:05
THE CULTURAL Center of the Philippines (CCP) launched the second edition of Encyclopedia of Philippine Art with 12 volumes and a digital edition last Nov. 29 at the CCP Main Theatre Lobby in Pasay. The 12 volumes cover indigenous peoples of the Philippines, Architecture, Visual Arts, Film, Music, Dance, Theater, Broadcast Arts and Literature. Regalado […]

Imitate Blessed Mother’s trust in God, Thomasians urged

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:28
THOMASIANS were called to emulate the Blessed Mother’s courage to accept God’s plan in her life in a Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mother at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church on Friday. “There would be no Christmas without Immaculate Conception. For us Christians, be open to receive what Mary has […]

Thomasian musicians triumph in national competition

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:17
TWO THOMASIANS clinched the second place in the piano and guitar categories of this year’s National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), held on Nov. 22 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). UST Professor Renato Lucas, NAMCYA secretary general, said NAMCYA is a platform for nation-building. “[Music] must be used as a tool […]

Last day of Inkblots 2018 tackles value of clear communication

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 16:12
CAMPUS journalists were urged to focus on making reports that can easily be understood by readers on the last day of the 20th Inkblots. Jose Maria Carlos, CNN Philippines’s editorial director, said digital technology has changed “how we work [and] how we write,” but stressed that broadcast journalism remains committed to using a language that […]