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State U up, Ateneo, La Salle and UST down in 2019 QS Asian ranking

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 21:22
UST RANKED 62nd in the latest Asian university ranking of the London-based Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS), slipping with three other Philippine universities in the ranking amid the difficult K to 12 transition. The 2019 overall score of UST stood at 33.6, down from 37.6 in the 2018 listing, where the University placed 145th. State-run University of the […]

UST Symphony Orchestra kicks off first CCP concert with classics

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 17:17
The UST Symphony Orchestra (USTSO) and Conservatory of Music faculty members enthralled the audience with their concert titled “Of Triumph and Rebirth” last Oct. 21 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. With music professor Herminigildo Ranera holding the baton, USTSO opened the concert with German-French composer Jacques Ofenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld,” an operetta […]

Spanish Dominican missionary passes away at 88

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 17:10
SPANISH Dominican Fr. Juan Lera Mateos, O.P., died on Thursday at the Dominican Convent of the Holy Cross in San Juan. He was 88. Mateos was one of the few remaining Spanish missionaries belonging to the Holy Rosary Province of Spain who were assigned to the Philippines. In 1956, he was ordained to priesthood in […]

UST Archives opened to international map enthusiasts

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 16:53
ANCIENT Philippine maps and the University’s rare book collections were opened to delegates of the International Map Collectors’ Society (IMCoS) and the Philippine Map Collectors’ Society last Oct. 16 at the UST Miguel de Benavides Library. The exhibit features 46 maps that date to the 1750s, including those of Philippine provinces, war positions and Dominican […]

Thomasian is No. 1 in October 2018 CPA board exams 

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 02:54
THE VALEDICTORIAN of the UST-AMV College of Accountancy Batch 2018 topped the October licensure exams for certified public accountants (CPA). Four other Thomasians made it to the top 10. Thomasian Lahaira Amy Reyes led the new batch of Filipino accountants with a score of 91.83 percent. Marc Angelo Sanchez placed fourth with a score of […]

Students’ Code to go through another review

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 12:45
THE CENTRAL Student Council (CSC) Executive Board and Central Board of Students have signed a joint resolution forming committees to review provisions of the long-delayed Students’ Code. The Central Board Speaker will assign presidents of the local students councils to serve as committee members for the reassessment of the sections of the code, namely: Academic […]

‘True wealth is with God, not in earthly goods,’ La Naval devotees told

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:55
CUBAO Bishop Honesto Ongtioco called on devotees to end materialism and strengthen family ties through the rosary, in a Mass for the feast of Our Lady of La Naval de Manila at Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City. “Kung minsan kasi, [a]ng yaman ng tao ay binabase natin sa materyal na bagay pero inuulit ng […]

Palanca-winning journo: Look for ‘compelling perspectives’ in telling stories

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:42
PALANCA-winning journalist Jeff Canoy urged Thomasians to look for the compelling perspectives of subjects in telling stories during the ABS-CBN Documentary Caravan at the Buenaventura G. Paredes O.P. Building on Oct. 3. “You have to find a person that has a compelling story. Find a case study that can [substantiate] the story [and] can capture […]

UST records 93-percent passing rate in chemical technician exams

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 21:59
THE UNIVERSITY recorded a 93.18-percent passing rate in the board examinations for chemical technicians, and a 74.29-percent passing rate for the separate licensure exams for chemists. Forty one out of 44 UST examinees passed the chemical technician exam. Last year, all 21 examinees made the cut. The University of the Philippines-Diliman was hailed as the top-performing […]

Former ‘V’ chief lensman wins Photographer of the Year Award

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 13:21
FORMER Varsitarian chief photographer Basilio Sepe was named “Photographer of the Year” in the International Photography Awards (IPA) Filipino last Oct. 4. His winning entry, “The Enemy in the Dark,” depicted the repercussions of the “bloody drug war” in the Philippines. The photos included a dead man’s head wrapped with plastic and packaging tape, the […]

End social stigma, emulate St. Padre Pio’s faithful heart — bishop

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 13:00
DEVOTEES of Padre Pio de Pietrelcina were urged on Monday to emulate his faithful heart amid social stigma, during the Mass in honor of the arrival of the saint’s heart relic in UST. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David said being on the police drug watchlist is the worst stigma in the country. “This stigma can get […]

Thomasian poet bags first prize in Palanca

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 18:55
THOMASIAN poet Paul Castillo won first prize in the Tula category of the 68th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Castillo, a resident fellow of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, said winning the Palanca was partly a “validation” for a budding writer. “Palanca is partly a validation for someone looking […]

Combat selfishness, temptations with rosary, Santisimo Rosario parishioners told

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:45
PARISHIONERS of Santisimo Rosario in UST were urged on Sunday to combat selfishness and temptation by praying the Holy Rosary. “Each one of us has to battle every day against the forces of self-centeredness, self-absorption and self-righteousness,” Bishop Emeritus Florentino Cinense of Tarlac said during the celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lady of the […]

Duterte will meet Marcos’ fate

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 11:10
NEARING the fifth decade since the declaration of Martial Law, the nation finds itself reeling from the thousands of human rights abuses from the 21-year rule of Ferdinand Marcos. The scars of the past have not been settled and yet President Duterte, with clearance from a sycophantic Supreme Court, had ordered the burial of the […]

Holiness not found in ‘complex ideologies,’ La Naval devotees told

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 12:54
DEVOTEES of Our Lady of La Naval de Manila were urged on Thursday to strive for holiness by emulating Mary’s simplicity during the enthronement Mass at the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City. “Mary is the very model of life we should live. Her holiness is still remembered here. She renounced her own personal gain […]

Thomasian activists cry foul over AFP’s ‘red-tagging’

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 11:37
ACTIVIST youth groups denounced the statement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) tagging the University in the purported “Red October” ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte. Dindo Roxas, chairman of the League of Filipino Students-UST, claimed the move of the AFP placed the youth in danger, as it could be used as a […]

39th Manila International Book Fair: Celebrating the joy of reading with Thomasian writers

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 21:47
IN ITS five-day run, the 39th edition of Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) gathered 120,000 visitors from all ages. From Sept. 12 to 17, it became a venue for the exchange of ideas of writers, readers, and publishers. This year, the book fair expanded to two floors of the SMX Convention Center, compared with just […]

Varsitarian alumnus is Poet of the Year in Nick Joaquin Literary Awards

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 21:09
A THOMASIAN bagged the Poet of the Year award during the Nick Joaquin Literary Awards (NJLA) last Sept. 25 at Resorts World Manila. Ramil Gulle, UST psychology alumnus, said being awarded the literary prize, named after the late National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, was a great honor for any Filipino writer. “Nick Joaquin is […]

Herculean task: Explaining the collective bargaining agreement

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 20:42
THE PROVISIONS of the proposed collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for 2016 to 2021 are up for a “major overhaul” as the elected negotiators of the 1,900-strong UST Faculty Union (USTFU) aim for an “inclusive” CBA in the following academic years. Five faculty negotiators said “no one will be left behind” in negotiations for a new […]

UST condemns AFP’s ‘red-tagging’

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 19:17
THOMASIANS denounced on Wednesday the inclusion of UST in the list of schools deemed as recruitment grounds of communists in a plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. UST Secretary General Fr. Jesus Miranda, O.P. said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) must prove its allegations first before dragging the University in its claims of […]