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Cafe Inggo: caffeine fix at Santo Domingo Church

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:56
ON THE night of the feast of St. Dominic, a small, cozy café tucked in the corner of the Santo Domingo Parish and convent complex in Quezon Avenue went abuzz with customers. UST alumnus and ex-seminarian Vic Alcuaz expected only 60 people during the soft opening of the St. Dominic-inspired Café Inggo. But to his […]

Frat hazing kills aspiring senator’s dream

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:11
In a family of professionals, Horacio “Atio” Castillo III wanted to be the first lawyer. But just months into law school, members of a UST-based fraternity killed the 22-year-old Atio’s dream, something his family could not accept. “Masaya ako para sa kanya kasi magpa-proper law na siya. Pagkatapos nito three [or four] years from now, […]

Engineer & breastfeed advocate turns to maternity wear designing

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:05
In a society where breastfeeding in public is still frowned upon, a young entrepreneur from UST has found ways to lessen the discomfort among mothers. Siene Bueno, 32, runs Kaypee Baby, an online store selling fashionable yet affordable maternity wear, kid’s clothing, cloth diapers, toys and other baby items. “We want to make mothers look […]

Accountancy student’s battle with leukemia

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:58
A photo went viral early this month showing a girl wearing surgical mask and her school uniform, hunched over her calculator and reviewer, her left hand tied to a chemotherapy machine. There was no stopping Jasmine Aspiras, 19, a management accounting student of UST, who was studying for an upcoming exam. Not even cancer. She […]

UST posts 88-percent passing rate in Sept 2017 mech eng’g board exams

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:53
UST’s passing rate slipped in the September 2017 board exams for mechanical engineers, but the University still placed seventh on the list of top-performing schools. A total of 105 out of 119 examinees made the cut, or a passing rate of 88.24 percent. This was down from last year’s 92 percent, or 115 out of […]

Suspect names 6 fratmen in hazing rites

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:00
ONE OF the main suspects in the death of freshman law student Horacio Tomas Castillo III revealed the names or at least six individuals involved in the Aegis Juris Fraternity hazing rites, Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri said on Tuesday, Sept. 26. John Paul Solano disclosed the names in an executive session last Sept. 25 after […]

Pagsabak ng Unibersidad sa Boksing

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:46
ALAM na ba ninyong minsang nanaig ang mga Tomasino sa larangan ng boksing? Ayon sa tala ng Varsitarian, taong 1932 nang unang sumabak ang Unibersidad sa pampalakasang boksing ng Big Three Tournament, isang ligang kinabibilangan din ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas at National University. Higit na naging kasabik-sabik ito para sa mga Tomasino sapagkat nangyayari ang […]

Filipino sign language, mas paiigtingin

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:31
Isinusulong ngayon ang pagkakaroon ng Filipino Sign Language (FSL) upang “payabungin ang Wikang Pambansa,” ani Carolyn Dagani, tagapangulo ng Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD). Giit ni Dagani, maging ang pagpilantik ng mga daliri at pagkumpas ng mga kamay ay maaaring maghayag ng ating pagka-Pilipino, lalo para sa ating mga kapuwang pipi at bingi. “Filipino […]

‘Itigil ang dahas!’ panawagan ng mga manunulat sa panahon ng ‘Tokhang’

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:28
KINONDENA ng ilang mga pangkat ng mga manunulat sa Filipinas ang kasalukuyang pamamaraan ng “war on drugs” ng administrasiyong Duterte. Sa kanilang opisyal na pahayag, tinutulan ng Unyon ng mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas (UMPIL) ang paggamit ng pamahalaan ng dahas sa ngalan ng nabanggit na kampanya. Giit ng organisasiyon: “Such campaign has led to unnecessary […]

‘Their consciences are troubling them’: Cops in EJKs seek Church protection

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 21:31
LAW ENFORCERS involved in cases of extrajudicial killings (EJK) under President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war has sought “sanctuary, succor and protection” from the Church, outgoing Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines President Socrates Villegas bared on Monday. In a statement titled “To be Angels of Compassion,” the Lingayen-Dagupan prelate said law enforcers have expressed their […]

Thomasian artist bags prestigious Fernando Zobel Prize for Visual Arts

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:17
A THOMASIAN artist took home the Fernando Zobel Prize for Visual Art last Oct. 1 at the Ateneo Arts Awards for his month-long exhibit of silkscreen paintings of acrylic-laden wood patterns and textures. Constantino Zicarelli, an advertising arts alumnus of UST, received the award for his exhibit “Prelude to a Billion Years” held last year […]

Anti-Hazing Law author to critics: ‘Do not blame the law’

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:28
THE AUTHOR of the Anti-Hazing Law is blaming weak enforcement for the continued practice of hazing among fraternities and sororities. In a UST forum last Sept. 29, Thomasian and former senator Jose “Joey” Lina Jr., author of Republic Act (RA) 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law, answered critics claiming the 22-year-old law needed to be repealed […]

Law dean under fire over fatal hazing

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:00
The dean of the UST Faculty of Civil Law is under fire for allegedly failing to rein in his fellow fraternity members behind the fatal hazing of law freshman Horacio Tomas Castillo III. Lawyer Nilo Divina is among the most prominent members of the 38-year-old Aegis Juris Fraternity, but he said he had been on […]

His brothers, his killers?

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:00
THE UST community is up in arms over the killing of Horacio Tomas Castillo III, whose fatal hazing has raised concerns over a possible cover-up and the effectiveness of a 22-year-old law. University officials, in a statement, condemned the killing “in no uncertain terms” and vowed to bring to justice members of the UST-based Aegis […]

Faculty union execs, UST admin agree to split P81.8M in tuition hikes

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 18:41
LEADERS of the 1,900-strong faculty union and the University administration have agreed on a scheme to distribute P81.8 million in tuition hikes since 2014, with UST getting back a huge chunk to pay for incentives to higher-ranked professors whose loads were reduced because of the K to 12 transition. Dr. George Lim, president of the […]

Sustain devotion through ‘strong prayer life,’ Marian devotees urged

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 18:05
Bishop Emeritus Camilo Gregorio of Batanes urged Marian devotees and the faithful of Santisimo Rosario Parish to sustain their devotion to the Blessed Mother through a strong life of prayer, in a Mass marking the parish’s Diamond Jubilee on Sunday. The Blessed Mother’s intercession through the Holy Rosary sustains the Christian faith, especially of Catholics […]

UST clarinetist debuts in ‘Unang Hakbang’ concert for budding musicians

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 21:29
A clarinetist from the UST Conservatory of Music made his professional debut in “Konsyerto: Unang Hakbang” on Sept. 24 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Andrew Constantino joined the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and played Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2, Op. 74 in allegro. Constantino […]

Scion of Cebu politicos is topnotcher twice over

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 21:25
LANDING on the top spot in a board examination is no easy feat. Doing it twice is extraordinary. Vincent Edouard Anthony “Dan” Gullas, 27, was shocked when he learned that he topped the September 2017 licensure exams for physicians. “I aimed to be at least in the top 10 but never did I imagine I’d […]

17,000 Thomasians honor teachers with world record attempt

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 21:06
THE THOMASIAN community on Friday formed the words “My Teacher is my Hero” in a bid to break the world record for the “largest human sentence.” An estimated 17,000 students, faculty members and support staff attempted to clinch the University’s second title in the Guinness World Records after its “largest human cross” in 2011. Alvin […]

‘Pagsasalin ng mga akda, daan tungo sa globalisasyon’

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 18:52
Iginiit ng isang Tomasinong propesor ang kahalagahan ng pagsasalin kasabay ng globalisasyon na dulot ng teknolohiyang pangkomunikasyon. “Mahirap isiping magaganap ang globalisasyon kung walang pagsasalin na mamamagitan sa mga mamamayan ng lahat ng bansa sa daigdig,” wika ni Michael Coroza, direktor ng 2017 Salinan Pandaidigang Kumperensiya sa Ateneo de Manila. Ipinaliwanag niya na mayroong tatlong […]