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Alumnus stars in OPM-filled musical

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:54
A THOMASIAN chemistry alumnus took the center stage in the musical revue “I Remember A Boy,” last Nov. 11 and 12 at Arts Above, Artist Playground II. Philippe Go was one of the lead actors in the OPM-filled production, portraying the character of Hero, a political science sophomore forced to severe his ties with his […]

Thomasian highlights advocacies in photo exhibit

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:49
AN ADVERTISING alumnus exhibited some of her recent works in the 2017 Bloom Arts Festival held last Nov. 11 and 12 at Dulo Manila. Former Varsitarian photographer Jamillah Sta. Rosa mounted three photographs that showed different advocacies in the exhibit. Sta. Rosa’s “Pista Minatay” depicts a dimmed image of a boy handing over a candle […]

Luma at bagong ortograpiyang Filipino, kabilang sa Filipino Spell Checker

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 21:29
BANAS ka ba sa Microsoft Word tuwing nagkakaroon ng kulay-pulang linya sa ibaba ng mga salita sa wikang Filipino, dahil hindi ito naka-programa sa popular na word-processing software? Huwag mayamot dahil ang ortograpiyang ginamit nina Rizal, Bonifacio, at iba pang mga bayaning manunulat ay ilulunsad na “Filipino Spell Checker” sa susunod na taon sa pangunguna […]

Thomasians urged to join calls for an end to land-grabbing, killing of farmer-leaders

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:02
A LEADER of a farmers’ group urged Thomasians to study land-related problems in the country to understand the struggles of poor Filipino farmers. Antonio Flores, secretary general of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), said students could help the farmers in their fight against land-grabbing and killings of farmer-leaders under the administration of President Rodrigo […]

‘V’ managing editor bags award for feature on indigenous language

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:34
THE MANAGING editor of the Varsitarian, the official student publication of the University of Santo Tomas, won the Lasallian Scholarum Award last Oct. 22 for her opinion column calling for an amendment to the law on the Filipino language. Bernadette Pamintuan, a journalism senior in UST, bagged the Outstanding Published Feature Article on Youth and […]

Federalism not superior to present system of gov’t, experts say

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 17:31
POLITICAL science professors slammed last Nov. 11 proposals to shift from a unitary government to federalism, saying this was not a sure-fire way to spur the country’s social and economic development. Gene Pilapil, a professor at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, said federal states were not necessarily superior to unitary states like the […]

Thomasians promote Aeta culture in Araw ng Katutubo

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 22:01
THE UST Simbahayan Community Development Office celebrated last Nov. 11 the “Araw ng Katutubo” (Day of Indigenous Peoples) with the University’s partner-communities in Bamban, Tarlac, as part of efforts to promote Aeta culture. About 200 participants from sitios Malasa, Mabilog, Santa Rosa, Buok, and San Martin performed cultural presentations. Representatives from the Lumad of Mindanao […]

Ex-environment secretary eyes ‘love’ for environment to eradicate drug problem

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 21:56
FORMER environment secretary Regina “Gina” Lopez on Wednesday called on Thomasians to “have a heart” and take care of the environment to help eradicate the country’s drug problem. Lopez, who was rejected by the Commission on Appointments as environment secretary last ‪May 3‬, said President Rodrigo Duterte’s “strong arm approach” was not enough to protect the Filipinos and […]

Dominican youth called to ‘make noise’ in Adonai fest

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 21:39
OVER 900 youth from Dominican schools were challenged to be vigilant and to speak out on extrajudicial killings and mental health issues during the Adonai 2017 festival last Nov. 11 at Siena College in Quezon City. Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Permanent Committee on Public Affairs of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the […]

‘I am not Big Brother’: Divina denies any involvement in hazing death

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 22:27
CIVIL Law Dean Nilo Divina refuted claims he was Aegis Juris Fraternity’s powerful and influential “Big Brother,” following the Nov. 6 Senate investigation on the death of law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. Divina said he was not aware of the term “Big Brother” until the hazing probe. Divina is denying any responsibility on the […]

Trojan horse? Senators divided over witness’ credibility

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:38
A SENATOR warned on Monday that government witness Mark Anthony Ventura could be a “Trojan horse” planted by the Aegis Juris Fraternity to disrupt the investigation into the death of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, said there were inconsistencies in […]

Aegis Juris head challenges Senate detention before Supreme Court 

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:32
Aegis Juris Fraternity “grand praefectus” Arvin Balag has challenged his continued detention in the Senate before the Supreme Court. Balag, leader of Aegis Juris, the law fraternity implicated in the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, was detained in the Senate after he was cited in contempt for repeatedly refusing to […]

Rubber stamp congress

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:47
THERE IS strength in numbers. But to the chambers of Philippine Congress, it is a detriment. It is always a game of numbers in politics: the votes of our representatives—the Ayes and Nays—are crucial in passing laws aimed at making the lives of Filipinos better. But do district and partylist congressmen still vote on the […]

The President and the wrong side of a revolution

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:45
PRESIDENT Duterte has reached a new level of mania. In a recent tirade, he declared that he would overthrow his own government to establish a revolutionary government. Is paranoia enough leverage for him to upend democracy? Time and again, he has accused all of his critics and detractors of being part of convening for plots […]

Diversion programs for CICL needed 

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:44
THE POOR implementation of laws addressing children in conflict with the law (CICL) and children at risk (CAR) leads to the overwhelmingly big number of the youth to be exploited by adults to commit crimes. Along the streets around the University, a lot of vulnerable youth roam in ragged clothes with their palms stretched to […]

In a state of fear

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:42
FEAR came, not change. If there were anything obvious in this regime of President Rodrigo Duterte, that change would be from bad to worse. A survey conducted in June 2017 by national polling firm Social Weather Stations revealed that 73 per cent or seven in ten adult Filipinos are “worried” they, or someone they know, […]

UST soars in psychometrician, psychologist board exams

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:22
THE UNIVERSITY emerged as the second top-performing school in the October 2017 psychometrician licensure exams, with five Thomasians landing in the top 10. Romelito Manuel Clorina led the new batch of Thomasian psychometricians, placing sixth with a score of 83.40 percent. Ma. Angelica Dicioco clinched the eighth spot with a score of 83 percent, while […]

Advertising alumni showcase best theses in exhibit

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:15
COLLEGE of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) alumni who won best thesis awards showcased diverse themes and processes in an exhibit at the Beato Angelico Gallery last Oct. 25. The exhibit featured talks as well as workshops for fashion design, book and comic illustrations, production design, visual merchandising arts and exhibit photography, among others. Dolly […]

Thomasian lensman mounts Philippine landscape photo exhibit

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:13
THOMASIAN lensman Paul Quiambao exhibited his landscape photographs for the first time in “The Inner Landscape,” held last Nov. 4 at the Vetro Art Gallery in Quezon City. Quiambao joined five other photographers in the exhibit, showcasing his style in producing sharp and edgy images. “I want to establish and elevate the Philippine landscape through […]

Young architects illuminate CCP with multi-cultural Christmas tree

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 08:08
A TRADITIONAL hand-woven Christmas tree was lit at the Cultural Center of the Philippine’s  (CCP) Liwasang Asean Park last Nov. 3. Rochelle Ong, an architecture alumna of UST, together with her partner in WTA Architecture & Design Studio, Louie Suico, mounted their winning design proposal “Habi ng Pagkakaisa: Weaving the Multi-Cultural Filipino Together.” This year’s […]