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UST bar passing rate zooms to 96 percent, ‘highest in history;’ Manila law schools shut out of top 10

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 19:16
ALTHOUGH a top-10 finish remained elusive for Thomasian bar takers, UST’s passing rate skyrocketed to what was described by the Faculty of Civil Law dean as “one of the highest in history.” UST’s passing rate soared to 96.25 percent with 77 Thomasians passing the test out of 80 first-time Thomasian examinees. This was significantly higher […]

‘Tokhang,’ dapat na ring talakayin sa panitikan, ayon sa mga manunulat

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:47
MAKABULUHAN ang ambag ng panitikan sa pagpapalawak at pagpapalalim ng talakayan hinggil sa mga mga kaso ng pagpatay sa ilalim ng administrasyon ng Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, bukod sa pagbabalita ng mga ito sa midya. Ito ang mensahe ng ilang mga kilalang manunulat sa isang talakayang pinamagatang, “Ang Panitikan sa Panahon ng Tokhang,” na idinaos noong […]

On its ninth year, ‘Likhang Bayan’ tackles environmental issues

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:55
THOMASIANS took part in raising environmental awareness through “UST SweetArt,” the ninth edition of the “Likhang Bayan” art and photo exhibit by the UST Museum at SM City North Edsa. The exhibit, which opened last April 22 in celebration of Earth Day, showcased over a hundred works by students from the College of Fine Arts […]

Travel management gets highest accreditation from Pacucoa

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 17:47
THE UNIVERSITY’s travel management program has been granted Level IV accreditation by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities – Commission on Accreditation (Pacucoa), effective until 2022. The highest quality seal given to a program, Level IV accreditation grants full autonomy for five years, according to the Pacucoa website. It also enables school administrators to […]

UST prof questions legality of Legal Education Board, law admission exam

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 21:24
A PROFESSOR from the Faculty of Civil Law has challenged the constitutionality of the Legal Education Board (LEB), and the nationwide law admission exam that it administers, before the Supreme Court. In a petition filed before the high tribunal last April 7, Oscar Pimentel and 16 others claimed that Republic Act (RA) 7662, the Legal […]

Despite vacancies, new CSC execs promise more ‘efficient’ council

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 20:24
NEWLY elected officers of the Central Student Council (CSC) Executive Board vowed to make the incoming council more efficient, despite feeling “a bit paralyzed” after Thomasians rejected candidates in four of six posts in the recently concluded student polls. Independent candidates Therese Gorospe and Francis Santos, CSC secretary-elect and public relations officer-elect, respectively, said work […]

UST official is new president of registrars’ association

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 00:21
UNIVERSITY Registrar Cesar Velasco Jr. has been named the new president of the National Capital Region School Registrars’ Association. Velasco will succeed Grace Sipin of Far Eastern University. His term will run until 2019. He earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Philippine Dominican Center of Institutional Studies in 1992. In the same year, […]

Write about history, politics —Fil-Am poet

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 20:24
USE POETRY to tread historical moments and political landscapes. This was the message of Filipino-American poet Eugene Gloria, a senior visiting fellow at the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS) who teaches poetry workshop classes at the UST Graduate School. “I believe that poetry can function as a tool to help examine […]

LOOK: UST opens spa and wellness center

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:52
The University has opened a spa and wellness center at the fifth floor of the Buenaventura G. Paredes O.P., Building. Photo grabbed from the University of Santo Tomas Facebook page.

Finally, a hotel in UST: ‘Hotel 1611’ opens doors to guests

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:28
A FULLY operational hotel-laboratory inside the University is now open to campus visitors. Hotel 1611, at the 5th floor of Buenaventura G. Paredes O.P. Alumni Center Building, had a soft opening during the Dominican retreat last October 2015 and has been fully operational since January 2016. The hotel, funded by UST and under the management […]

Comedian Bernardo Bernardo back in UST

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:01
HE WAS known to a generation of Filipinos for his comedic role in Dolphy’s hit TV sitcom “Home Along da Riles,” until he left the local show business scene to pursue acting and academic careers in the United States. Now Bernardo Bernardo, a full-blooded Thomasian, is back in his alma mater as senior visiting fellow […]

UST posts 100-percent passing rate in April 2017 electrical eng’g board exams

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:51
THE UNIVERSITY got a perfect score in the April 2017 electrical engineering board exams, with all seven Thomasian examinees passing the test. This was an improvement from last year’s 92.31-percent passing rate, in which 12 out of 13 Thomasians passed the test. The national passing rate rose to 44.92 percent, with 994 people making the […]

UST Publishing House unveils new titles in grand book launching

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 21:37
TWENTY-EIGHT new books were unveiled by the UST Publishing House in a grand book launch on April 25 at the Tanghalang Teresita Quirino of the Benavides Building. Director John Jack Wigley said the publishing house serves as an “intermingling of tradition and modernity.” “We are proud to have been an instrumental in publishing works that […]

Fine Arts prof dies at 46

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:48
FERNANDO Torres, assistant professor at the College of Fine Arts and Design, passed away last April 24 after cardiac death syndrome. He was 46 years old. Torres had been suffering from arrhythmia, an abnormal beating of the heart, and was confined at the Manila Doctor’s Hospital in Ermita, Manila, according to his family. Torres’ sister, […]

Use technology to promote literature, writers urged

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:17
FILIPINO writers and literary scholars stressed the new role of information technology in promoting literature during the 2017 International Conference on Education, Literatures, and Creative Writing in UST last April 20 to 22. Eros Atalia, who teaches Filipino at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, said online writing platforms such as Wattpad appeal to a […]

#NewsWrap – April 23, 2017

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 11:15

WHY ‘ABSTAIN’ WON: ‘Thomasians dissatisfied with student council bets’

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 08:59
DISSATISFACTION with the quality of candidates, especially with their answers to questions on issues such as tuition hikes and martial law, forced Thomasians to abstain from voting in four out of six posts in the Central Student Council (CSC), election observers said. Dennis Coronacion, chairman of the UST political science department, said Thomasians did not […]

Thomasians reject council bets, vote ‘abstain’ in 4 of 6 posts

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 20:59
IN AN unprecedented development, Thomasians roundly rejected candidates in four out of six positions in the Central Student Council (CSC) Executive Board including the presidency, while two independents won the positions of secretary and public relations officer. The official proclamation of the new CSC Executive Board officers held April 22 at the Tan Yan Kee […]

Artlets presidential race down to 2 candidate

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 13:38
THE PRESIDENTIAL race in the Faculty of Arts and Letters is down to two candidates, after a candidate withdrew while another was disqualified. Independent candidate Sky Makayan officially withdrew from the local student council elections last April 7, Artlets Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairwoman Maria Margarita Villarica confirmed last April 18. “[M]s. Makayan did not […]

Music alumna joins Miss Saigon UK Tour cast

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 22:21
A CONSERVATORY of Music alumna is set to join the United Kingdom tour production of the hit musical Miss Saigon in July. Music theatre graduate Aynrand Ferrer was cast as the second understudy for the main character, Kim, and as part of the overall ensemble. London-based Ferrer trained at the West End and became part […]