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Filipinos urged to value human life as Church leads prayer march for ‘Tokhang’ victims

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 21:26
FILIPINOS were urged to promote the dignity of life and rally against indifference for families of victims of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in a Mass and prayer rally at the EDSA Shrine in Sunday. Outgoing Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Archbishop Socrates Villegas called for repentance and active condemnation of EJKs to “heal […]

UST Comelec to hold special elections to fill vacant CSC posts

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 21:12
SPECIAL elections for vacant posts in the Central Student Council (CSC) will be held on Nov. 20, the UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Tuesday. In a memorandum posted on its Facebook page, Comelec said the special polls would fill four out of six positions in the CSC that were vacated last Sept. […]

No one knew of past hazing rites? UST officials grilled in Senate

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 09:31
HAS HAZING been happening right under the noses of UST administrators? Senators questioned UST’s policies on college fraternities as they resumed on Monday an inquiry into the death of Civil Law freshman Horacio Castillo III following the hazing rites of Aegis Juris Fraternity. This came after the admission of former Aegis Juris secretary Mark Anthony […]

Signature drive launched vs USTFU execs, union chief warns of ‘legal implications’

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 00:37
A SIGNATURE campaign calling on UST Faculty Union (USTFU) officials to resign has been launched, after a tumultuous general assembly last month in which critics questioned the outcome of the recent renegotiation of economic benefits under the faculty’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the University administration. Calls for the resignation of USTFU officials led by […]

Law dean denies meeting Atio during frat initiation week

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 09:49
FACULTY of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina has denied accusations that he took part in multiple attempts at covering up the fatal hazing of law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, saying the claim was baseless. “It is nothing but a forced narrative of complicity based on sheer conjectures and twisted logic being pushed by some […]

UST hosts more than 7,000 Bar examinees amid tight security

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 21:20
THE UNIVERSITY welcomed more than 7,000 examinees from all over the country on Sunday as it hosted the Bar Examinations for the seventh straight year.  The total number of examinees increased to 7,290, higher than last year’s 6,831 examinees.  UST had a total of 96 first-time examinees this year, Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said.  […]

Thomasian architect’s ‘pop-up library’ wins int’l design award

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 14:02
A THOMASIAN architect won big in an international competition for his innovative design of a mobile pop-up library. William Ti Jr. bagged the “Excellent Communications Design Architecture” award in the 2018 German Design Awards, for his Book Stop Project last Oct. 23. The international prize is given annually to top-quality entries for design landscapes and […]

Thomasian prof crowned Miss Earth 2017

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 13:09
UST alumna and faculty member Karen Ibasco was crowned Miss Earth 2017 in the pageant’s coronation night at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday. Ibasco, 26, bested 84 women to succeed Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin of Ecuador. Ibasco is the fourth Filipina to win Miss Earth, following Karla Henry in 2008, Jamie Harrell […]

UST graduate tops October 2017 CPA board exams

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 01:07
A Thomasian topped the October 2017 licensure exams for certified public accountants (CPA), leading six other graduates of the UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy in the top 10. Alfonso Solomon Magno led the fresh batch of accountants with a score of 91.33 percent. The University was the third top-performing school with 91.99-percent passing rate, […]

Prayer needed in spiritual battle, Cabading tells Thomasians

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:31
PRAYER is the most important weapon in spiritual warfare against the “evil one.” This was the reminder of College of Education Regent Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P., in a symposium on spiritual warfare at the conference hall of the UST Miguel de Benavides Library on Oct. 27. “Let us ask our Blessed Mother to help us. […]

Top writers highlight research, social relevance in 13th Creative Writing Workshop

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:00
SOME OF the country’s top poets and fictionists urged budding Thomasian writers to do research and strive for social relevance in their creative works. Charlson Ong, an award-winning fictionist, debunked the idea that works of fiction were purely based on imagination. “There is no story without research. Right now, we have our gadgets… you may […]

UST Library re-launches Semper Lumina exhibit

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 19:02
The multivolume catalogues of the University’s old books, periodicals, and collections were launched anew on Oct. 25 in “Semper Lumina,” an exhibit at the UST Miguel de Benavides Library. “Semper Lumina,” first launched last May 5 at the EDSA Shangri-La Garden Ballroom, was a follow up to “Lumina Pandit,” the exhibition of UST’s rare books […]

Manila Cathedral choirs headline pipe organ concert

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 18:55
CONTEMPORARY and traditional liturgical music highlighted the 7th Pipe Organ Concert at the Manila Cathedral last Oct. 27. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged faithful to spread the Church’s mission through songs of praise. “Pagkatapos ng misa, kumanta ka pa rin…pumunta ka sa orphanage ng mga batang na hindi nakakarinig ng awit ng magulang…After […]

‘I felt his pain, fear, loneliness’: Atio’s parents react to Ventura’s testimony

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 18:51
The parents of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo III are on the “road to healing” with the emergence of crucial testimony against Aegis Juris fraternity men responsible for the death of their only son. In a Mass on Friday commemorating the 40th day since Atio’s death, Horacio Jr. and Carmina Castillo expressed mixed emotions upon […]

Medtech alumnus makes waves in global fashion events

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 15:26
A CHANCE encounter with a premier fashion show director encouraged a Thomasian medical technologist to switch from medicine to fashion. Errol Isip, 37, started his career in events production under the mentorship of renowned director Robby Carmona. “At a young age, I was already interested in fashion. I would watch fashion shows [on TV] and […]

Q&A: Detained Senator de Lima finds company in God, Grisham, Game of Thrones

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 14:39
AFTER eight months in detention, Sen. Leila de Lima maintains her innocence on the drug-trafficking charges against her, saying all the allegations were fabricated by a vengeful Duterte administration. The Supreme Court denied de Lima’s plea to drop the charges in a 9-6 decision last Oct. 10, a legal setback to the senator who has […]

Polish ensemble holds concert in UST

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 20:04
A renowned Polish vocal ensemble treated Thomasians to a lyrical concert last Oct. 24 at the UST Museum. “ProForma” delivered a poetic and nature-inspired repertoire under the baton of Marcin Wawruk, opening the night with Czeslaw Nieman’s “Plesn Wojow”  (Knight’s Song), Marek Sart and Julian Tuwim’s “Wspomnienie” (Remembrance), and Andrej Zielinski and Agnieszka Osiecka’s “Nie […]

Thomasian doctor returns as Health secretary

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 08:02
A THOMASIAN doctor was re-appointed secretary of health by President Rodrigo Duterte last Oct. 26. Dr. Francisco Duque III, a UST medicine alumnus, is set to leave the chairmanship of the Government Service Insurance System to replace Dr. Paulyn Ubial, whose ad interim appointment was rejected by the Commission on Appointments last Oct. 10. Duque, […]

Admit to your fault and let justice to be served, UST Rector tells Aegis Juris fratmen

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 19:18
Members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity behind the hazing death of Horacio “Atio” Castillo III should admit to their “abominable crime” so that “justice may be served,” the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Rector said Friday. Addressing the fatal hazing publicly for the first time, Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. appealed to the “conscience and to […]

UST named top school in electronics tech exams, improves in electronics eng’g

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 21:55
THE UNIVERSITY remained the top-performing school in the October 2017 licensure exams for electronics technicians, with all 78 Thomasian examinees making the cut, results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed. UST shared the top spot with the Technological University of the Philippines(TUP) Visayas after both registered 100-percent passing rates. Arnulo Baruc Jr. of TUP Visayas topped […]