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WHO DID WHAT: Gov’t witness Mark Ventura spills beans on frat brods

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:12
AEGIS Juris master initiator Axel Munro Hipe led the initiation rites, while “grand praefectus” Arvin Balag dealt the final blow on hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, state witness Mark Ventura has revealed. The former Aegis Juris secretary, who agreed to testify against his fraternity brothers on Wednesday, recalled the initiation rites on Sept. 17 […]

Pagkakaroon ng programang Mining Eng’g

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 00:51
KAUNA-UNAHANG nag-alok ng pangkolehiyong programang Mining Engineering sa Filipinas ang Unibersidad ayon sa ulat ng Varsitarian noong Mayo 1934. Binuksan ito noong Hunyo 1934 nang ipinasa ng awtoridad ang panukalang pagkakaroon ng gayong programa noong Disyembre 1933. Kinumpirma ito ni Padre Juan Labrador, O.P., secretary general ng Unibersidad noong taong iyon. Sumailalim sa apat na […]

‘More werpa’ sa wikang dinamiko!

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 00:48
MISTULANG bumabalik ang uso noong dekada 60 hanggang 70: ang pagpapalitan ng mga pantig ng mga salitang Filipino. Kung noon ay may “tomguts,” “batsi,” at “olats,” ngayon ay mayroong “enka,” matsala,” at “petmalu.” Isa sa mga pasimuno ng revival na ito ang “What’s your ulam, pare?,” isang Facebook group na mayroong mahigit 100,000 miyembro sa […]

Ang Ikatlong Anti-Kristo: Mga konsepto ng pagdududa

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 00:43
MAPANGAHAS ang pinakabagong panulat ng batikang kuwentista na si Eros Atalia na sumungkit para sa kanya ng ikatlo niyang panalo sa Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. Ito ang nobelang “Ang Ikatlong Anti-Kristo” na inilathala na ngayon ng Visprint (290 pahina). Makapanindig-balahibo ang bagong timpla ng pagsasalaysay ni Atalia ng katatakutan. Inilalangkap na niya […]

Lookout order issued vs. Civil Law dean, 64 others in Atio hazing case

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 15:12
CIVIL Law Dean Nilo Divina, Faculty Secretary Arthur Capili and 63 others were placed under an immigration lookout order on Thursday, in connection with the probe into the hazing death of law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. The order stated that the Manila Police District was able to gather information from a social media conversation that linked […]


Thu, 10/26/2017 - 00:00
SCREAMS silenced by gunshots grow even louder inside the head. Uncertain if prayers will suppress these voices, if I am still not too late. Is there a place for me among the innocent? For this I repent. Instead of triggers and dead bodies, let these fingers pull the rosary. Let the tongue confess the names […]

Thomasian business tycoon dies at 96

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 00:00
THOMASIAN business tycoon Washington SyCip passed away on Oct. 7 in a flight bound for Vancouver. He was 96. SyCip received his bachelor’s degree in accountancy from UST in 1939, graduating summa cum laude at the age of 18. He passed the Certified Public Accountant licensure exam a year later and studied for a master’s […]

Library to open gadget section

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 00:00
A NEW “interactive” section is set to open in the Miguel de Benavides library amid a 10 percent-increase in library fees this academic year. UST Chief Librarian Estrella Majuelo said a new section called “Maker Space” will be opened for Thomasians to interact through the use of different technological materials. “Nagpaplano kami na mag put […]

Acknowledge masses’ canon – Thomasian authors to academe

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 00:00
LITERATURE is not limited to what your teachers tell you.—This, in a nutshell, was the accent of the trendiest names in Philippine Pop Literature today, who fittingly graced the book talk “The Emerging Genres in the 21st Century Philippine Literature” last Oct. 18. Held at the Philippine Normal University (PNU), the event had Thomasian authors […]

Health service conducts drug tests ahead of DepEd mandate

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 00:00
THE UNIVERSITY has been conducting drug tests among first-year high school students for prevention and rehabilitation purposes even before the Department of Education (DepEd) made the tests mandatory, the UST Health Service chief bared. Health Service Director Rhodora de Leon said drug tests for high school students were the “rule” in the University. “[Drug testing […]

UST refutes claims of indifference

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 00:00
THE UNIVERSITY has dismissed claims it was indifferent toward the death of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, following criticisms of the school’s response to the tragedy. In a statement on Oct. 20, UST sought to correct what it claimed was an “inaccurate portrayal” of its efforts to assist in the probe into the death […]

Bar Exams to be held in UST amid hazing death probe

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 00:00
UST WILL host the Bar Examinations for the seventh straight year this November amid controversy over the hazing death of law freshman Horacio Castillo III. Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said the University remained focus on the preparation for the exams despite “momentary distractions.” “We remain focused on our goals, and the bar exam preparations […]

Aegis Juris fratman turns government witness in Atio hazing case

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 20:22
AN OFFICER of Aegis Juris Fraternity was admitted on Wednesday to the witness protection program in exchange for his testimony on the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Mark Ventura, together with his mother and his legal counsel, met with him on Tuesday at the Department of Justice and […]

Be more proactive in University issues, UST alumni org urges Thomasians

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 20:12
THE PRESIDENT of the UST Alumni Association on Saturday urged Thomasians to be active on issues faced by the University after the death of law freshman Horacio Castillo III. “We know something is being done, however, we are not communicating to the general public. [But] it’s time now … to be more proactive.” Henry Tenedero […]

Maling gramatika ng mga palabas sa telebisyon, pinuna

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:42
SURIIN at gamitin sa pagtuturo ang mga palabas at patalastas sa telebisyon na pinanonood ng mga mag-aaral upang mapalawak ang kaalaman sa wikang Filipino, paghihimok ng mga dalubguro. Naglabas ng pagkadismaya si Patrocinio Villafuerte, dalubguro sa Pamantasang Normal ng Pilipinas, sa pagkakaroon ng mga mali sa gramatika ng mga patalastas sa telebisiyon. “Naiinis ako kasi […]

‘Our son was healthy’: Parents refute Solano’s claim that heart disease was cause of Atio’s death

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 15:24
THE PARENTS of slain Civil Law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III have refuted claims their son died of heart disease and not because of the hazing rites of Aegis Juris Fraternity. Horacio Castillo Jr. told reporters last Oct. 24 after the preliminary investigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that his son was healthy upon […]

Eradicate mosquito breeding grounds to counter Japanese Encephalitis – Thomasian pathologist

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 14:31
A THOMASIAN pathologist has urged the Department of Health (DOH) to focus on eradicating breeding grounds of mosquitoes to counter Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases. “The government should better focus on vector control, and measures like community education to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds,” Assoc. Prof. Rowen Yolo told the Varsitarian. This was Yolo’s response to DOH […]

Cheesy ‘Chiz’ Escudero guilty of grandstanding

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 15:01
Perhaps because he has largely paid lip service to the extra-judicial killings (EJK) of the Duterte administration whose Senate coalition he’s a diehard of, and perhaps too because he and his father had supported Ferdinand Marcos and his corrupt and oppressive strongman rule, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero could sound cheesy and brag about his dubious […]

Nat’l catechism group launches book on Church’s social teachings in Filipino

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 02:08
A Filipino translation of the social teachings of the Catholic Church was launched on Oct. 19, to make doctrine more understandable to the laity especially the youth. “DOCAT,” an amalgam of the words “to do” and “catechism,” compiles Catholic social teachings in the local language. Translated by former Carmelite nun Jasmine Plana, the book follows […]

Media urged to help people beyond storytelling

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:44
A THOMASIAN broadcast journalist has urged media to give hope to the less fortunate through their stories and documentaries. Cesar Apolinario, host of GMA Network’s iWitness, said the journalist’s duty included helping their subjects beyond storytelling. “That’s what a story’s all about. It’s about helping, it’s about giving hope to less fortunate people…It does not […]