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‘Museums are stewards of communities,’ experts declare in UST conference

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 13:44
MUSEUMS play an important role as stewards of communities, museum practitioners said in a conference hosted by UST last March 31 to April 1. Ateneo Art Gallery Director Ma. Victoria Herrera tackled the role of museums in sustaining cultural development and linkages with other disciplines. “Museums are stewards of communities. There is this careful, sound […]

Colorists enliven bird illustrations in exhibit

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 13:18
COLORFUL artworks depicting winged creatures are the main attraction in “Colors in Flight: Artworks of Colorists,” an exhibit that opened last March 29 at the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences. A sequel to last year’s exhibit “Color More, Stress Less,” the exhibit features the works of over 35 colorists, composed of Thomasian alumni and […]

‘Let young adult and children’s literature flourish’

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 13:17
FILIPINOS should begin to appreciate the value of young adult and children’s literature here. This was the message of writers belonging to the two genres in a roundtable discussion at the Tanghalang Teresita Quirino of the UST Graduate School last March 29. “Sa Pilipinas, kaunti pa lamang ang panitikan at dulang pambata, dahil siguro sa […]

UST honors Japanese ‘samurai-saint’

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:09
THE UNIVERSITY paid tribute to the newly beatified Justo Takayama Ukon in solemn rites at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex last March 28. The event saw the unveiling of a new marker beside the Japanese samurai’s statue at the entrance of the Graduate School. The marker narrates Takayama’s Catholic devotion. Secretary General Fr. Jesus Miranda […]

Conscience(less) vote and the death penalty

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 00:00
With 54 against and one abstention, House Bill 4727 was passed on third and final reading, reinstating the death penalty for drug-related misdemeanors. Although the original bill included 21 misdemeanors punishable by death, it was trimmed down to four (plunder, treason, rape and drugs), and after the second reading, just to drug-related misconduct. Capital punishment […]

Visual artist Villaseran tackles mental illness

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 00:00
AFTER being diagnosed with bipolar disorder last year, Thomasian artist Rom Villaseran channeled into painting his thoughts about his illness as a form of therapy. A year later, he mounted his works in Ilaw ng Buwan, a solo exhibit at Galerie Stephanie in Quezon City. As the title suggests, “Ilaw ng Buwan” sheds light on […]

Artlets senior wins Rector’s Literary Award; Ustetika jurors praise quality of entries

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 00:00
FOURTH-YEAR Literature student Raymond Gold Padao from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) won the much-coveted Rector’s Literary Award (RLA) during the Varsitarian-organized 32nd Gawad Ustetika, the biggest and longest-running campus literary derby in the Philippines. Padao had earlier won first prize for the essay for “Trinkets, Tools, and Toys” to qualify him for […]

‘Ched has no mandate to suspend field trips’

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 22:22
AN EDUCATION lawyer has criticized the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) for abusing its authority when it ordered a moratorium on off-campus activities after a bus crash in Rizal that claimed more than a dozen lives. Joseph Noel Estrada, UST alumnus and legal counsel of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, said such decision […]

Ex-Graduate School dean passes away at 93

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:24
Rev. Fr. Paul Zwaenepoel, CICM, former dean of the UST Graduate School, died last March 22 at the age of 93. Fr. Zwaenepoel was dean of the Graduate School from 1983 to 1987. Before that, he served as assistant to the rector for external development. He was a faculty member from 1977 to 1987. The […]

Rector calls for judicial reforms instead of death penaltyAlumni hit UST’s silence on Edsa anniversary

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:41
ALUMNI have criticized the UST administration and campus community for not showing up during the 31st anniversary celebration of the Edsa People Power Revolt last Feb. 25 and their alleged silence over such issues as the thousands of drug-related killings under the new administration of President Duterte, the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan […]

#NewsWrap – March 26, 2017

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 14:28

UST opens Graduate School of Law

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 08:09
THE UNIVERSITY’S Master of Laws and Doctor of Civil Law programs are set to be offered under the newly established UST Graduate School of Law, beginning second semester of this academic year. Maria Liza Lopez-Rosario, who obtained her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and bachelor of laws from UST in 1984 and 1988, respectively, is the […]

CBCP head lauds Earth Hour initiative

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 21:15
THE HEAD of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called on the faithful to “nurture and care for creation” in line with the annual celebration of Earth Hour, March 25. “Creation bears the Divine imprint, and they who deface it transgress against God’s sovereignty,” CBCP President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said […]

Church must challenge death penalty bill, summary killings — seminary rector

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 11:00
THE RECTOR of a major seminary has defended the Church in its vocal opposition to the death penalty and summary killings despite being criticized by politicians for meddling in state affairs. In his lecture last March 24 at the Benavides Auditorium, Fr. Emmanuel Cruz, Rector of Immaculate Conception Major Seminary, said the Church must challenge […]

Pambansang Araw ni Balagtas, isinusulong ng KWF

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 19:34
NAIS italagang non-working holiday ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) ang kaarawan ng manunulat na si Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar tuwing ikalawang araw ng Abril sa ilang mga lalawigan, habang working holiday naman sa buong bansa. “Kailangan natin ng isang araw para maalala [si Balagtas],” ani Roy Rene Cagalingan, senior language researcher ng KWF, sa ginanap […]

Central Comelec assures secure elections after reverting to manual vote

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 18:34
THE UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) has vowed a secure canvassing of election returns, despite reverting to manual voting after last year’s electronic voting was plagued with technical problems. Comelec Chairman Arvin Bersonda said Comelec would occupy the entire fourth floor of the Tan Yan Kee Student Center, including rooms of different University-wide student […]

Lakasdiwa: No ‘willing’ member for top CSC post

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 18:27
UNIVERSITY-WIDE party Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino (Lakasdiwa) has failed to field a presidential bet in the 2017 Central Student Council (CSC) polls, saying the party had no “competent and willing” member for the highest position. Lakasdiwa Legal Affairs Officer Gino Monsod said the party did not want to force its members to become the standard […]

College of Science eyes high-tech classrooms

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 20:55
THE COLLEGE of Science plans to move away from the “traditional classroom” set-up through the soon-to-be-constructed Science Online Learning Environment (SOLE) room, as a response to the University’s shift to an output-based education curriculum. “When you do an OBE class it will require the teacher group dynamics and [this] project is an answer to the […]

Journalism alumni cited for agriculture reporting

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 20:49
TWO JOURNALISM alumni were recognized in an agricultural journalism awards ceremony last March 22. Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas, who graduated in 2016, and Louise Maureen Simeon, who graduated in 2015, won second and third best agriculture beat reporters in the 2016 Philippine Agriculture Journalists – San Miguel Corp. Binhi Awards. Arcalas, a former Varsitarian writer, said […]