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Rodrigo Duterte is Peking’s Duck

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 00:00
President Duterte has proved himself the stooge of totalitarian Communist China when against the interest of the Philippines and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), he removed all statements expressing concern over Beijing’s encroachments on the West Philippine Sea during the Asean summit. Parroting the Beijing line that the situation should not be aggravated further—especially […]

Tough love at the Varsitarian

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 00:00
COMING from the province, I admittedly had this obscure fear of the city. I have always been a stickler for routine so when I started my freshman year in UST, I was unsettled. Unable at first to acclimatize myself to surroundings without my family, I spent nights of homesickness. Likewise, I missed my high school […]

‘Father of outcomes-based education’: Focus on students’ skills, not grades

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 18:37
SCHOOLS’ preoccupation over grades may be discouraging students from learning, the “Father of Outcomes-Based Education” has said. Sociologist William Spady urged teachers to focus on developing students’ skills instead of scoring exams, in a news conference in Quezon City last May 25. “The first thing they need to do is examine how their standards and […]

Acclaimed Thomasian director dies at 71

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 18:34
VETERAN Thomasian filmmaker and writer Gil Portes was found dead in his apartment in Kamias, Quezon City last May 24. He was 71 years old. Portes was rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center but was pronounced dead on arrival. “Apparently Gil passed away yesterday (May 24) but his body was discovered by his landlady […]

Thomasians stand in solidarity with Marawi clash victims

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:57
THOMASIANS expressed sympathy for victims of the attacks by the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur in a prayer vigil and candle-lighting ceremony at the Plaza Mayor last May 25. Central Student Council public relations officer-elect Francis Santos urged Thomasians to empathize with the Filipinos in Mindanao after President Rodrigo Duterte declared […]

Comelec suspends LTC for one academic year

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:17
THE UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec) has suspended University-wide political party Lakas Tomasino Coalition for violating online campaigning rules during the Central Student Council (CSC) elections last April. In a resolution released on May 24, the Comelec stated that Lakas Tomasino violated Judicial Resolution No. 03, which prohibited the party from conducting an online […]

Alumni office to hold benefit concert for cancer awareness

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 23:02
THE UST Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) will host a benefit concert titled “Stop the Hate. Start to Love: A Thomasian Alumni Concert for a Cause” to raise cancer and health awareness on May 27 at the UST Open Field. The concert aims to highlight the University’s role as a premier medical institution and to […]

V Exclusives: Baccalaureate Mass 2017

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:38

UST Symphony Orchestra to render classics in ‘Opus II’

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 00:01
THE UST Symphony Orchestra will play a repertoire of romantic classics in “Opus II,” a concert to be held May 25 at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium. The orchestra, under the baton of orchestral conducting student Jedrick Itugot, will return to classical music after performing mostly contemporary music in recent concerts. The orchestra will play music […]

UST is 2nd top-performing school in LET board exams

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 21:01
THE UNIVERSITY emerged as the second top-performing school in the March 2017 licensure examinations for teachers (LET) in the secondary level. UST registered an 80.95-percent passing rate, or 51 students passing out of 63 examinees. This was a lower passing rate from last year’s 93.75 percent or 45 out of 48 examinees. The University of […]

Baccalaureate Mass 2017

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:37

Anti-death penalty advocates, lawmakers gather in UST

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:12
HUNDREDS of protesters from various trooped to the University on May 21 to protest the planned re-imposition of death penalty in the country. The protesters assembled at Mabuhay Rotonda in Quezon City and marched to the Plaza Mayor in UST, where a program and Eucharistic celebration was held. Present at the event were senators Risa […]

Nick Joaquin and Julio Nakpil honored in exhibit

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:54
A FACULTY member of the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) mounted the works of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin and Filipino composer Julio Nakpil in an exhibit at Ayala Museum last May 20. Mary Ann Bulanadi, who teaches interior design in CFAD, curated the exhibit along with Faye Cura, a researcher from […]

Rector to Batch 2017: Remain steadfast in faith, stand up for the truth

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 16:46
BE STEADFAST in your faith, stand by the truth and give in to none except to a conviction of honor. This was the message of UST Rector Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P as the University sent out 8,376 graduates during the Baccalaurate Mass last May 19 at the UST open field. The graduating students were […]

Respect for life applies even to criminals —UST theology dean

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 14:49
FACULTY of Sacred Theology Dean Rev. Fr. Rodel Aligan, O.P. has denounced the death penalty as a “sanitized or stylized form of vengeance” and said respect for human life applies even to criminals. “Each of us is called to respect the life and the dignity of human being. Respect for life applies to all, even […]

La Salle dean proposes ban on political turncoats

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 19:21
A POLITICAL science professor is calling for the passage of a Senate bill that seeks to prevent switching among members of national political parties. “We must develop party-citizen linkages. Any organization mingles with [their] members. Political parties should also do so,” said Julio Teehankee, dean of the De La Salle University College of Liberal Arts, […]

Thomasian ranks 2nd in worldwide management accountant exams

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 18:46
A THOMASIAN ranked second in the recent worldwide certified management accountant (CMA) examinations, making her qualified to practice internal audit overseas. Eunice Ann Libaton, who obtained her bachelor’s degree in accountancy from UST in June 2016, will also receive the Distinguished Perfomance Award from the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA), which administered the examinations. […]

Fight social injustice, Tagle urges faithful during Fatima centennial celebration

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 18:37
MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged parishes to lift the lives of the poor by fighting “social injustices,” as he led the centennial celebration of the Fatima apparitions yesterday. “Buhayin ang katawan ni Hesus, buhayin ang templo Espiritu Santo. Sa tulong ng ating Mahal na Ina, sana magkaroon tayo ng punong silid para sa […]

‘Fidel’ dominates Sampung Sulyap 2017

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 16:21
A SHORT film by the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) Student Council bagged nine awards, including Best Picture, in the “Sampung Sulyap” film festival awards night last May 13 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex Auditorium. CFAD Student Council’s entry, titled “Fidel,” also won Best in Advocacy, Best Cinematography, Best Storyline, the People’s […]

Bishop urges conversion and penance as Church marks Fatima centennial

Sat, 05/13/2017 - 00:22
NOVALICHES Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani has called on the faithful to seek conversion and penance, as the Church marks the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima. “Ang ating mundo ay nalalambungan ng napakaitim na lambong—ng egoism, selfishness … ang Diyos ay hindi na Diyos, pinalitan na ng sarili, pinalitan na ng maraming idolo,” […]