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Ban Aegis Juris, Bishop Bacani tells UST

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 21:05
Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said on Thursday the Aegis Juris Fraternity should be banned in UST following the death of law freshman Horacio Castillo III in initiation rites. “It is a particularly sad case and such thing should not be happening in the premiere Catholic University of the Philippines. [Hazing] should be remedied and […]

‘We are confident that he will be vindicated’: UST law profs express support for Divina

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 20:11
Civil Law professors on Friday threw their support for Dean Nilo Divina amid an investigation into the hazing death of law freshman Horacio Castillo III. In a manifesto of support, 35 UST law professors, which included justices, judges and law practitioners, said Divina dealt with the situation with “utmost circumspection” and was impartial as dean […]

Explore different literary genres, Thomasian writers urge students

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:34
BUDDING writers should immerse themselves in “trial and error” of every literary genre to determine which one works for them. This was the message of Thomasian writers during the 7th UST Authors’ Series last Oct. 18 at the Tanghalang Teresita Quirino. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, director of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies […]

UST admin dismisses claims it was indifferent on Atio’s death

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:06
THE UNIVERSITY dismissed on Friday claims it was indifferent toward the death of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. In a statement posted on its Facebook page, UST sought to correct what it claimed was an “inaccurate portrayal” of its efforts to help the investigation into the death of Castillo, a UST law freshman. It […]

Wika ng akademiya, hadlang ba pag-unlad ng literatura sa ika-21 siglo?

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 21:04
IGINIIT ng isang Tomasinong manunulat na hindi dapat ikahon ang sarili sa wika ng akademiya upang umusad ang panitikan sa ika-21 na siglo. “Mahirap ikategorya kung ano ang emerging genre sa panitikan at magsagawa ng pananaliksik, pag-aaral at talakayan sa napakakupad na akademiya na isang uugod-ugod nang institusyon,” wika ni Joselito de los Reyes, tagapangulo […]

SENATE PROBE: Poe urges Divina to step down; Aegis Juris cover-up attempt bared

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:13
CIVIL Law Dean Nilo Divina refused to step down from office amid criticisms he could have done more to help the parents of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo III or to prevent the tragedy. During the Senate probe into Atio’s fatal hazing last Oct. 18, Divina stood firm as Sen. Grace Poe pointed out that […]

Cebu’s Cardinal Vidal passes away at 86

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 04:43
Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal died yesterday days after falling into a coma at the Perpetual Succor Hospital in Cebu City. He was 86. Msgr. Joseph Tan, spokesman of the Archdiocese of Cebu, said Vidal was in stable condition, but his heart could have given up because of old age. Tests done on Vidal […]

UST scores 100 percent in chem tech, improves in chemist board exams

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 23:04
THE UNIVERSITY posted a 100-percent passing rate in the October 2017 licensure exams for chemical technicians, with all 21 Thomasian examinees making to the cut. Diamond Jeff Paug from the Cebu Institute of Technology topped this year’s exams with a score of 92.50 percent. Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology was the top-performing school for […]

Silence an injustice to Atio Castillo, family, Poe tells Aegis Juris members

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 17:23
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a press release from the office of Sen. Grace Poe.  Sen. Grace Poe today slammed the continued “code of silence” of Aegis Juris fraternity members and their refusal to fully cooperate with Senate probers on the death of hazing victim Horacio Tomas “Atio” Castillo III, saying this was an injustice to the […]

UST zooms to 145th spot in QS Asian ranking

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:18
THE UNIVERSITY rose 11 notches to 145th place in the 2017 Asian university ranking of the London-based Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS), after two years of decline. UST jumped from 157th place in 2017, getting an overall score of 37.6 and high marks from employers. “UST graduates consistently and yearly dominate the top ten in courses with board […]

Aegis Juris fratmen summoned to Senate hearing

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:43
THE SENATE Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs has summoned suspects behind the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio Castillo III to its second hearing on Wednesday. Aegis Juris officers and fratmen Arvin Balag, Aeron Salientes, Mhin Wei Chan, Mark Anthony Ventura, Oliver John Audrey Onofre, Ralph Trangia, Ranie Rafael Santiago, Zimon Padro, […]

Dominicans urged to engage in ‘poor-centered’ preaching ministry

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 18:18
THE ORDER of Preachers’ pointman for the Asia-Pacific has called on his fellow Dominicans to promote a “culture of encounter” by going to the peripheries and listening to the poor. “The people in the periphery are central to our ministry. We are told twice to be served by the people we are intending to serve. […]

DNA found on Aegis Juris paddle matches those of Atio’s parents – police

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 06:46
Blood stains from a paddle and white shirt found in the Aegis Juris Fraternity library matched the DNA of the parents of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, a source from the Manila Police District told the Varsitarian on Friday. Laboratory findings showed that blood on the evidence gathered from the police’s two-day sweep of the frat […]

UST urged to review frat policies

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 06:42
A lawyer has called on the University to review policies on fraternities following the death of a UST law freshman in hazing rites, saying non-accreditation of a fraternity didn’t mean UST no longer has a liability. Marwil Llasos of the University of the Philippines Law Center said UST was still be liable for the death […]

Divina files 3rd libel case against Castillo lawyer over remarks in ‘V’ story

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 23:12
CIVIL Law Dean Nilo Divina has filed a third libel complaint against Lorna Kapunan, the family lawyer of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III, for her remarks in a story published by the Varsitarian last Oct. 8. Divina charged Kapunan over her claim that he was liable for the death of Castillo, as dean of Civil […]

CFAD professor mounts Filipino-themed space in BGC exhibit

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 19:19
INTERIOR designer Maria Ann Venturina-Bulanadi mounted a Filipino-themed exhibition for the celebration of Philippine School of Interior Design’s (PSID) 50th anniversary last Oct. 1 at Bonifacio Global City. Bulanadi, who teaches at the College of Fine Arts and Design, highlighted two “advocacies” in her exhibit titled “The Adaptive Reuse of Historical Interiors and Promotion of […]

Civil Law dean, faculty secretary face hazing, murder raps

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 21:09
THE PARENTS of law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III on Monday accused Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina and Faculty Secretary Arthur Capili of being complicit in the fraternity hazing rites that led to their son’s death. A supplementary affidavit filed by the Horacio Jr. and Carmina Castillo before the Department of Justice on Oct. 9 […]

Hazing suspect back in Manila, eyed as state witness

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 18:31
THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DOJ) is eyeing Ralph Trangia, one of the primary suspects in the death of UST law freshman and hazing victim Horacio Castillo III, as a state witness. Trangia, who is listed by the police as the sergeant at arms of the Aegis Juris Fraternity, returned to Manila via Eva Air Flight […]

‘Prayer is key to peace,’ La Naval devotees told

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 23:07
Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco on Sunday said chaos in society was rooted in the lack of respect for life, in a Mass for the feast of La Naval de Manila at Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City. “Magulo [ang lipunan kasi] wala na tayong paggalang sa buhay ng tao samantalang ang buhay ng tao ay […]

Civil Law dean sues Castillo family lawyer for libel

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 22:45
UST FACULTY of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina has filed a libel complaint against lawyer Lorna Kapunan, for allegedly linking him to the death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III as well as the corruption allegations involving the chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Divina wants Kapunan to pay P120 million in damages for […]