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Former Artlets dean appointed delegate to UN by Catholic teachers’ union

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 11:06
A FORMER dean of the Faculty of Arts and Letters will represent the World Union of Catholic Teachers (WUCT) before the United Nations (UN) and other world organizations until 2018. Political science professor Belen Tangco, Artlets dean from 2003 to 2006, was named delegate to the UN by the WUCT with the concurrence of the […]

Colleges suspend classes due to earthquakes

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 19:19
VARIOUS colleges in the University suspended classes following a series of earthquakes that struck Batangas on Saturday afternoon. The quake was felt in the University past 3 p.m., prompting security personnel to evacuate buildings. Students were led to the UST open field as part of protocol for earthquake drills. The Alfredo M. Velayo-College of Accountancy, […]

Authors highlight importance of reading and writing in book forum

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 22:54
FILIPINO authors stressed the importance of reading and writing in the contemporary age in a conference last April 7 at the UST Bookstore. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, director of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS), said writing should persist under any circumstance. “If you are a professional writer, you write. That’s what […]

UST aces electronics technician board exams

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 22:49
THE UNIVERSITY maintained a perfect passing rate in the April 2017 electronics technician (ECT) licensure exams, but posted a lower passing rate in the electronics and communication engineering (ECE) board exams, results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) showed. UST aced the ECT board exams with all 10 examinees passing. Mapua Institute of Technology – […]

Fight for ‘culture of life,’ PH Dominicans urge Filipinos

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 16:04
THE DOMINICAN Province of the Philippines has reaffirmed its commitment to fight for a “culture of life” amid a proposal to reinstate capital punishment in the country. “We commit ourselves to peaceful action and passionate advocacy for the culture of life, which we shall seek to fulfill with humble honesty and heroic hope of ‘walking […]

Lone CSC presidential bet bares support for ‘justifiable’ tuition hike

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 23:24
CANDIDATES for the Central Student Council (CSC) Executive Board elections clashed on Thursday in a mandatory debate that highlighted contentious University issues such as tuition hikes, council funds and student apathy. Lakas Tomasino Coalition (LTC) standard-bearer Steven Grecia, who is running unopposed for the presidency, said he would support tuition increases as long as they […]

Orchestras of UST, San Beda join in concert

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 20:32
THE ORCHESTRA of San Beda College of Alabang joined the UST Symphony Orchestra in performing classic and pop medleys in “Ugnayan sa Tugtugan: Summer Breakout Concert in April,” at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium last April 5. Conservatory of Music Acting Dean Antonio Africa said the mixed ensemble sought to highlight the theme of the Conservatory’s […]

Central Comelec bars LTC from online campaigning

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 08:11
THE UST CENTRAL Commission on Elections (Comelec) has barred the Lakas Tomasino Coalition (LTC) from online campaigning for the remainder of the campaign, after a case of premature campaigning was filed by rival party Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino (Lakasdiwa). Lakasdiwa filed a complaint against LTC last March 22, accusing the latter of premature campaigning after […]

Thomasian artists grace ‘Performatura’ literature festival at CCP

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 21:38
IN CELEBRATION of National Literature Month, alumni artists showcased their artistic prowess in the “Performatura 2017: Performance Literature Festival” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) last March 31 to April 2. On its second edition, the festival honored prominent Filipino poet Francisco Balagtas with the theme “Sa loob at labas ng bayan kong […]

Almario: Alay sa kabataan ang Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 21:29
ORION, BATAAN — ITINATANGI ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining na si Virgilio Almario ang mga kabataang manunulat bilang sentro ng pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas ngayong Abril. Wika ni Almario, nakatuon ang temang “Banyuhay” o “bagong anyo ng buhay” sa makabagong anyo ng panitikang Filipino at sa paghihikayat sa mga kabataan na maging bahagi […]

#NewsWrap – April 2, 2017

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 14:42

‘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 […]