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Castillo lawyer wants Divina, 18 other UST officials charged over frat hazing

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:21
The parents of slain UST law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III wants UST officials, including Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina, held liable for the death of the hazing victim. Lorna Kapunan, counsel of Castillo’s parents, said criminal complaints would be filed against Divina and 18 other University officials in addition to the cases against members […]

UST alumni: No cover-up in Castillo hazing case

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 13:10
Thomasian alumni groups on Saturday decried allegations of a cover-up in the death of UST law freshman and hazing victim Horacio Castillo III. In a joint statement, the alumni associations of UST and the Faculty of Civil Law said the University should not be held liable for Castillo’s death. “There was no attempt at all to cover […]

A call for a new sports leadership

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:16
PHILIPPINE sports have slowly deteriorated in competence and relevance in the last decade not because of untalented athletes, but rather because of leadership of sports officials. The country exited the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur with its worst outing in 18 years, collecting a measly 24 gold medals from the projected 50 […]

Duterte is a lapdog of the Marcoses

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:12
FROM his shocking decision to allow the interment of Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani to supporting Bongbong Marcos’s electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, expressing desire to extend Martial Law from Mindanao to Luzon and the entire country, and proposing that the Marcoses be given immunity so they could ostensibly return […]

‘Libreng matrikula’:Marupok, mapusok na konsepto

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:08
SA PANAHONG lubog sa krisis ang bansa, dapat maging makilatis ang mga mamamayan sa mga pangil ng mga ipinapasang mandato tulad na lamang ng libreng matrikula sa mga mag-aaral ng state universities and colleges (SUC) sa ilalim ng Republic Act (RA) 10931. Ikaapat ng Agosto nang ianunsiyo ni Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra ang […]

Use mother tongue in poetry, aspiring poets urged

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:48
AN AWARD-WINNING writer has urged aspiring poets to write in their regional languages to come up with the best poems. “It is a form of witnessing. If you do not use your mother tongue, that tongue will die,” said Jaime An Lim in his lecture at the Solidaridad Bookstore last Sept. 30. Lim, who has […]

Healing, not killing, in Church drug-rehab programs

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:04
AMID THE rising number of deaths brought by President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, the Church maintains that comprehensive rehabilitation programs and cultural evangelization are sustainable solutions to the problem of illegal drugs. Fr. Luciano Felloni, parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes in Caloocan, said drug-rehabilitation programs serve as a “refuge” for drug dependents. […]

Cafe Inggo: caffeine fix at Santo Domingo Church

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:56
ON THE night of the feast of St. Dominic, a small, cozy café tucked in the corner of the Santo Domingo Parish and convent complex in Quezon Avenue went abuzz with customers. UST alumnus and ex-seminarian Vic Alcuaz expected only 60 people during the soft opening of the St. Dominic-inspired Café Inggo. But to his […]

Frat hazing kills aspiring senator’s dream

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:11
In a family of professionals, Horacio “Atio” Castillo III wanted to be the first lawyer. But just months into law school, members of a UST-based fraternity killed the 22-year-old Atio’s dream, something his family could not accept. “Masaya ako para sa kanya kasi magpa-proper law na siya. Pagkatapos nito three [or four] years from now, […]

Engineer & breastfeed advocate turns to maternity wear designing

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:05
In a society where breastfeeding in public is still frowned upon, a young entrepreneur from UST has found ways to lessen the discomfort among mothers. Siene Bueno, 32, runs Kaypee Baby, an online store selling fashionable yet affordable maternity wear, kid’s clothing, cloth diapers, toys and other baby items. “We want to make mothers look […]

Accountancy student’s battle with leukemia

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:58
A photo went viral early this month showing a girl wearing surgical mask and her school uniform, hunched over her calculator and reviewer, her left hand tied to a chemotherapy machine. There was no stopping Jasmine Aspiras, 19, a management accounting student of UST, who was studying for an upcoming exam. Not even cancer. She […]

UST posts 88-percent passing rate in Sept 2017 mech eng’g board exams

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:53
UST’s passing rate slipped in the September 2017 board exams for mechanical engineers, but the University still placed seventh on the list of top-performing schools. A total of 105 out of 119 examinees made the cut, or a passing rate of 88.24 percent. This was down from last year’s 92 percent, or 115 out of […]

Suspect names 6 fratmen in hazing rites

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:00
ONE OF the main suspects in the death of freshman law student Horacio Tomas Castillo III revealed the names or at least six individuals involved in the Aegis Juris Fraternity hazing rites, Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri said on Tuesday, Sept. 26. John Paul Solano disclosed the names in an executive session last Sept. 25 after […]

Pagsabak ng Unibersidad sa Boksing

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:46
ALAM na ba ninyong minsang nanaig ang mga Tomasino sa larangan ng boksing? Ayon sa tala ng Varsitarian, taong 1932 nang unang sumabak ang Unibersidad sa pampalakasang boksing ng Big Three Tournament, isang ligang kinabibilangan din ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas at National University. Higit na naging kasabik-sabik ito para sa mga Tomasino sapagkat nangyayari ang […]

Filipino sign language, mas paiigtingin

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:31
Isinusulong ngayon ang pagkakaroon ng Filipino Sign Language (FSL) upang “payabungin ang Wikang Pambansa,” ani Carolyn Dagani, tagapangulo ng Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD). Giit ni Dagani, maging ang pagpilantik ng mga daliri at pagkumpas ng mga kamay ay maaaring maghayag ng ating pagka-Pilipino, lalo para sa ating mga kapuwang pipi at bingi. “Filipino […]

‘Itigil ang dahas!’ panawagan ng mga manunulat sa panahon ng ‘Tokhang’

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:28
KINONDENA ng ilang mga pangkat ng mga manunulat sa Filipinas ang kasalukuyang pamamaraan ng “war on drugs” ng administrasiyong Duterte. Sa kanilang opisyal na pahayag, tinutulan ng Unyon ng mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas (UMPIL) ang paggamit ng pamahalaan ng dahas sa ngalan ng nabanggit na kampanya. Giit ng organisasiyon: “Such campaign has led to unnecessary […]

‘Their consciences are troubling them’: Cops in EJKs seek Church protection

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 21:31
LAW ENFORCERS involved in cases of extrajudicial killings (EJK) under President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war has sought “sanctuary, succor and protection” from the Church, outgoing Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines President Socrates Villegas bared on Monday. In a statement titled “To be Angels of Compassion,” the Lingayen-Dagupan prelate said law enforcers have expressed their […]

Thomasian artist bags prestigious Fernando Zobel Prize for Visual Arts

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:17
A THOMASIAN artist took home the Fernando Zobel Prize for Visual Art last Oct. 1 at the Ateneo Arts Awards for his month-long exhibit of silkscreen paintings of acrylic-laden wood patterns and textures. Constantino Zicarelli, an advertising arts alumnus of UST, received the award for his exhibit “Prelude to a Billion Years” held last year […]

Anti-Hazing Law author to critics: ‘Do not blame the law’

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:28
THE AUTHOR of the Anti-Hazing Law is blaming weak enforcement for the continued practice of hazing among fraternities and sororities. In a UST forum last Sept. 29, Thomasian and former senator Jose “Joey” Lina Jr., author of Republic Act (RA) 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law, answered critics claiming the 22-year-old law needed to be repealed […]

Law dean under fire over fatal hazing

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:00
The dean of the UST Faculty of Civil Law is under fire for allegedly failing to rein in his fellow fraternity members behind the fatal hazing of law freshman Horacio Tomas Castillo III. Lawyer Nilo Divina is among the most prominent members of the 38-year-old Aegis Juris Fraternity, but he said he had been on […]