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Ex-Tarlac governor hits Aquino for mishandling Mamasapano encounter

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 22:10
THOMASIAN and former Tarlac governor Margarita “Tingting Cojuangco” has called out former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for “avoiding responsibility” on the Mamasapano encounter, which killed 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF). “It was utter ignorance that he allowed a little number of troopers to enter a territory of 1,026 […]

Thomasian surgeon is new PhilHealth president

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 19:09
A UST Medicine alumnus is the new president of state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp., after being nominated by President Rodrigo Duterte during a board election last March 7. Dr. Hildegardes Dineros, known for his volunteer work in medical missions to far-flung villages in the country, joined “mercy missions” to the Visayas region and other areas […]

Music faculty, students to render classics of Camille Saint-Saens

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 07:18
FACULTY members and students of the Conservatory of Music will pay tribute to the music of renowned French composer Camille Saint-Saens in the annual “Tribute to the Thomasians” concert on March 12 at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Titled “Mostly Camille,” this year’s edition will feature a […]

UST: Tuition hike needed to keep faculty, maintain facilities amid K to 12 disruption

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 22:55
  THE UNIVERSITY has no choice but to hike tuition next academic year in addition to using savings to keep its faculty and maintain school facilities amid the disruption caused by K to 12, UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. has said. Dagohoy said the proposed hike would go to salary increases for faculty members […]

32nd Gawad Ustetika confers lifetime achievement award on playwright, historian

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 14:04
TWO ACCLAIMED Thomasian writers were given lifetime achievement awards in the 32nd Gawad Ustetika Thursday night (March 9). Palanca-winning playwright Jesus Peralta and the late Spanish Dominican historian Fr. Fidel Villaroel, O.P. were given the Parangal Hagbong at the George Ty Hall of the Buenaventura G. Paredes, O.P. Building last March 9. Assoc. Prof. Eloisa […]

UST still out of QS subject rankings

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 13:53
THE UNIVERSITY failed to land a spot in the Quacquarelli-Symonds (QS) worldwide subject rankings for the sixth consecutive year, left behind by the University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle University. UP ranked in seven subjects globally compared with last year’s four subjects. The state university ranked 101st in the […]

‘Venerable Master’: With humanities under attack, continue pursuit of ‘true knowledge’

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 15:17
PROFESSOR Emeritus Alfredo Co of the Faculty of Arts and Letters urged Thomasians to yearn for true knowledge, as he lamented society’s focus on impersonal digital technology at the expense of humanities and philosophy. “I am disturbed that man is gradually abandoning the idea for the search of true knowledge, the good of human, and […]

UST to confer ‘Professor Emeritus’ title on Alfredo Co, the ‘Venerable Master’

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 14:05
PHILOSOPHY Professor Alfredo Co, affectionately called the “Venerable Master” in the Faculty of Arts and Letters, will be conferred the title Professor Emeritus in a solemn ceremony on Thursday, March 9, at the UST Medicine Auditorium. Co, who has taught for over 40 years in the University, is a sought-after scholar and speaker on the […]

Thomasians featured in ‘radical’ anthology of children’s stories

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 10:53
THOMASIAN writers will be part of an upcoming “radical” anthology of children’s stories. Jack Wigley, Chuckberry Pascual and Mar Anthony Simon de la Cruz are among the 43 Filipino writers whose stories will be included in “Taas Kamao: Mga Radikal na Kuwentong Pambata,” a “first of its kind” anthology that deals with “radical” issues such […]

Sinaunang panitikan, dapat ipaalala sa mga kabataang manunulat – Almario

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 10:49
BINIGYANG-DIIN ng pinuno ng Pambansang Komisyon para sa Kultura at mga Sining (NCCA) ang pagbabalik-tanaw sa mga lumang akda at manunulat upang makatulong sa pagpapayabong ng makabagong panitikang Filipino. “[Ang padiriwang ng Buwan ng Panitikan] ngayong taon ay para sa kabataan [at] sa pagtuklas ng bagong anyo ng panitikan,” ani Virgilio Almario, tagapangulo ng NCCA […]

Ex-envoy defends Duterte stance on int’l ruling in South China Sea dispute

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 10:43
A FORMER ambassador has slammed critics accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of treason for not asserting an international arbitration ruling in favor of the Philippines in the South China Sea dispute. Alberto Encomienda, the country’s former envoy to Greece, Malaysia and Singapore, stressed that there was no “practical road map” to assert the country’s right over […]

#NewsWrap – March 5, 2017

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 13:28

Uphold integrity in Church ministries, Ombudsman tells seminarians

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 12:17
OMBUDSMAN Conchita Carpio-Morales has urged seminarians to “uphold integrity and good governance in Church ministries” in contrast to corruption in government. “As you fulfill your mission, keep in mind that the prophets of ancient times stood up to [kings and emperors and challenged] their evil ways,” Morales said in her keynote address during the opening […]

Lakas Tomasino, Lakasdiwa accredited anew to field bets in CSC polls

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 12:12
TWO University-wide political parties are going to face off anew in the Central Student Council (CSC) elections after being accredited by the UST Central Commission on Elections (Comelec). Central Comelec head Arvin Bersonda confirmed through a text message that Lakas Tomasino Coalition (LTC) and Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino (Lakasdiwa) met the requirements set by the […]

Gawad Ustetika to honor Jesus Peralta, Fr. Villarroel

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 07:33
ON ITS 32nd year, Gawad Ustetika, the country’s longest-running campus literary derby, will bestow lifetime achievement awards to multi-awarded playwright Jesus Peralta and, posthumously, to the late Spanish Dominican Fr. Fidel Villarroel, O.P. Peralta, a Carlos Palanca Awards hall of fame awardee, and Villarroel, the Philippines’ “most prolific saint-maker,” will be honored with the Ustetika’s […]

Pope Francis ‘taken out of context’ on ‘atheist’ remark

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 07:27
A CHURCH official has slammed media outlets for misrepresenting Pope Francis’ remarks on hypocritical Catholics and atheism, saying the Holy Father’s words were “taken out of context.” Fr. Jonathan Cadiz, assistant parish priest of St. James the Great Parish in Alabang, said media outlets misreported the Holy Father’s remarks in a homily at Casa Santa […]

Deepen historical awareness, Fil-Am scholar urges Thomasians

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 21:43
A US-BASED Filipino scholar has urged young Thomasian writers to develop a sense of historical awareness. “If we reorient our sensibility and our vision regarding our own individual responsibility in society, it is to initiate our rethinking about ourselves as people or citizens of a nation-state with a specific history,” said poet and scholar Epifanio […]

UST registers 79-percent passing rate in medtech board exams

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 21:35
NEARLY eight out of every 10 UST examinees passed the February 2017 licensure examinations for medical technologists, results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed. UST’s passing rate slipped to 79.49 percent, or 31 out of 39 examinees, from last year’s 89.47 percent. Saint Louis University, Adventist University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes […]

UST Central Seminary to host gathering of seminarians

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 19:03
THE UST Central Seminary is set to host “Kapatiran 2017,” a gathering of diocesan seminarians under the Seminarians’ Network of the Philippines on March 4. The event’s theme, “Koinonia: Strengthening our Communion after 25 years,” aims to “strengthen the fraternal bonds, examine the fruits of collaboration and appreciate the graces received throughout the years.” “Koinonia” […]

UST to serve as testing site for nationwide law school aptitude test

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 18:30
THE UNIVERSITY will be one of the testing sites for the nationwide law school aptitude test on April 16, the Legal Education Board (LEB) announced last March 1. On its official website, the LEB listed UST as the testing site in Metro Manila for the first Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhiLSAT). Other sites chosen […]