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His brothers, his killers?

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:00
THE UST community is up in arms over the killing of Horacio Tomas Castillo III, whose fatal hazing has raised concerns over a possible cover-up and the effectiveness of a 22-year-old law. University officials, in a statement, condemned the killing “in no uncertain terms” and vowed to bring to justice members of the UST-based Aegis […]

Faculty union execs, UST admin agree to split P81.8M in tuition hikes

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 18:41
LEADERS of the 1,900-strong faculty union and the University administration have agreed on a scheme to distribute P81.8 million in tuition hikes since 2014, with UST getting back a huge chunk to pay for incentives to higher-ranked professors whose loads were reduced because of the K to 12 transition. Dr. George Lim, president of the […]

Sustain devotion through ‘strong prayer life,’ Marian devotees urged

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 18:05
Bishop Emeritus Camilo Gregorio of Batanes urged Marian devotees and the faithful of Santisimo Rosario Parish to sustain their devotion to the Blessed Mother through a strong life of prayer, in a Mass marking the parish’s Diamond Jubilee on Sunday. The Blessed Mother’s intercession through the Holy Rosary sustains the Christian faith, especially of Catholics […]

UST clarinetist debuts in ‘Unang Hakbang’ concert for budding musicians

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 21:29
A clarinetist from the UST Conservatory of Music made his professional debut in “Konsyerto: Unang Hakbang” on Sept. 24 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Andrew Constantino joined the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and played Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2, Op. 74 in allegro. Constantino […]

Scion of Cebu politicos is topnotcher twice over

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 21:25
LANDING on the top spot in a board examination is no easy feat. Doing it twice is extraordinary. Vincent Edouard Anthony “Dan” Gullas, 27, was shocked when he learned that he topped the September 2017 licensure exams for physicians. “I aimed to be at least in the top 10 but never did I imagine I’d […]

17,000 Thomasians honor teachers with world record attempt

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 21:06
THE THOMASIAN community on Friday formed the words “My Teacher is my Hero” in a bid to break the world record for the “largest human sentence.” An estimated 17,000 students, faculty members and support staff attempted to clinch the University’s second title in the Guinness World Records after its “largest human cross” in 2011. Alvin […]

‘Pagsasalin ng mga akda, daan tungo sa globalisasyon’

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 18:52
Iginiit ng isang Tomasinong propesor ang kahalagahan ng pagsasalin kasabay ng globalisasyon na dulot ng teknolohiyang pangkomunikasyon. “Mahirap isiping magaganap ang globalisasyon kung walang pagsasalin na mamamagitan sa mga mamamayan ng lahat ng bansa sa daigdig,” wika ni Michael Coroza, direktor ng 2017 Salinan Pandaidigang Kumperensiya sa Ateneo de Manila. Ipinaliwanag niya na mayroong tatlong […]

True Marian devotion means reaching out to the poor, La Naval devotees told

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 17:05
THE PRIOR of Santo Domingo Convent on Thursday challenged devotees of La Naval de Manila to be living witnesses of their faith by reaching out to the poor and marginalized. “[Sa pagtulong natin] makikita kung tunay ang ating debosyon sa ating Mahal na Ina. Sana’y kalakip sa panalangin hindi lamang ang ating ugnayan sa Diyos […]

Lead suspect in hazing victim Castillo’s slay freed

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 18:04
THE LEAD suspect behind the death of UST Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio Castillo III was set free on Thursday, following an order from the Department of Justice (DOJ). John Paul Solano, who is facing charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, murder and violation of Anti-Hazing Law, was released from detention as there was […]

Thomasian writer highlights ‘reverence for Earth’ in poetry

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 15:47
An Australia-based Thomasian writer discussed nature and travel-inspired poetry in a lecture at De La Salle University on Sept. 27. “Let us surface from the deep now and rise into space, so we can see our blue planet as a whole entity and possibly imagine the interconnectedness of its inhabitants’ fulfillment for everyone’s survival,” said […]

Divina planning to resign from Aegis Juris frat

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 15:32
Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said on Thursday he was planning to resign from the Aegis Juris Fraternity following the death of law freshman Horacio Castillo III in hazing rites. “I am seriously considering [resigning] but not now. [The resignation] will have no bearing on the ongoing investigation,” Divina told the Varsitarian. Divina, the fraternity’s […]

Family vows to pursue justice as UST law freshman laid to rest

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:24
The family of hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo III vowed to pursue justice for their son as he was laid to rest on Wednesday at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque. In his eulogy, Horacio Jr., father of the slain Civil Law freshman, said his son Atio was “murdered at the hands of his initiators” […]

Third Aegis Juris fratman in Castillo’s slay surrenders

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:25
ANOTHER AEGIS Juris Fraternity member turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday, on the same day the remains of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III, a freshman at Civil Law, were laid to rest. Jason Adolfo Robiños, a fifth-year Civil Law student and treasurer of Aegis Juris, presented security footage of his boarding house to prove […]

Suspect bares identities of fratmen behind hazing death in closed-door meet

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 01:35
ONE OF the main suspects in the death of freshman law student Horacio 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 a […]

SENATE PROBE: Suspect mum on identities of Aegis Juris fratmen behind hazing death

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 21:29
ONE OF the main suspects in the death of freshman law student Horacio Castillo III denied his involvement in the hazing rites conducted by the Aegis Juris Fraternity during a Senate probe last Sept. 25, and was mum on the identities of those behind it. John Paul Solano, a medical technologist, said he was not […]

Divina dismisses disbarment raps

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 20:53
UST Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina has dismissed the disbarment case filed against him by Patricia Bautista, estranged wife of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista. “They are probably sour that their impeachment complaint was dismissed,” Divina told the Varsitarian. Divina was referring to the impeachment complaint against the Comelec chief […]

Murder, hazing, robbery charges filed against Aegis Juris fratmen

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 01:19
Criminal charges were filed on Monday against lead suspect John Paul Solano and Aegis Juris Fraternity members involved in the hazing rites that led to the death of UST Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio Castillo III. The Manila Police District charged Solano with murder, perjury, obstruction of justice, robbery and violation of the Anti-Hazing […]

Thomasian tops September 2017 librarian exams

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:51
A THOMASIAN topped this year’s licensure examinations for librarians, while two other UST graduates landed in the top 10. Apolonio Patron led the country’s new batch of licensed librarians with a score of 90.85 percent, results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed. UST graduates Pauline Espiritu and Justin Joy Genton clinched the sixth and ninth […]

News media ‘beacon of light’ amid fake news, says ABS-CBN exec

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:14
THE HEAD of ABS-CBN Digital News Media said media should shed light on relevant issues and guide the public toward verified information in a lecture last Sept. 20 at the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. “[T]here’s so much fake content out there online, [so] news media must become the beacon of light that guides the public […]

Former UST rector condemns hazing following death of UST law freshman

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 16:18
Former UST rector Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P. has condemned the violent initiation rites of college fraternities following last week’s death of UST law freshman Horacio Castillo III. In his opinion column published on the Sept. 23 issue of the Manila Bulletin, de la Rosa said physical violence inflicted on fraternity recruits does not […]