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Pinoy hip-hop given new light in indie film

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:06
Fliptop battles are the heart and core of “Respeto,” a beat-drop anthem to the art of rap competitions in the country. It was Thomasian director Alberto “Treb” Monteras II’s official entry to this year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Monteras fused music, time and literature in “Respeto,” which tells the story of a destitute teenager from Pandacan, […]

Dialogue urged to end wars, conflicts

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:00
DELEGATES to the Fourth Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 4) were called to practice communion with neighbors to counter hatred last July 28 to 30 at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle highlighted the importance of communion by understanding the differences in cultures. “If you look at the divisions, hatred […]

UST alumnus’ hip-hop drama ‘Respeto’ bags 6 awards in Cinemalaya film fest

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 08:46
A Thomasian director’s film about a young rapper’s quest to gain respect — with Martial Law and the bloody war on drugs as backdrop — won six awards including best film in the 13th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Alberto “Treb” Monteras II’s “Respeto” emerged as the audience’s choice, and won best cinematography along with Joseph […]

Duterte and Ang’s shakedown of Inquirer

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 21:20
The shocking announcement of the sale of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) to Ramon Ang, COO of San Miguel Corp., the biggest corporation in the Philippines, is a blow to press freedom not only in the Philippines but in the region. The Philippines is touted to have the wildest press in Southeast Asia—a title that has […]

‘Pagsasalin, nakakatalas ng kaalaman sa wika’

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 19:55
Tumatalas ang kakayahan at kaalaman sa wika sa pamamagitan ng pagsasalin, ayon sa isang manunulat at tagasalin sa idinaos na Paglulunsad ng Aklat ng Bayan sa Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) noong ika-11 ng Agosto. “Kapag nagsasalin ka, obligado ka hanapin ‘yung eksaktong kahulugan ng mga sinasalin mo. Gusto mo maging tapat sa orihinal [na […]

Environmentalists call on youth to lead campaign for proper waste disposal

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 18:32
SOLID waste management advocates urged young people to take action on environmental issues during the 3rd Integrated Ecological Waste Management Expo and Environment Summit last Aug. 12. Roslin Gutierrez, Manila Bay task group program officer of Department of the Interior and Local Government, told the Varsitarian Thomasians should attain a deeper understanding and efficient application […]

Miss Earth PH calls on gov’t to impose carbon tax

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 18:27
THOMASIAN alumna and Miss Philippines-Earth 2017 Karen Ibasco has called on to the government to tax carbon emissions in the Philippines to ensure a clean environment. “What I want to see is to pass a carbon tax. In that way, we would invest in renewable energy,” Ibasco told the Varsitarian. Ibasco urged Thomasians to practice […]

Thomasian abstractionist holds electricity-themed exhibit

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 15:16
Abstractionist Milmar Onal retains his vigor in representing landscapes through explorative themes in his new art exhibit titled “Greater Heights,” which opened last Aug. 3. Showcasing Onal’s latest set of abstractionist landscape paintings, the exhibit illuminates the artist’s new and ambitious ways of translating landscapes through abstracted forms of electrical flow. ”Abstract is a style. […]

CFAD prof named research director for interior design council

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 09:37
AN INTERIOR design professor was appointed director for research and publications of the Council of Interior Design Educators last Aug. 1. Asst. Prof. Mary Ann Venturina-Bulanadi plans to hold a series of forums to enhance the knowledge and skills of her colleagues and future designers. “My intention is to have [a] series of [forums] to reinforce […]

UST Civil Law dean denies illegal activities with Comelec chief

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 01:30
Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina has issued a blanket denial amid allegations he gave illegal commissions to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista, who is accused of accumulating nearly P1 billion in unexplained wealth. In a statement posted on the UST Civil Law Student Council’s Facebook page on Aug. 10, Divina vowed […]

New administrators named

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:33
Four University offices will be led by new administrators this academic year. Former Vice Rector Fr. Pablo Tiong, O.P has been appointed vice rector for religious affairs. Tiong replaces Fr. Filemon de la Cruz, O.P. who also served as director of the UST Center for Campus Ministry. Tiong was the University’s vice rector from 2008 to […]

Pharmacy prof elected to NCR cluster of Association for Campus Advisers

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:29
A PHARMACY faculty member was elected vice president for the National Capital Region (NCR) cluster of a nationwide association of campus student advisers last Nov. 25. With 35 years of service as campus student adviser in UST, Assoc. Prof. Rosario Aranda said she owed her success to her devotion to her work. “I do believe […]

Thomasians mount urban-themed exhibit

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 14:46
Experimental media and urban themes dominated a collaborative exhibit by two Thomasians last Aug. 5 at the ArtInformal Gallery in Mandaluyong. Both former students of the College of Fine Arts and Design, Alvin Zafra and Constantino Zicarelli gathered inspirations from urban life. Using sandpaper and white stones as media, Zafra constructed “Hi-way 54,” the artist’s ambition […]

Tomasinong manunulat, muling nagwagi sa Palanca

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:09
Sa ikatlong pagkakataon, gagawaran si Eros Atalia, Tomasinong manunulat at dalubguro ng Filipino sa Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas, sa Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature o ang taunang pampanitikang timpalak sa Filipinas. Hihiranging pinakamahusay sa kategoryang nobela ang kaniyang akdang “Ang Ikatlong Anti-Kristo” sa ika-67 taon ng nabanggit na paggawad. “[N]apagdiskitahan ko lang pagsama-samahin ang […]

Recall St. Dominic’s way of preaching, Dominicans urged on founder’s feast day

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 21:26
Members of the Order of Preachers were urged to recall the ways of their founder St. Dominic de Guzman in preaching the Gospel on his feast day last Aug. 8. UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. challenged Dominicans and Thomasians to make others feel God’s beauty as they fulfill their mission of spreading the Gospel. “Beauty […]

UST tops occupational, physical therapist board exams

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 19:45
The University was the top-performing school in the August 2017 physical and occupational therapist licensure examinations, with nine Thomasians entering the top 10 in the occupational therapist (OT) boards. UST registered a 94.37-percent passing rate in the OT board exams, with 67 passing the test out of 71 examinees, results from the Professional Regulations Commission showed. […]

‘None of them are true’: Civil Law dean denies giving commissions to nat’l Comelec chairman

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:23
Faculty of Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina has denied that his law firm gave commissions to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista, who is under fire for alleged unexplained wealth based on a sworn affidavit filed last Aug. 1 by his wife Patricia Bautista. Patricia claims Divina issued payslips and checks allegedly as commissions […]

Pagbabago, abot-kamay sa tulong ng wika

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:38
Makakamit ang pagkakaisa at pagbabago sa Filipinas kung pauunlarin ang wikang Filipino at gagamitin ito sa karunungan, wika ng mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining at iba pang mga tagapagtaguyod ng Wikang Pambansa. “Kailangan na nating igpawan ang ating mga sarili at mag-isip pambansa,” ani Purificacion Delima, komisyoner ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), sa Pandaigdigang […]

“Use initiation stories to lure youth to literature,” veteran writer urges readers

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:02
A veteran Thomasian writer said the youth can be lured into the study of literature by initiation stories, or stories about childhood experiences. “All stories are ‘initiation stories.’ It means that the main character is initiated to different aspects of life beginning with the very first lessons,” said Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, director of the UST Center for […]

Pagbabago, abot-kamay sa tulong ng wika

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 01:25
Makakamit ang pagkakaisa at pagbabago sa Filipinas kung pauunlarin ang wikang Filipino at gagamitin ito sa karunungan, wika ng mga Pambansang Alagad ng Sining at iba pang mga tagapagtaguyod ng Wikang Pambansa. “Kailangan na nating igpawan ang ating mga sarili at mag-isip pambansa,” ani Purificacion Delima, komisyoner ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), sa Pandaigdigang […]

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