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Professors Aguas, Aguinaldo inducted to faculty “Hall of Fame”

May 3, 2016, 7:20p.m. THE UNIVERSITY honored outstanding faculty members at the 17th Dangal ng UST Awards earlier today at the Medicine Auditorium, with the coveted Hall of Fame award given to professors from the Faculty and Arts and Letters (Artlets) and the College of Science.

In his opening remarks, Acting Rector Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. talked about the duty of teachers in contemporary times. “Tatak ng mahusay na guro ang tatlong katangian: kawili-wili kasama, kaaya-aya tignan, at kalugod-lugod pakinggan. Ang Tomasinong guro ay malaman ang sinasabi, nakakapukaw ng isip at damdamin, at sinisiguradong may baon ang estudyante na kaalaman,” Fr. Ang said. read more »

Dayag elected president of association of accounting educators

May 3, 2016, 12:47p.m. - TWO UST professors are set spearhead the National Association of Certified Public Accountants in Education.

Professors Antonio Dayag and Earl Jimson Garcia of the UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy, will serve the association as president and assistant treasurer, respectively, until 2017.

Dayag, the former vice president for external affairs, will replace former Iriga councilor Omar Erasmo Ampongan as president.

Dayag, a veteran accounting professor, is the author of books on practical accounting and advanced accounting.

Garcia had served as chairman of management accounting at the College of Accountancy. read more »

Pagkahumaling ng mga bata sa Panitikang Filipino, maaari pang maibalik

03 May 2016, 12:30 n.h - SA PAMAMAGITAN ng paggamit ng magagaang paksa, maaring bumalik ang pagkahumaling ng mga bata sa panitikang Filipino.

Ito ang pahayag ng manunulat na si Beverly “Bebang” Siy sa idinaos na Kapihang Wika noong ika-28 ng Abril sa Quezon City Interactive Museum.

Aniya, marapat simulan sa murang edad ang paghulma ng mga magulang sa malikhaing pag-iisip ng kanilang mga anak sa pamamagitan ng pagpili ng tamang babasahin.

“Huwag na tayong [pumili ng mga babasahing masyadong] realistic [para sa mga bata] because they will have enough of it,” aniya. “We should nurture the creativity of the kids. read more »

Effective publishing practices discussed in Philippine literary festival

03 May 2016, 12:05 pm - DIFFERENT publishing strategies were discussed in the 7th Philippine International Literary Festival at the Quezon City Memorial Circle held April 28 to 29.

The festival, which had the theme “Against Forgetting,” featured Thomasians authors who shared their expertise in roundtable discussions and lectures. 

Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, director of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, gave a lecture on literary editing in print, particularly in the book and magazine industries. Hidalgo lamented the lack of trained editors.  read more »

Kidapawan incident caused by neglect, advocates claim

May 2, 2016, 10:48p.m. - THE BLOODY clash in Kidapawan City that left three people dead and more than a hundred wounded was a result of lack of government preparation for the El Niño dry spell as well as neglect of the agriculture sector, advocates claimed.

Various groups spoke of the injustice experienced by farmers in Cotabato during the “Rise In Peace: Understanding the Plight of the Kidapawan Farmers” forum at the Education Auditorium earlier today. read more »

Santiago, Duterte top “Tiger 2016” online survey

May 2, 2016, 10:37p.m. - SEN. MIRIAM Defensor-Santiago and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte topped another UST survey, which also found that Thomasians chose candidates based on issues, not popularity.

The online survey, conducted by the Research Center for Culture, Education and Social Issues (RCCESI) as part of the Thomasian Initiatives for Good Election Results (Tiger) 2016 project, also found Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo of the Liberal Party as the top choice of UST students for vice president. read more »

Former Chief Justice Corona passes away at 67

April 29, 2016, 1:33p.m. - FORMER Chief Justice Renato Corona, who finished his law doctorate in UST, passed away earlier today, April 29, after cardiac arrest. He was 67.

The National Transformation Council, to which Corona belonged, confirmed Corona's death at 1:48 a.m. today through a Facebook post.

The Supreme Court Public Information Office, through Twitter, said Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno had ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in all courts, nationwide to mourn Corona’s death.

Corona obtained his doctor of civil law degree from UST in 2011, with a general weighted average of 1.04.  He finished his bachelor of laws at Ateneo de Manila in 1974. read more »

No tuition hike at start of K to 12

AFTER a decade of increases in tuition and other fees, UST will not hike tuition next academic year, amid tight competition for enrollees among universities in the first year of the K to 12 transition.

Responding to a letter from the Varsitarian, Vice Rector for Finance Fr. Manuel Roux, O.P., said the University did not apply for tuition hikes this year.

In a wide-ranging interview after ending his four-year term as Rector, Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said he believed there needed to be a pause in tuition hikes. read more »

Pope confers highest honor on Thomasian sculptor

SCULPTOR Wilfredo Layug was conferred the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award, the Holy See’s highest recognition for the laity, for his ecclesiastical art, joining the Thomasian roster of papal awardees.

Layug, 57, received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award, which translates to “For the Church and Pope,” during Holy Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando, Pampanga offered by Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas last March 8.

Layug joins the list of Thomasian papal awardees such as Chief Justice Andres Narvasa (1977), former Graduate School Dean Magdalena Villaba (1987), Dr. Milagros Fernandez (1984) and Benedictine liturgist Fr. Anscar Chupungco (2013). read more »

University builds new Central Laboratory

p>LABORATORIES will soon be transferred from the Main Building to a new facility being constructed along Padre Noval Street.

The soon-to-rise Central Laboratory will house the laboratories of the College of Science, College of Rehabilitation Sciences and Faculty of Pharmacy, and will be opened next academic year.

“The reason is very simple: the [Main Building] is very old,” Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. told to the Varsitarian in an exclusive interview after ending his stint as Rector.

“[A] laboratory that uses chemicals can actually compromise the integrity of the building.” read more »

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