Thursday, January 18, 2018


Nursing cops first Pautakan team title

AFTER three decades, the revolving trophy is now in their backyard.

The College of Nursing survived a nerve-wracking clincher round against powerhouse Faculty of Engineering to grab its first-ever Pautakan team title in 31 years last March 3 at the Medicine Auditorium.

“It’s surreal,” said graduating team captain Gabriel Fernandez, whose seven-man squad bested Engineering with a narrow 140.004-140.003 victory following consecutive checks on History, UST History and General Information. “It’s unbelievable; we didn’t believe we would make it.”

Nursing copped the haymaker question in math to break away with a .001-point edge and bag the college’s first title in the country’s longest running inter-collegiate quiz contest.

New procurement system installed

TO BETTER fulfill the purchasing needs of UST offices, the Santo Tomas e-Service Providers (STePS) has started implementing the new i-Procurement (i-Proc) requisition application program, a software that replaced the old E-Requisition (E-Req) program.

The change was brought about by the University’s adoption of an Oracle-based system, which concentrates on developing business application software suitable for large companies. The previous system was Microsoft-based.

Carlos F. Cortez, Jr., STePS assistant director for software development and applications explained that the i-Proc software works better with Oracle.

“If E-Req would still be used under our new Oracle core financials, an integration process would be necessary since E-Req is integrated to the school’s old core financials run by Microsoft,” he said.

KBP releases revised media ethics code

COPIES of the revised Code of Standards of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) were distributed during the recent meeting of the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE), in a move to emphasize media ethics in communication schools.

The meeting, held in coordination with the Department of Communication and Media Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Letters at St. Raymund’s building last February 29, gathered professors from Miriam College, University of the Philippines-Diliman, University of the Philippines-Los Baños, St. Scholastica’s College, Ateneo de Manila University, and UST.

Representing UST were Prof. Jose Arsenio Salandanan, chairman of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, and Prof. Joyce Arriola, head of the Center for Intercultural Studies.

The roots of our eyes are in the heart

Homily of the Very Rev. Rolando V. de la Rosa, OP, UST Rector Magnificus, in the Mass for Truth with former President Corazon Aquino and ZTE witness Rodolfo Lozada, at the UST Santissimo Rosario Church last March 2.

"If you look at something for the 100th time, you are in danger of seeing it for the first time." G.K. Chesterton wrote this enigmatic line to remind us that familiar things become strange when we look at these intently. The most ordinary thing can reveal an extraordinary significance that we can grasp only when we focus on it with attention. Perhaps this is the reason why we say: "Pay attention." Why not give, or share, or spare our attention? We say "pay attention" because attention is the price we pay in order to capture, even only in part, the superabundant meaning of reality.

Ang daan patungo sa apat na raan

TATLONG taon na lamang ang nalalabi bago ipagdiriwang ng Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas ang ika-400 anibersaryo nito. Kabilang sa mga paghahandang isinagawa para rito ay ang paglunsad ng Publishing House ng proyektong “400 Books at 400”. Sinimulan noong 2001, nilalayon nitong makapaglabas ng 40 libro bawat taon hanggang 2010.

Ayon kay Jocelyn Calubayan, direktor ng Publishing House, malapit na nilang makumpleto ang target na bilang ng mga librong ililimbag. Aniya, higit pa ang bilang ng librong kanilang inilimbag noong nakaraang taon sa itinakdang 10 libro bawat taon.

Sa talaan ng Publishing House, 169 na aklat lamang ang kailangang ilimbag ng isa sa pinakamatandang palimbagan sa buong mundo.

Ang pagsusuri

V is for Victory

JANUARY 19, 2008. The Mindanao Ballroom of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza served as a time capsule for the nearly 300 Varsitarian alumni who flocked to the hotel in order to relive their days of glory while toasting the past, the present, and the future of the Philippines’ foremost campus paper.

It was the night of Valik-Varsi 2008, the grand alumni homecoming to celebrate the 80th foundation anniversary of the Varsitarian.

The time travel started in the foyer, where an exhibit chronicled the publication’s history, from its humble beginnings to its consolidation, editorial innovations, struggles and triumphs.

Inside the ballroom, huge vases of calla lilies and orchids and constellations of chandeliers welcomed the alumni.

Remembering ‘Sir’

HAVING served as publications adviser for 18 years, Felix Bautista certaily was instrumental in the training of the many journalists and writers from the Varsitarian who later made a mark in the Philippine media. For this and so much more, the Varsitarian honored him with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award last January 19 during the Valik-Varsi at 80, the Varsitarian’s general alumni homecoming party.

Bautista was a born writer, said his wife, Lourdes S. Bautista, who accepted the award for him. “He had a unique gift, which was the ability to write his articles straight on his typewriter without corrections or revisions,” she said. “He would come out with a perfect clean copy every time.”

Bautista’s writing began when he was a freshman at the Pampanga High School. As early as then, an essay he wrote was published in the Graphic Magazine.

Nobel-winning physicist urges ‘bridges’

SCIENTISTS and intellectuals need to build bridges toward peace, Prof. David Jonathan Gross, a 2004 Nobel Prize Winner for Physics said.

Gross was in Manila recently to deliver lectures as part of a wider lecture series known as Bridges: Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace, sponsored by the International Peace Foundation (IPF), which aims to foster peace through education.

With Bridges, IPF endeavors to limit the gap between the knowledge of Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Literature, and Medicine in the western world and that of the Philippines and Asia. It is a Vienna-based non-political and non-religious organization that seeks to promote humanitarian support through independent platforms and programs which aim to bring the different Nobel Prize winners for medicine, physics, and other related disciplines to give lectures in different universities in the Philippines and Thailand.

UST pioneers medical physics education

PHYSICS has penetrated the medical field.

According to Dr. Agnette Peralta, director of the Bureau of Health Devices and Technology of the Department of Health and an applied physics professor of the UST College of Science, medical physics is the application of physics to medicine.

“In medical physics, we work with radiation devices and we learn about the different types of radiation such as the alpha, gamma, beta, and ultraviolet rays, including laser, and infrared. We measure and quantify them, and study their behavior upon interaction with human matter. We also determine their safe levels and detrimental effects to people,” Peralta said.

Down with gov’t of leeches and liars

IN A VIVID display of courage, NBN-ZTE scandal witness Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada spoke about the scathing truth about greed and government. He spoke about the rapacity and mendacity of people in high government who have bastardized public trust by merciless raiding of the public coffers for gross self-enrichment.