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Chua slay suspect’s appeal denied

CONVICTED for the second time.

The plea of innocence by Arnulfo Aparri Jr., one of the primary suspects in the killing of Mark Welson Chua, the cadet who exposed corruption in the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in 2001, has been denied by the Court of Appeals.

The court’s September 28 ruling upheld the guilty verdict on Aparri by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 18.

Aparri was sentenced to death by lethal injection but due to the abolition of the death penalty law in 2006, the sentence was reduced by the appeals court to life imprisonment without parole.

The three other accused, Paul Joseph Tan, Eduardo Tabrilla, and Michael Von Rainard Manangbao remain at large, but the court has issued warrants of arrest for them.

Former ‘V’ editor wins SEA write award

IS THERE still a place for traditional poetry in a pragmatic and the fast-paced era?

Poet and pedagogue Michael M. Coroza seems to have answered in the affirmative after receiving the Southeast Asian Writers’ Award last October 12.

The annual Southeast Asia Writers’ Awards, or simply SEA Write, was instituted in 1979 by Thailand’s royal family to honor literary excellence in the ASEAN region, and as such is the only regional literary award of its kind.

Thomasians shine in board exams

UST POSTED another sterling performance in recent licensure exams as Thomasians dominated the top 10 of the Interior Design board exams while landing on the list of top- performing schools in Accountancy and Mechanical Engineering.

Five Thomasians entered the top 10 of the Interior Design exams with Kate Jennifer Lozano placing first (89.75), followed by Charisse Isip, third (86.20); Eduardo Dungca III, seventh (84.70); Rossy Anne Yabut, eighth (84.10); and Maria Isabella Trinidad Robles, tenth (83.65).

Lozano, a magna cum laude and recipient of the Rector’s Award for Academic Excellence, said she did not have enough time to prepare for the exams because of work.

“Compared to other students in the review center, I had less time to study because I was working on a project. Most of us from UST were either working or had sideline (jobs),” Lozano added. “I asked the Lord to give me an open mind, for me to understand and answer all the questions.”

UST vows to protect Church’s cultural heritage

THE WORD emanates from the House of God. And the University, realizing its greater role in spreading God’s word, is now girding for a new mission: to protect Church heritage.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has tapped the UST Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (CCPET) to be its partner in drafting a set of guidelines that would help preserve the Church’s cultural heritage as defined by its structures, relics, and rituals, following a meeting last September.

“The center would serve as the leveling bridge between the Catholic Church and the government so that both would be able to address the threats facing the Church’s heritage,” CCPET director Erick Zerrudo said.

Work hard, alumni tells students

THREE UST alumni recalled their struggles in college and reminded sophomore Thomasians to “be the best they could be” during the “Thomasian: An Embodiment of a Good Filipino Citizen” seminar held last September 23 at the Medicine Auditorium.

Internationally renowned painter and sculptor Nemesio Miranda, Associate Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez and professor Crescencio Doma, Jr. served as speakers of the seminar series organized by the Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) arm of the National Service Training Program under coordinator Lito Maranan.

Miranda told CWTS students to conquer their weaknesses and never stop achieving a higher goal each day.

“I was never the star of the class back in college. I always thought that my work was below average — that was my weakness,” Miranda said. “But I did not stop and I never let a day pass by without achieving something.”

UST, UK renew ties in scientific research

AFTER seven years, the Philippines and the United Kingdom has revived a partnership in science, this time through a two-day workshop on biosensors last October 25-26 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex.

The Philippines-United Kingdom scientific tie-up was started in 1986 by top British universities and UST’s College of Science and Faculty of Pharmacy.

The collaboration included faculty exchanges and grants in the fields of natural products, drug development and pharmacy from the British Embassy and British High Commission.

“A number of faculty members from UST were able to finish their higher degrees with this linkage but the University was not able to renew this linkage for quite some time,” Prof. Christina Binag, acting director of the UST Research Center for Natural Sciences told the Varsitarian.

Nantes: Patience is key

A LITTLE over a month before resigning as head of the Filipino Dominicans over supposed violations of Church law in the UST Hospital spinoff, Fr. Edmund Nantes, O.P., called upon his fellow prior provincials to be patient on their wayward brothers as well as themselves.

In his homily during the Order of Preachers’ General Chapter in Bogota, Colombia last July 28, Fr. Nantes described how the Dominican community is a mixed lot— composed of good and bad brothers symbolically represented as “wheat” and the “weeds” in the bible parable.

He reminded his fellow Chapter friars that there are many “positive concerns” provincials need to address and that they must not spend “all their energies dealing with problematic brothers and filing canonical cases here and there.”

Thomasian martyrs beatified

SIX THOMASIAN martyrs were declared “Blessed” in the biggest beatification in history presided by Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, at St. Peter’s Square in Rome last October 28.

The 498 beatified martyrs, who died in the hands of an anticlerical movement in Spain in the early 1930s, were composed of two bishops, 24 diocesan priests, 462 religious, one deacon, one sub-deacon (a position which does not exist today), one seminarian, and seven lay people.

According to Fr. Pedro Tejero, O.P., spiritual director of the UST Central Seminary, the beatification rites should serve as sort of a stimulus for the renewal of Christian life and the promotion of the spirit of reconciliation.

Acting Rector moves fast to resolve hospital woes

WHILE still awaiting the results of a thorough review of plans to expand and commercialize the UST Hospital, the University is bent on seeking better terms from a group of banks supposed to finance the expansion, following a directive from the Dominican headquarters in Rome for the hospital to keep its educational character.

Acting Rector Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P. said the University wants to renegotiate the P3-billion loan from a consortium of banks signed last April to reduce the cost of the hospital redevelopment.

A committee has been studying the redevelopment plan and had submitted a preliminary report last October 8. The committee was due to submit another report last October 15, which will be fine-tuned before the results are disseminated, Father De la Rosa said in an interview.

Arceo, Nantes, Ponce bid farewell to UST

ALL’S for the best, said UST’s top three officials whose resignations had been accepted by the Master of the Dominican Order due to Rome’s disagreement with their redevelopment plan for the UST Hospital.

“I am leaving excitedly for Letran Calamba,” said resigned UST rector Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P., who would now be a resident faculty of the Philippine Dominican Province’s school in Laguna.

Father Arceo announced his post-UST plans during a farewell dinner tendered for the three priests by Acting Rector Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa at the UST Central Seminary gymnasium last October 3.

The dinner was an opportunity for Father Arceo and the two other top UST officials — resigned Philippine Dominican Province prior provincial Fr. Edmund Nantes, O.P. and resigned vice-rector Fr. Juan Ponce, O.P. — to formally bid goodbye to the UST community as well as come clean on the issues that led to their resignations.

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