Thursday, August 24, 2017


Boosters for your brain

LIKE the rest of the organs of the human body, the brain gets exhausted too.

With information overload, students resort to so-called memory enhancers. These “brain boosters” stimulate cognition and allow the brain to function at its best.

Memory enhancers are food supplements that promote optimum memory use.

Commercial memory enhancers contain caffeine and other stimulants and make people stay alert, said Dr. Charissa Rañesses, a psychotherapist from the Psychotrauma Department of the Thomas Aquinas Research Center.

Sensors above the common sense

GONE are the days when people need to rely on hunches to differentiate objects we are dumbfounded with. Let the sensors do the guessing game for you.

Ang pag-aaral, sa pananaw ng mga taga-lalawigan

MADALAS na minamaliit ng mga taga-lungsod ang mga taong naninirahan sa mga malalayong lalawigan tungkol sa kanilang kakulangan ng kaalaman sa modernong pamumuhay. Subalit sa aspeto ng talino at sipag sa pag-aaral, hindi hamak na lamang ang mga mag-aaral na taga-lalawigan sa mga taga-lugsod ayon na rin sa resulta ng pambansang pagsusulit na isinagawa ng Department of Education (DepEd).

The new Thomasians have spoken

What can you say about the University?

“It is big!”
- Meryl Anne Tongio, Architecture

“The campus is very clean. The security guards are very friendly, too.”
- Kristine Villaruel, Medical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy

“The University has excellent facilities.”
- Alson Domingo, Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Education

“The enrollment system is fast.”
- Julian Lintag, Nutrition and Dietetics, College of Education

Why did you enroll in UST?

“I enrolled here because the University has a good reputation, being the oldest institution in the country.”
- Jean Carla Santos, Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy

“It’s a Catholic school, so I’m assured of receiving teachings with Catholic values from teachers and priests.”
- Dominic Lubirin, Information Technology, Faculty of Engineering

A glimpse of Korea

I HAVE always wondered how Koreans have taken the Philippines by storm. After the wave of Korean dramas ruling television primetime ratings, the country has also seen the escalating immigration rates of Korean nationals. Assuming that it was always a difficult feat to immerse oneself in a different cultural system, I pondered as to how they manage to integrate so well with us Filipinos.

To shed light on my queries about Koreans, I signed up for the Cultural and Educational Exposure Trip to South Korea last July 3-13, 2006. Financed by the Korean government and the National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED), the program was devised not only to encourage tourists to visit Korea but for the participants to make lasting connections with another Asian culture.


Tulay ng Edukasyon

KARAPATAN ng bawat mamamayan ang mabigyan ng sapat na edukasyon ngunit hindi lahat ay pinapalad at kasama na rito ang ating mga kababayang naninirahan sa malalayong kabundukan. Ngunit salamat sa teknolohiya, milya-milyang balakid ang nabigyang tulay ng Unibersidad upang maghatid ng edukasyon.

Sa pamamagitan ng “radio transceiver” at ng Distance Education Program ng Unibersidad, maaaring makapagsahimpapawid ng mga aralin ang mga Tomasinong guro upang maturuan ang mga mag-aaral na nakatira sa mga liblib at malalayong lugar. Matatagpuan ang radio transceiver sa radio room ng College of Education habang may mga radio transceiver unit din ang bawat lugar na pinagdadausan ng mga klase ng Distance Education Program.

Supply havens just around the corner

THE Varsitarian has surveyed the streets around the University to determine the most student-friendly school supplies stores. The results are summed up in this “Ultimate School Supply Spot Map.”

Trixie’s and Irish Nicole’s: One-stop shops

Its proximity to the Dapitan gates of UST makes Asturias the most accessible school supply haven. One shop there is the Irish Nicole Copy Center, which is at the ground floor of the blue-painted R&F building.

Looking like a sari-sari store, Irish Nicole Copy Center not only sells common school supplies like pad papers, pens, and notebooks, it also offers a wide range of services from liquid photocopying for P50 centavos per page to rush book binding for P70 to P90 pesos.

Writers, where art thou?

PERHAPS one of the perks of belonging to the Varsitarian’s Literary section is meeting creative writers, most especially Thomasians. These writers not only conduct poetry reading sessions and crafting book collections, but most of them actually end up in the academe as creative writing professors.

Ironically, more often than not, I find myself having to go out of the University just to scout and interview Thomasian writers. As a matter of fact, these writers are highly successful in other universities, being appointed as directors or associates of creative writing centers.

Beat the heat

EVERY year, global warming gets worse. Despite complaining about the heat constantly, have we ever really done anything to level it down?

The youth’s concern for the country’s worsening climate and environment leaves much to be desired. Although we suffer from the consequences of climate change daily, we seem oblivious to the fact that we too have a responsibility to our environment.

In 1972, the United Nations’ General Assembly declared June 5 of every year to be World Environment Day to promote awareness of the environment and to instigate change. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) meanwhile, has been celebrating Environment Month every June since 1998 by virtue of Proclamation 237 issued by President Corazon C. Aquino.

How about the hospitals?

HOSPITALS are in the business of life. But what if hospitals are barred from running their business effectively? The result may have an impact in life.

Hospitals now warn that their business and the health and life they cater to are now in danger because of Republic Act No. 9439, called the Hospital Detention Law. This recent legislation declares it unlawful for any hospital to detain or to otherwise cause directly or indirectly the detention of patients for non-payment in part or in full of medical expenses. The law is a foil to the policy of patients who cannot pay for their bills, thus prolonging their stay and increasing their bills as well.