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100th year of La Naval’s canonical coronation marked

HIGHLIGHTING the 100th anniversary of the canonical coronation of La Naval de Manila, the Dominican Province of the Philippines will reenact the Marian image’s solemn canonical coronation on Oct. 4 at the Sto. Domingo Parish in Quezon City, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary.

The reenactment will be made during a High Mass to be celebrated by Msgr. Wojciech Zaluski, charge de affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature (the new Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, has yet to assume his post and present his diplomatic papers to Malacanang and the Philippine bishops), and 15 bishops coming from all over the country.

President Macapagal-Arroyo will lead civil officials in the reenactment.

According to Rev. Jeff Aytona, O.P., head of the technical committee for the reenactment, this year’s celebration of La Naval is very special.

Dominican Master has vast powers over UST

HE IS CALLED the “Dominican Pope” and has authority over every member of one of the Church’s greatest and most powerful orders, but little known is the fact that the Master of the Order of Preachers also wields tremendous influence over the University of Santo Tomas.

Fr. Carlos Alfonso Azpiroz Costa, O.P. is also Grand Chancellor of the University—an institution considered as one of the Order’s prized possessions—and as such exercises vast powers under the General Statutes of the University.

And so it was that with a sudden blow, he was able to replace the UST leadership, catching everyone, even the three priests he eventually asked to resign — the Filipino Dominican Provincial, the University Rector, and the Vice-Rector — by surprise. The three top UST officials humbly obeyed as part of their religious vows.

New hospital corporation ordered dissolved; CEO resigns

DR. CENON Alfonso, UST Hospital president and chief executive officer, has become the latest official to quit following the Dominican leadership’s decision to halt the construction of a 19-story hospital tower that would have required the University’s medical institution to go into more profitable businesses and take a P3 billion bank loan.

“I was asked to resign by the new rector in line with the reorganization of the hospital,” Alfonso told the Varsitarian following a meeting with Acting Rector Fr. Rolando V. De La Rosa, O.P. last Sept. 17.

Alfonso had opted to wait for clearer signals from higher-ups before finally quitting even with the earlier resignations of three top University officials who were also members of the hospital’s board of trustees — Fr. Edmund Nantes, O.P., prior provincial of the Philippine Dominican Province and UST vice chancellor; UST Rector Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P., the hospital chairman; and Vice Rector Juan Ponce, O.P.

Shake-up shocks UST

THE HEAD of the Dominican Order has accepted the resignations of three top University officials over the spinoff of UST Hospital into a separate corporation and a P3 billion loan signed last April for a grand hospital expansion plan.

Fr. Carlos Alfonso Azpiroz Costa, O.P., Master of the Order of Preachers, immediately named two-term rector and former Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) chairman Fr. Rolando V. De La Rosa, O.P. as acting rector and called for a “new leadership team” to handle developments in the University and the hospital.

Putting his foot down, Father Azpiroz ordered the hospital corporation dissolved as well as the cancellation or renegotiation of the bank loan. The project must be reviewed “to protect the patrimony of the University,” he said. (See story below.)

Aklat pangkaligtasan para sa pamilyang Pilipino

NOONG Enero 2004 hanggang Hunyo 2005, 4,500 katao ang namatay, 650 ang nawala, at halos 15 milyong pisong halaga ng pananim at kasangkapan ang nasira dahil sa pananalanta ng mga kalamidad sa bansa. Dahil dito, maituturing na isa sa pinakapeligrosong lugar sa mundo ang Pilipinas. Ayon ito sa aklat na Family Survival: A Guide to Family Safety During Disasters, na isinulat ng Tomasinong si Dr. Anthony Rolando Golez.

Sa hirap at kalamidad

BAHAGI na ng buhay ng Tomasinong doktor na si Anthony Rolando Golez ang paglilingkod sa kanyang mga kapwa. Mula sa kanyang propesyon hanggang sa posisyon niya sa pamahalaan, nakatatak na kay Golez ang taos-pusong serbisyo publiko na kanyang ibinabahagi umulan man o bumagyo.

Filipino at Ingles: Ano ang higit na mainam sa pagtuturo?

IPINATUPAD ng pamahalaan ang Executive Order (EO) No. 210 noong Marso 17, 2003 na muling nagtatakda sa wikang Ingles bilang pangalawang wika sa pagtuturo sa mga pribado at pampublikong paaralan. Nilalayon ng kautusang ito na paunlarin pa ang kasanayan ng mga estudyanteng Pilipino sa wikang Ingles.

Isang masining at masiglang kapistahan

SA LOOB ng maraming taon, nakasanayan na ng mga paaralan at pamantasan ang mangasiwa ng iba’t-ibang gawain at palabas upang maipamalas ang kanilang pakikiisa sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika.

Kasabay ng pagpupugay sa wikang Filipino, sinilip ng Varsitarian ang iba’t ibang pagdiriwang ng mga Tomasino bilang pagkilala sa ating pambansang wika.

Lakas ng bigkas

Hindi lamang sa pangangalaga ng kalusugan maipagmamalaki ang mga estudyante mula sa unang taon ng Kolehiyo ng Narsing. Kaya rin nilang magpakitang-gilas sa pagsulat at bigkasan.

Gamit ang kanilang pagkamalikhain, nagtagisan ng talento ang iba’t-ibang pangkat ng unang taon ng kolehiyo sa Sabayang Bigkas, ang pangunahing tampok ng Narsing para sa Buwan ng Wika.

Choice and chance

IN A WAY, my experience here in the Philippines gravitated on two things: choice and chance. While coming to Manila was a personal choice, studying at UST happened by chance.

It all started with one simple dream – to become a missionary. During our seminary training back then, I have heard and read a lot about priests and nuns who were engaged in missionary work either from India, my homeland or overseas. But that dream slowly disappeared after I was formally ordained as a priest in 2000.

Sto. Domingo sa mga ukit at larawan

UPANG gunitain ang pista ni Santo Domingo de Guzman, ang tagapagtatag ng kongregrasyong Order of Preachers, inilunsad ng kumbento ng Santo Domingo ang Santo Domingo Exhibit kung saan makikikita ang mga antigong paglalarawan sa mga bagay at tauhan na nauugnay sa ama ng mga Dominikano.

Ayon kay P. Bienvenido Trinilla, O.P., prior ng kumbento ng Santo Domingo kung saan idinaos ang exhibit mula ika-22 ng Hulyo hanggang ika-15 ng Agosto, layunin nitong ipakilala si Santo Domingo sa mga tao sa parokya at mga karatig lugar.

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