Friday, February 23, 2018


Ex-Press, MTRCB chief writes 30

HOURS before he irretrievably rested his pen, veteran journalist and former presidential press secretary and Varsitarian news editor Jesus “Jess” Sison rose from his bed and had dinner with his kids.
“We were very happy when we saw him because he had been lying in his bed ever since he was first hospitalized,” Sison’s eldest daughter Milen de Quiros, 50, said.

Haircut rule protested

THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters Student Council has asked for a review of an alleged policy by the College of Education that “empowers” security guards to cut the hair of students.

The policy was brought to the attention of the student government in a grievance complaint filed by an AB-BSE student who said that the guard posted at the Albertus Magnus Building last July 5 did not allow him and his classmates to enter the building unless they cut their hair. In order to get to their classes, they said they subjected themselves to a haircut by the guard.

Freshman named ‘world achiever’

THE YOUNGEST and the only Southeast Asian to receive the award for Outstanding Student Achiever of the World is a proud Thomasian.

Leonard Faustino, a 16-year-old Medical Technology freshman, accepted the recognition last July 9 at the 16th World University Students Assembly in Seoul, South Korea.

Conferred by the Universal Peace Federation, World Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (World CARP), and the United Nations Veterans Foundation to 19 other students all over the world, the award recognizes exceptional academic and humanitarian efforts.

HRM students rule food expo tilt

HOTEL and Restaurant Management (HRM) students bagged maajor awards in the wedding-themed Manila Food and Beverages Exposition last June at the World Trade Center in Pasay.

Seniors Gwen Anais Gatchalian, Maria Elena Dumalaog, and Frances Casey Santos won the grand prize in the cake-decorating competition while sophomores Angelica del Rosario, Katrina Lopez, Jodel Porto, Anthony Tamayo, and Patricia Villamar grabbed first prize in the on-the-spot table-setting category.

Accounting students to get software training

ACCOUNTING students will soon get training on a widely used business software, boosting their chances of being employed in big companies and business process outsourcing (BPO) firms.

German business software giant SAP has agreed to give the license for free, while a consulting firm will provide training and modules. Germany’s Deutsche Bank, which has BPO operations in the Philippines, will give financial assistance.

UST shines anew in three board exams

UST leaped the bar of excellence anew, registering impressive performances in three licensure examinations while making ripples in the individual test rankings.

Thomasian graduates stamped their class in the Pharmacy, Architecture, and Nutrition board examinations to reaffirm the University’s status as one of the best academic institutions in the country.

With four Thomasians landing in the top 10, UST emerged as the top-performing school in the Pharmacy board exam, posting a 91-per cent passing rate compared to a 57-per cent national passing mark.

Hospital unveils latest in laser eye surgery

THE LATEST in eye treatment technology that would free people from using eyeglasses and contact lenses is now available at the UST Hospital.

The Allegretto Wave Excimer Lasik (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) System, which the UST Hospital bought from Germany last April, boasts of an 8.5-second refracting ability which can restore a person’s vision to 20/20 with minimal risk of corneal drying or swelling due to bacterial infection.

Church, rights groups await ruling on anti-terror act

THE FATE of the Human Security Act of 2007 rests in the hands of the Supreme Court amid apprehensions on the anti-terrorism law from Church leaders and human rights groups.

The government has started implementing the law despite appeals from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and other groups for a thorough review.

“Many voices are apprehensive about the law on the basis of constitutionality and provisions that may legalize objectionable methods of quelling opposition,” the CBCP said in a statement last July 8.

Thomasian bishop is Bossi’s new boss

THOMASIAN bishop-elect Julius Sullan Tonel of Ipil prelature, where the Italian priest Fr Giancarlo Bossi was kidnapped last June and freed 39 days later, sees his appointment as a “blessing” and a “challenge.”

Last June 30, Pope Benedict XVI appointed the 50-year-old Tonel to head the prelature based in Ipil, the capital of Zamboanga Sibugay province.

‘Follow Jesus’ path’ – Bossi

ONE QUESTION that struck Fr. Giancarlo Bossi’s mind during his 39-day ordeal in the hands of an Islamic armed group was why he was treading the wilderness of Lanao del Norte alongside a band of “poor fishermen.”

He wondered: “Are we both praying to the same God?”