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UST improves in May Civil Eng'g boards

May 5, 2016, 11:38p.m. - THE UNIVERSITY hiked its passing rate in the May 2016 civil engineering licensure examinations, results from the Professional Regulation Commission showed.  read more »

Oppose vote-buying, Miriam tells Thomasians

5 May 2016, 10:30 pm - FOUR days before the national elections, presidential aspirant Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago called on Thomasians to reject vote-buying.

“I call on the youth to do something about this anomaly (vote-buying). It is a duty today to think about tomorrow. It is our duty to decide this country’s fate. Tayo ang may hawak ng kapangyarihan bakit natin ibebenta sa kanila?” Santiago said in a forum Thursday at the UST Seminary Gym. read more »

Development of UST GenSan campus gets gov't clearance

May 5, 2016, 8:40p.m. - THE UNIVERSITY has secured government approval to develop its 79-hectare lot in General Santos City in Mindanao into a satellite campus.

In a resolution issued by the Department of Agrarian Reform on May 2, UST was given permission to convert the agricultural lot into an "agri-institutional" area. 

The conversion must start within one year upon the receipt of the conversion order,  and completed within a non-extendible period of five years. Otherwise a performance bond posted by UST will be forfeited.  read more »

UST passing rate in Bar Exams jumps to 81 percent

May 5, 2016, 1:27p.m. - FOLLOWING intensive review sessions, UST saw its passing rate in the Bar Examinations zoom to 81 percent.

A total of 76 Thomasians passed out of 94 who took the 2015 Bar Exams, or a passing rate of 80.85 percent. This was higher than 2014’s 59-percent passing rate, in which 68 Thomasians passed out of 115 examinees.

Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina said 38 out of 47 first-time Thomasian examinees made the cut, or a passing rate of 82.22 percent.

A top-10 finish remained elusive for UST. The last UST graduate to enter the top 10 was Christian Louie Gonzales, who placed fifth with a score of 84.09 percent in 2011. read more »

Catholic election watchdog questioned over "subservience" to Comelec

May 4, 2016, 1:10p.m. - A CHURCH-based election watchdog is being criticized bysome Catholic bishops for its unqualified endorsement of the country’s automated election system, which a number of experts fear is vulnerable to security breaches and technical problems.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, auxiliary bishop of Manila, blamed Henrietta de Villa, chairwoman of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV),for tarnishing the PPCRV’s image as a transparent poll watchdog. read more »

Comelec rolls out new vote counting machines for May 9 polls

May 4, 2016, 2:35p.m. - FILIPINO voters will experience upgraded “automated” elections on May 9 with new counting machines.

The National Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hold its third automated elections using vote counting machines (VCM), instead of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that were used during the 2010 and 2013 elections.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the VCMs would run on an “extensively reviewed” source code that would prevent “malicious programming.” read more »

Professors Aguas, Aguinaldo inducted to faculty “Hall of Fame”

May 3, 2016, 7:20p.m. THE UNIVERSITY honored outstanding faculty members in the 17th Dangal ng UST Awards earlier today at the Medicine Auditorium, with the coveted Hall of Fame award given to professors from the Faculty and Arts and Letters (Artlets) and the College of Science.

In his opening remarks, Acting Rector Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. talked about the duty of teachers in contemporary times. “Tatak ng mahusay na guro ang tatlong katangian: kawili-wili kasama, kaaya-aya tignan, at kalugod-lugod pakinggan. Ang Tomasinong guro ay malaman ang sinasabi, nakakapukaw ng isip at damdamin, at sinisiguradong may baon ang estudyante na kaalaman,” Fr. Ang said. read more »

Dayag elected president of association of accounting educators

May 3, 2016, 12:47p.m. - TWO UST professors are set spearhead the National Association of Certified Public Accountants in Education.

Professors Antonio Dayag and Earl Jimson Garcia of the UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy, will serve the association as president and assistant treasurer, respectively, until 2017.

Dayag, the former vice president for external affairs, will replace former Iriga councilor Omar Erasmo Ampongan as president.

Dayag, a veteran accounting professor, is the author of books on practical accounting and advanced accounting.

Garcia had served as chairman of management accounting at the College of Accountancy. read more »

Pagkahumaling ng mga bata sa Panitikang Filipino, maaari pang maibalik

03 May 2016, 12:30 n.h - SA PAMAMAGITAN ng paggamit ng magagaang paksa, maaring bumalik ang pagkahumaling ng mga bata sa panitikang Filipino.

Ito ang pahayag ng manunulat na si Beverly “Bebang” Siy sa idinaos na Kapihang Wika noong ika-28 ng Abril sa Quezon City Interactive Museum.

Aniya, marapat simulan sa murang edad ang paghulma ng mga magulang sa malikhaing pag-iisip ng kanilang mga anak sa pamamagitan ng pagpili ng tamang babasahin.

“Huwag na tayong [pumili ng mga babasahing masyadong] realistic [para sa mga bata] because they will have enough of it,” aniya. “We should nurture the creativity of the kids. read more »

Effective publishing practices discussed in Philippine literary festival

03 May 2016, 12:05 pm - DIFFERENT publishing strategies were discussed in the 7th Philippine International Literary Festival at the Quezon City Memorial Circle held April 28 to 29.

The festival, which had the theme “Against Forgetting,” featured Thomasians authors who shared their expertise in roundtable discussions and lectures. 

Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, director of the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies, gave a lecture on literary editing in print, particularly in the book and magazine industries. Hidalgo lamented the lack of trained editors.  read more »

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