AN ELECTRICAL Engineering senior was named UST’s top summa cum laude this year during the 2007 Student Awards last March 15 at the Education Auditorium.

With a 1.15 general weighted average, Joyce Ann Tan bested five other summa cum laude candidates, making her this year’s batch valedictorian.

“I am humbled and I never expected to receive the award,” Tan said. “UST has developed me holistically.”

Other graduating summa cum laude students awarded were Psychology major Maria Lyzandra Fernan from the College of Science (1.17), seminarian Ricardo Luanzon from the Faculty of Sacred Theology (1.18), Philosophy major Tracy Ann Llanera from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (1.20), Painting major Katrina Ann Tan from the College of Fine Arts and Design (1.20), and Accountancy major Rosylyn Ramirez from the Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy (1.22).

The rest of the 19 Rector’s Academic award recipients were Shelwin Fernandez (Faculty of Philosophy), Herschel Magracia (Faculty of Civil Law), Allan Louie Cruz (Faculty of Medicine and Surgery), Randy Dabu (Faculty of Pharmacy), Kristine Castro (College of Education), Marie Veronique Boncan (College of Architecture), Sheryll Ann Go (College of Commerce), Heliodor Fiel II (Conservatory of Music), Hilarious de Jesus (College of Nursing), Reil Vinard Espino (College of Rehabilitation Sciences), Josephine Fatima Calanog (Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management), Geno Mari Medina (UST High School), Frances Bernadette Alviz (Education High School), and Jaya Krisette de Ala (Elementary School).

UST also gave out other awards such as the Pope Leo XIII Community Development Award, Quezon Leadership Award, Benavides Outstanding Achievement Award and St. Dominic de Guzman Award.

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The Becarios de Santo Tomas Scholars Association, the Theological Society, and the Red Cross Youth Council–Pharmacy Unit, among others, received the Pope Leo XIII award for their community development programs.

On the other hand, students who received the Quezon Leadership award, an award given for singular ability to lead and organize activities of meaningful significance, were Enrico Julian Paglinawan (Theology), Rina Reburiano (Medicine), Paolo San Gabriel (Arts and Letters), Leonardo Sanchez Jr. (Education), Charisse Jermaine Ong (Architecture), Pedro Pamittan Jr. (Commerce), Marylew Marcos (Nursing), Augusto Ray Manalo (Rehabilitation Sciences), Christopher Paul David (Fine Arts and Design), Jayner Cruz (Accountancy), Marie Soleil Tropicales (Tourism and Hospitality Management), Angeline Bernardo (UST High School), and Benjamin Jarod Reodica (Office for Student Affairs).For their excellent performances in regional, national, and international competitions, the UST Men’s basketball team, the UST Women’s basketball team, Men’s judo team, Women’s chess team, Women’s swimming team, the Inter Nos editorial staff, Adver Singko, and the Psychology Quiz team, among others, received the Benavides Outstanding Achievement Award, while 18 Thomasians received the same award in the individual category.

Meanwhile, the UST Central Comelec, and the Varsitarian, were among the 17 recipients of the St. Dominic de Guzman Award for outstanding performance on organizing activities that are of significance to the Thomasian community.


  1. I’d like to congratulate my brother Enrico Julian N. Paglinawan in advance for his ordination as a priest on June 10, 2010 at Vasilica Minore, Naga City, Philippines.

    Rev. Enrico was once featured in your publication, maybe you can post some greetings for him especially coming from his beloved UST.

    Thank you and more power to The Varsitarian!



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