May 8, 2016, 11:51a.m. – THOMASIANS held a prayer and candle-lighting ceremony Saturday in response to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) call for responsible voting.

More than a hundred students from different colleges prayed and lit 2,000 candles before the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Arch of the Centuries.

Incoming Central Student Council president Janela Love Nartates said the prayer vigil was a “simple but important” event for youth voters.

“We comprise one of the biggest voter populations. [We can] help the people feel confident who they will vote for,” Nartates said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

Nartates called on Thomasians to think of the consequences of their vote. “I hope they (Thomasian voters) will vote wisely, and I hope that they will choose the right candidate because we will be the ones to feel the consequences if they do not take it seriously,” Nartates said.

Student Welfare and Development Board Director Arlene Calara advised Thomasian voters to be vigilant and to vote based on their conscience.

This event was organized by the leaders of the UST Aktiboto voter-education drive and the Office of Student Affairs. Gabriel M. Agcaoili


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