Monday, June 17, 2024

Tag: 2014

Spiritual preparation for Papal visit

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner, and if you turn more a little bit, you can take a sneak peek at the Papal Visit.

Slated for Jan. 15 to 19 next year, Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines will mark the fourth time that a Pontiff will come to the pearl of the orient.

On Jan. 18, UST, the only Pontifical university in Asia, will be blessed with the honor of being part of the official itinerary of Francis.

As Thomasians, we are expected to prepare spiritually for the upcoming visit. We are called to uphold the values of mercy and compassion.

Senate should stop political circus

THE CIRCUS of Philippine politics is coming back to life as the May 2016 national elections fast approaches. Undoubtedly, all aspiring candidates are starting to go head-to-head, seeking out for the most votes through all means possible.

Vice President Jejomar Binay became the first target of this crab-mentality competition as he is now facing several allegations of corruption back when he was still mayor of Makati.

As soon as he became open to the possibility of running for president in the upcoming elections, controversies and probes rushed like a landslide. All eyes are now on him, especially those who have also expressed their intentions of taking over the presidency.

Purist on Purisima

AMID glaring cases of police corruption and incompetence, notably the kidnapping of two men and stealing P2 million in broad daylight on Edsa by eight policemen, some of them already convicted administratively of graft cases against them, President Aquino has stood by Director General Alan Purisima of the Philippine National Police (PNP), insensitively declaring that he was standing by his man.

New coach deserves second, final chance

Of all the reasons for the Growling Tigers’ forgettable season, the most convenient one is Segundo “Bong” Dela Cruz, the unheralded new coach.

He replaced fan favorite Pido Jarencio, who led the Tigers to the UAAP title in his rookie season and came close to regaining the championship in his last two.

Under Dela Cruz, who was picked from among the likes of Bal David, Estong Ballesteros, Siot Tanquincen and Aric del Rosario, the Tigers played like a whole new squad, one that was only good enough to beat the likes of UP and Adamson (and FEU in the first round).

CHEd: Kontra-wika, kontra-kultura

Naglabas kamakailan lamang ang Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) ng Memorandum Order No. 20 Series of 2013 (CMO 20-2013) na may titulong “General Education Curriculum: Holistic Understandings, Intellectual and Civic Competencies (GEC),” na nagsasaad na alisin ang mga minor subject sa kurikulum ng kolehiyo sa taong 2016 upang magbigay daan sa pagpapaigting ng kaalaman ng mga mag-aaral sa mga major o teknikal na kurso na may kaugnayan sa Agham at Teknolohiya., na siya namang naging dahilan sa pagtanggal ng English, Math, General Psychology, Economics at Filipino.

Lakas Tomasino bets dominate CSC polls

THE RULING Lakas Tomasino Coalition dominated the Central Student Council (CSC) elections anew as it grabbed four out of six posts, including the presidency.

LTC standard bearer and incumbent CSC secretary Ina Marie Angela Vergara of the Faculty of Pharmacy is the next council president, earning a lopsided victory over Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino (Lakasdiwa) bet Eisaku Ivan Bernardino of the College of Commerce and Business Administration.

Vergara, a fourth-year Clinical Pharmacy student, won a total of 16,273 votes, getting huge margin over the 9,634 votes obtained by Bernardino, incumbent president of Commerce student council.

UST celebrated in ‘Functional Art’

In Functional Art: Thomasian Settings at the Miguel de Benavides Library on Jan. 27 to Feb. 7, students and faculty of the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) marked the annual University Week and the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas (Jan. 28) with a multi-disciplinary exhibit showcasing paintings, photographs, sculptures, consumer products, and merchandise depicting and celebrating the institution.