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Tag: April 30, 2003

Rector dumps PBL

IT’S FINAL. The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery will revert to the synchronized curriculum and shelve the present curriculum applying the problem-based learning (PBL) strategy.

In separate letters last April 1, Rector Fr. Tamerlane Lana, O.P. instructed Medicine Dean Angeles Tan-Alora and Fr. Regent Jerry Manlangit, O.P. to apply the pre-PBL curriculum to the incoming freshmen this year.

UST prof is foreign relations club VP

FACULTY of Arts and Letters professor Jose David Lapuz has been elected vice president of the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations (PCFR).

“I am honored and humbled at the same time. After seven years in this council, they have finally given me a great position of responsibility,” Lapuz said. “It is also a way of acknowledging my contribution to international politics and foreign affairs.”

Thomasian wins in Bb. Pilipinas pageant

FOUR Thomasians joined this year’s Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant last March 15 at the Araneta Coliseum, with one nearly repeating the feat done by Miriam Quiambao in 1999.

Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate Jhezarie Gamez Javier was crowned Bb. Pilipinas-International. Javier will represent the country in the Miss Interntional beauty pageant in Tokyo, Japan.

The 2001 Ms. Thomasian Personality, Javier also took home three special awards—Ms. Agfa Photogenic, Ms. Myra 300 E,and Ms. PAL Sunniest.

Ed-Tech Center holds seminars

THE UST Educational-Technology (Ed-Tech) Center launched the first UST “Boot” Webcamp, a new electronic management software, last April 10 to 11 at the Pharmacy Computer Laboratory.

According to Ed-Tech director Engr. Alberto Laurito, the webcamp aims to train selected faculty members from the different colleges on the use of electronic learning management software called BlackBoard , which will be used this school year.

“We want the faculty members to develop the use of online courses and web-supported courses next school year,” he said.

Philets Foundation inducts officers

SEEKING to foster the Faculty of Arts and Letters’ (Artlets) continued excellence in journalism and literature, the Philets Foundation Inc. (PFI) inducted its newly elected officers last April 22 at the Rector’s Hall.

A non-profit professional organization composed of alumni of the former Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, now Artlets, PFI aims to maintain the Faculty’s commitment to creative writing and responsible journalism.

Former congressman Gualberto Lumauig was inducted chairman. Metro Pharma chief operating officer Romulo Abaya is the president.

Who’s that girl?

SINCE the release of the last film, Darna had noticeably disappeared from the limelight. But now she’s back sexier and more beautiful—in a comic book.

Marcial “Mars” Ravelo, the genius behind Lastikman and classics Dyesebel and Kaptain Barbell, is the creator of this local superheroine.

Sweet sounds

AFTER a year and a half of production, Sugarfree, one of the Philippine music industry’s best-kept secrets, finally released its first album, Sa Wakas.

The album immediately shows promise with the first track, “Burnout,” which is characterized by lively drum beats and melodic guitar strums.

Dangerous games

HOW PEOPLE play games and manipulate each other is the theme of Repertory’s Power Plays.

Consisting of three one-act plays, Power Plays examines the way people unconsciously strive to gain power over others in simple day-to-day activities.

“Hounds of war”

THE CATCHLINE of the trailer says it all: “America was born in the streets.”

In the film Gangs of New York, director Martin Scorsese chronicles the beginning of America by presenting a different picture of New York—one which focuses on the squalid areas of lower Manhattan during the 1860’s known as the Five Points.

The second degree

THE INCREASING number of nurses going abroad to earn fat dollars has driven Filipinos to flock to nursing schools. Filipinos believe nursing is their ticket to the good life abroad.

This increasing number owes mainly to the great demand for nurses abroad, and Filipino nurses are the top priority for hiring because we are by nature caring and warm people. Patient care seems to be innate in us. That is why most hospitals abroad prefer Filipino nurses. Not to mention our fluency in English as compared to our fellow Asians.

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