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Tag: July 30, 2015

Thomasians collaborate with DOST in developing diagnostic kit for virus

TO PREVENT widespread purge of shrimp farms caused by a virus found in crustaceans, a group of UST researchers teamed up with the Department of Science and Technology in developing an early detection kit.

Marybeth Maningas, a resident of the UST Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences, led there search on the development of the Juan Amplification Detection Kit (JAmp), a diagnostic tool for the detection of the White Spot Syndrome virus in shrimps.

Citing Timothy William Flegel and his group, Maningas said the virus has gravely affected the global shrimp industry, with production losses at an estimated one billion dollars from the virus alone. Besides shrimps, the marine virus also infects other crustaceans like crabs, lobsters, and barnacles.

Pope Francis tackles more than climate change in new encyclical

TAKING effective care of God’s creation goes hand in hand with the protection of human dignity and morality.

This was the message of Pope Francis in his 184-page encyclical titled “Laudato Si,” which was released last June 18.

The Pope said protecting the environment went beyond solving problems like climate change, pollution, and global warming, which are deemed major ecological problems.

According to Pope Francis, the word “creation” has a broader meaning than nature, since it also deals with God’s plan, in which “every creature has its own value and significance.”

Fr. Lleva: Varsitarian priest alumnus who wielded the pen for Christ

UNTIL his last days, love for writing preoccupied the late Fr. Edgardo “Edd” Lleva of the Diocese of Malolos, staying true to his vocation of spreading the Word of God.

Lleva, who passed away at 65 last May 24 due to cardiac arrest, served as the Varsitarian’s Filipino editor in 1974. He studied theology at the Ecclesiastical Faculties from 1971 to 1975.

His monthly column for the Varsitarian, titled “Psst...atbp.” tackled university issues and student concerns written in a comical and conversational manner. The articles, which had numbers as titles, occasionally involved philosophical musings and biblical terms.

Cebu Archdiocese launches apps for 2016 Internat’l Eucharistic Congress

IN PREPARATION for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in 2016, the Archdiocese of Cebu is set to launch mobile applications that will keep participants informed on one of the Church’s most important international events.

Called “IEC2016 Guide”, the official application of the IEC is being developed by InnoPub Media, a Cebu-based new media publishing company.

Max Limpag, one of the co-founders of InnoPub Media, said the IEC2016 Guide would feature a comprehensive guide on places to visit in Cebu.

Ox tripe and string beans

THE FULL foulness of East Bay weather was on display, as globs of rainwater struck the window pane of Adrian Velasco’s quarters at the St. Patrick’s Senior Home, and autumn leaves and broken oak twigs swirl like whirlpool.

A flash of lightning through the faded canary yellow drapes revealed Adrian’s modest lodging: a fuzzy, eggshell white carpeted floor flanked by walls with patches of dark brown where the paint had chipped off; a steel-framed, military style bed pushed to the side.

"Adrian. Adrian! Please. Come here, boy!" yelled the old man in the adjacent room, a strong American accent accompanying the gasping tone of his voice.

‘Fast Food Fiction Delivery’ resonates with literary bravura

THOMASIAN writers are among 68 of the country’s finest creative writers included in Fast Food Fiction Delivery, an anthology of flash fiction published by Anvil Publishing and edited by fictionist Noelle De Jesus and poet Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta.

Spirit Disease

HE ARRIVED at his doorstep

a few hours before sunrise,

and expected no less than

blinding rays.

Saturdays meant

bloodshot eyes and an upset appetite,

from what remained

of the burning alcohol,

that, like him,

needed a place to stay–

a body to corrupt.

He welcomed the sunrise,

now, a pale orb of white.

The spirits dried out,

much like his own,

and a headache greeted him

while his stomach rumbled.

He would only smile.

For him, it was another shot

to drown in his sweet resentment-


another chug of toxic heaven,

Mga kilalang akda, isinasalin na sa wikang Filipino

BILANG bahagi ng proyekto ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) na Aklat ng Bayan, sinsimulan nang isalin sa wikang Filipino ang mga akda mula sa iba’t ibang disiplina—pilosopiya, kasaysayan, antropolohiya—pati ang mga banyagang akda.

Ayon kay Virgilio Almario, tagapangulo ng KWF, isa itong proyekto na nagtatampok sa kahusayan ng wikang Filipino at naglalayong makalikha ng tinatawag nilang“Aklatan ng Karunungan.”

“Kailangan maipakita na ang Wikang Pambansa ay magagamit sa iba’t ibang uri ng diskurso upang maipakita na [ang Filipino] ay isang wika ng karunungan at upang magkaroon ito ng maraming babasahin,” ani Almario.

ATLAS Filipinas, ilulunsad ng KWF

MAGLULUNSAD ang Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) ng Atlas Filipinas sa Oktubre upang maitama at maisapinal ang pangalan at baybay ng mga pook, barangay, lungsod, bayan at lalawigan sa Filipinas.

Ang Atlas Filipinas ang pinakabagong sangguniang magbibigay ng makabuluhang imporamasyon tungkol sa mga wikang ginagamit sa buong bansa.Binubuo ito ng dalawang pangunahing bahagi: heograpiko at lingguwistiko. Nakatuon ang heograpikong bahagi sa pagwawasto ng mga maling pangalan at baybay ng mga pook ng bansa. Matatagpuan naman sa lingguwistikong bahagi ang pagtalima sa pagpapatupad ng Batas Republika Blg. 7104 hinggil sa pagpapaunlad, pagpapalaganap, at pagpepreserba ng Filipino at iba pang mga wika sa bansa.

Mga kuwentong pamilya, pag-ibig, pulitika at iba pa

SADYANG maliit ang apat na sulok ng silid-aralan para sa dunong na taglay ng isang tunay na titser pangkalawakan.

Sa kaniyang librong Titser Pangkalawakan at Iba Pang Angas sa Social Network (Visprint, Inc., 2015), ipinasilip ni Joselito Delos Reyes sa mga mambabasa ang kaniyang malawak na isipan sa pamamagitan ng pagtipa ng kaniyang mga sikat at inaabangang status update sa social networking site na Facebook.

Ang Titser Pangkalawakan na kasunod ng akda ni Delos Reyes na “Istatus Nation” ay binubuo rin ng kalipunan ng kaniyang mga posts sa social networking site.