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Tag: May 4, 2005

Tomasinong pamilya ng Malacañang

ALINSUNOD sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Pamilyang Tomasino noong nakaraang Marso, ginugunita ng Unibersidad ang mga pamilyang ehemplo ng katapatan sa UST.

Isa na rito ang pamilya ni dating pangulong Manuel Luis Quezon. Bukod sa kanya, Tomasino rin ang lahat ng miyembro ng kanyang pamilya—mula asawa hanggang bunsong anak.

Noong Pebrero 24, 1894, nagtapos si Quezon Sr. ng Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, sa dating College of Philosophy and Letters. Makalipas ang isang taon, tinapos naman niya ang kanyang Bachelor of Laws degree sa Faculty of Civil Law.

Museum relaunches summer workshops

THE MUSEUM of Arts and Sciences (Museum) will relaunch its summer arts courses for the youth in May.

Not held for the past two years due to the SARS scare in 2003 and the 2004 National elections, the Museum will revive Kidstuff, a workshop for children aged 5 to 12 years old, and the arts camp, or art immersion program, for college students, according to assistant gallery curator Jocelyn Tullao. Both aim to promote Filipino culture among the youth, she said.

Tullao said Kidstuff has a different approach in teaching the arts to children.

UST honors retiring faculty

RECTOR Fr. Tamerlane Lana, O.P. stressed the teaching profession’s formative dimension for both teachers and students last April 1 during the testimonial dinner for the retiring faculty honorees at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex.

“Formation takes place not only among the students to whom our teachers impart knowledge and endeavor to inculcate human and Christian values,” Fr. Lana said. “(It) also takes place among teachers as they go through the learning process, (since) no one can give what he does not have.”

Nuncio reiterates diocesan chancellors’ importance

Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales urged diocesal chancellors to foster a “sense of community” within the curia, while Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Antonio Franco reminded them not to view their responsibilities as “mere jobs,” during the first National Convention of Diocesan Chancellors (NCDC) last April 5 to 7 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex auditorium.

“Although you occupy a very important role, the chancery is only one (part) in the family of the curia,” Rosales said in his homily in the convention’s concluding Mass.

Medicine standardizes ‘revalida’ for seniors

FACULTY of Medicine and Surgery students can look forward to a “more objective” oral revalida, or final oral examinations, as the tests will be standardized starting next school year.

“Since the oral revalida is (deemed) ‘subjective’, the (Faculty) wanted to standardize it,” Medicine faculty secretary Dr. Jose Blas told the Varsitarian. “The question for the first student will be similar for the next student, provided they are put in (separate) areas (during the exams) just to prevent communication.”

University fetes top researchers

RECTOR Fr. Tamerlane Lana, O.P. called for researches that can contribute to the generation of knowledge as well as in the development of the society during the UST Research/Creative Works Recognition and International Publication Awards.

“The University should enhance world-class research projects, a dynamic culture for collaboration of research within and outside the University,” Fr. Lana told some 60 Thomasian researchers last March 16 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Center auditorium.

Birth control not the answer to poverty, says bioethicist

Doctor Edna Garayblas-Monzon, professor and chairperson of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery bioethics department, criticized the government’s population-control initiatives, calling them merely quick-fix against poverty and other various social crises in the country during the seminar, “Pagpapahalaga sa Sanggol at Pamilya,” last April 10 at the Missionary for Charities Convent in Tayuman, Manila.

“The error of abortion is not the artificiality of the contraceptives, but the contraception itself. It is a violation of the law of nature,” Garayblas-Monzon said.

UST Hospital eyes medical tourism

To raise much-needed revenues for the improvement of its operations, the UST Hospital is now eyeing “medical tourism” or transnational medical services.

“USTH is offering services (to foreign nationals) in the U.S., Europe, or Japan at much cheaper rates (compared with those in) their home country,” USTH medical director Dr. Rolando Cabatu told the Varsitarian. “This is in line with the government project to promote health care as one of the (country’s) attractions in tourism.”

Thomasian wins Ms. Asean beauty pageant

KAHIT na siya ay may pharyngitis, nakamit pa rin ng isang Tomasino ang korona sa unang Ms. Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) beauty contest noong Marso 19 sa Jakarta, Indonesia.

Itinuring ni Jhezarie Javier, 22, isang Hotel and Restaurant Management alumna, ang pagkapanalo bilang isang malaking biyaya na sumubok sa kanyang kakayahan.

“It was a blessing. I couldn’t even stand straight the day before the pageant and I only had enough strength to finish it,” ani Javier.

Writers’ workshop successful

FIFTEEN new fellows, including five UST Journalism students, attended the Sixth UST National Writers’ Workshop held by the Center for Creative Writing and Studies (CCWS) from April 18 to April 23 in Tagaytay City.

The fellows for poetry in English were Glenn Atanacio, Varsitarian Literary writer Sharline Bareng, alumna and former Varsitarian News writer Abigail Austriaco, Benedict Parfan, Cherie del Rio, Herminia Gabutina, Emmanuel Rentoy, and Raymond de Borja.

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