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Tag: September 12, 2006

Vatican delay fuels guessing game

THE SEMESTER is almost over, but UST still has no rector yet. What’s keeping the Vatican from naming the new rector?

Three names have been submitted to the Vatican to succeed Fr. Tamerlane Lana, O.P., who was rector from 1998 to 2006: Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P., Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P., and Fr. Rodel Aligan, O.P.

Blame summer, said Fr. Edmund Nantes, O.P, prior provincial of the Philippine Dominican province and UST vice-chancellor.

Nursing urges PRC head to resign

FACULTY leaders of the UST College of Nursing have urged Philippine Regulation Commission chair Leonor Tripon-Rosero to resign for for allowing the oath-taking of some passers of the controversial June exam despite a court restraining order.

“The PRC commissioners led by Rosero should resign for mishandling the leakage issue,” Faculty Association of the College of Nursing (Facon) president Rene Tadle told the Varsitarian. “Rosero circumvented the law by allowing the oath-taking, when in fact she knew there was a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).”

UST tops Med, OT licensures

THOMASIAN Patrick Leonardo Co placed first in the July medical board exams after registering an 86.83 per cent average. Another Thomasian, Bernadine Chua, posted 85 per cent and placed second.

Aside from Co and Chua, other Thomasians made it to the Top 10. John Paul Gerard Rosales, with an 84 per cent average, placed seventh. Both Mark Sison and Nathaniel Chua clinched the eighth spot after registering 83.67 per cent.

Fr. Gomez leads book award winners

FATHER Fausto Gomez, O.P. led Thomasian winners in the 25th National Book Awards given out by the Manila Critics Circle last Aug. 31 at the World Trade Center.

Fr. Gomez, regent of the College of Rehabilitation Science and former dean of the Faculty of Theology, won the Best Theology Book award for A Pilgrim’s Notes: Ethics, Social Ethics, Bioethics, published by the UST Publishing House (USTPH).

Although failing to gain its third consecutive Publisher of the Year title, the USTPH still received several awards, nominations, and citations.

Cancer institute launched

PRESIDENT Macapagal-Arroyo led the inauguration of the Benavides Cancer Institute (BCI), the first one-stop cancer therapy center in the country, at the UST Hospital (USTH) last Aug. 21.

Named after UST’s founder, Fr. Miguel de Benavides O.P., the institute cost around P350 million to build and houses the most technologically advanced equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the country.

Engaging poetry, smashing MTV

A NEW music video renders in imaginative animation a song based on love poems written by award-winning poet and Faculty of Arts and Letters professor Nerissa del Carmen Guevara, fulfilling the multimedia possibilities of her acclaimed poetry collection-cum-music-album, Reaching Destinations, where the poems first appeared.

He plays strings that tug at the heart

TOP THESE: At age 18, he was already a member of two of the country’s premier orchestras; at 19, a musical director of a strings group; and at 22, assistant principal to Andrea Bocelli’s Asian concert tour. But before all these, Thomasian violinist Merjohn Lagaya started playing music with his sister’s hand-me-down violin.

But Lagaya had originally wanted to be an engineer. Even though the musical talent runs in the family, Lagaya was not certain if music would suffice as a profession.

Philippine filmmaking comes full circle

EVOLVING from monochrome to colored, from silent to talkies, Filipino filmmaking is again facing another transition brought about by advanced technology and non-mainstream artistic pursuits.

The increasing democratization of filmmaking in the Philippines was discussed in the Tomasian Cable Television’s (TOMCAT) and Sinemalayo’s Short Filmmaking Seminar held last Aug. 14 at the Beato Angelico Auditorium. Together with the Mowelfund Film Institute, the organizers found it timely to hold the event because of the rise of indie filmaking in the country.


“Listen to your father and mother who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” - Proverbs 23:22

PARENTS know best.

I found this adage suspect since my parents started meddling with my plans three years ago.

I was already pursuing a pre-law course when my parents compelled me to shift to Nursing, saying that a law career is impractical these days. I hate the idea of taking a course that does not interest me at all, but my family’s financial difficulty pressured me nonetheless.

Museum displays rich history of UST Medicine

IT WAS meant to be a simple bulletin board display, but it grew into a medicine museum, perhaps the first of its kind in the country.

The former Dr. Gabriel History of Medicine and Forensic Medicine Museum was unveiled as the UST Medicine Museum last June 17. Situated in the second floor of the Medicine Bldg., the museum exudes a clinic-like ambiance with the medical artifacts on display.