Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Tag: Vol. LXXIX No. 12

Si Mama

“MAGTRABAHO nga kayo! Apat kayo rito sa bahay pero ’di ko man lang kayo nakikitaan ng pagkukusang loob. Nakakapagod magtrabaho mag-isa!” sigaw na naman ni Mama mula sa kusina habang kaming apat na magkakapatid ay nanonood ng telebisyon sa sala. Sumabay naman ang kalampag ng kaldero at pinggan sa ingay ng programa sa aming harapan.

“Hayan na naman ang litanya ng isang sirang plaka,” ang naisip ko. Ganyan talaga siya tuwing nawawalan kami ng kasambahay, wala kasi siyang mautusan.

Nahiga na lamang ang kapatid kong si Allison sa sofa, na tila walang naririnig. Ganyan rin ang naging reaksyon niya tuwing naghihimutok si Mama. Si Kuya naman at ako ay aakyat na lang sa kuwarto. Tanging si Hans, na siyang pinakabunso sa amin, ang tatayo at kikilos. Tulad ng dati, agad siyang sumunod sa utos ni Mama.

NCAE, USTETFreshmen, handa ba sa araling kolehiyo?

ISANG pangarap ng mga estudyante ang makapasa sa masusing admission test na ipinapasagot ng eskuwelahang nais niyang pasukan. Ito’y upang masigurong sapat ang kanyang kaalaman para mapagtagumpayan ang buhay-kolehiyo.

Bilang paghahanda sa mga magsisipagtapos sa high school, gumawa ng mga masusing hakbangin ang Department of Education (DepEd) upang mabigyan ng magandang pundasyon ang mga mag-aaral sa kanilang pagkuha ng bachelor’s degree. Una ay ang National College Entrance Exam (NCEE) na ibinibigay upang masigurong sapat ang natutunan ng estudyante na kinakailangan upang makapasok siya sa kolehiyo.

Words, images go hand in hand

YOU CANNOT judge a book by its cover. But no one can deny that unless the writer is a best-selling author like J.K. Rowling or C.S. Lewis (or other such writers who do not even have to spell their first names out), a book will not catch much attention on the shelf with just a blank page on its front.

For this very reason, writers seek the aid of visual artists to help attract readers to their work. Consider it an icebreaker, an appetizer hinting of great things to come.

For prize-winning artist and UST College of Architecture graduate Jose Miguel Tejido, literature and the visual arts complement one another. “Art lets the ‘unsaid’ come into the scene, where the artist can put in mini elements based on his own interpretation, like little side comment jokes, allusions and even foreshadowing clues to a next scene,” he said.

Destined to be rector magnificus – again

FATHER Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P. is set to return to the scene of his greatest personal and professional achievement—the rectorship of UST....

DepEd taps Educ to train teachers

NOW A Center of Training in the fields of Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH), the College of Education has been asked by the Department of Education (DepEd) to train 73 public high school teachers from 10 city and provincial school divisions in Southern Tagalog, under a new certificate program.

As a Center of Training in the multi-disciplinary program, the college is tasked to equip non-MAPEH teachers with the fundamental skills and competencies in teaching the subject.

“For a college to be designated by DepEd as a Center of Training, it should be known for providing quality education that can offer good training for future teachers,” Asst. Prof. Fylene Uy, coordinator of the certificate program, told the Varsitarian.

SC Justice Jose Feria; 91

THE THOMASIAN gavel of former Supreme Court associate justice Jose Feria would always echo both in courtroom and classroom, resounding passion and commitment. But it peacefully made its last strike in the morning of May 8 as Feria slumbered to eternal rest. He was 91.

“He is a very religious man and a very brilliant professor,” Faculty of Civil Law secretary Ricardo Magtibay said. “We certainly lost a caliber of law.”

In October 2007, Feria suffered a stroke and doctors at the Makati Medical Center found that his heart was becoming weak.

In February, despite his fragile condition, Feria opted to spend his remaining days at the Caryana Lay Monastic Community, where he had been a member since 1972, and to see his daughter, one of the lay monastics at the Pampanga monastery. He was again rushed to Makati Medical Center after two months because of recurring pneumonia.

The UST Rectors throughout the centuries

A. College Rectors

(During the construction of the UST building in Intramuros)
1612 – 1616 Fr. Domingo González, O. P.*
1616 – 1617 Fr. Lorenzo de Porras, O. P.
1617 – 1619 Fr. Antonio Gutierrez, O. P.

(Beginning of classes)
1619 - 1621 Fr. Baltasar Fort, O. P
1621 – 1625 Fr. Tomás de Vilar, O. P.
1625 – 1626 Fr. Lucas García, O. P.
1626 – 1633 Fr. Domingo Gonzáles, O. P.**
1633 – 1637 Fr. Francisco de Herrera
1637 – 1639 Fr. Francisco de Paula, O. P. *
1639 – 1641 Fr. Domingo González, O. P. ***
1641 – 1643 Fr. Lucas Ruiz de Montanero, O. P.
1643 – 1645 Fr. Domingo González, O. P. ****
1645 – 1646 Fr. Francisco de Paula, O. P.**

B. University Rectors


Students and PoliticsLest we take to the streets again

THE PAST IBP elections stimulated once more the political itch in students. Ever since the proclamation of Martial Law, student disturbance motivated by politics was conspicuously absent. Except the not-so-spectacular emergence of the KB and the other extra-curricular activities, students remained quiet in their proper pale­­ ­­­­­­– study.

Now almost five years of political quiescence, they suddenly sneaked into the scene again, surfacing like snails out of hibernation. They swarmed all over either as campaigners, rallyists, poll watchers, sympathizers, etc.

This current phenomenon is as expected. Students have always been responsive to political and social issues. Their political sympathies have often stimulated unrest and catalyzed changes. Considered as the “incipient elite” of society because of the education they receive, students have always played a crucial role in political and social upheavals.

History of the Rectorship

THE SELECTION of a new rector has always been one of the most awaited events throughout the University’s history. However, beyond the pomp and gaiety of welcoming UST’s chief executive is a long and carefully organized process of nominating candidates, which has evolved along with the University’s 397 years of existence.

The process depends on the institutions that were added or removed during the course of history.

According to Fr. Fidel Villarroel, O.P. the University archivist, the process of selecting a new rector during the early years of the University occurred during the elective chapters meetings composed by the different superiors of the Dominican houses in the Philippines. These meetings are convened every two years. On the other hand, provincial chapters are convened every four years in order to discuss internal matters among the Dominicans including the selection of the members of the elective chapters.

Memos to the Quadricentennial Rector

UNIVERSITY officials have one fervent wish for the “comeback Rector”: good health so that he would be able to fulfill the demanding job of head of Asia’s oldest university.

Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P. will have his hands full as he assumes the Rectorship anew, with college deans and other administrators proposing an ambitious agenda to keep UST’s place as one of the region’s top institutions of higher learning.

“As I look at Father de la Rosa’s job, it seems to be a gigantic task since there are many expectations from different colleges, so I really wish him good health so he can be able to do his job,” newly installed Alfredo M. Velayo-College of Accountancy Dean Minerva Cruz said.

In a statement to the Varsitarian, College of Education Dean Clotilde Arcangel also wished De la Rosa “continuous good health, peace of mind, and prosperity.”