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2018: The Year in Review
Mocha

Mocha Uson, assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, is awarded the Thomasian Alumni Award in Government Service by the UST Alumni Association. (Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

Mocha Uson, assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, is awarded the Thomasian Alumni Award in Government Service by the UST Alumni Association. (Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

Mocha Uson, assistant secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, is awarded the Thomasian Alumni Award in Government Service by the UST Alumni Association. (Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

Furor over Mocha Uson’s award

The UST Alumni Association's award for Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson, for her service in government, on Jan. 21 was met with uproar on social media.

In a statement, the UST Central Student Council denounced the association's move, calling Uson, a medical technology alumna of UST, a "purveyor of politically motivated propaganda against known members of the opposition."

The furor caused the resignation of alumni association president Henry Tenedero and alumni relations office head Cherry Tanodra taking an indefinite leave of absence.

The UST Alumni Association's award for Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson, for her service in government, on Jan. 21 was met with uproar on social media.

In a statement, the UST Central Student Council denounced the association's move, calling Uson, a medical technology alumna of UST, a "purveyor of politically motivated propaganda against known members of the opposition."

The furor caused the resignation of alumni association president Henry Tenedero and alumni relations office head Cherry Tanodra taking an indefinite leave of absence.

The UST Alumni Association's award for Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson, for her service in government, on Jan. 21 was met with uproar on social media.

In a statement, the UST Central Student Council denounced the association's move, calling Uson, a medical technology alumna of UST, a "purveyor of politically motivated propaganda against known members of the opposition."

The furor caused the resignation of alumni association president Henry Tenedero and alumni relations office head Cherry Tanodra taking an indefinite leave of absence.

VV

National Artist for Literature and Varsitarian alumnus Bienvenido Lumbera leads the cake-cutting ceremony during the grand alumni homecoming of the Varsitarian on Saturday. (Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

National Artist for Literature and Varsitarian alumnus Bienvenido Lumbera leads the cake-cutting ceremony during the grand alumni homecoming of the Varsitarian on Saturday. (Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

National Artist for Literature and Varsitarian alumnus Bienvenido Lumbera leads the cake-cutting ceremony during the grand alumni homecoming of the Varsitarian on Saturday.
(Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

Varsitarian marks 90th year

UST's official student paper, the Varsitarian, marked its 90th year with a grand alumni homecoming on Jan. 20.

National Artists F. Sionil Jose and Bienvenido Lumbera, journalists, media professionals and culture and arts leaders came home to the University to raise a toast to the country's most influential campus paper.

UST's official student paper, the Varsitarian, marked its 90th year with a grand alumni homecoming on Jan. 20.

National Artists F. Sionil Jose and Bienvenido Lumbera, journalists, media professionals and culture and arts leaders came home to the University to raise a toast to the country's most influential campus paper.

UST's official student paper, the Varsitarian, marked its 90th year with a grand alumni homecoming on Jan. 20.

National Artists F. Sionil Jose and Bienvenido Lumbera, journalists, media professionals and culture and arts leaders came home to the University to raise a toast to the country's most influential campus paper.

Aegis Juris

Aegis Juris fratmen attend the second trial of the hazing death of UST Law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20. (Photo by Jose Miguel J. Sunglao/The Varsitarian)

Aegis Juris fratmen attend the second trial of the hazing death of UST Law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20. (Photo by Jose Miguel J. Sunglao/The Varsitarian)

Aegis Juris fratmen attend the second trial of the hazing death of UST Law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20. (Photo by Jose Miguel J. Sunglao/The Varsitarian)

Aegis Juris' expulsion, arrest

The Aegis Juris fratmen tagged in the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III were kicked out from the University on Feb. 18 after a fact-finding committee found them guilty of violating the Student Code of Conduct and Discipline.

The fratmen voluntarily turned themselves in to the National Bureau of Investigation on March 23, a day after the Manila Regional Trial Court ordered their arrest.

On Aug. 14, the trial on Atio's hazing death began but the court has yet to render a verdict on the case

The UST Office for Student Affairs has also suspended the recognition and operation of fraternities and sorrorities in the University following Atio's death.

The Aegis Juris fratmen tagged in the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III were kicked out from the University on Feb. 18 after a fact-finding committee found them guilty of violating the Student Code of Conduct and Discipline.

The fratmen voluntarily turned themselves in to the National Bureau of Investigation on March 23, a day after the Manila Regional Trial Court ordered their arrest.

On Aug. 14, the trial on Atio's hazing death began but the court has yet to render a verdict on the case

The UST Office for Student Affairs has also suspended the recognition and operation of fraternities and sorrorities in the University following Atio's death.

The Aegis Juris fratmen tagged in the hazing death of UST law freshman Horacio "Atio" Castillo III were kicked out from the University on Feb. 18 after a fact-finding committee found them guilty of violating the Student Code of Conduct and Discipline.

The fratmen voluntarily turned themselves in to the National Bureau of Investigation on March 23, a day after the Manila Regional Trial Court ordered their arrest.

On Aug. 14, the trial on Atio's hazing death began but the court has yet to render a verdict on the case

The UST Office for Student Affairs has also suspended the recognition and operation of fraternities and sorrorities in the University following Atio's death.

UST GenSan

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. along with other University officials officiate the groundbreaking ceremony of thenew UST campus in General Santos City. (Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. along with other University officials officiate the groundbreaking ceremony of thenew UST campus in General Santos City. (Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. along with other University officials officiate the groundbreaking ceremony of thenew UST campus in General Santos City. (Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

UST GenSan begins construction

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. led the groundbreaking rites of UST’s satellite campus in General Santos City in Mindanao last April 20.

The University moved forward with its expansion in 2017, integrating with Angelicum College and Aquinas University of Legazpi, now UST Angelicum and UST Legazpi, respectively.

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. led the groundbreaking rites of UST’s satellite campus in General Santos City in Mindanao last April 20.

The University moved forward with its expansion in 2017, integrating with Angelicum College and Aquinas University of Legazpi, now UST Angelicum and UST Legazpi, respectively.

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. led the groundbreaking rites of UST’s satellite campus in General Santos City in Mindanao last April 20.

The University moved forward with its expansion in 2017, integrating with Angelicum College and Aquinas University of Legazpi, now UST Angelicum and UST Legazpi, respectively.

Clergy killings

Clergy killings

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. led the groundbreaking rites of UST’s satellite campus in General Santos City in Mindanao last April 20.

The University moved forward with its expansion in 2017, integrating with Angelicum College and Aquinas University of Legazpi, now UST Angelicum and UST Legazpi, respectively.

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. led the groundbreaking rites of UST’s satellite campus in General Santos City in Mindanao last April 20.

The University moved forward with its expansion in 2017, integrating with Angelicum College and Aquinas University of Legazpi, now UST Angelicum and UST Legazpi, respectively.

2018 saw the killing of clergymen Fr. Mark Ventura and Richmond Nilo, who were both slain while carrying out their duties.

Nilo, the parish priest of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija, was shot on June 10 before celebrating Mass at the Nuestra Señora de la Nieve Chapel in Brgy. Mayamot in Zaragoza.

Ventura, who finished his philosophical studies in UST in 2006, was killed last April 29 by armed men riding a motorcycle, just after celebrating Mass in Gattaran, Cagayan.

Duterte's remark

UST officials, student leaders hit Duterte for ‘stupid’ God remark

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. led the groundbreaking rites of UST’s satellite campus in General Santos City in Mindanao last April 20.

The University moved forward with its expansion in 2017, integrating with Angelicum College and Aquinas University of Legazpi, now UST Angelicum and UST Legazpi, respectively.

UST Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. led the groundbreaking rites of UST’s satellite campus in General Santos City in Mindanao last April 20.

The University moved forward with its expansion in 2017, integrating with Angelicum College and Aquinas University of Legazpi, now UST Angelicum and UST Legazpi, respectively.

University officials and student leaders slammed President Duterte for calling God “stupid,” saying it was uncalled for and unbecoming of the highest official in the land.

Fr. Napoleon Sipalay Jr., O.P., prior provincial of the Dominican Province in the Philippines and UST vice chancellor, said Duterte must learn to “respect the sensitivity of people’s faith.”

Duterte had earned widespread condemnation from religious leaders and lawmakers for his remark on June 22 that God was “stupid” for allowing Adam and Eve to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree, which caused their banishment from the Garden of Eden.

Kyle Viray

UST kicks out student following complaints of abuse

(Letter from abuse victim’s mother sent to the College of Science in April, prior to disciplinary proceedings against biology student Kyle Viray. )

(Letter from abuse victim’s mother sent to the College of Science in April, prior to disciplinary proceedings against biology student Kyle Viray. )

(Letter from abuse victim’s mother sent to the College of Science in April, prior to disciplinary proceedings against biology student Kyle Viray. )

College of Science student Kyle Viray has been kicked out of the University last August following complaints of physical abuse from fellow Thomasians.

Viray was found guilty anew of violating UST’s Code of Conduct and Discipline, and was “excluded” from the roll of students and “disqualified” from enrolling in any program offered by the University.

He was first found guilty of violating the code last May, and was given 250 hours of community service. He was also barred from joining the college’s solemn investiture rites.

College of Science student Kyle Viray has been kicked out of the University last August following complaints of physical abuse from fellow Thomasians.

Viray was found guilty anew of violating UST’s Code of Conduct and Discipline, and was “excluded” from the roll of students and “disqualified” from enrolling in any program offered by the University.

He was first found guilty of violating the code last May, and was given 250 hours of community service. He was also barred from joining the college’s solemn investiture rites.

College of Science student Kyle Viray has been kicked out of the University last August following complaints of physical abuse from fellow Thomasians.

Viray was found guilty anew of violating UST’s Code of Conduct and Discipline, and was “excluded” from the roll of students and “disqualified” from enrolling in any program offered by the University.

He was first found guilty of violating the code last May, and was given 250 hours of community service. He was also barred from joining the college’s solemn investiture rites.

Creative writing

The pioneering batch of Creative Writing Students during the annual Thomasian Welcome Walk.
(Photo courtesy of UST Literary Society's official Facebook page.)

The pioneering batch of Creative Writing Students during the annual Thomasian Welcome Walk.
(Photo courtesy of UST Literary Society's official Facebook page.)

The pioneering batch of Creative Writing Students during the annual Thomasian Welcome Walk.
(Photo courtesy of UST Literary Society's official Facebook page.)

Creative writing program launched

The Faculty of Arts and Letters opened a fresh undergraduate program in creative writing (AB-CW), which held writing workshops as part of its curriculum.

According to the program description, the program was “designed to nurture and guide aspiring student writers in the four major genres of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama.”

The Faculty of Arts and Letters opened a fresh undergraduate program in creative writing (AB-CW), which held writing workshops as part of its curriculum.

According to the program description, the program was “designed to nurture and guide aspiring student writers in the four major genres of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama.”

The Faculty of Arts and Letters opened a fresh undergraduate program in creative writing (AB-CW), which held writing workshops as part of its curriculum.

According to the program description, the program was “designed to nurture and guide aspiring student writers in the four major genres of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama.”

Sentro ng Salin, inilunsad

Pinasinayaan ang pormal na paglagda ng Memorandum of Understanding sa pagtatag ng Sentro sa Salin sa pagitan ng Unibersidad at Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.
(Kuha ni Enrico Miguel S. Silverio/The Varsitarian)

Pinasinayaan ang pormal na paglagda ng Memorandum of Understanding sa pagtatag ng Sentro sa Salin sa pagitan ng Unibersidad at Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.
(Kuha ni Enrico Miguel S. Silverio/The Varsitarian)

Pinasinayaan ang pormal na paglagda ng Memorandum of Understanding sa pagtatag ng Sentro sa Salin sa pagitan ng Unibersidad at Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.
(Kuha ni Enrico Miguel S. Silverio/The Varsitarian)

Sentro ng Salin, inilunsad

Pormal nang inilunsad ang Sentro sa Salin sa Unibersidad noong ika-2 ng sa pagitan ng UST at Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.

Pumirma sa kasunduan sina Virgilio Almario, tagapangulo ng KWF at Prop. Allan de Guzman, sa gusaling Buenaventura G. Paredes, O.P.

Pormal nang inilunsad ang Sentro sa Salin sa Unibersidad noong ika-2 ng sa pagitan ng UST at Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.

Pumirma sa kasunduan sina Virgilio Almario, tagapangulo ng KWF at Prop. Allan de Guzman, sa gusaling Buenaventura G. Paredes, O.P.

Pormal nang inilunsad ang Sentro sa Salin sa Unibersidad noong ika-2 ng sa pagitan ng UST at Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.

Pumirma sa kasunduan sina Virgilio Almario, tagapangulo ng KWF at Prop. Allan de Guzman, sa gusaling Buenaventura G. Paredes, O.P.

UST hits AFP

Thomasians hit AFP's ‘red-tagging’

Thomasians denounced on Oct. 3 the inclusion of UST in the list of schools deemed as recruitment grounds of communists in a plot to oust President Duterte.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines revealed that 18 schools in Manila were allegedly tapped by the Communist Party of the Philippines to join the alleged “Red October” plot against the Duterte administration.

Thomasians denounced on Oct. 3 the inclusion of UST in the list of schools deemed as recruitment grounds of communists in a plot to oust President Duterte.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines revealed that 18 schools in Manila were allegedly tapped by the Communist Party of the Philippines to join the alleged “Red October” plot against the Duterte administration.

Thomasians denounced on Oct. 3 the inclusion of UST in the list of schools deemed as recruitment grounds of communists in a plot to oust President Duterte.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines revealed that 18 schools in Manila were allegedly tapped by the Communist Party of the Philippines to join the alleged “Red October” plot against the Duterte administration.

Padre Pio

Padre Pio de Pietrelcina's heart relic arrive at the University. (Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

Padre Pio de Pietrelcina's heart relic arrive at the University. (Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

Padre Pio de Pietrelcina's heart relic arrive at the University on Oct. 8.
(Photo by Michael Angelo M. Reyes/The Varsitarian)

Thousands flock to UST for Padre Pio relic

An estimated 100,000 devotees of Padre Pio de Pietrelcina flocked to UST on Oct. 8 for the arrival of the saint’s heart relic at the University.

An estimated 100,000 devotees of Padre Pio de Pietrelcina flocked to UST on Oct. 8 for the arrival of the saint’s heart relic at the University.

An estimated 100,000 devotees of Padre Pio de Pietrelcina flocked to UST on Oct. 8 for the arrival of the saint’s heart relic at the University.

Manosa

Thomasian architect Francisco Mañosa is National Artist for architecture.
(Photo by Hazel Grace S. Posadas/The Varsitarian)

Thomasian architect Francisco Mañosa is National Artist for architecture.
(Photo by Hazel Grace S. Posadas/The Varsitarian)

Thomasian architect Francisco Mañosa is National Artist for architecture.
(Photo by Hazel Grace S. Posadas/The Varsitarian)

Thomasian architect is National Artist

Thomasian architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa was named National Artist for Architecture along with six other artists, in a ceremony at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on Oct. 24.

Thomasian architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa was named National Artist for Architecture along with six other artists, in a ceremony at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on Oct. 24.

Thomasian architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa was named National Artist for Architecture along with six other artists, in a ceremony at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on Oct. 24.

Regularization

A UST maintenance worker preapres the Open Field for the Baccalaureate Mass last May 24.
(Photo by Deejae S. Dumlao/TheVarsitarian)

A UST maintenance worker preapres the Open Field for the Baccalaureate Mass last May 24.
(Photo by Deejae S. Dumlao/TheVarsitarian)

A UST maintenance worker preapres the Open Field for the Baccalaureate Mass last May 24.
(Photo by Deejae S. Dumlao/TheVarsitarian)

UST eyes regularization, wage hike of non-teaching staff

The non-teaching staff hired by UST on a contractual basis will soon be regularized and given pay hikes from the freshmen tuition increase, Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P.

Dagohoy earlier said the University plans to regularize workers hired on a contractual basis through manpower agencies, to comply with the Department of Labor and Employment’s order restricting contractual employment schemes.

The non-teaching staff hired by UST on a contractual basis will soon be regularized and given pay hikes from the freshmen tuition increase, Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P.

Dagohoy earlier said the University plans to regularize workers hired on a contractual basis through manpower agencies, to comply with the Department of Labor and Employment’s order restricting contractual employment schemes.

The non-teaching staff hired by UST on a contractual basis will soon be regularized and given pay hikes from the freshmen tuition increase, Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P.

Dagohoy earlier said the University plans to regularize workers hired on a contractual basis through manpower agencies, to comply with the Department of Labor and Employment’s order restricting contractual employment schemes.

USTFU

Faculty union squabble

The 1,900-strong UST Faculty Union (USTFU) elected a new set of negotiators for the 2016 to 2021 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) talks last May 28.

Lawyer Jose Ngo Jr., Edilberto Gonzaga, Rebecca Adri, Michelle Desierto and Emerito Gonzales were elected as USTFU-CBA panel members. The negotiators, however, questioned the inclusion of USTFU President George Lim as head of the panel as he was not elected by the union members.

Lim inhibited himself from the CBA talks in August.

The 1,900-strong UST Faculty Union (USTFU) elected a new set of negotiators for the 2016 to 2021 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) talks last May 28.

Lawyer Jose Ngo Jr., Edilberto Gonzaga, Rebecca Adri, Michelle Desierto and Emerito Gonzales were elected as USTFU-CBA panel members. The negotiators, however, questioned the inclusion of USTFU President George Lim as head of the panel as he was not elected by the union members.

Lim inhibited himself from the CBA talks in August.

The 1,900-strong UST Faculty Union (USTFU) elected a new set of negotiators for the 2016 to 2021 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) talks last May 28.

Lawyer Jose Ngo Jr., Edilberto Gonzaga, Rebecca Adri, Michelle Desierto and Emerito Gonzales were elected as USTFU-CBA panel members. The negotiators, however, questioned the inclusion of USTFU President George Lim as head of the panel as he was not elected by the union members.

Lim inhibited himself from the CBA talks in August.

SC rules in favor of K-12, removal of Filipino and Lit subjects in college

A woman joins a protest last Nov. 26 against the removal of Filipino and Panitikan subjects in college. (Jose Miguel S. Sunglao/The Varsitarian)

A woman joins a protest last Nov. 26 against the removal of Filipino and Panitikan subjects in college. (Jose Miguel S. Sunglao/The Varsitarian)

A woman joins a protest last Nov. 26 against the removal of Filipino and Panitikan subjects in college. (Jose Miguel S. Sunglao/The Varsitarian)

SC rules in favor of K-12, removal of Filipino and Lit subjects in college

The Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the K to 12 basic education program and the Commission on Higher Education's (CHEd) decision to remove Filipino and Panitikan as core subjects in college.

The head of the UST's Filipino Department urged the UST administration to continue offering Filipino subjects under the new curriculum despite the ruling.

The SC ruling affirmed CHEd's order to remove 15 units of Filipino subjects, or 9 units of Language and 6 units of Panitikan, from the core subjects of the tertiary level.

The Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the K to 12 basic education program and the Commission on Higher Education's (CHEd) decision to remove Filipino and Panitikan as core subjects in college.

The head of the UST's Filipino Department urged the UST administration to continue offering Filipino subjects under the new curriculum despite the ruling.

The SC ruling affirmed CHEd's order to remove 15 units of Filipino subjects, or 9 units of Language and 6 units of Panitikan, from the core subjects of the tertiary level.

The Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the K to 12 basic education program and the Commission on Higher Education's (CHEd) decision to remove Filipino and Panitikan as core subjects in college.

The head of the UST's Filipino Department urged the UST administration to continue offering Filipino subjects under the new curriculum despite the ruling.

The SC ruling affirmed CHEd's order to remove 15 units of Filipino subjects, or 9 units of Language and 6 units of Panitikan, from the core subjects of the tertiary level.

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