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Paskuhan proceeds on the road to ‘forever’ despite rain

Rain did not thwart the thousands who mobbed the campus yesterday, Dec. 18, to celebrate the annual Paskuhan festivities which sparked a social media buzz with the hashtag #PaskuhanForever.
Themed “A Thomasian Celebration of Christmas and Jubilees of Mercy and the 800th Dominican Foundation Year”, the Paskuhan coincided with the Order of Preachers’ 800th Jubilee celebration and the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

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Armed with umbrellas, the crowd at this year’s Paskuhan watch the much-awaited six-minute fireworks display. Photo by Agatha Imbao.

Rain did not thwart the thousands who mobbed the campus yesterday, Dec. 18, to celebrate the annual Paskuhan festivities which sparked a social media buzz with the hashtag #PaskuhanForever.

Themed “A Thomasian Celebration of Christmas and Jubilees of Mercy and the 800th Dominican Foundation Year”, the Paskuhan coincided with the Order of Preachers’ 800th Jubilee celebration and the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Kleggy Abaya of Banda ni Kleggy

Banda ni Kleggy performs at the Practice Gym during the Paskuhan concert. Photo by Johmar Damiles.

This year’s performers were bands Gracenote, Moonstar88, Banda ni Kleggy, Callalily and 6Cyclemind who rocked the night away with their hit songs during the main concert.

Jensen and the Flips UST Paskuhan Preconcert

Jensen and the Flips perform at the Paskuhan pre-concert. Photo by Johmar Damiles.

Jensen and the Flips and Thomasian-bred bands Autotelic, MilesExperience and Where’s Ramona showcased their talents during the pre-concert event in the afternoon. (LOOK: Photos from the Paskuhan Pre-concert)

The much-awaited six-minute fireworks display which ended the night was tagged as “the best fireworks display” on social media and left a visibly pleased crowd despite the rain. (LOOK: Photos of the Paskuhan fireworks display)

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Panasonic lit up the Main Building for Paskuhan with a 3D video projection. Photo by Johmar Damiles.

A three-dimensional video mapping on the Main Building, a first in any university in the country, was made possible by Panasonic and a team of Thomasian alumni.

Last minute tweaks

Bad weather brought by Typhoons Nona and Onyok prompted University administrators to squeeze the original two-day celebration into one day to ensure everyone’s safety.

UST Rector Very Rev Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. lead the Eucharistic celebration to officially open the Paskuhan celebration at the Quadricentennial Pavillion. However, the traditional Panunuluyan was not staged this year.

The weather also brought changes in the venues. The concert was staged at the Practice Gym for the first time.

Sharing dreams

Dagohoy Paskuhan 2015 Mass

UST Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy leads the Paskuhan mass at the Quadricentennial Pavillion. Photo by Bea Junsay.

Dagohoy highlighted Joseph’s low-profile approach in accomplishing his mission of taking acre of Mary and Jesus and told mass-goers that “The greatest gift you can give to another this Christmas is to share with them our dreams.” (LOOK: More photos from the mass)

He also stressed that it should be more important for the Thomasians to thank God and to be worried “whether there would be a mass rather than fireworks.”

At the end of the mass, Dagohoy said that there is learning in everything that Thomasians do because UST is an academic institution.

The Central Student Council and Student Organizations Coordinating Council together with the Tomasian Cable Television, presented this year’s Paskuhan.

Paskuhan is an annual tradition of the University since 1991. –Vince Ferreras and Caryl Manabat 

More Paskuhan photos here.

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UST aces June 2018 nursing boards

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The University posted a perfect passing rate in the June 2018 licensure examination for nurses as all four Thomasian examinees passed.

Carmela Niña Sampaga Tormo led the new batch of Thomasian nurses, landing on the ninth spot with a score of 85.60 percent.

Last year, UST also recorded a perfect passing rate in which all the four Thomasian examinees passed.

Mark Tristan Pangilinan Robosa of University of Pangasinan topped this year’s board exams with a score of 87.60 percent.

Meanwhile, West Visayas State University – La Paz, Velez College and Xavier University were named top performing schools with a perfect passing rate.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 4,326 out of 9,873 examinees nationwide passed the board exam. 

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UST retains spot in 2019 QS world ranking, fourth in PH top universities

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The University retained its spot on the 801-1,000 bracket of the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, placing fourth among the Philippine universities that made it on the list.

The University of the Philippines kept its place as the country’s top university despite going down in the 384th place from last year’s 367th.

Ateneo de Manila University went down to the 651-700 bracket from the 551-600 last year.

Moreover, De La Salle University joined UST in the 801-1,000 bracket after dropping from last year’s 701-750 bracket.

Despite remaining unmoved from its last year’s spot, UST remained as the only Philippine university to receive a QS four-star rating.

A four-star rated university is “highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching,” the QS Top Universities website stated.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was hailed again for the seventh-straight year as the top university in the world.

The National University of Singapore dethroned the Nanyang Technological University as the best in Asia, placing 11th worldwide.

The universities are evaluated based on six factors: academic reputation (40%) , employer reputation (10%) ,  faculty/student ratio (20%) , citations per faculty (20%), international faculty ratio (5%), and international student ratio (5%).—B. Laforga

 

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UST slumps in May 2018 chemical eng’g boards

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The University posted a lower passing rate in the May 2018 licensure examination for chemical engineers.

UST registered a 20.69-percent passing rate, wherein only six out of 29 Thomasians passed. Last year, the University garnered a passing rate of 58.82 percent, with 20 out of 34 Thomasian passers.

However, no Thomasians made it to the roster of topnotchers.

Peter Matthew Paul Toribio Fowler of Mapua Institute of Technology-Manila led the new batch of chemical engineers with a score of 83 percent. Meanwhile, De La Salle University-Manila remained as the top performing school, recording a 96.55-percent passing rate.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 296 out of 636 examinees nationwide passed the board exam.

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