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Rector to 2015 grads: Give life

“TODAY, UST is giving birth to thousands of enlightened men and women,” said Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. in his homily to the 8,048 graduates during the Baccalaureate Mass last May 15.



“TODAY, UST is giving birth to thousands of enlightened men and women,” said Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. in his homily to the 8,048 graduates during the Baccalaureate Mass last May 15.

“After few years of being under UST’s protective womb, today we open that womb so that you can begin a new life,” Dagohoy said.

The Rector likened graduation to the feeling of the mother during childbirth, noting the pain she feels during delivery, and the joy she feels after her child is born.

“The University of Santo Tomas, your alma mater, your beloved mother, shares the same feeling of pain and joy,” he said.

Quoting Pope Francis, Dagohoy also encouraged the Thomasian graduates to learn how to give life.

“Studying or learning not just only makes us knowledgeable and employable, it makes us fertile and able to bear fruits.

Pumasok tayo sa Pamantasan upang magkaroon ng maganda at bagong buhay. Inihanda kayo ng Pamantasan sa hamon ng buhay. Dapat din matuto kayong magbigay ng buhay. Dapat ding natuto ring kayong magbigay ng buhay,” he said.

Dagohoy bade farewell to the graduates by referencing the Furious 7 soundtrack, “Go forth, my dear Thomasians, today new life awaits you. […] Congratulations and see you again.”

The graduates were conferred with Dominican crosses, which symbolize their mission outside the University.

The night concluded with the Ceremony of Light, a Rock of Ages-themed pyromusical display, and the traditional recessional parade through the Arch of the Centuries.

There were a total of 8,048 graduates this year, hailing from Sacred Theology (47), Philosophy (15), Canon Law (13), Medicine and Surgery (499), Pharmacy (698), Arts and Letters (900), Engineering (432), Science (563), Architecture (369), Commerce (981), Graduate School (300), Music (55), Nursing (455), Rehabilitation Sciences (241), Fine Arts and Design (423), Accountancy (577), Tourism and Hospitality Management (443), and Information and Computer Sciences (398).

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This year saw the pioneer batch of the English Language Studies program graduate, along with the first graduates of the newly-established Institute of Information and Computer Sciences.

by A.M. Cochico
Photo by Miguel Aquino



Artlets professor, 3 Thomasian alumni awarded Outstanding Rizaleños of 2018



Photo from Prof. Clarence M. Batan, PhD

A professor of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and three Thomasian alumni were granted Outstanding Rizaleños of 2018 last Tuesday, June 19.

Sociologist Clarence Batan, cardiologist Dr. Marilou de Jesus, nuclear medicine specialist Dr. Juan Torres, Jr. and painter Salvador Juban received the award during the seventh Gawad Rizal at SM Cherry Antipolo Event Center.

“I was honored to receive this recognition representing my province and in celebration of the 157th birthday our national hero, Jose Rizal,” Batan said in an online interview with TomasinoWeb.

He added: “I felt a sense of encouragement to continue doing good social science, both as a teacher and as a researcher in my chosen field – Sociology particularly in the realm of childhood and youth studies.”

The Binangonan native is the last director of the Research Cluster for Culture, Education, and Social Issues.

Specializing in Youth Studies, Batan also played a vital role in establishing the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education.

Meanwhile, Medicine and Surgery alumnus De Jesus is the incumbent president of the Philippine College of Physicians – Rizal Chapter and the Cardiovascular Unit Department of Clinica Antipolo Hospital.

Torres, who earned his medical degree in the University, is currently a diplomate of the American and Philippine boards of Nuclear Medicine and the Philippine Board of Internal Medicine. He is the former chairman and chief of Nuclear Medicine of the University.

Juban, a former student of the old College of Architecture and Fine Arts, was an apprentice of former National Artist for Painting Carlos Francisco.

Moreover, Batan stated that the award was a testimony of hard work, passion for teaching and research, love for the country and a celebration of God’s given talent.

“My Thomasian education is central to my being a social scientist and me being a Thomasian faculty and researcher have given me opportunities to share the mission of learning about the social world we live in, especially the fascinating world of our Filipino society,” Batan said.

Gawad Rizal is annually celebrated on June 19, in honor of the birth of national hero Jose Rizal.

The ceremony recognizes Rizaleños who excel in his or her field and is chosen as model citizens of the province of Rizal.—H. M. Amoroso

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UST aces June 2018 nursing boards



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



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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