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Thomasian innovation bested others in the Metro




     A mere escape from summer boredom hailed two Thomasian Engineering students victorious in the recent Manila Bay Cleanup Competition, launched by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) last April.

     Fourth year Electronics Communication Engineering (ECE) students John Beljoe Abao and Ariel Manalaysay outclassed seven other competing schools with their giant dustpan-like entry, which, according to them is based on simple logic and imagination and practically out of boredom during the vacation.

     Nung summer walang magawa, and opportunity din naman ‘yon,” Abao said, referring to the contest.

     With the theme “Innovative Engineering Solutions to the Manila Bay Garbage Problem,” the contest encouraged student participants to devise creative contraptions that may eventually be improved and produced by the MMDA.

     “It [the prototype] is V-shaped and it has a hole in the middle where a concrete storage is placed,” Abao said.

     With big waves in the bay, floating debris and trash will be swept into the chute and into the tank, “just merely collecting the trash into the bin.”

     Abao and Manalaysay found out about the competition through Network of Electronics Engineering Students (NECES), the mother organization of ECE. NECES, through its president Rikki Macolor, supported Abao and Manalaysay all throughout the contest.

     Sila pa lumalapit sa’min para dun sa contest. Kahit inaabot pa kami ng gabi,” Abao said.

     The Thomasian duo took three days of brainstorming, a day to formulate the concept paper, and only a span of two hours to construct the model. But despite the short amount of time, they were “confident” about their prototype

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     According to the duo, the edge of their prototype compared to others’ was the “feasibility to implement because of its simplicity.”

     The prototype brought to the defense is made up only of cardboard, masking tape, and illustration board, while other participants’ proposals were more technical and even made use of mathematical computations.

     The real inspiration behind the innovation, according to Abao, is the fulfillment of seeing his idea implemented to help improve the Manila Bay.

     Kuha lang ng kuha. When the opportunity comes, grab without hesitation,” Abao and Manalaysay said, advising the Thomasian community to be ready when opportunity knocks.

     According to an article by Inquirer, Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) Assistant Secretary Maria Catalina Cabral said that in choosing the winning design they looked for “innovation and engineering.”

     “The concept is doable. We saw there was potential for this to be built and developed. MMDA and DOST will make more studies to develop and make more improvements on this proposal,” Cabral added in the said article.

     The duo received P25,000 cash prize along with Certificate of Recognition.

     Other participating schools included Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Manuel L. Quezon University and Mapua Institute of Technology.

By Mia Rosienna P. Mallari and Romhelyn M. Benipayo
Photos courtesy of John Beljoe Abao



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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