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PRESS RELEASE: AIESEC UST presents the Thomasian Global Village

AIESEC University of Santo Tomas, on its 4th year in the University, brings to you the Thomasian Global Village: Breaking Boundaries




AIESEC University of Santo Tomas, on its 4th year in the University, brings to you the Thomasian Global Village: Breaking Boundaries — an afternoon event filled with activities and cultural presentation that will satisfy the wanderlust in every Thomasian student.

With the ASEAN 2015 paving way for more opportunities for the Filipinos, the youth is becoming more enamored with the concept of Globalization and the interesting study of cultural complexities of other countries.

This August 1, AIESEC UST, in partnership with International Students Association (ISA), will bring the world to the Thomasians at the Quadricentennial Park wherein they can experience interacting with youth from other countries who are currently here in the Philippines for volunteer work for the projects of AIESEC UST and other universities.

Booths showcasing the best of European and Asian countries and cultural presentation, games and a fashion show will allow the Thomasians to know more about countries like Germany, Pakistan, Vietnam, Russia and Indonesia, among others.

Understanding and embracing cultural differences are the aims of this festive celebration of cultural diversity. “AIESECers” believe through this event, the Thomasian community may enjoy, learn, and appreciate the cultures of the world.

Satisfy your wanderlust, visit the Thomasian Global Village!



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AIESEC in the Philippines to launch first-ever National Global Village

It’s time to set sail and start your worldwide journey! AIESEC in the Philippines is back, and this time it’s national!



It’s time to set sail and start your worldwide journey! AIESEC in the Philippines is back, and this time it’s national!

For the first time, AIESEC in the Philippines will hold a National Global Village with a theme “Journey With A Why” wherein participants can experience a whole day of cross-cultural exchange, be given the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the world’s rich cultures, and embark on an adventure where opportunities to develop the world and improving one’s self awaits.

This August 31, AIESEC in the Philippines will bring the world much closer to the Filipino youth at Eastwood Mall Atrium wherein they can experience interacting with youth from other countries who are currently here in the Philippines for volunteer work for the projects of AIESEC Philippines and its local chapters from other universities.

Over 10 from other 120 countries in partnership with AIESEC are expected to participate in the event.

Organized by the largest youth-led organization AIESEC, the National Global Village encourages the next generation of Filipino game-changers to know their why as they take on their AIESEC journey, and build the foundations of a more Globally Competitive Philippines.

Experience what the world can offer you by visiting our cultural booths, having a taste of multi-cultural foods, sign up at our exchange booths, and have some fun because we’re going to have some cultural performances that will showcase the cultures of different countries.

Watch out for live performances from local bands such as The Clamshell Boxes, Paper Satellites, Sofa Sky, Crescent City, Mt. Lewis, and Submission PH!

In a world where misunderstanding takes place because of misinformation and ignorance of other people’s beliefs and values, AIESEC in the Philippines hopes to immerse the Filipino youth to the diversity of the world’s cultures to combat conflict and violence through understanding and embracing cultural differences.

The event is happening on the 31st of August 2019 at the Eastwood Mall Atrium from 11AM-9PM!

Let’s dream our why together, visit the National Global Village!

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PRESS RELEASE: Teatro Tomasino closes 40th year with “Kasaray Duma”

Teatro Tomasino is set to close its 40th season with Kasaray Duma: Mga Supling ng Sigwa, a production slated from May 2 to 5 at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium.



Teatro Tomasino, the official university-wide theater guild of the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, closes its 40th season with Kasaray Duma: Mga Supling ng Sigwa, a production slated on May 2-5, 2018 at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium of the UST Campus in España, Manila.

Guided by Banaag at Sikat, the theme for the theatrical year that encapsulates the organization’s brave pursuit of social awareness, truthful living, and enlightenment, Kasaray Duma: Mga Supling ng Sigwa is an apropos end to Teatro Tomasino’s ruby anniversary run.

A Tabsing Kolektib original penned by Palanca Award-winning writer, Eljay Castro Deldoc, Kasaray Duma: Mga Supling Ng Sigwa features the story of a proud island tribe threatened to be torn apart by greed, conflict, and a country that ignores their birthright, identity, and culture.

Using theater as its medium, Teatro Tomasino champions cultural and environmental preservation amongst its patrons through Kasaray Duma: Mga Supling ng Sigwa. With the production endorsed by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as part of its National Literature Month activities, the organization aims to open and promote the discourse on the place of Filipino ethnicity in a so-called progressive society.

To further this cause, Teatro Tomasino will donate a percentage of the production’s proceeds to Save Our Schools (SOS) Network, which works to build more schools for the Lumad people in Mindanao.

Teatro Tomasino’s staging is helmed by its alumnus, Arch. Carlos A. Buendia, Jr., who was also a former Artistic Director of the organization. He has previously worked with Castro in Para Kay B, the 2015 stage adaptation of the Ricky Lee novel of the same name.

The showtimes for Kasaray Duma: Mga Supling Ng Sigwa are at 10 a.m, 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on May 2 to 4, 2018, and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on May 5, 2018. Regular ticket price is PhP 200 but special discounts are offered for bulk purchases. For inquiries and reservations, please contact Sheila San Miguel (0947-268-7691) or Krystinn Ramos (0995-531-3542).

This stage production is partnered with Soundcheck, SkyJet Airlines, Trampoline Park and KFC Philippines. Visit Teatro Tomasino – UST on Facebook. Follow them on Twitter at @TeatroTomasino and Instagram at @teatrotomasino


Media Contact:
JC Ribuyaco
Social Media Manager, Teatro Tomasino – Kasaray Duma | 0917-624-3604


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PRESS RELEASE: Uphold truth! Defend press freedom!

Student publications, writers and media organizations of the University stand together to condemn attacks on press freedom.



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Photo by Alecsandra Go/TomasinoWeb.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a joint statement of student publications, writers and media organizations of the University.

We, student publications, writers and media organizations of the University of Santo Tomas, strongly manifest our unity with other media organizations in condemning the Duterte administration’s efforts to stifle press freedom in the country.

While freedom of speech, expression, and the press is protected by our Constitution, it is alarming that President Rodrigo Duterte himself—who has repeatedly shown contempt for human rights, rule of law, and checks and balances—is now going after the free press to silence and intimidate critics of his administration.

The revocation of Rappler’s certificate of registration by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the banning of their reporter from Malacañang is the latest and most blatant attack on press freedom—and it seems that these would not be the last.

Aside from Rappler, President Duterte also lambasted and threatened to order the closure of ABS-CBN and the Philippine Daily Inquirer during his Second State of the Nation Address for supposed biased reportage. The license renewal of at least 54 radio stations operated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, a staunch critic of the administration, is being blocked in the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, President Duterte’s support for pro-administration bloggers by their appointment to key government positions is a blatant ploy to allow them to manipulate public opinion and suppress dissent by spreading disinformation, attacking journalists online, and discrediting the media.

Despite the formation of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, the culture of impunity against journalists in the country still continues. It is perpetuated by none other than President Duterte himself, who has verbally assaulted journalists, catcalled female reporters and claimed corrupt journalists deserved to be killed.

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders declared the Philippines the “deadliest country” in Asia for journalists after recording four journalist killings in 2017. Local media groups such as the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism recorded the killings of six journalists in the first 16 months of the Duterte administration, along with eight attempted murders and death threats, and six major cases of threats from local officials and pro-administration bloggers.

Even the campus press is not safe from the state’s attacks: The College Editors Guild of the Philippines denounced last October the military and police surveillance, harassment, intimidation, and red-tagging of several member publications in Bicol, and several other campus journalists and activists.

Pro-administration blogger and Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson has publicly attacked the editors of Ateneo de Manila University’s Matanglawin for lampooning her in their satirical issue by posting their personal details on her Facebook page, making them vulnerable to online harassment.


We loudly decry President Duterte’s attacks on the press and the administration’s attempts to discredit the media with its active support in spreading online disinformation.

We strongly demand an end to the culture of impunity and violence against journalists and media workers in the country, and we will continue to seek justice for journalists killed in the line of duty.

We vehemently resist efforts to close down media outlets and organizations, which are nothing but blatant acts to stifle press freedom and silence dissent in the country.

To this end, we will continue to uphold the freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and the democratic rights of students, the youth, and the Filipino people in the face of an increasingly authoritarian regime.

We will continue to serve the people and stand for freedom, democracy, and most importantly, veritas: the truth.


Amierielle Anne Bulan
The Varsitarian

Philip Jamilla
Executive Editor

Noelle Aetana Malagkit
Chief Communications Officer

Joshua Carl Palomera
Thomasian Writers Guild

Mikkah Factor
The Flame

Mary Joy Abalos
La Stampa Tomasino

Ristel Mae Tagudando
The Purple Gazette

Patricia Lee Yanga
UST Journalism Society

Neal Andreu Tayco
UST Literary Society


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