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3,000 estudyante ng high school, sinalubong nang ‘di pumasok sa Arch of the Centuries

Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, hindi pumasok ng makasaysayang Arch of the Centuries ang estudyanteng freshmen ng UST Education High School (EHS), Junior High School (JHS) at Senior High School (SHS) bilang pagsalubong, taliwas sa taunan na pagpasok dito.

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Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, hindi pumasok ng makasaysayang Arch of the Centuries ang estudyanteng freshmen ng UST Education High School (EHS), Junior High School (JHS) at Senior High School (SHS) bilang pagsalubong, taliwas sa taunan na pagpasok dito.

Ang Welcome Walk ng mga Tomasino ay isang tradisyon para sa freshmen na nagsimula noong 2002 kung saan pumapasok sa arko ang mga mag-aaral.

Iginiit ng Pangkalahatang-Kalihim ng Unibersidad na si Rev. Fr. Jesus Miranda, Jr., O.P. na mayroon pang ibang paraan ng pagsalubong sa mga bagong estudyante bukod sa pagpasok sa arko.

“Ang pagsalubong sa mga estudyante papasok ng Unibersidad ay hindi kaagad nangangahulugang pagpasok sa Arch of the Centuries[.] Marami pang ibang paraan upang salubungin ang mga estudyante…maliban sa pagpasok sa Arch of the Centuries,” winika ni Miranda sa isang eksklusibong online na panayam ng TomasinoWeb.

Dinagdag niya: “Ang kinagawiang pagdaan sa [arko] at iba pang mga tradisyon ay para sa kolehiyo.”

Sa nakaraang taon, nagsabay na pumasok sa arko ang freshmen na mag-aaral ng JHS at EHS noong ika-2 ng Agosto samantalang sinabayan naman ng SHS ang mga estudyante ng kolehiyo noong ika-4 ng parehong buwan.

Idinaos, sa halip, ang isang seremonya ng pag-ilaw ng mga kandila sa pagsalubong na programang pinamagatang “ALAB 2018.”

Mahigit 3,000 na estudyante ng SHS ang dumalo sa salubong na nagmarka ng simula ng kanilang buhay bilang isang Tomasino ngayong taon.

Bukod dito, tinatayang 90 na mag-aaral ng EHS ang sumabay sa salubong. Humigit-kumulang 450 naman sa JHS.

Sa ALAB, nagkaroon muna ng orientation ang mga estudyante bago ang ipinalit na seremonya sa pagpasok sa arko, kung saan kaakibat ang pagsumpa sa “Oath of Commitment” na pinangunahan ng mga presidente ng bawat konseho ng EHS, JHS at SHS. Nagdaos ng misa pagkatapos.

Sandaling naantala naman ang simula ng programa dahil sa malakas na buhos ng ulan ng umagang iyon.

Ang pagsalubong sa mga estudyante ng EHS, JHS at SHS ng Unibersidad ay nakadepende sa nais nila at maaari pang mag-iba sa mga susunod na taon, ani Miranda.

Sinabi ni Miranda, gayunpaman, na hindi pa pinal ang desisyon kung ang ganitong programa, na siyang kapalit ng pagdaan sa arko, ay magpapatuloy o hindi sa mga susunod na taon.

Ang seremonya ng pagsindi ng kandila ay pinangunahan nila Rev. Fr. Ermito G. De Sagon, O.P., ang regent ng SHS; Fr. George Pe Mung, O.P., assistant regent ng SHS; at ni Fr. Rodel S. Cansancio, O.P., ang regent ng JHS.

‘A rite of passage’

Ang programa sa pagsalubong sa mga high school freshmen ay hindi ordinaryo ngunit isang “rite of passage,” ayon kay Rev. Fr. Pablo Tiong, O.P., ang Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs ng Unibersidad.

“Hindi lamang ito isang parada. Ito ay ‘rite of passage’ na nagmamarka ng mahalagang pangyayari habang ating ginagampanan ang kalooban ng Diyos. Itong paaralan ninyo, ito ay parte ng mas malaking bahagi ng buhay, isang biyaheng tutupad sa kalooban ng Diyos,” sinabi ni Tiong sa misa para sa freshmen ng high school.

Pinaalalahanan din niya na ang buhay ng mga estudyante bilang mga Tomasino ay “pang-araw-araw na laban para sa katotohanan.”

“Ang buhay Tomasino ay pang araw-araw na laban para sa katotohanan. Tayo ay nag-aaral ng mabuti upang mamuhay para sa katotohanan,” winika ni Tiong.

“Ang buhay Tomasino ay biyahe para sa katotohanan, panatilihin ninyong nagliliyab ang katotohanan sa inyong mga puso,” dinagdag niya.

Ginanap ang ALAB sa UST Quadricentennial Pavilion kaninang umaga, Huwebes, ika-2 ng Agosto.

Samantala, gaganapin sa ika-3 ng Agosto, ang orientation ng mga freshmen sa kolehiyo na pinamagatang “ROARientation.” Welcome Walk naman sa Agosto 6.

Kabilang sa Basic Education ang mga estudyante mula sa EHS, JHS at SHS. B. Laforga & J. A. Pangilinan

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Padre Pio’s incorrupt heart relic brought to UST

The incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was brought to the University of Santo Tomas yesterday, October 8.

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The incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was brought to the University of Santo Tomas yesterday, October 8.

The UST community together with the Santisimo Rosario Parish and the priests and brothers from the Priory of Saint Thomas welcomed the relic in front of the UST Chapel.

A conference with the clergy and religious about the life and works of Padre Pio titled, “The Person, Priesthood and Spirituality of St. Padre Pio” followed where they were called to embody an ‘Ubuntu’ life.

Rev. Fr. Jojo Gonda, rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, who led the conference said that, “Ubuntu, if we want to be happy, we’ll be happy together,” emphasizing the meaning of Ubuntu in a story in Africa as ‘I am because we are’ whereas our happiness is manifested in the happiness of others.

“Let’s have an Ubuntu life. I am because we are,” he added.

The conference was a challenge to all priests and religious to exemplify their duties as followers of the Church with Padre Pio as their role model.

Fr. Gonda gave importance to the physical, emotional, and spiritual conditions of the religious in order to fulfill their roles in the community and their love for the ministry.

“When we take care of ourselves, we take care of our community. If we don’t care or take care of ourselves, we are abusing the community we are serving because we cannot serve well,” he said.

While there are many trials that the society, especially the Church, is currently facing, the Rosary will serve as a weapon during these times.

“Don’t stop praying the Rosary, according to St. Padre Pio,” Fr. Gonda said and urged the religious to be the light in the midst of the darkness and problems that continuously arise.

The pain that wounded Padre Pio’s heart

After the conference earlier that day, it was followed by the Holy Hour and celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

In the healing mass at the UST Plaza Mayor, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, the mass presider, said in his homily that “Many of us have these stigmata too even if they not be in the right places.”

Bishop David said that “Stigma no longer had the neutral meaning that it had before. Modern English has assumed this Greek word in its vocabulary but has given it a very negative meaning […] Very much like unclean in the time of Jesus.”

Bishop David also said that the “modern equivalent in the Philippines” of the stigma are the drug suspects.

“It is probably the worst stigma that can be given as label to people who land in the drug watch list,” he added.

“This stigma can get people jailed or even killed. Then people just shake their heads with pity when they see their dead bodies in the street alley. And it takes just one toxic whisper to justify the murder. ‘Drug supect siguro ‘yan,’” he added.

“Unlike other criminals, Jesus bore a fifth mark, a fifth stigma, and that is the mark that pierced his heart,” said Bishop David.

Bishop David also stressed that, “The pain that Padre Pio experienced in his heart after that mystical experience is what we came here to reflect on today […] We’re not just here to venerate a relic. We are here to reflect on the priestly life of Padre Pio, and on that which wounded his heart to be so configured to the heart of Jesus, our Supreme High Priest.”

“Tiyakin natin na sa bawat pagpasok ng mga mananampalataya sa ating simbahan ay may apoy pa rin silang maiuuwi at maiibahagi sa kanilang kapwa,” said Bishop David to the religious priests, sisters and brothers attending the mass.

“Ang sakit na naramdaman ni Santo Padre Pio sa kanyang dibdib ay parang apoy na nag-alab sa kanyang puso […] ang hatid ni Padre Pio ay isang bagong apoy na nagdulot ng bagong init at bagong liwanag ng pananamplataya,” said Bishop David.

He added, “Hilingin nating siya ang maging inspirasyon nating lahat, sa pagpapari at sa buhay sagrado, upang manatiling maalab sa ating puso ang pag-ibig ni Kristo, at ang pagsisikap na maging tapat sa pag-ibig na ito na dulot ng ating karupukan at kataksilan.”

After the Holy Mass, Padre Pio’s heart relic was brought around the University for the procession back to UST Chapel where it was opened for public veneration until 5:30 am the next day.

After its farewell mass at UST Chapel, it will be brought to Manila Cathedral and will be opened for public veneration for 24 hours until Thursday.

Saint Pio de Pietrelcina, who is more commonly known as Padre Pio, is one of the most popular saints in the Roman Catholic Church who carried the stigmata (the wounds of Christ) which miraculously appeared on his body.

Padre Pio’s incorrupt body is on display in his hometown in San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy.

His incorrupt heart has been brought already to four countries and the longest stay will be here in the Philippines for 21 days.

2018 is also a significant year for Saint Padre Pio for it marks two milestones in his life: September 20 is the centennial anniversary of Padre Pio’s receiving of the stigmata and September 23 is his 50th death anniversary.

The said relic is set to be brought around to Cebu, Davao and Batangas.

By Kristine Erika Agustin & John Aaron Pangilinan

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Resists Silence–Thomasians, Progressive groups after AFP’s ‘red-tagging’

In a statement on Wednesday, LFS-UST, Anakbayan-UST, and UST CSC urges the Thomasian community to remain vigilant amidst red-tagging by AFP Deputy Assistant Chief for Operations Antonio Parlade Jr.

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“Resist silence possible efforts of silence.”

Progressive group, League of Filipino Students (LFS – UST), said in a statement on Wednesday after the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) released a list of schools, including UST, where communist rebels were allegedly recruiting to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte.

Dubbing President Duterte, the military and the current administration as terrorists, Michael Jusayan from LFS – UST said that Duterte is merely “Orchestrating and accelerating his own downfall amid the growing rage of the Filipino people against his fascist rule.”

“Nakikita kasi ng administrasyon na lumalaki na yung bilang ng mga Tomasino na nagiging kritikal sa gobyerno,” Jusayan told TomasinoWeb in an online interview.

“Habang mas lumalakas yung dissent ng Thomasian community sa gobyerno, mas lalong tumitindi rin yung pamamasista nito hindi lamang sa mga progresibong grupo ngunit pati na rin sa mga org[anization]s na pinipiling maging boses ng masang inaapi,” he added.

Furthermore, Kobe Baldomero from Anakbayan – UST, called the AFP’s allegations as a “tactic” of the administration scare the masses.

“Ito ay isang taktika ng administrasyon para takutin at linlangin ang masa, at supilin ang mga gumagalaw at nagsasalita laban sa kanya,” Baldomero told TomasinoWeb.

He added: Kinokondena namin ang mga taktikang nagdudulot ng mass panic. hinihikayat namin ang mga estudyante na patuloy magsalita ukol sa mga socio-political issues na umoopresa sa taong bayan. Sa panahong tayo’y pinapatahimik, tayo’y dapat mas lalong mag-ingay.

Earlier this week, the AFP revealed the communist rebels’ alleged plot to oust Duterte, with the military dubbing it as “Red October.”

According to Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr., deputy chief of staff of the AFP, the following schools are allegedly in collaboration with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to oust the president.

University of the Philippines – Diliman
University of the Philippines – Manila
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Ateneo de Manila University
De La Salle University
University of Santo Tomas
Adamson University
Far Eastern University
University of the East – Caloocan
University of the East – Recto
Emilio Aguinaldo College
Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
San Beda College
Lyceum of the Philippines University
University of Makati
Caloocan City College
University of Manila
Philippine Normal University

According to Parlade, some of the schools’ officials are unaware that their students are allegedly joining communist campaigns, called parents to caution their children against such organizations.

Santos: AFP allegation outrageous, verify your sources

Central Student Council (CSC) President Francis “Kiko” Santos condemns AFP’s inclusion of UST in the list of schools allegedly involved in “Red October.”

According to Santos, citing the University allegedly involved is “a huge allegation,” asks the AFP to verify their intelligence information.

“The recent red-tagging of the University by the Armed Forces of the Philippines is a huge allegation. Furthermore, it is an allegation that is outrageous, inappropriate, and questionable,” Santos told TomasinoWeb in an online interview

“I believe that as an institution, the AFP must do their due diligence to verify and to ensure the veracity of their intelligence information because it has now put the security of the students and of the university at risk,” he added.

Moreover, Santos called for Thomasians to stay vigilant in the recent events.

“I call on the students of the University to stay vigilant and report to university authorities any suspicious or unusual acts that may or may not be related to this incident,” Santos said.

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UST places fifth in the MedTech boards

The University of Santo Tomas is the fifth top performing school in the September 2018 Medical Technology Licensure Examination.

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The University of Santo Tomas is the fifth top performing school in the September 2018 Medical Technology Licensure Examination.

The University achieved a 96.49 percent passing rate, where 220 out of 228 Thomasians passed the examination.

This year’s performance improved compared to last year’s examination passing rate of 95.35 percent.

Meanwhile, four Thomasians landed on the top ten roster, led by the topnotcher Lorenz Masajo Barro with a mark of 92.10 percent.

He was followed by Rolter Lorenz Mispeñas Lee who placed second with 91.80 percent.

Harissa Katrina Reyes De Lara tied with Joanna Labajo Canen from Cebu Doctors’ University at the eight place with a 89.90 percent mark.

Jericho Maza Balauro placed tenth alongside Darlene Aclan Robante from Holy Name University with 89.70 percent.

Velez College, University of San Agustin, Trinity University of Asia, Saint Louis University and Cebu Doctors’ University are named as this year’s top performing schools, posting a 100 percent passing rate.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 4,718 out of 6,070 passed this year’s Medical Technology board exam.

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