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Dagohoy: Labanan ninyo ang mga higante ng buhay

MALUGOD na tinanggap ng Rektor ng Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas (UST) na si Very Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. ang 13, 100 na bagong Tomasino matapos nilang dumaan sa Arch of the Centuries, umaga ng Agosto 5.

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MALUGOD na tinanggap ng Rektor ng Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas (UST) na si Very Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. ang 13, 100 na bagong Tomasino matapos nilang dumaan sa Arch of the Centuries, umaga ng Agosto 5.

Sa kanyang homiliya sa misa para sa mga natatanging intensyon ng mga freshmen, igniit ni Fr. Dagohoy na hindi dapat pinapairal ng mga Tomasino ang “grasshopper mentality,” o ang pagmamaliit sa sarili sa harap ng mga balakid.

“We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes and we looked the same to them,” Sabi ni Fr. Dagohoy,  “[…] Do not commence your academic life with this grasshopper mentality. To think that you need the power of a superhero is not a good antidote to this depreciating attitude.”

Muling nagbigay payo si Fr. Dagohoy kaugnay sa mga hamon na kakaharapin ng mga freshmen sa kanilang pamamalagi sa Unibersidad.
“Truly here in UST, you will have to overcome the heat of the sun, the foul air of the city, the limitation of space, adaptation because of the rain and other inconveniences. You do not need to master all these elements and become an Avatar to survive your fears and realize your aspirations in life.”

Hinamon ni Fr. Dagohoy ang mga freshmen na labanan ang mga “higante ng buhay” dahil ang UST, ayon sa kanya, ay kung saan nabubuhay ang mga kampeon ng buhay at “ang almusal ng mga kampeon ay ang mga higante.”

“Undoubtedly you will encounter ‘giants’ here in the university […] but, you do not need to be a genius to survive UST’s academic rigors. You are good because you have bested 46, 290 applicants for Academic Year 2015-2016”

Ang taunang tradisyon na tinatawag na “Thomasian Welcome Walk” ay ginagawa upang kilalanin bilang mga ganap na Tomasino ang mga papasok sa kanilang unang taon sa Unibersidad sa pamamagitan ng pagpasok sa Arch of the Centuries, and orihinal na lagusan sa lumang kampus ng UST sa Intramuros.
Pagkatapos ng parada, tumutuloy ang mga estudyante sa UST Field para sa Banal na Eukaristiya bago magdiwang ng After Party sa Plaza Mayor.
Ang Pedicab, Sandwich, Yellow Jackets, Salinggawi, at iba pa ang magtatanghal sa After Party na inorganisa ng Central Student Council.
Kuha ni Johmar Damiles

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UST welcomes, pledges support for Lumads

The Thomasian community along with other progressive youth groups welcomed Lumads as they trooped to the University to voice out their call to end Martial Law in Mindanao, assuring them of support as “Bakwit School sa UST” commenced, Monday, Sept. 10.

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The Thomasian community along with other progressive youth groups welcomed indigenous peoples as they trooped to the University to voice out their call to end Martial Law in Mindanao, assuring them of support as “Bakwit School sa UST” commenced, Monday, Sept. 10.

UST Simbahayan Director Mark Anthony Abenir addressed the cultural minorities and said that UST “as a Catholic institution stands by the poor and the oppressed.”

“Ang UST bilang Katolikong pamantasan patuloy na naninindigan sa kapakanan ng mga mahihirap, ng mga naaapi at ng mga pinagsasamantalahan,” Abenir said as he welcomed Lumads for the second year of Lakbayan.

Despite the heavy downpour of rain, the “Salubungan” activity still pushed through with Lumads and Thomasians entering the Arch of the Centuries.

Meanwhile, UST Central Student Council (CSC) Secretary Robert Gonzales expressed support in ending Martial Law in Mindanao and assured the Lumads of the Thomasians’ continued assistance in rebuilding classrooms and other material support.

“Nakikiisa rin ang mga Tomasino upang ipaglaban at itaguyod ang paglaban natin para sa edukasyon. Tutulong kami sa abot ng aming makakaya upang itaguyod ang Lumad bakwit schools,” Gonzales said.

The UST CSC Secretary also added, “ipagpapatuloy namin ang pagsuporta sa mga paaralan ng mga Lumad sa pagpapatayong muli sa mga silid-aralan at iba pang suportang materyal. Ang paaralan ninyo ay paaralan rin namin.”

Moreover, cultural presentations were conducted including a performance by Tubaw, a reenactment by the Lumad students and a community dance together with Thomasians.

‘Buksan ang puso’t isipan’

Manilyn Gantangan, a grade 10 Lumad student, challenged Thomasians “to open their hearts and minds in what’s really happening in the society.”

“Hinahamon ko po ang lahat ng mga nakikinig na buksan po natin ang ating puso’t isipan at alamin natin ang totoong nangyayari sa ating lipunan,” Gantangan said.

Sr. Patricia Fox was also present and urged Thomasians to “hear what’s happening and listen to their story.”

“I think one of the problems is people are not hearing really about what’s happening there. So I think it’s great that the Thomasian community has accepted them, to listen to them and then get their stories out to others so that people know what’s happening,” Sr. Fox said in a chance interview with TomasinoWeb.

She also added that Lumads deserve “to live in peace and have a good education.”

“Well, I think they’ve got a just demand. Every young person should have a right to education. They have a right to be there to live in peace, to have a good education.” Sr. Fox said.

UST Save Our Schools (SOS) Networks volunteer Hannah Rondilla gave a solidarity message and asked the Thomasian community to heed the call to fight land-grabbing of ancestral lands.

“Makiiisa rin sana ang mga Tomasino upang tutulan ang pangangamkam sa mga lupaing ninuno at ipaglaban ang karapatan ng pambansang minorya para sa sariling pagpapasya,” Rondilla urged.

The said event will continue until September 17 in which various activities including Unity Walk, a peace forum and a grand solidarity night are expected to happen.

Last April 20, UST Simbahayan inked a partnership with alternative school for the Lumad as they commit to defend education and for the rehabilitation of school facilities.

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UST boosts performance in guidance counselor board exam

The University recorded a perfect passing rate in the August 2018 guidance counselor licensure examination.

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The University recorded a perfect passing rate in the August 2018 guidance counselor licensure examination.

UST improved to a 100-percent passing mark, with all four Thomasian examinees passed.

Last year, no Thomasian made it to the cut.

No Thomasian, meanwhile, made it to the top ten for this year’s licensure exam.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 307 out of 471 takers passed the board exam for guidance counselors. Rex Morales

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UST ika-apat sa mechanical engineering boards

Pagkatapos mapangalanang ikapitong top performing school noong nakaraang taon, umakyat sa ika-apat na puwesto ang UST sa Agosto 2018 mechanical engineer licensure examination.

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Pagkatapos mapangalanang ikapitong top performing school noong nakaraang taon, umakyat sa ika-apat na puwesto ang UST sa Agosto 2018 mechanical engineer licensure examination.

Nakakuha ang Unibersidad ng 87.18-porsiyentong passing rate, kung saan 102 mula sa 117 na Tomasinong kumuha ng pagsusulit ang nakapasa.

Subalit, ito ay mas mababa sa 88.24-porsiyentong passing rate kumpara sa nakaraang taon.

Walang Tomasino ang nakapasok sa listahan ng sampung nakakuha ng mataas na marka.

Ang Malayan Colleges Laguna naman ang nanguna sa nasabing board exam na may 94.74-porsiyentong passing rate.

Ayon sa Professional Regulation Commission, na 3,092 ang kalahatang nakapasa sa mechanical engineer licensure exam mula sa 5,084 na kumuha nito. H. M. Amoroso

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