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Medicine and Surgery, Pharmacy reign as Ideal Thomasian Personalities [Updated]

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     MISTER Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and Miss Faculty of Pharmacy were hailed victors of the 2013 ‘The Search for the Ideal Thomasian Personalities’ (TSITP) Coronation Night held last March 1 at the Plaza Mayor.

     “For me, as a graduating student, this doesn’t mean the end, but rather a beginning of a new chapter. What Pope Benedict XVI did was to inspire others to begin a new chapter,” Katrina Marie Torno, Ms. Pharmacy, answered.

     “What I expect from the next pope is to be inspired and to do better [than] what Pope Benedict XVI has done,” she continued.

     “We should not be hindered by this and we should look forward because despite this setback, we are still Catholics and we are still Christians on a mission to follow the word of God,” Jose Carlos Teves, Mr. Medicine and Surgery, said.

     “[Hopefully, the next pope] would continue to promote the mission of God and that would ultimately unite all of the Catholics and follow the word of God,” he continued. Including this year, the male representatives of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery triumphed for three consecutive years.

     The top five pairs answered the question, “How did the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI affect your faith as a Thomasian and what do you expect from the next pope?”

     Christian Cocjin of the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Annica Siy of the College of Science were awarded first runner-up. Meanwhile, Jon Jeoffrey Junio of the College of Nursing and Mary Angelique Manto of the Faculty of Arts and Letters garnered the second runner-up spot.

     Third runner-up placers were Bennedictine Marin of the College of Fine Arts & Design and Mohanna Moya of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Completing the list of top 5 finalists were Christoffer Samarista of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Anna Joy Putchero of the College of Tourism & Management.

     Special awards were given before the question and answer portion. Ms. CTHM, Mr. Med, and Mr. CTHM were awarded the ‘Best in Uniform.’

     ‘Best Essay’ award was given to Mr. CFAD and Ms. College of Nursing. Unfortunately, Tiffany de Vega of the College of Nursing was not able to attend the Coronation Night.

     Alfred Panugao and Jeane Janeo, both representing the College of Architecture, won ‘Mr. and Ms. Talent,’ respectively. The two also won ‘Best in Theme Wear.’

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     The star-studded panel of judges included celebrity chef Hasset Go, lifestyle columnist Harold Geronimo, designer Eric Pineda, ‘A Secret Affair’ director Ruel Crisostomo Naval, internet sensation Kimpoy Feliciano, and entrepreneur and ‘Warrior Princess of Peace’ Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman.

     Pageant beauties in the likes of Miss Philippines Earth-Air 2010 Rene McHugh, Miss Universe 1984 third runner-up Desiree Verdadero-Abesamis, and Thomasian Pride Janine Tugonon, the Miss Universe 2012 first runner up, were also part of the panel.

     Judges UST alumna Emil Morales from Red Images and cosmetic surgeon Dr. John Cenica, host of ‘What’s Up Doc?’ sponsored the second set of special awards.

     ‘Mr. and Ms. Red Images’ went to Mr. and Ms. Pharmacy. Moreover, Mr. CTHM and Ms. Architecture, won the Mr. and Ms. ‘Joncen Award.’

     ‘Mr. Congeniality’ was awarded to Mr. Faculty of Engineering and ‘Ms. Congeniality’ was given to Ms. College of Science. Meanwhile, Mr. AMV-College of Accountancy and Ms. Faculty of Arts and Letters received the ‘Most Photogenic’ award.

     With the help of TomasinoWeb, the TSITP was able to name Mr. Faculty of Engineering and Ms. College of Architecture as the ‘People’s Choice’ awardees.

     Mr. College of Nursing and Ms. College of Science were given the ‘Best Casual Wear’ award. Concluding the last set of special awards, Mr. Faculty of Pharmacy and Ms. College of Science received the ‘Best in Formal Wear.’

     For their final walk, last year’s TSITP candidates graced the stage along with the 2012 Ideal Thomasian Personalities, Ms. Mary Toribio and Mr. Byron Hontiveros.

     Ms. Janine Tugonon, former Ms. UST, was surprised that the Faculty of Pharmacy was ready for a presentation celebrating her victory. “It’s an honor to be a Thomasian,” she said.

Performances
     Hype Street Dance Champion Juvenile Crew, Cheermania All-Stars, and UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe entertained the crowd with their dance numbers. USTeMundo also livened up the audience.

     Meanwhile, Thomasian Idol Julia Mella serenaded the audience with her rendition of Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ and ‘California King Bed.’

By Marleen Y. Peroz and Mia Rosienna P. Mallari
Photo taken by Rosana Marie A. Lafuente

 

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Thomasians promote youth engagement in nat’l affairs

Several Thomasians from different youth organizations pushed for the inclusion of youth participation in shaping the country in an online protest on Thursday, Jan. 21. 

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Online youth protest, "“Sulong Tomasino!: First Day Fight!” streamed via League of Filipino Students-UST official Facebook page on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Several Thomasians from different youth organizations pushed for the inclusion of youth participation in shaping the country in an online protest on Thursday, Jan. 21. 

Rights for Education representative Jay Santos stressed that the academe should also join the youth in this agenda. 

“[S]a panahon natin ngayon at  sa kasaysayan pa ng ating bansa, kinikilala natin ang kahalagahan ng papel ng kabataan sa paglahok at pahubog ng ating lipunan, at dapat katuwang natin dito ang ating paaralan,” she said.

According to Santos, the continuous suppression of the academe towards students also mirrors the government’s way of silencing its critics. 

Meanwhile, journalism major and one of the petitioners of the controversial Anti-Terror Law Mark Geronimo, encouraged the youth to use different social media platforms to educate and criticize the government. 

“[Y]ung mga platforms katulad ng Twitter, Facebook gamitin natin ito para mag educate at mag criticize sa mga maling gawain ng gobyerno,” Geronimo said.

Despite receiving several threats from online trolls, Geronimo still urged the youth to educate themselves in the current issues faced by the country. 

The online protest titled “Sulong Tomasino!: First Day Fight!” was streamed last Jan. 21 at the official Facebook page of League of Filipino Students – UST.

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SHS student barred from enrollment; admin cites code of conduct violation as basis

According to LFS–UST, Senior High School (SHS) Student Council Head Councilor Shoti Ampatuan was given a show cause notice due to his affiliation with Anakbayan–UST SHS, which resulted in his dismissal from his position and denial of his good moral certification.

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The University barred a student officer from enrolling next academic term after allegedly violating the Student’s Code of Conduct, the League of Filipino Students (LFS)–UST disclosed on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

According to LFS–UST, Senior High School (SHS) Student Council Head Councilor Shoti Ampatuan was given a show cause notice due to his affiliation with Anakbayan–UST SHS, which resulted in his dismissal from his position and denial of his good moral certification.

Ampatuan told TomasinoWeb that the alleged violation pertains to PPS 1027 of the Code of Conduct, which states that “students shall join only organizations duly recognized by the University.”

In his response to the show cause notice released last year Nov. 17, Ampatuan clarified that the evidence used against him was for the movement calling for academic ease in light of the three typhoons that hit the country between Oct. 25 to Nov. 12.

“I would like to clarify that I did not intend to deliberately violate the Code of Conduct of the University. As such, I apologize for any misunderstanding that my post may have caused,” he said.

He also defended his affiliation with Anakbayan, saying that it helped him be fully educated on social issues, and provided him an avenue to speak up against injustice and equality which, according to him, is among the many things the University has taught him.

“I believe that we are in a critical time in our nation’s history, and that due to this, the youth should be given the opportunity to further amplify their voices,” Ampatuan said.

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LFS-UST urged the university administration to reverse its decision, firmly stressing that universities “should be an avenue for free speech, and not repression.”

“We call on the admin to overturn their decision and to uphold students’ democratic rights and be one with their students in their fight for quality education, human rights, and accountability for the Duterte regime’s criminal negligence,” the organization said.

‘A form of hypocrisy’

In a statement posted Thursday, Anakbayan-UST SHS described the said rule as “a form of hypocrisy” and questioned the administration’s actions.

“They utterly stated that the student violated the Code of Conduct due to their membership to a mass organization while hundreds of students […] are members of NGOs. Why pinpoint this student and this student only?” Anakbayan-UST asked.

“Why not instead of silencing and filing these resolutions because of the studentry [sic] wanting to be vocal, listen to what they say,” the organization added.

This is not the first time the University prohibited a student activist from SHS from enrolling and receiving good moral certification.

In February 2018, a group of SHS students were denied good moral certificates after staging a silent protest inside the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. (BGPOP) building over the implementation of the K-12 program and the e-books system.

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Faculty of Medicine remembers professor Lorenzo Magat, 60

The UST – Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (FMS) expressed their grief over the passing of Dr. Lorenzo Magat in an online eulogy on Thursday, Jan. 7. 

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Dr. Lorenzo "Chito" Magat (Photo from UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery website)

The UST – Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (FMS) expressed their grief over the passing of Dr. Lorenzo Magat in an online eulogy on Thursday, Jan. 7. 

Magat died last Dec. 30 at the age of 60. He is an alumna of the University and a professor at the UST-FMS, where he taught microbiology and clinical pathology. 

Former adviser to the National Task Force for COVID-19 and UST alumna Dr. Tony Leachon described him as a “silent yet caring” friend. 

“He was a good friend of many. Silent lang yung style niya,” Leachon said. 

Earlier on Jan. 2, Leachon also took to Facebook his sorrow over Magat’s death. 

“Today we gather to mourn as one, ensuring your memory will never be undone. In loving memory of the one we love and honor, may your brightness always shine down from above,”  Leachon said. 

One of Magat’s former students recalls him as a “kind and passionate professor,” someone who encouraged them to study and understand medicine in a deeper sense to become great doctors someday. 

Several colleagues also flocked online to extend their condolence and sympathy to Magat’s family.

“[H]e was our clinical pathology resident before. I [will] always remember his smile,” the post read. 

The community mass was streamed online in the UST-FMS official Facebook page last Jan. 7 followed by a novena and a eulogy.

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