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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.’

     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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‘Duterte regime falls deaf to people’s cries’ –CSC, LSCs

Central Student Council (CSC), along with the Local Student Councils (LSC), denounced President Duterte’s lack of COVID-19 response roadmap in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address yesterday, July 27. 

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Central Student Council (CSC), along with the Local Student Councils (LSC), denounced President Duterte’s lack of COVID-19 response roadmap in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address yesterday, July 27. 

“As we reflect upon the state of our nation, so stands our responsibility to address incompetence, the lack of national response from the administration in implementing the need for mass testing and systematic protocols in containing the virus, and its blatant value for militarization over medical solutions,” CSC’s said in a unity statement released yesterday. 

The councils demanded accountability from public officials such as Senator Kiko Pimentel, NCRPO chief Debold Sinas, and Malacañang spokesperson Harry Roque. 

They also called on lawmakers who created “rushed laws that impede fundamental humans rights and freedom of speech.”

‘This is not how democracy works’ 

As Thomasians, the council expressed that they “could no longer sit idly” and watch the government compromise and abuse the country’s freedom. 

“As President Duterte falls deaf towards the cries of his people, his self-serving and personal interests prevail,” CSC said. 

According to them, this is not how democracy works. 

“[I]t is our utmost responsibility that we use our voice to speak for the silenced and oppressed,” the council said. 

“[W]e will embody the resistance and furbish our strength until it extends to the majority of our fellow Filipinos, the true cradle of our sovereignty,” the council added. Paolo Alejandrino 

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Youth groups, student leaders file 14th plea vs anti-terror law

The University’s Central Student Council (CSC), along with different youth groups and student leaders, filed a petition that questions the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) before the Supreme Court yesterday, July 23. 

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The University’s Central Student Council (CSC), along with different youth groups and student leaders, filed a petition that questions the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) before the Supreme Court yesterday, July 23. 

“Members of these organizations continue to experience red-tagging, harassment, and intimidation from security forces for actively engaging in protests and different forms of advocacy work and for speaking out on the current administration’s policies,” their statement read.

The petition was filed by Atty. Dino de Leon on behalf of 16 youth organizations “to protect their members and their fellow youth from the dangerous provisions of the Act.” 

CSC, which was represented by Arts and Letters student Therese Ifurung, was joined by De La Salle University Student Government, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines – Diliman University Student Council, National Union of Students of the Philippines, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines.

Other youth-led and youth-serving organization co-petitioners were Kabataang Tagapagtanggol ng Karapatan, Youth for Human Rights and Democracy, Youth Act Now Against Tyranny, Millennials PH, Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan, Good Gov PH, Youth Strike 4 Climate Change Philippines, Liberal Youth of the Philippines, Aksyon Kabataan, La Salle Debate Society.

Earlier petitions were filed by a coalition of university law professors, human rights groups, labor unions, partylist blocs, constitutional framers Christian Monsod and Felicitas Arroyo, and retired justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio-Morales. 

Another petition is expected to be filed yesterday from the Bangsamoro sector, which is set to bring the total number of petitions to 15.

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Take part in SONA protest, student council presidents urge

University of Santo Tomas student leaders, along with different national organizations, urged the youth to participate in the nationwide protest for the incoming fifth State of the Nation Address of President Duterte on July 27.

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University of Santo Tomas student leaders, along with different national organizations, urged the youth to participate in the nationwide protest for the incoming fifth State of the Nation Address of President Duterte on July 27. 

“It is imperative that we take a stand on the different social issues that our country is currently facing,” Artlets Student Council acting president Paolo Jericho Manuel said during a webinar today, June 20.

Manuel said that democracy, development, and justice are compromised right now due to the government’s incompetence and misplaced priorities, citing the 11,000 ABS-CBN workers who lost their jobs and the signing of the “vague” Anti-Terrorism Act into law. 

Manuel stressed that there is an urgent need for government action in addressing the problem with the accessibility of education.

Department of Education records showed that six million students from last year failed to enroll for the incoming academic year 2020-2021. 

‘Evil move’ 

Central Student Council president Robert Dominic Gonzales called on the youth to stay vigilant in this time of injustices. 

Gonzales said that the passing of the Anti-Terrorism Law is an “evil move” by the government to silence its critics. 

“We will still be haunted by the horrors that this administration has caused,” he said. 

Gonzales also lauded the sacrifice of the frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic and encouraged the public to protect and support them. 

The webinar, “SONAgKAISAng Kabataan sa Paglaban,” was organized by the Youth Act Now Against Tyranny (YANAT). Raheema Velasco 

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