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Militant student group decries death threat on SHS student amid activist crackdown

Prior to the death threat, the League of Filipino Students member had been receiving phone calls from the same number since Saturday, Dec. 2.

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Militant student group League of Filipino Students — UST (LFS-UST) has denounced a death threat sent to one of its members, a senior high school student, through an anonymous phone call received Dec. 4, Monday.

In a statement posted on the group’s Facebook page, LFS-UST detailed that a “much older man” told the student “maghanap ka na ng paglilibingan mo” in a call that lasted for one minute and 33 seconds.

The activist group rebuked the fatal warning given to its member, who requested to remain anonymous for security purposes.

“The League of Filipino Students-UST strongly condemns this lousy threat to our member in this time of crackdown on progressive organizations,” the post read.

The statement continued: “It is with great indignation that we find this threat during this time of political uncertainty.”

People bearing the names of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the United States Army were allegedly sending the student Facebook friend requests amid the threats.

Yesterday afternoon, 3:51 p.m., the student also received a Facebook password reset code through a text message, suggesting attempts to hack and access LFS-UST member’s account.

The account has since been recovered earlier today.

Prior to the Monday call, the threatened student had been receiving phone calls from the same number since Saturday, Dec. 2.

The call came from the number 09063168000, which is still unreachable as of updated press time. The same number also sent death threats to a member of poetry collective KM64 last Dec. 6.

Kabataan Patylist has included the case of the LFS-UST SHS member in its “crackdown bulletin” for Dec. 5 and Dec. 6.

Earlier today, LFS-UST posted an update containing a series of phone screenshots from its member, who received more threats through text messages last midnight sent from the same number.

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Progressive groups from other schools have reported similar cases of harassment and intimidation of their members by police and suspected military agents over the past months in the midst of the government’s crackdown on activists (READ: Anti-revgov protesters blocked from Mendiola on Bonifacio Day).

Following the collapse of the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), Pres. Rodrigo Duterte stated last Nov. 22 that he will order the arrest of progressive groups , which he referred to as CPP’s “legal fronts.”

The President has accused them of terrorism and conspiring with the New People’s Army (NPA), CPP’s armed wing.

“I will simply declare you all terrorists. Terorista kayo pati ‘yang mga legal front niyo,” he said, adding: “You are helping each other, conspiring to topple or whatever to sow terror.”

Yesterday, Nov. 5, the President signed Proclamation No. 374 declaring CPP-NPA as terrorist organizations. — with additional reports from P. Jamilla

by Angelika Ortega

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UST places 2nd top school in June 2022 architecture boards; three among top ten

UST registered an 88.24 percent passing rate or 255 out of 289 Thomasian examinees making the cut.

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The University ranked second among top-performing schools in June 2022 Architect Licensure Exam (ALE) with three Thomasians landing on the top ten highest scorers, results showed by the Professional Regulation Commission on June 22, Wednesday.

UST registered an 88.24 percent passing rate or 255 out of 289 Thomasian examinees making the cut. This is higher compared to the 87.94 percent passing rate from January 2022’s exams.

Gian Vincenz Dela Cruz led the new batch of Thomasian architects, placing second with an average of 81.90 percent.

Dela Cruz was followed by Thomasians Jam Scott Manalo and Oscar Kevin Castro who ranked fifth (81.50 percent) and ninth (81 percent), respectively.

The University of the Philippines Diliman was hailed as the top-performing school for the said boards, posting a 97.01 percent passing rate.

Meanwhile, the national passing rate for this month’s architecture boards rose to 63.72 percent with 3,037 out of 4, 766 examinees passing, higher than January 2022’s 62.13 percent where only 1,370 out of the 2,205 takers passed.

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UST maintains spot in QS world rankings

The University maintained its ranking since the year 2018.

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The University maintained its spot in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings released on Wednesday, June 8 with the rank of 801-1000.

The University maintained its ranking since the year 2018.

Among the top four Philippine universities, Ateneo de Manila University placed second with the rank of 651-700. Meanwhile, De La Salle University tied with UST in the 801-1000 bracket.

The University of the Philippines remained as the top university in the country despite its 13-spot decline in the world rankings, placing 412th globally.

UST received the rating in the following criteria: Academic reputation (10.8%), Employer reputation (23.9%), Faculty/Student ratio (15.4%), Citations per faculty (1.2%), International faculty ratio (40.3%), International student ratio (8.5%), International research network (12.1%), Employment outcomes (20.7%)

 

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Thomasian alumna sits among 8 new National Artists

Lim-Higgins is one of the eight newly-declared national artists this year and the 19th addition to the Thomasian roster of National Artists.

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Thomasian fashion designer Salvacion “Slim” Lim-Higgins has been posthumously declared a National Artist for Fashion on Friday, June 10.

Lim-Higgins is one of the eight newly-declared national artists this year and the 19th addition to the Thomasian roster of National Artists.

In 1940, she majored in painting in the then UST Department of Architecture and Fine Arts under the tutelage of fellow Thomasian National Artist, Carlos “Botong” Francisco.

One of her greatest hallmarks included Slim’s Fashion & Arts School founded in October 1960, the country’s first and oldest fashion school. In 1947, she established her atelier which was also named after her.

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In 1956, she completed an ensemble of a gray asymmetrical point terno which is one of her most famous pieces. The piece was acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

Slim’s son and Slim’s Fashion & Arts School co-director, Mark Higgins, sent the piece as it “best represented” his mother’s style at the peak of her career. 

“My mother talked about it all her life. It’s one of her masterpieces. It’s spontaneously sculpted on a human form. This is the ‘holy grail’ for designers to replicate. It is impossible to recreate it,” he said in an article from Lifestyle Inquirer. 

Meanwhile, the Vinta Gallery described it as “a complex terno dress with a geometric silhouette, origami-like side pleat and crinkled draping, all held together with only one seam.”

The Thomasian alumna is known for being one of the pioneers on modern ternos as well as her “structurally complex” and “theatrical” works on female couture. World-renowned luxury fashion designers Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga were her influences.

Lim-Higgins is the newest addition to the list of Thomasian National Artists which include Carlos Francisco, Nicomedes Joaquin, Victorio Edades, Vicente Manansala, Gerardo de Leon, Antonino, Buenaventura, Leandro Locsin, Rolando Tinio, Arturo Luz, Jeremias Elizalde Navarro, Ernani Cuenco, Daisy Hontiveros-Avellana, Francisco Sionil José, Ang Kiukok, Bienvenido Lumbera, Ildefonso Santos, Jr., Cirilo Bautista, José Marίa Zaragoza, and Francisco Mañosa.

Seven other national artists proclaimed this year were: Nora Aunor (film), Marilou Diaz-Abaya (film), Tony Mabesa (theater), Agnes Locsin (dance), Fides Cuyugan-Asencio (music), Ricky Lee (film), and Gemino Abad (literature).

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