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Nartates: CSC chose not to join anti-Marcos protests for safety

UST was the only “Big Four” school which was absent during the Nov. 30 protest at the People Power Monument in Quezon City.

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Central Student Council (CSC) President Janela Love Nartates said that the council chose not to participate in the recent nationwide anti-Marcos protests to discourage other students from joining for their safety.

“‘Yung protest, hindi kami sumali, not because we are pro. We have a stand and we believe, the Central Student Council (sic). We are not encouraging students to go for the sake of their safety,” Nartates told TomasinoWeb at the sidelines of the CSC-led prayer vigil “Tomasino para sa Bayan.”

“We are hoping that the students will see that we are doing some actions for them to understand na we don’t need to go to protests to voice out our feelings. We can offer it peacefully,” she said.

She said that candle lighting and praying are much more peaceful alternatives to massive street protests like the ones which overthrew former dictator Ferdinand Marcos and ousted former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.

“We try to make another kind of movement, like lighting the candles and praying for the Philippines. Just because we didn’t go there, doesn’t mean na wala kaming pake,” she said.

UST was the only “Big Four” school which was absent during the Nov. 30 protest at the People Power Monument in Quezon City.

UP Chancellor Michael Tan, Ateneo de Manila University President Fr. Jett Villarin, and De La Salle Philippines President Jose Mari Jimenez went onstage in solidarity with the protest.

However, some Thomasians joined the protest along with students from UP, Ateneo and La Salle. Together with other activists, they formed a 3,000-strong contingent on White Plains Avenue.

LACK OF STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

The CSC was expecting most students from the University to join the prayer vigil and candle lighting ceremony, however, only around 50 students joined the gathering.

“On the actions of the [Thomasian] community, somehow kulang pa. Like the prayer today, we are planning to have another segment pa, para makita ng students na may ginagawa regarding the issues, not just the Marcos burial, but other issues that affect our country,” said Nartates.

Central Board of Students spokesperson Nykko Bautista lamented that Thomasians cannot be mobilized even for a simple prayer vigil.

“Mapapansin natin na kahit nag-start na ‘yung Central Student Council, nag-call na for action, kahit simpleng prayer lang, wala masyadong pumunta, prayer rally na nga lang. Bakit hindi pa rin sila pumunta, kahit simple na nga lang siya? Apathy is something na mahirap i-address,” said Bautista.

However, it can be recalled that Thomasians spontaneously mobilized on Nov. 18, the same day of the stealthy burial of Marcos. Thomasians also assembled at Plaza Mayor on Nov. 25 before marching to Mendiola and joining the large protest at Luneta. Calls were also made for Thomasians to join the Nov. 30 rally at the People Power Monument.

Bautista remains positive that the school administration will soon make a stand on national issues such as the burial of Marcos.

“If the students can show it to the administration, that we are united, meron tayong stand, they might entertain the idea of releasing a statement.”

UST remains mum on the issue of the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. -V.A., T.A.

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UST aces November 2019 nursing boards

The University posted a perfect passing rate in the November 2019 licensure examinations for nurses with 16 Thomasians in the topnotchers.

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The University posted a perfect passing rate in the November 2019 licensure examinations for nurses with 16 Thomasians in the topnotchers.

Jarwin Vincent Lumauig led the new batch of 338 Thomasian nurses after placing third in the topnotchers with 88.40-percent score.

Jana Aryn Apolinar and Phil Justine Soriano took the fourth spot with 88.20 percent score, followed by Bennette Salazar and Sheline Tumaliuan at placing fifth with 88 percent

John Reynel Tamayo placed sixth with 87.80 percent, and Maria-Jayne Lerma, Yannah Mae Loyola, and Jireh Li Piñol at ninth with 87.20 percent score.

John Howell Diric, Aaron Kyle Enriquez, Nicson Madulid, Patricia Dianne Melo, Clarice Gabrielle Sanchez, Arabelle Mae Tiu, and Marie Abigail Turingan all placed in the tenth spot with 87-percent rate.

Shaina Kei Watanabe of Davao Doctors College, Inc. topped the exams with a rating of 89.60 percent.

The University took the top spot along with Saint Louis University with all 191 examinees passing, and the De La Salle Medicine and Health Sciences Institute with all 67 examinees passing.

The national passing rate improved to 55.20 percent or 7,627 out of 13,816 examinees making it to the cut from last year’s 39.98 percent or 4,811 out of 12,033 passing.

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Paskuhan opening pushes through despite ‘Tisoy’

The University’s annual Paskuhan festivities kicked-off despite storm warning signal number 2 raised over Metro Manila due to typhoon Tisoy Monday, Dec. 2.

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The University’s annual Paskuhan festivities kicked-off despite storm warning signal number 2 raised over Metro Manila due to typhoon Tisoy Monday, Dec. 2.

According to UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Jesus Miranda, O.P., the Paskuhan opening would have been moved to Dec. 10 if weather becomes unpredictable.

“It can be moved on December 10 sana. Pero again it was not moved,” the secretary-general told TomasinoWeb.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso led the opening of the Harry Potter-themed Christmas décor around the campus and expressed his gratitude to the University in achieving a ‘vibrant Manila’ again.

“Thank you, UST. And hopefully we can continue to work together, the government, the institutions, [private coroporations], at tao. Sana talaga magtuloy-tuloy talaga ang Manila to be vibrant again,” Domagoso said in his video in Manila Public Information Office.

Vice-Mayor Honey Lacuña also attended the opening ceremonies.

Aside from the free food and fireworks, a drone light show was also held at the open field, a new addition in this year’s Paskuhan opening.

According to the Central Student Council (CSC), this year’s Paskuhan theme is “Unto us a Child is born” from Harry Potter and winter wonderland.

They urged the Thomasian community to support the upcoming Paskuhan activities.

The UST Christmas concert will be on Dec. 5 and 6 while the Paskuhan concert will be on Dec. 20, 2019. R. Velasco

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UST slips in September 2019 teachers boards

The University placed fifth top-performing school in the September 2019 elementary level licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and sixth in secondary level, while a Thomasian landed in the tenth spot of the elementary teachers boards.

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The University placed fifth top-performing school in the September 2019 elementary level licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and sixth in secondary level, while a Thomasian landed in the tenth spot of the elementary teachers boards.

In the elementary level, UST dropped to fifth spot from being a top-performing school for five consecutive years despite having a higher passing rate from 86.78 percent last year to 88.60 percent this year or 101 out of 114 examinees passing the exams. 

From fourth last year, the University landed sixth in the secondary level top-performing schools after posting a rating of 88.57 percent or 155 out of 175 exam takers from last year’s 91.94 percent.

Alexa Maria Andrea Manlutac shared the tenth place of the elementary level topnotchers with 11 others with a rating of 89.80 percent. 

Kezia Ambag of Philippine Normal University-Mindanao, Joshua Canseco of Mindanao State University-General Santos, and Anjo Literatus of Saint Mary’s College-Tagum led the new batch of elementary teachers after garnering a rate of 92.60 percent.

Marlou Camano of University of Mindanao-Kidapawan took the top spot in the secondary level LET after scoring 93.40 percent.

University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum was named this year’s top-performing school for the elementary level with 96.07-percent passing rate, while the University of the Philippines-Los Baños topped in the secondary level with 98 percent passing rate.

The national passing rate for elementary teachers increased to 31.34 percent or 28,973 out of  92,440 examinees passing the exams from last year’s 20.29 percent or 18,409 out of 90,750 examinees.

In the secondary level, the national passing rate dropped to 39.68 percent, or 54,179 out of 136,523 examinees from last year’s 48.03 percent, or 60,803 out of 126,582 exam takers. A. Basa

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