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No USTe? UP, Ateneo, La Salle link arms vs. Marcos

One Twitter user said, “Sa Thomasian core values, may compassion. I just want to ask, nasaan na yung compassion na ‘yun?”

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Students from top universities in the country slammed on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the People Power Monument the stealthily burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (LNMB).

 

Joining more than 3,000 protesters, students from the University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), and De La Salle University (DLSU) carried signposts expressing their disapproval on the burial.

 

Presidents of the three universities were also present in the rally. UP Chancellor Michael Tan, Fr. Jett Villarin of Ateneo, and DLSU’s Jose Mari Jimenez come up on stage to show their support on the protest. “Tulungan nating gawing tama ang kasaysayan. Ang mga millenials ang magsusulat ng katotohanan.” said Tan. “Change is not coming. Change is here.”

 

La Salle Country Coordinator Br. Inigo Riola FSC encouraged the audience to be socially and politically involved. He said, “We should endeavor to retell our story. The oppression of the Martial Law shall not be forgotten. There can be no justice without accountability.”

 

Since the Supreme Court approved the burial of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery, UST did not release any statement regarding the issue. #MakeAStandUST

 

Despite the absence of an official representative from the University,activist groups,student councils and organizations made their stance on the Marcos burial through social media posts and taking part of the protest.

 

With the few number of Thomasians attending the rally, some students from the University took the social media — particularly Twitter — to encourage other students and officials to speak up on the issue with the hashtag #MakeAStandUST.

 

One Twitter user said, “Sa Thomasian core values, may compassion. I just want to ask, nasaan na yung compassion na ‘yun?”

 

Some tweeted, “Onting oras lang naman hinihingi. Marami tayong ginagawa pero sa sarili nating bansa na dapat pinaglilingkuran natin, wala tayong oras na maibigay.”

 

Someone also posted, “WALA MAN SINASABI MGA PARI NAMIN, PERO KAMING MGA ESTUDYANTE MERON.”

 

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Also present in the protest were students from other colleges and universities, including St. Scholastica’s College, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of the Asia and the Pacific.

 

Non-government organizations and groups not affiliated with any institution such as the Association of Law Students of the Philippines, ARYA Progresibo, Millennials Against Dictators, World March of Women-Philippines also joined the protest.

 

Former National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) chair Maria Serena Diokno emphasized the importance of understanding history.

 

“I want to remind the Supreme Court of their duty to uphold what is right. Iba ang ‘dapat’ sa ‘pwede.’” Diokno said.

 

“Handa po kaming (historians) umikot sa mga paaralan at komunidad upang lalong talakayin ang mga nangyari sa atin.” she added.

 

Singer Jim Paredes also told the youth present in the protest that the “old warriors […] are passing the torch to you.”

 

Noel Cabangon, Moonstar88, Bullet Dumas and other local acts performed to support the cause.
Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses in Malacanang spokesperson Bonifacio Ilagan expressed his appreciation for the large number of youth present in the protest.

 

“Yung henerasyon namin, konting-konti na lang kaming natitira. Kung ang kabataan ay nagpapakita ng commitment para ituloy-tuloy ang laban nang mapayapa, masaya kaming mawawala.” Ilagan said.T. Aquino, V. Ferreras

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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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