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Padre Pio’s incorrupt heart relic brought to UST

The incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was brought to the University of Santo Tomas yesterday, October 8.



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The incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was brought to the University of Santo Tomas yesterday, October 8.

The UST community together with the Santisimo Rosario Parish and the priests and brothers from the Priory of Saint Thomas welcomed the relic in front of the UST Chapel.

A conference with the clergy and religious about the life and works of Padre Pio titled, “The Person, Priesthood and Spirituality of St. Padre Pio” followed where they were called to embody an ‘Ubuntu’ life.

Rev. Fr. Jojo Gonda, rector of the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, who led the conference said that, “Ubuntu, if we want to be happy, we’ll be happy together,” emphasizing the meaning of Ubuntu in a story in Africa as ‘I am because we are’ whereas our happiness is manifested in the happiness of others.

“Let’s have an Ubuntu life. I am because we are,” he added.

The conference was a challenge to all priests and religious to exemplify their duties as followers of the Church with Padre Pio as their role model.

Fr. Gonda gave importance to the physical, emotional, and spiritual conditions of the religious in order to fulfill their roles in the community and their love for the ministry.

“When we take care of ourselves, we take care of our community. If we don’t care or take care of ourselves, we are abusing the community we are serving because we cannot serve well,” he said.

While there are many trials that the society, especially the Church, is currently facing, the Rosary will serve as a weapon during these times.

“Don’t stop praying the Rosary, according to St. Padre Pio,” Fr. Gonda said and urged the religious to be the light in the midst of the darkness and problems that continuously arise.

The pain that wounded Padre Pio’s heart

After the conference earlier that day, it was followed by the Holy Hour and celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

In the healing mass at the UST Plaza Mayor, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, the mass presider, said in his homily that “Many of us have these stigmata too even if they not be in the right places.”

Bishop David said that “Stigma no longer had the neutral meaning that it had before. Modern English has assumed this Greek word in its vocabulary but has given it a very negative meaning […] Very much like unclean in the time of Jesus.”

Bishop David also said that the “modern equivalent in the Philippines” of the stigma are the drug suspects.

“It is probably the worst stigma that can be given as label to people who land in the drug watch list,” he added.

“This stigma can get people jailed or even killed. Then people just shake their heads with pity when they see their dead bodies in the street alley. And it takes just one toxic whisper to justify the murder. ‘Drug supect siguro ‘yan,’” he added.

“Unlike other criminals, Jesus bore a fifth mark, a fifth stigma, and that is the mark that pierced his heart,” said Bishop David.

Bishop David also stressed that, “The pain that Padre Pio experienced in his heart after that mystical experience is what we came here to reflect on today […] We’re not just here to venerate a relic. We are here to reflect on the priestly life of Padre Pio, and on that which wounded his heart to be so configured to the heart of Jesus, our Supreme High Priest.”

“Tiyakin natin na sa bawat pagpasok ng mga mananampalataya sa ating simbahan ay may apoy pa rin silang maiuuwi at maiibahagi sa kanilang kapwa,” said Bishop David to the religious priests, sisters and brothers attending the mass.

“Ang sakit na naramdaman ni Santo Padre Pio sa kanyang dibdib ay parang apoy na nag-alab sa kanyang puso […] ang hatid ni Padre Pio ay isang bagong apoy na nagdulot ng bagong init at bagong liwanag ng pananamplataya,” said Bishop David.

He added, “Hilingin nating siya ang maging inspirasyon nating lahat, sa pagpapari at sa buhay sagrado, upang manatiling maalab sa ating puso ang pag-ibig ni Kristo, at ang pagsisikap na maging tapat sa pag-ibig na ito na dulot ng ating karupukan at kataksilan.”

After the Holy Mass, Padre Pio’s heart relic was brought around the University for the procession back to UST Chapel where it was opened for public veneration until 5:30 am the next day.

After its farewell mass at UST Chapel, it will be brought to Manila Cathedral and will be opened for public veneration for 24 hours until Thursday.

Saint Pio de Pietrelcina, who is more commonly known as Padre Pio, is one of the most popular saints in the Roman Catholic Church who carried the stigmata (the wounds of Christ) which miraculously appeared on his body.

Padre Pio’s incorrupt body is on display in his hometown in San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy.

His incorrupt heart has been brought already to four countries and the longest stay will be here in the Philippines for 21 days.

2018 is also a significant year for Saint Padre Pio for it marks two milestones in his life: September 20 is the centennial anniversary of Padre Pio’s receiving of the stigmata and September 23 is his 50th death anniversary.

The said relic is set to be brought around to Cebu, Davao and Batangas.

By Kristine Erika Agustin & John Aaron Pangilinan



Thomasian notches top spot in October 2019 CPA licensure exams

Justine Louie Bautista Santiago notched the top spot after garnering 90.33 percent rate, leading the new batch of registered public accountants. 



A Thomasian ranked first in the October 2019 certified public account licensure examinations with five other Thomasians landing in the top 10.

Justine Louie Bautista Santiago notched the top spot after garnering 90.33 percent rate, leading the new batch of registered public accountants. 

Marc Angelo Galvez Santos placed fifth with a score of 89.17 percent, Bill Julius Lagman Ocampo ranked sixth with a rating of 89 percent, while Alyssa Nicole Dela Cruz Rosario placed ninth after gaining 87.50 percent. Lovely Alegre Dulay and Jhudge Perez Salaya shared tenth spot with 87.33 percent rate.

For two consecutive years, UST graduates topped October accountancy boards. In 2018, Lahaira Amy Cayog Reyes ranked first, and Alfonso Solomon Magno led the 2017 batch of new public accountants. 

Meanwhile, the University posted 57.32 percent passing rate or 227 out of 396 examinees passing the exam. This was lower than last year’s 76.82 percent passing rate or 285 out of 371 who passed the examination.

Only the University of the Philippines-Diliman made it on the list of top performing schools after garnering 84.21 percent passing rate or 76 out of 64 examinees passing since only schools having at least 50 examinees with at least 80 percent passing rate are included.

The national passing rate also slipped this year to 14.32 percent or 2,075 out of 14,492 examinees from last October 2018’s 25.18 percent passing rate or or 3,616 out of 14,358 examinees making it to the cut.



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“Kantahan sa Lansangan”: Thomasians organize benefit street gig for farmers

Progressive Thomasian students held a street performance event in commemoration of Peasant’s Month echoing the demand for better policies and the call to end the killing of farmers, Thursday, Oct. 17.



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Progressive Thomasian students held a street performance event in commemoration of Peasant’s Month echoing the demand for better policies and the call to end the killing of farmers, Thursday, Oct. 17.

The event “Kantahan sa Lansangan” was spearheaded by Anakbayan-UST to gather funds to aid farmers and be able to register the call by featuring spoken open mic performances and busking. 

Angelo del Rosario of Anakbayan-UST highlighted the benefit gig’s role in joining the plight of farmers in registering and asserting their rights. 

“Yung street gig na ito ay in support sa mga peasants natin. Gusto rin natin na makiisa sa laban ng mga magsasaka para sa mga iba’t-ibang karapatan nila […] at makakamtan natin sa pamamagitan ng tunay na reporma sa lupa,” del Rosario said. 

Peasant workers were also set to talk in the event to share their experiences which, however, did not push through due to heightened police presence in the area, citing safety and security concerns in line with the alleged spur of targeted killings of farmers.

Del Rosario also expressed his frustration in the surveillance of the local police in the area for the event: “Sobrang nakakafrustrate siya, kasi karapatan naman na mag-perform hindi lamang ipanawagan yung mga legitimate na calls ng mga magsasaka, [pati na] yung mga calls ng mga estudyante.”

He added: “Itong tinitiktikan tayo parang kumbaga ikino-consider tayong threat of security sa public. Well in fact, gusto kong sabihin na sila pa nga ang mas karapat-dapat bansagan bilang threat of security.”

Farmers burdened by rice tariffication law, militarization

Moreover, peasants’ rights group spokesperson lambasted the government’s policy of Rice Tariffication Law, saying that farmers’ rights, as the producers of the country, must be addressed by the government. 

Eddie Billolas, spokesperson of Katipunan ng Samahan ng Magsasaka – Timog Katagalugan, in an exclusive with TomasinoWeb, said: “Ang magsasaka ay tagapaglikha ng pagkain ‘yan. [Na] pakainin ang sambayanang Pilipino na walang bahid ng paglabag sa karapatan at dapat nga tugunan ang kanyang pangangailangan.” 

Billolas added that even though the law has already passed, farmers have no control on what they sell. He also implicated that the price of palay has deflated for as low as P9, making the local farmers suffer more in this current bill. 

A farmer from Mindoro, who had an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb, stated that there is an ongoing militarization which targets the farmers and also the indigenous people specifically the Mangyan tribe. He decided to disclose his personal information for  safety reasons.

“Sa kasalukuyan ay marami ang militar sa amin at ang mga katutubo ay dinadaya at sinasaktan. Pumili rin [sila] ng mga lugar na malapit sa tinitirhan ng mga katutubo at binabantayan sila,” he said. 

Pertaining to the Rice Tariffication Law, he stated that he wishes the government would hear their plights and make an action towards the dreadful situation of the local farmers. “Ang panawagan namin ay sana itaas manlang ang produksyon namin hinggil sa aming pinagkakakitaan tulad na lamang ng niyog, saging at kung ano pa,” he added. 


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Pagtuturo ng agham sa Filipino, isinulong

‪Isinulong ng ilang dalubhasa ang kasanayan sa wikang Filipino sa agham at pananaliksik sa idinaos na 2019 Pambansang Kumperensiyang Pang-agham: Masulong na Agham sa Wikang Filipino, Miyerkules, ika-17 ng Oktubre. ‬



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Isinulong ng ilang dalubhasa ang kasanayan sa wikang Filipino sa agham at pananaliksik sa idinaos na 2019 Pambansang Kumperensiyang Pang-agham: Masulong na Agham sa Wikang Filipino, Miyerkules, ika-17 ng Oktubre. 

“Ang pinakapangunahing layunin ng ating batas—ng ating konstitusyon—para sa wikang Pambansa ay gamitin ito bilang wika ng akademya—bilang wika ng pagtuturo—hindi lamang sa batayang edukasyon [kung hindi pati] sa lahat at buong sistema ng edukasyon sa Pilipinas,” wika ni Virgilio Almario sa kanyang talumpati sa bulwagan ng Thomas Research Aquinas Complex.

Ayon kay Almario, Pambansang Alagad ng Sining sa Panitikan at tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), layunin natin ngayon na gamitin ang wikang Pambansa sa mga usaping teknikal at maglikom ng mga salita mula sa Tagalog at iba’t ibang wikang katutubo ng Pilipinas upang ipantumbas sa mga teknikal na salitang Ingles.

“Hangga’t maaari ay magsimula na tayo talaga na gumamit ng Filipino [sa larangan ng agham] dahil puwede namang gamitin. Nakikita natin [ngayon na] kahit yung napakahirap na topics ay puwedeng gamitin ang Filipino…Mas maiintindihan yung ating pinaguusapan kung nasa Filipino, kaysa nag-iInglesan tayo [ngunit] hindi naman tayo nagkakaintindihan,” aniya sa isang panayam sa TomasinoWeb.

Hinimok din ni Almario ang lahat na maging mahilig sa wika at sa paggamit ng diksiyonaryo upang mapaunlad ang kaalaman sa agham at wikang Pambansa.

 Wikang Filipino bilang wika ng agham

“Naniniwala ako [na] higit tayong makukumbinsi na [ang] wikang Filipino ay wika rin ng agham,” ani Engr. Albert G. Mariño, deputy director ng Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute.

Ayon kay Mariño, maliit lamang na hakbang ang paggamit ng sariling wika ngunit malaki ang epekto nito sa pagsusulong ng kaalamang agham at teknolohiya.

“Masasabi kong higit na epektibo ang paggamit ng wikang Filipino… Sa aming karanasan, mas matututo at aktibo ang mga mag-aaral dahil higit nilang naipapahayag ang kanilang mga ideya at karunungan,” wika niya.

Nabangggit naman sa malayang talakayan ni Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero, Outstanding Young Scientist 2013 mula sa Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila, na hindi madali ang pagsasalin sa Filipino ng karamihan sa mga terminolohiyang ginagamit sa agham.

“Talagang ‘pag tinatalakay ko ang [agham], Ingles ang ginagamit ko. Ngunit ngayon parang masaya siya [kapag Filipino]. Kaya siguro sa pagtuturo ko ulit, paminsan-minsan susubukan kong ibigay yung lecture gamit ang [Filipino],” aniya.

Pinuna naman ng dalubgurong si Fortunato B. Sevilla III ang masyadong pagiging kritikal sa pagsasalin sa Filipino ng mga wikang ginagamit sa agham.

“Yung ‘alon,’ gagamitin sa ‘wave.’ Sakto naman ‘yon. So puwede nating sabihin [na ang lightwave ay] ‘alon ng ilaw,’” wika niya. “Kunwari [yung] ‘wavelength,’ literal nating gawing Filipino…‘haba ng alon.’”

Dagdag pa ni Sevilla, “Ang problema [ay] hindi lang tayo sanay [kasi] hindi natin ginagamit. Pero kung gagamitin lagi, matatanggap natin. Kung umpisahan natin ngayon at gamitin lagi, madaling tanggapin.”

Kasama sa mga nag-ambag ng panayam ay sina Dr. Rhodora V. Azanza, pangulo ng National Academy of Science and Technology at Dr. James Anthony C. Bautista at Dr. Marilyn A. Rimando ng UST Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences (RCNAS).

Ang 2019 Pambansang Kumperensiyang Pang-agham ay inorganisa ng RCNAS, Kolehiyo ng Agham, at Departamento ng Filipino ng UST, sa pakikipagtulungan ng KWF.

Ang Sentro ng Salin, sa pamamahala ng Departamento ng Filipino, ay una ring itinayo sa UST at kaisa-isa pa lamang sa buong Pilipinas.


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