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Paskuhan concert attracts crowd, overwhelms bands




     RUMORS foretelling the end of the world failed to discourage people from flocking to the University of Santo Tomas as the Paskuhan festivities culminated last December 21, 2012, attracting over 70,000 people.

     Paskuhan 2012: Pagdiriwang ng Pananampalataya featured the annual Paskuhan parade, concert, and the perennial fireworks display.

     This year’s celebration promoted thanksgiving and devotion, as it coincides with the Catholic Church’s celebration of the “Year of Faith.”

     The concert was opened by performances from the UST Yellow Jackets, Thomasian Idol season 2 finalists with season1 champion Jessamae Gabon, SoundCheck 2012 champion 3/4 Band, and UST alumni band Flooza.

     Thomasians and visitors alike flocked to the Open Field for the main concert to watch performances from 2 Years Apart, Silent Sanctuary, Letter Day Story, Join the Club, December Avenue, Mayonnaise, Paraluman, Spongecola, Urbandub, and Radioactive Sago Project.

     The fireworks display was set at 9 PM as 2012 hit songs like “Somebody That I Used to Know,” “We Found Love,” “Gangnam Style,” “Titanium,” and “Payphone” chimed in tune. The pyromusical exceeded six minutes.

     The Growling Tigers was given a tribute during the program. It served as an opportunity for them to thank their fans for the support they received for the current University Athletics’ Association of the Philippines and recent Philippine Collegiate Champion’s League seasons.

     “Thankful kami dahil nakapag-pasalamat kami sa mga fans namin at sa buong UST community,” said Jeric Fortuna in an interview with TomasinoWeb.

     Jeric Teng also felt “very flattered” with the opportunity given to them in front of the Paskuhan crowd. “Thank you to all who supported us.”

Thankful bands
     The guest bands were all thankful of the Thomasian crowd. They felt overwhelmed with the enthusiasm the audience have.

     The enthusiastic crowd sang along to the bands’ hits like “Rebound,” “Nobela,” “Jopay,” “Bitiw,” “First of Summer,” and “Astro.”

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     “Sobrang saya ng crowd. Sobrang nag-enjoy kami sa pagtugtog,” Sarkie Sarangay, vocalist of Silent Sanctuary, said. “Sana next year makatugtog ulit kami.

     According to Monty Macalino of Mayonnaise, the band really waited to be invited in a Paskuhan concert and the experience they had was “very, very touching.”

     “There’s something warm among Thomasians. When they like what they’re hearing, they’re response is tatayo sila kahit di sabihing gawin nila ‘yun.

     Paskuhan first timer Radioactive Sago Project was the last to perform but did not feel if the Thomasians were tired. Band vocalist and media personality Lourd De Veyra jokingly said about the crowd’s energy, “Nakakagulat… Inaantok na yung mga yan, SponegeCola pinunta nila rito.

     Other band vocalists, like Dex Yu of Letter Day Story and Zel Bautista of December Avenue, praised the way the event was organized. Bautista said that compared to the previous Paskuhan concerts, this year was “more fun and more relax.”

     Even with these comments, Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC) Public Relations Officer Catherine Ceñal said that for her, there is no perfect event.

     “The planning was really fun because we were really excited on how the students will react with the set of bands we had for them,” Ceñal added. “We are also thankful for everyone behind the Paskuhan: the Office of the Secretary General, the Office for Student Affairs, the Central Student Council, and the student organizations [among many others].”

     Ceñal also thanked Fr. Roberto Pinto of the Facilities Management Office and their two directors, Mr. Tonton Africa and Ms. Faye Martel-Abugan.

By Juan Miguel G. Villon, Richard Benjamin E. Chua, Mia Rosienna P. Mallari
Photo taken by Sheena Jean T. Leonardo



CSC welcomes interim officers

The University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council (UST-CSC) announced on Sunday, Sept. 13, the new set of interim officers in Central Board for the academic year (AY) 2020-2021.



Photo courtesy of Hector Armando Sarion, Carl Christian Lumberio, and Montgomery Alexander Tan

The University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council (UST-CSC) announced on Sunday, Sept. 13, the new set of interim officers in the Central Board for the academic year (AY) 2020-2021.

CSC acknowledged three new faces in provisionally handling the position of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, and Secretary-General.

On May 21, The University’s Commision on Elections postponed both local and central student council elections for the AY 2020-2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their resolution declared all non-graduating incumbent officers as interim officers until elections are rescheduled. 

Hector Armando Sarion from the College of Education Student Council was elected as the Interim Speaker, Carl Christian Lumberio from the College of Commerce and Business Administration Student Council as the Interim Deputy Speaker, and Montgomery Alexander Tan from the Accountancy Student Council as the Secretary-General.

In an interview with TomasinoWeb, Sarion said that one of the challenges he expects during his term as the Interim Speaker is the gap that online classes create for the Thomasian students.

“[I]t’s not just a matter of internet connectivity, but also the inclusivity and accommodation of the diverse learners in our university. It’s the main call that we leave no student left behind,” Sarion said.

Sarion also said that the new CSC will continue the projects concerning the University’s Student Code.

“[W]e would always do our very best on having updates from the officials and progress back from the past academic year wherein we had meetings concerning the students’ code,” Sarion stated.

In addressing the challenges of online classes, Lumberio said that the approach must be “get and about,” in which the officials would engage with the student body and take the time to assess issues and problems.

“The key lies in making a more conscious effort to be present, that there is someone who will be pertinacious in standing firm in upholding and protecting the rights and welfare of the whole Thomasian Community,” Lumberio told TomasinoWeb.

For Tan, prompt assistance to every student is one of his leadership agendas.

“One of my plans for our term is the ‘Students’ Help Desk.’ Based on my observation, a lot of students are having a hard time reaching the different UST offices for their urgent concerns,” Tan said.

According to Tan, he wants the students to feel his leadership despite the pandemic.

“It has always been my motto that ‘actions speak louder than words.’ I will not promise empty words but rather bring about results that will eventually benefit the whole community,” Tan said. “Therefore, I want the studentry to feel my leadership through my actions and results.”

Sarion, Lomberio, and Tan succeeded Lady Freyja Gascon, Lorenzo Gabriel Banayo, and Sean Matthew Sison respectively.


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Student organizations slam Pemberton pardon

Three University student organizations expressed their dissent over President Duterte’s Sept. 7 decision granting U.S Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton absolute pardon. 



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Three University student organizations expressed their dissent over President Duterte’s Sept. 7 decision granting U.S Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton absolute pardon. 

“We strongly condemn the absolute pardon granted by the president as it is a clear depiction of the selective justice in the Philippines, which has little to no regard for human rights,” UST Hiraya’s Sept. 9 statement read. 

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On Oct. 11, 2014 Jennifer Laude was found dead naked on the floor of a comfort room in Celzone Lodge. Her autopsy report indicated that she died due to “asphyxia by drowning.” 

Pemberton served less than six years in prison after being convicted of homicide in December 2015. He was originally sentenced to six to 12 years in prison which was reduced to 10 years in 2016. 

“Pemberton must be jailed in New Bilibid Prison to serve his rightful sentence,” League of Filipino Students (LFS) – UST said on Twitter.

Pemberton’s release was ordered by Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde. She ruled that the American serviceman has served his maximum jail term with good conduct and time allowance credits. 

“No amount of good conduct will be enough to redeem Pemberton’s gruesome murder of Laude six years ago, and this act of cowardice by the administration screams injustice not only to the Laude family, but also to the LGBTQ+ community,” TomasinoWeb’s statement read. 

Both LFS – UST and TomasinoWeb echoed that Pemberton’s release is a “disregard towards basic human rights.”

A call for safe spaces

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According to Hiraya, Pemberton’s absolute pardon is a “repulsive manifestation” of the country’s disregard for human human and transgender rights. 

“[S]etting a murderer free would only reinforce the systemic discrimination and violence pervasive in our country,” Hiraya said. 

Hiraya highlighted the need for a strengthened law that will protect Filipinos from crimes and violence based on gender convictions. 

They also stressed that this is the “high time to champion” safe spaces for all through legislative and judiciary measures.

The government confirmed yesterday, Sept.11, that Pemberton was already undergoing the process of deportation to the United States. Jose Ama Rosario 


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SHS code of conduct bans recording of online classes

“Video or audio recording of the virtual activity using any type of gadgets or taking any screenshots, photos, audio of class activities without permission from participants is prohibited,” the conforme reads. 



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The Senior High School Department of the University released a Code of Conduct banning the sharing of video lectures without permission from the participants during online classes. 

“Video or audio recording of the virtual activity using any type of gadgets or taking any screenshots, photos, audio of class activities without permission from participants is prohibited,” the conforme reads. 

According to the memo, video recording of lectures may be done with the permission of the teacher for the sole purpose of learning, and such recording cannot be shared to students outside the class. 

The memo also forbids the students from publicly posting photos, videos, and audio recording of activities on social media without prior approval from all the participants. 

Last Sept. 2, a video circulating on social media showed a professor lecturing a student about rape and embracing her father as “a gift from God” despite raping and assaulting her. 

In separate incidents, a viral post also revealed a professor asking students why they enrolled when they’re having connectivity issues in the first place, while another one exposed a teacher berating a student due to delayed response

CSC backs complaints

Central Student Council President Robert Gonzales assured the Thomasian community on Sept. 3 that they are taking necessary steps to address and assist the issue of the circulating video online. 

To give an update, we (together with the class officers, local student councils, & societies) are currently taking action and assisting the involved sections in filing formal complaints,” Gonzales said on Twitter. 

He reminded everyone to be “prudent” in sharing materials online and that the best way to proceed in case such things happen is by filing formal complaints.

“I understand the frustrations brought upon by the different scenarios but let us also be prudent when it comes to posting/publicly sharing these videos so as to avoid repercussions on our end. It is still best for us to proceed with the proper avenues of filing complaints,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales urged both students and teachers alike that “extending compassion is a must when it comes to online classes.”

He also reiterated that student councils and department societies are ready to help on issues regarding online classes.


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