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Paskuhan proceeds on the road to ‘forever’ despite rain

Rain did not thwart the thousands who mobbed the campus yesterday, Dec. 18, to celebrate the annual Paskuhan festivities which sparked a social media buzz with the hashtag #PaskuhanForever.
Themed “A Thomasian Celebration of Christmas and Jubilees of Mercy and the 800th Dominican Foundation Year”, the Paskuhan coincided with the Order of Preachers’ 800th Jubilee celebration and the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

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Armed with umbrellas, the crowd at this year’s Paskuhan watch the much-awaited six-minute fireworks display. Photo by Agatha Imbao.

Rain did not thwart the thousands who mobbed the campus yesterday, Dec. 18, to celebrate the annual Paskuhan festivities which sparked a social media buzz with the hashtag #PaskuhanForever.

Themed “A Thomasian Celebration of Christmas and Jubilees of Mercy and the 800th Dominican Foundation Year”, the Paskuhan coincided with the Order of Preachers’ 800th Jubilee celebration and the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Kleggy Abaya of Banda ni Kleggy

Banda ni Kleggy performs at the Practice Gym during the Paskuhan concert. Photo by Johmar Damiles.

This year’s performers were bands Gracenote, Moonstar88, Banda ni Kleggy, Callalily and 6Cyclemind who rocked the night away with their hit songs during the main concert.

Jensen and the Flips UST Paskuhan Preconcert

Jensen and the Flips perform at the Paskuhan pre-concert. Photo by Johmar Damiles.

Jensen and the Flips and Thomasian-bred bands Autotelic, MilesExperience and Where’s Ramona showcased their talents during the pre-concert event in the afternoon. (LOOK: Photos from the Paskuhan Pre-concert)

The much-awaited six-minute fireworks display which ended the night was tagged as “the best fireworks display” on social media and left a visibly pleased crowd despite the rain. (LOOK: Photos of the Paskuhan fireworks display)

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Panasonic lit up the Main Building for Paskuhan with a 3D video projection. Photo by Johmar Damiles.

A three-dimensional video mapping on the Main Building, a first in any university in the country, was made possible by Panasonic and a team of Thomasian alumni.

Last minute tweaks

Bad weather brought by Typhoons Nona and Onyok prompted University administrators to squeeze the original two-day celebration into one day to ensure everyone’s safety.

UST Rector Very Rev Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. lead the Eucharistic celebration to officially open the Paskuhan celebration at the Quadricentennial Pavillion. However, the traditional Panunuluyan was not staged this year.

The weather also brought changes in the venues. The concert was staged at the Practice Gym for the first time.

Sharing dreams

Dagohoy Paskuhan 2015 Mass

UST Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy leads the Paskuhan mass at the Quadricentennial Pavillion. Photo by Bea Junsay.

Dagohoy highlighted Joseph’s low-profile approach in accomplishing his mission of taking acre of Mary and Jesus and told mass-goers that “The greatest gift you can give to another this Christmas is to share with them our dreams.” (LOOK: More photos from the mass)

He also stressed that it should be more important for the Thomasians to thank God and to be worried “whether there would be a mass rather than fireworks.”

At the end of the mass, Dagohoy said that there is learning in everything that Thomasians do because UST is an academic institution.

The Central Student Council and Student Organizations Coordinating Council together with the Tomasian Cable Television, presented this year’s Paskuhan.

Paskuhan is an annual tradition of the University since 1991. –Vince Ferreras and Caryl Manabat 

More Paskuhan photos here.

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UST welcomes, pledges support for Lumads

The Thomasian community along with other progressive youth groups welcomed Lumads as they trooped to the University to voice out their call to end Martial Law in Mindanao, assuring them of support as “Bakwit School sa UST” commenced, Monday, Sept. 10.

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The Thomasian community along with other progressive youth groups welcomed indigenous peoples as they trooped to the University to voice out their call to end Martial Law in Mindanao, assuring them of support as “Bakwit School sa UST” commenced, Monday, Sept. 10.

UST Simbahayan Director Mark Anthony Abenir addressed the cultural minorities and said that UST “as a Catholic institution stands by the poor and the oppressed.”

“Ang UST bilang Katolikong pamantasan patuloy na naninindigan sa kapakanan ng mga mahihirap, ng mga naaapi at ng mga pinagsasamantalahan,” Abenir said as he welcomed Lumads for the second year of Lakbayan.

Despite the heavy downpour of rain, the “Salubungan” activity still pushed through with Lumads and Thomasians entering the Arch of the Centuries.

Meanwhile, UST Central Student Council (CSC) Secretary Robert Gonzales expressed support in ending Martial Law in Mindanao and assured the Lumads of the Thomasians’ continued assistance in rebuilding classrooms and other material support.

“Nakikiisa rin ang mga Tomasino upang ipaglaban at itaguyod ang paglaban natin para sa edukasyon. Tutulong kami sa abot ng aming makakaya upang itaguyod ang Lumad bakwit schools,” Gonzales said.

The UST CSC Secretary also added, “ipagpapatuloy namin ang pagsuporta sa mga paaralan ng mga Lumad sa pagpapatayong muli sa mga silid-aralan at iba pang suportang materyal. Ang paaralan ninyo ay paaralan rin namin.”

Moreover, cultural presentations were conducted including a performance by Tubaw, a reenactment by the Lumad students and a community dance together with Thomasians.

‘Buksan ang puso’t isipan’

Manilyn Gantangan, a grade 10 Lumad student, challenged Thomasians “to open their hearts and minds in what’s really happening in the society.”

“Hinahamon ko po ang lahat ng mga nakikinig na buksan po natin ang ating puso’t isipan at alamin natin ang totoong nangyayari sa ating lipunan,” Gantangan said.

Sr. Patricia Fox was also present and urged Thomasians to “hear what’s happening and listen to their story.”

“I think one of the problems is people are not hearing really about what’s happening there. So I think it’s great that the Thomasian community has accepted them, to listen to them and then get their stories out to others so that people know what’s happening,” Sr. Fox said in a chance interview with TomasinoWeb.

She also added that Lumads deserve “to live in peace and have a good education.”

“Well, I think they’ve got a just demand. Every young person should have a right to education. They have a right to be there to live in peace, to have a good education.” Sr. Fox said.

UST Save Our Schools (SOS) Networks volunteer Hannah Rondilla gave a solidarity message and asked the Thomasian community to heed the call to fight land-grabbing of ancestral lands.

“Makiiisa rin sana ang mga Tomasino upang tutulan ang pangangamkam sa mga lupaing ninuno at ipaglaban ang karapatan ng pambansang minorya para sa sariling pagpapasya,” Rondilla urged.

The said event will continue until September 17 in which various activities including Unity Walk, a peace forum and a grand solidarity night are expected to happen.

Last April 20, UST Simbahayan inked a partnership with alternative school for the Lumad as they commit to defend education and for the rehabilitation of school facilities.

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UST boosts performance in guidance counselor board exam

The University recorded a perfect passing rate in the August 2018 guidance counselor licensure examination.

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The University recorded a perfect passing rate in the August 2018 guidance counselor licensure examination.

UST improved to a 100-percent passing mark, with all four Thomasian examinees passed.

Last year, no Thomasian made it to the cut.

No Thomasian, meanwhile, made it to the top ten for this year’s licensure exam.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 307 out of 471 takers passed the board exam for guidance counselors. Rex Morales

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UST ika-apat sa mechanical engineering boards

Pagkatapos mapangalanang ikapitong top performing school noong nakaraang taon, umakyat sa ika-apat na puwesto ang UST sa Agosto 2018 mechanical engineer licensure examination.

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Pagkatapos mapangalanang ikapitong top performing school noong nakaraang taon, umakyat sa ika-apat na puwesto ang UST sa Agosto 2018 mechanical engineer licensure examination.

Nakakuha ang Unibersidad ng 87.18-porsiyentong passing rate, kung saan 102 mula sa 117 na Tomasinong kumuha ng pagsusulit ang nakapasa.

Subalit, ito ay mas mababa sa 88.24-porsiyentong passing rate kumpara sa nakaraang taon.

Walang Tomasino ang nakapasok sa listahan ng sampung nakakuha ng mataas na marka.

Ang Malayan Colleges Laguna naman ang nanguna sa nasabing board exam na may 94.74-porsiyentong passing rate.

Ayon sa Professional Regulation Commission, na 3,092 ang kalahatang nakapasa sa mechanical engineer licensure exam mula sa 5,084 na kumuha nito. H. M. Amoroso

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