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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.

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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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‘Duterte regime falls deaf to people’s cries’ –CSC, LSCs

Central Student Council (CSC), along with the Local Student Councils (LSC), denounced President Duterte’s lack of COVID-19 response roadmap in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address yesterday, July 27. 

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Central Student Council (CSC), along with the Local Student Councils (LSC), denounced President Duterte’s lack of COVID-19 response roadmap in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address yesterday, July 27. 

“As we reflect upon the state of our nation, so stands our responsibility to address incompetence, the lack of national response from the administration in implementing the need for mass testing and systematic protocols in containing the virus, and its blatant value for militarization over medical solutions,” CSC’s said in a unity statement released yesterday. 

The councils demanded accountability from public officials such as Senator Kiko Pimentel, NCRPO chief Debold Sinas, and Malacañang spokesperson Harry Roque. 

They also called on lawmakers who created “rushed laws that impede fundamental humans rights and freedom of speech.”

‘This is not how democracy works’ 

As Thomasians, the council expressed that they “could no longer sit idly” and watch the government compromise and abuse the country’s freedom. 

“As President Duterte falls deaf towards the cries of his people, his self-serving and personal interests prevail,” CSC said. 

According to them, this is not how democracy works. 

“[I]t is our utmost responsibility that we use our voice to speak for the silenced and oppressed,” the council said. 

“[W]e will embody the resistance and furbish our strength until it extends to the majority of our fellow Filipinos, the true cradle of our sovereignty,” the council added. Paolo Alejandrino 

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Youth groups, student leaders file 14th plea vs anti-terror law

The University’s Central Student Council (CSC), along with different youth groups and student leaders, filed a petition that questions the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) before the Supreme Court yesterday, July 23. 

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The University’s Central Student Council (CSC), along with different youth groups and student leaders, filed a petition that questions the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) before the Supreme Court yesterday, July 23. 

“Members of these organizations continue to experience red-tagging, harassment, and intimidation from security forces for actively engaging in protests and different forms of advocacy work and for speaking out on the current administration’s policies,” their statement read.

The petition was filed by Atty. Dino de Leon on behalf of 16 youth organizations “to protect their members and their fellow youth from the dangerous provisions of the Act.” 

CSC, which was represented by Arts and Letters student Therese Ifurung, was joined by De La Salle University Student Government, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines – Diliman University Student Council, National Union of Students of the Philippines, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines.

Other youth-led and youth-serving organization co-petitioners were Kabataang Tagapagtanggol ng Karapatan, Youth for Human Rights and Democracy, Youth Act Now Against Tyranny, Millennials PH, Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan, Good Gov PH, Youth Strike 4 Climate Change Philippines, Liberal Youth of the Philippines, Aksyon Kabataan, La Salle Debate Society.

Earlier petitions were filed by a coalition of university law professors, human rights groups, labor unions, partylist blocs, constitutional framers Christian Monsod and Felicitas Arroyo, and retired justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio-Morales. 

Another petition is expected to be filed yesterday from the Bangsamoro sector, which is set to bring the total number of petitions to 15.

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Take part in SONA protest, student council presidents urge

University of Santo Tomas student leaders, along with different national organizations, urged the youth to participate in the nationwide protest for the incoming fifth State of the Nation Address of President Duterte on July 27.

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University of Santo Tomas student leaders, along with different national organizations, urged the youth to participate in the nationwide protest for the incoming fifth State of the Nation Address of President Duterte on July 27. 

“It is imperative that we take a stand on the different social issues that our country is currently facing,” Artlets Student Council acting president Paolo Jericho Manuel said during a webinar today, June 20.

Manuel said that democracy, development, and justice are compromised right now due to the government’s incompetence and misplaced priorities, citing the 11,000 ABS-CBN workers who lost their jobs and the signing of the “vague” Anti-Terrorism Act into law. 

Manuel stressed that there is an urgent need for government action in addressing the problem with the accessibility of education.

Department of Education records showed that six million students from last year failed to enroll for the incoming academic year 2020-2021. 

‘Evil move’ 

Central Student Council president Robert Dominic Gonzales called on the youth to stay vigilant in this time of injustices. 

Gonzales said that the passing of the Anti-Terrorism Law is an “evil move” by the government to silence its critics. 

“We will still be haunted by the horrors that this administration has caused,” he said. 

Gonzales also lauded the sacrifice of the frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic and encouraged the public to protect and support them. 

The webinar, “SONAgKAISAng Kabataan sa Paglaban,” was organized by the Youth Act Now Against Tyranny (YANAT). Raheema Velasco 

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