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Simbahayan: UST to support Lumad struggle

The Simbahayan Community Development Office asserted the University’s support for the Lumad struggle as it welcomed Lumads in UST in an advocacy forum and cultural presentation at the Benavides Auditorium, Friday, Nov. 6.

“Napagkaisahan po natin na susuportahan ng Pamantasan ang mga kapatid nating Lumad dahil ang kanilang adhikain ay atin ding adhikain bilang Katolikong Pamantasan,” Asst. Prof. Mark Anthony Abenir, DSD said in the forum.

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The Simbahayan Community Development Office asserted the University’s support for the Lumad struggle as it welcomed Lumads in UST in an advocacy forum and cultural presentation at the Benavides Auditorium, Friday, Nov. 6.

Napagkaisahan po natin na susuportahan ng Pamantasan ang mga kapatid nating Lumad dahil ang kanilang adhikain ay atin ding adhikain bilang Katolikong Pamantasan,” Asst. Prof. Mark Anthony Abenir, DSD said in the forum.

Abenir, who is also Simbahayan director, said that through the forum Thomasians may “realize what they can do [for the Lumads] as individuals and members of the University.”

Rev. Fr. Gallardo Bombase, Jr. O.P. of the Dominican Province of the Philippines Commission on Justice, Peace, and Care of Creation said the forum would help Thomasians hear firsthand about the Lumad situation.

“[Ang magagawa ng UST] as of now, is campaign in support for Lumads, tapos bilang isang Thomasian community, makarating ito sa kinauukulan, lalo na sa gobyerno,” Bombase told TomasinoWeb.

Over 700 individuals from Non-Muslim and non-Christian indigenous Mindanaoan tribes, commonly referred to as Lumads, are converging in Metro Manila from Oct. 25 to Nov. 22 to seek justice for Lumad killings and the continuing militarization and plunder of resources in Mindanao.

As part of the University’s advocacy, Simbahayan, UST Rotaract – Pharmacy Unit and the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines arranged a Lumad forum and cultural presentation entitled “Dialogue of Life: Our Continuing Journey with the Anawim (Rural Poor)”.

Abenir also told TomasinoWeb that UST could not hold a Lumad campout similar to that of the University of the Philippines’ (UP) Kampuhan ng Manilakbayan sa Diliman as the University’s network “is to the Catholic churches.”

He added that UST’s contribution is with other Catholic networks and that “UP has its own way of advocating for the Lumads.”

Other activities in line with this are a month-long photo exhibit and a gift-giving program at Liwasang Bonifacio to be held on Nov. 15.

Lumad leaders Dionel Campos and Datu Juvello Sinzo, and Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development, Inc. (ALCADEV) school director Emerito Samarca were murdered on Sept. 1, allegedly by members of the paramilitary group Magahat-Bagani.

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UST remains sixth top school in November 2019 civil eng’g boards

The University remained as the sixth top-performing school for the second straight year in the November 2019 civil engineering licensure examinations. 

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The University remained as the sixth top-performing school for the second straight year in the November 2019 civil engineering licensure examinations. 

The University posted 81.86 percent passing rate or 176 out of 215 examinees passing the exams. 

This was a bit higher from last year’s score of 81.04 percent or 171 out of 221 examinees.

No Thomasians entered the topnotchers in this year’s exams.

Lou Mervin Tristan Mahilum of the University of San Carlos took the top spot with a rating of 93.25 percent.

Carlosa A. Hilado Memorial State College-Talisay was hailed as this year’s top-performing school after scoring 98 percent or 48 out of 50 examinees.

Meanwhile, the national passing rate declined to 43.18 percent or 6,510 out of 15,075 exam takers from 45.09 percent, or 6,262 out of 13,887 examinees in the last year’s exams.  

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‘Sexual violence is display of power, rooted from injustice’

Thomasian feminist scholars asserted that sexual violence is a “matter of making [a] person powerless so [one] can feel powerful” and is deeply rooted from perceived injustice of earlier sexual abuse during the “Say No: A Talk on Consent and Violence Against Women” held at the Central Laboratory Auditorium yesterday, Nov. 6.

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Thomasian feminist scholars asserted that sexual violence is a “matter of making [a] person powerless so [one] can feel powerful” and is deeply rooted from perceived injustice of earlier sexual abuse.

Asst. Prof. Rhodora Lynn Lintag-Tababa, a sociology professor from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, said during her talk about gender-based violence that sexual violence results from the idea of a person being more powerful and has more advantage than others during the “Say No: A Talk on Consent and Violence Against Women” held at the Central Laboratory Auditorium yesterday, Nov. 6.

“[This] violence is coming from the idea that in the first place, ‘I believe I am more powerful. I have more advantage over you,’ so some people have the tendency to really discriminate and undermine other people and practice their power, and therefore can result to harassment and violence,” according to Lintag-Tababa.

Lintag-Tababa said that the explanation as to why sexual harassment is rampant up to this time is because “personal is political.”

“’Away mag-asawa ‘yan. LQ ng mag-jowa ‘yan. Wala tayong pakialam diyan because that’s personal,’… That is being used by the society [to not] actually look into the matters of the women who are being abused,” she said. “Because it is something personal.”

Women’s issues and concerns, according to her, are often disregarded, treated as petty or irrelevant, and considered as a personal matter in which no one should interfere.

Lintag-Tababa mentioned American sociologist C. Wright Mills’ concept of sociological imagination which identifies the personal as a reflection of something greater or wider political issues.

“The personal should be political. That is the cry. That is the statement. That should be the slogan that should empower women,” she said.

Matter of sexual control

“Rape is a legal term [and] not a medical entity. It is a crime of violence. […] Rapists use sexual violence to dominate and degrade their victims and to express their own anger,” Asst. Prof. Ma. Georgina Manzano of College of Nursing said.

According to Manzano, rape is perpetrated not because of the sexual urge but because when a person’s self esteem is threatened, he or she projects the feeling of being helpless and powerless to the victim.

“It is an issue of having power and control…It is not about having sexual urge towards the person [who is] wearing bikini. [It is when a] person sees the woman as a vulnerable individual. He might take over the ability of [the woman] to fight or protect herself,” she said during the open forum.

“The abuser or the rapist may have [had] some childhood experiences that could have triggered this kind of aggression towards another person,” she added.

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Manzano emphasized that in social media, when men see pictures of women in revealing clothes, the initial reaction is not to have control over the latter through force or threat but is attributed to the Philippine culture in which women are expected to wear Maria Clara clothes.

“It starts with you, and it will end with you,” Tababa said. “Violence starts with you, especially if you are not aware that you are actually harassing or doing something that is already promoting violence against women […] It will also end with you if you will do something about it.”

The event “Say No: A Talk on Consent and Violence Against Women” was organized by the Thomasian Debaters Council, in partnership with UST Hiraya, Fotomasino, Tiger Media Network, and TomasinoWeb.

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Thomasians dominate top ten of psychometrician boards

Fourteen Thomasians landed on the top ten of the October 2019 psychometrician licensure examinations with the University being named as the third top-performing school.

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Fourteen Thomasians landed on the top ten of the October 2019 psychometrician licensure examinations with the University being named as the third top-performing school.

The University accumulated an average of 96.74 percent or 178 passers out of 184 examinees passing the exams, higher than last year’s 88.02 percent.

Darlene Angela Ilagan led the new batch of Thomasian psychometricians placing third with an average of 86.00 percent, followed by Michelle Angela Arellano, Catherine Manansala and Jean-Clarence Perias ranking fifth with an average of 85.60 percent.

Cyrille Ann Patrice Chua took the seventh spot with 85.20 percent mark, followed by Lejandro Raevino Toledo placing eight with an average of 85.00 percent mark

Alexandra Michaela Carmen, Mark Allen de Lara, Samantha Isabelle Soliven, Micah Victoria Tan, Julianne Khryztelle Torres, Cristina Gaspar Callagan and Angel Letun Hilario all took the ninth spot with 84.80 percent average.

Cristina Gaspar Callagan and Angel Letun Hilario tied at the tenth place with 84.60 percent average.

The Ateneo de Manila University emerged as the top-performing school having a perfect percent passing rate with all 57 examinees passing the exams.

The national passing rate rose to 63.78 percent or 6,800 out of 10,670 examinees passing the psychometrician licensure examinations higher than last year’s 47.73 percent or 4,035 out of 8,453 examinees.

Meanwhile, in the psychologist licensure examinations, Elaine Fatima Acosta Simon ranked fourth having an average of 84.60 percent.

Only the De La Salle University had a spot in the top-performing schools garnering an average of 95.24 percent or 20 out of 21 examinees making it to the cut.

The national passing rate also improved to 72.18 percent or 205 out of 284 examinees passing the psychologist licensure examinations from last year’s 67.02 percent. R. Velasco.

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