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Thomasian tops September 2016 librarian boards

A Thomasian led the new batch of librarians in the September 2016 librarian licensure examinations, according to results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

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A Thomasian led the new batch of librarians in the September 2016 librarian licensure examinations, according to results from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Karl Emmanuel Ruiz topped the board examination with a score of 89.90 percent. He is the lone Thomasian in the roster of highest scorers.

UST was hailed as the second top performing school with a 94.44 percent passing rate wherein 51 out of 54 examinees passed the examination. This is an increase from last year’s 87.88 percent.

Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines-Diliman was hailed as the top performing school for the second time after earning a perfect passing rate.

According to the PRC, 738 out of 1,140 examinees passed the board examinations nationwide.

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CTHM students to compete in virtual bartending contest

College of Tourism and Hospitality Management students are set to join a virtual bartending competition to be streamed on Saturday, Dec. 5.

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Fourth-year CTHM students (from left to right) Andre del Rosario and Marlou Lagman

College of Tourism and Hospitality Management students are set to join a virtual bartending competition to be streamed on Saturday, Dec. 5.

To join the competition, Andre del Rosario and Marlou Lagman both uploaded a five-minute video of themselves while making tiki-inspired cocktails on Toma Sessions’ official Youtube channel.

According to del Rosario, his concoction of sour juices such as tamarind, calamansi, and pineapple, combined with star anise syrup and rum, garnished with mint leaves and pineapple slices reflects his “yearning” for the Thomasian community.

He wanted to make the drink personal to have a connection with his audience. “[W]hen making a drink, dapat personal siya para hindi mahirap i-present sa tao,” del Rosario told TomasinoWeb.

The flavor of his cocktail, according to del Rosario, matches how “sourly” he feels in this pandemic, as he, a graduating student, wanted to spend his remaining days at the University with his friends and blockmates.

He added that joining competitions is a great opportunity for aspiring bartenders to hone their skills while boosting his confidence in communicating with other people, which is an essential skill in the industry

As for Lagman, her cocktail named “Hiwaga” was inspired by the history of tiki. She used Filipino ingredients to make her drink “unique and localized.”

“[I] wanted to dive deeper on the history of Tiki because I wanted my cocktail to be original,” Lagman said.

According to her, she was “surprised” by the outcome of her cocktail because she used a unique combination of local flavors such as ube, mangosteen, coconut, and calamansi.

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Lagman said that joining competitions gave her a “different perspective” of what was taught inside the four walls of her UST classroom.

“Competitions gave me a different perspective in what was being taught to me [inside] [the] classrooms which helped increase my knowledge and skills,” Lagman told TomasinoWeb.

Lagman also won a silver medal last year at the National Food Showdown held in Baguio.

The virtual competition began last Nov. 27, with 12 students competing from different colleges and universities.

The virtual competition titled, “Toma Sessions: Virtual Mixology Competition for Students” was organized by Richie Cruz in partnership with Plantation Rum, Apotheke Craft Sprits Co., and Bar Smith. With reports from Cherizza Bautista

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CSC president takes leave of absence; secretary presides

Central Student Council (CSC) Interim President Robert Gonzales filed his leave of absence starting December until January 2021 due to personal reasons.

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Central Student Council (CSC) Interim President Robert Gonzales filed his leave of absence starting December until January 2021 due to personal reasons.

In his announcement on Tuesday, Dec. 1, Gonzales cited physical and mental health concerns, as well as academic commitments as a graduating medical student for his special leave.

“[E]ven though we are serving this noble duty of being student-leaders, we are but human beings too,” he expressed in a letter. “We get tired and we feel emotions.”

According to Gonzales, this is the first time that he appealed for a leave to address his “deteriorating” health throughout his two and a half years of stay in the council.

“[D]on’t forget to tend to your personal needs as well. Take care of “you” too,” he said.

Gonzales assured the Thomasian community that proper transitioning and endorsement of tasks are in place during his leave of absence.

Interim Secretary Krizia Milleny Bricio will take over his position as mandated in the UST-CSC constitution. Meanwhile, Executive Coordinator to the President Reynald Marco Arcilla will take charge of the committees under his office.

Gonzales will resume office in February 2021.

‘Minor change’

While there is leadership turnover, Bricio said that the priority of the council still remains the same, and that is for the benefit of the Thomasian community.

“[H]owever, this priority is larger and heavier since I am now in charge of the council while he (Gonzales) is on leave,” she told TomasinoWeb. “I think there will only be a minor change — only the extent of the area that I’ll first-handedly manage and be involved in.”

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Bricio also assured that the transition will be “smooth” and “easy” due to the inclusive leadership, involvement, and transparency that Gonzales set for the whole Central and Executive Board.

“Kuya Rob has always involved us in his decisions, it’s just that this time, I’ll be the one to make decisions for and on behalf of CSC and for the Thomasian community as well,” she said.

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Joining the front line: How new Thomasian doctors won their first battle

Set to join the front line of the COVID-19 battle, new Thomasian doctors first conquered their physician licensure examinations (PLE)—the sole exam to continue under the “new normal.”

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Thomasian Topnotchers—(From left to right) Mark Dumago (9th), Henrick Ryan Fong (3rd), Florence Maramba (6th)

Set to join the front line of the COVID-19 battle, new Thomasian doctors first conquered their physician licensure examinations (PLE)the sole exam to continue under the “new normal.”

Three of the four Thomasian topnotchers in the November PLE, Henrick Ryan Fong (3rd), Florence Maramba (6th), and Mark Dumago (9th) had to go through a series of obstacles before and while facing PLE this November.

Dumago and Fong, like any other students taking online classes, struggled with self-discipline and their mental state while preparing for the exams.

“Ang biggest adjustment is yung online na review,” Dumago told TomasinoWeb. “I actually thought na mas madali siya since hawak mo lahat ng time mo, but it’s so much harder pala dahil kailangan mong disiplinahin yung sarili mo.”

Reviewing online, according to him, was more taxing, in addition to the difficulty of trying to sustain his enthusiasm for a long period of time after the boards were delayed.

“Talagang makakaramdam ka ng burnout and may added emotional burden pa na sobrang uncertain ng lahat,” Dumago said.

Fong, the class valedictorian of Batch 2019, shared the same struggle but according to him, he used it to his advantage.

“With the extra time that was given to us, I used that to mentally prepare myself for the exam,” he told TomasinoWeb in an online interview. “I balanced my time between studying and also relaxing to keep my mind and body healthy.”

Maramba started his preparation as early as during his post-graduate internship, and as the community quarantine hit, it gave him the chance to “recalibrate” and “refocus” his study priorities.

“Our residents also helped us at this time by giving us zoom lectures and activities. During the review season, I had the chance to enroll in review centers which really helped us in preparing for our exams,” he shared with TomasinoWeb.

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Fong said that taking the exam during a public health crisis is not the ideal situation for anyone, adding that it certainly took extra measures to prepare for it.

“It was a challenge especially for us who took the exam in a gym with no air conditioning and with the mask and face shield on, but it’s definitely not a big factor,” he said.

Before taking the PLE, according to Maramba, examinees were required to undergo a 14-day quarantine or submit a negative COVID-19 real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.

Even though there were safety protocols enforced, Dumago expressed that he was anxious because he still can’t help but fear acquiring the virus.

“Nakakaparanoid na baka may maramdaman ka biglang symptoms which might stop you from taking the boards so masasayang yung pinaghirapan mo for the past couple of months,” he said.

Health and safety protocols were in place, such as physical distancing, disinfection, and wearing masks and face shields all the time except during meals. 

“It was not easy, sometimes I go home with my face feeling greasy. But it is understandable that it is the only way to protect not only us but also the ones we love,” Dumago shared.

Fong admitted that the exam proper was an unforgettable experience given the additional inconvenience of all the safety protocols.

“[B]ut it’s definitely not a big factor. It’s just a small sacrifice we have to do so that we can serve our country and everyone who needs help in the healthcare system,” Fong said.

Fong, Dumago, and Maramba are joined by Adrian Emmanuel Teves (2nd place) among the 436 newly-licensed Thomasian physicians.

The University’s Faculty of Medicine and Surgery placed fifth among the top performing schools with a 95.61-percent passing rate. Coleen Ruth Abiog

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