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Thomasians rank in chemist, chemical technician boards

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The University garnered a 98.63 percent passing rate in the October 2019 chemical technician licensure exam, and 83.87 percent mark in the chemist licensure examinations.

Maria Patricia Diño was the lone Thomasian making it to the topnotchers taking the eight spot with a mark of 89.50 percent in the chemical technician licensure examinations. Milton Dela Rosa Jr. of Adamson University was named this year’s topnotcher with 93.50 percent mark. 

The Visayas State University-Baybay was the lone top performing school in the chemical technician licensure exams having a perfect passing rate. 

Only schools with perfect passing rate having 50 examinees passing are included in the top performing schools in the chemical technician licensure examinations. There are 73 Thomasian examinees with 72 passing the exam.

Meanwhile, Justin Allen Lim was also the lone Thomasian in the Chemist licensure examinations placing sixth with 88.60 mark. Andrew Exequiel Tabilog of the University of the Philippines – Los Baños claimed the top spot with 92.25 percent rate.

The University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman was named one of the only two top performing school in the chemist licensure exams claiming the top spot with a 93.44 percent passing rate, followed by UP Los Baños with 88.52 percent rate. 

Only schools with 50 examinees passing with at least 80 percent passing rate are included in the top performing schools in the chemist licensure examinations, and there are only 31 Thomasians who took the exams with 26 making it to the cut.

The national passing rate for chemical technician licensure exams declined to 81.09 percent or 2,298 out of 2,834 passing from last year’s 87.32 percent or 1,673 out of 1,916 takers passing the exam.

The national passing rate for the chemist licensure exams also waned to 42.12 percent or 457 out of 1,085 making it to the cut from last year’s 45.05% or 496 out of 1,101 making it to the cut.

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‘Driven, hardworking leader’: Ex-SOCC VP dies at 23

Aldaba was a known student-leader since his senior high school years in the University. He was the Interim Executive Vice President of the Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC) in the previous academic year.

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Francis Justine Aldaba, a fourth-year student from the College of Education, passed away on Friday, Jan. 14, after succumbing to acute respiratory failure. He was 23.

He died at Premiere Medical Center in Nueva Ecija at exactly 9:50 in the morning, his brother Francis Oliver Aldaba told TomasinoWeb

Aldaba was a known student-leader since his senior high school years in the University where he took up Health Allied as his strand. His involvement started as the Executive Assistant to the Chief-of-Staff in the Central Student Council.

He was the Interim Executive Vice President of the Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC) in the previous academic year. Prior to this, he was also the Executive Associate to the SOCC Executive Vice President.

Describing Aldaba, Rome Voltaire Gomez, former interim president and chief executive officer of SOCC, told TomasinoWeb he was “a visionary, driven, and hardworking leader.” 

“Justine was a great help to SOCC in assisting grievances of recognized Student Organizations,” he said.

Gomez, in a social media post, said: “Justine was family to the CSC/SOCC family and me. He was a strong person and a kind soul.”

“We ask for your prayers in this time for him and his family. We will certainly miss him, and in all things, we will fondly remember him. Our family may never be complete again for now, but we will always be one in spirit,” he added.

The funeral service is currently held at Funeraria Corone Memorial Chapel, T. Delos Santos, Science City of Muñoz. The internment details are yet to be announced.

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National Artist F. Sionil José dies at 97

The poet was one of the most widely read Filipino authors in the English language, with works that have been translated into 28 different languages.

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National Artist for Literature F. Sionil José passed away on Thursday night, Jan. 6, at the age of 97.

The poet died in his sleep at the Makati Medical Center where he was confined earlier for a scheduled angioplasty, according to his wife, Tessie Jovellanos José.

Hours before his death, José wrote a letter for his “brave heart.” A letter which now constitutes his final words. 

“Thank you brave heart. There are times when as an agnostic I doubt the presence of an almighty and loving God. But dear brave heart you are here to disprove this illusion, to do away with the conclusion that if you doubt Him, you kill Him. I cannot kill you dear heart; you have to do that yourself,” José wrote in a Facebook post

“For 97 years you have been constantly working patiently pumping much more efficiently and longer than most machines. Of course, I know that a book lasts long too, as the libraries have shown, books that have lived more than 300 years. Now, that I am here in waiting for an angioplasty, I hope that you will survive it and I with it, so that I will be able to continue what I have been doing with so much energy that only you have been able to give. Thank you dear brave heart and dear Lord for this most precious gift,” he added.

Before becoming a National Artist, José studied Litt. B. Journalism at the old Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University. 

He also became the editor-in-chief of The Varsitarian in 1948 and 1949.  

José earned five Carlos Palanca awards throughout his writing career.

The poet was one of the most widely read Filipino authors in the English language, with works that have been translated into 28 different languages.

He also received recognition from award-giving bodies, which include the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1980, Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Centennial Award in 1999, as well as the Pablo Neruda Centennial Award in Chile in 2004.

In his later years, José made headlines because of his support for President Rodrigo Duterte and the ABS-CBN shutdown.

He was also remembered to have criticized Maria Ressa for winning the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize saying that the Rappler chief did not deserve the award and there were no threats on press freedom because the “Philippine press is alive and well.” 

José was named National Artist for Literature in 2001 because of his great contribution to Philippine literature. 

The details of the National Artist’s wake is yet to be announced.

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UST slips in December 2021 CPA licensure exams

40 out of 102 Thomasians passed the December 2021 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Exam, posting a 39.22 percent passing rate. 

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The University recorded a 39.22 percent passing rate in the December 2021 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Exam (CPALE) where 40 out of 102 Thomasians passed. 

This was lower than the University’s 57.69 percent passing rate last October where 15 out of 26 Thomasians qualified.

In an announcement by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 318 out of 1, 454 or 21.87 percent of examinees from Metro Manila passed.

PRC also did not release any list of topnotchers and top-performing schools, which means that no examinees or schools qualified.

The CPALE in Metro Manila was rescheduled from October to December due to the extension of General Community Quarantine Alert Level 4 in the region. Meanwhile, the October 2021 CPALE was conducted for the examinees outside Metro Manila.

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