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Thomasians take part in gift giving with Lumads

Around 200 Thomasians immersed with the Lumads in a solidarity program as part of the “Dialogue of Life” organized by the Rotaract Club-Pharmacy Unit at the Baclaran Church on Sunday, Nov. 15.

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Around 200 Thomasians immersed with the Lumads in a solidarity program as part of the “Dialogue of Life” organized by the Rotaract Club-Pharmacy Unit at the Baclaran Church on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Entitled “”Dialogue of Life: Our Continuing Journey with the Anawim, A Gift Giving” students and professors of the University engaged in discussions on issues the Lumads are currently facing, took part in workshops and gave school packs and hygiene kits as donations for the children.

“Yung presensya niyo [Thomasians] ay malaking tulong sa layunin namin na mapalaganap ang nangyayari sa amin,” said Dulphing Ogan, Secretary General of Kusog Sa Katawang Lumad sa Mindanao (KALUMARAN).

The Lumads are composed of 18 tribes in Mindanao who are currently facing abuse and violence, held the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) accountable for the said acts. On October 26, about 800 Lumads arrived in Manila to air their grievances to the government.

The Lumads started to camp out in Baclaran Church after being invited by the Redemptorist priests and brothers since Nov. 13 after their permit to stay in Liwasang Bonifacio was shortened from Nov. 22  to Nov. 12 in time with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leader’s Meeting.

Fr. Joey Echano, CSsR of the National Shrine of Mother of Perpetual Help, mentioned during the press conference that the Church welcomed the said indigenous people after they moved out from Liwasang Bonifacio.

“Ang simbahan ay bukas sa sino mang nais makituloy. Lalo na ang mga biktima ng karahasan at pang-aapi,” he said.

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Ogan reiterated in his opening remarks the Lumads’ demand to cease militarization and abuses in their communities which they have been suffering since the 90’s due to the misconception that they are producing rebels.

Last September, the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV) was said to be burned down by the military or in some accounts, the Magahat-Bagani paramilitary group who were said to have killed the Lumad leaders Dionel Campos and Datu Juvello Sinzo, and ALCADEV school director Emerito Samarca.

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The issue of Lumad also attracted international organizations such as the International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS). Lyn Meza from the International Coordinating Committee of ILPS said “Your struggle is also our struggle.”

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Zarina Rivera, the President of the Rotaract Club- Pharmacy Unit and the project head of the event, said in an interview with TomasinoWeb that the special attention needed for the issue of the Lumad people motivated her to spearhead the program.

“Ang atensyon ay laging nasa Syrian refugees, bakit walang atensyon sa mga Lumad?” she said.

For College of Commerce and Business Administration Student Council Vice President Lorenzo Tañada,  who found the event to be an “eye-opener” said that he only understood the Lumad’s struggle through the dialogue.

Meanwhile, Athena Mondido of Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in University of Santo Tomas (STAND-UST) considers the event as the only way for students to help the Lumad and consider them as a family.

Dialogue of Life started its series of programs this month with a photo exhibit and last November 6, a cultural presentation and advocacy forum was held at the Benavides Auditorium.

Present in the gift-giving were UST Simbahayan and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, Rotaract Club of UST – Central Chapter, Community Achievers Association – Pharmacy Unit, Community Achievers Association – Central, UST UNICEF Volunteers, UNESCO UST, Theatre Catalyst, and Becarios de Santo Tomas.

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UST places 2nd top school in June 2022 architecture boards; three among top ten

UST registered an 88.24 percent passing rate or 255 out of 289 Thomasian examinees making the cut.

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The University ranked second among top-performing schools in June 2022 Architect Licensure Exam (ALE) with three Thomasians landing on the top ten highest scorers, results showed by the Professional Regulation Commission on June 22, Wednesday.

UST registered an 88.24 percent passing rate or 255 out of 289 Thomasian examinees making the cut. This is higher compared to the 87.94 percent passing rate from January 2022’s exams.

Gian Vincenz Dela Cruz led the new batch of Thomasian architects, placing second with an average of 81.90 percent.

Dela Cruz was followed by Thomasians Jam Scott Manalo and Oscar Kevin Castro who ranked fifth (81.50 percent) and ninth (81 percent), respectively.

The University of the Philippines Diliman was hailed as the top-performing school for the said boards, posting a 97.01 percent passing rate.

Meanwhile, the national passing rate for this month’s architecture boards rose to 63.72 percent with 3,037 out of 4, 766 examinees passing, higher than January 2022’s 62.13 percent where only 1,370 out of the 2,205 takers passed.

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UST maintains spot in QS world rankings

The University maintained its ranking since the year 2018.

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The University maintained its spot in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings released on Wednesday, June 8 with the rank of 801-1000.

The University maintained its ranking since the year 2018.

Among the top four Philippine universities, Ateneo de Manila University placed second with the rank of 651-700. Meanwhile, De La Salle University tied with UST in the 801-1000 bracket.

The University of the Philippines remained as the top university in the country despite its 13-spot decline in the world rankings, placing 412th globally.

UST received the rating in the following criteria: Academic reputation (10.8%), Employer reputation (23.9%), Faculty/Student ratio (15.4%), Citations per faculty (1.2%), International faculty ratio (40.3%), International student ratio (8.5%), International research network (12.1%), Employment outcomes (20.7%)

 

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Thomasian alumna sits among 8 new National Artists

Lim-Higgins is one of the eight newly-declared national artists this year and the 19th addition to the Thomasian roster of National Artists.

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Thomasian fashion designer Salvacion “Slim” Lim-Higgins has been posthumously declared a National Artist for Fashion on Friday, June 10.

Lim-Higgins is one of the eight newly-declared national artists this year and the 19th addition to the Thomasian roster of National Artists.

In 1940, she majored in painting in the then UST Department of Architecture and Fine Arts under the tutelage of fellow Thomasian National Artist, Carlos “Botong” Francisco.

One of her greatest hallmarks included Slim’s Fashion & Arts School founded in October 1960, the country’s first and oldest fashion school. In 1947, she established her atelier which was also named after her.

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In 1956, she completed an ensemble of a gray asymmetrical point terno which is one of her most famous pieces. The piece was acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

Slim’s son and Slim’s Fashion & Arts School co-director, Mark Higgins, sent the piece as it “best represented” his mother’s style at the peak of her career. 

“My mother talked about it all her life. It’s one of her masterpieces. It’s spontaneously sculpted on a human form. This is the ‘holy grail’ for designers to replicate. It is impossible to recreate it,” he said in an article from Lifestyle Inquirer. 

Meanwhile, the Vinta Gallery described it as “a complex terno dress with a geometric silhouette, origami-like side pleat and crinkled draping, all held together with only one seam.”

The Thomasian alumna is known for being one of the pioneers on modern ternos as well as her “structurally complex” and “theatrical” works on female couture. World-renowned luxury fashion designers Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga were her influences.

Lim-Higgins is the newest addition to the list of Thomasian National Artists which include Carlos Francisco, Nicomedes Joaquin, Victorio Edades, Vicente Manansala, Gerardo de Leon, Antonino, Buenaventura, Leandro Locsin, Rolando Tinio, Arturo Luz, Jeremias Elizalde Navarro, Ernani Cuenco, Daisy Hontiveros-Avellana, Francisco Sionil José, Ang Kiukok, Bienvenido Lumbera, Ildefonso Santos, Jr., Cirilo Bautista, José Marίa Zaragoza, and Francisco Mañosa.

Seven other national artists proclaimed this year were: Nora Aunor (film), Marilou Diaz-Abaya (film), Tony Mabesa (theater), Agnes Locsin (dance), Fides Cuyugan-Asencio (music), Ricky Lee (film), and Gemino Abad (literature).

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