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UST profs, staff lauded in 17th Dangal ng UST Awards

Thomasian professors and staff were awarded for their exemplary service to the University Tuesday, at the Medicine Auditorium.

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Thomasian professors and staff were awarded for their exemplary service to the University Tuesday, at the Medicine Auditorium.

Professor Jove Jim Aguas of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and Prof. Alicia Aguinaldo of the College of Science were this year’s Hall of Fame awardees. Both received several recognitions in the Dangal ng UST Awards in the previous years.

The Metrobank’s Outstanding Teacher award was bestowed upon Assoc. Prof. Thomas Edison dela Cruz of the College of Science, making him the fifth Thomasian to receive the said award.

College of Education’s Assoc. Prof. Joel Adamos and Asst. Prof. Erlyn Geronimo, Junior High School’s Vincent Caparas, College of Science’s Prof. Christina Binag, and College of Nursing’s Genecar Pe Benito received the Gawad Santo Tomas for their exemplary performance in teaching.

Former Graduate School Dean Lilian Sison received the Gawad Benavides award for her 45 years of service in the University.

Other professors from the different colleges and faculties who served the University for 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years also accepted the Gawad Benavides.

Assoc. Prof. Allan Patrick Macabeo of the College of Science and Prof. Joyce Arriola of the Faculty of Arts and Letters were given the Gawad San Alberto Magno for their notable researches.

The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery’s Department of Pediatrics received the Gawad Santo Domingo for their outstanding community service program.

Different professors from Science, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy, Medicine, College of Commerce and Business Administration, and Faculty of Pharmacy were the recipients of the Gawad San Lorenzo Ruiz for national and international recognitions.

The UST Educational Technology Center’s Innovative Learning and Technology Unit is also a Gawad San Lorenzo Ruiz awardee for the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Staff Development.

The San Raymundo Peñafort Most Outstanding Librarian and the San Martin de Porres Most Outstanding Guidance Counselor awards were bestowed upon Ms. Michelle San Gabriel and Ms. Nerizza Valdellon-Cristobal, respectively.

Acting Rector Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P, told the professors and staff present to strive more for exemplary performance inside and out of the campus for the incoming terms.

“Higit na matututo ang mga estudyante kung nakasalalay ang ating relasyon batay sa pantay na paggalang at hindi sa respeto batay sa kapangyarihan o awtoridad,” he said.

Ang added that effective teachers are responsive and relevant, saying “Ang epektibong guro ay marunong din magbiro at nai-aangkop niya ang leksyon sa mga araw-araw na kaganapan.”

“Siya (teacher) ang tumatayong pangalawang magulang ng mga estudyante, may tunay na malasakit at pag-aaruga. Siya ay isang magandang larawan ng pag-asa, hindi paasa, ayon sa mga bata,” he added.

The Dangal ng UST Awards is an annual ceremony organized by the Administration and UST Faculty Union to honor Thomasian members of the academe who excel in the fields of teaching, research, and community service. -C.C.M.

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Thomasians demand for passage of students’ code in First Day Fight

The protest condemned the “yearly” tuition increase and demanded for the passage of the long-delayed students’ code of rights of the University.

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Progressive students from the University held their “First Day Fight” protest to kick-off the first day of classes for the second semester at UST Gate 2 Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

The protest condemned the “yearly” tuition increase and demanded for the passage of the long-delayed students’ code of rights of the University.

In an interview with TomasinoWeb, Karch Rafael of Kabataan Partylist-UST expressed his concern over the passage of the students’ code which might start again from the very beginning after the change in the University’s rector.

“Ngayon ang [gusto nating tutukan] ay tuition increase nanaman tsaka ‘yung democratic rights na patuloy na inaapakan, na sinusupil ng estado natin tsaka ng administrasyon ng UST.

“Gusto nating mabuo ‘yung students’ demand at maipasa na ‘yung students’ code [ngayong] taon na mahigit 16 to 17 years na siyang nakabinbin. Napalitan nanaman ang rector, ibig sabihin nito mataas ‘yung posibilidad na bumalik siya from square one,” Rafael said.

“Dahil sino ba dapat ‘yung primaryang nakikinabang sa kung anong ibinibigay ng isang paaralan. Siyempre ang estudyante, estudyanteng parte ng kabataan at magiging pag-asa ng bagong henerasyon,” Rafael added.

Students also criticized the budget cuts on the country’s calamity fund and government’s response on the Taal Eruption.

“Tinututulan natin yun [budger cut]. Nung nakipag-usap naman ako [na] nabiktima din nung kalamidad ay malaki yung inaasahan nila na tulong mula sa gobyerno natin sapagkat alam nila na yung gobyerno dapat natin ‘yung primaryang tumutulong sa mga mamamayan sa panahon ng pangangailangan,” he said.

Rafael also expressed his anger towards Duterte administraton and its policies, “Habang tumatagal si Duterte sa bulok niyang palasyo, lalong tumitindi yung pag-atake sa mga mamamayan”, he added.

Trisha Ifurung of League of Filipino Students-UST also said that the protest also aims to look back on what has been done from the previous semester and continuing to fight for the students’ and the people’s rights that are being neglected by the administration.

“Panibagong taon nanaman pero yung mga problema na nararanasan ng mga mamamayan ay patuloy pa din,” she said.

The students also called for the junking of the mandatory ROTC for senior high school students and the K-12 program which is about to undergo a public review by the House of Representatives. R. Velasco with reports from J. A. Pangilinan

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Dagohoy concludes University rectorship

“It is an honor to serve Asia’s oldest university, and to meet wonderful people like you. Love UST,” the former rector said on Jan. 15, as posted in the UST’s official social media pages.

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Rev. Fr. Richard Ang and Rev. Fr.Herminio Dagohoy, UST's 96th rector, during the Paskuhan mass in December 2019 | Deojon Elarco/TomasinoWeb

University of Santo Tomas (UST) Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P., the 96th Rector Magnificus of the University, has already concluded his eight-year term in the University.

“It is an honor to serve Asia’s oldest university, and to meet wonderful people like you. Love UST,” the former rector said on Jan. 15, as posted in the UST’s official social media pages.

Dagohoy, 55, was the 9th Rector of the UST Angelicum College and former finance director of UST Hospital before he assumed his rectorship in the University.

He was born in Hagonoy, Bulacan, and he graduated accountancy at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines before joining the Order of Preachers.

He also finished other degrees: AB Philosophy, Sacred Theology, Master of Arts in Philippine Studies, Licentiate in Philosophy, and Doctorate in Philosophy.

Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., UST Vice-Rector for seven years, is now the acting rector.

He was the former dean of the then Faculty of Philosophy and former chairman of Manpower, Scholarship, and Retirement Board Committee of the University.

Ang, during his academic years, has published several scholarly articles about philosophy such as “The Confucian Li,” “On Conceiving Ren towards Birthing Ru Jia,” and “The Concept of Ren.”

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Aegis Juris fratmen in Atio slay denied of bail petition

Manila RTC Branch 20’s resolution states that despite Castillo’s ailment, the blow delivered by the accused Aegis Juris members “is the efficient cause of death” or may have “accelerated his death” making the accused criminally liable.

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[UPDATED] Ten main suspects in the hazing slay of Faculty of Civil Law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III in 2017 were denied of their petition to post bail due to their ‘strong evidence of guilt.’

The resolution of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20 on Dec. 10, 2019 states that the court is “not convinced” of the autopsy findings showing that Castillo died of Acute Tubular Necrosis (ATN), and the hazing injuries inflicted on the victim did not cause his death.

This prevents Arvin Balag, Mhin Wei Chan, Axel Hipe, Oliver Onofre, Joshua Macabili, Ralph Trangia, Robin Ramos, Jose Miguel Salamat, Danielle Rodrigo, and Marcelino Bagtang Jr. who were charged for violation of R.A. 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law from posting bail after “finding the evidence of guilt” strong, the resolution states.

It reiterates that despite Castillo’s ailment, the blow delivered by the accused Aegis Juris members “is the efficient cause of death” or may have “accelerated his death” making the accused criminally liable.

Presence during hazing, according to the Anti-Hazing Law, is “prima facie” or proves the participation of the accused unless they did something to prevent the punishable acts committed.

The 10 fraternity members were indicted last March 2018.

Last June 17, 2019, one of the principal suspects in the case, John Paul Solano, has been convicted for obstruction of justice.

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