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Rector urges Aegis Juris frat men to admit to their crime

Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. called on the members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity to be responsible for the death of Civil Law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III as details of the brutal hazing emerge.



Friends and family members join the Thomasian community in commemorating the 40th day since the death of Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. Photo by Elizabeth Regudo/TomasinoWeb.

The University rector has called the members of the Aegis Juris Fraternity to be responsible for the death of Civil Law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, as details of the brutal hazing emerge.

“Please pray to God that the perpetrators of this abominable crime admit their faults so that justice may be served. Let us appeal to their conscience and to that little goodness, that they may value their faith as Thomasians” said Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. on Friday.

Dagohoy led a special mass to commemorate Atio’s 40th day after his death and to remember other departed Thomasians.

“Tonight, my dear Thomasians, [let us] give space for grief and hope to stand together. Let tears fall down on our cheeks, our hearts mourn for the loss of our loved ones,” he added.

He also said that Atio’s death may give hope and courage in dark times.

“We pray for Horacio [whose death] gives us hope and courage. We hope that our departed Thomasians, particularly Horacio, enjoy God’s eternal embrace. Remembering our deceased loved ones make our sense of hope alive.”

Among those who attended the mass were Atio’s friends, family, and former professors from the Faculty of Arts and Letters and the Faculty of Civil Law.

“We hope our departed Thomasians, especially Horacio, enjoys God’s eternal embrace,” Dagohoy said.

Shortly after the mass, Thomasians gathered for the candle lighting ceremony outside the chapel to offer flowers and candles at the shrine of Horacio and all departed Thomasians.

“Eternal rest grant onto them [departed Thomasians] all the way and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace,” he prayed.

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The 22-year-old freshman law student died on Sept. 17 after undergoing the fraternity’s initiation rites.

Aegis Juris officer Marc Ventura, a suspect turned witness, agreed on Wednesday to testify against the other fraternity members involved in the hazing rites.

The Department of Justice issued an immigration lookout order last Oct. 26 against Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina, Faculty Secretary Arthur Capili, and 63 other fraternity members. B. Laforga and M.W. Dela Paz



UST bags 5th School of the Year honor in 2018 Student Quill Awards



Photo grabbed from IABC Philippines' official Facebook page.

For the fifth consecutive year, the University was named School of the Year in the Sixth Philippine Student Quill Awards on Monday, July 9.

UST bagged 36 awards, beating De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, UST Angelicum College, Inc., De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, Bataan Peninsula State University and Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila.

Winning entries from the University came from The Varsitarian, UST’s official student paper; TomasinoWeb, the official digital media organization of the University; Tomasian Media Circle and Talents; The Flame, the official publication of UST Faculty of Arts and Letters; and communication arts and journalism students.

School of the Year award is the highest distinction in the Student Quill Awards. It is given to the school with the most Awards of Excellence.

Meanwhile, TomasinoWeb took home its first Student Quill awards, with three Awards of Merit.

TomasinoWeb’s entries titled “Right Click 2017: TomasinoWeb’s Special Coverage of the UST Student Council Elections” and “UAAP Season 80 Campaign” won under the communication skills category; while  “Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya National Advocacy Campaign” won in the communication management.

The Philippine Student Quill Awards is the junior division of the Philippine Quill Awards, which recognizes private organizations and corporations in the country for excellence in business communication.

Awarding ceremonies were held at the Mariott Hotel Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.

The event was organized by the Philippine chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, a network of business communicators around the world advocating for professional growth, learning and communication excellence.

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ERRATUM: We have been informed that the previous photo used in the article was actually taken by The Varsitarian. It was not our intention to erroneously credit the owner of the photo. The image has since been replaced.


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UST tops June 2018 architecture boards



The University was named as the lone top performing school in the June 2018 licensure examination for architects, with three Thomasians landing in the top 10.

UST recorded an 84.19-percent passing rate, in which 197 out of 234 Thomasian examinees passed the exam.

This was higher than last year’s 83.26 percent, wherein 184 out of 221 examinees made the cut.

Karl Justin Sayseng Diocales led the new batch of Thomasian architects after placing fourth with a score of 82.90 percent.

Thomasian Jomari Patrick Meñoza Guzman placed seventh with a score of 82.60 percent, while Marie Dominic del Rosario Castillo landed in the ninth spot after scoring 82.20 percent.

Moreover, Paolo Gabriel Torres Martires of Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Sta. Mesa led the new batch of architects with a score of 84.10 percent.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 1, 778 out of 3,177 passed the board exam nationwide.


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Applied Physics gets Level I PACUCOA accreditation



Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) granted the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics major in Instrumentation the Level I accreditation status.

Applied Physics is the newest program among the six straight degree programs of the College of Science.

The accreditation, which was received last May, is valid for three years, up until May 2021.

According to PACUCOA’s website, Level I accreditation status allows the program to have “full administrative deregulation and financial deregulation in terms of setting of tuition and other fees and charges.” It also gives the power to change the curriculum without the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)’s approval.

The program is also made priority during awarding of grants and financial assistance from CHED and from the Department of Education (DepEd).

Pacucoa is a private accrediting agency set to give formal recognition to an educational institution through a series of phases which tests if the academic program of the institution maintains excellent standards.


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