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     FOUR prominent literature personalities visited the University of Santo Tomas for the USTingan, a round-table discussion on issues concerning Popular Literature, held at the Tanghalang Teresita Quirino of the Benavides building last September 22.

     National Book Development Board Director Atty. Andrea Pasion-Flores, Don Carlos Palanca Awardee Asst. Prof. Paolo Manalo, UST AB Communication Arts Graduate Nida Ramirez of Visprint Publishing House, and writer-TV host and poet Lourd de Veyra were the guest speakers of the event.

     Atty. Pasion-Flores presented demographics of the Filipinos who read from years 2003-2012 and concluded that as years pass, the number of the Filipino readers goes down. She also laid out proportions showing that 80% of the populace read books.

     “What is the reason why Filipinos read?” she asked. “They read for two things: number one, to gain knowledge and, number two, as an entertainment source,” the chic literature author further concluded that more and more people turn to books as a source of entertainment other than a source of knowledge.

     The fiction writer also enumerated the three most read books: the Bible, romance, and cook books.

     Asst. Prof. Manalo defined Popular Literature in terms of cognition and said that it is the product of popular imagination.

     “If man is the measure of all things, then deep inside us, at least we are pattern-oriented people,” explained the University of the Philippines professor.

     He said that fan fiction is everything except popular literature. “The kind of popular imagination that we have is what makes it easier to anticipate and to predict.”

     Ramirez, coming from Visprint, publisher of the famous Bob Ong books, also defined Popular Literature.

     “It is characterized by the taste and preferences of the reading majority. It is the product of social realities including predominant social status, ideology, economic conditions, history, and social memory,” she said.

     The last speaker of the event is “Evening News” host Lourd de Veyra. He talked about the celebrity authors and their best-selling books which topped the 33rd Manila Book Fair.

     He wondered if Ramon Bautista, Tado Jimenez, and Stanley Chi were considered as “celebrity authors” because of their books or that their books are marketable, considering the authors were famous before writing them. Being a writer himself, he asked if people buy his books just because they’ve watched his videos.

     The “Word of the Lourd” host talked about his experiences as a writer and said that he often received negative comments from anonymous people.

     USTingan is organized by the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies and was attended by Thomasians and representatives from the Far Eastern University, Philippine Women’s University, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, De La Salle University, and San Beda College-Alabang among others.

By Charry Fatima D. Garcia
Photo taken by Justine Fay Refuerzo

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UST aces November 2019 nursing boards

The University posted a perfect passing rate in the November 2019 licensure examinations for nurses with 16 Thomasians in the topnotchers.

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The University posted a perfect passing rate in the November 2019 licensure examinations for nurses with 16 Thomasians in the topnotchers.

Jarvin Vincent Lumauig led the new batch of 338 Thomasian nurses after placing third in the topnotchers with 88.40-percent score.

Jana Aryn Apolinar and Phil Justine Soriano took the fourth spot with 88.20 percent score, followed by Bennette Salazar and Sheline Tumaliuan at placing fifth with 88 percent

John Reynel Tamayo placed sixth with 87.80 percent, and Maria-Jayne Lerma, Yannah Mae Loyola, and Jireh Li Piñol at ninth with 87.20 percent score.

John Howell Diric, Aaron Kyle Enriquez, Nicson Madulid, Patricia Dianne Melo, Clarice Gabrielle Sanchez, Arabelle Mae Tiu, and Marie Abigail Turingan all placed in the tenth spot with 87-percent rate.

Shaina Kei Watanabe of Davao Doctors College, Inc. topped the exams with a rating of 89.60 percent.

The University took the top spot along with Saint Louis University with all 191 examinees passing, and the De La Salle Medicine and Health Sciences Institute with all 67 examinees passing.

The national passing rate improved to 55.20 percent or 7,627 out of 13,816 examinees making it to the cut from last year’s 39.98 percent or 4,811 out of 12,033 passing.

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Paskuhan opening pushes through despite ‘Tisoy’

The University’s annual Paskuhan festivities kicked-off despite storm warning signal number 2 raised over Metro Manila due to typhoon Tisoy Monday, Dec. 2.

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The University’s annual Paskuhan festivities kicked-off despite storm warning signal number 2 raised over Metro Manila due to typhoon Tisoy Monday, Dec. 2.

According to UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Jesus Miranda, O.P., the Paskuhan opening would have been moved to Dec. 10 if weather becomes unpredictable.

“It can be moved on December 10 sana. Pero again it was not moved,” the secretary-general told TomasinoWeb.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso led the opening of the Harry Potter-themed Christmas décor around the campus and expressed his gratitude to the University in achieving a ‘vibrant Manila’ again.

“Thank you, UST. And hopefully we can continue to work together, the government, the institutions, [private coroporations], at tao. Sana talaga magtuloy-tuloy talaga ang Manila to be vibrant again,” Domagoso said in his video in Manila Public Information Office.

Vice-Mayor Honey Lacuña also attended the opening ceremonies.

Aside from the free food and fireworks, a drone light show was also held at the open field, a new addition in this year’s Paskuhan opening.

According to the Central Student Council (CSC), this year’s Paskuhan theme is “Unto us a Child is born” from Harry Potter and winter wonderland.

They urged the Thomasian community to support the upcoming Paskuhan activities.

The UST Christmas concert will be on Dec. 5 and 6 while the Paskuhan concert will be on Dec. 20, 2019. R. Velasco

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UST slips in September 2019 teachers boards

The University placed fifth top-performing school in the September 2019 elementary level licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and sixth in secondary level, while a Thomasian landed in the tenth spot of the elementary teachers boards.

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The University placed fifth top-performing school in the September 2019 elementary level licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and sixth in secondary level, while a Thomasian landed in the tenth spot of the elementary teachers boards.

In the elementary level, UST dropped to fifth spot from being a top-performing school for five consecutive years despite having a higher passing rate from 86.78 percent last year to 88.60 percent this year or 101 out of 114 examinees passing the exams. 

From fourth last year, the University landed sixth in the secondary level top-performing schools after posting a rating of 88.57 percent or 155 out of 175 exam takers from last year’s 91.94 percent.

Alexa Maria Andrea Manlutac shared the tenth place of the elementary level topnotchers with 11 others with a rating of 89.80 percent. 

Kezia Ambag of Philippine Normal University-Mindanao, Joshua Canseco of Mindanao State University-General Santos, and Anjo Literatus of Saint Mary’s College-Tagum led the new batch of elementary teachers after garnering a rate of 92.60 percent.

Marlou Camano of University of Mindanao-Kidapawan took the top spot in the secondary level LET after scoring 93.40 percent.

University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum was named this year’s top-performing school for the elementary level with 96.07-percent passing rate, while the University of the Philippines-Los Baños topped in the secondary level with 98 percent passing rate.

The national passing rate for elementary teachers increased to 31.34 percent or 28,973 out of  92,440 examinees passing the exams from last year’s 20.29 percent or 18,409 out of 90,750 examinees.

In the secondary level, the national passing rate dropped to 39.68 percent, or 54,179 out of 136,523 examinees from last year’s 48.03 percent, or 60,803 out of 126,582 exam takers. A. Basa

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