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USTv names personalities, programs of ‘positive culture’

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     TELEVISION personality Angel Locsin led the winners of this year’s USTv Student’s Choice Awards, which culminated last March 7 at the Plaza Mayor its ninth year of recognizing television personalities and programs embodying true Thomasian values.

     Locsin, a former Thomasian, won as Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Personality. “Kung ano man ang narating ko ngayon, hindi ko naman ‘to maaabot kung wala po yung tumulong sa akin—ang UST—kaya maraming, maraming salamat po.”

     With this year’s theme, ‘Students Making Television Responsible in the Formation of Positive Culture,’ the USTv Students’ Choice Awards spoke in behalf of the Thomasians and awarded quality personalities and programs that are family-centered and value-oriented.

     “We at USTv don’t assess or evaluate the acting craft of the TV personalities or how showbiz is done. Rather, we search for the projection of our true Thomasian values,” Student Organizations Coordinating Council President Benjamin Ravanera III said.

     The three major Television networks, ABS-CBN, GMA, and TV5, each received awards which manifest the preferences of the students making television responsible in the formation of positive culture.

     A special citation for Catholic Programs, such as “The Word Exposed” and “San Pedro Calungsod,” was also given to recognize their contributions in enhancing the Thomasians’ understanding of God’s words.

     Prominent TV personalities like Ted Failon, Kim Atienza, Chito Ronio, Chris Tiu, Rocco Nacino, Julie Anne San Jose, and Antonio Aquitania were present during the event to receive awards.

     Loud applauses embraced the Plaza Mayor as Kris Aquino came to receive her award for Students’ Choice of Talk Variety Show Host.

     “I’ve always said that the biggest part of the job is listening. Listening to not just what my guests are saying, but listening to what you, guys, want to watch,” the Kris TV show host said, who went to the USTv for the first time.

     Soap Opera love team Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap surprised the Thomasians as they came up onstage with the cast of “Be Careful with My Heart,” which won the Students’ Choice of Daily Local Soap Opera.

     Meanwhile, Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Program winner Eat Bulaga stirred a loud cheer among the audience as Little Miss Philippines 2012 Ryzza Mae Dizon went onstage and dance with her famous “Cha-Cha.”

     “Masaya po ako at maraming salamat po sa pagsuporta sa akin,” the Eat Bulaga star said in an interview.

     Rector Magnificus Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P. recognized the influence television has in the lives of people.

     “Television does not only provide information, it also has the power to mould public opinion, prescribe a way of life, stir feelings and emotions, allow people to experience suspension of disbelief even only for a few hours, pre-determine people’s reactions depending on the angle the camera takes, and shape contemporary consciousness,” Fr. Dagohoy said.

     He also recognized how the USTv is able to promote the good of the television media. “The USTv Students’ Choice Awards serves as a conduit that allows TV networks to work hand in hand with educational institutions in developing the youth into critical, sensitive, and responsible viewers.”

The following are the complete list of the winners of the ninth USTv Students’ Choice Awards:
Students’ Choice of Foreign Soap Opera – Dream High 
Students’ Choice of Investigative Program – Failon Ngayon
Students’ Choice of Educational Program – Matanglawin 
Students’ Choice of Magazine Program – Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho 
Students’ Choice of Documentary Program – i-Witness 
Students’ Choice of Public Affairs – Talk Show – The Bottomline 
Students’ Choice of TV Advertisement – Nestle 100 years
Students’ Choice of Entertainment News Program – The Buzz 
Students’ Choice of Entertainment News Program Host – Boy Abunda, The Buzz 
Students’ Choice of Male-News and Current Affairs Host – Ted Failon, Failon Ngayon 
Students’ Choice of Female-News and Current Affairs Host – Jessica Soho, Kapuso Mo 
Students’ Choice of Local News and Current Affairs Program – TV Patrol 
Students’ Choice of Public Service Program – Ako ang Simula 
Students’ Choice of Local Music Video – Minsan, Callalily 
Students’ Choice of Local Music Video Artist – Julie Anne San Jose 
Students’ Choice of Talk Variety Show – Party Pilipinas 
Students’ Choice of Talk Variety Show Host – Kris Aquino, Kris TV 
Students’ Choice of Game Show – Kapamilya Deal or No Deal 
Students’ Choice of Game Show Host – Luis Manzano, Kapamilya Deal or No Deal
Students’ Choice of Reality Show – Talentadong Pinoy 
Students’ Choice of Gag Show – Bubble Gang 
Students’ Choice of Variety Show – It’s Showtime 
Students’ Choice of Variety Show Host – Anne Curtis, It’s Showtime
Students’ Choice of Situational Comedy – Pepito Manaloto 
Students’ Choice of Sports Personality – Chris Tiu 
Students’ Choice of Network Foundation – ABS CBN Foundation, Inc.
Students’ Choice of Local Full length film – The Healing 
Students’ Choice of Drama Program – Maalaala Mo Kaya 
Students’ Choice of Daily Local Soap Opera – Be Careful with My Heart 
Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Program – Eat Bulaga 
Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Personality – Angel Locsin 

By Charry Fatima D. Garcia
Photo taken by Jenzine Inah M. Alcantara

 

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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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Harry Potter-inspired Paskuhan draws 110,000 crowd

An estimated crowd of 110,000 attended the annual Paskuhan Fair concert and pyromusical show of the University which took inspiration from the book series and movie franchise Harry Potter Friday, Dec. 20.

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An estimated crowd of 110,000 attended the annual Paskuhan Fair concert and pyromusical show of the University which took inspiration from the book series and movie franchise Harry Potter Friday, Dec. 20.

The crowd estimate is higher of around 10,000 from last year’s festivities according to the UST Security Office.

The official theme of this year’s Paskuhan is “For unto us a child is born” which is taken from the book of the Prophet Isaiah.

Unfazed by the light rainfall at the start of the event, this year’s highly-anticipated program at the UST Grandstand featured some of the local bands and artists such as Himig Borhuh, Magnus Haven, Hey Billie!, Munimuni, Lola Amour, and Ben&Ben. 

However, The Juans was not able to perform due to “a non-compliance issue between the bookers and organizers of the event after hours of trying [their] best to meet halfway,” in a statement they released on Facebook.

The Salinggawi Dance Troupe of the University also graced the stage with their performance, as well as the UST Galvanize of the senior high school along with Ronins.  

Following “one Thomasian is to one non-Thomasian visitor” and “no water bottle” policies, heightened and stricter security measures were followed. 

Keeping Paskuhan #ZeroWaste

Stations for garbage segregation were also implemented to ensure that the event follows the University guidelines in maintaining the event clean and orderly.

UST Green Marshals stationed at the eight designated trash collecting bins led the campaign in keeping a zero waste Paskuhan Fair. 

Last Dec. 2, Paskuhan started with the opening of lights and the Thomasian Agape led by the University officials and Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso. 

The Christmas tree and decors will remain lit every night until the first week of January, 2020.

The tradition of the annual celebration during the Christmas season in the University emerged in 1991, and was formally named Paskuhan a couple of years later. 

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