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Arch. Villegas links ‘compassion’ to Pinoy saying

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 “LAHAT ng ito ay babalik at nagsisimula sa awa ng Diyos.”

This was Archbishop Socrates Villegas’ answer when asked about the true concept of mercy and compassion, the theme of the most-awaited Papal Visit.

In a panel discussion organized by Philippine Daily Inquirer, Father Villegas said mercy and compassion can be associated with the famous local expression, “Awa ng Diyos.”

“Ang pinakamagandang konsepto ng compassion and mercy ay ‘yong Filipino expression na ‘Awa ng Diyos’, hindi awa ng tao,” he said during the Inquirer Conversation: A People of Compassion.

Father Villegas explained God’s mercy and compassion always comes with a feeling, a decision, and an action.

“Iyong awa ng Diyos, nakita Niya ‘yong situation natin, ‘yong awa ng Diyos, nagdesisyon Siya na tatawid Siya sa atin at ‘yong awa ng Diyos, binigay Niya ‘yong Kanyang buong buhay sa krus,” Father Villegas said.

It is true that a person’s mercy and compassion starts with a feeling; however, the mind can control it from having a decision then leading to an action, said Father Villegas.

He added that people should learn how to deal with “the distance from the mind to action.”

Helping the poor

Father Villegas talked about the different levels of helping the poor: pray for them, give alms to them, develop their status, and liberate them from the structure of sins.

According to him, prayer is the start of having mercy and compassion towards the needy and it is considered as the “best contribution for world transformation.” However, it is not enough that people only pray for the poor as charitable deeds like giving alms must come after it.

“Hanggang sa ngayon, ‘yong paglilimos sa mga dukha ay nakakabawas ng ating kasalanan,” Father Villegas added.

The “developmental” level, on the other hand, is letting the poor improve their lives by earning money for themselves, build their own houses, and create their own families among others.

More importantly, the highest form of Christian charity is “liberational” wherein one does not simply help but also seek the reason why there are poor people. It also means being the “forefront fighting the structure of sins.”

“Hindi lang liberation from personal sins, si Hesus ay namatay sa krus hindi lang para palayain tayo personally sa ating kasalanan, kung hindi para palayain ang buong mundo sa kasalanan. That is the liberational aspect of evangelization,” he added.

Father Villegas emphasized that “the church cannot satisfy itself with alms giving because it must move on to developing and it must move on to liberating.”

Challenge of simplicity to Filipinos

As Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines gets nearer, Filipinos are urged to take the challenge of simplicity that the Pope embodies in his papacy.

Father Villegas said it was a brave act for the Pope to be named Francis because it is “very challenging for him to follow the simplicity, humility, and poverty that St. Francis of Assisi exemplified.”

He said the Filipino clergy and members of the church could grasp the concept of simplicity if they listen to the teachings, put them into prayers and apply them to the course of their daily lives.

“Nobody likes a proud person, nobody likes an arrogant person. So when you encounter a humble, poor person, it’s like encountering God here on Earth,” Father Villegas said.

He also said the Pope Francis fever is about having an individual acceptance and personal encounter that will eventually result in their individual conversion.

“The key to renewal is not the surge of popular ratings; the key to renewal is that, individually, as bishops, as priests, and as lay people we accept the challenge of simplicity,” he said.

Three gifts of showing compassion

Meanwhile, Father Villegas encouraged the youth to practice compassion by “giving gifts of joy, openness and courage to adults.”

Ang panawagan ko sa mga kabataan sana hawaan niyo kaming mga matatanda ng inyong joy. You can be very happy with so many things, you can be happy with little things, you can be happy with simple joys,” he said.

He compared the young people who are more daring and open-minded than adults who become more cynical and skeptical as they grow older.

“So please, teach us to be more daring, to be revolutionaries, to not be afraid to rock the boat,” he said.

If people follow the youth’s sense of openness, they could make adults more cheerful and generous, according to Father Villegas.

The Archbishop said offering these gifts are already considered as the youth’s contribution in changing the world.

Huwag niyo papabayaan na sasabihin ng kahit sino na palagi na lang kayong mimic because it is not true and I know it is not true and you can prove that,” he said.

 

Photo by Marie Alyanna G. Reyes

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Former CSC secretary now president

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Former Central Student Council (CSC) secretary, Robert Dominic Gonzales, is set to lead the council as the newly elected president as officially announced on Saturday together with the new members of the executive board for the following academic year.

The Medicine sophomore ran as an independent and lone candidate for the presidential post with 17, 175 votes while 3, 947 ballots were left unanswered.

Along with Gonzales, candidates who won the positions of secretary, treasurer, auditor, and public relations officer were also proclaimed by the Central Commission on Election (COMELEC) while the position for vice president was left vacant.

Legal Management freshman Krizia Milleny Bricio (Independent) acquired the highest total of votes for the secretariat post with 7, 449 over Chemistry freshman Karch Andrei Rafael (Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino) and advertising arts senior Nicolas Sia (Lakas Tomasino Coalition). A total of 4,994 students left the ballots unanswered.

Political Science junior and lone candidate Jan Rafael Lipat (Lakas Tomasino Coalition) was elected as the new treasurer of the council with 12, 093 votes while 9, 029 ballots were left unanswered.

Accountancy freshman and lone candidate Patricia Claire Cruz (Lakas Tomasino Coalition) was announced as auditor garnering a total of 11, 933 votes; 9, 189 were left unanswered.

Physical therapy sophomore and lone candidate Ian Jericho Sun (Lakas ng Tomasino Coalition) obtained the position of PRO with 10, 591 votes; 10, 531 ballots were left unanswered.

A total of 21,122 out of 38,032 Thomasians participated in this year’s elections held last April 24 to 27, lower than last year’s 26,148 out of 38,045.

Next year’s CSC Central Board, composed of the newly-elected local student council presidents, are as follows: Sean Matthew Sison (Alfredo M. Velayo – College of Accountancy), Hector Armando Sario. (College of Education), Rigel Kent Almonte (College of Rehabilitation Sciences) Cameron Jilliane de Leon (College of Science) Stephen Batacan (College of Tourism and Hospitality Management) Lady Freja Gascon (Faculty of Arts and Letters) Lyodichie Camarao (Faculty of Civil Law), John Knight Gulla (Faculty of Medicine and Surgery), Lorenzo Gabriel Banayo (Faculty of Pharmacy), John Michael Cruz (Faculty of Philosophy), Siddharta Chiong, O. P. (Faculty of Sacred Theology), Jillian Joenn Enriquez (Education High School) Charlize Noelle Dimaunahan (Junior High School) Marieliz Quianzon (Institute of Physical Education and Athletics) and Dale Ignatius Marollano (Senior High School).

Local SCs face Failure of Elections

Five local student councils were left without an student council President, proclaiming a failure of elections

The local student councils whose presidential position remain vacant due to failure of elections are as follows: The College of Architecture,  College of Commerce and Business Administration, College of Nursing, and the Faculty of Engineering.

Meanwhile,  the College of Fine Arts and Design COMELEC declared a failure of elections for all the positions in the executive board.

There was no candidate for the position of President in the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences Student Council.

According to the UST Student’s Election Code of 2011 (USEC), a failure of election is declared whenever the voter turnout is less than 25 percent of the total population of the electorate

In section 8 of the USEC, the Central or Local COMELEC concerned shall call for special elections fifteen (15) days from declaration of failure of elections.

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#TWenty: The 2018 TomasinoWeb Year-end special

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As the year draws to an end, we can’t help but think that this year is the worst—we say the same thing every year. But we really can’t blame ourselves because the Government really did us dirty; prices of our daily goods rose uncontrollably all thanks to the implementation of TRAIN law which made the poor even poorer, Martial Law in Mindanao is extended until the end of 2019 to “quell” the hostile activities there, and despite the rising death toll on the “War Against Drugs, the unjustified killings still continues.

Change has really happened to us, and it came down to us, really hardBut somehow, the sun shone on us. 

Our Growling Tigers’ renewed strength under the guidance of its new Coach Aldin Ayo and its Super Rookie Cj Cansino, revived the fighting spirit of the whole community.  And as the fight for our pride rekindles to a brighter flame, our fight for justice burns stronger as the 10 Aegis Juris frat men face charges against fatal hazing of Horacio and the former first lady Imelda Marcos is now convicted with seven counts of graft.

Yet, our country still faces the wrath of the Government as our the media faced the endless tirades where even their freedom is being suppressed by those in power. But strangely, the benevolence of our beloved system seems to be felt by the recently acquitted former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla.

We were all begging for our plot twists to happen ever since 2017, but 2018 is the year that taught us that we don’t plead for change–we make it, because we’re tired of asking them to do so. And so, everyone in TomasinoWeb prepared for you #TWenty to look back to the times we have fallen, but most importantly, to the times we rose stronger than ever.

And we will continue to rise again—until lambs become lions.

Keep the fire burning,

Cielo Erikah Mae J. Cinco
Executive Editor

 

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Tiger Spikers dominate beach volley day 1

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Defending champions University of Santo Tomas Spikers opened their title defense with three wins in the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament at the SM Sands by the Bay last Oct. 5.

The Lady Spikers dropped their first set against Tin Tiamzon and May Luna of La Salle before showing their gutz to steal the match, 21–23, 21–19, 15–11.

The duo of Sisi Rondina and Caitlyn Viray proved their dominance against NU’s Audrey Paran and Roma Doroman, 21–9, 21–8.

“Yun anng hindi ko ini-expect na hindi nila ma-control. Pero yung experince nila, yung maturity, andun pa rin kaya sa huli, sila pa rin ang nanalo,” UST head caoch Paul Jan Doloiras said.

In the men’s division, KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto survived the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 12–21, 21–15, 17–15, to open their campaign on a high note.

Day 2 of the competition resumes today, Oct. 6, at the same venue.

By Aaron Brennt Eusebio

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