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#bakiTWalangpasok: Papal Visit

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AS EARLY as November last year, the local government of the City of Manila declared suspension of classes and government work from January 15 to 19 as the nation is slated to celebrate the much-awaited apostolic trip of His Holiness Pope Francis. The national government subsequently announced suspension of classes and government work on a broader scope, declaring January 15, 16 and 19 as special non-working holidays in the National Capital Region, where majority of the Pope’s activities will take place.

On the 16th, a day after his arrival, Pope Francis will be officially welcomed by President Benigno Aquino III at the Malacañang Palace, where the Pope will also meet with the leaders of the country and members of the diplomatic corps. From there, he will embark on a motorcade to the Manila Cathedral for a mass with bishops, priests, and men and women religious, and then to the Mall of Asia Arena for an encounter with families. On January 18, the Greatest Pontiff will grace the University of Santo Tomas to meet with religious leaders and the youth. In conclusion of his apostolic visit, an open mass will be celebrated at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park.

The decision to suspend classes in Manila was made in anticipation of the large crowds that the Pope would draw in the said venues, to avoid heavy traffic buildup, and “to ensure public order and convenience” as stated by the executive order signed by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

But apart from these practical and security reasons, the holidays were also declared to give the people a chance to participate and bear witness to this rare and monumental event. For this same cause, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla has also declared suspension of classes in all levels in his province from January 15 to 16.

Manila is not the only city on the Pope’s itinerary. In fact, the main event would take place down south, in the province of Leyte, where the catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan (more popularly known as Yolanda) sought the most destruction a little over a year ago.

On January 17, the Pope will arrive in Tacloban City and offer mass, before heading on to the Archdiocese of Palo, where he will meet with the survivors of Yolanda, bless the Pope Francis Center for the Poor, and visit the Palo Cathedral. In preparation for this, classes on all levels and government work in Leyte will also be suspended on January 15 and 16.

The following five days will aim to pass on hope to those who have been tested by hardships, may it be in the form of devastating super typhoons or one’s personal turmoil, to strengthen our faith as a nation, and to instill in us the true meaning of mercy and compassion.

 

Photo courtesy of Huffingtonpost.com

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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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