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Pope Francis to youth: learn how to weep, beg, love



“WHAT more can the youth do?”

This was what Rikki Macolor, an electronics engineer who invented the solar night light for Typhoon Yolanda survivors, asked His Holiness Pope Francis during his testimony in front of the Filipino youth in the University of Santo Tomas (UST).

Macolor shared his experience while working on his project, saying that he did not expect it to be big and he just used what he learned from the University.

“Innovation is about being able to change other people’s lives,” Macolor stated. He said that with the aid of his friends, non-government organizations and other local groups, this project was able to provide lighting for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Pope Francis, on the other hand, reminded him and the rest of the Filipino youth the importance of allowing other people “to give them something.”

“You know how to give and yet you have ever learned how to receive,” Pope Francis emphasized. “Become a beggar. This is what you still lack. Learn how to beg,” he added.

The Pope, however, said learning how to receive with humility is difficult to understand. But, he added that “being evangelized by the poor” would help one to be matured in giving to other people.

The risk of becoming museums of young people

Pope Francis also responded to Leandro Santos’ inquiry on how to fully utilize the value of technology amidst its distractions.

Santos, a law student, admitted that because of the evolution of internet, technology seems to be so promising. Nevertheless, according to him, “there exists a struggle in enormous abundance of information” due to rise of technology.”

The Jesuit Pope said overloaded information can really help. However, he stressed that people don’t know what to do with the pieces of information they have.

“We run the risk of becoming museums of young people who have everything but not knowing what to do with it. We don’t need young museums but we do need holy young people,” Pope Francis explained.

He also stressed that the most important subject that one can learn in life is “to learn how to love.”

“This is the challenge that life offers you: to learn bow to love. Not just to accumulate information without knowing what to do with it but through that love let that information bear fruit,” the Pope said.

For the Jesuit Pope, “real love is about loving and letting yourself be loved.” He pointed out the significance of love that surprises each and every human being as it continuously opens “a dialogue of loving and being loved.”

“Allow yourselves to be surprised by God. Don’t be afraid of surprises. They shake the ground beneath our feet and make us insecure, but they move us forward in the right direction,” Pope Francis said.

Walang kasalanan ang mga bata

Two street children were also given the chance to give their testimonials in front of the Holy Father.

Glyzelle Palomar shed tears as she asked why children like her experienced hardships at young age such as poverty and sexual abuse.

The Pope hugged Palomar and comforted her.

“Let us learn how to weep as she has shown us today and let us not forget this lesson,” he said. “When they posed this question to us, why children suffer, why this or that tragedy occurs in life – our response must be either silence or a word that is born of our tears,” he added.

On the other hand, Jun Chura, shared the typical scenario encountered by street children like him.

According to Chura, as part of his ordinary day before, he looked for plastic bottles and papers to sell, begged for food and slept with just a carton to protect his body from the cold pavement.

He also shared how Tulay ng Kabataan, an organization that offers programs and aid for street children, helped him to escape from his bad experiences and memories.

Chura proudly expressed that there are still groups of people who are willing to help and share their blessings to the poor and needy.

Before formally ending his message, Pope Francis reiterated his main points to the youth: the challenge of learning how to love and be loved, the challenge that concerns the environment and the challenge of loving the poor.

The testimonies of the youth and the Holy Father’s speech are just part of the Pope’s encounter with the youth and meeting with religious leaders at UST on January 18


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Former CSC secretary now president



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




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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