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Higit pa sa karangalan

Jan 2 2011

By Mark Andrew S. Francisco

MARSO 2010. Huling linggo na noon ng taong 2009-2010. Tapos na ang finals para sa mga magsisipagtapos na mag-aaral tulad ko. Dahil hindi pa maaring makita ang grades sa MyUste, kabado akong pumunta ako sa Registrar’s Office para itanong ang aking GWA. “Anong pangalan?”

tanong ng kawaning nasa kabilang panig ng salamin. “Francisco, Mark Andrew.” Nanginginig ang boses ko. Pinagpapawisan ang aking mga kamay at tila mabubunot ang aking bituka sa tindi ng kabang nararamdaman.

Laughing and crying at the first ‘Vuisitarian’

Jan 2 2011

By Nestor Cuartero

It was June 1970, the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, a period of brewing student activism, poetry of protest, mind-blowing diversions, from marijuana to drugs and booze to rock n’ roll.

Everywhere, young people cried for change. It was to be known in the history of student activism as the First Quarter Storm, the eve of the declaration of Martial Law by President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Labinlimang taong romansa sa UST

Jan 2 2011

Reynaldo T. Candido, Jr.

Kung susumahin, labinlimang taon na pala akong nasa UST. Apat na taon bilang estudyante; labing-isa bilang guro. Hindi masyadong matagal kung ihahambing sa ibang wika nga’y dito na inugatan. Lalong hindi naman maikukumpara sa apat na siglong pag-iral ng ating unibersidad. At sa bilang ng mga taong inilagi ko sa UST, palagay ko, may karapatan na akong umawit ng “those were the days my friend…” May karapatan na rin ako, sa palagay ko, na magbalik-alaala sa nakalipas na labinlimang taon. Simulan natin…

Joshu’s Mu!

Jan 2 2011

By Roman Carlo R. Loveria

Immobilization no. 7, or kote gaishi (wrist turn-out),” writes Adele Westbrook in Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere (Tuttle Publishing, 1970), “can end in either an immobilization or a projection. Its functional characteristics, however, as uke [the person who delivers the attack and becomes the recipient of the technique] is being brought down to the mat, will be substantially the same.” Westbrook then goes on to explain how the technique is executed: “The hand of uke [...] will be gripped as illustrated. Your left thumb will apply pressure upon his knuckles between the fourth or ring finger and the little finger. Your other fingers will close around his thumb and palm.

Going back

Jan 2 2011

By Ruben Jeffrey Asuncion

Two years on from my graduation , I have crossed narrow streets and alleys as well as wide roads and highways for various purposes. Whether this is in my search for people, places, and topics, which I would cover for as a contributor for some publications, or rushing for my classes along the State University’s tree-lined roads, I have also met different situations and faces. Such is life right now, But every now and then, Dapitan street comes to my mind. Or rather, my mind tries to come back to that stretch of street which runs alongside the back part of the University.

First Teachers

Jan 2 2011

By Jose Wendell P. Capili

My mother was my first teacher. When I was three, she made me recite the ABCs then count from 1 to 100 before our guests. At age five, I loved rummaging through maps and illustrations of Wells’ Outline of History. Upon learning about this particular fascination, my mother persuaded my father to purchase The Reader’s Digest Great World Atlas. The book enthused me to fluently memorize names of countries, capital cities, highest mountains, and other geographical facts.

Those Halcyon Years

Jan 2 2011

By Adoracion Trinidad-Gamalinda

They are so far away, half a century away, those UST years that scintillate in memory as islets of serenity in contrast to present chaos and confusion.

The campus was not teeming with students as it is now, buildings at every turn, cars at all hours of day and night.All classes except of the College of Medicine took place in the main edifice, the centuries-old structure with meter-thick walls resembling a garrison more than a place of learning.

How do I know I love UST?

Jan 2 2011

By Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P.

The University of Santo Tomas will soon celebrate its 400th anniversary of foundation. I want to believe that it lasted this long, not only because of the thousands of students, faculty, and employees who inhabit it today, but because of the love and concern that smolders within the heart of Thomasians everywhere. I myself am an avid lover of UST. How do I know that it is so? Let me count the ways.

UST Through the Years

Jan 2 2011

By Maria Luisa Zumel-Lopez

Every birthday is a milestone in anyone’s life. This is as true of institutions as it is of people. And if the birthday is the 400th, as in the case of the University of Santo Tomas, the joyful anticipation of this monumental event is expressed not in just one jubilant festival, but in a five-year-long series of celebratory activities, each one generating a mounting excitement that will culminate in a grand gala on January 28, 2011.

A 400th anniversary is a good occasion to pause, look back, and take stock of the past. The UST was founded and administered by Spanish Dominicans and has remained all these years under the auspices of the monarchs of Spain, and the Pope, hence, its title of “Royal and Pontifical University”.

Detour

Jan 2 2011

Ni Louie Jon A. Sanchez

Pumasok ako sa UST sa gitna ng maraming kabaguhan noong 1998. Nang tumuntong ako sa pamantasan, bago ang rektor, na nangahulugan ng marami-rami ring kabaguhan sa mga kolehiyo. Naabutan ko pa noon ang pagpapalitan ng panunungkulan nina Dekana Ophelia Dimalanta (SLN) at Dekano Armando de Jesus sa Faculty of Arts and Letters kung saan ako nakatakdang kumuha ng Communication Arts—dahil iyon naman ang naipasa ko sa eksamen. Bagong kabanata pala ang mga panahong iyon sa mundo ng panulat sa UST. Isisilang di maglalaon ang UST Center for Creative Writing and Studies (USTCCWS) bandang 1999. Ilang buwan bago niyon, matatanggap ako sa Varsitarian, na inisip kong pasukan dahil sa sama ng loob ko sa mga di gaanong kagandahang karanasan sa AB Student Council. Noong hayskul ako, student council officer ako, at inisip kong student council din ang tiyak kong kababagsakan sa UST. Ang buhay ko pala sa UST ay magiging serye ng mga detour.