FILIPINO VALUES and norms like ‘pakikisama,’ ‘hiya’ and ‘utang na loob’ may lead to corruption if practiced without moderation, a Dominican priest and scientist has warned.
Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P, a professor of sacred theology and biological sciences and a fellow of the UST Research Center for Natural and Applied Sciences, said the cherished Filipino values can be a double-edged sword because they can be used for both good and evil acts.
"If they are not properly regulated, the force of these psychological inclinations can be very powerful in a way that nudges the Filipino into an area of corruption that he or she may not want to do," he said during the 55th St. Thomas More lecture held on Wednesday, March 22.
Instead of blaming the system, people should look within themselves, A...
MANILA ARCHBISHOP Jose Cardinal Advincula has urged Thomasians to build a friendship with God, saying achieving holiness is not an impossible feat.
In his homily during the thanksgiving mass for the closing of the 80th canonical establishment of the Santisimo Rosario Parish on Tuesday, March 21, Advincula said living out the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, namely, wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord, is what makes becoming holy possible.
“Perhaps some of you think that being a saint is not for you. But I tell you, if you make good use of the gifts the Holy Spirit has given you, holiness is not impossible,” the prelate said.
According to Advincula, the sacrament of confirmation can make one “a faithful friend of the Lord.”
by SHAYNE LEE MACARAEG and TRISHA TAMIO
TWENTY-SEVEN professors from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) were feted during the 2023 Research Fortnight which covered the academic years 2016 to 2018, 2018 to 2020, and 2020 to 2022.
The Artlet professors were acknowledged for their contributions in their respective fields of specialization, namely arts and humanities; education and social sciences; and sacred sciences.
The program was held at the Robert C. Sy Grand Ballroom Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building on Thursday, March 9.
In the field of arts and humanities, the awardees were Prof. Fleurdeliz A. Albela (Silver, '18-'20, '20-'22); Assoc. Prof. Marella Ada M. Bolaños (Gold, '18-'20 , '20-'22); Prof. Paolo A. Bolaños (Gold, '18-'20, '20-'22); Prof. Franz Giuse...
FORMER ARTLET professor and UNESCO commissioner Jose David Lapuz has died at the age of 84, the Royal Institution announced in its Facebook page on Wednesday, March 8.
The Royal Institution describes itself as the umbrella organization of more than 300 Royal Institutes of various disciplines and professions that are duly registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore.
According to its website, more than 300 institutes of various disciplines and professions were incorporated to recognize people and to create opportunities for their members to join in global conferences and to present and publish research papers in the Royal Institute International Research Journal.
Lapuz, who taught Rizal Course and political science subjects in the UST Faculty o...
by SHAYNE LEE MACARAEG
THE UST Golden Tigresses ended the NU Lady Bulldogs’ 20-game winning streak since 2019 in a five-setter adrenaline rush, 25-23, 27-25, 17-25, 22-25, 15-11, during the first round of the UAAP Season 85 women's volleyball tournament.
This is the Lady Bulldogs’ first loss since season 81. The Bustillos-based squad's previous defeat was in April 2019, also at the hands of the Tigresses, which defeated them in four sets, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16.
UST’s captain Eya Laure finished off NU to take the dub in the deciding set after blocking the Lady Bulldogs' game-high scorer Alyssa Solomon’s spike, 15-11.
Laure had 18 points on 14 attacks, four blocks, to go along with 14 excellent digs. Solomon led NU with 22 points on 20 attacks and a pair of blocks.
by ZOE AIRABELLE AGUINALDO
THE UNIVERSITY suspended onsite classes next week in anticipation of the nationwide transport strike to be held from March 6 to 12.
“[A]ll students will have their academic engagements virtually via the UST Cloud campus,” a memorandum dated March 2 and signed by UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P. read.
“As necessary, instruction that may be carried out by academic staff inside the facilities on campus shall be coordinated with the academic unit heads.”
Transactions for essential services will temporarily shift online through the University’s virtual channels. Internships will resume as scheduled unless otherwise specified by the respective training facilities.
The transport strike, to be condu...
by JASMINE MAE ALARDE
THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) has urged Artlets to participate in the policymaking process to ensure that their concerns are truly addressed.
ABSC policy affairs director Josh Moncayo said “progressive” policies would be crafted if there is engagement with the student body.
“[I]n policymaking, you just don't assume what the student wants. There is a dialogue between the constituents and the authorities so that there is a proper inclusion of what they truly want and there is compromise between the students and the admins,” Moncayo said during the AB Model Congress, a policy formulation webinar, last Feb. 22.
The forum was one of the events during the ABSC’s students’ rights and welfare week.
Echoing Moncayo, ABSC policy affa...
EFFORTS TO keep the memory of the 1986 EDSA revolution alive have failed as activities seeking to commemorate the event have been dogged by lack of resources and the failures of the educational system, an activist and a former government official said.
Social and political activist Fr. Robert Reyes, OFM said Filpinos have been “brainwashed” into thinking that EDSA 1986 revolt is “not an important memory" because the allies of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos continued to reign even after he was ousted.
“To keep memory alive requires effort and funding. That’s why, where we fail, the Marcoses, the Dutertes, the Arroyos, the Estradas are succeeding. We fail to institutionalize memory. Together, they are now erasing it," Reyes said during the Pandesal Forum last Thursday, Feb. 23....