by ARTHUR N. APOSTOL
STUDENTS AND organizations from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) were recognized for their outstanding academic and co-curricular performance in this year’s Student Awards Day, which was held in person for the first time in two years.
English language studies senior Rhen Dave Rafael received the Rector’s Academic Award on Tuesday for attaining the highest academic rating among AB students. Rafael obtained a general weighted average of 1.072.
Political science sophomore Aidaine Krisha Laxa and behavioral science junior Realis Lorena Tabiando were awarded the Pope John Paul II Award for their achievements in Taekwondo.
Student organizations were also recognized in the group category.
The UST-Communication Arts Students’ Association was conferred with the Benavides Outstanding Achievement Award for five consecutive years for its performance in competitions, conferences, or congresses aligned with its program. The organization also received the Tradition of Excellence Award.
Becarios De Santo Tomas and the UST-Central Student Council were granted the Pope Leo XIII Community Development Award for their active participation in community development and the St. Dominic De Guzman Award for their performance in organizing activities for the University.
The UST Volunteers for UNICEF also received the Pope Leo XIII Community Development Award, while TOMCAT-UST was given the St. Dominic De Guzman Award.
The Students Awards Day is held annually to recognize individuals and groups who “demonstrated Thomasian excellence in various human endeavors.” It was conducted in person at the Quadricentennial Pavilion this year because of the improving COVID-19 situation in Metro Manila. F