Last September 27, 2019 (Friday), Thomasian-Angelicans were given the opportunity to conduct and participate in the first out of five series that Digital 360 had to offer, Finding Yourself. The learners had the privilege of hearing enlightening thoughts and ideas from four inspiring speakers, namely Ms. Marga Deona, Ms. Alyannah Lagasca, Ms. Harini Chari, and Ms. Gretchen Ho.
The Senior High School Principal, Mrs. Ma. Urduja C. Galang, opened the event with her speech about social media, tackling how the generation today would prefer having more time on their phones than with their families. Afterwards, the first talk was given by Ms. Marga Deona. Her topic was about the Internet Privacy and Data Survey, wherein she discussed safety when it comes to sharing online. She advised the learners to take care of their digital footprint because once they put something up on the internet, it will stay there forever.
The next speaker was Ms. Alyannah Lagasca, who discussed about Mental Health. She showed the learners how the South East Asia Region has the most cases of depressive disorder and showed the statistics of the mental health in the Philippines before explaining what mental health is and what it is not. According to her, mental health is for everyone, and it is not a first world problem nor is a result of the lack of our faith. Anyone can have it, through heredity or other reasons. She further discussed on the biopsychosocial model of health that is divided into three categories: Biological, Psychological, and Social.
Ms. Harini Chari was the third speaker who discussed the topic Thought Leadership. She opened the idea of branding ourselves to others. She also inspired the learners to speak up for themselves and showcase their abilities. Ms. Chari encouraged the learners to “Show your passion, don’t just not say it.”
The last speaker of the day, Ms. Gretchen Ho, gave the crowd a playful start to discuss the last topic, Finding Yourself. She then proceeded to share how she was able to find her path in the field of media and acquired the monicker “Tikim Princess” in the program Umagang Kay Ganda as well as the title ‘Woman in Action’. Ms. Ho also encouraged the learners to find their own path and appreciate what they have now before they are gone.
Aside from the discussions, selected learners were given the chance to showcased their talents in the intermission numbers in between the talks. The learners were also given the chance to ask their questions to the four guest speakers and take group pictures with them.
In the pursuit of continuous school development to deal with the changes and challenges of 21st century education, the administrators of UST Angelicum College visited the Dominican International School (DIS) in Dazhi, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan on July 4, 2019.
The delegates to the General Chapter of the Order of Preachers from different countries held their world conference in July in Bien Hoa in Vietnam, where the Dominican family has an important presence. After the Mass of the Holy Spirit on July 13, 2019, the plenary session elected the 87th successor of St. Dominic, and the 88th Master of the Order in the person of Rev. Fr. Gerard Francisco P. Timoner, O. P.
UST Angelicum welcomed the new academic year 2019-2020 with the Mass of the Holy Spirit which was held on August 7, 2019. The Mass, which coincided with the celebration of the Feast of St. Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Order of Preachers, was presided by the Pro-Vice-Rector of the school, Rev. Fr. Ferdinand L. Bautista, O. P. and concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Noel Castor, O. P., the school’s Director for Financial Affairs, Rev. Fr. Rudolf Seño, O.P. and the new Chaplain of the Basic Education Department, Rev. Fr. Arden Dacuma, O. P. Rev. Reynor Munsayac also joined during the celebration.
Despite the rainy weather last weekend, the BEC Youth Volunteers were all excited to attend the Team Building and Planning Session organized by the Office of the Religious Affairs last September 14, 2019 with the theme, ‘ Using One’s Gifts in Serving Others’ (1 Peter 4:10).
UST Angelicum bagged eight awards at the Philippine Student Quill Awards, including the Top Award for Communication Skills.