On the 20th of July 2020, the Office of Alumni Relations launched the Tomasino Throwback Thursday to make up for all the canceled homecomings and reunions of the jubilarians. The activity aims to be a small virtual space on the internet where the alumni can recount their best time in the university and walk down memory lane with a chance to win exciting prizes when they participate. 

If an alumna wants to join the raffle, there are a few mechanics to be followed.

Three challenges were posted for the span of 5 months. Many of the alumni have joined three challenges to have more chances of winning.

For the Month 1 challenge released on July 30, the alumni were asked to share their best UST memory/story. Three alumni were able to share amazing stories and won UST Umbrellas on September 1, 2020.

Here are their winning entries:

For Month 2, the alumni were challenged to post and share with the community their best UST Throwback Photo. 9 alumni were able to get their hands on UST Duffel Bags and Limited Edition Thomasian Alumni Card. Winners were announced on November 9, 2020.

Check out their winning entries here:

Sol Catada

Caption: Baguio Outing 1983!

Roger A. Cuepo

Caption for first and second photo: The impressive rendition of the song plus the nice choreography had subsequently given this group (after winning the UST Engineering Songfest in December 1980) the opportunity to represent the College of Engineering in the University-wide annual song festival in 1981. Thus, it paved the way to the birth of the UST Engineering One Voice, and still existent, & currently the Official Student Singing Group of the Faculty of Engineering which will celebrate its 40th founding anniversary in 2021.

Ellen Del Rosario

Roselle Domingo

Egidio Dong Elio

Caption: COURTESY CALL OF SOCC OFFICERS TO CARDINAL SIN IN AUGUST 1976

Egidio P. Elio, president of UST Pax Romana and head of Student Organizations Coordinating Council, presents to the Archbishop the Thomasian Pledge of Devotion and Loyalty in the presence of Prof. Hermenigildo Ramos, Director of Office for Student Affairs; Prof. Magdalena Bautista, Coordinator of Cultural Affairs; and Fr. Fausto Gomez, Secretary-General.

Caption: COURTESY CALL OF SOCC OFFICERS TO CARDINAL SIN IN AUGUST 1976 Jaime L. Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila, speaks before the presidents of UST student organizations at Archbishop’s Palace.

Armi Beley Layug

Caption: Let’s Volt In. BFA Interior Design ‘95. The Crazy Gals!

Tong Ocampo

Caption: It’s me on the guitar.. long hair pa.. now no hair na.. lol.. Those were the days of “floor sweepers” with bell bottom pants… and elevator shoes! We sang America’s famous song “A Horse with No Name” with the Rivera twin brothers and Rick Tolentino during our class Christmas Party, 1975, on our third year. Do the ladies at the back look bored? Or just star struck? *BSMT Class of 1977*

Ramon Pagaduan IV

Caption: ust salinggawi dance troupe 1996

Maria Teresa San Diego

Caption: Laboratory days in our mini hotel with Ma’am Timbang batch 1981 

Caption: UST BSHRM Batch 1991

One very lucky alumnus was named the winner of the Apple Watch Series 5 as the major prize for Month 2 of Tomasino Throwback Thursday. 

See his winning entry here:

Dante Santiago

Caption: The Journalism Majors Batch ’86 during the opening ceremonies of the 1985 Arts & Letters Intramurals

The first two challenges were dedicated to the graduates of 1990s and earlier. However, recent graduates still joined to share their experiences and photos in the Facebook thread. Some alumni even tagged their friends to start a conversation and reminisce about the exact moments the photos were taken. Reliving memories didn’t stop as OAR released another challenge for the month of December.

The Month 3 Tomasino Throwback Thursday was tied up with OAR’s annual Thomasian Alumni Giveaway every Christmas season. For the last question, the alumni were challenged to share their best throwback Paskuhan Photo. 4 alumni won UST Umbrella and Duffel Bag while another 2 were able to get their hands on the Limited Edition of Thomasian Alumni Card and Duffel Bag for the minor prizes.

Check out their winning entries here:

Sarah Faith Carcomo

Caption: #Paskuhan2K14 #PaskuhanFullBlast #TomaSelfie Paskuhan in our senior year, Christmas Season will not be complete without Paskuhan. It’s been our barkada tradition to attend Paskuhan every year.

Jason Fementira

Caption: This photo was taken way back Paskuhan 2010. We were getting ready for a group shot but we didn’t know that the fireworks is about to be launched already. I honestly miss having these good times with good friends.

Rollen Guerrero

Caption: (Upper Right Photo) – Harry Potter Theme of Last year’s paskuhan made UST truly a magical world. This depiction tells us that no amount of darkness can dispel the light of Christ as seen in the main building cross – tuloy parin ang pasko.

(Upper Right Photo 2017) We call our evening strolls on Saturdays around the university “paseo”. This paskuhan paseo was likewise worth-remembering since we walked around with our seminary formators namely Fr. Jannel, Fr. Deng, and Fr. Jun Bolo, OP.

(Lower left Photo 2017) – Christmas celebration is made even significant when it is spent with the ones you consider as a family. This is my second family at the Central Seminary- four of whom are my classmates and one at the extreme right is our brother, now Fr. Jay of the Diocese of Balanga.

(Lower right photo) – Christmas is likewise joyful with your closest of friends. With me are brothers Bino and Ariel whose diaconal ordination will be this month. What a gift!

Salamat UST, Salamat sa Liwanag ng Diyos!

Emman Nazareno

Caption: Junior year and last Paskuhan na complete attendance at magkakasama ang barkada we were seperated the next year, as some pursued for major in clinical pharmacy and now, we are all registered pharmacists and most heed the calling on the field of medicine. Will always wish we can attend Paskuhans again as professionals despite our busy scheds and hindi na sila drawing this time . (Paskuhan, 2015)

Caption: Last Paskuhan before graduation and board exams and my toughest year in UST. Ang daming heartbreaks and breakdowns, together with acads and thesis. But this year also paved way for friendships and learning to stand on my own. This year I attended Paskuhan by myself. I know Paskuhan is time to be with friends but I believed that year I deserved self-love. Being alone is never lonely, it gave me a chance to be independent and cherish beauty and silence around me. And despite the hardships that year gave me, in the end UST will always offer its light to those who wander in the dark. (Paskuhan, 2016)

Caption: Most memorable eto yung times na hype ang raves and one of the highlights and pinakabet kong christmas tree design charot (Paskuhan, 2014)

Madelyn Gabrieles 

Caption: Paskuhan 2018 (UST-CRS Love Team) Enjoyed the last and the most memorable Paskuhan with my boyfriend before he left for work abroad. UST Paskuhan feels like home for the both of us and this is where our love began. #TeamCRS #PT #SPS

Sundee-Pearl Ortega Arroco

Caption: Always full of happy memories eversince college days until I got employed as well here in UST attending the traditional paskuhan. From the agape to the paskuhan concerts and fireworks ever present rain or shine. Sharing my throwback pictures I was able to harvest from 2010 til last yr. hoping to celebrate it again face-to-face minus this year Thank you UST, Nagiisa kalang pinagpalang pamantasan. Salamat Paskong Tomasino

For the grand prize, one lucky alumna from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery won an iPhone 11. Check out her winning entry.

Mikhaela Dayrit

Caption: There is a Paskuhan in UST every year, but there is never the same Paskuhan twice.

2012 spent with new found peers,

And the boy I came to love for years

2013 a deadly typhoon dropped by,

But Paskuhan brought spirits up high

2014 squeezed tight into the crowd,

Jumping and singing to bands out loud

2015 it rained and poured at night,

Still we enjoyed the dazzling lights

2016 had a trip to the beach and really ran,

Just making it on time when fireworks began

2017 spent eating lots of good food,

Fireworks and music puts us in a mood

2018 he had med school removals you see,

With reviewers he still came with me

2019 yay a free day with no hospital duty yet

Spent on a Paskuhan I’d never forget

8 years in UST has come and gone

All with Paskuhan memories full of fun

Our academic days may finally be done

But the rest of life has just begun

And so I say, thank you UST!

Thank you for the best Paskuhan memories!!! 

 

The Thomasian Alumni Giveaway is one of OAR’s Christmas activities for the alumni since 2018. Besides reliving their memories, they could also have something to look forward to when they go home every year to their alma mater for Paskuhan festivities. And while the Paskuhan 2020 has been postponed due to the pandemic, OAR hoped to continue such tradition even at the comfort of everyone’s home.