- Jomana Lomangco, a graduate of UST, discussed her life as a Muslim at the Catholic university
- According to her, she was accepted and loved despite not being a Catholic
- She urged people of different faiths to focus on unity rather than fighting with each other
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An alumna of the University of Sto. Tomas named Jomana Lomangco shared on social media how she has been treated as a Muslim by the Catholic university.
KAMI learned that Jomana discussed how she has been accepted and loved by the Catholic faculty and students even if she is a Muslim.
She also urged people of different faiths to focus on their similarities rather than their differences.
“As my last graduation post, I would like to share how it’s like to be a Muslim in a Catholic University. As I chose UST to be the place where I will spend 5 years of my life studying, I have faced stereotyping beforehand that this decision might alter my faith. Baka raw maging ‘Christian’ na ako sa college.
“NEVER have I felt discriminated in the four walls of the university. NEVER have I felt less just because I’m a Muslim. NEVER did they leave me out just because of my faith.
“I have learned many things throughout my stay, but this I will remember in my whole life. To be of a certain faith, may it be Christianity or Islam, is to be HUMAN. And to be human is to respect and accept each other in spite of the differences in our beliefs.
“As a Muslim who took up a few Theology courses, I’ve learned to look at our similarities rather than our differences. And I think that’s exactly what this world needs.
“Maraming salamat, UST! Thank you for making me feel that I belong. Alhamdulillah for everything,” Jomana wrote on Facebook.
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Netizens got inspired by Jomana’s post:
“Catholic walang isinusuka pero unlike other sects magagaling maghusga magagaling mambola kaya kng mahina ang pananampalataya mo matatangay ka nila”
“Yes, Christians, Muslim or Jew we are one. Our blood is of the same color.”
“Tama ka Yong lahat na my utak na ganito walang gulo ang bansa na iyo.”
“True. Look at the common ground not the differences. UST have taught us to live the faith. We may not have the same faith, but LOVE is universal. Congratulations . You will be a Thomasian forever”
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