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Why Do Thomasians Keep Hugging Each Other?

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When the pandemic hit us months before the school year ended, some students barely got the chance to formally say goodbye to their classmates and friends, and seniors didn’t even experience a physical graduation. By this point, we're pretty sure if we ask these students what they miss the most about the school, the number one answer would be their friends. 

With UST about to start a new academic year online, students, thanks to the University of Santo Tomas Central Student Council, started sharing their best memories of life in the university by posting using the #SaUSTLang hashtag.

According to Angelica Mae Ortiz, a BS Medical Technology alumna, it's their counterpart of beso. Instead of the beso, Thomasians hug each other as a sign of greeting. 

"We usually hug each other that's why they say Thomasians hug warmly. That's when we realized why friends after college were too startled whenever we hug them as greetings. It's a Thomasian thing."

We get it, Thomasians. You love hugging. 

“Some children grow up and feel ‘starved’ for touch and become social huggers that can’t greet a friend without an embrace or a touch on the shoulder,” says Suzanne Degges-White, a professor of Counseling and Counselor Education at Northern Illinois University.

But the young leaders of tomorrow have one clapback to that: no judgment. "No judgment or anything, just genuine, heartfelt hugs," says Abram Reyes, a second year Biology major at the university. 

This story originally appeared on Candymag.com. Edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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