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Perspectives

Staying Afloat

FOUR YEARS ago, I entered the Communication Arts program wanting to be a film director. I wanted to make movies that made a difference—at least half of my then new blockmates also did. UST was not my dream school, I was planning to transfer to UP on my second year …

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Synesthesia

IT FEELS surreal to finally be writing a column for the Flame. And not just any column, but a farewell. It’s that moment that tells me: Yes! I’m finally leaving. Don’t get me wrong. I love UST, and I love the Flame. But unlike most who become melancholic at the …

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When Banners Become Cloaks (or Whips)

 ALMOST FOUR years ago, former Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) Treasurer Mark Gil Quitoy stepped down from office. Surprisingly, it did not call the attention of Artlets. Only a few people knew what really happened that led to his resignation. According to a reliable source who only spoke on the …

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Demandatory

“AT LAST” were the only words I could say when I learned that the verdict on the case of the missing council fund was handed to concerned parties—that is, the former student council president and treasurer are banned from getting certificates of good moral character for their “gross negligence” of …

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Resist or Assist?

THE UNIVERSITY seemed resistant to change as majority of the Thomasian community expressed their opposition to the proposed flood “detention basin” underneath UST’s football field after President Benigno Aquino III made an innuendo to a “big university” in Manila rejecting the said proposal—referring to none but UST—during his last State …

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Pampering Political ‘Pampams’

IT’S THAT time of the year again where we would bring out the dusty Christmas decorations after keeping them in a box for a year from our bodega. The streets would glow in green and red, markets would be filled with parols, Santa and Rudolph would be seen lighted up in …

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More Than Clamor

ONE OF my professors described the Faculty of Arts and Letters as “a microcosm of the society.” We are alive with political intrigues, watchful for unjust system, and most of all, freely immersed into discussions about social issues to let ourselves be aware of what is really happening outside the four …

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The Tap-and-go is Not Enough

“ILANG ARAW na lang, Beep card na po ang gagamitin sa lahat ng mga istasyon ng LRT!” exclaimed the sales person from one of the Light Rail Transit’s (LRT) busiest terminal stations, while I was buying my first ever tap-and-go card. For regular train riders like me, a change this big …

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