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Gany: Being a talent coordinator is not just communication, but also taking care of your talent

Gany: Being a talent coordinator is not just communication, but also taking care of your talent

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PHOTO BY LILA MORTEL / THE FLAME   How was your day so far as a music coordinator?   “For me, super hectic. Kasi it’s not just na binabantayan mo sila [na talent], but also yung welfare nila. When it comes to, not only the music or yung itutugtog [nila] na equipment, but also kung comfy sila. So if may need sila, kaming talent coordinator will provide for them. Kasi being a talent coordinator is not just communication, but also taking care of your talent, kaya talent coordinator.”   What is your Paskuhan bucket list when you're off duty?   “For me, I think I’m gonna go out with my friends because hectic. And since it’s Paskuhan, ayon, I’ll go out with my friends and orgmates after this.”         - Gany Soriano, UST Paskuhan Talent Coor...
Riand: I want to express myself

Riand: I want to express myself

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  PHOTO BY ANICA LORAN/THE FLAME   Tell us about your cosplay today, bakit ka nagcosplay today?   “Actually, the reason why I cosplayed today is because I want to express myself din, kasi it’s a fun hobby since I struggle with anxiety sometimes. So I feel like this is stepping out of my comfort zone a little bit, and this is a way for me to do that.   Tell us about the character that you are cosplaying, can you describe why ‘yun ‘yung napili mo for today.   I chose Anya from Spy x Family because I really like her character. I started reading the manga before it became animated, so I really like the way that her character […] even though she can read minds, she sometimes messes it up. And it goes to show that not everything is as simple as...
Illumina: it’s really fun to be together and play together, especially for the Thomasian community.

Illumina: it’s really fun to be together and play together, especially for the Thomasian community.

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PHOTO BY LILA MORTEL/THE FLAME   Illumina, What do you and your bandmates like to do after your set?   "Actually, we always enjoy our time, and sometimes we eat out and spend our time together, [...] pero mainly we review our performance to improve on our future set."   How was your set earlier?   "Okay naman... It could be better. May mga problema pero masaya,"   "It's good to be back with Sam and Andrei."   Anong plano niyo after your set? Whats your paskuhan plans after this ?   "Actually, wala kaming long term plan---"   "No, we have plans, yes! We plan to go to Enchanted Kingdom and celebrate our success together [...]We are going to celebrate it by going to many many tourist spots and amusement pa...
Ymson: I do take issue with the one entry one exit [policy].

Ymson: I do take issue with the one entry one exit [policy].

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PHOTO BY KATRINA GINETE/THE FLAME Sinong Paskuhan date mo?   “Nobody. [These flowers are] for my friend who’s gonna give it to her jowa.”    May backlogs ka pa ba or malaya ka na?   “I think it’s all over. There’s nothing I can do about it.”    What can you say about the safety and security measures that are being implemented this Paskuhan?   “In terms of the health [security], I guess they should [ have put more] disinfectant stations around the campus and in terms of security, [...] I do take issue with the one entry one exit [policy]. I think people should at least have the chance to leave. It does more harm than good basically.”            - Alecx Ymson, Faculty of Pharmacy    INTERVIEW BY IRISH FERY &nb...
Romeo: Noong bago magpandemya, sunod-sunod ‘yon.

Romeo: Noong bago magpandemya, sunod-sunod ‘yon.

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PHOTO BY ANICA LORAN/THE FLAME   Nakailang Paskuhan na kayo dito sa UST?   “Siguro mga anim—pito.[...] Noong bago magpandemya, sunod-sunod ‘yon. Tapos, ngayon na [lang] ulit.”   Ano ang mga napansin ninyong pagbabago sa Paskuhan ngayong taon?   “Ngayon, hindi na masyadong marami [ang] mga tao. Noon kasi, ganitong oras, madami nang tao. [Ngayon], onti [pa] lang kasi mahigpit kasi ang guwardiya eh.”         - Romeo Perez, Ice Cream Vendor, 58   INTERVIEW BY VERSY MENDOZA  
Lucy, Band: We have fans? Siguro thank you again for the support […]

Lucy, Band: We have fans? Siguro thank you again for the support […]

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Photo by Lila Mortel/THE FLAME   What is your backstage ritual for preparing for your concert? "I think I mentioned this before sa kaibigan ko, yung huddle. […] Parang, motto namin is to enjoy the stage. If you make mistakes, just forget them and just have fun on stage so.. We just say that paulit-ulit. And pray. How are you guys feeling? [now that] you are playing for a crowd for as big as Paskuhan? "Excited na may kaba." "May kaba kasi it's our largest crowd as of now." Do you guys have any message for your fans or your crowd? "We have fans? Siguro thank you again for the support, kasi we wouldn't be here if it weren't for them. The performance that we gave 'nung Tunog Tomasino is just a small part why we're here but most of it comes from our fans, our supporters."  ...
Sean: Special siya since tutugtog ako in front of my fellow Thomasians

Sean: Special siya since tutugtog ako in front of my fellow Thomasians

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PHOTO BY RAINIEL FIGUEROA/ THE FLAME FACES OF DAPITAN - “Paskuhan” What's your backstage ritual before performing? “Siguro, ano, I drink lukewarm water, mahilig ako sa tubig pero syempre as a singer hindi ako pwedeng uminom ng cold water. And also, I try to get myself into [the] mood, na parang galit ako ganon, para ano stage presence.” How do you feel right now, performing for Paskuhan, the first one since 2019? “We’re excited, kasi first time namin to but also first time nang ganto kalaki na crowd and also special siya since tutugtog ako in front of my fellow Thomasians, were excited.” Do you have a message for your fans? “Tignan niyo yung ginawa kong lyric guide, [it’s] like a chant guide, […] para makasabay sila sa live performance.” - Sean Archer, Tunog Tomasin...

Vince: “Kasi ilang years din ang hindi nakapag-Agape. Namiss din ang Agape.”

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      What makes Agape memorable this year for you?   “Ah siyempre 'yung kasama yung friends ko and siyempre [ang] macelebrate [ang Paskuhan] since matagal na walang Paskuhan sa UST.”   “Kasi ilang years din ang hindi nakapag-Agape. Namiss din ang Agape."   “Ang weird kasi ng walang Agape, kaya masaya bumalik ngayon. Wala pang face-to-face, makikita ko rin mga kaibigan ko.”   May Agape dates kayo? All:“Wala.”   Who is your dream Agape date? “Siguro yung girlfriend ko, kaso wala siya eh. FEU siya ngayon, so nung nalaman ko bawal ang outsider, edi ayun. Sad.”   “Wala naman, kahit ano. Kahit sino lang.”   “Kahit sino po, simple lang po. Basta babae.”   So far, can you ...
JM: these are the most stressful for us [student] organizations, pero ang fulfilling

JM: these are the most stressful for us [student] organizations, pero ang fulfilling

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Photo by RAYMOND VINCE MANALOTO/THE FLAME What makes Agape Memorable? "We get to see the faces na sa online lang natin nakikita. I mean--Agape, Paskuhan, kung iisipin natin, these are the most stressful for us [student] organizations, pero ang fulfilling niya makita, na ‘yung mga students kumakain sabay-sabay, nagpi-picture. It’s so, parang, defines our Thomasian identity."  Who is your dream Agape date? "Wala." This Christmas season, what do you think are the measures that UST made to make these festivities more virus-friendly? "The ThoMedss app. 'yung mga guards sa gate, very strict pa sila ‘don. Like nagca-cause siya ng traffic but ‘yung idea na like ineensure nila ng lahat ng pumapasok is well registered sa ThoMedss, one good movement na siya ng UST." If you can...
Earist Volunteers: After [three] years nagkaron ng ganitong event.

Earist Volunteers: After [three] years nagkaron ng ganitong event.

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Photo by RAYMOND VINCE MANALOTO/THE FLAME So first time niyo ba mag-Agape? "Yes po" Ano po yung naramdaman niyo noong binigay sa inyo ‘yung trabaho na ‘to? “Siyempre masaya. Ano after [three] years nagkaron ng ganitong event.” Ano po ang pinaka-exciting sa inyo ngayong Agape? “Siyempre ang privilege po na makatulong sa staff sa pagbigay ng food sa mga students. ‘Yun po ang setting part para sa akin.” Kng meron kayong mapipiling Agape date, sino? “Boyfriend [ko] po” “Wala po eh, single po [ako].” “Wala rin po.” - Irish Cao, Cristina Bala Miguel Peralta, Earist Volunteers Interview by LILA F. MORTEL Transcribed by GIANNAH OCHOA