Sunday, June 16

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Timothy Bernardino and Stephen Fortes tune-up to the rhythm of their dreams

Timothy Bernardino and Stephen Fortes tune-up to the rhythm of their dreams

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Having always been musicians at heart, two Artlet alumni have found a home in their band, Where’s Ramona?. When their simple dream of becoming musicians was born inside Room 4N of the Tan Yan Kee building, Timothy “Moti” Bernardino and Stephen “Tep” Fortes, with the encouragement of their bandmates, began to treat music as their other half in life during and after college. Pursuing a dream may sometimes contradict with one’s customary routine; however, this did not apply to the two friends who both pursued their passion, which made them who they are now: musicians. Behavioral science alumnus Moti and journalism graduate Tep made their way into the world of music and found friends for keeps along the way. Dream chasing Despite being new to the OPM scene, Moti (drummer) and Tep
Christine Francisco brings passion to the court

Christine Francisco brings passion to the court

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By JOY THERESE C. GOMEZ and SYRAH VIVIEN J. INOCENCIO KNOWN FOR her knack for going the extra mile in the volleyball court, the ferocious middle blocker Christine Dianne Francisco has emerged as the new team captain of the UST Golden Tigresses.   Tin, as she is fondly called, followed the sports legacies of her brother and grandparents, former Thomasian volleyball player Justin Francisco, former UST athletic director Felicitas Francisco, and member of the 1954 Philippine team for the World Basketball Championship (now FIBA World Cup) Ben Francisco. She began her career as a Thomasian volleyball player during her sophomore high school year. Tin shares that the start of her volleyball journey was not a walk in the park as she joined her first volleyball team without even knowin
Elmer Ligon is redefining public service

Elmer Ligon is redefining public service

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REBELLIOUS and a nonconformist in his college years, who would have thought that Elmer Timothy “Timmy” Ligon had a knack for serving people other than himself? During his years in the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Timmy was not one to adhere to the confining rules of the University. However, he eventually realized the importance of these rules later in his life. “Syempre nung una ‘di mo ma-a-appreciate ‘yung kung ano ‘yung binibigay sayo ng school. [...] Very traditional ang UST [...] and dapat mag-follow ka ng rules. [...] Well, na-apply ko ‘yun nung nagtrabaho ako, ‘yung later part na lang actually. ‘Oo nga pala, tama pala,’ pero dati ‘di ko na-appreciate ‘yun,” he expresses. Despite being a political science major, Timmy never really expected to end up in the realm of public
Makyla Chavez is ready to roar

Makyla Chavez is ready to roar

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BEAUTY, brains, and charm. These are the words that first come to mind when one meets Makyla Chavez—a prim, soft-spoken lass with a bubbly personality. Her picture-perfect smile makes it no wonder why she bagged the title of courtside reporter for UAAP Season 81 despite being a freshman. Made for the spotlight Used to being in the limelight from television to print advertisements since the age of three, Makyla was never known to be shy. Whether on or off camera, she exudes warmth and displays poise that captivates everyone who meets her. For Makyla, courtside reporting is her way of expressing her gratitude and love for the University that served as her training ground for hosting and her second home. “Public speaking has always been my passion; hosting has always been my f
Arnold Azurin is changing the conversation on culture

Arnold Azurin is changing the conversation on culture

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By SYRAH VIVIEN J. INOCENCIO and MARK JOSEPH B. FERNANDEZ ONE fortunate evening in the 1980s, some rising poets were given the chance to showcase their creative mettle inside none other than the grand Cultural Center of the Philippines. One of them was a middle-aged man wearing a black tuxedo on top of a patterned polo shirt, complemented by a cowboy hat that he proudly placed on top of his head. Just by looking at the way he walked toward the stage, it was evident that this man was someone who came from outside the city—a man of a place rich with the native cultures of the north. The spotlight beamed brightly on him, as though welcoming him to the stage. He then proceeded to recite his poem that boasted of the colorful traditions of Ilocos. Now 71 years old, Arnold A
The rollercoaster life of Janna Pablo

The rollercoaster life of Janna Pablo

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By SYRAH VIVIEN J. INOCENCIO THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters honed the imaginative and talented Janna Pablo. Her stay within the walls of the St. Raymund de Peñafort Building as a behavioral science major helped shape the many things she has become: an artist, a teacher, and a businesswoman. The young Pabys, as she is fondly referred to by many, is not a stranger to the limelight. In 2006, she played a fashionista teenager in “Let’s Go,” an ABS-CBN television series. However, she eventually needed to give up show business to finish her studies. “I only lasted [in] showbiz for a year or two because I was 20. [M]y main priority was finishing school [...] I really wanted to graduate in four years. In my fourth year, I was taking up 49 to 52 units,” she shares. Quitting showbiz
Joselito Delos Reyes: Education with a dose of laughter

Joselito Delos Reyes: Education with a dose of laughter

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By MARK JOSEPH B. FERNANDEZ and JULIA MARI T. ORNEDO HIS NAME had probably popped up on your Facebook feed at least once. Joselito Delos Reyes’ posts are hard to scroll past as they often contain witty jokes, nuggets of wisdom, or heartwarming stories about his family, which had easily earned him over 16,000 followers on the platform. Contrary to what his profile indicates, however, Delos Reyes does not work at “E di sa poso mo, beyb,” nor does he teach “rihgt and ferpect grammers.” When he is not online, the Department of Literature chairperson is either shaping the minds of young writers or crafting another literary piece to add to his award-winning body of work. Kindling lifelong passions Before venturing into the vast world of literature, Delos Reyes was first an avid r
Aleia Anies: Conquering battles through words

Aleia Anies: Conquering battles through words

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By SYRAH VIVIEN J. INOCENCIO AT FIRST glance, Aleia Anies may seem like she’s a tough nut to crack, but as her plum-painted lips turn into a smile, people will think otherwise. Despite being diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder, a mental illness that causes episodes of depression and abnormally elevated mood or mania, the Communication Arts senior proves that nothing can stop her from achieving her goal. In her childhood years, she already considered herself an artist. Her vivid imagination brought her into the arts of painting, drawing, and writing stories. “Generally, I was a very artistic person, ever since pa talaga. So, growing up, I had this outlet. That’s what I was drawn to— arts,” she shared. The young artist took most of her inspiration from the books she read and l
AB Guidance Counselors: Rendering service with a genuine heart

AB Guidance Counselors: Rendering service with a genuine heart

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“GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ‘yan. Hindi ‘yan maniniwala sa’yo. May [halong] judgement na nila ‘yan.” This perception is what guidance counselors of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) usually hear from students. Along with similar views, this refrain Artlets from visiting them, thinking that only the gravest problems are needed to be addressed by counselors. Little do they know that counselors like Carmen “Chatt” Quesada and Zyra Angeles work to help solve students’ personal dilemmas and usher them to be the best they could be. The Faculty’s guidance counselors willingly offer Artlets their open arms and give them their brightest smiles. “Ang role namin [ay i-]facilitate kayo to be on your own and to be able to become the person you want to be,” Quesada says. Coming from the heart
SubSelfie: Of and For the Millennials

SubSelfie: Of and For the Millennials

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THE NOISY and distracting environment was silenced by their voices of love and dedication for stories. Journalism alumnae Lian Nami Buan and Apple Gamboa never felt short for words; they both share a love for their craft not even the pressure and restraint of the newsroom can take away from them. As part of the journalism field, Buan and Gamboa’s drive to change how things are viewed in the world continues on and off-duty through their stories. However, these were limited by the airing time of the media outlet they used to work for. Soon, they also ventured in the online world to air their voices out. Their blog SubSelfie became their tool of release. "By telling the story, mabibigyan natin ng pagkakataon ‘yung talagang may direct capability to help [people] better,” Buan shar