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How setbacks molded LegMa alumni who passed the 2021 Bar exam

How setbacks molded LegMa alumni who passed the 2021 Bar exam

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ASPIRING LAWYERS know that the seemingly unending days of law school are finally over once they see their names on the list of bar passers.  This also goes for Alyanna Veloso, Miguel San Miguel, and Nowell Sim, the three Artlet legal management alumni who have just been added to the roster of the country’s lawyers. While they are savoring their success and the fruits of their labor, they could still recall the days of hardships while in law school. “We literally study all day. As a night-owl, I study at night until the wee hours of the morning,” Veloso said.  Veloso likened a law student to an empty vessel, a blank canvas. San Andres and Sim said the hardships did not only come from studying the law but also the often missed important family gatherings. It is a sacrifice he
Medical martial law? Debating with critics of COVID-19 vaccination pointless, says expert

Medical martial law? Debating with critics of COVID-19 vaccination pointless, says expert

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WHILE PEOPLE have the right to free expression, those who staged the Liwasang Bonifacio protest against mandatory vaccination last January were arrested or were bombed with water cannons.  However, the individuals who protested against what they called “medical martial law” were dispersed not for expressing what is now an unconventional view but for violating quarantine protocols. According to the police, the protesters, which numbered about 150 people,  refused to wear face masks or present their vaccination cards, violating city ordinances and minimum health protocols set by the government.  But for JJ Villanueva, the dispersal was inconsistent with the freedom of speech guaranteed to Filipinos.  “They told us we had every right to express our opinions, and [then] one day th
Trolling for the truth? Two online trolls claim they are not just after the money

Trolling for the truth? Two online trolls claim they are not just after the money

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by RY PHILIP JACO T. GALVAN WEEKS BEFORE the official start of this year’s local campaigns, Raphy and Harry (not their real names) have already posted propaganda on social media. They would call out and highlight the opposition’s wrongdoing, which could benefit the local politician they are serving.  As the tight race for city mayor heated up, trolls from both sides hurled insults and allegations against each other. Raphy and Harry had been doing everything to promote their candidate and to discredit their rivals, even at the expense of truth. “Corrupt!” they wrote as if unleashing hell towards their target social media users.   While they do not have substantial evidence to back their claim, the two insisted that what they wrote was the truth. “I do not lie when
Mahal Ang Magmahal: For some students, Valentine’s Day comes with a hefty price tag

Mahal Ang Magmahal: For some students, Valentine’s Day comes with a hefty price tag

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It was a Sunday afternoon just two weeks before Valentine’s Day. Roey Lagasca walked towards the nearest automated teller machine (ATM) just below his dorm. While waiting, Lagasca calculated his weekly expenses.  For Lagasca, a new week means a new set of expenses to budget. As soon as the ATM dispensed his allowance, he went back to his dorm, pulled out his phone, and began budgeting. He separated his weekly allowance of P3,000 for food, laundry, and another for his emergency funds.  The remaining amount will be used for the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Looking at his phone’s calendar, he happily said, “I still have time to save up for Valentine’s,” and continued canvassing for the perfect Valentine’s gift for his girlfriend. Unexpected Valentine’s Day is more often than n
Young Chinoys reinterpret traditions in a rapidly changing world

Young Chinoys reinterpret traditions in a rapidly changing world

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ONE WILL know that another lunar year has come when streets are filled with sights of red colors, sounds of familial joy, and the scent of various Chinese traditional foods. To members of the Chinoy Thomasian community, the celebration of the lunar year also means a sacred family reunion—paying respect to their ancestors and giving of ang pao—a way of welcoming another year of prosperity and breakthrough.  As the tradition comes through the new members, adaptability shines through the younger generations' choices in how they practice their traditions, as each generation comes with choices that translate to change. Festivities The weeks leading up to the Lunar New Year are exciting for behavioral science sophomore Denise Andrea Sia.  As a daughter of two store owners in Quiap
‘Treat HIV patients holistically’

‘Treat HIV patients holistically’

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IT WAS supposed to be an ordinary day treating patients as a nurse—but that day was different. It was the first time Bubbles Rosos met Champ*, a patient who tested positive for HIV who was hesitant about the treatment because of the side effects. According to Rosos, Champ’s firm choice to refuse treatment was challenging because his condition needed immediate care. Serving as Champ’s counselor at the same time, Rosos convinced him to undergo treatment. Visit by visit, together with the patient's mother, the hospital staff did everything to encourage him. It was difficult, according to Rosos. But eventually, Champ decided to give treatment a chance.  Days passed, and Rosos noticed that Champ was starting to smile again.  “I was so happy when I saw him getting better. His aur
Nasaan si Balikbayan?: How an OFW family celebrates Christmas

Nasaan si Balikbayan?: How an OFW family celebrates Christmas

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THE YEAR 2011 was the last time Hannah “Hans” Joy Baquiran physically celebrated Christmas with her father. This would be the tenth year they will celebrate the holidays with an unfilled seat by the dining table.  As Hans and her mother Liza Baquiran prepared food and gifts for their relatives, her father Baroy Baquiran would set up his device in time to see his family’s smiles back home.  Liza’s phone would eventually ring, she would answer and would be greeted by her husband’s voice.  From Qatar to the Philippines, a virtual connection allows them to share the joy of celebrating the Holidays. From screen to screen, they would endure the longing that precedes their situation—all in hope for their family in these coming years. Holidays Remembered After Hans’ elementary gradu
How the UST Chorus of Arts and Letters brings music in the new normal

How the UST Chorus of Arts and Letters brings music in the new normal

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by MARY NICOLE P. MIRANDA THE ARTLET experience would not be complete without the music of the UST Chorus of Arts and Letters (AB Chorale) echoing in the hallways of St. Raymund’s de Peñafort building at night.  With the musical beat of the choir conductor Mark Agpasa, hearing the harmonization of the choir became a huge part of the Artlet culture—bringing color and life to their listeners. However, with the sudden shift of events as the university shifted to online learning, the harmony of AB Chorale was tested tremendously due to limitations in rehearsing in person.  Despite such restrictions, the rhythm of AB Chorale continues to play with a much deeper purpose. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_GUrZtHSHY Members turned family From simple talks and bondings between
Munimuni relives the Paskuhan experience

Munimuni relives the Paskuhan experience

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by PATRICK V. MIGUEL IT WAS 2019, and despite the exhaustion from wrapping up the semester, Thomasians lined up outside the university gates. The sun was about to retire for the day and the Christmas lights glimmered brighter by the minute.  Inside the university, a band stepped onto the stage, facing thousands of Thomasians on the field. The crowd’s excited cheers slowly halted as the band began to play their instruments.   With a guitar strapped on to his body, Munimuni lead vocalist Adj Jiao stepped before the mic. Singing about love and heartbreak, Munimuni took over the stage with their music—together as a band.  Backstage excitements Recalling the time when he found out Munimuni will be performing in Paskuhan, Adj told The Flame in an email, “Na-excite ako kasi alam
[Plot Twist] The Blue Normal – Finding serenity from within

[Plot Twist] The Blue Normal – Finding serenity from within

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"With only a month left in this year, what is something you are hoping for to happen?" To spend the last month of the year with my family—just the joy of enjoying each other’s company and being thankful for all God’s blessings. As simple as that. Nothing [grander] because I believe that 2021 has spared enough room for me to prosper and grow. For that, I’m thankful already.  "What do you consider your biggest plot twist this year?" [It] would be finally choosing myself [...] For so long, I was in a dark corner… This year, I learned to finally encourage myself to grow regardless of the past. I [also] learned [to muster] the courage to cut ties [with some people]  and build walls around my peace, [which is] something that won’t be broken easily.                 - Vhey Tapia, j