by MATTHEW DAVE JUCOM and BLESS AUBREY OGERIO THE GOVERNMENT has sought to vaccinate at least 70 percent of its total population to achieve herd immunity—the perceived solution against the untamed pandemic—when mass COVID-19 vaccination started last March. From March to September, a total of 21.3 million Filipinos or 19.59 percent of the whole Philippine population were fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Meanwhile, 24.2 million Filipinos or 22.23 percent of the whole Philippine population received their first dose of vaccine. However, widespread misinformation and controversies regarding vaccines still lurk on the internet, prompting several Filipinos to refuse to get inoculated. This is a roadblock in the government’s goal of achieving herd immunity. Among them is Ca
With the Christmas season and New Year approaching, Filipinos are hoping for brighter days. However, uncertainties related to the upcoming elections and the looming threat of the Omicron variant are giving people reasons to temper their optimism for the coming year. Given this context, The Flame asks: What are you looking forward to this 2022? For more updates, subscribe to The Flame's YouTube channel.
THE PERSISTING global health crisis has forced people to alter their daily routines, stay at home, and use gadgets for hours on end, putting physical sports on hiatus and in turn making video-based gaming communities thrive. In the University of Santo Tomas, a collegiate eSports organization called Teletigers joined big leagues for video gaming competitions since the onset of the pandemic. With big athletic leagues opening their doors to video gaming events, some sports and gaming enthusiasts think it’s about time that eSports be included in the future seasons of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). Reil Espino, chairman of the sports science department of the College of Rehabilitation Science, noted that the Southeast Asian Games and the National
During the height of the late president Ferdinand Marcos' regime, Marriane's* father was hit on the stomach with a wooden baton by a police officer for violating the curfew. Marriane's father was just on his way home from work when the incident happened. However, her father still believes that there is beauty in Marcos' dictatorship because "it was really strict." "I told him that he wouldn't be hit, no one would go missing, or be tortured to death if it's (Marcos regime) really good back then," Marriane told The Flame. Unlike her father, Marriane is a firm believer that the Marcos dictatorship was one of the darkest days in Philippine history. Her father just dismisses her claims. "He told me that I have no idea about the Marcoses and that I should not believe what I re...
Commission on Higher Education Chairman Prospero de Vera III announced this month that all collegiate programs in Alert level 2 areas, including Metro Manila, may conduct face-to-face classes. Given that Thomasians hail from different parts of the country, The Flame asks: Are students and professors ready for the resumption of in-person classes For more updates, subscribe to The Flame’s YouTube channel
IF YOU are struggling during these trying times and you need an outlet to vent out your frustrations, this application might help. Social media giant Twitter recently introduced Twitter Spaces, an audio-only feature where raw conversations, ranging from intellectual and casual discussions, take place. According to Twitter, the feature brings a certain “authenticity, nuance, and depth only the human voice can bring.” Links are available publicly, allowing any user account to join as they please. Users of the blue bird app can see ongoing spaces either through a purple bubble feature on top of one's newsfeed or a purple border on a host's Twitter icon. One of the users of the feature is Mark Geronimo, a fourth year journalism student who launched a Twitter Space cal
As we enter the season of dread, the Flame asks: What are you afraid of? For more updates, subscribe to The Flame’s YouTube channel
A pre-trial chamber of the ICC has authorized an investigation into the Duterte administration’s bloody war against illegal drugs. The investigation will cover not only the drug war but also the vigilante killings committed in Davao City during President Rodrigo Duterte’s tenure as mayor and vice-mayor. Given this, The Flame asks: What do you think will happen to the crimes against humanity complaint against Duterte? For more updates, subscribe to The Flame’s YouTube channel
AT A time when mobility is limited and some tasks can only be done through digital means, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Health Service is performing its crucial role in an entirely different way. Before the pandemic, the UST Health Service used the Thomasian Online Medical Services and Support (ThOMedSS) to provide medical support and patient services for students, faculty, and support staff. Because of quarantine restrictions and fears of catching COVID-19 in health establishments, more members of the Thomasian community are expected to use the online service for consultations and prescription of medicines. While ThOMedSS has gained praises for being efficient and responsive to the needs of patients, there are calls for an improved awareness of its features given that t...
With the special AB Elections fast approaching, Artlets are about to decide whether to support candidates who vowed to look after them during this period of uncertainty. The Flame now asks: Given the present circumstances, do you think Denzelle Jude Caro and Frances Leisa Buensuceso are the student leaders we need? For more updates, subscribe to The Flame’s YouTube channel.