Thursday, May 26

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Sent from above? How faith matters in poll decisions

Sent from above? How faith matters in poll decisions

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  THE GROWING influence of secularization poses a threat to the authority of churches worldwide as some groups question traditional values inspired by religious ideals while calling for freedom of choice.  However, in a deeply religious country like the Philippines – which has a constitution that guarantees the separation of church and state – faith is seen to play a crucial role in practically every aspect of the lives of its citizens, including choosing their next leaders. In the case of Filipinos, religion and politics are not separated, according to Asst. Prof. Ma. Zenia Rodriguez of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) political science department.  “It is safe to say yes it may. Religion continues to play a role in influencing the faithful, and this may extend as
Businesses around UST remain affected by pandemic but expert sees chance of recovery

Businesses around UST remain affected by pandemic but expert sees chance of recovery

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FIVE MONTHS after the start of the nationwide lockdown in 2020, John Lloyd Rolea, a political science junior, saw the impact of the pandemic on several businesses when he went to the University to return some books in the library. “Numerous stores were closed because UST students were no longer present around the area to patronize their food or products,” Rolea told The Flame. “It was completely different because UST [University of Santo Tomas] is not UST without its students,” he added. Just this year, Rolea went back to the University and witnessed the stark difference in the state of the businesses around the campus compared to two years ago. “Some businesses are now recovering from the devastating effects of the pandemic. Stores are now gradually reopening due to limite
Include eSports in UAAP, gaming enthusiasts say

Include eSports in UAAP, gaming enthusiasts say

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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
TeleConsultation: Assessing the quality of UST’s online medical support during the pandemic

TeleConsultation: Assessing the quality of UST’s online medical support during the pandemic

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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...
The waiting game: Thomasians outside Metro Manila still seeking access to COVID-19 jabs

The waiting game: Thomasians outside Metro Manila still seeking access to COVID-19 jabs

Issues, The Flame Explains
THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) has become one of  Manila's vaccination sites, giving Thomasians and their families—Manileño or not—access to what everyone hopes will end the pandemic. But for students residing in the province, the means to travel and the quarantine protocols in the Philippine capital pose a problem. This leaves Thomasians far from school with no choice but to play the waiting game.  Among them is Maxine Rae Joaquin, a third year communication arts student from Ilocos Norte who remains unvaccinated since her local government is still administering jabs to the priority groups.  Because of the limited vaccine supply, the government prioritized health workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, essential workers, and the indigent population, sectors tha
Breaking barriers: Filipino and native languages as ‘language of resistance’

Breaking barriers: Filipino and native languages as ‘language of resistance’

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by JHONA VITOR and BLESS AUBREY OGERIO  AUGUST MARKS the 24th year of celebrating Buwan ng Wika and the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) pushed to emphasize the importance of not only Filipino, the national language, but also of the native languages in the call for decolonization that affected Filipinos' collective identity as a nation today. The Philippines continues to face the endangerment of 40 out of over 180 languages and if these languages disappear, the rich tradition, customs, knowledge, and wisdom will also vanish. Filipino language on the frontlines As the pandemic is a real struggle for all communities across the world, language is playing an indisputable role in addressing them. UST Department of Filipino Chair Prof. Roberto Ampil told The Flame that one cannot
A new breed of voters: Examining the power of the Artlet vote

A new breed of voters: Examining the power of the Artlet vote

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By ANA GABRIELLE CEGUERA THE ARTLET community continues to constantly be at the forefront of movements against injustices and calls for accountability. In the recently concluded midterm elections, there is no doubt Artlets played a huge role in influencing others to exercise their right to vote and determine the nation’s history. As students of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) who have always been exposed to the culture of politics and governance, it is undeniable that the Artlet community has the leverage in choosing their candidates. With this knowledge at hand, one must know how influential an Artlet’s vote could be. “Napakalaki ng impluwensiya natin, especially in the University, given that we, of course, are from the liberal arts. We are exposed to politics, differen
THE FLAME EXPLAINS: Amendments to the ABSC Constitution

THE FLAME EXPLAINS: Amendments to the ABSC Constitution

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By ALYSSA MAE S. RAFAEL SINCE THE last amendment on February 11, 2005 to the Artlets Student Council (ABSC) Constitution, the eight-page document has been subjected to various amendment attempts by the different student councils that have taken office through the years. Last academic year, then ABSC President Reymark Simbulan proposed the amendment of the Constitution through a Constitutional Convention (ConCon). Its three reading sessions concluded on March 24. However, Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Dean Michael Anthony Vasco did not sign the proposed Constitution after the Faculty Council rejected the amendments. This caused the delay of the plebiscite, which was originally set to take place after the reading sessions. “Kumpleto na ‘yung signatures ng students. The n
THE FLAME EXPLAINS: The pressure to preserve UST’s historical landmarks

THE FLAME EXPLAINS: The pressure to preserve UST’s historical landmarks

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WITH OVER four centuries of its presence in the educational and religious landscape of the country, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) has been a witness to several significant moments in history as it withstood the test of time. The University, which is home to national cultural treasures like the Arch of the Centuries and the Main Building, has also faced the wear and tear of these important landmarks over the years. In pursuit to take care of the remnants of its glorious past, the preservation of these national treasures proves to be a challenge for the Thomasian community’s pool of heritage conservationists. Recently, the Arch of the Centuries and the Main Building were seen to be undergoing physical refinements. With renovations being done to maintain their structural in
THE FLAME EXPLAINS: Are Voting Receipts Necessary?

THE FLAME EXPLAINS: Are Voting Receipts Necessary?

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  AFTER THE Supreme Court (SC) affirmed its ruling for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to issue voting receipts, the Philippines’ third fully automated national elections last May added the said feature in the voting process. But is it necessary? Section 6 of Republic Act 9369, also known as the Automated Election Law, requires a voter-verified audit paper trail (VVPAT), better known as the voting receipt. The VVPAT is a generic receipt printed on thermal paper that indicates the votes that the vote-counting machine (VCM) tallied for every ballot. It is given to voters for verification but it cannot be brought outside nor photographed. Should a voter have concerns, it should be raised to the Board of Election Inspectors. Asst. Prof. Dennis Coronacion, chairperson of