By KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN and JANIS MOISES President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the class suspension in all levels in Metro Manila until April 12 in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country. During an address to the nation on Thursday night, Duterte announced the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to prolong the suspension of classes in Metro Manila as cases of COVID-19 rose to 52. A month-long suspension of classes was adopted as part of the stringent social distancing measures in the National Capital Region. The task force also said that learners should still comply with their educational requirements and ordered local government units to ensure that stu...
BY JUSTIN LIM THE ARTLETS Student Council (ABSC) launched the AB printing service on Monday organized by its secretary, Romulo Corporal V. “The project was supposed to be [held] last semester, but eventually there are many processes,” Corporal told the Flame. He also said that Sr. Allan Theo Hernandez from Office for Student Affairs (OSA) helped them with the paper processing. According to Corporal, the said challenges for implementation include paperwork, budget and material allocation to reap its sustainability. “[D]oon na din papasok ‘yung pagpapapirma sa mga taong kailangang pumirma kasi sa pagproseso kasi nung papel, kailangan i-allocate ng tama ‘yung budget. Kailangan asikasuhin ‘yung pagkuha ng mga materials, ‘yun nga ‘yung sabi ni Sir Allan, para ma
by JUSTIN LIM and BEA RONIO photo by ELLA MERCADO/THE FLAME UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) Vice-Chancellor Very Rev. Fr. Napoleon Sipalay Jr., O.P. urged Thomasians on Ash Wednesday to let their journey and purpose in life lead them back to God. “'[W]hy am I here? Where am I going?’ I hope that if this is the only one you learned in your theology, in your study of religion, that we come from God, we return to God. And God has a purpose for each one of us as we journey, we bring that to Him,” he said during the Mass held at the Plaza Mayor. The Dominican prior provincial also emphasized the three pillars of Lent—fasting, abstinence, and almsgiving—that the Thomasian community must observe. Sipalay reminded Thomasians to fast and abstain during the Lenten Season that will las
by KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN JOURNALISM EDUCATORS from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) denounced on Wednesday the government's filing of a quo warranto petition against broadcast network ABS-CBN. "As journalism educators, we have always taught students that a free press is the cornerstone of democracy, and that part of the journalist’s job is to zealously guard this freedom and close ranks when it comes under attack," they said. Solicitor General Jose Calida on Monday filed with the Supreme Court a quo warranto petition seeking to revoke the legislative franchise of the country's largest television network by challenging the corporation's legal right or qualification to continue its operations. The UST Journalism Faculty criticized the move as a "direct assault" on press f
by JANIS JOPLIN MOISES DELEGATES FROM participating Southeast Asian countries showcased their documentary productions on the last day of the collaborative video project, De-Centralized Asian Transnational Challenges (D’CATCH) 2020, hosted by the Communication Arts Students’ Association (CASA). “So basically, what we wanted to do is invite all of these media students from the different countries, participating countries and find a way of mixing their cultures, their skills and the craft of media, and how they can collaborate well enough to produce seamless videos” CASA President and D’CATCH Officer in Charge Voltaire Avendaño said. D’CATCH was attended by media students from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They were divided into five groups and were given th
by KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN photo by MARLOU JOSEPH BON-AO/ THE FLAME THE COMMUNICATION Arts Students' Association launched the fourth iteration of its six-day cross-cultural project, De-Centralized Asian Transnational Challenges (d'CATCH) Project, on Monday. The event, which aims to promote intercultural communication and collaboration among Asian media students, is attended by delegates from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. The delegates will mount a video production anchored on the prefix "trans-" which opened up themes such as Translanguage, Translate, Transfigure, Transient, and Transportation during the brainstorming session. "I almost thought this will not push through because of the [novel coronavirus] scare but I am glad we are all here," Assoc. Prof.
by JANIS JOPLIN MOISES and JUSTIN BENEDICT LIM photo grabbed from the official Facebook account of Prof. Alejandro Bernardo NEWLY APPOINTED Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Assistant Dean Assoc. Prof. Alejandro Bernardo is aiming for the Faculty to become locally and internationally accredited, and for Artlets to have more academic partnerships with world-renowned institutions. Bernardo earned his doctorate degree in English Language, cum laude, from the University of Santo Tomas in 2013 and has been the faculty secretary of the UST Graduate School ever since. His term as faculty secretary ended last Dec. 31 and is set to replace Asst. Prof. Narcisa Tabirara who was the assistant dean for no more than 40 years. Bernardo said that Tabirara was appointed as assistant dean becau
by: KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN and BEATRIZ ARMINA RONIO MANILA REGIONAL Trial Court (RTC) has acquitted lawyer Lorna Kapunan, Horacio "Atio" Castillo III's family lawyer, for unjust vexation filed by the UST Civil Law dean as the prosecution failed to prove her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. UST Civil Law Dean Nilo Divina filed slander complaints against Kapunan in 2017 over her defamatory statements during a television interview amid the investigation of the hazing- slay case of Castillo. Kapunan stated during her interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel that Divina recruited Castillo in the Aegis Juris Fraternity and he coddled the members involved in the initiation rites. The Department of Justice (DOJ) deemed Kapunan's remarks on Divina to be abov...
BY KRISTINE AGUSTIN AND JUSTIN LIM THE MANILA Regional Trial Court (RTC) turned down the bail petition of 10 main suspects in the hazing-slay of UST freshman law student Horacio "Atio" Castillo III due to "strong" evidence of guilt. The 10 Aegis Juris fratmen denied bail were Arvin Balag, Mhin Wei Chan, Axel Munro Hipe, Oliver John Audrey Onofre, Joshua Joriel Macabali, Ralph Trangia, Robin Ramos, Jose Miguel Salamat, Marcelino Bagtang Jr. and Danielle Hans Matthew Rodrigo for violation of the Anti-Hazing Law ordered on Dec. 10 by presiding Judge Marivic Balisi-Umali. The Manila RTC Branch 20 ruling states that the accused, according to witness Mark Ventura, were present during the fraternity rites, considered as an act of participation as stated in the Anti-Hazing Law unless ...
by JUSTIN LIM and JANIS JOPLIN MOISES GMA REPORTER, host, and award-winning filmmaker Cesar Apolinario, a Communication Arts alumnus, succumbed to lymphoma on Friday, Dec. 13. Apolinario was diagnosed with cancer in August and was admitted on Nov. 12 due to sepsis and pneumonia, according to GMA News. Apolinario graduated with a degree in Communication Arts at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) in 1998. He worked abroad for two years to fund his studies and continued to work various jobs while studying, he stated in his interview with GMA. He also worked as a cameraman-researcher, his early foray into his broadcasting career, before pursuing television reporting and documentary hosting on shows such as I-Witness, Brigada,