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Rains dampen student participation in AB Org Fair

Rains dampen student participation in AB Org Fair

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by: KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN and JUSTIN LIM photo grabbed from the official twitter account of the Artlets Student Council (@UST_ArtletsSC)   THE ARTLETS Student Council (ABSC) did not meet its goals for this year’s installment of the annual Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Organization Fair due to inclement weather, according to ABSC Vice President (VP)-Internal Gerald Dela Cruz. “For me, hindi ko siya matatawag na na-meet ‘yung goal kasi una, hindi nakapag-participate halos lahat ng estudyante so hindi natin nakuha ‘yung majority ng estudyante ng AB, hindi natin sila napapunta roon,” Dela Cruz told The Flame. The VP-Internal said heavy rains and class suspensions led to low student turnout, although he was not able to cite statistics regarding student participation in the
Comm Arts alumnus wins Audience Choice Award in Cinemalaya 2019 for ‘Heist School’

Comm Arts alumnus wins Audience Choice Award in Cinemalaya 2019 for ‘Heist School’

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by: PEACH ARIANNA MANOS     photo grabbed from the facebook account of Julius Renomeron Jr.   COMMUNICATION ARTS graduate and filmmaker Julius Renomeron Jr. won the Audience Choice Award for his short film “Heist School” in the annual Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival awards night held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Aug 11.    “Heist School” is loosely based on college experiences and the friendship of Julius with his co-writer and cinematographer, Johmar Damiles. Renomeron and Damiles were from different colleges at UST until they shifted to the AB Communication Arts program to pursue filmmaking.   “I was from engineering (ECE) then I transferred to IICS (IT) and then eventually to AB Comm Arts kasi dito ako m
AB welcomes 1,042 students as freshmen week comes full circle

AB welcomes 1,042 students as freshmen week comes full circle

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By ISABELL ANDREA M. PINE THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters welcomed 1,042 students out of the total 9,909 freshmen for Academic Year 2019-2020 in the recently held UST’s annual freshmen week. The number of students is expected to change as the enrolment is still ongoing. The traditional Thomasian Welcome Walk proceeded as scheduled on Aug. 6, and it was split in two sessions: the morning and the afternoon welcome rites, with the Faculty of Arts and Letters joining the latter. The AB freshies marched with pride as they passed through the Arch of Centuries. Meanwhile, the Roarientation and Thomasian Welcome Party -- two of the main events of the annual freshmen week -- were delayed due to days of inclement weather; they were rescheduled to Aug. 13 and Aug. 16, respectively.
AB Chorale conductor bags 1st place at 2019 Busan Choral Festival and Competition

AB Chorale conductor bags 1st place at 2019 Busan Choral Festival and Competition

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by MARIA CECILIA PAGDANGANAN Photo courtesy to Mishael Kitma THE UST Chorus of Arts and Letters (AB Chorale) conductor won first place at the recently concluded 2019 Busan Choral Festival and Competition (BCFC).  In an online interview, Mark Raeniel Agpasa told the Flame that his winning piece Jubilate Deo was inspired by Southeast Asian music.  Agpasa shared that he was still busy composing a separate piece for another composition competition when BCFC posted an announcement for applicants on their website.He immediately started working on the piece and was able to finish it in two to three weeks.  “I want to share my knowledge and works to all the choirs out there. [...] I also want to promote our rich Filipino heritage and Thomasian artistry not just here in the Philippines,
Journ alumna invited to become U.S. Academy member

Journ alumna invited to become U.S. Academy member

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by MARIA CECILIA O. PAGDANGANAN photo by KATHLEEN MAE I. GUERRERO/THE FLAME DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER and journalism alumna Baby Ruth Villarama has been invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in the United States.  Villarama is joined by the likes of fellow Filipino filmmaker and documentarist Ditsi Carolino, as well as musician Lady Gaga, Emmy winner Claire Foy, "Crazy Rich Asians"’ Gemma Chan, and "Spider-Man: Far From Home"’s Tom Holland in the list of 842 new members of the Academy, which votes on the winners of the annual Oscars.  The filmmaker took to Facebook on Jul. 1 to share the good news, saying that it is her honor to represent the Philippines in the film industry.  “I guess life can really take this young dreamer from Baliuag
ELS founder named new dean of Faculty of Arts and Letters

ELS founder named new dean of Faculty of Arts and Letters

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by PEACH ARIANNA P. MANOS THE PIONEER of the Faculty of Arts and Letters’ (AB) English language studies (ELS) program and dean of the University’s Graduate School was recently appointed by Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. as the new head of AB starting on Aug. 1. Marilu Ranosa-Madrunio has held longtime leadership positions in the Linguistic Society of the Philippines, where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisers. She was also the chairwoman of the University's English Department for six years.  Madrunio obtained her doctorate degree in Applied Linguistics from De La Salle University in 2003. From 2016 to 2017, she was the president of the Philippine Association of Language Teaching. She founded the Faculty's ELS program which was first launche
1,303 Artlets form biggest batch in AB’s history

1,303 Artlets form biggest batch in AB’s history

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BATCH 2019, composed of 1,303 Artlets, is the biggest batch of students produced by the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) in its 123-year history, Dean Michael Anthony Vasco announced during the Solemn Investiture on Saturday. A total of 272 students from Batch 2019 graduated with Latin honors, with 21 magna cum laudes and 251 cum laudes. The graduates were led by valedictorian Monique Bernardino from English language studies who obtained a general weighted average of 1.216. She is also a recipient of the Rector’s Academic Achievement Award. The final number of Artlet candidates for graduation who attended the investiture was 226 students lower than what was announced in the Baccalaureate Mass last May 24. Dean Vasco told the Flame that the lower number of graduates was due
No podium finish for AB in Pautakan 2019

No podium finish for AB in Pautakan 2019

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By MA. LEANDREA A. TAMARES AFTER CLINCHING podium finishes in last year’s Pautakan, the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) was five points short of a spot in the top three in this year's intercollegiate quiz contest held Monday, landing fourth place in both individual and group categories. AB garnered 70 points in the final round of the group category, trailing behind second runner-up Faculty of Pharmacy’s 75 points. The AB team was composed of legal management student Japheth Irreverre, philosophy major Kirk Matthew Sabio, economics students Sean Paul De Castro and Jaycar Espinosa, and political science majors Leif Arden Fraginal, Jose Arturo Topacio, and Lawrence Llanita, who represented AB in the individual category. The Faculty of Engineering dethroned defending champion
Rector to graduates: ‘Goodbyes are part of the journey’

Rector to graduates: ‘Goodbyes are part of the journey’

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UST RECTOR Very Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. told graduating Thomasians that “saying goodbye is part of the journey” in this year’s Baccalaureate Mass held Friday. “Masakit, pero may kahalong tamis. Sabi nga ng isang poster, ‘Ang pinakamasakit sa goodbye ay ‘yung hindi pa naririnig ng tainga mo, nararamdaman na ng puso mo,’” he said. Fr. Dagohoy noted that words like “I love you 3000” from blockbuster film “Avengers: Endgame” are the most memorable ones not only because of the “pain of leaving,” but also because of “a fervent desire for a good beginning.” “The parting words that you have written on the tees and blouses of your friends and classmates are no different. You might have written there without cinematic effects, but nonetheless convey the said message of pain and
AB Chorale dethroned in Himig Tomasino

AB Chorale dethroned in Himig Tomasino

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN DEFENDING CHAMPION UST Chorus of Arts and Letters (AB Chorale) lost their chance at a three-peat after losing to the Accountancy Chamber Singers in Himig Tomasino 2019. AB Chorale settled for first runner-up, garnering 91.67%, while the Accountancy Chamber Singers (College of Accountancy) garnered 93.67%, earning the championship. Meanwhile, the Pharmacy Glee Club (Faculty of Pharmacy) got a score of 85.30%, landing in third place. “Thank you sa lahat ng nag-support sa amin and kahit we got first runner-up, we’re still very proud na we know na we did our best, and for us it was deserving of a win, kahit paano pang award ‘yun and we know na we did all that we can,” AB Chorale president Pia Barroso said. “Despite us not getting the championship title,