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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,
Dapitan 2019 tackles themes of uprising

Dapitan 2019 tackles themes of uprising

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All literatures are a form of critique, and as long as writers breathe, the fight will go on. This was the message of Dapitan 2019 guest editor Paul Castillo to fellow litterateurs during the book launch for “Dapitan: Insureksiyon” on Friday. The latest edition of Dapitan, the Flame’s official literary folio, is centered on themes of revolution and uprising. Literature senior Celine Marie Garcia won Best in Poetry with her piece titled “to the angel of eden” while literature senior Philip Jamilla Best in Tula with “Pagbibinyag.” Lorraine Suarez, an English language studies freshman, won Best in Prose with “The Child of ABC” and literature alumnus George Deoso won Best in Katha with “Ang Tatlong Buhay ng Labanderang si Gloria.” Communication arts senior Marie Antoinett
Dean, 14 Artlet profs honored in 20th Dangal awards

Dean, 14 Artlet profs honored in 20th Dangal awards

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By ANGEL B. DUKHA III FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Dean Michael Anthony Vasco and 14 Artlet professors were recognized for their loyalty to and service for the University in the 20th Dangal ng UST Awards on Friday. Vasco, Prof. Joyce Arriola, Asst. Prof Ferdinand Lopez, Assoc. Prof. Jose Arsenio Salandanan, Asst. Prof. Arlo Salvador II, and Assoc. Prof. Marvin Zapanta were awarded the Gawad Benavides for their 25 years of service to the University. The Gawad Benavides award was also bestowed on Prof. Anna Maria Ward for her 35 years of service to the University, on Assoc. Prof. Myrna De Vera and Prof. Marilu Madrunio for their 30 years of service, and on Asst. Prof. Ralph Galan, John Jack Wigley, Assoc. Prof. Abigail Pagalilauan, and Faculty Secretary Zenia Rodriguez fo...
‘Raise election standards’ – educator, lay leader

‘Raise election standards’ – educator, lay leader

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  LITERATURE Department head Dr. Joselito delos Reyes urged Thomasians to raise their standards in choosing who to vote in the upcoming midterm elections in a voter education forum held Tuesday. Delos Reyes compared the stringent process of selecting professors to the lax selection of candidates. “Halimbawa, kami dito sa UST, bago maging propesor, dapat mayroon kaming masters; dapat may maayos kaming moral fiber; dapat may NBI clearance kami na kami ay walang kasong kinakaharap, kung meron man ay dapat tapos na. Ang taas ng standard e, ‘di ba… pero bakit sa pulitiko ang baba ng standard natin?” he said. Ricky Xavier, leader of a Christian political movement, stressed that voters should choose candidates for their integrity more than their credentials. “Kailanga
Literary journalism can combat fake news, veteran journo says

Literary journalism can combat fake news, veteran journo says

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO VETERAN JOURNALIST and author Joel Pablo Salud championed literary journalism’s role in combating fake news in a forum held Tuesday. The Philippine Graphic magazine editor in chief said the literary form is “richer and more in-depth” than the straight news style, which he claimed can fail to give readers the complete picture. “Journalists are guardians of the national memory. I hear journalists complain about how feeble and short our memories are, but how do you expect people to remember stories not worth remembering?” Salud said. He also challenged the role of journalists as the fourth estate, claiming that it is journalism’s duty to guide readers in the age of fake news. “It’s not enough for journalists to inform their readers. The mere mentio
Artlets are new CSC secretary and treasurer

Artlets are new CSC secretary and treasurer

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By JOAHNA LEI CASILAO and MA. LEANDREA TAMARES   A LEGAL management freshman and a political science junior will serve as the secretary and treasurer, respectively, of the next Central Student Council (CSC). Independent candidate Krizia Milleny Bricio won as secretary after garnering 7,449 votes, defeating Lakasdiwa candidate Karch Andrei Rafael's 4,804 votes and Lakas Tomasino Coalition (LTC) bet Nicholas Sia's 3,875 votes.  A total of 4,994 Thomasians left the position unanswered. "[E]ven though I am still a freshman, I believe I am already equipped with enough knowledge and skills to work as your Central Student Council secretary,” she told the Flame. LTC candidate Jan Rafael Lipat won unopposed for treasurer with 12,093 votes that outnumbered the 9,029 Thomasia
Senatorial candidates tackle Chinese ‘debt trap’, drug war in debate

Senatorial candidates tackle Chinese ‘debt trap’, drug war in debate

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ELEVEN SENATORIAL candidates clashed on whether the Philippines is falling for China’s “debt-trap diplomacy” in light of President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to China, and the administration's drug war, among other issues during CNN Philippines’ debate held Saturday in UST. The candidates in attendance were Rafael "Raffy" Alunan III, Gary Alejano, Glenn Chong, Neri Colmenares, Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa, Chel Diokno, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Samira Gutoc, Florin Hilbay, Romulo Macalintal, and Erin Tañada. Former Philippine National Police chief Dela Rosa pressed Magdalo Rep. Alejano on whether or not he has requested a copy of the loan agreements between the country and China from the Malacañang. “[P]alagi niyong sinasabi na ‘confidential, confidential.’ Nanghingi na ba k
DEKADA to lead ABSC anew; independent snags PRO seat

DEKADA to lead ABSC anew; independent snags PRO seat

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO and MA LEANDREA A. TAMARES POLITICAL party DEKADA will once again lead the Artlets Student Council (ABSC) after dominating the 2019 polls, securing all seats in the council except for public relations officer (PRO), which was claimed by independent candidate Eadric Espiritu. Lady Freyja Gascon will sit as the next ABSC president after garnering 1,119 votes (64.35%), defeating Grand Alliance for Progress (GAP) bet Irah Joyce Embile who garnered 371 votes. A total of 249 Artlets left the position unanswered. “[T]here's a lot of pressure but then at the same time it's also a huge honor that they saw our political party as [...] worthy to be the next executive board,” Gascon told the Flame. Paolo Jericho Manuel secured the position of vice president (V
Journ coordinator quits as Times editor over ‘matrix’ story

Journ coordinator quits as Times editor over ‘matrix’ story

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO UPDATED: Apr. 25, 6:55 p.m. THE COORDINATOR of the Journalism program resigned from his post as managing editor of The Manila Times following the newspaper’s publication of an article linking various media outlets to an alleged ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte. Felipe Salvosa II left the publication on Wednesday because he “didn’t agree with the publication of the ‘matrix’ story” tagging the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), Vera Files, Rappler, and the National Union of People’s Lawyers in an ouster plot. Also tagged in the story was journalism lecturer Karol Ilagan from the PCIJ. The media organization has renounced the matrix as “wrong on many points” in a statement. “After that, I felt it was time to go. We