STUDENT organizations and publications from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) and five other schools will be launching a voter advocacy and political fact-checking website on March 16, 2019, Saturday. “PINTIG.ph” seeks to engage voters, especially the youth, and help them make informed choices during the midterm elections. The website's name stands for "Pinag-Isang Tinig Para sa Pagbabantay sa Halalan," and will contain profiles of candidates for the Senate and partylist elections including their stances on pressing political and social issues. Students will be leading the fact-checking of candidates' claims and present them on the website as well. This is part of a continuing commitment to fight fake news and propaganda, which has become more prevalent during the election seas
By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters’ (AB) Women’s and Men’s basketball teams both advanced to the quarterfinals of the Thomasian Goodwill Games after their flawless runs in the round robin stage. AB Women’s trashed the College of Architecture (Arki), 49-18, on the back their steel defenses. Arki’s sloppy start allowed AB to gain an early lead, 12-8, with Celine Cordero landing back-to-back field goals with a three-pointer in the first quarter. Multiple steals and interceptions by Trizia Oliver widened the gap in the second quarter, 29-14, keeping Arki at bay. An opening three-pointer from AB’s Rain Mabanag preceded a 15-2 run in the third quarter, with Arki failing to get shots in due to AB’s stalwart defense. The women in blue got away with an 1
By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Basketball Team is a step closer to securing a semifinals spot after dominating the College of Education (Educ), 88-54, to snatch their second win in the Thomasian Goodwill Games. AB effortlessly earned their lead in the first quarter by taking advantage of Educ’s bad passes, allowing them to end the quarter with an 11-point lead, 24-13. Tight defenses and good ball rotation allowed AB a 15-0 run in the second quarter, furthering the lead to 26 points and ending the first half of the game. AB did not let up in the third quarter and forced numerous turnovers from Educ, 70-38. The team kept the lead with under-the-net passes that gave AB easy scores, ending the game with a 34-point lead. AB Men’s Team
By ANGEL B. DUKHA III THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Women’s basketball team dominated on Tuesday the College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS) to grab their second win in the Thomasian Goodwill Games, 41-25. Artlets opened the game with a 5-0 run courtesy of team captain Micah Atienza’s back-to-back jumpers. Combined with their early press defense, AB nailed CRS to a 10-2 score at the end of the first quarter. Turnovers plagued both teams, allowing the other to score via fastbreak. AB’s big men took over in the second quarter, leading the team to a 6-0 run with the help of their layups, 16-2. CRS’s efforts proved no match for AB’s defense, scoring them only 7 points, 21-9. CRS tried to retaliate against AB’s stalwart defense, 29-16, but the Artlets pushed their a
By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO and MA. LEANDREA A. TAMARES THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) basketball teams dominated in their opening games in this year’s Thomasian Goodwill Games, with the men’s team sweeping the Alfredo M. Velayo (AMV) College of Accountancy, 72-58, while the women overcame the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences (IICS), 50-18. AB Men’s readable passes and lack of rebounds in the first quarter allowed AMV a 10-point lead. The team decreased the deficit to four points through more aggressive attacks, 16-12. Nicko Bahia and Paul Lopez led AB’s offense in the second quarter with two three-pointers each, forcing four deadlocks. AMV could not regain their footing and allowed AB to take the lead and end the quarter, 34-28. AB’s 15-point lead in the
By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN HISTORY and Asian Studies took home trophies in the 2019 Glaucus Prize competitions after topping the team and individual categories, respectively. The History team, composed of captain Adrian Maranan, Ellaine Marallag, Marlisa Reyes, and Jace Obeya amassed 205 points, narrowly beating first runner up Asian Studies who garnered 200 points in the team category. Defending champion Literature settled for 3rd place with 180 points. “Siyempre, sobrang overwhelming at saka masaya kasi ‘yung team members ko, first time nilang sumama ng Glaucus, and ako second time, tapos sobrang saya namin na manalo sa last year namin dito sa AB,” Maranan told the Flame. Asian Studies’ Gabriel Josh Cosme won first place in the individual category with 165 points.
By MA. LEANDREA A. TAMARES COMMUNICATION ARTS Students' Association (CASA) Footworks bagged its seventh straight championship in Cypher, the annual inter-major streetdance competition of the Faculty. CASA Footworks bested nine other dance troupes with their Flash Bomba-themed dance routine, earning them a total of 355 points. "Hindi kami nag-focus sa pag-defeat ng peat namin or sa pag-keep ng title namin... Hindi kami masyado nagpapakain sa six-peat to seven-peat, ang iniisip lang namin is put on a good show, and that's it. That's what we want,” Team Captain Aaron Espino told the Flame. Behavioral Science's Cathartic improved from years of no podium finish, finally bagging this year's first runner up award with their Darna-inspired routine that earned them 320.9 points.
By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO COMMUNICATION ARTS (CA) junior Kassie Gormley is the new game announcer for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. The third-year student told the Flame that she felt “honored and flattered” to be chosen for the position, especially because of her predecessor, Rolly Manlapaz. “[He] was a legend. [...] I do not wish to be better than him or in any way replace him in the hearts and minds of the people. I just want to do my job to the best of my ability. At the end of the day, it's not about me, it's about the game,” she said. Gormley shared that she had been commentating for two years for Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) and became known through the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) after s
by JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO and CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN ECONOMICS (Econ) claimed the championship in this year's Athena Cup basketball tourney after defeating two-time defending champion, Communication Arts (CA), 104-99. CA took the lead in the first quarter with an 8-0 run, ending it at 23-31. Econ tried to bounce back in the second quarter, but CA’s offensive and defensive rebounds kept the team’s heat, finishing the first half at 44-51. Econ closed the gap in the third quarter with a three-point shot, 51-52, but CA once again furthered the lead through three consecutive free throws. Econ’s consistent shooting accuracy and CA’s poor defense kept the score close at 67-74. After a nail-biting run that sent players to the floor, Econ took the lead for the first time with two co
By ANGEL B. DUKHA III POLITICAL SCIENCE (PolSci) claimed this year’s Athena Cup volleyball championship after overcoming Communication Arts (CA) in a four-set game, 19-25, 25-10, 25-17, and 25-22. The leadership of PolSci’s graduating captain Ryan Tuguinayo helped his team outlast CA by scoring 15 points throughout the game. CA gathered momentum early in the first frame, capitalizing on PolSci’s errors, 8-14. Combined with their strong offense, CA scored a 4-0 run and eventually bagged the set. PolSci did not waste time and immediately reclaimed momentum with an 8-0 run with the help of Tuguinayo’s ace services in the second frame. PolSci’s CJ Santos delivered huge blows to further his team’s lead, 22-9, eventually tying the game. CA started the third frame with a handf