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,
by KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN and JANIS JOPLIN MOISES THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas Journalism Society (JournSoc) and student publications welcomed five Journalism students from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) last Monday for the second batch of the Foreign Correspondent Study Tour. Writers from The Flame and The Varsitarian will collaborate with students from UTS in writing stories on various issues relevant to the Philippines. JournSoc members will be on hand to assist them. Journalism program coordinator Felipe Salvosa II and JournSoc members accompanied the students from UTS, along with their two professors, on their excursion around Intramuros and National Museum of the Philippines on Sunday. The excursion allowed UTS students to learn more about the culture and
by KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN AND JUSTIN LIM THE ARTLETS Student Council’s (ABSC) Public Relations Officer (PRO) officially resigned from his position on Thursday, citing his health problem and potential “handicap” to the council as reasons. Eadric Espiritu said that his health problem is one of the contributing factors that prompted him to resign, although he did not want to disclose any other information and wanted it to remain confidential. The former PRO added that he did not want to become a liability to the council as officers rebrand and re-establish the ABSC into a better student body. "I feel relieved for the council. I consider myself as a handicap. It’s really painful na ito 'yung pinangarap ko since I was a kid. To
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
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
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.
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,
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