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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,
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 won Best in Tula with “Pagbibinyag.” Lorraine Suarez, an English language studies freshman, won Best in Prose with “The Child of the ABC” and literature alumnus George Deoso won Best in Katha with “Ang Tatlong Buhay ng Labanderang si Gloria.” Communication arts senior Marie Ant
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