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Literature Department hits SC ruling on Filipino, Panitikan subjects

Literature Department hits SC ruling on Filipino, Panitikan subjects

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE Department of Literature decried on Thursday the Supreme Court (SC) ruling allowing the removal of Filipino and Panitikan subjects from the tertiary level, saying the decision will have the “unmeasurable damage” on future generations of Filipinos. Literature professors lamented that the decision will affect more than just students’ mental faculties. “Tinatanggal ng Korte Suprema ang isang mabisang lunsaran ng pagkakaroon ng kritikal na pag-iisip, ng maayos na pakikipag-ugnayan sa kapwa, ng marubdob na pag-unawa at pagpapahalaga sa buhay,” the statement read. “Ang usaping ito ay nangangahulugan na rin ng pagtanggal ng sa kakayahang umunawa at magpakatao dulot ng pag-aaral ng komplikasyon ng ating wika—at kung paano ginagamit at umiiral ito—at pag
VP-Int, PRO posts to be permanently vacant if third filing of COCs fails, says BOM

VP-Int, PRO posts to be permanently vacant if third filing of COCs fails, says BOM

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO THE POSITIONS of Vice President (VP)-Internal and Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Artlets Student Council (ABSC) will be declared permanently vacant until the next general elections should the third filing for special elections fail, said the Board of Majors (BOM). In a resolution released Wednesday, the BOM declared the VP-Internal and PRO posts temporarily vacant following the resignation of former VP-Internal Anika Imperial who stepped down for medical reasons on Oct. 25. READ: ABSC VP-Internal resigns, apologizes for lapses in service “Upon the third filing for special elections and no Artlet still wishes to vie for the positions and accomplish his/her certificate of candidacy, the AB Board of Majors [...] shall declare the said positions
Human nature draws readers to fake news, says journ scholar

Human nature draws readers to fake news, says journ scholar

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By MA. LEANDRA A. TAMARES FAKE NEWS is a historical concept and human nature is one of the reasons why it “has been around forever,” American journalism scholar Stephanie Edgerly told Artlets on Wednesday. “There is a big tendency for us to believe something, or agree with something, or think it’s more credible and trustworthy when it supports our identities, when it supports our viewpoints,” she said during the 3rd John Jefferson Siler Forum. Edgerly is an associate professor from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University. Marishelle Medina, a lecturer from the journalism program, agreed with Edgerly and said fake news exists because readers want to believe such stories. “We need to question our belief. As a journalist, what is our task? Our task is to dis
AB Volleyball teams wiped out in Goodwill quarters

AB Volleyball teams wiped out in Goodwill quarters

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By ANGEL B. DUKHA III THE Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Women's and Men's Volleyball teams were wiped out in the quarterfinals of the Thomasian Goodwill Games on Wednesday. AB Women's went home with two losses, 23-25 and 21-25, against the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM). Both teams refused to give their opponent a huge advantage in the first set. AB managed to stay in the game despite the spiking arsenal of CTHM which left AB's score nailed at 9 points, 9-10 and 9-13. CTHM ran a series that again pinned AB's score at 19-21. Despite AB's strong defenses, CTHM prevailed, 25-23. The second frame began neck and neck but CTHM's consecutive errors allowed AB to take the lead, 10-5. However, AB choked on their own errors while CTHM deadlocked the game at 13-13...
Artlet alum seeking Senate seat decries nuisance candidate petition

Artlet alum seeking Senate seat decries nuisance candidate petition

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO and MA. LEANDRA A. TAMARES JOURNALISM ALUMNUS and lawyer-educator Angelo De Alban slammed the petition of the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) law department to declare him a nuisance candidate after his financial capability to mount a nationwide campaign was questioned. De Alban said the Comelec’s grounds for disqualifying him from next year’s midterm elections have no basis. “Financial capacity is not one of the grounds to declare a candidate a nuisance. Such ground cited by the law department of Comelec has no basis in law and in the constitution, much less in fact,” De Alban told the Flame in a text message. In its motu proprio petition seeking to declare De Alban a nuisance candidate, the Comelec argued that “absent clear proof of [De Alban’s
ABSC VP-Internal resigns, apologizes for lapses in service

ABSC VP-Internal resigns, apologizes for lapses in service

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN ARTLETS Student Council (ABSC) Vice President-Internal Anika Imperial resigned from her post on Thursday citing medical problems and apologized for her lapses during her term in response to accusations of incompetence from some Artlets. In a statement released on her personal social media accounts, the VP-Internal said she underwent a medical treatment in September that “affected her physical movement” and requires “ample time to rest and heal.” ✨ pic.twitter.com/Iu3wkS1q8z— Simone (@anikaimperial) October 25, 2018 “Given my condition, I, Anika Simone B. Imperial, am resigning as the Vice President-Internal in order to make way for my recovery. I will be of assistance during the transition period, and I pledge to still fully support the en
Journ alumni bag business journalism awards

Journ alumni bag business journalism awards

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By MA. LEANDREA A. TAMARES FOUR Thomasian journalism alumni were honored in the 27th Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines (Ejap) Awards, the highest award-giving body for business journalism in the Philippines. Philippine Star reporter Louise Maureen Simeon of Batch 2015 was recognized as Agriculture/Mining Reporter of the Year. Jasper Emmanuel Arcalas of Batch 2016 won the Best Business Feature Award, Marie Carisa Ordinario of Batch 2002 was named Macroeconomy Reporter of the Year, and Bianca Cuaresma of Batch 2013 was awarded Banking Reporter of the Year. All three are from BusinessMirror. “Business news can be very technical and data-driven and writing business stories may be boring for some, that’s why it is necessary to write it in a way that would be inter
Artlet alumni win big in 68th Palanca Awards

Artlet alumni win big in 68th Palanca Awards

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By ANGEL B. DUKHA III THREE ALUMNI of the Faculty were among the litterateurs awarded in the 68th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards). Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies resident fellow Paul Castillo bagged first place in the Tula category while journalism graduates Iza Maria Reyes and Chuck Smith won third place in the Sanaysay and Essay categories, respectively. Castillo's poem collection  “Luna’t Lunas” is about medicine for cough and colds and maintenance drugs commonly found in pharmacies. The poet graduated from the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (AB-BSE) program, a now-defunct double-degree program once offered by the Faculty. “Nagsimula at naisulat ko ang mga tula dahil pharmacist ang f
Like Jesus, Padre Pio was for salvation, not condemnation — Caloocan bishop

Like Jesus, Padre Pio was for salvation, not condemnation — Caloocan bishop

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THE HEART of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, like that of Jesus, “burned with the priestly zeal to save and not to condemn sinners.” This was the homily of Fr. Virgilio David, Caloocan bishop and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) vice president, on Monday following the arrival of the incorrupt heart relic of St. Padre Pio at the University. “Ang paraan ni Kristo ay hindi pumatay. Christ’s way is never the eagerness to kill, but the zeal to offer one’s life” the bishop said.   “People who are too eager to fight for a cause can also be very dangerous. Like those who say ‘Ipaglaban ang kaayusan at katiwasayan ng lipunan laban sa mga kriminal!’ People like this eventually start to feel more comfortable changing the slogan ‘Ang mamatay nang dahil sa’yo’ into ‘Ang puma
AB socs condemn “red-tagging” of UST

AB socs condemn “red-tagging” of UST

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO SEVERAL SOCIETIES from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) denounced the inclusion of the University (UST) in the military’s list of 18 schools allegedly involved in a rumored ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte. Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., assistant deputy chief of staff for operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), alleged that students from certain Metro Manila universities have been enjoined by the Communist Party of the Philippines to take part in a destabilization plot dubbed “Red October." In separate statements released Thursday, the Sociological Society (USTSS), Literary Society (LitSoc), and The Political Science Forum (TPSF) decried the AFP’s accusation. “The AFP’s list is not a mere attack on the University