By Kristine Erika Agustin photo grabbed from the official Facebook account of UST FACULTY OF Arts and Letters’ Behavioral Science instructor Emilia Mendoza-Consing passed away yesterday, June 6 at 52 years old. Department chair of Interdisciplinary Studies John Kliatchko said that Consing was confined for cancer treatment, according to the Varsitarian. Consing completed her bachelor's degree in psychology as cum laude at the University of San Agustin-Iloilo and master's degree in human resource management at the University of Santo Tomas. Consing served as a human resource manager in Lufthansa Technik Philippines and behavioral science instructor at the University, under the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. "Siya talaga yung professor na pwedeng-pwede mong mal
by JUSTIN LIM and JANIS MOISES the official statement of the journ faculty from the Facebook account of Mr. Felipe F. Salvosa II, the UST Journalism program coordinator. JOURNALISM EDUCATORS from the Faculty of Arts and Letters on Tuesday slammed the order of National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for broadcast network ABS-CBN Corp. to cease operations after its legislative franchise expired on Monday. In a statement, the faculty called on lawmakers to renew ABS-CBN's franchise and urged the broadcast firm to exhaust all legal remedies. “Duterte has declared war on the free press and this is his Pearl Harbor attack,” they said. The journalism professors also branded the delay in renewing the network's franchise an "insidious" strategy to "run the clock out on ABS-CBN an
By: KRISTINE AGUSTIN and BEA RONIO photo grabbed from the official Facebook account of Ramon “Bong” Osorio Former communications department chair Ramon ‘Bong’ Osorio passed away on Thursday due to brain tumor, according to ABS-CBN. He was 66. Osorio is an alumnus of the University's Communication Arts degree program and has been a part of student publications, The Flame and Varsitarian. He served as an academician in the University and the department chair of Communication and Media Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Letters for 17 years. As an educator, Osorio was a recipient of the Agora award for Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Education from the Philippine Marketing Association in 2002 and The Outstanding Thomasian ALumni or TOTAL Award in 2003. The public relatio
By KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN and JANIS MOISES President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the class suspension in all levels in Metro Manila until April 12 in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country. During an address to the nation on Thursday night, Duterte announced the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to prolong the suspension of classes in Metro Manila as cases of COVID-19 rose to 52. A month-long suspension of classes was adopted as part of the stringent social distancing measures in the National Capital Region. The task force also said that learners should still comply with their educational requirements and ordered local government units to ensure that stu...
BY JUSTIN LIM THE ARTLETS Student Council (ABSC) launched the AB printing service on Monday organized by its secretary, Romulo Corporal V. “The project was supposed to be [held] last semester, but eventually there are many processes,” Corporal told the Flame. He also said that Sr. Allan Theo Hernandez from Office for Student Affairs (OSA) helped them with the paper processing. According to Corporal, the said challenges for implementation include paperwork, budget and material allocation to reap its sustainability. “[D]oon na din papasok ‘yung pagpapapirma sa mga taong kailangang pumirma kasi sa pagproseso kasi nung papel, kailangan i-allocate ng tama ‘yung budget. Kailangan asikasuhin ‘yung pagkuha ng mga materials, ‘yun nga ‘yung sabi ni Sir Allan, para ma
by JUSTIN LIM and BEA RONIO photo by ELLA MERCADO/THE FLAME UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) Vice-Chancellor Very Rev. Fr. Napoleon Sipalay Jr., O.P. urged Thomasians on Ash Wednesday to let their journey and purpose in life lead them back to God. “'[W]hy am I here? Where am I going?’ I hope that if this is the only one you learned in your theology, in your study of religion, that we come from God, we return to God. And God has a purpose for each one of us as we journey, we bring that to Him,” he said during the Mass held at the Plaza Mayor. The Dominican prior provincial also emphasized the three pillars of Lent—fasting, abstinence, and almsgiving—that the Thomasian community must observe. Sipalay reminded Thomasians to fast and abstain during the Lenten Season that will las
by KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN JOURNALISM EDUCATORS from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) denounced on Wednesday the government's filing of a quo warranto petition against broadcast network ABS-CBN. "As journalism educators, we have always taught students that a free press is the cornerstone of democracy, and that part of the journalist’s job is to zealously guard this freedom and close ranks when it comes under attack," they said. Solicitor General Jose Calida on Monday filed with the Supreme Court a quo warranto petition seeking to revoke the legislative franchise of the country's largest television network by challenging the corporation's legal right or qualification to continue its operations. The UST Journalism Faculty criticized the move as a "direct assault" on press f
by JANIS JOPLIN MOISES DELEGATES FROM participating Southeast Asian countries showcased their documentary productions on the last day of the collaborative video project, De-Centralized Asian Transnational Challenges (D’CATCH) 2020, hosted by the Communication Arts Students’ Association (CASA). “So basically, what we wanted to do is invite all of these media students from the different countries, participating countries and find a way of mixing their cultures, their skills and the craft of media, and how they can collaborate well enough to produce seamless videos” CASA President and D’CATCH Officer in Charge Voltaire Avendaño said. D’CATCH was attended by media students from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They were divided into five groups and were given th
by KRISTINE ERIKA AGUSTIN photo by MARLOU JOSEPH BON-AO/ THE FLAME THE COMMUNICATION Arts Students' Association launched the fourth iteration of its six-day cross-cultural project, De-Centralized Asian Transnational Challenges (d'CATCH) Project, on Monday. The event, which aims to promote intercultural communication and collaboration among Asian media students, is attended by delegates from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. The delegates will mount a video production anchored on the prefix "trans-" which opened up themes such as Translanguage, Translate, Transfigure, Transient, and Transportation during the brainstorming session. "I almost thought this will not push through because of the [novel coronavirus] scare but I am glad we are all here," Assoc. Prof.
by JANIS JOPLIN MOISES and JUSTIN BENEDICT LIM photo grabbed from the official Facebook account of Prof. Alejandro Bernardo NEWLY APPOINTED Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Assistant Dean Assoc. Prof. Alejandro Bernardo is aiming for the Faculty to become locally and internationally accredited, and for Artlets to have more academic partnerships with world-renowned institutions. Bernardo earned his doctorate degree in English Language, cum laude, from the University of Santo Tomas in 2013 and has been the faculty secretary of the UST Graduate School ever since. His term as faculty secretary ended last Dec. 31 and is set to replace Asst. Prof. Narcisa Tabirara who was the assistant dean for no more than 40 years. Bernardo said that Tabirara was appointed as assistant dean becau