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AB to hold alumni homecoming for Artlets, Philets

AB to hold alumni homecoming for Artlets, Philets

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By ALI IAN MARCELINO V. BIONG THE UST Philets and Artlets Alumni Association, Inc., in partnership with the Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC), is set to hold an alumni homecoming on Dec. 3 at the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building. The event titled “Grandeur and Glory: A Homage to Philets by the Artlets” will reunite the graduates of Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (Philets) which merged with the College of Liberal Arts in 1964, forming the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB). “It goes to show that beyond the pride that each and every alumnus has for being associated to this distinct Faculty, we give higher importance to embrace our sense of family within our organization,” Alfredo Navarro III, event executive coordinator, told the Flame. Navarro said aside fr
ABSC officers now complete; GAP’s bet is new auditor

ABSC officers now complete; GAP’s bet is new auditor

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN AFTER TWO special elections, the officers of this academic year’s Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) are now complete, with Grand Alliance for Progress’ candidate finally filling the position of auditor. GAP’s Gheck Barlis garnered 496 votes, outnumbering the 480 votes for Jose Antonio Rivera from the Students’ Democratic Party. A total of 334 ballots were void. In the previous special elections, Barlis, then sole candidate for auditor, obtained 1,149 votes but still lost to 1,155 void ballots. Her projects include an HIV awareness campaign and a time table of the development of the council officers’ platforms. Barlis said she plans to meet the audit committee head of the ABSC to update herself with the auditing matters du ring the position'
CTHM denies AB Men’s of finals appearance

CTHM denies AB Men’s of finals appearance

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THE COLLEGE of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM) handed the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team its first defeat in the latest season of the Thomasian Goodwill Games, 27-25, 25-21, and 25-17, crushing AB's hopes for the championship. CTHM dominated early in the deciding set through its improved offense, 21-14. AB tried to catch up with the opponent’s lead with forceful attacks but to no avail. “Throughout the game naman ang iniisip lang naming kaya pa namin lumaban. Kaya lang noong third set lang, medyo nawalan lang ng gana ‘yung iba kaya nagtuloy-tuloy ‘yung pagkatalo,” AB team captain Russel Wilfred Estrada said. “’Di naman kami kinulang sa skills, kinulang lang kami sa puso na lumaban doon sa game.” AB took the lead during the start of the second
AB Men’s remains undefeated, grabs semis spot

AB Men’s remains undefeated, grabs semis spot

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team advanced to the semifinals of the Thomasian Goodwill Games after brushing off the College of Commerce and Business Administration, 26-24 and 25-20, at the P. Noval Court Thursday. Both teams maintained a close fight early in the opening set but as Commerce inched closer to a first frame victory, 24-23, AB unleashed a 3-0 run capped by a quick hit by team captain Russel Wilfred Estrada. Commerce capitalized on AB’s errors to overcome deficit early at the second frame, 18-15, and continued to have the upper hand at 20-18. But the men in blue then delivered a crushing 7-0 run, sealing the match to their favor. “[M]agkakakilala na talaga sila inside and outside the court at masasabi [kong] pamilya ‘yung turing nila sa i
AB Women’s bids farewell in Goodwill

AB Women’s bids farewell in Goodwill

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Women’s Volleyball Team exited early in the Thomasian Goodwill Games after bowing to the College of Architecture in a three set-thriller, 19-25, 25-16, and 16-25, at the P. Noval Court Tuesday. Both squads fought neck-and-neck at the beginning of the second frame but a forceful hit by AB team captain Elyanna Dayanghirang broke the tie, 10-9. The Dapitan-based squad maintained its momentum with good reception, and converted points from the service line, 22-12. Architecture dominated the decisive set with sturdy defense and consecutive service aces from Patricia Tingjuy and Carina Dacanay, denying AB a quarterfinals spot in the tourney. “‘Yung sinabi ko talaga sa kanila as the captain: it’s now or never. Mag-thank you tayo kay Lord kasi bi
Human rights being delegitimized by Duterte admin, says PolSci educator

Human rights being delegitimized by Duterte admin, says PolSci educator

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THE INCUMBENT administration undermines the existence of human rights in the country to continue its war against illegal drugs, the chairperson of the political science program of the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila claimed in a forum held Nov. 8. Cleve Arguelles said President Rodrigo Duterte exposes people to a "war against human rights," apart from his administration’s bloody campaign against illegal drugs. “He is trying to present human rights as an enemy of the people. We have been fed [by] this false notion na kapag sinacrifice natin ‘yung mga ibang tao ay uunlad ‘yung buhay natin,” Arguelles said. “After delegitimizing human rights as an idea, we see na he’s now attacking the institutional basis of human rights. Halimbawa, the Supreme Court will call his atten
AB Men’s clinches quarterfinals spot

AB Men’s clinches quarterfinals spot

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By LUIS MIGUEL ARUCAN THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team secured a spot in the quarterfinals of the Thomasian Goodwill Games after dispatching the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, 25-20 and 25-15, at the P. Noval Court Wednesday. Medicine led early in the first set before AB managed to steal the game with a 5-point advantage, 18-13. Attacks and a service ace from AB team captain Russel Wilfred Estrada allowed the Dapitan-based squad to maintain its lead, 22-18. Both teams improved on their defense during the second frame, resulting to four deadlocks. AB pulled ahead with a 10-point lead, 24-14, before finishing off Medicine and remaining undefeated in its bracket. AB team coach John David Subiere said he took a different approach in training hi
Rural community dev’t key to boost PH economy—former DENR chief

Rural community dev’t key to boost PH economy—former DENR chief

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PRESERVATION OF natural resources and development of small rural communities can raise the country’s economic growth, the former secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a forum held Wednesday. Regina Lopez said “village economies” are what the Philippines needs. “We can get our country out of poverty, we can. We can if we take care of the resources that we have. I’m not a believer in western industrial model. Why would we want to copy the west? We have 7,000 islands,” Lopez said. “We develop each island so that people there don’t have to come to Manila, don’t have to become [Overseas Filipino Workers]. They can be there with their families and take care of their families,” she added. Lopez shared the success story of Ugong Rock, a tourist sp
AB Men’s upsets Science, takes second win

AB Men’s upsets Science, takes second win

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team eased past the College of Science (Science), 27-25 and 25-21, posting a 2-0 win-loss record in the preliminary round of the Thomasian Goodwill Games held Wednesday at the P. Noval Court. Wayne Nathaniel Parulan’s barrage of seething attacks and errors by the opponent led AB to a 6-0 run, 23-17, but Science forced a deuce in the first frame after capitalizing on AB’s error. Science dominated the early part of the second set with a 4-0 run. AB fired back with hits and blocks from team captain Russel Wilfred Estrada, earning the Dapitan-based squad a 6-point lead, 17-11. Science recovered from the slump after AB’s consecutive errors, closing the score’s gap to two points, 20-18, but AB’s combined offense and defense still
‘Revive clamor for passage of bill on students’ rights,’ Thomasians urged

‘Revive clamor for passage of bill on students’ rights,’ Thomasians urged

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THOMASIANS MUST again strengthen their support for the long-delayed passing of the Students' Rights and Welfare (STRAW) Bill to law, the speaker of the Central Board and president of the Civil Law Student Council said in a forum held Tuesday. "It’s not just important na mayroon tayong Students' Code inside the University, but then it is also needed na mayroon tayong national policy that will safeguard our rights to the Students' Code against the administration,” Jonathan Santos said. "I think it's high time to revive the clamor [for] passing the STRAW Bill as law." Santos explained that while the STRAW bill is pro-student, it is not necessarily anti-administration of a school or university. "Hindi naman porket hindi tayo oppressed, hindi na natin ‘to kailangan pansinin. Rights