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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
Inflation is both good and bad, former Econ chair says

Inflation is both good and bad, former Econ chair says

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO INFLATION may be good or bad depending on one’s point of view, former Economics department chair Emmanuel Lopez explained during The Political Science Forum’s annual public lecture on Wednesday. In August, the country’s inflation rate rose to a nine-year high at 6.4 percent. “Economically, there are good points [to] inflation [...] Dadami ang foreign currency reserve natin. That is the lifeblood of the economy of any country. That’s why inflation is not so bad after all,”  Lopez explained. The professor said a high inflation rate causes a decrease in the prices of export products, thereby creating higher demand. However, Lopez added that a high inflation rate is only beneficial for people who have something to invest in. “Remember, when you
AB Men’s Volleyball bows to Commerce

AB Men’s Volleyball bows to Commerce

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By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO THE Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Men's Volleyball Team suffered its first loss in the Thomasian Goodwill Games to the College of Commerce (Commerce), 25-23, 20-25, and 23-25 on Monday. Both teams had a rocky start filled with service errors but solid blocks by Commerce gave them a five-point lead, 10-15, and later came 2 points away from winning at 18-23. AB came back through a series of sharp spikes by Mon Laurence Madeja that tied the score at 23-23 and eventually won them the frame. Beginning with a neck and neck rally for the second set, Commerce pulled ahead with four service aces, 24-20. A service error from AB gave Commerce the win. Nerves choked AB during the third set, leading to several service errors and out-of-bound spikes, all wh...
AB Women’s Volleyball sweeps Arki for quarters spot

AB Women’s Volleyball sweeps Arki for quarters spot

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN The Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Women’s Volleyball Team secured a spot in the quarter finals of the Thomasian Goodwill Games after defeating the College of Architecture (Arki), 25-15 and 26-24. AB swiftly left Arki in the dust from 15-14 to a crushing 25-15 by stepping up their defenses in the first frame. The second frame began neck and neck, 10-10, with multiple service errors from both sides. Miscommunication among AB allowed Arki to briefly hold the lead, 16-13, but AB stayed close behind until a standoff at 21-21. AB overtook Arki, 23-22, after a blinding ace by Francette Flores. After a total of nine deadlocks in the frame, Arki choked and failed to react to AB’s finishing volley. AB team coach Bren Dion Mendoza said his players won
AB Women’s Volleyball trumps Science, bounces from loss

AB Women’s Volleyball trumps Science, bounces from loss

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Women’s Volleyball Team bested the College of Science (Science) on Thursday, avenging a narrow loss to the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM) on Wednesday. AB seized both sets of the game against Science, ending the match at 25-13 and 25-21, respectively. Consistent attacks from AB Team Captain Arnica Ordoñez led the team to consequent runs in the first set, seizing the lead with a 10-point margin. Frequent errors from Science prevented them from closing the gap. Science came back in the second set, seizing an early lead against the Dapitan-based squad, 7-6, but their hopes were dashed when the women in blue deadlocked the game at 17-17. AB capitalized on the shanks from Science players, focusing on
AB Men’s Volleyball crushes Science in Goodwill opening

AB Men’s Volleyball crushes Science in Goodwill opening

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN THE Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team demolished the Faculty of Science (Science), 25-19 and 25-17, in their opening Goodwill Games match. AB’s immediately strong offense established their 6-3 lead and left Science trailing for the rest of the set. Service errors and apparent miscommunication plagued Science, leaving the ball hanging in their court multiple times, allowing AB's score to double theirs, 18-9. Despite AB’s own service errors, Mon Laurence Madeja’s hammering spikes and Mark Jason Pangan’s couple of service aces closed the first set at 25-19. A series of errors from AB and close saves by Jason Tormon allowed Science to close the gap from 19-14 to 19-17. Nevertheless, AB’s defense proved too strong, preventing Science fro