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Filipino units retained in college; profs rejoice

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IT WAS a day of delight for Filipino language advocates, including professors from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), as college students will continue learning Filipino subjects in the general education curriculum. Members of the UST Department of Filipino expressed their joy after the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) issued a memorandum (CMO) on Monday, July 18, ordering all colleges and universities to retain six to nine units of Filipino subjects in their curricula. “Nagdiwang [kaming mga guro ng Filipino at] talagang natuwa kami noong nalaman namin [‘yung paglalabas ng CHED ng memorandum] dahil hindi nauwi sa wala ‘yung pinagpaguran namin,” said UST Department of Filipino chairperson Roberto Ampil. Under the new memorandum, universities should follow two CHED memor
AB to also offer JRN, LM next academic year

AB to also offer JRN, LM next academic year

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published in the Flame’s second issue during the academic year 2015-2016. THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) will also offer Journalism and Legal Management in the next two academic years, alongside two other degree programs initially retained in the Faculty’s course offerings. Last year, the University announced it would reduce its program offerings in the academic years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 to courses which are highly in-demand, initially leaving Communication Arts and Political Science under AB. The said move is in anticipation of low freshman enrollees due to the full implementation of the K to 12 program. AB Dean Michael Anthony Vasco said the reopening for enrollment of the said programs was due to the inquiries his offi
AB to offer only CA, PolSci in 2016

AB to offer only CA, PolSci in 2016

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published in the Flame's first issue during the academic year 2015-2016. THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) will only offer Communication Arts and Political Science courses in anticipation of the full implementation of the K to 12 program next year, where a significant decrease in freshman enrollees is expected as senior high school opens. AB Dean Michael Anthony Vasco explained this was because a high number of students who came from K to 12-implementing schools are enrolled in the said programs. "Two years ago, I got a figure that only 89 of freshmen students graduated from K to 12-ready schools," Vasco said. "A great majority of these students are in Communication Arts and Political Science." Vasco said the Faculty did not com
AB cancels JRN, LM first year offerings

AB cancels JRN, LM first year offerings

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THERE WILL be no Journalism and Legal Management (LM) freshmen this academic year 2016-2017. Due to the low number of qualified applicants, the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) will no longer offer Journalism and LM during the full implementation of the K to 12 program, Asst. Dean Narcisa Tabirara revealed yesterday. Tabirara said there were only six qualified applicants for Journalism and 11 for LM—far short from a “viable” class that should be composed of at least 40 students. The Communication Arts (CA) and Political Science (PolSci) programs, however, will remain open for freshman enrollees. In a past interview, Dean Michael Anthony Vasco noted that the Faculty will discontinue offering Journalism and LM to freshmen if the number of applicants would not fill in the mini
Influence of language in law is evident – linguists

Influence of language in law is evident – linguists

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THE DISCIPLINES of law and language found themselves at a crossroad as international forensic linguists highlighted the influence of language in the application and interpretation of law. International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) Secretary Isabel Picornell said forensic linguistics plays a role in the justice system as “linguistic communication is the very thing that makes us human,” during the 2nd Asian Regional Conference of IAFL, themed “Forensic Linguistics/ Language and Law: Contexts, Issues and Trends.” Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, the conference’s keynote speaker, said that language plays an important role on the decision of judges. “I would say as a jurist that forensic linguistics is the analysis of language to aide in the dispensation of justice.” “
Batch 2016 records most number of Latin honorees

Batch 2016 records most number of Latin honorees

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) produced 149 graduates with Latin honors—the highest number recorded in the last 120 years—during the 2016 Solemn Investitures held Monday. AB yielded one summa cum laude, 17 magna cum laudes, and 131 cum laudes out of 973 graduates. Leading this year’s Artlet graduates is Behavioral Science (BES) major Zheanne Amira Dantis who was given the Rector’s Academic Award after obtaining a general weighted average of 1. 149. BES also produced seven magna cum laudes, namely: batch salutatorian Pamela Mae Sioson, The Flame Editor in Chief Arnel Arevalo, Erika Vivienne Flores, Yvainne Liwag, Maybelle Joy Nuñez, Viviene Grace Olaguer, and Ira Guinevere Ordoñez. Bahama Mirachylle Josue of Asian Studies, Ma. Sarah Perez of Communication Arts, Hillary
No podium finish for AYAA bets

No podium finish for AYAA bets

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters Ambassador Jason Javier and Ambassadress Rafaella Potestades failed to win the crown in the Thomasian Youth Ambassador and Ambassadress (TYAA) Awards Night. But Javier did not go home empty-handed as he and Bea Aquino of College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM) were awarded as Mr. and Miss. Congeniality. This year's TYAA Andre Raña and Aquino, both from CTHM, bagged the awards for Best in Talent, Real Beauty Wear, Best in Skin Lounge, Best in Theme Wear, and Best in Modern Filipino Wear. Raña, along with Julyan Leonida of Pharmacy, also received the Thomasians' Choice Award. Pharmacy's Allen Acuna and Leonida were this year's first runners-up. Following them were Engineering's Jose Artuz and Precious Dela Cruz as second runners-up.
AB slips in Pautakan 2016

AB slips in Pautakan 2016

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AFTER LAST year’s bridesmaid finish in the team category of Pautakan, the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) failed to secure a spot in the top three of this year’s intercollegiate quiz contest. The AB team composed of the Flame Literary Editor Arvee Gomez, Imee Camille Advincula, Hannah Luise Baltazar, Augustus Bostrous Guco, Jezaree Corpuz, Marc Gjeremie Cheung, and John Robert Andres landed fourth place with 170 points — only five points away from the second runner-up Faculty of Pharmacy. Earning 240 points, the defending champion Faculty of Engineering added laurels to its collection, while the Alfredo M. Velayo – College of Accountancy settled for first runner-up with 230 points. AB tied with AMV during the average round of the finals leg, leaving Engineering in second plac
Artlet student leaders, achievers excel in Student Awards

Artlet student leaders, achievers excel in Student Awards

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SEVERAL STUDENTS and organizations in the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) received recognition for their exemplary academic and co-curricular performance in the 2016 Student Awards Day. Leading the student-awardees from the Faculty was Behavioral Science senior Zheanne Amira Dantis who received the Rector’s Academic Award after obtaining a general weighted average of 1.149. Central Student Council Secretary Maria Yvonne Erica Yap, outgoing AB Student Council President (ABSC) Jan Dominic Castro, incoming ABSC President Ysabela Gabrielle Marasigan, and Becarios de Santo Tomas President Hazel Maye Reyes were this year’s Quezon Leadership Awardees from AB. Sociology senior Veronica Moreno and the UST Sociological Society bagged the Pope Leo XIII Community Development Award. Fo

Vote-buying, PH’s pol par system ‘distort’ electoral process, says Miriam

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PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago criticized the candidates who resort to vote-buying and the political parties in the country for “not committing to any national policy” as these “distort” the country’s electoral process. Speaking before the Thomasian crowd four days before the elections, Santiago called on the youth to reject vote-buying and to perform their duty of ensuring the country’s fate for the next six years. “Admonish them (people) to vote not only for themselves but also for their children and grandchildren. It is a duty today to think about tomorrow, it is our duty to decide this country’s fate. Tayo ang may hawak ng kapangyarihan, bakit natin ibebenta sa kanila?” she said. While the ruling administration party failed to deliver some of its prom