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CASA Footworks wins 4-peat in Cypher

CASA Footworks wins 4-peat in Cypher

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THE COMMUNICATION Arts Students Association (CASA) Footworks defended its crown as champion for four straight years in Cypher, the annual inter-major street dance competition of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB). CASA Footworks bested 11 other contenders after garnering a total of 93 points for its Peter Pan-inspired dance interpretation. Both earning 83.2 points, Economics’ Econlibrium and English Language Studies’ Phonetix tied as first runner up. The third-time second placer Econlibrium executed a routine inspired by The Incredibles while Phonetix staged a Wreck It Ralph-themed performance. Legal Management’s Lex Baile made a comeback as second runner-up after not participating in the competition last year. Its Toy Story-inspired routine garnered 81.9 points. Furt
Sociology, Philosophy book tickets to basketball finals

Sociology, Philosophy book tickets to basketball finals

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THE TEAMS of Sociology and Philosophy will battle it out in the AB Sportsfest Basketball championship after outclassing their opponents in the semifinal round of the series held Tuesday. Sociology barely escaped the relentless Legal Management (LegMa) who threatened to bring the ballgame to overtime, 46-44. LegMa’s Diego Montesa knocked down a trey early in the first quarter, while Airam Rendon also pitched points after shooting a free throw and a lay-up before Sociology turned the tide. Recovering from his dismal performance, Sociology’s Rowi Pascual unleashed two three-pointers that cut LegMa’s deficit to one by the end of the first quarter, 11-12. Lanz Mendoza of Sociology also rained hoops in the second quarter as he dropped five unanswered points through his trey and c
Agriculture’s contribution in country’s economy challenged in summit

Agriculture’s contribution in country’s economy challenged in summit

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    THE CONTRIBUTION of the agricultural sector to the country's economy was challenged during the first UST Young Economists Summit held Monday. UST Department of Economics Chair Emmanuel Lopez said concentration should not be on agricultural areas but on the archipelago's aquaculture. "Don’t try to be misled that the Philippines is basically an agricultural country. It’s not. There’s an agricultural area that we are to explore but we should not be concentrating on that because for so many years, it has contributed almost mini in terms of development." He added that the country is “geographically unfit and historically misaligned in terms of priorities” which is why the agricultural sector has been yielding poor returns since the 1960s. "Concentrating on aq
AB Women’s crushes Nursing in 101-24 blowout

AB Women’s crushes Nursing in 101-24 blowout

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    THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters Women’s Basketball Team (AB) scored another lopsided victory in the Thomasian Goodwill Games after overwhelming the College of Nursing with a 77-point lead victory. AB’s Alaina Dimdam finished with game-high 32 points before sitting out the majority of the fourth quarter and Koleen Salita stuffed the statistics sheet with 20 points. The whole squad gobbled rebounds and dished out assists as they outclassed Nursing, 101-24. AB immediately set the pace in the first quarter as Dimdam buried a three-point shot and knocked down a jumper – all in the first three possessions of the match-up. Nursing, given the chance to score in the first quarter, missed two attempts from the charity stripe and all of its field goals. Jonne Senga
PolSci crowned AB Sportsfest volleyball champ

PolSci crowned AB Sportsfest volleyball champ

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THE TEAM of Political Science (PolSci) crushed the hopes of Communication Arts (CA) for a back-to-back championship after emerging as victor in the AB Sportsfest mixed volleyball tournament finals, 25-17, 23-25, 25-23, and 25-21. Determined to dethrone last year’s champion, PolSci immediately hustled to match the attacks of CA, earning them a four-to-nothing lead. The consecutive spikes of PolSci’s team captain Judenn Mascareñas prevented CA from gaining points. CA’s team captain Froilan Hilario led his team in cutting the deficit to seven, 23-16, after PolSci failed to return Hilario’s drops. But PolSci’s seething offense was too much for CA to handle, as they capped the first set with an eight-point advantage, 25-17. The second set kicked off with PolSci having an early 5
Gaps, efforts in eradicating poverty tackled in 3rd int’l sociology conference

Gaps, efforts in eradicating poverty tackled in 3rd int’l sociology conference

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UNIVERSITY STUDENTS and members of religious communities gathered in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to discuss the state of poverty in the country and the efforts being done to combat it in an international conference held Feb. 26 to 27. Rev. Fr. Virgilio Ojoy, O.P., Ph.D. cited Pope Francis’ call to the Church in the Philippines “to combat the causes of the deeply-rooted inequality and injustice which mar the face of the Filipino society.” “He (Pope Francis) urged us to be present to those who are living in the midst of the society burdened by poverty and corruption, are broken in spirit, [are] tempted to give up, to leave school and to live in the streets,” Ojoy said. Ojoy believes there is a need to look at the global forces that cause poverty and examine the particula
Artlets see Korea in different light

Artlets see Korea in different light

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A PROFESSOR shed light on Korea’s culture and history to Asian Studies scholars and educators, veering away from the perspective set by popular Korean dramas and music. Prof. Lim Sang Woo, Ph.D. of Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea said the country flourished because of its historical phenomenon and foreign influences. “Korea is [kind of] a breach between continental and maritime powers. We have this so-called ‘Korean adaptability.’ We were able to adapt foreign cultures as long as it is significant to our development but we never forget our origin,” Lim said. He also said South Korea continues to be one of the top countries in the world despite the economic crisis and conflicts and nuclear threats of North Korea because the western influences did not separate them from
Collaboration of men and women contributes to better society, former mayor says

Collaboration of men and women contributes to better society, former mayor says

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MEN AND women should be equally empowered to achieve a better country, a former mayor of San Fernando, La Union and first recipient of UST's Sonia R. Lorenzo Award, told Thomasians in a forum. “[Women empowerment is important] so that you (men), our partners, would look up to us not as women who would be walking behind you but walking beside you... But if we walk together, shoulder to shoulder, we can do it together and we can have a better community, a better Philippines," Hon. Mary Jane Ortega said. Ortega said that "feminism is when you say nobody is good enough but women, but you say women empowerment, [you] say men are needed as much as women.” “They said men hold half of the sky up and so do the women. If you do not empower one sector of society, then you will have only
AB Women’s claims first win vs. CFAD; Men’s drops season opener vs. CRS

AB Women’s claims first win vs. CFAD; Men’s drops season opener vs. CRS

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  THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Women’s Basketball Team drew the first blood against the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD), 74-48, opening their campaign in the Thomasian Goodwill Games with victory. AB started the ballgame with intensity as Koleen Salita dropped 16 of her game-high 22 points in the first quarter, leaving CFAD struggling to shoot a basket. Lara Quicho and Alaina Dimdam’s markers further widened the gap to 22, ending the frame at 32-10. The first minutes of the second quarter saw AB’s performance waning with CFAD capitalizing on the former’s fouls and turnovers. But with AB leading the first half of the tourney with 46-22, CFAD’s hope for a comeback diminished as the game neared its end. AB kept its momentum in the third and fourth quarter,
LegMa, ECO, SCL advance to basketball semis; CA, Philo up for rematch

LegMa, ECO, SCL advance to basketball semis; CA, Philo up for rematch

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LEGAL MANAGEMENT (LegMa), Economics, and Sociology secured their semifinals slots after prevailing in the elimination round of Gilas AB basketball tournament held Friday. LegMa snatched the crucial win against History, 67-59, with the former setting the pace early in the game after a 14-7 run and keeping the momentum until the end of the first quarter, 21-7. History’s JP Vibandor, who missed all of his shots in the first frame, finally converted baskets and ushered his team to a 10-0 run. Both teams tied at 25 until Harold Liao led LegMa’s rally late in the second quarter to end the first half on a high note, 36-25. LegMa’s domination over History became more evident in the second half as the former tightened its man-to-man defense, putting the latter in a difficult situation.