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Dekada sweeps ABSC polls; CSC proclamation rescheduled on Monday

Dekada sweeps ABSC polls; CSC proclamation rescheduled on Monday

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IT IS Dekada's year. All seven candidates from the political party Dekada will sit in the Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) next academic year. Garnering a total of 2,276 votes, former ABSC Vice President-External Ysabella Gabrielle Marasigan was proclaimed the president of the next council. Grand Alliance for Progress’ (GAP) Renz Joshua Esguerra, Students’ Democratic Party’s (SDP) Samantha Makayan, and Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UST’s (STAND-UST) Elizabeth Anthony got 666 votes, 235 votes, and 199 votes, respectively. The newly-elected president believes the whole political party won because of Artlets’ trust. “Everyone in Dekada slate actually worked inside the student council. Because of that, they trusted us na ‘yung taong may exp
Artlet CSC bets seek active studentry in mandatory debate

Artlet CSC bets seek active studentry in mandatory debate

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CENTRAL STUDENT Council (CSC) candidates from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) bared their platforms and stands on different University issues in Tagisan 2016 mandatory debate, all seeking to end student apathy and to promote active involvement in the Thomasian community. Both vying for the position of public relations officer, Journalism junior Enna Hermoso from Lakas ng Diwang Tomasino (Lakasdiwa) and Behavioral Science junior Jherome Ramos from Lakas Tomasino Coalition (LTC) presented measures to combat Thomasians’ political apathy. Hermoso said it is important to know the cause of students’ apathy first in order to come up with efficient solutions while Ramos sees the lack of awareness among students as the main problem. “Kapag naging aware na po ang mga estudyante, he
Artlets’ proper waste management advocacy clinch 2nd place in speech contest

Artlets’ proper waste management advocacy clinch 2nd place in speech contest

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REPRESENTATIVES FROM the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) won second place after fighting for proper waste management in an advocacy speech contest. Behavioral Science junior and AB Debate Parliament Prime Minister Sophia Salonga, Philosophy sophomore Andrew Cerrudo, Communication Arts sophomore Wailyn Lavarias, and Legal Management freshman Xandra Bravo encouraged people to focus on small efforts being done to protect the environment. “They’re so focused on the big ideas that they forgot that the smallest actions contribute to the biggest difference,” the group said in their performance. While many are pushing for proper waste management awareness, the real problem, according to the group, boils down to lack of concrete action. “They think that the miniscule act of segregatin
#ABHalalan2016: Aspiring ABSC officers file candidacy

#ABHalalan2016: Aspiring ABSC officers file candidacy

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TWENTY-SEVEN hopefuls formalized their bids in the upcoming Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) elections after filing their certificates of candidacy (COCs) yesterday. There were no independent aspirants in this year’s local polls as all bets came from the four accredited political parties in the Faculty namely Dekada, Students’ Democratic Party (SDP), Grand Alliance for Progress (GAP), and the newly-recognized Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UST (STAND-UST). Standard bearers of the political parties are former ABSC vice president for external affairs Ysabela Gabrielle Marasigan (Dekada), Political Science (PolSci) sophomore Samantha Makayan (SDP), former ABSC chief-of-staff Renz Joshua Miguel Esguerra (GAP), and Journalism junior Elizabeth Antho
AB Comelec, Flame join forces for ABSC polls

AB Comelec, Flame join forces for ABSC polls

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Commission on Elections (Comelec) and The Flame on Monday launched a voters’ education campaign to raise awareness and involvement in the Artlet community as the local student council election nears. Both parties signed a memorandum of agreement for the conduct of #ABHalalan: Voters’ Education Campaign and Special Coverage which aims to help Artlets make informed choices in electing the next set of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) officers. The education campaign also aims to educate students about the importance of the upcoming elections to the future of student leadership in the Faculty. #ABHalalan will deliver informative and extensive coverage to all ABSC election-related activities. “The reason for the partnership between the
3 Artlets vie for CSC posts

3 Artlets vie for CSC posts

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ALL VOWING to bring change in the Thomasian community, three aspirants from the Faculty of Arts and Letters are among the 17 candidates declared eligible to run in the upcoming Central Student Council (CSC) elections by the University’s Central Commission on Elections (Central Comelec). Newly-resigned Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) Secretary Samantha Anne Williams seeks to bring to the Thomasian community the service she gave Artlets, as she now runs for the post of CSC secretary. “Kasi kung may nakikita kang problema, you go forth and address the issue. So as a student na nakikita ‘yung mga problema na ganoon, I want to make a change. [I want to] step up and make that change that’s why I’m running,” independent candidate Williams said. Meanwhile, Behavioral Science j
CSC bets urged to walk the talk

CSC bets urged to walk the talk

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  ASPIRING STUDENT leaders were challenged to “communicate beyond the syntax of language” and put their words into action in an open dialogue held Wednesday. Thomasian Alumni Leaders Association (TALA) President Henry Tenedero said words are cheap unless they are "communicated within the pinnacle of the heart." “[Saying] less is more for we have become a talkative society but are we making sense? It is not what you know about leadership but about how you walk the talk,” he said. The former Student Organizations Coordinating Council president emphasized the importance of emotional quotient of leaders as many people lack heart in service. “Where’s GMA (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo)? Nakakulong. [Mayroon siyang] high IQ,” he said. “Maraming matagumpay na tao na matalino per
SC Justice urges Thomasians to object China’s West PH Sea claim

SC Justice urges Thomasians to object China’s West PH Sea claim

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FILIPINOS HAVE a “sole duty to prevent the loss of a huge maritime space” by objecting China’s claim to the West Philippine Sea, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio told Thomasians in the 48th St. Thomas More lecture. Carpio said the Philippines may lose 531,000 sq. km. of its maritime area, which is larger than the country’s 300,000 sq. km. land area if China wins the arbitration case. “This is the heart of the matter of the dispute. Freedom of navigation is just incidental to me because this is a battle for resources over our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Extended Continental Shelf (ECS),” he said. Carpio, one of the country’s delegates to the Hague-based arbitral tribunal, perceived these activities as a demonstration of China’s “grand strategy to seize the S
Artlets dominate 31st Gawad Ustetika

Artlets dominate 31st Gawad Ustetika

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ARTLETS ONCE again proved that the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) is home to the University's best literary writers after bagging 17 out of 30 awards in the recently concluded 31st Gawad Ustetika. Winning big was Literature junior George Deoso who walked away with two first place awards for Poems in Praise of the Matriarch and Ang Watak-Watak na Salinlahi ni Godot: Mga Tula under the Poem and Tula categories, respectively. Deoso's One Night in the Life of Ivan Dihagiba also placed third in the Fiction category while his entry Patayin sa Sindak si Juan dela Cruz under Sanaysay category received an honorable mention citation. “I’m still out of words as of the moment because those awards came to me as a shock. It’s an extremely surreal experience, especially to me who thinks I,
AB exits Goodwill with bridesmaid finish vs. IPEA

AB exits Goodwill with bridesmaid finish vs. IPEA

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THEY SUPRISED their opponents and the Thomasian community when they came out as a stronger squad, but this year’s Thomasian Goodwill Games basketball championship was not theirs to win. This year’s champs, Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA), handed the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Women’s Basketball Team their 52-59 loss in a do-or-die match held Friday at the Quadricentennial Pavilion. IPEA first halted AB’s winning streak after giving them a taste of defeat last March 10, 57-47. Juslyne Eunice Magat handed AB most of its damages after finishing with game-high 25 points. Determined to extend the finals to a winner-take-all third game, AB's Alaina Dimdam immediately drilled jumpers and converted charities. IPEA’s Evina Rea Avelino sank a trey, tying