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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
Artlets win in univ-wide debate contest

Artlets win in univ-wide debate contest

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MEMBERS OF the AB Debate Parliament (ABDP) bagged awards in Dialectics, the annual university-wide debate competition sponsored by the Thomasians Debaters Council. Out of the competition’s ten best speakers, five winners came from AB. Dominating the top three spots were ABDP prime minister and Behavioral Science junior Sophia Marionne Salonga, Journalism senior Roy Narra, and Literature junior Frances Ungria as overall, second, and third best public speakers, respectively. Political Science freshman Peter Ralla and Communication Arts (CA) sophomore Taj Mahal Pasihul joined them in the roster of best public speakers after placing fifth and ninth, respectively CA alumna and former the Flame news writer Felice Anne Cargo emerged as the third best adjudicator. This is ABDP's
AB Week gains good feedback from Artlets

AB Week gains good feedback from Artlets

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LEGAL MANAGEMENT (LM) senior Edrea Jean Ramirez has been studying in the University for almost four years, but this year's celebration of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Week was "the only time [she] genuinely felt that we are indeed celebrating." Ramirez is just one of the Artlets who gave positive comments about the Faculty's celebration of its founding anniversary, with others saying it was “absolutely fun” or “much felt this year.” With the theme “Adventure Bliss," this year’s celebration wanted to take Artlets back to their childhood days through the “Adventure Bliss Theme Park” held from Feb. 29 to March 4. Some students also commended the student council for making this year's celebration “better” than the previous ones. Behavioral Science junior Krishelle L
AB Women’s unscathed, advances to Goodwill semis

AB Women’s unscathed, advances to Goodwill semis

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  THE TOP seed Faculty of Arts and Letters Women’s Basketball Team (AB) overcame the pesky defense of the Faculty of Engineering Women’s Basketball Team (Engineering) to book a semifinal spot in this year’s Thomasian Goodwill Games. AB is on a four-game winning streak wherein they edged out all their opponents by 10 points or more. Not dropping a single match, AB averaged 71.75 points per game while allowing only an average of 39.75 points for the teams they faced. This time it was 58-48 against the Engineering squad. With star player Alaina Dimdam getting into an early foul trouble, AB managed to close the first half with a nine-point advantage over Engineering, 33-24. The two teams started sloppy in the third quarter but it was AB who found the rhythm first as Jon
Importance of diplomacy discussed in 3rd UST Model UN

Importance of diplomacy discussed in 3rd UST Model UN

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STUDENTS FROM local and international universities gathered at the University of Santo Tomas to understand the importance of diplomatic process and discuss global issues during the third UST Model United Nations (MUN). International Relations lecturer Jan Michael Denila tackled the roles of diplomats, whom he defined as “inextricably linked with representation and communication" in their countries. “As intermediaries, you have a certain responsibility to make sure that your [country’s] goals [and] national interests, are articulated properly,” Denila said. Jesus Gary Domingo of the Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for United Nations and Other International Organizations also defined a diplomat as “a messenger, a bearer of good news, and a bridge.” Furthermo
AB outplays CRS, heads to quarterfinals

AB outplays CRS, heads to quarterfinals

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STANDING ATOP bracket B, the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) Women’s Basketball team will advance to the quarterfinals of this year’s Thomasian Goodwill Games after trouncing the College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS), 54-39. Alaina Dimdam once again showed off her shooting prowess after scoring 13 of her game-high 23 points in the first quarter, including three buckets from beyond the arc. Trisha Angela Dy and Maria Carmina Lagrisola led CRS' assault but they trailed by four points at the end of the first frame, 19-14. AB continued to dominate the pace of the ballgame as it tightened its defense, forcing CRS to commit turnovers. The triumvirate of Dimdam, Koleen Salita, and Lara Quicho added 11 points for AB while CRS only managed to score a point coming from Dy’s bonus
Philosophy grabs AB Sportsfest basketball crown

Philosophy grabs AB Sportsfest basketball crown

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PHILOSOPHY SEIZED the championship in this year's AB Sportsfest basketball league after defeating last season's first runner-up Sociology in a head-to-head finals match, 72-68. Hencel Gumabay, who was awarded the Most Valuable Player, contributed 18 points for Philosophy. Jericho Abesamis and John Emmanuel Tan also added 12 points each in the tally. Both teams hustled immediately with good offense in the first quarter. Abesamis answered the trey of Sociology’s Lanz Mendoza, who started the chase for lead, 9-10, in favor of his team. The jump shots of Philosophy’s Tan and Josh Zipagan handed the team its six-point edge by the end of first quarter, 19-13. Fouls by Sociology’s Mendoza and a floater from Philosophy’s Peña saved Philosophy during the early part of the second fra
Senatorial bets Ople, Romulo seek to improve education in PH

Senatorial bets Ople, Romulo seek to improve education in PH

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SENATORIAL CANDIDATES Susan “Toots” Ople and Roman Romulo said improving the country’s education system would be one of their legislative agendas should they win in this year’s elections. Overseas Filipino workers advocate and Nacionalista Party bet Ople said she would push for the passage of a Magna Carta for Students. The Artlet alumna also included providing free and accessible WiFi to both private and public schools in her platform, noting this learning investment would give the youth a competitive edge. Meanwhile, Romulo laid down the educational laws he sponsored and authored as the representative of Pasig City such as the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education Act and Open Distance Learning Act. “Ang mga ginawa po natin ay [siniguro] na me
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