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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
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