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PolSci, JRN, LIT, ECO, CA, ELS, win in AB Sportsfest 2016 opener

PolSci, JRN, LIT, ECO, CA, ELS, win in AB Sportsfest 2016 opener

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THE TEAMS of Political Science (PolSci), Journalism, Literature, Economics, Communication Arts (CA), and English Language Studies (ELS) snatched their victories in the elimination round of Arcade: AB Sportsfest 2016 mixed volleyball tournament. PolSci, Economics, CA, and ELS recorded a 1-0 win, while Journalism and Literature both earned a 1-1 standing. PolSci's road to victory over Legal Management (LegMa) proved to be a bumpy ride as LegMa had the upper hand in the early minutes of the first set, thanks to the seething offenses of Wayne Parulan, until LegMa's offense and defense started to crumble. PolSci capped the first set, matching LegMa’s attacks and minimizing their errors, 31-29. PolSci’s supremacy became more evident as the lanky Judenn Mascareñas unleashed pierci
Research vital in writing, filmmaking, say writers

Research vital in writing, filmmaking, say writers

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RENOWNED WRITERS and professors encouraged Artlets and budding writers to include research in their writing process — be it fictional or academic. “Ang proseso ng pananaliksik ay may angkop na kapangyarihan. Kapag magaling kang tumuklas, sigurado ako, hindi ka matatanga ng mundo,” UST Research Center on Culture, Education, and Social Issues (UST RCCESI) Director Assoc. Prof. Clarence Batan said in a forum held yesterday. Guest speakers Himala scriptwriter Ricky Lee and Ligo na U, Lapit na Me author Eros Atalia, both Palanca awardees, said extensive research is important in the field of writing and filmmaking. “Matinding research ang kinakailangang i-consider mo para [sa isang akda] at sa kung ano ‘yung kayang gawin ng producer at hindi kayang gawin ng producer,” Atalia said.
VP bet Cayetano bares platforms for 2016 polls, pushes for federalism; Duterte a no-show

VP bet Cayetano bares platforms for 2016 polls, pushes for federalism; Duterte a no-show

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A FEDERAL type of government is the solution to the long-term problems of the country, vice presidential candidate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano told Thomasians in the first of an election series titled Filipino Youth Vision held yesterday. Speaking on behalf of his running mate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who was not able to make it to the event despite earlier confirmations as he was in Pampanga, Cayetano said their tandem’s platform would revolve around fighting crime and corruption, improving regional development and imposing equality under the law. In pursuit of economic and political federalism which will take three to four years to materialize, Cayetano noted that at least 15 percent of the country’s national budget goes to Metro Manila alone, leading to the congestion of
Social media, youth key to political mobilization, says educator

Social media, youth key to political mobilization, says educator

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THROUGH THE proper use of social media, the youth can empower and raise social awareness in the society, a journalism educator told Thomasians in a forum held Thursday. Assoc. Prof. Danilo Arao of the University of the Philippines Diliman believes that the youth can serve as a tool in political mobilization even by merely uploading relevant posts on social media. He reminded the youth to weigh in the relevance of what they are posting online, noting that political mobilization “has more to do with how we use information and [share] it via social media.” “The realization in political mobilization is that you don’t lose sight of the bigger objective which is shaping public opinion,” he emphasized. However, Arao said that the content of online posts is neglected because the yo
Sociology, History grab Glaucus Prize championships

Sociology, History grab Glaucus Prize championships

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SOCIOLOGY AND History emerged as the champions in group and individual category, respectively, of this year’s Glaucus Prize held Friday. The Sociology team composed of Antonio Maria Concepcion, Carlo Basilio Lorenzo, Dominique Revadulla, Karol Jim Louis Castillo, and Axl Francisco garnered a total of 145 points, besting 10 other majors. Economics settled for a bridesmaid finish with 130 points, while Political Science placed third in the team category with 105 points. Meanwhile, History sophomore Jose Alberto Jimenez topped the individual category of the competition after earning a total of 155 points. Dominating the average and difficult rounds of the finals, Jimenez kept a close fight with Joshua Ines of Asian Studies who placed second with 135 points. Maiki Raval of Econ
University studes learn diplomacy, int’l relations in 2nd Model ASEAN Summit

University studes learn diplomacy, int’l relations in 2nd Model ASEAN Summit

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UNIVERSITY STUDENTS all over the country gathered in the University of Santo Tomas to understand the decision-making processes of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during the second Model ASEAN Summit (MAS). ASEAN Foundation Executive Director Elaine Tan and Consultant Wilson Ang said that through MAS, people would be engaged with ASEAN while understanding how diplomacy is practiced in the ASEAN level. Playing the role of delegates from different ASEAN countries, participating students were grouped and tasked to solve issues such as transnational crimes and transboundary haze using the policies and standpoints of their assigned countries. Each delegate group was assigned to designate their country’s Head of Government, Ministers, and Members of the Secretariat
Students’ clamor essential to passage of Students’ Code

Students’ clamor essential to passage of Students’ Code

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THOMASIANS WERE encouraged to support and create a clamor for the long-sought passage of the Students’ Code, which is only two steps away from its approval. Former Central Student Council (CSC) President Atty. Lorraine Taguiam stressed in a forum titled “The Great Charter” that the actualization of the code is every Thomasian’s responsibility. “For the past years, it has been a struggle of the Students’ Code ─ reaching that level of awareness… It’s very hard talaga to reach everyone’s attention, especially in the University na sobrang laki ng population and very diverse ‘yung interest ng everyone. But we don’t just stop there,” Taguiam said. She also said the enactment of the Students’ Code would guarantee a clear provision of the Thomasians’ rights, student empowerment and un
Political satire is tool for awareness, say De Veyra, Sabayton

Political satire is tool for awareness, say De Veyra, Sabayton

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BROADCAST JOURNALIST Lourd De Veyra and social satirist Jun Sabayton viewed political satire not as a mere form of entertainment but rather as a tool to raise Filipinos’ awareness of the country’s issues. “Kasi ‘pag masyadong dineretso, hindi kumakagat eh. [So] dapat siguro may ‘pautot’ ka ng kaunti para yung pagtawa mo, at least, may maaalala ka sa issue,” said De Veyra. “Hindi mo siya kailangang i-solve pero at least, just the fact that you are thinking about it is a big step.” Political satires could trigger the nationalism and patriotism of Filipinos, they said, noting that Jose Rizal and Marcelo H. Del Pilar used satire to expose social realities in the country. “Nasa dugo natin ang sarcasm. Natural tayong magaling mang-insulto… Kaya ka lang naman nang-aasar dahil may gus
UST holds first economic briefing; Uncertainties, opportunities in PH discussed

UST holds first economic briefing; Uncertainties, opportunities in PH discussed

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THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) Department of Economics held its first economic forecasting forum dubbed Tiger Look yesterday, projecting uncertainties and opportunities in the Philippine economy and government this 2016. UST Department of Economics Chair Emmanuel Lopez anticipated economic growth to reach 6.5 to 6.7 percent this year with the surge of consumer spending and continuous flourishing of the service sector. Lopez also said the upcoming national elections will inject P15 billion in the local economy which is expected to create "temporary employment." "It may be inflationary in nature but at the middle of the year, it will bring back to the previous natural status of the natural unemployment because the creation of job is starting this January up to June," he add...
CA now center of development; Philo, JRN, Lit retain accreditation status

CA now center of development; Philo, JRN, Lit retain accreditation status

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THE COMMUNICATION Arts (CA) program of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) is now a center of development (COD), as declared by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd). As per CHEd Memorandum Order No. 38, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is now at par with Miriam College and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in terms of accreditation status for CA, while the University of the Philippines (UP) remains the sole Center of Excellence (COE) in the said area of study. Meanwhile, the Philosophy program is still the only COE in AB. For the Philosophy program, UST shares its standing with ADMU, followed by the University of San Carlos. Moreover, the Journalism and the Literature program retained their COD status, while UP Diliman holds the COE status for both disciplines, shari