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 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
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
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
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...
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
THE CHAIRMAN and chief executive officer (CEO) of UnionBank urged Thomasians to “teach young people by example and model by behavior” after receiving an honorary doctorate degree, honoris causa, from the University in recognition of his contributions in business and public service. “I urge you all to go forth, touch a heart, inspire a soul, make a difference, enable communities, and make humanity back to capitalism. This is the right path,” said Justo Ortiz in his acceptance address in the solemn investiture rites today, Dec. 9, at the Medicine Auditorium. Rector Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P., said that Ortiz is one of the individuals “who blurs the line between tradition and modernity with his unique brand of leadership” because of his passion to preserve heritage and promote
THOMASIAN INTERDISCIPLINARY scholar Prof. Florentino Hornedo, Ph.D. passed away at the age of 77 yesterday. Hornedo was found lying unconscious in his room at St. Dominic College, Basco, Batanes and was immediately brought to the hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival. An expert in the fields of political science, philosophy, and anthropology, he taught education, philosophy, literature, and history at the Ateneo De Manila University and the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Graduate School and Ecclesiastical Studies of the University of Santo Tomas (UST). He was also the dean of St. Dominic College of Batanes. Hornedo, a Thomasian alumnus, earned a degree in Bachelor of Science in Education as cum laude, a doctorate in Literature, and post doctorate degrees in History and Pol...
THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) vowed to mend its relationship with the Artlet community yesterday after conceding it lost the trust of students due to issues that have been plaguing the council since last year. During his State of the Council Address, ABSC President Jan Dominic Castro mentioned the controversies that continue to surround AB such as the missing council fund, anomaly on type-B uniforms, haircut and hair color policy, as well as the council’s accomplished projects and upcoming plans. “Last year, we faced a lot of hurdles one after the other. It seemed unending, and as part of the previous administration, I too would admit [that] last year was not easy, it never was,” Castro said. He added that the council sank in despair because of the sai
SCHOLARS CHALLENGED the role of philosophy as a tool in addressing societal issues in the contemporary Philippine context despite the absence of a concrete philosophical system from Filipinos in a forum titled “Dalumat 2015: Philosophy as a Catalyst in the Philippine Society” held Tuesday. Dr. Agustin Martin Rodriguez from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) highlighted the influence of western thought on the way Filipinos use philosophy as a response to social phenomena. While he admitted that the practices brought by western ideals are advantageous, the former Philosophy department chair at ADMU said they compromised the potential growth of local ideas. “Ang nangyayari sa ating bansa ay ang kanluranin ang nagiging batayan at naisantabi ang katutubo.” “Mayroon naman kasing