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Batch 2018 records most number of graduates, Latin honorees in 122 years

Batch 2018 records most number of graduates, Latin honorees in 122 years

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By ALI IAN MARCELINO V. BIONG THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) once again beat its own record after producing 298 graduates with Latin honors this year—the highest number that it has recorded in 122 years—during the Solemn Investiture held Monday. AB is on its third year of consistently increasing the number of Latin honorees produced, with Batch 2018 yielding three summa cum laudes, 40 magna cum laudes, and 255 cum laudes. Batch 2017 previously held the record of having the most number of graduates with Latin honors with 214 Latin honorees after beating Batch 2016 which had 149. Batch 2018 is also the biggest graduating batch AB has ever produced with 1,249 graduates. During the Baccalaureate Mass, the number of graduates was announced to be 1,187 only because some
AB settles for podium finish in Pautakan

AB settles for podium finish in Pautakan

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By ANGELIQUE ANNE F. TORRES DOWN FROM the championship, the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) finished first runner-up in the individual category of this year's Pautakan, and maintained its second runner-up spot in the group category on Monday at the Medicine Auditorium. AB’s individual category representative Augustus Botrous Guco booked his ticket to the finals round after finishing second during the eliminations with 135 points, trailing behind Faculty of Engineering’s John Matthew Caballas who finished with 205 points. Tallying a total of 195 points in the finals difficult round, Guco surrendered his title to Caballas who finished with 270 points. Danvhar Nojara from the UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy (AMV) placed third with 190 points. AB retained its plac
No breakdown for P1.2K mess but assistant dean assures apt use of money

No breakdown for P1.2K mess but assistant dean assures apt use of money

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By ANGELIQUE ANNE F. TORRES DESPITE THE lack of breakdown of fees issued to students, Assistant Dean Narcisa Tabirara assured that the P1,200 allotted to the Manaoag Pilgrimage of this year’s graduating batch was all used during the thanksgiving and prayer worship activity held May 23. Tabirara said there were other expenses paid, including administrative fees and charges for the hall. “Ginamit lahat noong budget for that particular activity,” she told the Flame. “[I]f the students are thinking, trying to compute siguro, hindi naman talaga siya P1,200 lang. Hindi P1,200 lang ginamit sa buong Manaoag, hindi naman talaga total 100 [percent] ‘yun kasi mayroong administrative expense ‘yon. So even if we have approved, even if there had been no objection to the juggling of one expe
Rector to Batch 2018: Recognize God’s actions in your life

Rector to Batch 2018: Recognize God’s actions in your life

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN RECTOR REV. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. urged graduating Thomasians to appreciate God’s help in their lives and challenged them to make a legacy for the younger generations to follow in the Baccalaureate Mass held Thursday. “Recognize God’s actions in your life. God is touching you with his grace; it was grace that made you the best wine. […] Your success is not just about you,” Dagohoy said. He noted that in the pursuit of goals, one tends to live “as if everything is out of our own making.” “Whenever our interior life becomes popped up in its interests and concerns and there is no longer room for God and others, it will become a life of so many contradictions,” Dagohoy said, citing Pope Francis. The rector called on the graduating batch to work
AB Chorale wins in religious group-organized chorale tilt

AB Chorale wins in religious group-organized chorale tilt

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE UST Chorus of Arts and Letters (AB Chorale) again proved its vocal caliber after bagging first place in the Clarion Call Chorale Competition held Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. The AB Chorale snagged the championship title and P50,000 in the competition, defeating Pansol Choir and Alab Vocal Ensemble which settled for second and third place, respectively. AB Chorale sang the piece titled “Psalm 100" composed by Asst. Prof. Fidel Calalang Jr. Chorale President Camille Barsolaso said the win was unexpected, considering that the chorale's competitors have taken part in international constests. “It felt so surreal. Kasi this time, mas unexpected siya since it’s our first time to compete outside the University tapos ‘yung iba pa s
Artlets recognized in Student Awards

Artlets recognized in Student Awards

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN STUDENTS, ORGANIZATIONS, and societies from the Faculty of Arts and Letters received recognitions for their exceptional academic and co-curricular performance in the University during the 2018 Student Awards Day held May 18. English Language Studies senior Fermina Vergara led the graduating batch of Artlets after receiving the Rector’s Academic Award for attaining a general weighted average of 1.129, the second highest among the awardees. Communication Arts Students’ Association (CASA) president Nicole Cruz, Association of the Political Science Organizations of the Philippines Secretary-General Ralph Gabriel Buella, and Junior People Management Association of the Philippines Vice-president I-shan Kuo were among the recipients of the Quezon Leadership A
Nat’l Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista dies at 76

Nat’l Artist for Literature Cirilo Bautista dies at 76

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By ALI IAN MARCELINO V. BIONG NATIONAL ARTIST for Literature and UST Literature alumnus Cirilo Bautista has died early morning on May 6. He was 76. De La Salle University’s (DLSU) literature department broke the news of its faculty member’s passing on the same day. “It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our beloved professor/mentor and perhaps the greatest poet in the annals of Philippine literature—Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista. Rest in peace, our Moses, Gandalf, Nero Wolfe, Obi Wan Kenobi. Till we meet again in Paradise,” the Facebook post of the DLSU literature department read. Bautista graduated magna cum laude from the then UST College of Liberal Arts in 1963 and was former literary editor of the Varsitarian. He obtained his doctorate degree in language and liter
AB wins two-peat in Himig Tomasino

AB wins two-peat in Himig Tomasino

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By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE UST Chorus of Arts and Letters (AB Chorale) secured a back-to-back championship and bagged three of the four special awards in this year’s Himig Tomasino held Saturday. The choir took the championship after garnering a score of 93.21 points. It also took home a P40,000 prize, along with awards for Best Interpretation (of the set piece), Best Conductor, and Best Costume Apparel. AB Chorale president Camille Barsolaso said the choir did not expect to win this year’s competition, underscoring the difficulty in maintaining the championship. "Mas madaling mag-progress pataas kaysa i-maintain 'yung championship so hindi talaga kami nag-expect ng kahit ano,” Barsolaso said. She added that AB Chorale only eyed to perform its pieces well. “This year n
ABDP ends 11-year title drought in univ-wide debate tilt

ABDP ends 11-year title drought in univ-wide debate tilt

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By MARIA EDEN T. DINO AFTER 11 years of title drought, the Faculty of Arts and Letters Debate Parliament (ABDP) brought home the championship in this year’s Dialectics, the university-wide debate competition organized by the Thomasian Debaters Council (TDC). The team composed of Communication Arts (CA) senior Miguel Aguado, Philosophy senior John Martin Ungria, and English Language Studies (ELS) junior Faye Margarette De Leon who was hailed as finals best speaker, emerged as Dialectics grand champion. “It really feels surreal. Up until now, I can't believe that we broke the 11-year drought and achieved something memorable for the whole parliament, which is an ABDP [versus] ABDP grand finals,” De Leon said in an online exchange. De Leon added that it was the first time both