AFTER A two-year halt, thousands of Thomasians flocked to the University last Dec. 19 for the return of the onsite Paskuhan in an event that saw them going back to old ways while moving forward from the anxiety-filled episodes of the pandemic.
A total of 51,845 Thomasians gathered in UST to experience the much-awaited Paskuhan festivities which carried the theme “Pananabik, Pagbabalik, Panunumbalik (longing, return, restoration).”
While there were noticeable changes this year — people were wearing face masks, ‘one-entry, one-exit’ and ‘no ID, no QR code, no entry’ policies were imposed, outsiders were not allowed — some elements — long queues in entrances, the afternoon mass, stalls selling aromatic and greasy food, rowdy young people in yellow shirts snapping photos of thems...
by FRANZ ZOE STOELZL BAROÑA
THE LEAST of all things Andre asked for was a last supper. "Anong balak niyo?" he asked his two friends.
They sat on an elevated sidewalk near St. Raymund's Building, sharing what seemed to be a calm meal beneath all the passersby who painted the canvas of the campus in the dead of night.
"Law school," Cesar responded, chewing on a chicken wing, "o kaya deretso trabaho, kung saan man palarin."
"Paskong pasko, inaabala niyo yung kinabukasan?" Javier interrupted before realizing that he had already emptied his tupperware.
Andre shifted his view to his beige, leather watch, and saw the hand point a quarter past the sixth hour.
Cesar set aside the bottle of Sprite he had been drinking and leered towards Javier. "Magsalita ka 'pag nakakuha ka na...
UST RECTOR Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. has urged Thomasians to use their pandemic experiences to become more worthy presents to Jesus and to enhance ties within their community.
In his speech for the opening of Paskuhan, Ang noted that the two-year lockdown intensified the desire of Thomasians to return to campus. He said this year’s theme of “Pananabik, Pagbabalik, Panunumbalik” should guide Thomasians in terms of strengthening relationships.
“Ang mga bitak at pira-pirasong bahagi ng ating pagkatao dulot ng ating hindi magandang karanasan sa pandemya ay muling bubuuin, pakikinisin, at paninibaguhin upang tayo’y higit na maging karapat-dapat na handog sa banal na sanggol (The cracks and broken pieces of our humanity brought about by terrible experiences during the pandemic should be re...
By TRISHA TAMIO and ZOE AIRABELLE AGUINALDO
FOR THE first time in two years, Agape - an event that gathers Thomasians as one family to share free food - will light the way back toward the much anticipated Paskuhan festivities.
With the return of Agape in person, The Flame is providing tips to newcomers to help them enjoy the feast .
A - Arrive an hour early
Missing out on one of the University’s most awaited events and activities is the last thing a Thomasian wants. Pharmacy freshman Athessa Lacerna suggested arriving “an hour early” to avoid this situation.
“We should arrive early so we don’t miss out on anything, especially for newcomers like me. Maybe an hour early would be fine,” Lacerna said.
Information technology senior Ryan Lopez shared Lacerna’s sentiment o...