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Nasaan si Balikbayan?: How an OFW family celebrates Christmas

Nasaan si Balikbayan?: How an OFW family celebrates Christmas

Features
THE YEAR 2011 was the last time Hannah “Hans” Joy Baquiran physically celebrated Christmas with her father. This would be the tenth year they will celebrate the holidays with an unfilled seat by the dining table.  As Hans and her mother Liza Baquiran prepared food and gifts for their relatives, her father Baroy Baquiran would set up his device in time to see his family’s smiles back home.  Liza’s phone would eventually ring, she would answer and would be greeted by her husband’s voice.  From Qatar to the Philippines, a virtual connection allows them to share the joy of celebrating the Holidays. From screen to screen, they would endure the longing that precedes their situation—all in hope for their family in these coming years. Holidays Remembered After Hans’ elementary gradu...
Enliven the Christmas spirit with resourceful decorations

Enliven the Christmas spirit with resourceful decorations

Culture
by JOHN PATRICK A. MAGNO RANARA THE START of Paskuhan is usually marked by the illuminating of Christmas decorations.  From glittering lights and intricate ornaments to the towering Christmas tree in the University’s grandstand, these decorations are what make the Paskuhan event more enjoyable, said Andrew Joseph Chanco, a Theology instructor. “The different themes of the decorations displayed around the campus make the people feel the vibes of the Christmas season [...] it makes the Thomasian experience more memorable,'' he told The Flame. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and for two long years, Thomasian students were unable to delight in the University’s decorations.  Despite this stress-filled situation, it’s not too late to enliven the Christmas spirit. You ...
Thomasian tales: Flashbacks on pre-pandemic Paskuhan moments

Thomasian tales: Flashbacks on pre-pandemic Paskuhan moments

Culture
RECOGNIZED as the most anticipated annual event for every Thomasian since 1991, the University's Paskuhan marks its 30th year with the theme ‘The Pilgrimage: Our road through trials, our road through triumph.’ The University invites Thomasians in its second virtual Paskuhan this year. The chief-of-staff of the University of Santo Tomas - Central Student Council Gilbert Estropia Jr. said that last year’s Paskuhan presented recordings of programs but the performances this year will be live on-site. “The University is really trying their best to produce programs that Thomasians will enjoy, but this year’s Paskuhan, we made it a point to make it on-site, where the bands and the production will perform live on campus,” Estropia told The Flame. Let’s look back on some of the favorit...
Start a fruitful Christmas season with fruity drinks and desserts

Start a fruitful Christmas season with fruity drinks and desserts

Culture
by JOHN PATRICK R. MAGNO RANARA and THEA ANDREA C. MAGUERIANO A BOWL of fruits on a center table of a typical Filipino dining room not only adds vibrant colors to one's home but also becomes part of the Filipino food culture. In this time of yuletide season, fruits become staples of Filipino favorites, including buko salad, halo-halo, and even pineapples in macaroni salad. But if you do not know how to prepare this kind of delicacy, you can always opt to order healthy options for fruity desserts instead. A sweet and savory prism in a cup Despite being a Singaporean dessert shop, Nine Fresh guarantees that its fruit bowl menu will satisfy Pinoys’ sweet cravings. It is generous with its toppings of over 20 choices of beans, jellies, and black pearls. Its ingredients are...