by KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY DEPARTMENT OF Communication and Media Studies professor Samuel Ramos Jr., better known by his students as “Sir Samu,” died on Sunday, Aug. 1, at 49. The cause of his death was not disclosed. The University announced his passing and expressed its condolences to his family on its official social media accounts on Wednesday. “The Thomasian family mourns the passing of Dr. Samuel Jr. T. Ramos, a faculty member of the Department of Communication and Media Studies of the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters. We grieve with the family of Dr. Ramos on his sudden and untimely passing. Eternal rest grant unto Dr. Ramos, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace,” the University wrote in a Facebook post. Ramos finished his bachelor’s d
by JANIS JOPLIN MOISES AS THE Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) marked its 125th anniversary, the department has indeed been beneficiaries of God’s unending grace, Fr. Christopher Jeffrey Aytona, O.P. said in a eucharistic celebration on Monday. “Let us not forget that the principal purpose of Catholic liberal education is still to form disciples, people who know Christ, follow Christ, and make Him known. Not excellence in education, as important as that is [and] not equipping students to have successful careers, however valuable they may be,” Aytona said. He added that one of the goals of liberal education is to open the mind of its students to the reality of the world, to learn from its truth, and to contribute to the advancement and development of society. AB Regent Fr. Rodel
by PATRICK V. MIGUEL THE CLOCK hits 9 in the morning, and Christian Tuaña jolts awake. Upon opening his eyes, he utters a curse before muttering,“Here we go again”. Inside his closet is an armor he set to wear every school days. A pair of black slacks and the iconic Artlet uniform. Wielding a cane, he can transcend all limits. He prepares himself every morning, filling his backpack with magical instruments throughout his victory on his everyday battles. He leaves his house around 12 PM with a mystical carriage that will carry him to a place filled with knowledge and wisdom. A venue of self-expression and inclusivity. There is enthusiasm inside his pocket before entering St. Raymund’s. “Minsan oo, minsan hindi…. Nagiging excited… ako if there’s something to look forward to
By ISABELL ANDREA M. PINE THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters welcomed 1,042 students out of the total 9,909 freshmen for Academic Year 2019-2020 in the recently held UST’s annual freshmen week. The number of students is expected to change as the enrolment is still ongoing. The traditional Thomasian Welcome Walk proceeded as scheduled on Aug. 6, and it was split in two sessions: the morning and the afternoon welcome rites, with the Faculty of Arts and Letters joining the latter. The AB freshies marched with pride as they passed through the Arch of Centuries. Meanwhile, the Roarientation and Thomasian Welcome Party -- two of the main events of the annual freshmen week -- were delayed due to days of inclement weather; they were rescheduled to Aug. 13 and Aug. 16, respectively.
by PEACH ARIANNA P. MANOS THE PIONEER of the Faculty of Arts and Letters’ (AB) English language studies (ELS) program and dean of the University’s Graduate School was recently appointed by Rector Very Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. as the new head of AB starting on Aug. 1. Marilu Ranosa-Madrunio has held longtime leadership positions in the Linguistic Society of the Philippines, where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisers. She was also the chairwoman of the University's English Department for six years. Madrunio obtained her doctorate degree in Applied Linguistics from De La Salle University in 2003. From 2016 to 2017, she was the president of the Philippine Association of Language Teaching. She founded the Faculty's ELS program which was first launche
by JULIA MARI T. ORNEDO In April 2017, elections for the new set of Central Student Council (CSC) Executive Board officers was marred by mass abstentions by the Thomasian electorate. The question that loomed immediately after the controversial elections was: have Thomasians become apathetic? Many Thomasians argued that the outcome was caused by a lack of competent and deserving candidates and not of interest from voters—a fair point, considering the shameful apologism of martial law by a candidate for vice president that made rounds on social media. Artlets, ever the articulate and outspoken, were some of the first to decry the suggestion that Thomasians had become apathetic to politics when news of the controversial CSC elections broke out. Yet, over a year on, it seems that
By JULIA MARI T. ORNEDO THE ST. RAYMUND de Peñafort building has not aged well. Like an ailing elderly man, the 54-year-old building finds itself plagued with more and more problems every year. The toilets in the building have never known the sight of clear water; the faucets, on occasion, dispense hot water without so much as a gentle transition from lukewarm; the airconditioners in certain rooms are either defunct or their temperature is impossible to turn up without asking the tallest student in class to step on a chair; some classrooms are too small to accommodate an entire class but are cramped with chairs anyway. With the emergence of technology also came more “high tech” problems for Artlets: VGA or HDMI cables that don’t work, laptops that are a cesspool of computer vi
By ALI IAN MARCELINO V. BIONG THE UST Philets and Artlets Alumni Association, Inc., in partnership with the Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC), is set to hold an alumni homecoming on Dec. 3 at the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building. The event titled “Grandeur and Glory: A Homage to Philets by the Artlets” will reunite the graduates of Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (Philets) which merged with the College of Liberal Arts in 1964, forming the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB). “It goes to show that beyond the pride that each and every alumnus has for being associated to this distinct Faculty, we give higher importance to embrace our sense of family within our organization,” Alfredo Navarro III, event executive coordinator, told the Flame. Navarro said aside fr
WHEN COMMUNICATION Arts junior Chelsea Blanco was asked to rate the effectiveness of St. Raymund de Peñafort building as her learning hub for the past three years, she settled with a score of five over ten. “It’s not safe [in AB] kapag nagkaroon ng emergency, sobrang congested,” she lamented. “‘Yung classrooms, [...] essential ‘yan sa pag-absorb ng knowledge bilang isang estudyante [dahil kailangan kumportable rin kami].” Blanco expected that the facilities in the University of Santo Tomas, as one of the top notch universities in the country, would be of high quality but what she was met with only disappointed her. Built in 1955, St. Raymund’s has been home to the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) since the merger of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and the College of Libe
SIXTEEN PROFESSORS from the Faculty of Arts and Letters were recognized for their loyalty and contributions to the University in the 18th Dangal ng UST Awards held May 11. Department of Philosophy founding chair Alfredo Co received the Gawad San Alberto Magno award for the category Natatanging Aklat, while UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies resident fellows Chuckberry Pascual and Joselito de los Reyes were recognized for Natatanging Malikhaing Akda and Natatanging Alagad ng Sining, respectively. De los Reyes also received the Gawad San Lorenzo Ruiz award. Gawad San Alberto Magno is given to Thomasian professors who excel in the field of research and innovation, while Gawad San Lorenzo Ruiz is given to educators who have acquired national and interna...