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...
IN ORDER to be welcoming to a person’s weaknesses in the English language, one must re-evaluate his perceptions on how the language is received by different social groups, a professor from the University of the Philippines (UP) told Thomasians in a lecture held March 28. Aileen Salonga, associate dean for academic affairs of the UP College of Arts and Letters, argued that people from different groups or culture do not share the similar perspective and relationship toward the English language. “Participants themselves have different relationships with English. We may have all of these debates but not everyone will access these arguments or if they do, they [may] have different appreciation of the arguments because they have different realities,” said Salonga, who teach
NAMED AS Professor Emeritus for his outstanding contributions to the University and the field of philosophy, “Venerable Master” Alfredo Co, Ph.D. urged Thomasians to continue the pursuit of true knowledge and beauty through philosophy amid today’s virtual age. “I am disturbed that man is gradually abandoning the ideal search of the search for true knowledge, the good of human, and the beauty in human,” Co said in his acceptance speech during the ceremony held March 9 at the Medicine Auditorium. “I still think, that even in the age of artificial intelligence, technology, and science, people will always find true solace in the learning provided by philosophy” he added. The philosophy professor also noted that people have the responsibility to educate themselves. “I refuse to
THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Women’s Basketball Team is recovering the lethal form that carried it to the Thomasian Goodwill Games Finals last year through a methodical handling of the College of Nursing (Nursing) Women’s Basketball Team, 56-23, in their elimination round duel held March 7 at the P. Noval Court. AB’s Alaina Dimdam equalled the output of the whole Nursing squad with 23 points, while her backcourt tandem, Jonne Senga, tallied 12 points. Nursing only scored a single point in the first quarter, while allowing AB to easily penetrate its defense and mount an early 16-point advantage, 17-1. AB kept its pace in the second period and knocked down its jump shots and layups, ushering the score to 27-7 before halftime. Yen Durano and Micah Atienza of AB grabbed