By PRINCE RONSON SABADO
FACULTY OF Arts and Letters (AB) regent Rev. Fr. George Phe Mang, O.P reminded Artlets to practice acts that show God’s love as they seek forgiveness for their sins during the Lenten season.
“Our smile, our concern, our support, and our understanding for one another are the acts of God's love that we can do the most, especially during this Lenten season. With that, we become a sign of God's love for others,” Phe Mang said during the Ash Wednesday college mass for the Artlet community at the Santisimo Rosario Parish on February 22.
The AB regent said prayers purify intentions and enable Christians to relate all their acts to God, while fasting detaches them from their “comforts.”
Phe Mang noted that the charity of almsgiving should serve as a ...
DESPITE THE government's decision to relax the masking mandate, University officials advised Thomasians to continue wearing face masks in indoor settings, citing the rising number of COVID-19 infections.
Executive Order No. 7 signed by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. last Oct. 28 made the wearing of face masks voluntary in indoor areas and enclosed spaces.
In response to the Palace order, the Office of the Secretary-General issued a memorandum "strongly" recommending the wearing of facemasks in enclosed spaces and indoor areas where ventilation may be compromised."
"Proper wearing of facemask will help prevent the spread and transmission of disease, providing protection to you and your family members as well as other people in the community," UST Secretary-General Fr. Louie Co...
by CHRISTINE DIANE R. ALMANZOR and DENISE ANGELA E. SALAZAR
(Editor’s note: As the Philippines commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martial Law, The Flame is republishing this article, which appeared in its vol. 47, issue no. 3.)
The years of martial rule have been deemed by some as the darkest age in the country’s history. It was marked by unjust killings, human rights violations, and unceasing abduction of opposition members, all feigning to curb rebellion. Despite the threats given to those who are opposing the martial rule, the Artlet community remained true to its liberal thinking by leading Thomasians in voicing out their clamor for change and reform in the country.
THE ISSUANCE of Proclamation No. 1081 by the late president Ferdinand Marcos on Sept. 21, 1972 was suppose...
THE RESUMPTION of face-to-face classes in some courses has drawn both relief and anxiety among members of the Artlet community who now have to make some adjustments after two years of pure distance learning.
Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB Dean Prof. Marilu Madrunio recently confirmed that in-person classes would be offered in some courses of the Journalism and Communication programs.
Seven other programs of the faculty intend to adopt onsite learning this term namely Behavioral Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English Language Studies, History, Literature and Sociology.
AB Assistant Dean Alejandro Bernardo said the University’s Facilities and Management Office has started preparing the rooms for the return of in-person classes.
“We can only hope that the situation ...
MOST OF the programs under the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) intend to conduct limited in-person classes in the coming term, drawing disappointment from students pushing for full onsite learning.
The University has announced that the enriched virtual mode is still the “default mode” of learning instruction for this term.
However, academic units were allowed to decide on the learning modality they would adopt.
Of the 13 AB programs, nine are planning to hold face-to-face classes this term namely Journalism, Behavioral Science, Communication Arts, Creative Writing, Economics, English Language Studies, History, Literature and Sociology.
Three other programs, namely Asian Studies, Legal Management and Philosophy intend to apply for in-person learning next term. The Politi...
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...