By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO and MA LEANDREA A. TAMARES
POLITICAL party DEKADA will once again lead the Artlets Student Council (ABSC) after dominating the 2019 polls, securing all seats in the council except for public relations officer (PRO), which was claimed by independent candidate Eadric Espiritu.
Lady Freyja Gascon will sit as the next ABSC president after garnering 1,119 votes (64.35%), defeating Grand Alliance for Progress (GAP) bet Irah Joyce Embile who garnered 371 votes. A total of 249 Artlets left the position unanswered.
“[T]here's a lot of pressure but then at the same time it's also a huge honor that they saw our political party as [...] worthy to be the next executive board,” Gascon told the Flame.
Paolo Jericho Manuel secured the position of vice president (V...
By JOY THERESE C. GOMEZ
AN AUDITOR is not merely the bookkeeper’s assistant. Though this position is seemingly overshadowed by the treasurer, it is more complex than it appears to be and should not be seen as an easy job. In reality, the auditor is responsible for supervising the proper use of funds and the progress of the council’s projects—a duty not to be taken lightly.
Both candidates for this position envision several new ways to present the audits. They also advocate for a more efficient and transparent auditing process which the Artlet community must watch out for.
Changing the game
Grand Alliance for Progress’ (GAP) Jelliza Letran takes pride in being the eldest among her siblings, which she regards as part of her leadership training.
She describes this, alo...
By SYRAH VIVIEN J. INOCENCIO
THERE is a need for change in the Artlets Student Coucil (ABSC), according to presidential candidates Irah Joyce Embile of Grand Alliance for Progress and Lady Freyja “Dea” Gascon of DEKADA. Both candidates have already accumulated different skills and experiences in the field of student leadership and have different perspectives in leading and serving the Artlet community.
A breather for Artlets
In her three years as an Artlet, Irah has seen how the ABSC works. Her other leadership experiences include being the vice president of The Political Science Forum and secretary of the AB Knighted Owls, the official drumline of the Faculty.
Being part of an organization managed by the ABSC gave Embile a glimpse of what needs to be changed in the stu...
By MARIA CECILIA O. PAGDANGANAN
GONE are the days when the public relations officer (PRO) was relegated to merely creating posters and social media content. In an effort to cope with the changing times, the candidates for PRO seek not only to disseminate accurate information but also to address the grievances of Artlets.
Running under Grand Alliance for Progress (GAP), legal management freshman Rosario Raña believes her major has prepared her for the role of PRO.
“As an LM student, I always think on my feet,” she says. “Lalo na kapag ‘yung mga [recitation], kailangan fast ka na mag-answer. Siyempre it’s important as a PRO kasi I disseminate information.”
“I learned to be very detail-oriented. I should not miss facts or principles, lalo na when it comes...
CONFIDENT in their bookkeeping skills, Niña Estrella of Grand Alliance for Progress and Elan Karsten Castañares of DEKADA are both hoping to secure the position of treasurer in the Artlets Student Council (ABSC) for next academic year. Aside from excelling academically, the two hopefuls also want to walk their talk and use their abilities to better the Artlet community.
A born leader
Being an economics major, Niña knows the ins and outs of bookkeeping, which is part of the reason why she wanted to run. However, she says leadership does not end in the four corners of the classroom; this led to her becoming the executive associate to the auditor of the Artlets Economics Society.
“Actually, I’m enjoying it kasi. Feel ko parang part na siya ng pagkatao ko, and as the eldest ch...
FRESHMEN Jecelie De La Rosa (Grand Alliance for Progress) and Romulo Corporal V (DEKADA) may be new to college, but neither of them are neophytes to leadership roles. Both Artlets have accepted the challenge and pressure to serve the Faculty through student leadership.
A transparent ABSC
As a creative writing major, Jecelie knows the power of words. However, she wants to transcend words and move into the realm of action.
Even though the role of secretary entails working with a lot of pressure, this is not a new thing for her since she is currently a grievance committee member of the Artlets Student Council (ABSC).
“It is not really about the title, or mataas man ‘yung rank ko. [I]f there is anything that I can do to contribute to this community, I will do it and I will devo...
DESPITE being freshmen, the vice president for external affairs hopefuls are taking on a big challenge: to bring forth in AB the change that it needs and deserves. The two aspirants seek to change the growing culture of apathy and complacency in the Faculty.
A different style of leadership
Words are the weapons of persuasion of DEKADA bet Paolo Jericho Manuel. A debater and a strong-willed intellectual, Paolo believes that his experience as a public speaker can help him actualize his goals for the Faculty.
“Whatever job you give me, I can give my utmost excellence—that I can assure you,” he says.
Driven by his advocacy for the rehabilitation of drug users and giving people the chance to change, he believes that his leadership style will bring to the council a different ki...
ARMED with the passion to eradicate the prevailing culture of apathy and ignorance in the Faculty, candidates for the position of vice president for internal affairs are ready to take a leap for leadership.
The three hopefuls are challenging the leadership styles of the present council and are ready to implement change in the Faculty and bring about the kind of governance and direction that they think it needs.
His appreciation for interdisciplinary studies heightened the interest of Students’ Democratic Party’s Remar Paulo Panganiban in pushing forward cultural awareness and appreciation—a goal he wishes to achieve through running for the council.
“It takes a lot of mental fortitude, it takes a lot of courage and bravery to run a council; one must ha...
By JOAHNA LEI E. CASILAO and GILLIAN PATRICIA GERONIMO
SIXTEEN CANDIDATES filed on Wednesday their bids for the 2019 Artlets Student Council (ABSC) general elections.
Bets from accredited political parties DEKADA, Grand Alliance for Progress (GAP), Students’ Democratic Party (SDP), and several independent bets make up the preliminary list of candidates.
Vying for the presidency are communication arts (CA) junior Lady Freyja Gascon (DEKADA), who previously ran for vice president (VP)-external, and Irah Embile (GAP), the former vice president of The Political Science Forum.
Philosophy freshman Paolo Manuel (DEKADA) and legal management (LM) freshman Johann Ludwig Uy (GAP) will compete for the position of VP-external.
Gunning for VP-internal are LM freshman Gerald Dela Cruz...
POLITICAL PARTIES Grand Alliance for Progress (GAP) and Students’ Democratic Party (SDP) demanded the Faculty of Arts and Letters Commission on Elections (AB Comelec) to declare this year’s Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC) elections a failure due to “negligence and inefficiency” of the said poll body.
In a letter addressed to AB Comelec Chairperson Kristoffer Dela Cruz last April 26, GAP and SDP raised some irregularities in the recently-concluded ABSC elections—which Dekada dominated, winning all seven positions—and questioned the local Comelec’s credibility and integrity.
GAP and SDP said “there are students who were able to vote outside the Learning Resource Unit (LRU)" and thus requested that the votes cast outside the official voting precincts be considered null and v...