by MARIE CLAIRE S. LAGRISOLA THE DEPARTMENT of Philosophy launched last Nov. 7 its very first Noche session, an event that welcomes students to join a monthly online philosophical discourse. Noche, also known as Noche Alegre, primarily aims to create a space for philosophical discussion and to widen the research horizon of the department’s alumni and undergraduate students. This projected yearlong activity is inspired by UST's old tradition Noche Triste, which was used to call the night before the examinations for the licentiate degree in Philosophy or Theology. Instead of worrying for the following day's examinations, interested individuals are brought together to navigate through various texts and exchange of ideas. "This is a joyful event as it presents how thought is ali
TWO-TIME defending champion Communication Arts (CA), as well as Philosophy (Philo) and Economics (Econ), are advancing to the semifinals of the Athena Cup basketball tourney. CA barely outplayed Legal Management (LM), 67-61, on the back of their run and gun offense. The duo of CA’s Nicko Bahia and Juls Jolbitado secured the first half of the game by constantly driving and breaking for the net. LM trailed behind by only a few points in the second half by exploiting CA’s lapses in defense, but CA remained more aggressive and accurate with their two-pointers. Philo massacred English Language Studies (ELS), 81-38, by capitalizing on their opponent’s weak offense. Philo established their dominance as early as the first quarter, 24-9, and maintained their lead for the rest of
COMMUNICATION ARTS (CA) rolled past defending champions Philosophy, 90-72, to reclaim the title it lost to the same team a year ago in a heated finals matchup last Feb. 22 at the P. Noval Court. Nicko Bahia came up big with 21 points and six rebounds for CA. Two more CA players tallied double-digit scoring—Louisjeane Cruz dropped 18 points with five rebounds and Kiko Banal had 14 markers and four boards. Philosophy’s marksman Jericho Abesamis tallied 21 points on a hot three-point shooting spree during the finals matchup. Philosophy was scorching beyond the arc as it converted 11 three pointers. Abesamis sank two three-point baskets in the opening period, which gave his team its first and last taste of the lead at 7-2. Fouls from Philosophy’s Adrian Nico Padilla and Austin
PHILOSOPHY SEIZED the championship in this year's AB Sportsfest basketball league after defeating last season's first runner-up Sociology in a head-to-head finals match, 72-68. Hencel Gumabay, who was awarded the Most Valuable Player, contributed 18 points for Philosophy. Jericho Abesamis and John Emmanuel Tan also added 12 points each in the tally. Both teams hustled immediately with good offense in the first quarter. Abesamis answered the trey of Sociology’s Lanz Mendoza, who started the chase for lead, 9-10, in favor of his team. The jump shots of Philosophy’s Tan and Josh Zipagan handed the team its six-point edge by the end of first quarter, 19-13. Fouls by Sociology’s Mendoza and a floater from Philosophy’s Peña saved Philosophy during the early part of the second fra
LEGAL MANAGEMENT (LegMa), Economics, and Sociology secured their semifinals slots after prevailing in the elimination round of Gilas AB basketball tournament held Friday. LegMa snatched the crucial win against History, 67-59, with the former setting the pace early in the game after a 14-7 run and keeping the momentum until the end of the first quarter, 21-7. History’s JP Vibandor, who missed all of his shots in the first frame, finally converted baskets and ushered his team to a 10-0 run. Both teams tied at 25 until Harold Liao led LegMa’s rally late in the second quarter to end the first half on a high note, 36-25. LegMa’s domination over History became more evident in the second half as the former tightened its man-to-man defense, putting the latter in a difficult situation.
THE COMMUNICATION Arts (CA) program of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) is now a center of development (COD), as declared by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd). As per CHEd Memorandum Order No. 38, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is now at par with Miriam College and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in terms of accreditation status for CA, while the University of the Philippines (UP) remains the sole Center of Excellence (COE) in the said area of study. Meanwhile, the Philosophy program is still the only COE in AB. For the Philosophy program, UST shares its standing with ADMU, followed by the University of San Carlos. Moreover, the Journalism and the Literature program retained their COD status, while UP Diliman holds the COE status for both disciplines, shari
SCHOLARS CHALLENGED the role of philosophy as a tool in addressing societal issues in the contemporary Philippine context despite the absence of a concrete philosophical system from Filipinos in a forum titled “Dalumat 2015: Philosophy as a Catalyst in the Philippine Society” held Tuesday. Dr. Agustin Martin Rodriguez from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) highlighted the influence of western thought on the way Filipinos use philosophy as a response to social phenomena. While he admitted that the practices brought by western ideals are advantageous, the former Philosophy department chair at ADMU said they compromised the potential growth of local ideas. “Ang nangyayari sa ating bansa ay ang kanluranin ang nagiging batayan at naisantabi ang katutubo.” “Mayroon naman kasing
PHILOSOPHY MAJORS were encouraged to comprehend the relevance of mysticism in embracing one's faith by engaging in philosophical talks in a forum titled "Mysticism: A Challenge to Spiritual Intimacy" held Wednesday at the Engineering Conference Hall. Mysticism, as defined by Assoc. Prof. Reynaldo Reyes, is an intimate experience with the absolute being and an aspect of philosophy which focuses on the recognition of the unseen but felt. “What is essential is invisible to the eyes. Yet, at times, what are invisible to the senses are more real than what we see ─ beauty of truth, the sincerity of a person, [and] the love of a mother to a child are not themselves visible,” he said. Reyes also likened mysticism to love because both cannot be understood by reason but can be realized