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16 Artlet profs honored in Dangal ng UST Awards

16 Artlet profs honored in Dangal ng UST Awards

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  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...
Varying English language reception tackled in lecture

Varying English language reception tackled in lecture

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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
Scarred, Scared, and Silent: Shedding Light on Sexual Harassment

Scarred, Scared, and Silent: Shedding Light on Sexual Harassment

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  A SECOND home is how students would usually perceive their schools and universities, a safe space where they are nurtured intel­lectually and socially before venturing out in the real world. However, beyond the four walls of the classroom there re­mains greater threats—and that includes sexual harassment. Recently, a Facebook post by a Geo Ce­lestino narrated how his sister, College of Fine Arts and Design junior Yssa Celes­tino was reportedly harassed by a fellow Thomasian while she was on board an FX going home. Celestino wrote that his sister took a blurred photo of her alleged molester and posted it on Twitter to raise aware­ness about sexual molesters lurking in public transport. However, Celestino claimed his sister was “bullied” by the Student Welfare and Deve
Environmentalists call on youth to adopt zero waste living

Environmentalists call on youth to adopt zero waste living

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STUDENTS SHOULD partake in achieving a zero waste surrounding as early as now to attain a sustainable world in the future, environmentalists from different countries told Thomasians in a forum held Thursday. “What we could do to the environment today will affect not just you, not just your children, not just their children, but eight generations,” said Jorge Emmanuel, a professor from Siliman University in the third Zero Waste Youth Convergence held at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex Auditorium. Data from Zero Waste United States of America revealed that an average of 1.2 pounds is being wasted in the world every day. Meanwhile, the Philippines generated an average of 1.1 pounds of waste per day in 2011, a study from the United Nations Environment Programme showed. Rahyang
Keep passion in writing through reading, says Lit prof

Keep passion in writing through reading, says Lit prof

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THE ASSISTANT director of UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies (CCWLS) urged aspiring creative writers from various schools in Manila to keep their passion for writing alive through reading. Cultural and literary critic Assoc. Prof. Ralph Semino Galan underscored that writers must immerse in literary works. “What we need more are not creative writers, but creative readers. No one can become a good writer when you do not read,” he said in a conference titled The Literary Muse in Manila. Galan also said the readership arouses creativity among writers. “We should also be creative readers so that we appreciate more creative texts, and for you to achieve that, you need to read, and the writing comes next." He added that poetry looks flat when read, but it is brou
UST retains QS world ranking for 4th time

UST retains QS world ranking for 4th time

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THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) retained its spot in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for the fourth consecutive year. UST, together with De La Salle University, did not move an inch from the 701+ bracket of the 2016 world university rankings. The Ateneo de Manila University is also a non-mover, maintaining its rank in the 501-550 bracket. University of the Philippines is still the country's top school after it moved to the 374th place this year from the 401-410 bracket in 2015. UST remained the sole Philippine university to have a four out of five QS Stars rating after it earned a perfect five-star mark in four of the eight categories for excellence set by QS namely employability, facilities, social responsibility, and inclusiveness. “UST grad

Filipino units retained in college; profs rejoice

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IT WAS a day of delight for Filipino language advocates, including professors from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), as college students will continue learning Filipino subjects in the general education curriculum. Members of the UST Department of Filipino expressed their joy after the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) issued a memorandum (CMO) on Monday, July 18, ordering all colleges and universities to retain six to nine units of Filipino subjects in their curricula. “Nagdiwang [kaming mga guro ng Filipino at] talagang natuwa kami noong nalaman namin [‘yung paglalabas ng CHED ng memorandum] dahil hindi nauwi sa wala ‘yung pinagpaguran namin,” said UST Department of Filipino chairperson Roberto Ampil. Under the new memorandum, universities should follow two CHED memor
Batch 2016 records most number of Latin honorees

Batch 2016 records most number of Latin honorees

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) produced 149 graduates with Latin honors—the highest number recorded in the last 120 years—during the 2016 Solemn Investitures held Monday. AB yielded one summa cum laude, 17 magna cum laudes, and 131 cum laudes out of 973 graduates. Leading this year’s Artlet graduates is Behavioral Science (BES) major Zheanne Amira Dantis who was given the Rector’s Academic Award after obtaining a general weighted average of 1. 149. BES also produced seven magna cum laudes, namely: batch salutatorian Pamela Mae Sioson, The Flame Editor in Chief Arnel Arevalo, Erika Vivienne Flores, Yvainne Liwag, Maybelle Joy Nuñez, Viviene Grace Olaguer, and Ira Guinevere Ordoñez. Bahama Mirachylle Josue of Asian Studies, Ma. Sarah Perez of Communication Arts, Hillary
Artlets’ proper waste management advocacy clinch 2nd place in speech contest

Artlets’ proper waste management advocacy clinch 2nd place in speech contest

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REPRESENTATIVES FROM the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) won second place after fighting for proper waste management in an advocacy speech contest. Behavioral Science junior and AB Debate Parliament Prime Minister Sophia Salonga, Philosophy sophomore Andrew Cerrudo, Communication Arts sophomore Wailyn Lavarias, and Legal Management freshman Xandra Bravo encouraged people to focus on small efforts being done to protect the environment. “They’re so focused on the big ideas that they forgot that the smallest actions contribute to the biggest difference,” the group said in their performance. While many are pushing for proper waste management awareness, the real problem, according to the group, boils down to lack of concrete action. “They think that the miniscule act of segregatin
Gaps, efforts in eradicating poverty tackled in 3rd int’l sociology conference

Gaps, efforts in eradicating poverty tackled in 3rd int’l sociology conference

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UNIVERSITY STUDENTS and members of religious communities gathered in the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to discuss the state of poverty in the country and the efforts being done to combat it in an international conference held Feb. 26 to 27. Rev. Fr. Virgilio Ojoy, O.P., Ph.D. cited Pope Francis’ call to the Church in the Philippines “to combat the causes of the deeply-rooted inequality and injustice which mar the face of the Filipino society.” “He (Pope Francis) urged us to be present to those who are living in the midst of the society burdened by poverty and corruption, are broken in spirit, [are] tempted to give up, to leave school and to live in the streets,” Ojoy said. Ojoy believes there is a need to look at the global forces that cause poverty and examine the particula