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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

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GRADUATING. Saying the word makes me anxious. Seven months from now, I will leave the halls of St. Raymund de Peñafort Building hoping that whatever I learned in college will lead me somewhere. I am one of the many who had to leave home and move to the city because our parents thought that studying in the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas would ensure us quality education and render us employable. My stay in the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) is significant as it is an integral part of my becoming. But as the first semester of my last year in college draws near to its close, I start to evaluate things. Truth be told, I do not think the education I am receiving meets my expectations. While the Faculty boasts the improvements in the system and the awards and
Static

Static

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I REMEMBER it clearly—it was a Saturday and I was wearing my Type-B uniform. As I approached the water fountain, I came across my block mate who immediately noticed my shirt. “Buti ka pa may Type-B na,” she said. Puzzled, I replied, “Hala bakit kayo wala pa rin?” While walking back to our room, it bothered me that some of my block mates are yet to receive their Type-B uniforms even until now that we are already in third year. As far as I can remember, we placed our orders when we were on the second term of our freshman year. Two years later, the Type-B uniforms are still nowhere to be found for some Artlets. In a September 2015 report by the Flame, data showed that out of the total 8,648 Type-B uniforms ordered, there are some 1,197 left undistributed to the first, second, and third
AB celebrates 120th founding anniversary

AB celebrates 120th founding anniversary

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) marked its 120th founding anniversary with a grand gathering of its alumni held Tuesday at the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building Grand Ballroom. Faculty Regent Rev. Fr. Rodel Aligan, O.P. encouraged the faculty members, Artlets and alumni to continue being “truly” grateful to the Faculty that has served as their home in the University of Santo Tomas (UST). “When a certain person is grateful, then that person offers his eyes, offers his hands, and offers his heart to the many things that he can do, also to the many things that he can receive,” Aligan said in his homily. The three-time Faculty regent also challenged the Artlet community to share what they learned from the Faculty. “When the student is grateful to his alma mater, o
AB improves Goodwill record after trouncing IICS

AB improves Goodwill record after trouncing IICS

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team is now standing at a 2-1 win-loss record after it brushed aside the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences (IICS) Men’s Volleyball Team during the elimination round of the Thomasian Goodwill Games held Wednesday. AB offensive specialist Russel Wilfred Estrada displayed his spiking skills during the first rallies of the game, giving AB a four-point advantage, 7-3. However, IICS tied the game at 18-18 and regained its chances to edge AB in the tussle to take control of the first set. Service aces from the squad in red allowed them to inch closer, 19-20 and 23-24. Evened at 24, the first set turned into an even tighter match, but AB claimed the set through the players’ drilling spikes, 27-25. The Dapitan-based
Nat’l identity found in aging filmstrips – film archivist

Nat’l identity found in aging filmstrips – film archivist

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A FILM restoration expert urged Thomasians yesterday to patronize restored classic Filipino movies because they bring a sense of national identity. Leo Katigbak, head of ABS-CBN archives and film restoration, stressed the importance of the younger generation's exposure to classic movies in the campus tour of Cinema One Originals Festival 2016 held at the Benavides Auditorium. “To me, it strikes us at the heart of our national identity because if you do not care about your past, what do you care for? How can you be proud of being a Filipino? […] I want to make sure it survives for the next generation,” he said. Katigbak and his team at Sagip Pelikula program scoured different countries for the filmstrips of classic Filipino movies like Himala, Oro Plata, Mata, and Haplos and br
AB escapes IPEA, logs 1st Goodwill win

AB escapes IPEA, logs 1st Goodwill win

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (AB) Men’s Volleyball Team welcomed this year’s Thomasian Goodwill Games with a triumph against the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) Volleyball Team. Odds were not in the favor of AB during the first few minutes of the game as they committed multiple errors, bringing the score to 3-5, in favor of IPEA. Despite the forceful spikes of Judden Macareñas, Russell Wilfred Estrada, and John David Subiere, IPEA claimed the first set victory, 21-25, because of IPEA’s defensive anchor John Lyod Lamaclamac. Having lost the game's first set, AB bounced back during the second set. AB owned the second set through the sharp strikes of Estrada, which mounted a five-point advantage at the start of the set, 10-5. AB Men’s Volleyball Team
The Crumbling of the Fourth Estate

The Crumbling of the Fourth Estate

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IT IS a thankless job. During the first 100 days of our president, his press conferences became a “culture shock” of some sort to the media. His way of speaking, sprinkled with colorful expletives, landed the headlines of every news entity. Meanwhile, as his avid supporters cried foul as they threw around words like “biased” or “bayaran,” some took into consideration the issue at hand—even explaining the difference of the culture that our president is used to, that his words should not be taken literally; while the rest resorted to attacking the character of the media instead. It had gotten worse when the president himself decided not to entertain Manila-based reporters anymore. He explained that some reporters sensationalize their stories to be able to sell them to readers, thus
Mother tongue key to mastery of secondary language, says expert

Mother tongue key to mastery of secondary language, says expert

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FILIPINO STUDENTS should learn to speak their mother tongue language during their formative years to become multilingual and multicultural learners, an expert in Mother Tongue Language-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) told Artlets yesterday. Ricardo Ma. Duran Nolasco said that the mastery of the first language leads to the understanding of the second language, which is English in the case of Filipinos. "Ang importante [is] you teach English as the second language. Improve our L1 (first language), and our English will come later,” he said. MTB-MLE is a new language-in-education policy in the country that seeks to teach students to speak, read, and write in their first language or the language that they have learned during childhood. Bisaya, Waray, and Iloko are example
Educators defend humanities, slam neoliberalism

Educators defend humanities, slam neoliberalism

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UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS told Artlets that the growing influence of neoliberalism in the educational system puts in peril the humanities subjects that teach Filipino culture and national awareness to tertiary students. Filipino language advocate Crizel Sicat-De Laza said humanities subjects like Philippine Government and Constitution, Philippine History, and literature are being removed in the new curriculum because they are "anti-neoliberal." “Ito sana ‘yung mga subject na kung saan pwede nating bigyan ng espasyo ‘yung pagkatuto hinggil sa kamalayan sa lipunan,” De Laza said in a seminar titled Danas held at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex Auditorium. “Bakit tayo magtataka kung bakit ang daming batang nagtatanong kung bakit nakaupo si Apolinario Mabini sa Heneral Luna? Tatan
Artlet is the new King Tiger

Artlet is the new King Tiger

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THE UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers will return to the courts of the country's premiere intercollegiate sporting event as a hungrier team under its new captain—Faculty of Arts and Letters' Louie Philippe Vigil. Coming from a heartbreaking loss last season, the newly-crowned King Tiger said the team is more eager to bring the elusive championship back to the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 host—UST. "Ang goal namin [is] to win as many games as possible. Syempre kapag marami kaming mapapanalunan, makaka-final four kami. Tapos syempre, gusto naming manalo," Vigil, who is an Asian Studies senior, told the Flame. The Tigers' shooting guard added, "Marami na ring nagsasabing galing kami sa finals pero mahina na ngayon. Sinasabi ko