Friday, January 28

Tag: ust

Setting the bar higher

Setting the bar higher

Perspectives
DISSATISFACTION WITH a candidate’s platforms is just one of the factors that would make a voter consider other options in a ballot. But what if the other candidates still seem unfit for the position they are running for in the student council? The voters would rather opt to abstain or rendering ballots void for a certain position might be the answer. This was the exact scenario that happened in the previous polls that led to the mass abstention not only in the Central Student Council (CSC) but also in the Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC), where only four out of the seven positions were filled. In the ABSC, the candidates for vice president-internal, secretary, and auditor lost to 678, 766, and 671 abstentions, respectively. With the issue that arose after former CSC pres
Neu Roses: Continuing Conversations

Neu Roses: Continuing Conversations

Perspectives
IT HAS been a year since the Department of Health officially launched a national hotline that will provide help to people with mental health concerns. The project is called HOPELINE, a 24/7 crisis support hotline for depression and suicide prevention. People behind the phone are trained by professional psychiatrists and psychologists who have undergone intensive training to answer callers in times of need. However, I have encountered many stories circulating in social networking sites, reporting the hotline as inattentive. One user stated that the line becomes busy in the early hours of the morning, while another claimed that her responder hung up the phone when she was crying so hard she could not speak. These were only some of the reports that Twitter users raised against the HOPELINE...
On Lack of Discourse on Certain Things

On Lack of Discourse on Certain Things

Perspectives
THE TRAIN stops at my station and I move along with the crowd that walked like zombies. But I forgive them; it was a long day after all. The streets around Tayuman station is always busy even at night. Vendors who sell goods are littering the streets, and stores are open, welcoming people in. It is a long walk on the way to the jeepney station that I’m supposed to ride to our apartment, but this is the norm so I’m used to it. But nothing is supposed to be normal that night. It was unnerving to see the business going as usual. It was unnerving to see people walking as if nothing happened. It was frightening to see that everything was normal when just last night, a man was shot dead in front of a gasoline station near the jeepneys I’m supposed to ride home. His blood that pooled around hi
Apathetic or awakened?: Reflecting on Thomasians’ rising involvement in campus politics

Apathetic or awakened?: Reflecting on Thomasians’ rising involvement in campus politics

Issues
THE PREVIOUS academic year has passed and so has the period of student council elections. However, Thomasians are left to deal with the aftermath of the messy event. After abstentions left vacant the positions of president, vice president, treasurer, and auditor in the Central Student Council (CSC), and vice president-internal, secretary, and auditor in the Arts and Letters Student Council (ABSC), many saw a start of an era in which Thomasians properly scrutinize candidates before voting. So when the appeals on abstentions filed by former CSC presidential candidate Steven Grecia and ABSC vice president-internal bet Daniela Frigillana ultimately led to the disregard of “abstain” and proclamation of candidates with the most number of votes in the CSC elections, the two candidates e
Calvert Simon

Calvert Simon

Faces of Dapitan
“Ano ‘yung deepest or darkest fear mo ngayon sa buhay?” “Siguro [‘yung] any form ng hindi pagtanggap. [K]ung baga sa organization, or hindi [ka] natanggap sa inapply-an [mo] na trabaho, sa parent, or sa mga kaibigan. Kung baga, ayaw kong ma-feel na hindi ako gusto, na hindi ako belong.” “Mayroon bang context [itong] fear mo?” “Siguro kasi darating sa point na lalabas na ako sa University at [papasok na ako] sa totoong buhay. […] Ano ba ‘yung mako-contribute mo sa mundo as yourself? Bilang totoong mundo, bilang realistang mundo, hindi sila tumatanggap ng mediocre lang. Dapat may isa kang tunay na magagawang difference at doon ako natatakot kasi baka hindi ko mapatunayan sa sarili ko at sa mundo na kaya kong gumawa ng difference.” “What will be your advice to eradicate your
Nathan Raphael

Nathan Raphael

Faces of Dapitan
“What was the most frightening experience you’ve ever had?” “My [most] frightening experience was […] something about myself. Last year, when I was in second year, I experienced subjects that were getting really difficult and it was a time that I was getting very emotional. It was during that time that I faced the challenge of losing my scholarship here in UST. […] There was a time that I really tried not to speak with my friends; I did not speak to people and it was getting difficult.” “What are you most afraid of?” “Based on that experience, I guess I can say that I’m mostly afraid of failure itself. As much as I’d like to say that failure teaches you things; failure teaches you how to handle your life. I would say that it’s still really difficult to face this kind of expe
Consuelo Gotauco

Consuelo Gotauco

Faces of Dapitan
“Gaano katagal na po kayong nagtuturo?” “This is my 45th year [in teaching] and I’ll be retiring soon. This is my last school year [in UST].” “What makes you stay in the profession?” “Maraming advantages, marami akong nakikita [like] the transformation of the students from the first year [when] they were so naive, to the fourth year [na] parang they have learned so much in the four years of [studying] in UST. […] And ako, ang vocation ko talaga, teaching. When I was still in high school, I would tutor my nieces and nephews in their lessons and that makes me happy.” “How has teaching changed your life?” “It makes me ageless. I’m 64 and I’m turning 65 in four months. May mga tao, they’re always telling me, ‘Oh, you don’t look like one.’ If I ask them to guess my age, it’
Josephine Placido

Josephine Placido

Faces of Dapitan
“Kailan po kayo nag-umpisa magturo?” “I started teaching in the year 1981. My 35th year (in teaching) was last November so I am very happy to have shared my knowledge to my students.” “What is your teaching philosophy?” “Education is forever, so you don’t stop. You don’t stop learning and that is Sociology. In Sociology, occurrences in life are learning experiences. All experiences have its explanations to why these things happen. And, ito pa isa, this is learning the skill. Sociology taught me the skill to listen, to read, to do research, and to eradicate stress in life.” “Ano pa po ‘yung gusto niyo pong malaman ng mga estudyante tungkol po sa mga teachers?” “They should understand that teaching is a thankless job; they should learn how to nourish what has been taught i
Analiza Yanga

Analiza Yanga

Faces of Dapitan
“What makes you motivated to teach?” “[S]yempre, [ang] kaharap ko mga estudyante. So, ‘yung different people, iba’t ibang character, doon ako namo-motivate kasi sabi ko nga nakaka-challenge ang mga estudyante ng AB. […] Sa isang araw, ilang section, different individuals.”  “Do you have life-changing experiences throughout your teaching career?” “Too many to mention pero siguro ang masasabi ko na lang, sa teaching kasi, ito na talaga ‘yung naging buhay ko e. Kaya ‘pag tinatanong ako [kung] bakit hanggang ngayon ay single pa rin [ako], [it is] because I’m taking up Ph.D. Hindi nga lang Doctor of Philosophy, kung ‘di ‘PangHabang buhay na Dalaga.’ Kasi naging focus ko na talaga kayo.” “How do you want your students to remember you?” “Ang gusto ko lang naman talaga, ‘pag sin
Emmanuel Lopez

Emmanuel Lopez

Faces of Dapitan
“Gaano katagal na po kayo nagtuturo?” “Kailan lang, mga 26 years. Kailan lang, 1990 lang.” “What makes you stay in the profession?” “Well, I like it. You get to meet a lot of people tapos, syempre, every day hindi laging ‘yun ‘yung ginagawa mo. Paiba-iba kasi you talk to different kinds of people [from] all walks of life. […] Saka parang showbiz [ito] e—everything has to go on. Hindi pwedeng wala ka nang gana. Kailangan magturo ka.” “What realizations have you made?” "That there’s no better profession than teaching, because here, despite the fact na […] sabihin nilang ‘di ka yumaman sa pagtuturo, the mere fact that you have touched the lives of other people in your profession, siguro ‘yun ang pinakamagandang regalo na maibibigay mo sa sarili mo.” - Emmanuel Lopez, Ass