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8 Thomasian vloggers you should watch

These Thomasian vloggers have something for everyone whether be it academics, style, fitness, travel, or if you just simply want a good laugh.

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YouTube has served as a platform for individuals to show their skills in video editing, content creation, and audience impact. In the first half of the 2000s, YouTube was rising to popularity as the top video-sharing platform. It was then used to stream funny videos and short skits, where the majority of the content is usually home videos, it also gave rise to some of the now-popular YouTubers, who actually started shooting on their webcams. In the past couple of years, however, vlogs (a video format of a blog) are dominating current trends. Vlogs are more focused on sharing the vlogger’s lifestyle and puts their personal daily routine in the spotlight, usually focusing on what they accomplish throughout the day. It could range from self-care regimens to shopping sprees, and to study habits, as well. 

As the popularity of vlogs increases, so does the number of people who join the video-streaming platform, either as a hobby or as a profession. There is no doubt that Thomasians will jump in the trend, and they have been posting quality content ever since. There aren’t a lot of Thomasian vloggers however, the UST vlogging community is gradually growing, which means that the student body will have more content to look forward to. It is also significantly helpful to incoming freshies, since our homegrown vloggers give insights about what a day in the life of a Thomasian is like.

Here is a shortlist of Thomasian vloggers you should watch and subscribe to:

1. Pamela Swing

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From walking along the halls of Beato, down to marching along the aisles of the Quadricentennial Pavilion, CFAD Advertising Arts alumna Pamela Swing has shared her Thomasian journey to her viewers since 2015. Her vlogs are mostly school-related, where she ventures with her friends inside and outside the campus. She also shows the activities she and her friends engage in when they are free of academic requirements. Some vlogs feature her then-boyfriend which in no doubt, makes her viewers feel kilig! Generally, Pam’s vlogs have covered all of it: school, travel, beauty, and relationships as well. 

In her video titled ‘Amazing Race sa UST,’ their group goes around the campus and interviews members of the Thomasian community about topics that are usually up for debate. It shows how different activities in our university could be both fun and informative at the same time.

2. Von Razo

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A Ruaño local, sophomore Von Razo is currently taking up BS Information Systems. His vlogs usually revolve around personal topics like his skin care regimen and his routine before attending classes. He also showcases how he spends time with his family in between school days. His recent videos focus on his living situation, now that he is sharing a dormitory room with his roommates. He also participates in trendy YouTube challenges that we see other YouTubers take part in.

His video titled ‘Moving out! Let’s go UST dorm life’ is about his experience moving out of his family home and moving into his dorm. It shows what most Thomasians go through — moving away from your relatives to have easier access to our campus.

3. Maverick Del Mundo

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Maverick del Mundo has been vlogging ever since he was in UST-SHS under the ABM strand, and is now a freshman taking up BS Accountancy. During the first week of college, his videos highlighted what happens on the first day of school and what the contents of his school bag are. Aside from a handful of helpful studying tips, he also gives out advice to those who want to start vlogging. His channel also comprises content that ranges from traveling, cooking, to occasional song covers. 

After news broke out that the University is to continue online classes, Maverick uploaded a video titled ‘My Study Routine (Quarantine Edition).’ The video shows how he manages his time to be able to accomplish some requirements, which is helpful to those who need the motivation to do academic work during the quarantine.

4. Ian Sta. Maria

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Faculty of Medicine and Surgery alumna Ian Sta. Maria has shown her journey in becoming a physician. She has numerous videos talking about her experiences in medical school, as well as living in a dormitory. She has posted video loaded with a bunch of tips and advice on how to stay focused to reach one’s goals. She has given a lot of insight into topics med school-related, which can truly motivate and inspire a lot of doctors in the making.

Her video titled ‘What First Year in Medical School is Like’ has given aspiring to be doctors an idea on what to expect in med school. She emphasizes that it is not easy and that there are really low points on the road to practicing medicine, especially for freshies. This video offers a lot of tips that could help someone survive med school.

5. Kayne Hernandez

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Being part of the first batch of LEAPMed students, Kayne Hernandez’s vlogs give insight about her program, which is fairly new in the University. Given that there is not much information about LEAPMed on the internet, her videos help in decision-making, especially for those who are considering taking up this program. 

Her video titled ‘What It’s Like to Live in a Dorm’ shows how she fits in chores into her busy academic schedule. It shows how most Thomasians are learning how to do some chores, given that our family will not always be there to aid us in doing so.

6. Amiel Manalo

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Amiel Manalo, an Architecture alumnus with more than 4,000 subscribers mainly focuses on travel vlogs and how he pushed through the Arki life. He shows how they are usually sunk into their drafting tables, pulling all-nighters. One of his videos feature a specific communal space that he recommends for those staying up all night to work on plates and review. He also shared a glimpse of some of the tasks that they had to accomplish in preparation for Arki Week for that academic year.

One of his videos shows how it really is to be an architecture student. The plates are never-ending and that you’ll need to learn how to be productive to make up most of your time. He shows all of these in his video titled ‘The Truth Behind UST Arki.’

7. Jane Chantal Sy

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Jane Chantal Sy is a sophomore from the Faculty of Pharmacy. She recently started vlogging and has uploaded her first video three months ago. Her videos show what majoring in Pharmacy is like, showing both its struggles and triumphs. Her videos have covered topics including travel, studying, beauty, and modeling. 

One of her videos titled ‘A Week in the Life of a Pharmacy Student’ is surely relatable to all Pharmacy students. It is helpful to those from other programs as well since it features some must-try places to eat around the campus.

8. Ian Yazon

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Ian Yazon is a senior from the College of Architecture. With his first video uploaded only two months ago, Ian has imparted a lot of knowledge about how architecture students strive to accomplish all their school work. Just like Amiel Manalo, he has a whole video dedicated in tackling thesis for graduating students. Ian’s vlogs are an aid to those contemplating whether they should major in Architecture by giving an in-depth look into the Arki life. 

He uploaded a video called ‘What I Learned as a College Senior’ which focuses how a student could prevent burnout, given one’s hectic academic schedule. He also gives emphasis how we could have a work-play balance. He also offers a handful of tips which is helpful especially those pursuing Architecture and other fine arts programs.

In support of their competence in creating quality content, their compassion towards their viewers, and their commitment to their craft, it is highly recommended to watch their vlogs in order to help those seeking a glimpse into Thomasian life. Don’t forget to like, share, comment, and subscribe!

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Marcos is still not a hero

After everything that has been, is Marcos still your idol?

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MARTIAL LAW ANNIVERSARY 2018. (Photo by Christine Annemarie Tapawan/TomasinoWeb)

When we look a few years back, we remember that one of the biggest political controversies we have encountered is Ferdinand Marcos’ burial in Libingan ng mga Bayani. The rites were private and intimate for the family and he was also given a 21-gun salute. Is this 21-gun salute an ode to the 21 years that Marcos has ruled as a kleptocratic dictator? This event has garnered negative criticism since a number of Filipinos don’t consider Marcos as a hero. It may have given peace to Marcos’ family, but it caused the victims of the Marcos rule to remember a grim chapter in their lives.

A few days into the present year, Bongbong Marcos sent out a statement calling for the revision of history books used in the academe, which he deems are only teaching the students lies about what his father, former President Marcos, has done. He believed that those from the opposition are in control of the data in published materials, that’s why it is so against his father. He also claimed that the contents of these textbooks were just used as propaganda against their family and that the allegations that his father was a thief and murderer were never proven. The thing is, if these allegations weren’t true, then why was the Presidential Commission on Good Governance recovering money from the Marcoses’ ill-gotten wealth? 

During Marcos’ rule, Proclamation 1081 gave the military power to arrest, detain, and execute those who are standing up against the government or those who are pushing other people to do so. A proclamation like this is set to violate a series of human rights, and yet it went on for several dreadful years. According to Amnesty International, about 70,00 people were imprisoned and 34,000 were tortured under Marcos’ term. 

In 1991, Marcos was found guilty by the US Federal Court system of ‘crimes against humanity,’ which covered torture, summary executions, and forced disappearances. The Philippine Constabulary was the law enforcing body during those times and was notorious for being liable for numerous human rights violations. Take the case of Dr. Juan Escandor, a Radiation specialist from the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital, who was involved in nationalist initiatives and even founded a leftist student organization, was killed by constabulary troopers that ended in a crossfire. Though authorities say that he died due to the gunfight, his autopsies show signs of torture, with his skull emptied and filled with trash, plastic bags, rags, and underwear, and his brain placed inside his stomach cavity. 

Bongbong Marcos has always justified his father’s ways. Although he acknowledged the numerous human rights violations that were committed during his father’s regime, he says that people should also remember the numerous projects his father launched, which includes thousands of kilometers of roads built, progressive agricultural policies, power generation, and the highest literacy rate in Asia. However, could these projects ever compensate for the pain inflicted on the victims of Martial Law? Even if the Marcoses’ contributions to the country are worthy of acknowledgment, it is not a valid argument to be used to push the people to leave their dreadful experiences in obscurity. Marcos apologists can’t tell others to just ‘move on’ because failing to acknowledge the people’s grievances during Martial Law is purely insensitive.  You can’t just tell people to forget such inhumane acts brought about by a leader they all trusted to lead them through progress. 

Recently, it was shared to the public that House Bill No. 7137 was approved to declare September 11 as ‘President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Day’ in Ilocos Norte, which aims to honor the late dictator. Senate President Vicente Sotto III then said that bills with local applications like this are usually easily approved in Senate hearings. This, in turn, has sparked controversy and garnered criticism from the people.

Members of different rights groups and numerous people have expressed their disapproval of this bill. They say that this bill encourages the alteration of narratives of the dark days of Philippine history under Martial Law during the Marcos regime and that it practically promotes the invalidation of what people went through during the strongman rule.

We ought to #NeverForget the numerous accounts of torture and abuse that normal Filipinos went through. In case one forgets, the Twitter account @PangulongMarcos is devoted to tweeting daily on whether Marcos is a hero today.

The approval of this bill not only pushes to erase the kafkaesque events in our history that took place during Martial Law, but it also neglects the loss of the people who mourned for the loved ones that they lost in an all-out battle against the provisions of a power-hungry government that only sought to assert dominion over the people it ought to serve. It also makes us look at tyranny straight in the eye and just be resilient about it, without being able to #ResistTyranny. After everything that has been, is Marcos still your idol?

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Why “Pinoy Pride” exists in online Filipino culture

The toxic “peenoise” that flock and bash personalities misinterpreting the culture are the same ones that gather in posts which have the slightest hint of Filipino culture.

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Artwork by Ana Victoria Ereño/TomasinoWeb

Filipinos entering the foray of different online media allowed for Filipino culture to gain an even larger audience, but it inevitably exposes aspects that would otherwise only be seen within our borders.

Emman Nimedez and Lloyd Cadena’s passing has shown how impactful online media has become for the youth. While traditional media like TV and radio broadcasting maintains the largest audience in our country, we have slowly crept into the online world with the rising presence of Filipino personalities. Though this puts our heritage on a much larger stage, it has unfortunately exposed the pitfalls in our society. Any Filipino browsing comment sections on their favorite social media and video platforms will have inevitably seen the words “peenoise” and “Pinoy Pride” on their screen at least once, usually bearing a negative connotation. How have Filipinos managed to set themselves apart so negatively online that it yielded such labels on online platforms?

“Peenoise” was a term originally coined by online users within gaming communities to refer to Filipinos who are considered to be toxic in-game. Now, it is generally used to describe Filipinos who exhibit toxic behavior online, such as trolls or bullies. On the other hand, Pinoy Pride is another aspect of “peenoise” that is less aggravating but is much more reflective of who we are as a society. Pinoy Pride revolves around being endlessly proud of a Filipino personality for achieving something that led to global notoriety. 

How have Filipinos managed to set themselves apart so negatively online that it yielded such labels on online platforms?

These behaviors, ironically enough, could be coming from the Filipinos’ prioritization of family values. The toxic “peenoise” that flock and bash personalities misinterpreting the culture are the same ones that gather in posts which have the slightest hint of Filipino culture. Our innateness to find “kababayans” and treat them like family could both be a blessing and a curse in situations where we band together to defend our identity. This is even exploited in media channels that release “Filipino-themed” videos where personalities would experience Philippine culture or would have a part-Filipino cast member be the center of the content.

Another aspect that could be contributing to these online behaviors is the lingering effects of crab mentality in our society. As this blog puts it, we are quick to throw praise and be proud of our own people once they achieve success, but are also quick to call something “cheap” if it has not achieved prominence. But this even goes beyond Filipino artists as any individual who has the slightest hints of being Filipino is quickly embraced and celebrated as if they were our own. We like living through other people’s success as if they were one of our own, yet we pay no heed to those still climbing the ladder and even go as far as ridiculing them for their efforts. 

The toxic “peenoise” that flock and bash personalities misinterpreting the culture are the same ones that gather in posts which have the slightest hint of Filipino culture.

Finally, these attitudes don’t really hinge on being Filipino, but rather being Filipino outside of the Philippines. Pinoy Pride only begins to matter once something done by a Filipino gets recognized outside of the Philippines. This can be attributed to the Filipino’s “American dream” or the notion that the ultimate goal as a Filipino is to make it outside of the Philippines. 

If we ask most college students what their goals are after graduation, it will probably be about building their careers until they can go abroad. Whether it’s nurses, teachers, or artists, they’re usually aiming for a career outside the country and for good reason. The same professions would normally be paid less here, not to mention having to work harder just to get paid half of what they would’ve made had they gone off to work abroad. 

A few weeks ago, a wave of posts took Facebook by storm as Filipinos started sharing images from Harvard and placing either themselves in the context of being Harvard students or Harvard being a university in the Philippines. While this short-lived trend was merely humorous for most, it shows how we ultimately aspire to live a life outside the country rather than to flourish within it. It shows the condition which we live in and how we’ve had to make do with subpar standards in our country.

In summary, the “peenoise” and “Pinoy Pride” attitudes that Filipinos are showing online is not about patriotism, but rather defensiveness and the desire to live better. They hinge on the strong family ties Filipinos are known to have which, while bringing a strong sense of unity, also brings to light the aforementioned “crab mentality” that some tend to have. Ultimately, it comes down to the desire to live a better life than what our current social and political situation allows. 

In summary, the “peenoise” and “Pinoy Pride” attitudes that Filipinos are showing online is not about patriotism, but rather defensiveness and the desire to live better.

Much like how we’ve stood out in beauty pageants and boxing, we also stand out as audiences but in an unflattering light. While such behaviors do not necessarily include all Filipinos, these do exist in our online space. We have the ability to change this and, while we cannot enforce it onto others, starting with ourselves can be a huge step in the right direction. Rather than embodying the bad sides of our culture, we can showcase our most prominent characteristic: bayanihan.

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Cramming Playlist: Buzzer Beats

Yeah, it’s big brain time.

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Artwork by Ayeesha Panotolan

The most dreadful time of the semester is here and with it comes every student’s best friend: cramming. We all know that it’s an ineffective and unhealthy way to retain information. Yet, we still choose to condense weeks worth of lectures into hours of late night study sessions because it somehow still gets the job done. 

Studying in the wee hours of the morning means you need something to keep you and your brain awake and functioning. Below, we’ve compiled a playlist that will surely get those neurons firing as you burn the midnight oil.

 

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