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Architecture students bag bronze in 2020 ARCASIA; project to revive Pasig River transpo

“[T]he design aims to build resilient structures that connect us and improve our cities mobility to brace the unpredictable nature of our natural environment,” Arambulo, the group’s team leader, told TomasinoWeb.

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Fourth-year architecture students (from left to right) Thomas Benjamin Intal, Michelle Anne Tanieca, and Timothy James Arambulo.

A group of Thomasian architecture students bagged on Wednesday, Jan. 6, a bronze award for their proposed Pasig River project in the 2020 Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) Design Competition. 

In their project titled, “Bayanihan: The Filipino Spirit of Unity Working Together to Achieve a Common Noble Purpose,” fourth-year students Timothy James Arambulo, Thomas Benjamin Intal, and Michelle Anne Tanieca proposed to revive the Pasig river as a transport hub and an urban space linked with a biking infrastructure.

“[T]he design aims to build resilient structures that connect us and improve our cities mobility to brace the unpredictable nature of our natural environment,” Arambulo, the group’s team leader, told TomasinoWeb.

Their project includes building a facility with a disinfection zone, non-contact ticketing system, terminal area, foodcourt, ferry network headquarters, and a hyperloop biking infrastructure to encourage the use of cycling and ferry systems as an alternative means of transportation in the city. 

An architectural rendering of the commercial space of their project “Bayanihan: The Filipino Spirit of Unity Working Together to Achieve a Common Noble Purpose.” (Photo from Intal, Tanieca, and Arambulo)

These systems, according to Arambulo, are in place to help enforce social distancing and other pandemic regulations.

“Through creating resilient urban spaces with biking infrastructure and a revamped ferry system, it provides an alternative way to navigate the city. Keeping mobility is key to help continue the growth of [cities] under unpredictable circumstances,” Arambulo said.

This year’s ARCASIA design competition theme was titled, “Resilience by Design” which aims to address the social inequities brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Pasig river 

The Pasig river connects Laguna de Bay, the country’s largest lake, and Manila Bay. It is approximately 27 kilometers long and flows through the cities of Taguig, Pasig, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, and the municipality of Taytay, Rizal. 

According to Arambulo, they want Manila mayor Isko Moreno to consider their proposed project. 

“[This] can help improve their plans for PAREX (Pasig River Expressway), [which is] not necessarily a bad thing, but looking at it [from] preservation’s perspective, the skyway will ruin the Pasig river’s look,” he said.

The PAREX is a proposed elevated toll road which will be built along the Pasig river. 

This  joint project between the Philippine National Construction Corporation and the San Miguel Holdings Corporation aims to minimize travel time for motorists heading from Rizal to Manila and vice versa.

“The plans they were planning for the Pasig river was a skyway development; [And] I believe we commuters and Manileños have a chance to stop that from happening. Our design keeps the river intact and makes it super accessible to all bike riders and commuters,” Arambulo said.

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Arambulo shared that their team was at an “extraordinary position” to initiate new ideas for a better and resilient environment.

“[T]hrough the power of collaboration in web conferencing technologies, we have surfed the web and sat through a myriad of webinars across different continents searching for new ways to embrace the unpredictable,” he explained. 

Tanieca and Intal also highlighted the role of online platforms when they were crafting their project.

“Despite not having face-to-face interactions, I believe we were able to achieve our goal and our expected output with the help [of] online mediums,” Tanieca told TomasinoWeb.

Intal revealed that their brainstorming sessions were mostly done via Zoom, while they exchanged ideas through annotations.  

“[W]e took inspiration from the endless online resources we found as well as webinars related to our design problem,” Intal told TomasinoWeb.

“It was a difficult process but a rewarding journey,” he added.

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Filipino grammar important for aspiring journalists—professor

According to Ampil, strategic grammar counters the prevalent problem of Filipino readership in the country.

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Sanggunian ng Filipino President Prof. Roberto Ampil stressed the importance of Filipino language in media practice during Pluma at Papel: Pagpapayaman ng Kamalayan ng mga Susunod na Journo ng Bayan last May 17.

Members of the press must learn proper grammar in the Filipino language in order to produce creative and effective articles, a Filipino professor said last May 17 during a webinar on the usage of Filipino language. 

Prof. Roberto Ampil, who is also the incumbent president of Sanggunian ng Filipino, emphasized the significance of Filipino subjects in honing the country’s future journalists amid the developing media practice.

“Sa pamamagitan ng mga kasanayang ito ay epektibong naipahahatid ang mga mensahe dahil sa kabatiran sa kahulugan at pagkakaayos ng mga salita sa isang pahayag at higit sa lahat ay malayang dumadaloy sa ating pagsasalita ang mga kataga at pangungusap at maliwanag na nauunawaan ng mga tagapakinig/mambabasa,” he explained.

According to Ampil, strategic grammar counters the prevalent problem of Filipino readership in the country.

“[A]lam naman natin na ang readership ng mga Pilipino, may ilan na tinatamad nang magbasa,” he said.

“[I]yon ang dapat maunawaan at ipatintindi sa mga estudyante. Kapag ganito yung ginawa mo, ‘pag nilipat mo, ito yung mangyayari,” he added, referring to the Filipino grammar structure in active and passive voices.

With the evolving Filipino language, Ampil stated that the Filipinos’ use of language in society would be ever-changing.

“Sa hinaharap, mababago ang mga tuntunin. [A]ng pangit at mali ngayon, maaaring maging masining at tama bukas,” he said.

Ampil also urged the education sector to improve their system and to further prepare students for college, especially aspiring journalism majors.

“[Kapag] ganito yung lalim ng kasanayan na itinuturo, dadalhin ng [bata] ang [mga] kasanayang ito pagtungtong niya ng kolehiyo at magagamit niya ito kapag nandun na siya mismo sa kanyang trabaho, lalo na kung ang kurso mo ay journalism,” he said.

On October 9, 2018, the Supreme Court (SC) en banc validated the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 20, series of 2013, which excluded the mandatory  integration of Filipino, Panitikan, and the Philippine Constitution as core subjects in college.

Although many groups were against their ruling, the SC pushed through with its decision,  claiming that the petitioners failed to present  “any substantial argument” about the case. 

This move from the SC allowed CHED to implement their order, which is still in effect as of writing.

“Pluma at Papel: Pagpapayaman ng Kamalayan ng mga Susunod na Journo ng Bayan” is a webinar organized by the UST Journalism Society in partnership with TomasinoWeb. The event advocated for the use of Filipino language in journalism.

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Thomasian journos bag awards in 2021 PH Journalism Research Conference

Thomasian journalism students bagged awards for their academic papers and journalistic outputs during the 2021 Philippine Journalism Research Conference (PJRC) held on May 7 and 8.

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Thomasian journalism students bagged awards for their academic papers and journalistic outputs during the 2021 Philippine Journalism Research Conference (PJRC) held on May 7 and 8.

Three journalism seniors landed in two of the top three spots in PJRC’s academic research category. 

Carlito Topacio won first place for his paper titled, “Covering Ground Zero: How the Philippine Media Portrayed China’s Role in the Covid-19 pandemic.” 

“[C]hina has been at the forefront of the public’s consciousness during the pandemic, both for good and bad reasons. I believe that the local media has played a pivotal role in that,” Topacio told TomasinoWeb.

On the other hand, Coleen Abiog and Jayziel Budino won third place for their research on the media representation of youth activism under the Duterte administration.

“The results showed that online news headlines emphasized the bad in youth activism, representing the latter as deviants and troublemakers while overlooking the cause of their movements,” Abiog said in an interview with TomasinoWeb.

Meanwhile, third-year students Laurd Salen, Miguel Galang, and Raimee Arugay placed third in the special projects category for their article on surge in HIV cases during the pandemic.

“[T]he article raises the need for greater access to testing despite the lockdown restrictions to accurately reflect the number of new HIV cases in the Philippines,” Salen told TomasinoWeb. 

Galang also described the situation as a “silent epidemic” that needs to be addressed by several institutions such as the national government, health officials, and media. 

Other battles

For Topacio, the competition was a “moment of perseverance” despite some setbacks along the way. He shared that he was able to overcome those challenges through the support of his family and friends. 

“[I] was in a bad place mentally and at one point I even wanted to back out of the contest. Fortunately my family, professors, and blockmates all helped me find the best in myself,” he said. 

“[I] didn’t want to look back at this moment as a moment of weakness but rather a moment when I persevered,” he added. 

Budino, on the other hand, shared that creating and finishing their research study in an online setup became “mentally taxing” for her team. 

“[T]here are days where we barely function at all. […] There are days where we have our internal breakdowns. We doubted our own study multiple times before. It’s always a matter of wanting to give up and realizing that we have a responsibility to continue,” she said.

Galang said that one of the challenges they faced was to figure out how their story would grab the readers’ attention, especially during the time when the news are bombarded with Covid-19 stories. 

“[The] challenge storywise is how will we frame this story [..] [in] such a way na the reader will pay attention to this health issue na hindi siya masasapawan ng Covid-19 pandemic,” Galang said. 

Arugay and Topacio both said that preparation is important when joining competitions. Topacio stressed the need to observe and listen to how panelists ask questions. 

Budino emphasized the importance of asking for help during competitions like the PJRC.

“Don’t be afraid to ask help from other people. Carlito, Coleen, and I had each other’s backs from the moment we were told that we will submit our abstracts to PJRC. Our thesis coordinator contributed a lot as well. Her encouraging words made us happier more than winning,” she said.

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Educ ex-dean is new co-editor of Routledge gerontology journal

De Guzman will be replacing Nieli Linger from the College of New Rochelle. He will have a four-year term from May 2021 to December 2025. 

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Prof. Allan de Guzman, Ph.D

Former College of Education dean was appointed yesterday, May 4, as the new co-editor of  the Routledge-published Educational Gerontology Journal. 

Prior his appointment, Prof. Allan de Guzman, Ph.D, who leads the Educational Gerontology Research Interest Group in the UST Research Center on Social Sciences and Education, has already been serving as an international advisory board member for the journal. 

De Guzman will be replacing Nieli Linger from the College of New Rochelle. He will have a four-year term from May 2021 to December 2025. 

He already published 126 articles in various ISI-listed journals and worked as an editor, board member, and reviewer for top international journals. 

His field of research is usually on topics related to adult learning, teacher education, comparative education and educational leadership and management. He is currently handling research courses in both CTHM and UST Graduate School. 

De Guzman is currently working as a research fellow for the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Regional Centre for Innovation Technology and he president of the Metrobank Foundation Network of Outstanding Teachers and Educators.

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