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UPDATE: Corrected the song performed by Marshall 150 from “Yugyugan na” to “Super Proxy”

     THE University’s annual battle of the bands ended the Thomasians’ long wait when the finals of SoundCheck took place last November 23 at the Quadricentennial Pavillion Open Area.

     12 of the best college bands competed for the championship trophy in the event hosted by James and Andre of Monster Radio RX 93.1.

     The participating bands were judged with different criteria and were required to perform one cover and one original composition.

     Judges were Chito Ilagan, artist and repertoire director of Polyeast Records Philippines; Krina Cayabyab, alumna of the University of the Philippines’ College of Music and daughter of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab; and Reli De Vera, drummer of Sinosikat.

     Eiros’ Meat from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery lit up the stage with the hit single “Yugyugan Na” followed by their original composition “Sumayaw,” which was acclaimed by a judge as “an excellent composition.”

     Members of the College of Science Glee Club, the band No U Turn, performed a duet with the songs “Huling Sayaw” and their original composition called “Friendzone.”

     Hunio, formed last June, represented the Faculty of Engineering. The band uplifted the Faculty’s pride with “Seasons” and their own composition, “Arcadia.”

     The comeback cats from the College of Architecture, Pen on the Knees, offered something new to the Thomasians: a mixture of Jazz and Rock with Up Dharma Down’s “Oo” and their own composition “It Will End Today.”

     St. Raymund Peñafort building-based band Se7en Streams from the Faculty of Arts and Letters carried the Artlet flag with Urbandub’s very own “The Fighting is Over” and these future economists’ own “Summer Nights.”

     Starting off their performance with a story as to how their band was formed, the Conservatory of Music’s pride 3/4 Band started their journey for the championship with the famous OPM song “Beep Beep.” They caught the judges’ ears with their own composition entitled “Alimangong Pula.”

     Supporters of the College of Commerce and Business Administration’s Emphasis marched to the Quadricentennial Pavilion to witness their bets perform with the song “Hiling ng Paramita” and their original composition “Hindi Ko Masabi,” a sure hit among the crowd.

     The all-girl Peptide Band from the College of Education ended the long wait of their supporters, who were seen carrying a tarpaulin that night, by performing the songs “’Di Bale Na Lang” and “I Can Fly.”

     The Arpeggios, the University’s future artists and representatives of the College and Fine Arts and Design, started the ball rolling with Moonstar 88’s “Gilid” and their very own “I’ll Never Let You Go.”

     Future accountants of Take All Arms of the AMV-College of Accountancy proved that they can do more than mathematical equations with  their take on “Endless, A Silent Whisper” and their own composition, “Up Against Your Nightmare.”

     The Faculty of Pharmacy’s Wicked Mum was highly applauded when they gave an all-out performance with their own composition, “Hands of Infinity.”

     Lastly, the College of Nursing’s Marshall 350, performed on-stage with their song “Tipsy,” which they said are “para sa mga taong nagmahal at nabigo.” They also performed “Super Proxy”

     Aside from the 12 bands, some of UST’s talented musicians were also present to perform: the Conservatory of Music’s Viden, SoundCheck 2010 Champion Read Between the Lines, SoundCheck 2011 Champion Watching the Wheels (formerly known as Sugarplum Fairy), first Thomasian Idol  Jessamae Gabon, and the Thomasian Idol 2012 finalists.

And the winner is…
     The 3/4 Band of the Conservatory of Music outshined the other bands as they were named the SoundCheck 2012 Champion, with a total score of 90.40%.

     “Last minute na kami gumawa ng music tapos hindi pa kami sikat kaya nagulat kami na maraming sumuporta sa’min na kapwa naming Music [students] at iba pang department,” Band Vocalist Romula Callangan said.

     The judges highly praised the band participants with one saying, “I congratulate UST for having so many talented musicians.”

     “Ang hirap ng judging process dahil each band has its own quality na very different from the other bands, pero yung nanalo, they really deserved it,” Judge Krina Cayabyab said in an interview. She gave the winning band a 99%.

     As winners of the competition, 3/4 Band received a cash prize of P20, 000.00, a chance to have a music video and to be the Thomasian band ambassador, a recording single from Chito Ilagan, and an opportunity to perform before the Thomasian community at Paskuhan.

     In the Top 5 after 3/4 Band are as follows: Emphasis (87.87%), Se7en Streams (87.53%), Pen on the Knees (87.47%), and, tied on fifth place, Hunio and Wicked Mum (86.60%).

     SoundCheck was part of the Conservatory of Music week, presented by the Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC) and the Conservatory of Music Student Council (CMSC). Project heads of the competition were Rafael Enrico Sy, assistant secretary of SOCC; JP Domingo, public relations officer of SOCC; and Sherry Ann Cantor, president of CMSC.

By Charry Fatima D. Garcia
Photo taken by Fay V. Refuerzo

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‘Duterte regime falls deaf to people’s cries’ –CSC, LSCs

Central Student Council (CSC), along with the Local Student Councils (LSC), denounced President Duterte’s lack of COVID-19 response roadmap in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address yesterday, July 27. 

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Central Student Council (CSC), along with the Local Student Councils (LSC), denounced President Duterte’s lack of COVID-19 response roadmap in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address yesterday, July 27. 

“As we reflect upon the state of our nation, so stands our responsibility to address incompetence, the lack of national response from the administration in implementing the need for mass testing and systematic protocols in containing the virus, and its blatant value for militarization over medical solutions,” CSC’s said in a unity statement released yesterday. 

The councils demanded accountability from public officials such as Senator Kiko Pimentel, NCRPO chief Debold Sinas, and Malacañang spokesperson Harry Roque. 

They also called on lawmakers who created “rushed laws that impede fundamental humans rights and freedom of speech.”

‘This is not how democracy works’ 

As Thomasians, the council expressed that they “could no longer sit idly” and watch the government compromise and abuse the country’s freedom. 

“As President Duterte falls deaf towards the cries of his people, his self-serving and personal interests prevail,” CSC said. 

According to them, this is not how democracy works. 

“[I]t is our utmost responsibility that we use our voice to speak for the silenced and oppressed,” the council said. 

“[W]e will embody the resistance and furbish our strength until it extends to the majority of our fellow Filipinos, the true cradle of our sovereignty,” the council added. Paolo Alejandrino 

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Youth groups, student leaders file 14th plea vs anti-terror law

The University’s Central Student Council (CSC), along with different youth groups and student leaders, filed a petition that questions the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) before the Supreme Court yesterday, July 23. 

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The University’s Central Student Council (CSC), along with different youth groups and student leaders, filed a petition that questions the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) before the Supreme Court yesterday, July 23. 

“Members of these organizations continue to experience red-tagging, harassment, and intimidation from security forces for actively engaging in protests and different forms of advocacy work and for speaking out on the current administration’s policies,” their statement read.

The petition was filed by Atty. Dino de Leon on behalf of 16 youth organizations “to protect their members and their fellow youth from the dangerous provisions of the Act.” 

CSC, which was represented by Arts and Letters student Therese Ifurung, was joined by De La Salle University Student Government, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines – Diliman University Student Council, National Union of Students of the Philippines, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines.

Other youth-led and youth-serving organization co-petitioners were Kabataang Tagapagtanggol ng Karapatan, Youth for Human Rights and Democracy, Youth Act Now Against Tyranny, Millennials PH, Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan, Good Gov PH, Youth Strike 4 Climate Change Philippines, Liberal Youth of the Philippines, Aksyon Kabataan, La Salle Debate Society.

Earlier petitions were filed by a coalition of university law professors, human rights groups, labor unions, partylist blocs, constitutional framers Christian Monsod and Felicitas Arroyo, and retired justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio-Morales. 

Another petition is expected to be filed yesterday from the Bangsamoro sector, which is set to bring the total number of petitions to 15.

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Take part in SONA protest, student council presidents urge

University of Santo Tomas student leaders, along with different national organizations, urged the youth to participate in the nationwide protest for the incoming fifth State of the Nation Address of President Duterte on July 27.

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University of Santo Tomas student leaders, along with different national organizations, urged the youth to participate in the nationwide protest for the incoming fifth State of the Nation Address of President Duterte on July 27. 

“It is imperative that we take a stand on the different social issues that our country is currently facing,” Artlets Student Council acting president Paolo Jericho Manuel said during a webinar today, June 20.

Manuel said that democracy, development, and justice are compromised right now due to the government’s incompetence and misplaced priorities, citing the 11,000 ABS-CBN workers who lost their jobs and the signing of the “vague” Anti-Terrorism Act into law. 

Manuel stressed that there is an urgent need for government action in addressing the problem with the accessibility of education.

Department of Education records showed that six million students from last year failed to enroll for the incoming academic year 2020-2021. 

‘Evil move’ 

Central Student Council president Robert Dominic Gonzales called on the youth to stay vigilant in this time of injustices. 

Gonzales said that the passing of the Anti-Terrorism Law is an “evil move” by the government to silence its critics. 

“We will still be haunted by the horrors that this administration has caused,” he said. 

Gonzales also lauded the sacrifice of the frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic and encouraged the public to protect and support them. 

The webinar, “SONAgKAISAng Kabataan sa Paglaban,” was organized by the Youth Act Now Against Tyranny (YANAT). Raheema Velasco 

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