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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.”

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     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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Counter military, police propaganda-based disinformation—veteran journalist

Rappler managing editor urged aspiring journalists Friday, Oct. 23, to fight propaganda-based disinformation caused by law enforcers.

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Rappler managing editor urged aspiring journalists Friday, Oct. 23, to fight propaganda-based disinformation caused by law enforcers.

Glenda Gloria, a journalism alumna of the University, said that the military and the police do not seem to understand the role of the media as the fourth estate because of their “very utilitarian” view of information. 

“They use information as propaganda because they think it has to achieve something for the organization, whether that means further securing the country or defeating the enemies of the state,” Gloria said in a fact-checking webinar. 

According to her, the attempt of law enforcers to speed up their propaganda is due to the tremendous pressure to eliminate insurgency before President Duterte steps down in 2020. 

“The biggest factor behind the politicization of the armed forces is the commander-in-chief. Whatever the President wants will determine the political influence of the military,” she said. 

Gloria reminded aspiring journalists that no war has been won using propaganda as a primary tool and to “continue the fight against lies” that are being weaponized for the mass destruction of the country.

The webinar titled, “Propaganda, State Secrets and Other Issues in the Security Sector,” was hosted by MovePH, the civic engagement arm of Rappler. Vhey Tapia and Raheema Velasco 

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Flatten curve to revive economy, solon says

The government should remain in its goal of flattening the curve to revive the economy, a lawmaker advised Saturday, Oct. 24.

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The government should remain in its goal of flattening the curve to revive the economy, a lawmaker advised Saturday, Oct. 24.

“Klaro naman na hindi natin kailangan pumili between saving lives and livelihood. Hindi na tama na ang trade-off between the two…[b]ecause we can save both,” Marikina 2nd District Representative Stella Quimbo said. 

Quimbo, who is also an economist, stressed the importance of evidence-based policymaking and monitoring, as well as business continuity and job projection interventions. 

The solution and interventions included grants for technical assistance, subsidies for COVID-19 testing, and wage subsidies with retention clauses. 

“We can afford to rise, pero dapat balansehin so as not to fall into a debt crisis… [b]ecause as we all know napakadali po to become poor pero napakahirap mag-exit sa poverty. Importanteng importante ang datos,” Quimbo said.

Quimbo also laid out the framework for the Accelerated Recovery and Investments Stimulus for the Economy of the Philippines (ARISE), which she is one of the principal authors. 

Under the ARISE, a comprehensive plan will be followed to address the pandemic-brought economic crisis with a proposed P1.3 trillion budget over three years.

In the bill still pending in the Senate, Quimbo specified transitional, financial, sectoral, and structural support that, according to her, were the basis of the framework for the “mini-version” of the Bayanihan 2 that is in effect until the end of this year.

‘Reform the economy’

IBON Foundation executive director Sonny Africa urged the government to “reform and shape” an economy that benefits everyone. 

According to Africa, the government’s current response is focused on a “very artificial poverty reduction” by granting cash transfers without addressing the structure that continues poverty.

“The government is very keen on infrastructure to promote economic growth, but the Philippines is so lacking in economic fundamentals as it uses infrastructure as a short-cut to growth,” he said.

Africa also criticized that while the government is focused on infrastructure development, decades of neoliberal health privatization eroded  the public health system, which worsened the mortality rate even pre-pandemic.

The webinar “EkonDisyon: Philippine Economic Recession and COVID-19” is a part of the MulaTalakayan organized by the University’s Central Student Council. 

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Tourism recovery to revamp economic sectors, officials urge

Tourism officials stressed the importance of a responsible and “new normal-ready” recovery in the tourism sector amid gradual easing of health protocols in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Tourism officials stressed the importance of a responsible and “new normal-ready” recovery in the tourism sector amid gradual easing of health protocols in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Alfonsus Tesoro called for sustainable and strategic recovery efforts to support and revamp economic sectors.

“Tuloy-tuloy dapat ang pag-conduct ng tourism site assessment and planning kasama ang iba’t-ibang stakeholders from the national government agencies, provincial government offices, and the private sector,” Tesoro said in a webinar, Thursday, Oct. 23. 

According to Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes, a survey conducted in Eastern Visayas showed that 66 percent of the respondents admitted that health risks affected their decision to travel, while 80 percent are now eager to visit tourism sites within the region only. 

“This gives us an idea of what tourism activities we should prioritize when we reopen our [tourism] sites. A large majority expect health and safety protocols in place, there should be value for money, and that fun activities will still be offered even under the ‘new normal,’” she said.

Tiopes added that despite the steady reopening of the tourism sector, health protocols would still be strictly employed to ensure safety of tourists and residents. 

The webinar titled, “Philippine Tourism Development and COVID-19 Pandemic: Recovery through Sustainable Development,” was spearheaded by the University’s College of Tourism and Hospitality Management in partnership with the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines, Inc., and co-organized by the UST Research Center for Social Sciences and Education. Paolo Alejandrino 

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