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Akademikong Panayam: Buhayin at Pag-alabin ang Wikang Filipino

NAGPALITAN ng kuro ang mga tagapagsalita, guro, at estudyante ng UST sa Akademikong Panayam sa Filipino at Pampinid na Programa 2014 noong Biyernes, Agosto 29 sa AMV Multi-Purpose Hall.

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NAGPALITAN ng kuro ang mga tagapagsalita, guro, at estudyante ng UST sa Akademikong Panayam sa Filipino at Pampinid na Programa 2014 noong Biyernes, Agosto 29 sa AMV Multi-Purpose Hall.

     Itinaguyod ng Departamento ng Filipino ng Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas ang naturang programa na naglalayong pataasin ang kamalayan sa mga napapanahong hamon at isyung kinakaharap ng Filipino bilang larangan ng karunungan.

     Kabilang sa mga paksang tinalakay ang sistema ng K-12 sa edukasyon, neo-liberalisasyon, ASEAN Integration at rehiyonalismo kung saan naging panauhing tagapagsalita sina Melanie L. Flores, propesor at Vice Chancellor ng Community Affairs sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas at Ramon Guillermo, propesor ng Filipino at Pampanitikan sa kaparehong institusyon.

Banta ng Sistema ng Edukasyon sa Wikang Filipino

     Ayon kay Flores, magkaugnay ang nangyayari sa Kolehiyo kung saan may bantang tanggalin ang pagtuturo ng Filipino sa K-12 na sistema ng edukasyong ipinapatupad sa hayskul.

     Nakapaloob sa CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20, Series of 2013 na hindi na magiging parte ng kurikulum ng general education sa kolehiyo ang pagtuturo ng Filipino maliban nalang sa mga nag-major sa Filipino.

     “Yung wika sa iba’t ibang disiplina at bilang isang larangan ay nilulusaw dahil ginagawa nalang siyang ‘support’ na programa o kaya ay subjects sa ibang mga kurso o disiplina,” aniya.

     Inisa-isa rin niya ang implikasyon ng K-12 sa industriya ng paggawa kung saan maraming guro ang mawawalan ng trabaho at sa kabataan na maaaring marami ang hindi na makakapagtapos ng pagaaral o hindi man lamang makakatungtong ng kolehiyo.

     “Estimate namin, 85, 000 [hanggang] 125, 000 na empleyado at lahat ng contractual na kadalasan ay 40-60 porsiyento ng mga private schools ay walang kasiguruhan na mapapanatili ang kanilang propesyon o trabaho. Isa itong malaking displacement at injustice sa usapin ng labor dahil sa K-12,” giit niya.

     Nanawagan si Flores na isuspinde ang implementasyon ng K-12 upang maprotektahan ang mga guro at mga paaralan at isulong ang pambansang wika para sa pagkakaisa at kaunlaran ng Pilipinas.

Isyu ng Rehiyonalismo at ASEAN Integration sa Filipino

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     Sa pahayag ng Talaytayan MLE laban sa pagkontrol ng wikang ginagamit sa pagtuturo sa hayskul na ibinahagi ni Guillermo sa talakayan, iginiit nila ang karapatan ng bawat wikang tratuhin ng pantay-pantay at pagkakaroon ng kalayaan ang bawat tao at institusyon na makapamili ng wikang gagamitin sa pagaaral.

     “Dapat may puwang para sa lahat (‘yun ang sabi nila) pero kung pantay pantay na gagamitin ang lahat ng wika para sa iba’t ibang disiplina magkakaroon tayo ng matinding problema[ng] pangintegrasyon sa edukasyon at sa panlipunan. At lahat tayo mawawasak sa pagdating ng ASEAN Integration,” sabi ni Guillermo.

     Ginawang ehemplo ni Guillermo ang ibang bansa tulad ng Malaysia, Indonesia at Thailand na mayroong malakas na panloob na integrasyon dahil na rin sa paggamit nila ng kanilang sariling wika subalit marunong at magaling din sa wikang Ingles.

     Ani Guillermo, gamitin at ituro ang iba’t ibang wika o lenggwahe upang maipagpatuloy ang dibersidad nito habang ang wikang Filipino naman ang gawing wikang panturo sa lahat ng disiplina sa Pilipinas samantalang intensibong pagaralan ang wikang Ingles.

     “Hindi kinakailangan na gamiting wikang panturo ang wikang Ingles upang ito ay matutuhan sa pinakamabisa at maayos na paraan. Ang kailangan mo ay magagaling na guro na magtuturo nito,” aniya.

     Ayon kay Jonathan V. Geronimo, director ng Buwan ng Wika ng Unibersidad ngayong taon, sa lahat ng kampanya laban sa wikang Filipino at pambansang identidad, walang magagawa ang mga guro at mag-aaral kundi ang manindigan, kumilos at lumaban nang nagkakaisa upang magtagumpay sa hangaring buhayin ang sariling wika.

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Thomasian places first in January 2022 MedTech Board Exams

Thomasian Kyle Patrick Rivera Magistrado led the recent MedTech boards with a score of 90.40 percent.

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The University was hailed as the fourth top-performing school in the January 2022 Medical Technology Licensure Examinations (MTLE) posted on Monday, Jan. 24, with five Thomasians making it to the top.

Thomasian Kyle Patrick Rivera Magistrado led the recent MedTech boards with a score of 90.40 percent. 

UST fielded 107 examinees, of which 86 (80.37 percent) passed. The University’s passing rate, however, dwindled to 80.37 percent, previously at 80.39 percent in the January 2021 MTLE from a total of 51 Thomasian board takers .

The national passing rate also waned to 49.9 percent or 1,307 out of 2,619 compared to last year’s result of 67.68 percent or 1,919 out of 2,835 examinees.

Saint Louis University emerged as the top-performing school after posting a passing rate of 93.98 percent.

The Professional Regulation Commission postponed the August 2021 MedTech Board Exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic and moved it to Jan 15 and 16.

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‘Driven, hardworking leader’: Ex-SOCC VP dies at 23

Aldaba was a known student-leader since his senior high school years in the University. He was the Interim Executive Vice President of the Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC) in the previous academic year.

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Francis Justine Aldaba, a fourth-year student from the College of Education, passed away on Friday, Jan. 14, after succumbing to acute respiratory failure. He was 23.

He died at Premiere Medical Center in Nueva Ecija at exactly 9:50 in the morning, his brother Francis Oliver Aldaba told TomasinoWeb

Aldaba was a known student-leader since his senior high school years in the University where he took up Health Allied as his strand. His involvement started as the Executive Assistant to the Chief-of-Staff in the Central Student Council.

He was the Interim Executive Vice President of the Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC) in the previous academic year. Prior to this, he was also the Executive Associate to the SOCC Executive Vice President.

Describing Aldaba, Rome Voltaire Gomez, former interim president and chief executive officer of SOCC, told TomasinoWeb he was “a visionary, driven, and hardworking leader.” 

“Justine was a great help to SOCC in assisting grievances of recognized Student Organizations,” he said.

Gomez, in a social media post, said: “Justine was family to the CSC/SOCC family and me. He was a strong person and a kind soul.”

“We ask for your prayers in this time for him and his family. We will certainly miss him, and in all things, we will fondly remember him. Our family may never be complete again for now, but we will always be one in spirit,” he added.

The funeral service is currently held at Funeraria Corone Memorial Chapel, T. Delos Santos, Science City of Muñoz. The internment details are yet to be announced.

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National Artist F. Sionil José dies at 97

The poet was one of the most widely read Filipino authors in the English language, with works that have been translated into 28 different languages.

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National Artist for Literature F. Sionil José passed away on Thursday night, Jan. 6, at the age of 97.

The poet died in his sleep at the Makati Medical Center where he was confined earlier for a scheduled angioplasty, according to his wife, Tessie Jovellanos José.

Hours before his death, José wrote a letter for his “brave heart.” A letter which now constitutes his final words. 

“Thank you brave heart. There are times when as an agnostic I doubt the presence of an almighty and loving God. But dear brave heart you are here to disprove this illusion, to do away with the conclusion that if you doubt Him, you kill Him. I cannot kill you dear heart; you have to do that yourself,” José wrote in a Facebook post

“For 97 years you have been constantly working patiently pumping much more efficiently and longer than most machines. Of course, I know that a book lasts long too, as the libraries have shown, books that have lived more than 300 years. Now, that I am here in waiting for an angioplasty, I hope that you will survive it and I with it, so that I will be able to continue what I have been doing with so much energy that only you have been able to give. Thank you dear brave heart and dear Lord for this most precious gift,” he added.

Before becoming a National Artist, José studied Litt. B. Journalism at the old Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University. 

He also became the editor-in-chief of The Varsitarian in 1948 and 1949.  

José earned five Carlos Palanca awards throughout his writing career.

The poet was one of the most widely read Filipino authors in the English language, with works that have been translated into 28 different languages.

He also received recognition from award-giving bodies, which include the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1980, Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Centennial Award in 1999, as well as the Pablo Neruda Centennial Award in Chile in 2004.

In his later years, José made headlines because of his support for President Rodrigo Duterte and the ABS-CBN shutdown.

He was also remembered to have criticized Maria Ressa for winning the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize saying that the Rappler chief did not deserve the award and there were no threats on press freedom because the “Philippine press is alive and well.” 

José was named National Artist for Literature in 2001 because of his great contribution to Philippine literature. 

The details of the National Artist’s wake is yet to be announced.

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