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Pagpapanatili ng Filipino at panitikan sa kolehiyo, ikinagalak

Nagalak ang marami nang sa wakas ay sinunod na ng Komisyon sa Lalong Mataas na Edukasyon ang utos ng Korte Suprema na panatilihin ang Filipino at panitikan bilang mga pangunahing asignatura sa kolehiyo.

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Nagalak ang marami nang sa wakas ay sinunod na ng Komisyon sa Lalong Mataas na Edukasyon ang utos ng Korte Suprema na panatilihin ang Filipino at panitikan bilang mga pangunahing asignatura sa kolehiyo.

“Masaya tayo sa paunang tagumpay na ito, tagumpay ito ng kolektibong pagkilos at pagkakaisa,” sabi ni Jonathan Geronimo, ang namamahalang patnugot ng HASAAN, ang interdisiplinaryong journal sa Filipino ng Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas.

“Bilang bahagi ng napakahabang kampanya nitong laban para sa Filipino at panitikan sa kolehiyo, masaya tayong matapos ang isang taon ay kinilala ng [komisyon] ang kautusan ng Korte Suprema,” dagdag pa niya.

Naglabas ng memorandum ang Komisyoon noong Lunes, Hulyo 18, bilang tugon sa desisyon ng Korte Suprema noong nakaraang taon na pansamantalang itigil ang pagpapatupad CMO No. 20, series of 2013, o ang “General Education Curriculum: Holistic Understandings, Intellectual and Civic Competencies.”

Ipinahayag ng komisyon na susundin na lamang nito ang CHED Memorandum Orders (CMO) No. 59, series of 1996 at No. 04, series of 1997, na nagtatakda ng hindi bababa sa siyam na yunit ng Filipino para sa mga mag-aaral ng humanidades, agham panlipunan at komunikasyon at hindi bababa sa anim na yunit ng Filipino para sa mga mag-aaral sa ibang larang.

Ngunit, ani Geronimo, “[P]roblema lamang, masyadong huli na ito, dahil maraming mga departamento ng Filipino ang nilusaw na at [ang] mga gurong nagtuturo nito ang tinanggal dahil nga sa ganitong matagal na pag-aksyon.”

“Kung bakit ngayon lang [naglabas ng memorandum ang komisyon], marahil, dahil sa atmospera na rin ng bagong luklok na presidenteng bukas makinig sa hinaing ng bayan at naipaliwanag din natin sa [komisyon] na kailangan nilang kilalanin ang TRO,” sabi ni Geronimo. Kasama na rin daw dito ang “ginawang mga public pressure, protesta, at dayalogo.”

Ang temporary restraining order ang naging tugon ng Korte Suprema sa petisyong inihain ng Tanggol Wika, isang samahan ng mga kaguruan at mga mag-aaral na nagsusulong sa paggamit ng Filipino, na siyang tumututol sa pagpapatupad ng CMO No. 20, series of 2013.

Binuo ng memorandum na ito ang isang panibagong kurikulum sa kolehiyo kung saan inalis ang ilang pangunahing asignatura, gaya ng Filipino at ng Panitikan, at dapat sana ay ipatutupad sa taong panuruan 2018-2019.

Binansagan ng Tanggol Wika na “kontra Filipino” ang memorandum dahil sa umano’y paglabag nito ang Saligang Batas, lalo na ang mga probisyong patungkol sa pambansang wika at sa kulturang Pilipino.

Kabilang sa mga lumagda sa petisyon si Geronimo at iba pang mga guro mula sa UST Department of Filipino, kabilang sina Crizel Sicat-De Laza, Wennielyn Fajilan, Reynele Bren Zafra at ang tagapangasiwa nito na si Roberto Ampil.

Sa kasalukuyan, sinabi ni Geronimo na ang UST Department of Filipino ay “mas aktibo sa mga nakaraang taon lalo nang maglunsad ito ng HASAAN journal at maging engage sa pananaliksik at gawaing ekstensyon.”

“Nakilala rin ang UST sa pagtindig sa mga adbokasiyang gaya nito at kasalukuyang nagsasagawa ng pagsasanay sa mga guro para sa pagwo-workshop ng bagong GE (General Education) courses,” dagdag pa niya.

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Para naman sa pangulo ng UST Central Student Council na si Janela Love Nartates, makakatulong ang pagpapanatili ng mga kursong Filipino dahil “mas matatangkilik ng mga estudyante ang sariling atin lalo na sa panahon ngayon na mas nawiwili ang marami sa Ingles.”

Upang patuloy na isulong ang wikang Filipino at ng panitikan, nais ni Nartates na hikayatin ang mga mag-aaral na tangkilikin ang mga babasahin na nailimbag sa wikang pambansa at gawa ng mga artistang lokal.

Aniya, “sa pamamagitan ng pagbabasa ay magkakaroon sila (mga mag-aaral) ng mas matinding pag-unawa at pagmamahal sa ating wikang Filipino.” Caryl Christine Manabat

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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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