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Prevent another martial law by educating the youth, former journalist says

Journalism scholar Crispin Maslog told during the 50th St, Thomas More Lecture on Thursday that “[t]hose of us who saw what happened during [Martial Law] should make it our duty to share this information with young people who were not there when it happened.”



Photo by Elizabeth Nicole Regudo/TomasinoWeb.

A former journalist and Thomasian alumnus urged on Thursday firsthand witnesses of Martial Law atrocities to share their experiences and educate the youth in order to prevent another dictatorship.

“Those of us who saw what happened during that time should make it our duty to share this information with young people who were not there when it happened. Because […] people who do not remember their history are condemned to repeat it,” Crispin Maslog, chairman of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, said during the open forum of the 50th St. Thomas More Lecture.

He added: “To keep our democracy alive and robust, we need to keep our public sphere open.”

Maslog, a firsthand witness of the Marcos regime, said that giving talks and lectures on the events of Martial Law could also help prevent the revision of history.

“Eventually, the history will correct itself. There will be a period where the history will be revised depending on leaders of that time. [But it] can be re-revised and brought back to life [which is] the real history,” Maslog said.

In his lecture, he narrated to the Thomasians events during Martial Law so as to refresh the minds of those who were suffering from “historical amnesia.”

The former journalist, moreover, lambasted President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, following the series of attacks against media and the undermining of other branches and checks and balances of government.

“At the rate our leader is disrespecting our constitution, subverting our Supreme Court and undermining the principles of due process, I fear that the country is going down the slippery slope towards authoritarianism,” he added.

Maslog was also critical of Duterte’s style of communication which he referred to as shocking and a new experience.

“I don’t think that he should have a one size fits all communication style, ‘yan ang problema niya. I think he should learn to adjust his communication style, educated naman siya,” he said.

Meanwhile, Maslog said that the former President Corazon Aquino was not given enough credit when she restored democracy to the country.

He also stated that Filipinos should take sides in the crucial issues amid all the attacks on democratic institutions.

Maslog finished journalism in the University in 1956. He is the founder of Silliman University’s journalism school and a former editor of Agence France-Presse.

Students and faculty members of the Faculty of Arts and Letters participated in the annual academic exercise in honor of the faculty’s patron saint, St. Thomas More.

The lecture was held at the Medicine Auditorium with the theme “A Mission for All Seasons: Defending Democracy and Decency.”—B. Laforga



UST bags 5th School of the Year honor in 2018 Student Quill Awards



Photo grabbed from IABC Philippines' official Facebook page.

For the fifth consecutive year, the University was named School of the Year in the Sixth Philippine Student Quill Awards on Monday, July 9.

UST bagged 36 awards, beating De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, UST Angelicum College, Inc., De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, Bataan Peninsula State University and Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila.

Winning entries from the University came from The Varsitarian, UST’s official student paper; TomasinoWeb, the official digital media organization of the University; Tomasian Media Circle and Talents; The Flame, the official publication of UST Faculty of Arts and Letters; and communication arts and journalism students.

School of the Year award is the highest distinction in the Student Quill Awards. It is given to the school with the most Awards of Excellence.

Meanwhile, TomasinoWeb took home its first Student Quill awards, with three Awards of Merit.

TomasinoWeb’s entries titled “Right Click 2017: TomasinoWeb’s Special Coverage of the UST Student Council Elections” and “UAAP Season 80 Campaign” won under the communication skills category; while  “Lakbayan ng Pambansang Minorya National Advocacy Campaign” won in the communication management.

The Philippine Student Quill Awards is the junior division of the Philippine Quill Awards, which recognizes private organizations and corporations in the country for excellence in business communication.

Awarding ceremonies were held at the Mariott Hotel Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.

The event was organized by the Philippine chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, a network of business communicators around the world advocating for professional growth, learning and communication excellence.

ERRATUM: We have been informed that the previous photo used in the article was actually taken by The Varsitarian. It was not our intention to erroneously credit the owner of the photo. The image has since been replaced.


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UST tops June 2018 architecture boards



The University was named as the lone top performing school in the June 2018 licensure examination for architects, with three Thomasians landing in the top 10.

UST recorded an 84.19-percent passing rate, in which 197 out of 234 Thomasian examinees passed the exam.

This was higher than last year’s 83.26 percent, wherein 184 out of 221 examinees made the cut.

Karl Justin Sayseng Diocales led the new batch of Thomasian architects after placing fourth with a score of 82.90 percent.

Thomasian Jomari Patrick Meñoza Guzman placed seventh with a score of 82.60 percent, while Marie Dominic del Rosario Castillo landed in the ninth spot after scoring 82.20 percent.

Moreover, Paolo Gabriel Torres Martires of Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Sta. Mesa led the new batch of architects with a score of 84.10 percent.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 1, 778 out of 3,177 passed the board exam nationwide.


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Applied Physics gets Level I PACUCOA accreditation



Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) granted the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics major in Instrumentation the Level I accreditation status.

Applied Physics is the newest program among the six straight degree programs of the College of Science.

The accreditation, which was received last May, is valid for three years, up until May 2021.

According to PACUCOA’s website, Level I accreditation status allows the program to have “full administrative deregulation and financial deregulation in terms of setting of tuition and other fees and charges.” It also gives the power to change the curriculum without the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)’s approval.

The program is also made priority during awarding of grants and financial assistance from CHED and from the Department of Education (DepEd).

Pacucoa is a private accrediting agency set to give formal recognition to an educational institution through a series of phases which tests if the academic program of the institution maintains excellent standards.


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