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Student Media Congress 2014 stresses limitless power of media catalysts

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WITH the never ending possibilities and power of today’s media, there’s almost no end to what one can do. But are people really pushing the boundaries of the limitless potential a media catalyst can provide? This year’s Student Media Congress (SMC) chose to impart students with the knowledge of reaching the full potential of each media outlet with the theme, “Empowering Media Catalysts.”

Day One: Looking into Different Mediums

The 2014 Media Congress was spearheaded by Joanna Paula Queddeng, together with the help of other SMC volunteers. As part of her opening remarks, she told the audience, “We challenge you to be masters of different fields. It may be that we cannot hone ourselves to be master of different fields at the same time, but we can do it one at a time, and come out on top to be masters of different fields.”

Rico Hizon, the keynote speaker and an anchor for BBC World News, said the media should be a cut above the rest and reminded that it is not about replicating feats but making your own. He also told the attendees to have integrity in what they do and to be true to themselves.

Hizon also reminisced about working in the trenches for ABS-CBN and GMA before he became affiliated with BBC. He noted that one of the most invaluable lessons he encountered is that “people will respect you because you have come through the ranks.” He also reminded everyone to be open with other people’s ideas.  Hizon encouraged the audience to be students of their profession because for him, learning never stops when these students leave their respective schools.

At the end of his speech, he told the students to remain fair and balance. For Hizon, television is one of the most dynamic medium of information that is why he kept on insisting the importance of being a responsible media practitioner.

Print: Changing the Reading Habits of the Millennial

     Mick Atienza of The Philippine Star told the students that conversation on social media is more impulsive, compulsive, and omnipresent compared to any other medium. He reminded that print should not just provide a simple content, but it should be a relevant one. Also, if there is something that print holds more than other media catalysts, it is relevance and credibility.

Television: Addressing the Second Screen

For television, Carlos Mori Rodriguez from ABS-CBN started his presentation with demographics and statistics of the Filipinos’ internet and mobile consumption. He stated that mobile devices can supplement the television content and enhance the experience. Gone are the days that people do appointment viewing, waiting for the show they wanted to see or rushing home just to watch television. At present, there is the audience that utilizes digital media than the television.

Radio: Crating Success through Interaction

Santiago Elizalde of the Manila Broadcasting Company came on-stage accompanied by two of the most prominent disk jockeys (DJs) in Love Radio, John Sulleza Gemperle, who is fondly called as Papa Jack and Mark Jimel Gales, who is popular as Chicoloco. While discussing that radio has the highest reach versus other media, Elizalde told the students that if radio is to thrive, radio has to listen to its listeners. There has to be physical interaction with the people to know how to customize the program, depending on the location where they are broadcasting. He also cited that phones are now the number one medium being used when listening to the radio.

Online: Connecting Generations to Accelerate Change

“You are the most empowered generation in history,” said Howie Severino, a news anchor from GMA News TV. With that, he cited his experiences during the Martial Law, wherein the media was restricted, and he also enumerated the differences of communication between then and now. He said that, “Television has the power to inform, educate, entertain and sell.” Severino also said that the viewers are passive recipients. Television is all about consumption but the balance of power is shifting. Nowadays, the power that the television once had is shifting to the internet, particularly the social media.

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The content of the discussion during the first day of SMC was narrowed down to relevance, change, social advocates, and going from information to influence and inspiration.

Day Two: Series of Workshops for Students

The second day of the premiere conference kicked off with a series of classroom-based workshops, which were classified into competing and noncompeting events.

Competing workshops included publication activities like news writing, feature writing, creative writing, photojournalism, and editorial cartooning while others focused on visuals and motion graphics like video production, magazine layout, web design, glamour photography, pre-nuptial photography, graphic design, and social media strategy. Meanwhile, noncompeting workshops discussed myriad of topics that delved into journalism, social media, film production, online operations, and illustrations.

Meanwhile, one of the resource speakers, Zak Yuson of Rappler, highlighted the good in social media crowdsourcing stating that, “Technology is breaking down barriers of communication.” Crowd-sourced information is necessary to assist people in need especially in times of disasters and calamities. At the end of his talk, he urged everyone to use social media to do social good and promulgate social change.

Other notable resource speakers were internet sensations Ramon Bautista and Jun Sabayton who lectured tips on how one could make topics viral in the social media. Aside from the two personalities, actress Bianca Gonzales talked about hosting while radio personality Tony Toni discussed about being a disk jockey.

SMC Second Installment: A success

      Queddeng shared her sentiments over their journey to the success of the premiere conference’s second installment. She revealed that her team’s mantra while preparing for the event was, “If you’ve been through the hard and the good times, you’ll be empowered.”

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Unlike last year, rigorous preparations were done as it was more operationalized. “Mas matagal naming siyang pinaghandaan. Last year, it’s around five months, this year, [we had] nine months of preparation,” Queddeng added.

Queddeng, at the end of her statement, wanted to thank everyone who made the event successful. “We really like to thank our partners and speakers, because all of them believe in what we saw in the potential of the students [like you]. From exploring media breakthroughs, we are always left in the dark, left unsure of what we want, but through this Congress, by the end of it, we hope you’ll be empowered.”

 

Photos by Adrian Castillo and Carmelo Culvera

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UST aces November 2019 nursing boards

The University posted a perfect passing rate in the November 2019 licensure examinations for nurses with 16 Thomasians in the topnotchers.

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The University posted a perfect passing rate in the November 2019 licensure examinations for nurses with 16 Thomasians in the topnotchers.

Jarvin Vincent Lumauig led the new batch of 338 Thomasian nurses after placing third in the topnotchers with 88.40-percent score.

Jana Aryn Apolinar and Phil Justine Soriano took the fourth spot with 88.20 percent score, followed by Bennette Salazar and Sheline Tumaliuan at placing fifth with 88 percent

John Reynel Tamayo placed sixth with 87.80 percent, and Maria-Jayne Lerma, Yannah Mae Loyola, and Jireh Li Piñol at ninth with 87.20 percent score.

John Howell Diric, Aaron Kyle Enriquez, Nicson Madulid, Patricia Dianne Melo, Clarice Gabrielle Sanchez, Arabelle Mae Tiu, and Marie Abigail Turingan all placed in the tenth spot with 87-percent rate.

Shaina Kei Watanabe of Davao Doctors College, Inc. topped the exams with a rating of 89.60 percent.

The University took the top spot along with Saint Louis University with all 191 examinees passing, and the De La Salle Medicine and Health Sciences Institute with all 67 examinees passing.

The national passing rate improved to 55.20 percent or 7,627 out of 13,816 examinees making it to the cut from last year’s 39.98 percent or 4,811 out of 12,033 passing.

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Paskuhan opening pushes through despite ‘Tisoy’

The University’s annual Paskuhan festivities kicked-off despite storm warning signal number 2 raised over Metro Manila due to typhoon Tisoy Monday, Dec. 2.

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The University’s annual Paskuhan festivities kicked-off despite storm warning signal number 2 raised over Metro Manila due to typhoon Tisoy Monday, Dec. 2.

According to UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Jesus Miranda, O.P., the Paskuhan opening would have been moved to Dec. 10 if weather becomes unpredictable.

“It can be moved on December 10 sana. Pero again it was not moved,” the secretary-general told TomasinoWeb.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso led the opening of the Harry Potter-themed Christmas décor around the campus and expressed his gratitude to the University in achieving a ‘vibrant Manila’ again.

“Thank you, UST. And hopefully we can continue to work together, the government, the institutions, [private coroporations], at tao. Sana talaga magtuloy-tuloy talaga ang Manila to be vibrant again,” Domagoso said in his video in Manila Public Information Office.

Vice-Mayor Honey Lacuña also attended the opening ceremonies.

Aside from the free food and fireworks, a drone light show was also held at the open field, a new addition in this year’s Paskuhan opening.

According to the Central Student Council (CSC), this year’s Paskuhan theme is “Unto us a Child is born” from Harry Potter and winter wonderland.

They urged the Thomasian community to support the upcoming Paskuhan activities.

The UST Christmas concert will be on Dec. 5 and 6 while the Paskuhan concert will be on Dec. 20, 2019. R. Velasco

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UST slips in September 2019 teachers boards

The University placed fifth top-performing school in the September 2019 elementary level licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and sixth in secondary level, while a Thomasian landed in the tenth spot of the elementary teachers boards.

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The University placed fifth top-performing school in the September 2019 elementary level licensure examinations for teachers (LET) and sixth in secondary level, while a Thomasian landed in the tenth spot of the elementary teachers boards.

In the elementary level, UST dropped to fifth spot from being a top-performing school for five consecutive years despite having a higher passing rate from 86.78 percent last year to 88.60 percent this year or 101 out of 114 examinees passing the exams. 

From fourth last year, the University landed sixth in the secondary level top-performing schools after posting a rating of 88.57 percent or 155 out of 175 exam takers from last year’s 91.94 percent.

Alexa Maria Andrea Manlutac shared the tenth place of the elementary level topnotchers with 11 others with a rating of 89.80 percent. 

Kezia Ambag of Philippine Normal University-Mindanao, Joshua Canseco of Mindanao State University-General Santos, and Anjo Literatus of Saint Mary’s College-Tagum led the new batch of elementary teachers after garnering a rate of 92.60 percent.

Marlou Camano of University of Mindanao-Kidapawan took the top spot in the secondary level LET after scoring 93.40 percent.

University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum was named this year’s top-performing school for the elementary level with 96.07-percent passing rate, while the University of the Philippines-Los Baños topped in the secondary level with 98 percent passing rate.

The national passing rate for elementary teachers increased to 31.34 percent or 28,973 out of  92,440 examinees passing the exams from last year’s 20.29 percent or 18,409 out of 90,750 examinees.

In the secondary level, the national passing rate dropped to 39.68 percent, or 54,179 out of 136,523 examinees from last year’s 48.03 percent, or 60,803 out of 126,582 exam takers. A. Basa

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