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UST journalism professors: ABS-CBN shutdown ‘work of dictators’

The professors said that running the clock out on ABS-CBN and forcibly shutting it down is an “insidious strategy” at a time in which dissemination of news is vital in informing the public about the ongoing pandemic and government’s exercise of its authority.

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The University’s journalism professors denounced media shutdown as “the work of dictators,” after ABS-CBN officially went off-air yesterday evening, the second time in history since late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law.

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“Now that ABS-CBN is out of the airwaves, and for the second time since Martial Law, there is no more denying that the Duterte regime will stop at nothingeven amid a national emergency and a crippling lockdownto crush dissent and stifle a free and independent media,” their statement read.

The National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) issuance of cease-and-desist order prompted the immediate closure of ABS-CBN whose franchise expired on May 4.

“Duterte has declared a war on the free press and this is his Pearl Harbor Attack. Lawmakers and the NTC had led the public to believe that ABS-CBN would be allowed to operate beyond the expiration of its license,” the professors said.

On March 11, NTC said it would issue a provisional authority which will allow the network to operate until June 2020 while the latter’s franchise renewal is still under Congress deliberation.

The professors said that running the clock out on ABS-CBN and forcibly shutting it down is an “insidious strategy” at a time in which dissemination of news is vital in informing the public about the ongoing pandemic and government’s exercise of its authority.

“We stand with ABS-CBN and urge it to exert all legal remedies to overturn NTC’s cease-and-desist order, and call on lawmakers, particularly members of the House of Representatives, to stop foot-dragging and approve a new franchise for ABS-CBN,” they said.

Free press and free expression, according to the journalism professors, are guaranteed only if granting broadcast franchises will be depoliticized and delegated to an independent regulatory agency.

They also urged the public to speak out, resist media attacks, and “hold the malevolent forces behind this treachery to account.”

Students echo educators

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University of Santo Tomas (UST) Journalism Society also condemned the NTC’s “traitorous act” of halting ABS-CBN broadcasting operations.

READ: UST JOURNALISM SOCIETY STATEMENT ON THE CEASE AND DESIST ORDER ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS…

UST Journalism Societyさんの投稿 2020年5月5日火曜日

“The move of the NTC is a clear manifestation of the government’s agenda to silence the media and discourage critical reporting,” the student organization said in their statement following their professors’.

“Silencing ABS-CBN should not be the priority of this government when a virus, not the television network, is the enemy,” they added.

Claiming to advocate for the struggles of the ordinary people while stripping the job off the 11,000 workers of ABS-CBN corporation only reflects the “Janus-faced nature of the administration,” the student organization said.

In February, President Duterte and Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa both claimed to have taken into consideration the welfare of the 11,000 workers who would lose their jobs after the network’s closure.

“For now, the network may be off the air, but the truth will always come out loud and clear,” they said. “History has never been kind to tyrants.”

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UST places 2nd top school in June 2022 architecture boards; three among top ten

UST registered an 88.24 percent passing rate or 255 out of 289 Thomasian examinees making the cut.

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The University ranked second among top-performing schools in June 2022 Architect Licensure Exam (ALE) with three Thomasians landing on the top ten highest scorers, results showed by the Professional Regulation Commission on June 22, Wednesday.

UST registered an 88.24 percent passing rate or 255 out of 289 Thomasian examinees making the cut. This is higher compared to the 87.94 percent passing rate from January 2022’s exams.

Gian Vincenz Dela Cruz led the new batch of Thomasian architects, placing second with an average of 81.90 percent.

Dela Cruz was followed by Thomasians Jam Scott Manalo and Oscar Kevin Castro who ranked fifth (81.50 percent) and ninth (81 percent), respectively.

The University of the Philippines Diliman was hailed as the top-performing school for the said boards, posting a 97.01 percent passing rate.

Meanwhile, the national passing rate for this month’s architecture boards rose to 63.72 percent with 3,037 out of 4, 766 examinees passing, higher than January 2022’s 62.13 percent where only 1,370 out of the 2,205 takers passed.

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UST maintains spot in QS world rankings

The University maintained its ranking since the year 2018.

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The University maintained its spot in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings released on Wednesday, June 8 with the rank of 801-1000.

The University maintained its ranking since the year 2018.

Among the top four Philippine universities, Ateneo de Manila University placed second with the rank of 651-700. Meanwhile, De La Salle University tied with UST in the 801-1000 bracket.

The University of the Philippines remained as the top university in the country despite its 13-spot decline in the world rankings, placing 412th globally.

UST received the rating in the following criteria: Academic reputation (10.8%), Employer reputation (23.9%), Faculty/Student ratio (15.4%), Citations per faculty (1.2%), International faculty ratio (40.3%), International student ratio (8.5%), International research network (12.1%), Employment outcomes (20.7%)

 

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Thomasian alumna sits among 8 new National Artists

Lim-Higgins is one of the eight newly-declared national artists this year and the 19th addition to the Thomasian roster of National Artists.

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Thomasian fashion designer Salvacion “Slim” Lim-Higgins has been posthumously declared a National Artist for Fashion on Friday, June 10.

Lim-Higgins is one of the eight newly-declared national artists this year and the 19th addition to the Thomasian roster of National Artists.

In 1940, she majored in painting in the then UST Department of Architecture and Fine Arts under the tutelage of fellow Thomasian National Artist, Carlos “Botong” Francisco.

One of her greatest hallmarks included Slim’s Fashion & Arts School founded in October 1960, the country’s first and oldest fashion school. In 1947, she established her atelier which was also named after her.

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In 1956, she completed an ensemble of a gray asymmetrical point terno which is one of her most famous pieces. The piece was acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

Slim’s son and Slim’s Fashion & Arts School co-director, Mark Higgins, sent the piece as it “best represented” his mother’s style at the peak of her career. 

“My mother talked about it all her life. It’s one of her masterpieces. It’s spontaneously sculpted on a human form. This is the ‘holy grail’ for designers to replicate. It is impossible to recreate it,” he said in an article from Lifestyle Inquirer. 

Meanwhile, the Vinta Gallery described it as “a complex terno dress with a geometric silhouette, origami-like side pleat and crinkled draping, all held together with only one seam.”

The Thomasian alumna is known for being one of the pioneers on modern ternos as well as her “structurally complex” and “theatrical” works on female couture. World-renowned luxury fashion designers Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga were her influences.

Lim-Higgins is the newest addition to the list of Thomasian National Artists which include Carlos Francisco, Nicomedes Joaquin, Victorio Edades, Vicente Manansala, Gerardo de Leon, Antonino, Buenaventura, Leandro Locsin, Rolando Tinio, Arturo Luz, Jeremias Elizalde Navarro, Ernani Cuenco, Daisy Hontiveros-Avellana, Francisco Sionil José, Ang Kiukok, Bienvenido Lumbera, Ildefonso Santos, Jr., Cirilo Bautista, José Marίa Zaragoza, and Francisco Mañosa.

Seven other national artists proclaimed this year were: Nora Aunor (film), Marilou Diaz-Abaya (film), Tony Mabesa (theater), Agnes Locsin (dance), Fides Cuyugan-Asencio (music), Ricky Lee (film), and Gemino Abad (literature).

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