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USTv names personalities, programs of ‘positive culture’

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     TELEVISION personality Angel Locsin led the winners of this year’s USTv Student’s Choice Awards, which culminated last March 7 at the Plaza Mayor its ninth year of recognizing television personalities and programs embodying true Thomasian values.

     Locsin, a former Thomasian, won as Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Personality. “Kung ano man ang narating ko ngayon, hindi ko naman ‘to maaabot kung wala po yung tumulong sa akin—ang UST—kaya maraming, maraming salamat po.”

     With this year’s theme, ‘Students Making Television Responsible in the Formation of Positive Culture,’ the USTv Students’ Choice Awards spoke in behalf of the Thomasians and awarded quality personalities and programs that are family-centered and value-oriented.

     “We at USTv don’t assess or evaluate the acting craft of the TV personalities or how showbiz is done. Rather, we search for the projection of our true Thomasian values,” Student Organizations Coordinating Council President Benjamin Ravanera III said.

     The three major Television networks, ABS-CBN, GMA, and TV5, each received awards which manifest the preferences of the students making television responsible in the formation of positive culture.

     A special citation for Catholic Programs, such as “The Word Exposed” and “San Pedro Calungsod,” was also given to recognize their contributions in enhancing the Thomasians’ understanding of God’s words.

     Prominent TV personalities like Ted Failon, Kim Atienza, Chito Ronio, Chris Tiu, Rocco Nacino, Julie Anne San Jose, and Antonio Aquitania were present during the event to receive awards.

     Loud applauses embraced the Plaza Mayor as Kris Aquino came to receive her award for Students’ Choice of Talk Variety Show Host.

     “I’ve always said that the biggest part of the job is listening. Listening to not just what my guests are saying, but listening to what you, guys, want to watch,” the Kris TV show host said, who went to the USTv for the first time.

     Soap Opera love team Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap surprised the Thomasians as they came up onstage with the cast of “Be Careful with My Heart,” which won the Students’ Choice of Daily Local Soap Opera.

     Meanwhile, Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Program winner Eat Bulaga stirred a loud cheer among the audience as Little Miss Philippines 2012 Ryzza Mae Dizon went onstage and dance with her famous “Cha-Cha.”

     “Masaya po ako at maraming salamat po sa pagsuporta sa akin,” the Eat Bulaga star said in an interview.

     Rector Magnificus Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P. recognized the influence television has in the lives of people.

     “Television does not only provide information, it also has the power to mould public opinion, prescribe a way of life, stir feelings and emotions, allow people to experience suspension of disbelief even only for a few hours, pre-determine people’s reactions depending on the angle the camera takes, and shape contemporary consciousness,” Fr. Dagohoy said.

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     He also recognized how the USTv is able to promote the good of the television media. “The USTv Students’ Choice Awards serves as a conduit that allows TV networks to work hand in hand with educational institutions in developing the youth into critical, sensitive, and responsible viewers.”

The following are the complete list of the winners of the ninth USTv Students’ Choice Awards:
Students’ Choice of Foreign Soap Opera – Dream High 
Students’ Choice of Investigative Program – Failon Ngayon
Students’ Choice of Educational Program – Matanglawin 
Students’ Choice of Magazine Program – Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho 
Students’ Choice of Documentary Program – i-Witness 
Students’ Choice of Public Affairs – Talk Show – The Bottomline 
Students’ Choice of TV Advertisement – Nestle 100 years
Students’ Choice of Entertainment News Program – The Buzz 
Students’ Choice of Entertainment News Program Host – Boy Abunda, The Buzz 
Students’ Choice of Male-News and Current Affairs Host – Ted Failon, Failon Ngayon 
Students’ Choice of Female-News and Current Affairs Host – Jessica Soho, Kapuso Mo 
Students’ Choice of Local News and Current Affairs Program – TV Patrol 
Students’ Choice of Public Service Program – Ako ang Simula 
Students’ Choice of Local Music Video – Minsan, Callalily 
Students’ Choice of Local Music Video Artist – Julie Anne San Jose 
Students’ Choice of Talk Variety Show – Party Pilipinas 
Students’ Choice of Talk Variety Show Host – Kris Aquino, Kris TV 
Students’ Choice of Game Show – Kapamilya Deal or No Deal 
Students’ Choice of Game Show Host – Luis Manzano, Kapamilya Deal or No Deal
Students’ Choice of Reality Show – Talentadong Pinoy 
Students’ Choice of Gag Show – Bubble Gang 
Students’ Choice of Variety Show – It’s Showtime 
Students’ Choice of Variety Show Host – Anne Curtis, It’s Showtime
Students’ Choice of Situational Comedy – Pepito Manaloto 
Students’ Choice of Sports Personality – Chris Tiu 
Students’ Choice of Network Foundation – ABS CBN Foundation, Inc.
Students’ Choice of Local Full length film – The Healing 
Students’ Choice of Drama Program – Maalaala Mo Kaya 
Students’ Choice of Daily Local Soap Opera – Be Careful with My Heart 
Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Program – Eat Bulaga 
Student Leaders’ Choice of TV Personality – Angel Locsin 

By Charry Fatima D. Garcia
Photo taken by Jenzine Inah M. Alcantara

 

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Counter military, police propaganda-based disinformation—veteran journalist

Rappler managing editor urged aspiring journalists Friday, Oct. 23, to fight propaganda-based disinformation caused by law enforcers.

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Rappler managing editor urged aspiring journalists Friday, Oct. 23, to fight propaganda-based disinformation caused by law enforcers.

Glenda Gloria, a journalism alumna of the University, said that the military and the police do not seem to understand the role of the media as the fourth estate because of their “very utilitarian” view of information. 

“They use information as propaganda because they think it has to achieve something for the organization, whether that means further securing the country or defeating the enemies of the state,” Gloria said in a fact-checking webinar. 

According to her, the attempt of law enforcers to speed up their propaganda is due to the tremendous pressure to eliminate insurgency before President Duterte steps down in 2020. 

“The biggest factor behind the politicization of the armed forces is the commander-in-chief. Whatever the President wants will determine the political influence of the military,” she said. 

Gloria reminded aspiring journalists that no war has been won using propaganda as a primary tool and to “continue the fight against lies” that are being weaponized for the mass destruction of the country.

The webinar titled, “Propaganda, State Secrets and Other Issues in the Security Sector,” was hosted by MovePH, the civic engagement arm of Rappler. Vhey Tapia and Raheema Velasco 

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Flatten curve to revive economy, solon says

The government should remain in its goal of flattening the curve to revive the economy, a lawmaker advised Saturday, Oct. 24.

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The government should remain in its goal of flattening the curve to revive the economy, a lawmaker advised Saturday, Oct. 24.

“Klaro naman na hindi natin kailangan pumili between saving lives and livelihood. Hindi na tama na ang trade-off between the two…[b]ecause we can save both,” Marikina 2nd District Representative Stella Quimbo said. 

Quimbo, who is also an economist, stressed the importance of evidence-based policymaking and monitoring, as well as business continuity and job projection interventions. 

The solution and interventions included grants for technical assistance, subsidies for COVID-19 testing, and wage subsidies with retention clauses. 

“We can afford to rise, pero dapat balansehin so as not to fall into a debt crisis… [b]ecause as we all know napakadali po to become poor pero napakahirap mag-exit sa poverty. Importanteng importante ang datos,” Quimbo said.

Quimbo also laid out the framework for the Accelerated Recovery and Investments Stimulus for the Economy of the Philippines (ARISE), which she is one of the principal authors. 

Under the ARISE, a comprehensive plan will be followed to address the pandemic-brought economic crisis with a proposed P1.3 trillion budget over three years.

In the bill still pending in the Senate, Quimbo specified transitional, financial, sectoral, and structural support that, according to her, were the basis of the framework for the “mini-version” of the Bayanihan 2 that is in effect until the end of this year.

‘Reform the economy’

IBON Foundation executive director Sonny Africa urged the government to “reform and shape” an economy that benefits everyone. 

According to Africa, the government’s current response is focused on a “very artificial poverty reduction” by granting cash transfers without addressing the structure that continues poverty.

“The government is very keen on infrastructure to promote economic growth, but the Philippines is so lacking in economic fundamentals as it uses infrastructure as a short-cut to growth,” he said.

Africa also criticized that while the government is focused on infrastructure development, decades of neoliberal health privatization eroded  the public health system, which worsened the mortality rate even pre-pandemic.

The webinar “EkonDisyon: Philippine Economic Recession and COVID-19” is a part of the MulaTalakayan organized by the University’s Central Student Council. 

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Tourism recovery to revamp economic sectors, officials urge

Tourism officials stressed the importance of a responsible and “new normal-ready” recovery in the tourism sector amid gradual easing of health protocols in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Tourism officials stressed the importance of a responsible and “new normal-ready” recovery in the tourism sector amid gradual easing of health protocols in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Alfonsus Tesoro called for sustainable and strategic recovery efforts to support and revamp economic sectors.

“Tuloy-tuloy dapat ang pag-conduct ng tourism site assessment and planning kasama ang iba’t-ibang stakeholders from the national government agencies, provincial government offices, and the private sector,” Tesoro said in a webinar, Thursday, Oct. 23. 

According to Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes, a survey conducted in Eastern Visayas showed that 66 percent of the respondents admitted that health risks affected their decision to travel, while 80 percent are now eager to visit tourism sites within the region only. 

“This gives us an idea of what tourism activities we should prioritize when we reopen our [tourism] sites. A large majority expect health and safety protocols in place, there should be value for money, and that fun activities will still be offered even under the ‘new normal,’” she said.

Tiopes added that despite the steady reopening of the tourism sector, health protocols would still be strictly employed to ensure safety of tourists and residents. 

The webinar titled, “Philippine Tourism Development and COVID-19 Pandemic: Recovery through Sustainable Development,” was spearheaded by the University’s College of Tourism and Hospitality Management in partnership with the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines, Inc., and co-organized by the UST Research Center for Social Sciences and Education. Paolo Alejandrino 

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