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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.

     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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‘Duterte regime falls deaf to people’s cries’ –CSC, LSCs

Central Student Council (CSC), along with the Local Student Councils (LSC), denounced President Duterte’s lack of COVID-19 response roadmap in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address yesterday, July 27. 

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Central Student Council (CSC), along with the Local Student Councils (LSC), denounced President Duterte’s lack of COVID-19 response roadmap in his fifth and penultimate State of the Nation Address yesterday, July 27. 

“As we reflect upon the state of our nation, so stands our responsibility to address incompetence, the lack of national response from the administration in implementing the need for mass testing and systematic protocols in containing the virus, and its blatant value for militarization over medical solutions,” CSC’s said in a unity statement released yesterday. 

The councils demanded accountability from public officials such as Senator Kiko Pimentel, NCRPO chief Debold Sinas, and Malacañang spokesperson Harry Roque. 

They also called on lawmakers who created “rushed laws that impede fundamental humans rights and freedom of speech.”

‘This is not how democracy works’ 

As Thomasians, the council expressed that they “could no longer sit idly” and watch the government compromise and abuse the country’s freedom. 

“As President Duterte falls deaf towards the cries of his people, his self-serving and personal interests prevail,” CSC said. 

According to them, this is not how democracy works. 

“[I]t is our utmost responsibility that we use our voice to speak for the silenced and oppressed,” the council said. 

“[W]e will embody the resistance and furbish our strength until it extends to the majority of our fellow Filipinos, the true cradle of our sovereignty,” the council added. Paolo Alejandrino 

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Youth groups, student leaders file 14th plea vs anti-terror law

The University’s Central Student Council (CSC), along with different youth groups and student leaders, filed a petition that questions the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) before the Supreme Court yesterday, July 23. 

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The University’s Central Student Council (CSC), along with different youth groups and student leaders, filed a petition that questions the unconstitutionality of the Anti-Terror Law (ATL) before the Supreme Court yesterday, July 23. 

“Members of these organizations continue to experience red-tagging, harassment, and intimidation from security forces for actively engaging in protests and different forms of advocacy work and for speaking out on the current administration’s policies,” their statement read.

The petition was filed by Atty. Dino de Leon on behalf of 16 youth organizations “to protect their members and their fellow youth from the dangerous provisions of the Act.” 

CSC, which was represented by Arts and Letters student Therese Ifurung, was joined by De La Salle University Student Government, Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Paaralang Loyola ng Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines – Diliman University Student Council, National Union of Students of the Philippines, Student Council Alliance of the Philippines.

Other youth-led and youth-serving organization co-petitioners were Kabataang Tagapagtanggol ng Karapatan, Youth for Human Rights and Democracy, Youth Act Now Against Tyranny, Millennials PH, Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan, Good Gov PH, Youth Strike 4 Climate Change Philippines, Liberal Youth of the Philippines, Aksyon Kabataan, La Salle Debate Society.

Earlier petitions were filed by a coalition of university law professors, human rights groups, labor unions, partylist blocs, constitutional framers Christian Monsod and Felicitas Arroyo, and retired justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio-Morales. 

Another petition is expected to be filed yesterday from the Bangsamoro sector, which is set to bring the total number of petitions to 15.

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Take part in SONA protest, student council presidents urge

University of Santo Tomas student leaders, along with different national organizations, urged the youth to participate in the nationwide protest for the incoming fifth State of the Nation Address of President Duterte on July 27.

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University of Santo Tomas student leaders, along with different national organizations, urged the youth to participate in the nationwide protest for the incoming fifth State of the Nation Address of President Duterte on July 27. 

“It is imperative that we take a stand on the different social issues that our country is currently facing,” Artlets Student Council acting president Paolo Jericho Manuel said during a webinar today, June 20.

Manuel said that democracy, development, and justice are compromised right now due to the government’s incompetence and misplaced priorities, citing the 11,000 ABS-CBN workers who lost their jobs and the signing of the “vague” Anti-Terrorism Act into law. 

Manuel stressed that there is an urgent need for government action in addressing the problem with the accessibility of education.

Department of Education records showed that six million students from last year failed to enroll for the incoming academic year 2020-2021. 

‘Evil move’ 

Central Student Council president Robert Dominic Gonzales called on the youth to stay vigilant in this time of injustices. 

Gonzales said that the passing of the Anti-Terrorism Law is an “evil move” by the government to silence its critics. 

“We will still be haunted by the horrors that this administration has caused,” he said. 

Gonzales also lauded the sacrifice of the frontliners during the COVID-19 pandemic and encouraged the public to protect and support them. 

The webinar, “SONAgKAISAng Kabataan sa Paglaban,” was organized by the Youth Act Now Against Tyranny (YANAT). Raheema Velasco 

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