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Let’s go digital!: How are students dealing with online classes?

“The only problem na nakikita ko so far ay ‘yung mga students na walang stable internet connection and ‘yung mga kulang ‘yung technological resources.”



The Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) went way beyond everyone’s expectations, with its effects hampering almost every part of our lives. Among the severely affected by this pandemic are students and teachers with classes in Metro Manila now suspended until April 14. With this, some schools including UST have now shifted to online classes.

Since everyone is now encouraged to avoid mass gatherings and public places, this results in being stuck in their homes. But for Thomasians, it’s not just being stuck in their homes, but being inside the digital, online classroom! In our recent #TalkOnTW discussion, students raised their thoughts and concerns in how their one-week online classes go. 

Among the major concerns of students is the poor internet connection in some areas, especially that many are now in their provinces. This affects the audio and quality in live video discussions of professors, and worse, website crashes during online quizzes. Not everyone has access to a reliable internet connection, and some still need to go to computer shops or establishments with WiFi connections to attend online classes. Twitter users @vampy_avy, @d_ddana and @liaaahfrancesca shared their experience on this.

“The only [problem] na nakikita ko so far ay ung mga students na walang stable internet connection and [‘yung] mga kulang [‘yung] technological resources.”

“First online class ko, sa isang coffee shop ako tumambay kasi wala kaming wifi sa bahay. […] Para sa subject na ‘yun medyo keri naman kasi simulation lang naman sa isang software so madali ipakita sa screen kaso may kahirapan pa rin kasi naglalag yung video tapos audio is choppy.”

 “[To be honest], hindi siya ganun ka-effective ngayon at madalas magkaroon ng problema sa [B]lackboard especially sa online quizzes dahil biglang nagc-crash.”

Distractions are just some of the enemies of students in studying. If distractions can plague students inside classrooms, what more if they are studying in their house; in their own rooms! Twitter user @olgamavidaaa also said that pre-recorded video discussions would be a great help in addressing internet connection problems and to better facilitate students’ learning.

“Ang hirap pag madaming distractions while nagdidiscuss. Plus mas maganda sana if pre-recorded nalang ‘yung discussions, considering na ‘di lahat mabilis yung internet connection.”

The conduct of online classes is a thrill and a struggle. Twitter users @GuhitJose, @munizrichard_, and @joellenenene suggest that teachers should focus more on delivering lectures and discussions, whether on live video chat or through pre-recorded videos to better help students understand lessons.

“Hi, [I] think kailangan mag-focus ng mga prof namin sa lecture hindi sa pagbibigay ng worksheet or anything kasi gawa lang kami nang gawa wala kaming natututunan hehehe suggestion lang.”

“Mas magiging effective if recorded [and] downloadable ‘yung mga discussions para mareview ulit again and again.”

“I just think it’s unfair na araw-araw may output […] ‘di naman ganon ‘pag may regular class [ta’s] ‘yung iba puro pagawa lang wala namang paramdam wala ring turo so pa’no nalang[?]”

For Twitter user @jxntxp, the struggle in online classes is not only on the learning part but also physically especially for people with medical conditions like astigmatism and frequent headaches. 

“As a person who has a high myopia and astigmatism, [I] have frequent headaches after almost 8-10 hrs/day of staring in front of my gadgets.”

Online classes also pose challenges not just on weak internet connections, but also on how to properly submit and consult professors. @marcvalmoriaa, a fine arts student, asks how they can submit and consult regarding their plates. 

“Pa’no ako magpapaconsult/submit ng plate[?]”

In the traditional face-to-face classes, students and teachers alike cannot avoid unrelated talks. Which is why Twitter user @gjcco sees online classes as fun and more interactive with less unnecessary chit chats.

“Weird pero mas natuto ako […] and mas interactive ang recit [recitation] in online classes instead [and] nababawasan [d]in unnecessary info ng prof dito.”

But still, our teachers’ efforts despite the struggle brought by the COVID-19 pandemic are still commendable. The weak internet connection did not hamper them to deliver the lessons and provide a fun, wholesome learning environment inside the digital classroom.

“Kudos sa mga teachers na nagtuturo pa rin despite the unstable connection!” Twitter user @rxcangeles said. 

“One word: stressful. […] But our professors made sure that still, it would be a conducive learning environment as much as possible for us and that it would cater to our needs as students!” @zimzalabrm said.

 “…[S]houtout to our profs who are understanding, considerate, and nage-exert ng effort kasi naiintindihan nila kung gano kahirap mag adjust yung lahat. […] Sana po gayahin kayo ng iba,” @bluebeyrries said.

Maybe everyone in the world is now battling against the coronavirus. Our struggles as students brought by this pandemic are just some of the challenges which plague the whole world right now. Outside our digital classrooms, people face bigger problems—from lack of medical support to loss of livelihood. At the end of the day, staying united and vigilant amid this global crisis will make us defeat this pandemic.


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#AbanteBabae: Are women truly recognized?

“We live in a society that calls itself a feminist, but labels women “the second sex” and expects them to nurture, love unconditionally, become catalysts in men’s successes.”



Lumad children performs during the International Women's Day commemoration at Liwasang Bonifacio on Mar. 8, 2020 | Gwen Dungao/TomasinoWeb

Whether in the family, the workplace, or just about anywhere else, women prove that they are equally capable while staying fearlessly beautiful. Despite changes in women’s role in the society, barriers still remain in their plight to achieve genuine equality and power in a male-dominated society.

Last Sunday, March 8, in line with International Women’s Day, TomasinoWeb launched its #TalkOnTW series to determine whether women are truly recognized in this society. 

Today, women are highly present and capable in different fields. They just as hardworking as everybody else, but for Twitter users @jayzielkhim, @asteroidrain, and @brinisaac_, women receive less credit and are usually seen as ‘weak’ because of the sole fact that they are women:

“Mayroong pagkilala pero hindi ito sapat. We have industries where women work as hard as men yet we still get lesser credit. maraming taon na ang nakalipas pero nakikita parin ang babae na mahina dahil lamang babae siya. Magiging totoo lamang ang pagkilalang ito kung kung magiging pantay ang pagtingin sa babae at lalaki. This “recognition” will only be valid kung hindi na makikita ang babae bilang “babae lang.”


“Hangga’t ang isang babae ay tinitingnan mula sa lente ng kanyang kasarian at hindi dahil sa kanyang kakahayang maghain ng kotribusyon sa lipunan, ang babae ay hindi sapat na kinikilala at pinaglalaanan ng malayang karapatan sa pag-abante.”

“The society only recognizes them when they just want to. Women have done so many things but the people do not give them enough recognition.”

For @ribbitjuseyo, the continued promotion of feminist concepts and advocacies contribute a lot in awakening women’s consciousness in their oppression. Moreover, for @clnrhth, our current society which now calls itself ‘feminist’ still labels women as “the second sex” and only serves as “catalysts in men’s success”. The patriarchy still actively impedes a woman’s journey to move forward.

“We live in a society that calls itself a feminist, but labels women “the second sex” and expects them to nurture, love unconditionally, become catalysts in men’s successes. Women will never be recognized enough, not until we destroy what men wrote about us in history books.”

“Our experiences as women, the movements we make to empower women, feminist concepts and advocacies that promotes women all contributes to awaken the women’s consciousness on their oppression, but it’s never enough to go way forward if we don’t fight what defiles us—[patriarchy].”

But the fight does not end with recognition. Greater discrimination happens to transwomen and women of color. Twitter user @alyssatngsng notes that the patriarchy greatly proliferates these notions on women.

“Not enough that we are recognized. we still have a long way to pave for major issues placing discrimination on trans women and women of color are still pushing thru despite this revolution, and most of the time these are caused by the patriarchy which carelessly labeled us, women

Women’s plight does not end on them alone. For Twitter user @cheskska, the struggle of farmers, workers and LGBT+ is also the fight of women, the fight of the society as a whole. Twitter user @biancalabraque also urged other women to show the world that being a such is not a weakness, and that they must stand up together on higher ground.

“Kulang pa. Hindi mahihiwalay ang laban ng mga magsasaka, manggagawa at LGBTQ+ sa laban ng kababaihan dahil ang laban ng isang sektor ay laban ng lahat. Hangga’t may babaeng nasa laylayan at patuloy na pinagsasamantalahan, hindi pa tayo tunay na malaya.”

Are women recognized now? Yes. Are they recognized enough? Not yet. In our current fight to show the world that us being a woman isn’t a weakness, may we continue to become models to younger generations that women deserves to stand up on a higher ground”

Women are an inspiration. Their presence and contribution to our society is overwhelming that many times, it is often overlooked and unfairly recognized. It may seem that the current societal landscape has been more accepting and ‘woman-friendly’ than ever, but discrimination still lingers, and is continually proliferated by the patriarchy. The fight for true equality and empowerment for all despite differences in gender, race, color, and religion is everyone’s fight. With that, we are slowly erasing the notion that many have with women. Yes, society is finally starting to acknowledge the achievements made by women, but the fight for recognition and equality must not stop, for it still has a long way to go.



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#TalkOnTW: Manila Council declares Panday Sining as persona non grata



DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect that of TomasinoWeb, its members, its officers, and the University.

The Manila City Council released a resolution declaring the progressive group Panday Sining as persona non grata in the country’s capital city Friday, Dec. 6.

This came after the incident in November where the group spray-painted the newly painted Lagusnilad underpass near Manila City Hall, and after four members of the group were arrested during the Bonifacio Day protest last Nov. 30 after spray-painting LRT posts in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso made several remarks warning the group. “Huwag kayong pahuhuli sa akin. Sige, human rights. ‘Pag nahuli ko kayo, padidila ko sa inyo ‘to. Buburahin niyo ‘to ng dila niyo,” Domagoso said.

In a statement, Panday Sining reiterated that what they did is not just vandalism but “protest art” and demanded the release of the four cultural workers who belong to the group.

“Protest art in the time of narrowing space for free and critical thinking is not only just but necessary. […] We call on all artists and cultural workers to create and distribute art that exposes genuine social realities and articulates the people’s demands.” the statement reads.

TomasinoWeb launched an online discussion regarding Manila City Council’s decision. Here are some of the thoughts of netizens:




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#TalkOnTW: Isko’s Liquor Ban near schools in Manila



DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect that of TomasinoWeb, its members, its officers, and the University.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso signed an executive order on Thursday, July 25, mandating strict implementation of city ordinances prohibiting the selling of alcoholic beverages within the 200-meter range of schools and universities in Manila. The regulation immediately took effect upon issuance.

Executive Order No. 17 mandates the Bureau of Permits and License Office (BPLO), City Treasurer’s Office, and business establishments to strictly observe Ordinance No. 8520 and Ordinance No. 3532, with the former pertaining to the prohibiting of selling intoxicating liquor to minors in “any store, mall, bar, restaurant, eatery or any commercial establishment in Manila” and the latter pertaining to the prohibiting of selling liquor in said establishments located within the 200-meter radius of learning institutions, such as schools and universities.

With the resumption of classes slowly approaching the calendar, TomasinoWeb launched an online discussion regarding the recently signed regulation. The following are the thoughts of the students on the issue:

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno also joined the discussion:


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