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#TalkOnTW: Thomasians call for the suspension of classes

“Suspending classes frees them from both physical and mental burden as they recuperate from the trauma.”



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

Three typhoons have recently passed the country, leaving significant damages especially to the last one that rained over the Philippine skies. As of November 16, 2020, more than 151,600 families were affected and at about P73.788 million is left in damages in the agricultural sector, all in Cagayan Valley alone. Many locations in the Philippines such as Marikina and Isabela were drastically affected by the typhoon bringing floods, rains, winds, and destruction. Netizens were quick to act in bringing awareness and a helping hand to Ulysses’s victims. 

Many concerns were brought up in the midst andi in the aftermath of the Ulysses such as the President’s absence to act on the issue and the urgency of the situation.

Because of the chilling consequences of the typhoon, many students called for the suspension of classes due to the damages it brought to the country..

Last Monday, we asked Thomasians netizens in the recent #TalkOnTW if classes must be suspended following the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses. Majority of the responses resounded to a strong opposition to the question posted.

With this, Twitter user @juliiannex returned an important question where they asked if the student body will be heard by the people it is trying to reach out to.

“even if majority would obviously say no…. hahaha would our opinion matter?”

Many Thomasians responded with a more important question: should this be asked in a matter of a calamity in the middle of a pandemic? Twitter users @Danyeeel_, @Kaloyyskie, and @eddoreven expounds this more in their tweet.

“Hindi na dapat ‘to tinatanong. Wala naman mawawala sa’tin kung magiging makatao tayo, lalo na sa gitna ng pandemya at delubyo. #AcademicBreakNow #NoStudentLeftBehind

“The answer is very obvious yet the administration chose to be blind.”


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#TalkOnTW: What were you doing last March 9?

“‘Stay safe and see you next week!'”



Last March 9, 2020, Mayor Isko “Moreno” Domagoso suspended classes for a week amidst the growing cases of Covid-19 in the Philippines. This caused students to go back to their hometowns, unaware of what’s to come in the following months.

Ever since the suspension of classes last year, life has never been the same. The pandemic changed the way we used to live and think about our daily lives. Despite the developments on the Covid-19 vaccine, it seems as if we’re far from going back from the lives we used to live.

Yesterday, we asked the Thomasian community in the recent #TalkOnTW to tell their stories on the last day of the normal we used to know.

After classes were suspended, Twitter user @mellalinsolis woke up to the announcement.

“Went home and took a nap tapos pag gising ko, suspended na pala”

On the other hand, Twitter users @blondedraf and @patriciakahanap attended their classes despite the dreary day that they thought were ahead of them.

“If I remember it correctly kakatapos ko lang magdusa sa econ nung pumutok yung announcement”

“Pumasok kahit walang tulog at may sakit #TalkOnTW”

Twitter user @maaarshan was in the University’s Central Laboratory preparing for an experiment that never pushed through.

“nasa central lab busy na pinagsisiksik yung saba sa vials para sa experiment na hindi rin pala natuloy”

While many students were attending their classes, some of them including Twitter users @moxlicityreigns and @roby_lacanilao were attending to their academic and extracurricular affairs.

“probably with my friends sa ICS student council room in Ruano Building, we are about to pay for some merch in the incomeming IICS week”

“Kakabalik ko lang ng swimming attire (na hanggang ngayon di ko pa rin ngagamit HAHAHA) para sa PE tas natuwa ako kasi suspended. Di ako informed na magiging 1 year pala.”

Twitter users @liaaahfrancesca and @brdgtkv were headed to their respective dormitories after learning about the announcement.

“Asa bahay ako nagaayos ng gamit kasi babalik na dapat ako ng dorm sa gabi tas tuwang tuwa pa ko noon”

“andon sa condo panik ligpit kasi lockdown daw kinabukasan HABANABAHABBA”

Speaking of dormitories, Twitter users @REDMAD0NNA and @CrisseyPau headed to their respective friends’ place to spend one of the last non-socially distanced hangouts they will have in 2020.

“tulog sa dorm and as soon as i heard the news, i immediately packed what i can carry and commuted back to laguna tapos naka-attend pa ako ng pageant in my former school”

“Natulog sa sahig ng condo ni Dwayne.”

And if one has finally joined their friends, the usual course of events are to spend one’s allowance on food. Twitter user @reinerdale tells us his story.

“inubos ko pa baon ko non for the week para sa unli wings, huling baon ko na pala yon asdfjsvhnghj”

Whole some spent the remaining hours of the day with their friends, Twitter users @highsocksgwyn and @krtlwi decided to head straight home.

“Hinahanap pa kami ng prof namin sa p.e. pero nakasakay na ako ng jeep papuntang sakayan ng bus :>”

“I was at home in Muntinlupa. Pero my trip home was more interesting.

Pag natutulog ako sa bus, I always hold my fare on my hands para pag tinapik ako ng conduktor, iaabot ko nlng yung bayad. Pagdating ng alabang, lipat naman ng keep. Nung iaabot ko na yung bayad ko (1/2}”

He continues this story in his next tweet.

“Nagtaka ako kasi may 33 pesos pa ako sa kamay ko. i was like “sh*t!” i jumped in my seat sa jeep kasi i realized na nde ako nakapagbayad sa bus kasi nde ako nagising ni manong conductor. I planned on paying the next day but I didn’t know i won’t be riding a bus fr a long time.”

And before anything else, bidding your friends and colleagues the last greetings of the day is the most important of all. Twitter user @4M_Defenders” shares his short bittersweet greeting to his friends.

“I was at home messaging my friends “stay safe and see ya next week!” : )”

The pandemic has indeed brought us many challenges and many of them deal with academic and personal matters. However, we must keep our heads up to fight for a better tomorrow. Hopefully soon enough we’ll be able to hug our family and friends we have not seen in a long time.


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#SONA2020: Netizens react to this year’s state of the nation address

“A waste! Sayang oras ko. Sayang oras ng bansa sa kanya.”



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

Every year, the president is tasked to deliver a speech at the Batasang Pambansa Complex to address the country on its whereabouts and the government’s plans for it in the near future. Despite the ravaging situation of the Philippines due to the pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte insisted not breaking tradition to speak at the hall with few guests from the government and the administration itself. The president spoke about numerous topics. A few to mention are human rights, COVID-19, child labor, ABS-CBN, and the Build, Build, Build Program. While the president is expected to talk about his administration’s achievements from the past year, he failed to disclose this important part in this address yesterday to which where he promised to release a printed report of it soon.

Duterte’s speech yesterday received backlash because of the lack of substantive resolutions and updates to reassure the Philippines of its state and how the administration will lead the country in the following years to come. 

As of July 26, the Philippines has 83,000 known confirmed cases with 1,1974 deaths and 26,617 recoveries.

Yesterday, TomasinoWeb asked Thomasian netizens on their thoughts about this year’s State of the Nation Address. 


“INSENSIBLE to the true state of our nation!

“no concrete plans again. we shouldn’t call it SONA because of the fact it is his state of his own damn ego and for self serving interest only + impunity and authoritarianism.
he should resign or the masses shall overthrow him and his government???

“yet another show of incompetency from our dear president.”

“A waste! Sayang oras ko. Sayang oras ng bansa sa kanya.”


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While Duterte’s address failed to properly address the pressing issues in the Philippines, one must never forget to hold its officials accountable for their performance in handling the pandemic and among issues that coexist with it. Filipinos need and will continuously demand concrete plans, actions, and leadership from those who govern their country. The fight from the pandemic, human rights, and all other issues the country faces will continue until they get to what they are promised and what they truly deserve.


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#TalkOnTW: Students decide if they will enroll for an online term

“The world is in literal shambles right now and yet students are still academically pressured by their schools to function and adapt to this ‘new normal’.”



The Office of the Rector recently released a memorandum announcing that the first term of AY 2020-2021 will be facilitated through “online and offline learning strategies”. The discussion of enrollment for the upcoming academic year has been a buzz among students, most especially because of the decision of the University to push forward with the Institutional Community Plan despite the contentions of those who belong in the Thomasian community. 

The topic of enrollment has been quite a topic among students not only within the University but also from those who belong in other academic institutions. While developing online-learning strategies has been the goal of the University, it is difficult to ignore that online learning does not serve all students that well. This issue does not only encompass the availability of a steady internet connection and a ready device to do work that we need to accomplish. It also adds the fact that not all students will be able to continue their education because of different reasons such as: financial status, health, and the lack of an optimal work environment from home.

With this, we asked students through the recent #TalkOnTW if they will still enroll for AY 2020-2021.

Twitter user @Strangel101 shared her initial thoughts on the “pressure” of academic institutions to adapt with the “new normal”.

The world is in literal shambles right now and yet students are still academically pressured by their schools to function and adapt to this ‘new normal’ 

Nakakalungkot na ang daming mapipilitang magLOA just because they were financially/physically/psychologically affected”

With the struggles that students and their families face in the pandemic, many are stuck with the dilemma if they should continue with AY 2020-2021. Twitter users @olyver_ly and @marcavalmoriaa shared propositions on the pressure in enrolling for  the upcoming academic year. 

“there are 2 options: (a) mag-eenroll but we cant have a quality education. (b) dont enroll and there’s academic/peer pressure.

we hate the fact that we are all victims of this ccf education system.”

Pag nag enroll wala nanaman matututunan, pag di nag enroll hassle yung process pag gap year”

On the other hand, some students such as Twitter user @dulce_pomme decided not to enroll for the next academic year but as pronounced of feelings of guilt because of the lengthy journey to reach an important milestone.

my dad told me na wag na lang pero kasi, as first batch na rin ng k12, feeling ko sobrang natagalan na ako sa pag aaral tapos panganay pa ako?? so the guilt na walang maipagmalaki parents ko :(“

Meanwhile, students are given unduly pressure from their families and their peers if they should enroll because of the fear of getting “left behind”. Twitter users @jxntxp, @fyabby, @gjcco, and @asi1892 share their experiences.

My family wants me to enroll despite explaining that I have 3 laboratory subjects that will be difficult to learn online.

The only thing they said was “Hindi ka pwedeng madelay.””

di talaga effective sakin online classes pero natatakot naman akong maiwanan ng batchmates ko :////”

my parents and i think that i shouldnt enroll cuz of health reasons, lack of funds and resources, and the many problems of distance learning… but u kno they also have this fear of me getting delayed #TalkOnTW

I am still weighing the pros and cons of enrolling for online classes. I don’t want to waste my parents’ money if I can’t guarantee the quality education. :<”

Twitter user @YouRONElyONE shared his thoughts on the learning environment for law students in light of this pandemic. 

“An Online Term for Law School is not conducive for learning…

Many of us law students experienced a waste of a good semester with online activities given for compliance sake, not for learning at all.

If this keeps up, damn the Bar exams would be at high stakes.


Enrolling for an online term is still a pressing issue despite the efforts of the University administration to get the Thomasian community aboard in online learning. Students have reiterated over time again and again that there are issues to be fixed that obviously go beyond a steady internet connection and stable devices. An online term is a challenge not only the University will face but the Philippines’ education system as well.


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