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Toward financial literacy in National Finance Congress 2021

The DLSU Management of Financial Institutions Association (MaFIA) hosted National Finance Congress 2021, the ninth iteration of its annual flagship event, over two Facebook Live sessions last August 14 and August 28. With the theme Gearing for Financial Versatility in the Current Times, the event featured industry speakers who tackled topics ranging from personal finance…

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Lasallians, Ateneans join forces in joint launching of 1Sambayan youth chapters

The De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University chapters of opposition group  1Sambayan were formally launched in a round table discussion titled Dude, Pare, Change on Facebook Live last August 25. The forum featured messages from former Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, human rights lawyer and former DLSU College of Law Dean…

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Nas Daily’s ‘Pinoybaiting’ cheapens indigenous culture

On August 4, Grace Pelicas, grandniece of the famed Butbut mambabatok Whang-Od, wrote a Facebook post calling online learning service Nas Academy a “scam” for advertising a workshop on Whang-Od’s cultural tattoo skills allegedly without the latter’s consent. The post stirred controversy among Filipino netizens who accused the platform of Pinoybaiting, prompting vlogger and influencer…

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Through the shadow of the valley: Navigating faith in a pandemic

Today’s outside world is almost unrecognizable. The cacophony of noises that once signified a city’s hustle and bustle has been replaced with unnerving silence, leaving little to no trace of what everyday life used to be. The same can be observed in houses of worship, where walls that used to echo the lively voices of…

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Sign of the times: Reviving Philippine historical education

Most Filipinos become aware of our country’s history within the four walls of the classroom. In subjects such as Sibika (or HeKaSi), Social Studies, or Araling Panlipunan (AP), they grow familiar with Lapu-Lapu’s bravery and Dr. Jose Rizal’s sacrifice. With the help of colorful flashcards, students learn to recognize the symbols of their heritage and…

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Eat, drink, and be merry: Deconstructing the Noche Buena

Eminent historian Fr. Horacio Dela Costa once argued that the two jewels of Philippine culture are our faith and our music. This is most evident in the distinctly Filipino celebration of Christmas. Cacophonies of Christmas carols touching upon the birth and virtues of Jesus Christ and the many holiday festivities permeate the Filipino Christmas scene—even…

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In bad faith: Reconciling SOGIE with religious freedom

The fight for gender equality in the Philippines has been a particularly long one. As early as 2000, an early version of a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) bill had already been filed in Congress, drafted by then-Akbayan Rep. Etta Rosales and late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Since then, at least 16 different versions…

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‘Educate, not humiliate’: Fighting back historical distortions

History, as public memory, is integral to a society. After all, how people perceive—or even deal with—the important events and figures in the past can shape the realities of the present. But public memory is not set in stone; people can deliberately change the facts and interpretations to influence the opinions of others. Recently, a…

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LA approves remaining EXECOM, batch gov’t appointments in second emergency session

After postponing some appointments last week, the University Student Government (USG) Legislative Assembly (LA) completed the turnovers of some USG officials in another emergency session on Zoom last October 21.  New Chief Legislator, Executive Board members Legislators unanimously elected CATCH2T21 LA Representative Jaime Pastor as their new Chief Legislator, following his nomination by Majority Floor…

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Change delivered: Eased finance guidelines unveiled for student orgs

For many student organizations, mobilizing the necessary funds for activities has been a major challenge—less for want of greater spending capacity, and more on the need to get around bureaucratic hurdles. Last year, The LaSallian delved into how the University’s procurement process presented a pitfall for student organizations. Finance heads of both the Council of…