Photo and text by Kim Muaña
Freshies, Shiftees and Transferees (FST) from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman College of Mass Communication (CMC) wrapped up this year’s FST Month with different performances as part of the culminating event at the college auditorium, Friday night.
FSTs handled by different college organizations showcased their talents in Ang Tamang Babaan: FST Culminight 2017.
The Broadcast Communication (BC) department dominated this year’s Be BIDA Tounament, a series of inter-departmental tasks for the FSTs. BC Michelle Villafuerte was given the Be BIDA Best FST Award.
The award for best bloc handler went to UP Broadcasters’ Guild.
Best bloc performance was given to the UP Communication Research Society after a spoken poetry rendition of the song “Tatsulok” by Bamboo.
FST co-head Reven Bryan dela Peña said that the experience of heading FST Month was fulfilling.
“Natutuwa ako kasi nairaos yung buong buwan. Masaya naman ako all throughout the month lalo na sa pag-oorganize ng activities for the FSTs,” he said
“We are hoping that [the FSTs will] have a great stay in Maskom. Matatapos man ang FST month ngunit hindi natatapos ang responsibilidad ninyo bilang mga Alagad ng Media. Patuloy na maging kritikal, magmulat at maglingkod para sa sambayanan,” dela Peña advised.
Results of the FST Student Council were also announced last night. Second year Journalism student Chelsea “Macy” Cruz is this year’s FST Council chairperson.
Cruz, who is a transferee from UP Los Baños, did not expect to be elected, despite running unopposed. “I feel honored to be able to serve my fellow FSTs and grateful that they entrusted me with this responsibility. I am excited to work with the rest of the council to bring the FST Community together.”
Cruz said she plans to encourage more FSTs to join the activities of the council, especially activities that tackle issues concerning the college and the country. “I believe it is important to be aware of the situation of the community you belong to to be able to do your part to create positive change.”
Other elected members of the FST Council are: Paula Esquillo (Vice Chairperson), Rain Matienzo (CMC Rep to the UFC), Kristoffer Gaspar (Secretary), Villafuerte (Treasurer), Sophia Lopez (Broadcast Communication Representative), Lea Mae Real (Communication Research Representative), Hannah Pagaduan (Journalism Representative), and Heaven Itoralba (Film Representative).