On the lighter side

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Jan 3 2011

MORE than chronicling “heavy stuff” as V luminary Teodoro Valencia once put it, the Varsitarian also regularly publishes magazines, showcasing the lighter side of UST life.


During the early the 1940’s, the Varsitarian published a literary supplement called the “Varsitarian Magazine” which contained works by the school organs staff and Thomasian contributors. Though it gained a wider readership than the regular issues did, the literary supplement was not published regularly. In 1998, then associate editor Carlomar Daoana revived the publication to focus on literary works. He aptly named it Montage, after Ophelia Dimalanta’s acclaimed poem.

“I was looking for a name that would connect readers with the works,” he says.

Montage thus became a repository of fiction and non-fiction works, human-interest photographs and profile stories about prominent men and women of letters as well as issues concerning the state of Philippine and international literature.

While living up to the same literary standards set by the 1940’s supplement, Montage also improved its packaging, this time sporting glossy and colored pages. It made use of paintings by established Thomasian artists such as Fil Dela Cruz and Ang Kiu Kok as covers.

Aside from the revolutionized format, Montage has also graced every issue with a particular theme. In 2000, then art director Treb Monteras II used Dela Cruz’s lithographs from his Dilim at Liwanag series to make a collage for Montage’s death-and-ending theme.

Among the stellar names in Philippine literature who contributed for Montage are Vim Nadera, Manolito Sulit, Florentino Hornedo, Ophelia Cirilo Bautista and Dimalanta.


Another popular Varsitarian publication is Breaktime, a lifestyle magazine. With beauty queen-actress Charlene Gonzales as cover, its inaugural issue came off the press in April 1999 under the supervision of then Circle editor Cid Alfred Vicente.

Publications adviser Joselito Zulueta also wrote an article in the first issue titled “Toward the Thomasian Sublime,” a review of the UST cultural scene.

Since then, Breaktime has also evolved into a yearly register of successful Thomasian alumni in the field of entertainment, business and arts among others. Its previous issues featured TV personalities like Piolo Pascual and Angel Locsin, Eat Bulaga! founder Antonio Tuvera, and IBM president James Velasquez.

Sports magazines

The Varsitarian’s sports magazine first came off the press in June 2006.

It was inspired by an annual supplement to the sports section. The first supplement, released on Sept. 20, 1993, immortalized the Growling Tigers’ emphatic 14-0 sweep of the Season 56 cage wars, which set the stage for the fabled “four-peat” from 1993 to1996.

The sports magazine’s maiden issue, conceived by the 2006 Sports staff headed by its editor Karla Tricia Magno, highlighted the notable Thomasian sports personalities in basketball, volleyball, billiards, taekwondo, shooting and sports journalism.

The issue also commemorated the 10th year anniversary of the Growling Tigers’ historic “four-peat” run in the UAAP through a vivid retelling of the black-gold-and-white cagers’ outstanding hardcourt exploits from 1993 to 1996 in the article “The Glory that Was.”

“We wanted to inspire the current crop of Tigers to rise above the challenges as what their predecessors had achieved,” said Llanesca Panti, a former Sports editor and one of the writers of the first sports magazine.

Little did the staff knew that four months later, the Tigers would respond to the articles’ challenge, capping Season 69 with a Cinderella finish to end a decade-long title drought.

The Tigers’ dramatic victory paved the way for the magazine’s second edition, which was released in December 2006. Along with a piece on the men’s basketball squad’s championship quest were stories of resurgence and triumph by other UST teams in Season 69 like the Tigresses’ comeback from an 11-year title hiatus, the “four-” and “five-peat” title romps of the Lady and Tiger Jins respectively, and the “three-peat” pool domination of the female tankers .

The second issue also published contributions from sports writers of major dailies like Philippine Star’s Joey Villar, Manila Bulletin’s Francis Wakefield, a former Varsitarian Sports editor, and Inquirer’s Marc Anthony Reyes, an AB Journalism graduate. V Tanya Justine R. Baldovino, Paul Nicholas P. Dimerin, Arvee Fantilagan, Ayn Rand I. Parel, and Ana Mae Roa