Thursday, January 18, 2018


Artlets student Vera Lorraine Celestino A Pinoy teenager speaks to the world

JUST LIKE international award-winning speaker Patricia Evangelista, Communication Arts junior Vera Lorraine Celestino had been a Philippine representative to the international Soroptimist’s Violet Richardson Award for community service at the age of 17.

Charo Santos-Concio’s SUMMER FLING WITH UST

‘SUMMER love in the 70s’ could have been a perfect movie title to describe her brief encounter with UST. For Rosario “Charo” Santos-Concio, three-time USTv Students’ Choice of drama anthology winner and host of Maalaala Mo Kaya TV drama—there definitely was chemistry in her sweet but short stay at the University.

UST Archives director Fr. Fidel Villarroel, O.P. MASTER KEY to UST’s past

THE UST Archives houses a repository of countless documents, manuscripts and records of the country’s oldest university. For many people, reading, collecting and maintaining dog-eared pages seem may be an impossible task taking years and years to accomplish.

Robert Seña & Isay Alvarez Together in harmony

A match made in heaven best describes the marriage of performing couple Robert Seña and Isay Alvarez. In their collaborative recording Dueto, music lovers would instantly fall for the sweet, contagious love the couple evokes in their singing.

Archt. Felino Palafox Jr. Thomasian urban (planning) legend

UNLIKE alchemists, cooks, and certain Ayala Avenue business wizards, architects are rather easy on sharing the secrets of their trade. Maybe because they believe talent is inherent but skills can be learned; maybe because they deem imparting knowledge is the ethical thing to do. Either way, for Felino Palafox Jr., principal architect and urban planner of Palafox Associates (PA), it is about the attitude, the passion, and the mission that makes architecture remarkable.

BSP’s mintage master Bayani Rumbaoa RP’s first coin engraver

DECADES AGO, Thomasian Bayani Rumbaoa would sketch his father on a bond paper with a No. 2 Mongol drawing pencil. Years later, he would engrave his father’s image as a Katipunero on the nation’s commemorative one-peso coin.

JAKA Properties general manager Persiverando Lukban On higher grounds

IMAGINE whiling your worries away at a first-class Spanish-Mediterranean haven that rests right at the heart of Tagaytay. With an 18-hole Par 72 Signature Championship Golf Course by Aussie golfer Greg “The Great White Shark” Norman, the overlooking 277-hectare Splendido continues to captivate not only golf junkies, but socialites and vacationers alike.

PAMET president Agnes Medenilla Medical technology’s safeguard

“SAFEGUARD provides superior and excellent skin germ protection.” This line from a popular TV commercial is one of the most familiar endorsements of the soap brand Safeguard. And the lady delivering this line is one of the most consistent endorsers of Safeguard: the two-time president of the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) Agnes Medenilla, a Thomasian.

Cakemakers to the stars Penk and Shen Ching Sisters of the sweet tooth

THEIR CAKES are made with such artistry and workmanship that eating them would seem a waste. With designs ranging from stacked pillows to life-size pianos, Thomasian sisters Penk Ching and Shen Ratilla believe that the art of baking and designing cakes should not only please the taste buds, but also delight the eyes.

Chef Florabel Co South Beach Diet pioneer

AT 24, “JERRY” is a big loser, quite literally: He has just shed off a whooping 50 lbs in eight months, thanks to the advice and assistance of Florabel Co, a Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) graduate of UST who pioneered the South Beach Diet (SBD) in the Philippines and is now one of the most sought-after SBD consultants by diet-conscious personalities and celebrities.