Monday, April 15, 2024


Sweet smell of success for Prescripto founder

Mixing the right dosage of fate and faith was all he needed to reach success.

Starting from a pharmaceutical-based business, one of the leading perfumeries, Prescripto (Latin term for Prescription) managed to invade the sense of smell of the local market in a span of six years. However, it is neither owned by a prominent celebrity nor by an established businessman. Instead, Thomasian pharmacist Marnie Alcantara transformed his business from its humble beginnings into a multi-million company.

Destined to be rector magnificus – again

FATHER Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P. is set to return to the scene of his greatest personal and professional achievement—the rectorship of UST....

The UST Rectors throughout the centuries

A. College Rectors

(During the construction of the UST building in Intramuros)
1612 – 1616 Fr. Domingo González, O. P.*
1616 – 1617 Fr. Lorenzo de Porras, O. P.
1617 – 1619 Fr. Antonio Gutierrez, O. P.

(Beginning of classes)
1619 - 1621 Fr. Baltasar Fort, O. P
1621 – 1625 Fr. Tomás de Vilar, O. P.
1625 – 1626 Fr. Lucas García, O. P.
1626 – 1633 Fr. Domingo Gonzáles, O. P.**
1633 – 1637 Fr. Francisco de Herrera
1637 – 1639 Fr. Francisco de Paula, O. P. *
1639 – 1641 Fr. Domingo González, O. P. ***
1641 – 1643 Fr. Lucas Ruiz de Montanero, O. P.
1643 – 1645 Fr. Domingo González, O. P. ****
1645 – 1646 Fr. Francisco de Paula, O. P.**

B. University Rectors


Students and PoliticsLest we take to the streets again

THE PAST IBP elections stimulated once more the political itch in students. Ever since the proclamation of Martial Law, student disturbance motivated by politics was conspicuously absent. Except the not-so-spectacular emergence of the KB and the other extra-curricular activities, students remained quiet in their proper pale­­ ­­­­­­– study.

Now almost five years of political quiescence, they suddenly sneaked into the scene again, surfacing like snails out of hibernation. They swarmed all over either as campaigners, rallyists, poll watchers, sympathizers, etc.

This current phenomenon is as expected. Students have always been responsive to political and social issues. Their political sympathies have often stimulated unrest and catalyzed changes. Considered as the “incipient elite” of society because of the education they receive, students have always played a crucial role in political and social upheavals.

History of the Rectorship

THE SELECTION of a new rector has always been one of the most awaited events throughout the University’s history. However, beyond the pomp and gaiety of welcoming UST’s chief executive is a long and carefully organized process of nominating candidates, which has evolved along with the University’s 397 years of existence.

The process depends on the institutions that were added or removed during the course of history.

According to Fr. Fidel Villarroel, O.P. the University archivist, the process of selecting a new rector during the early years of the University occurred during the elective chapters meetings composed by the different superiors of the Dominican houses in the Philippines. These meetings are convened every two years. On the other hand, provincial chapters are convened every four years in order to discuss internal matters among the Dominicans including the selection of the members of the elective chapters.

Memos to the Quadricentennial Rector

UNIVERSITY officials have one fervent wish for the “comeback Rector”: good health so that he would be able to fulfill the demanding job of head of Asia’s oldest university.

Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P. will have his hands full as he assumes the Rectorship anew, with college deans and other administrators proposing an ambitious agenda to keep UST’s place as one of the region’s top institutions of higher learning.

“As I look at Father de la Rosa’s job, it seems to be a gigantic task since there are many expectations from different colleges, so I really wish him good health so he can be able to do his job,” newly installed Alfredo M. Velayo-College of Accountancy Dean Minerva Cruz said.

In a statement to the Varsitarian, College of Education Dean Clotilde Arcangel also wished De la Rosa “continuous good health, peace of mind, and prosperity.”


MAKING scents akin to signature perfumes, Aficionado has paved the way for the general populace to enjoy luxurious fragrances at a not-too-luxurious price. With just a few bucks, people can now sport scents similar to those of Ralph Lauren and Polo Sport. A big hit with wise-spending pinoys, Aficionado is actually the “scent-illating” achievement of a brilliant Thomasian entrepreneur, Joel Cruz.

Although he graduated from the College of Science in 1986 with a degree in Psychology, Cruz had always wanted to be a businessman despite his mother’s prodding for him to pursue medicine.

“When I reached my fourth year, I realized my calling was in business,” Cruz said.

A closer look inside the University's urban legendsUST’s ghost stories

COMMERCE junior “Ranny” heard a strange sound behind him as he was striding alone on the Espa?a walkway past 10 in the evening.

Ranny looked back but there was no one around. Frightened, he dashed to the gate near the Engineering Bldg., reciting the Hail Mary.

“It wasn’t a prank joke,” Ranny told the Varsitarian. “The horror felt like someone was standing behind me, but I just couldn’t see it.”

Wika o diyalekto?

ILONGGO, Bikolano, Cebuano, Batangue?o, Ilokano, Waray—ilan lamang ang mga ito sa 175 sinasalitang lengguwahe sa 16 na rehiyon sa bansa.

Ngunit, diyalekto ba ang mga ito o wika?

Dahil sa kakulangan sa paghahatid ng tamang kahulugan, mali ang nakagisnan nating pagkilala sa mga lengguwaheng ito bilang “diyalekto.”