A NEW batch of Thomasian campus journalists from the nine faculties and colleges of the University is set to continue the 80-year-old legacy of the Varsitarian, the country’s oldest and most respected Catholic campus paper.

After competitive examinations and interviews by a Selection Committee, Anthony Andrew Divinagracia, a Political Science major, was named editor in chief. Philosophy major Levine Andro Lao is the new managing editor. Both are from the Faculty of Arts and Letters.

Divinagracia was one of the former executive editors of the paper while Lao was last year’s acting Witness editor.

Artlets still dominate the roster of section editors with Journalism seniors John Constantine Cordon, Ana Mae Roa, Roman Carlo Loveria, and Samuel Raphael Medenilla heading the News, Sports, Literary, and Filipino sections, respectively. Meanwhile, Asian Studies junior Jonathan Eli Libut was appointed Special Reports editor.

Medical Technology seniors Francis James Gatdula and Kerwin Patrick Mercadal from the Faculty of Pharmacy were named Science and Technology and Photography editors, respectively.

Advertising senior Michelle Angelique Canoy from the College of Fine Arts and Design was named art director.

Journalism senior Raydon Reyes and junior Emil Karlo Dela Cruz were promoted to acting Features and acting Circle editors, respectively.

Completing the new Varsitarian staff are: Nikki Angulo, Aura Marie Dagcutan, Danielle Clara Dandan, and Prinz Magtulis (News); Mika Rafaela Barrios, Heinz Jassen Brobo, and Arvee Fantilagan (Sports); Andrewly Agaton, Alphonsus Luigi Alfonso, and Reniel Tiu (Special Reports); Joseinne Jowin Ignacio and Sarah Jane Pauyo (Features); Agnes Ruth Diana Bordado and Edilyn Ruth Yu (Literary); Alena Pias Bantolo and Arian Anderson Rabino (Science and Technology); Camille Abigael Alcantara, Robin Padilla, and Christine Joyce Placino (Witness); Marian Leanna de la Cruz and Juanito Alipio de la Rosa (Circle); Mark Andrew Francisco and Quinia Jenica Ranjo (Filipino); Carlo Patricio Franco, Matthew Niel Hebrona, and Sam Immanuel Macaisa (Art); and Akemi Aida, Lorenze Andrew Buenaventura, Paul Nicholas Dimerin, and Paul Allyson Quiambao (Photography).

Leonardo Garimbao

Joselito Zulueta, editor and editorialist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and public affairs head of the Philippine Center of the International PEN (Poets and Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists), is still the publications adviser.

Felipe Salvosa II, sub-editor of BusinessWorld, was named assistant publications adviser.

Zulueta and Salvosa are both Artlets professors.

This year’s Selection Committee was composed of Salvosa and another Artlets professor, Intramuros Administration senior researcher Jose Victor Torres, as well as two lawyers: College of Commerce and Business Administration professor and former Varsitarian managing editor Adrian Montemayor and former Varsitarian editor in chief Eldric Paul Peredo.


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