FIRST it was online. Now, it is on “film.”

Past issues of the Varsitarian can now be accessed in microfilm format at the Archives section of the UST Central Library.

One of the publication’s projects in connection with the celebration of its 75th anniversary, the idea of microfilming of Varsitarian issues came from current managing editor Edumar Madlangbayan.

According to Madlangbayan, he proposed the plan because “you can never really immortalize an event in paper because it deteriorates.”

He explained that the issues in microfilm format, aside from being easily accessed, can easily be reprinted using a microfilm reader printer.

The project, which was made possible through the help of Varsitarian alumni and Microdata Systems and Management, Inc., started last November and was completed March of this year. The microfilms were turned over to the UST Central Library last April 30.

UST Central Library archivist Fr. Fidel Villaruel, O.P. was not available for comment.

Due to loss and deterioration over the decades, several issues were not filmed. Nonetheless, microfilmed issues of the Varsitarian’s maiden year up to issues from last year can be viewed upon the approval of the UST Central Library archives section. Dexter R. Matilla

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