THE FACULTY of Medicine and Surgery won its seventh championship after 14 years of title drought on the 30th year of Pautakan, UST’s premiere intercollegiate quiz contest, last March 6 at the Medicine Auditorium.

“It felt very surreal until we actually got the chance to hold on to the trophy,” said Miguel Antonio Cristobal, Medicine’s individual representative.

With seven titles, Medicine is now tied with the Faculty of Arts and Lettters (Artlets), which took a leave this year after winning five consecutive Pautakan titles in the last five years. Previously Artlets had won the championship in 1979 and 1989.

The last time Medicine won the fete was in 1993. It had also won it in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987 and 1988.

Composed of Pautakan veterans who were already contestants in their pre-med heydays, Medicine humbled other teams by raking up a very commanding 115 points.

The College of Science placed second with 65 points while the Alfredo M. Velayo–College of Accountancy, despite being the newest team to the roster of participating colleges, finished third with 40 points.

Meanwhile, it was a come-from-behind win for Nursing senior Loen Andre Soriano, who was proclaimed champion in the individual category after scoring 45 points in the final round.

“I am happy that I was able to have contributed something before I could graduate,” Soriano said.

Early scoreboard leader Jalil Aguila of Science landed second with 40 points, while Rhovee Vistan of the Faculty of Engineering was third with 35 points.

“I am happy that we placed second in both categories,” Aguila said Science playing runner-up in both the team and individual categories. “We were not disappointed at all because the whole college was very happy for us.”

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Kicking off the event was the awarding of Pautakan teams with the most number of titles: Engineering, Science, and Medicine with six crowns and Artlets with seven. Raychel Ria C. Agramon

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