THIRTY-SEVEN to go.

The UST Publishing House has launched 38 new titles as part of its “400 books at 400!” quadricentennial project.

With the new titles, the Publishing House has already produced a total of 363 books ahead of the Quadricentennial.

The “400 books at 400!” project launched in 2001 aimed at publishing 40 books every year for 10 years. Former Publishing House director Jocelyn Calubayan had said that improper implementation of the project became costly for the Publishing House.

Last September, the Publishing House decided to outsource printing operations after incurring P30 million in losses.

Nevertheless, the project pushed through with the announcement last December that the 400th title will be the UST coffee table book, featuring the rich history of the oldest university in Asia.

“Most of the books [launched] were outsourced,” said Publishing House officer in charge Augusto Aguila. “[However,] the printing division is still being used when there are important papers that have to be printed.”

The books launched last February 17 were: “Alma Mater” by Fr. Fidel Villarroel, O.P.; “An Angelic Mind in Human Face” and “Thesis Writing for Theology Students” by Fr. Jose Antonio Aureda, O.P.; “Catechism on Consecrated Life” by Fr. Leonardo Legaspi, O.P.; “The Journey Continues: Notes on Ethics and Bioethics” by Fr. Fausto Gomez, O.P.; “The Way of the Word Part 1 and 2” by Jerry Manlangit, O.P.; “Theology Week 2008: A Symposium on the Natural Moral Law,” edited by Fr. Rodel Aligan, O.P. and Josel Sagut; “Across the Philosophical Silkroad” consisting of eight volumes by Alfredo Co; “Ang Dyip ni Mang Tomas” and “Earth 3 Tales” by Anthony Palongo; “Bakawan: A Natural Heritage Charter” by Fine Arts Dean Cynthia Loza and Teresita Buenseco; “Batong Buhay” by Clarence Batan; “Buhay Sibilyan” by Rolando Mactal; “Building a Philosphy in Education For Our Times” by Lourdes Custodio; “Don’t Cut the Trees, Don’t” by Abercio Rotor; “Heritage Tree Definition” by the Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics; “IR Research: An Anthology” edited by Allan Basas, “Job Evaluation: The Traditional Approach” by Hector Aguiling; “Kantilao” by Joseph de Luna Saguid; “Kasaysayan at Pag-unlad ng Dulaang Pantinedyer sa Pilipinas” by Arthur Casanova; “Lantakas 2” by newly appointed UST archivist Regalado Trota Jose; “Nostalgia: Unforgettable Faces, Places, Events” by Chona Trinidad; “The Proposed Conservation Guidelines for the UST Main Building as a Built Heritage” by Willa Solomon, “Managing College Freshmen Language Skill” by Marilu Madrunio, Camilla Visconde, Perla Villamarzo, and Ana Maria Ward; “Metadiscourse” by Danilo Dayag; “Pagbabaguntao sa Berbanya” and “Huling Tanawin sa Bundok ng Tabor” both by Tony Perez; “Sibago by Abdon Balde; “The Kapampangan Mystique” by Rudy Ordoñez; “Travels with Tania” by former Varsitarian editor in chief Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo and “Views: Between Borders, Beyond Barriers” by Ferdinand Lopez, Lucia Urquiola and Remedios Biavati.

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Hidalgo, vice president for public affairs of the University of the Philippines, said her book is like a “homecoming.”

“I learned my writing in this University… this book is like a homecoming,” she said.

Vice Rector Fr. Pablo Tiong, O.P commended the authors for surviving the “long and grueling path of publication.” Cliff Harvey C. Venzon

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