(Photo by Geonabeth L. Cadungog)

November 4, 2015, 7:48p.m. – THE VARSITARIAN, the 87-year-old official student publication of the University of Santo Tomas, won a special citation from the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) for its special edition on Pope Francis’ Apostolic and State Visit to the Philippines.

The special issue, published on Jan. 14, 2015, featured articles putting the Papal Visit in historical context and discussing the significance of Pope Francis’ rise to the See of Peter. The graphic-rich publication also outlined preparations made by the University, the Church, and the government for the visit, which was held Jan. 15 to 19, 2015.

“Crossroads: Excalibur” of the Holy Cross of Davao College was given the CMMA for the best student organ category.

Other finalists included publications from schools such as Batangas State University, University of Asia and the Pacific, the San Beda College of Law, and the Bataan Peninsula State University. 

The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s papal visit coverage team was awarded Best News Coverage of the Papal Visit, of which Joselito Zulueta and Christian Esguerra, publications adviser and publications consultant of the Varsitarian, and Thomasian alumnus TJ Burgonio were a part of. 

Meanwhile, the Pope John Paul II Award was given to the Papal Committee on Documentation and Coverage, of which UST was a part of.

Now on its 37th year, the CMMA teemed with entries on Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines, and had the theme, “Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love.”

The awarding took place on Nov. 4 at the Star Theater in Pasay City. Arianne F. Merez and Rhenn Anthony S. Taguiam


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