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Karen Capco is the managing editor of the Flame, the official student publication of the Faculty of Arts and Letters, and Vice President-Internal of the Thomasian Writers Guild. Hailed as the Thomasian Poet of the Year in the recently concluded Ustetika Awards for Literature, she has been published in Honoring Fathers: An International Poetry Collection.

Literature junior Keith Cortez writes for the Flame. He won second prize for Poetry in the 21st Ustetika Awards for Literature.

Former Varsitarian associate editor Carlomar Arcangel Daoana now writes for the lifestyle section of the Daily Tribune. Whether the travel is work-related or not, his heart and feet take him to places.

Kasalukuyang punong patnugot ng Commerce Journal si Kim Louie Favis, at nasa kanyang huling taon ng pag-aaral ng Business Administration. Isang miyembro ng Thomasian Writers Guild at Thomasian Debaters Council, nanalo siya sa Ika-19 Gawad Ustetika para sa kanyang koleksyon ng tula.

Patnugot para sa Panitikan ng Commerce Journal ang junior Business Administration student na si Karren Mae Javines. Isa rin siyang fellow ng Thomasian Writers Guild.

Fil-am writer R. Zamora Linmark has recently published his first poetry collection, Primetime Apparitions. He is working on Leche, the sequel to his first novel, Rolling the R’s. He was a panelist for fiction in the first Varsitarian Literary Workshop.

Manunulat para sa Commerce Journal si Fidel Antonio Medel na nasa ikalawang taon ng Pre-Com. Isa rin siyang fellow ng Thomasian Writers Guild.

Journalism junior Alessandra Rose Miguel writes for the Flame and edits for the Journalese, the official newsletter of the UST Journalism Society. She won third prize for Poetry in the 21st Ustetika Awards for Literature.

Benedict Parfán is one of the members of the editorial board of the Flame. He attended the 6th UST National Writers Workshop and has been winning prizes in the Ustetika for the past two years.

Nakamit ni Communication Arts senior Joseph Saguid ang unang gantimpala sa Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards noong 2005. Isa siya sa mga punong patnugot ng Flame.

Tubong Iriga City sa Bikol ang B.S. Medical Technology major na si Sonny Sendon. Nailathala na ang ilan sa kanyang mga tula sa Bikol Reporter, Burak, T-bloc, at Naging runner-up siya sa Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards noong nakaraang taon.

Literature alumnus Angelo Suárez has crossed over to communications at the UST Graduate School. He has already published two books, one of which won a National Book Award.


Graduating Journalism major Sharline Bareng has found true happiness in tea. She edits the Literary section of the Varsitarian.

Tuwing dumarating mula Engineering building si working scholar Kris Bayos sa Varsitarian office, agad niyang hinahanap ang paboritong si “Kuya Pink.” Sa kanyang pagiging Witness writer, nalaman niyang “height doesn’t matter” pagdating sa pananampalataya.

Erick Christian David, the V’s guitar-strumming art director, has recently discovered the beauty of Chinese art.

Bilang Features writer, isang “formula” ng magandang article ni Mary Joy de Lara ang tamang pakikisalamuha sa iba’t ibang tao. Ngunit hindi niya inakalang nasa tabi-tabi lang ang magtuturo sa kanya hindi lang ang pakikisama, kundi ang tunay na “chemistry. ”

Charismatic Special Reports writer Jordan Mari de Leon is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. He dreams of having a Star Wars-inspired column name.

“Boss” Edsel Van Dura always laughs up a storm every time the ‘V’ staff is stumped by a ridiculously corny joke. He is also flashy with his antique camera that looks broken especially when he covers events in the University.

As the Varsitarian’s managing editor, Teodoro Lorenzo Fernandez asserts his right to play heavy metal music on the ground that it keeps the staffers awake on presswork nights. But nothing works better than his funny stories about his dead cow, Stephanie.

Jonathan Gamalinda works harder than most ‘V’ staffers especially during presswork, but unknown to many, it’s his stomach that does most of the drawing. He dreams of becoming a ramp model.

Advertising junior Florian Garcia is attached to the color pink. She hates being mistaken for a Japanese anime or a Korean soap opera character.

Natutuhang mahalin ni Journalism senior Mary Elaine Gonda ang wika sa kanyang pagiging manunulat ng Filipino section. Ngunit napamahal na rin sa kanya ang pagbabasa ng Chinese books. Nangangarap siyang matutunan ang Mandarin o Fookien.

Always present si Literary writer Bernadette Irinco tuwing may okasyon. Paborito niya ang food committee sa lahat ng extra-editorial activities ng Varsitarian. Ang hindi alam ng lahat, may magandang intensyon ang pangongolekta niya ng pagkain.

Paul Jason Jaud constantly fears failing to catch the last train home. He has found fulfillment in Advertising and dreams of becoming a goat in the next life.

Features’ unico hijo, Jose Teodoro Mendoza, is the founder of Tigang Since Birth (TSB), the male counterpart of No Boyfriend Since Birth (NBSB). He likes food and girlfriends.

Varsitarian artist Royce Mar Nicdao is not only creative with his pencils and brushes, he is also enjoying a career in the performing arts. He recently played Cupid for a “torpe” Architecture student of UST who could not find courage to give roses to the woman of his dreams on Valentine’s Day.

Nalipat mula Witness table patungo sa Filipino table si Ruby Anne Pascua. Bagaman malaki ang kaibahan ng seksyon na nilipatan, sinikap niyang pag-aralan ang pagsalin ng Heaven’s Kitchen upang maging Guryon.

Varsitarian editor in chief Eldric Paul Peredo is seriously planning to take up Medicine after graduating from law school. He is currently fascinated by the amazing Schultze salpingograph.

Brian Sales belongs to the elite circle of writers in the V Circle section. He can sell you any joke he wants as he is a fast talker, just as he is reckless on wheels. He hasn’t been in any serious accidents, fortunately.

Jose Bimbo Santos, popularly known as “Kuya Pink,” is a kind and gentle Sports writer. He is thoughtful to all ‘V’ staff members, especially those who pay him special compliments about his pink shirt.

Glaiza Marie Seguia believes in the philosophy of the “Love-Me Bird,” the official bible of the NBSB Varsitarian Chapter. She is married to her computer and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Associate editor Reagan Tan has been lucky lately, not because of the Chinese zodiac, but because somebody wanted to learn Chinese. In return, he vows to learn the tongue twister, “minikaniko ni Moniko ang makina ng minika ni Monica” by heart. The reason behind his column name, “Charcoal,” is still a mystery.

Literary writer Czeriza Shennille Valencia has only recently acknowledged her pinkness. She has mastered the art of beautifying crude language.

Kathleen Valle, the Varsitarian’s Witness editor, dreams of becoming a mother. She now has curly hair.

The V’s only lensgirl, Mary Meysil Yamat, likes to rummage through ukays and her mother’s old things.

Montage Vol. 9 • February 2006