The Official Facebook Page of The Varsitarian, the official student publication of the University of Santo Tomas.
IT TOOK more than three centuries since its foundation before the University of Santo Tomas could come up with a school paper of its own. It required the resourcefulness and courage of Jose Villa Panganiban (who later became the prestigious head of the National Language Institute) and the other founding fathers before the wish of having "something to write on" could be realized. For indeed, putting up a school paper then was next to the impossible---financially and administratively.
But for Panganiban, the idea of having an official student organ, one that would serve not only as a chronicler of campus events but also as a repository of student talents, was more than a passing fancy. It was a question rooted in raw optimism and constantly kindled by the burning passion to write.
In January 1928, a group of student-writers of the original UST Literary Club eventually secured the sanction of the University authorities for the publication of an official college paper. They practically begged for funds, subscriptions and contributions to finance the paper.
Indeed at the start, it would seem as if the Varsitarian could not go on. The infant was so poor it almost died at birth. But it did not. For although the Varsitarian was poor in the coffers, it was never impoverished in spirit. Through the years, the Varsitarian has grown.
One day in September 1927, a group of young Thomasians under the leadership of a journalism student---Jose Villa Panganiban, gathered at the University restaurant. The group drafted a petition addressed to then Rector Rev. Fr. Serapio Tamayo, O.P. calling for the establishment of an official student organ in UST. The idea, however, became an unhappy victim of the Filipino ningas kugon.
Instead, the UST Literary Club was organized which received an official sanction from the Father Rector in December of the same year.
Despite the pessimism of everyone, of even some of the initiators themselves, about the possible success of the student paper i