When Typhoon Glenda hit the Philippines, my beloved University of Santo Tomas was no special place not to be struck. Lo and behold, its aftermath - a devastated University at the very heart of Manila.
Seeing its effect, Thomasians expressed their dismay, grief, and support through The Varsitarian.
Butch Cunanan - UST is one tough cookie. She’ll be up and about in no time.
Liberty Manalo-Manikad - And yet it stood still and proud.
Yunice Villaluna - ‘Wag kayong mag-alala; naniniwala akong aabot pa ang UST sa ika-1000 nitong [anniversary]. Kahit baha, lindol, bagyo, heat wave, o sakupin pa ng mga alien ang mundo, nandyan pa rin ang UST. Tiwala [lang].
Jayvee Navarro - Still, the Main Building shines. Beauty and grace in the middle of devastation. It only proves that this building is such a majestic masterpiece.
Victorio Sison - Earthquakes, super typhoons, wars, political upheavals, UST survived them all. UST will remain forever in my heart.
Ritchelle Anne Quilaquil - Oh, my! I feel so sorry for all the trees. I hope they could restore the beauty of the campus before our upcoming E-session. Feeling sad & worried but still so excited to see my beloved alma mater once again.
Jorjanyl Deocampo - Wala kasing mga preventive support na ginawa para [i-reinforce] 'yung mga puno. You have architects and landscape architects professor to, at least, provide some ways [or] give technical solutions to avoid this, or at least minimize the damage.
Lovelites Luna - Oh, my! These trees shielded and protected us from heat and dust. Plus, the feeling of communing with nature when you’re in this area… It makes me feel sad.
Ren Napiere - Sayang [‘yung] mga puno. One thing that really persuade me to enroll in UST is because there are plenty of trees there. Brings me closer to nature.
Edna Cruz Poblete-conwi - UST survived lots of trials. God is more powerful than Glenda! UST will endure because of God’s unending grace.