By ANGEL B. DUKHA III
TWELVE ARTLETS dominated the 34th Gawad Ustetika while two renowned Artlet alumni were awarded the lifetime achievement award in the annual Thomasian literary competition hosted by The Varsitarian.
Journalism alumnus Benjamin Joshua Gutierrez bagged the prestigious Rector’s Literary Award for his entry, "Ang Tatlong Ulo ng Sitio Pag-Asa," which also won first place for Katha.
“Nakita kong nag-[message] sa'kin si Ma’am Jing (Prof. Emeritus Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo) sa [Facebook]; doon ko nalaman na nanalo ako. [S]obrang surreal. Hindi ko naman in-expect na mananalo [ako]. Ang gusto ko lang talaga [ay] magpadala ng mensahe. Bonus na lang ‘yung panalo,” Gutierrez told the Flame.
Gutierrez's work tells the story of three garbage dump dwellers who discovere...
By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN
VETERAN ACTOR and Journalism alumnus Bernardo Bernardo passed away at the age of 73 on Thursday.
“Our tito Bernardo Bernardo passed away this morning. [T]hank you for all your prayers,” Susan Vecina Santos said in a Facebook post.
Santos later announced through DZMM that Bernardo’s wake will be held at the St. Peter’s Chapel in Quezon City.
In a Facebook post on Jan. 5, Bernardo said doctors at the UST Hospital found a tumor growing on his pancreas that caused it to swell. He asked for prayers from his friends and supporters.
“I know that in order to continue to fight this battle, I need courage. I need strength; I need clarity of mind,” he said.
In the same post, Bernardo revealed that he had a history of clinical depression and anxiety attac...
BERNARDO BERNARDO is 72 years old, but he has only just begun.
The actor has starred in various theater plays, movies, and television shows, but his most challenging role was one that he never played on-screen—that of a comedian grappling with crippling depression.
Years after he defeated his demons, Bernardo is back on track and his love for theater is stronger than it has ever been.
Made for the spotlight
Although Bernardo was a Journalism major, his heart belonged to the stage. As a member of the former University-wide theatric organization Aquinas Dramatic Guild, he would often portray fictional characters beneath the bright lights.
After he graduated in 1966, he moved to the United States to take up his master’s degree in Dramatic Arts at the University of Californi...