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UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

The history of the Philippine Collegian was printed in the February 14, 1996 Collegian Alumni Homecoming publication entitled, "Disturbing the Peace." It was articulated by the News and Features editors of the 1995-96 term.

Here is the first editorial in the magazine-type collection written by then Editor in Chief Ibarra Medina Gutierrez.


First Forms

The Philippine Collegian

The War Years


Martial Law

After EDSA

The Liberation Period

In 1946, the Collegian was resucitated from the ashes of the war with the intercession of Troadio T. Quiazon, Jr., the Student Council Chairperson who edited the Collegian's Filipino War Veterans' issue.

It was not unusual for a Collegian writer walking around downtown Manila in the late '40's would be greeted by respectful salutations of "hello, colleague" from the nationally published journalists that he or she happened to chance upon in the Escolta shops.

Post Liberation Period

The resignation of Bienvenido Gonzalez, the University's 6th student-favored president, became the cause of the day. The Collegian, along with the students, succeeded in convincing UP President Quirino to retain Gonzalez just in time to sign the diploma of those who were to graduate in March 1951.

On March 5, 1955, the Collegian adviser prohibited the printing of a headline about UP President Vidal Tan, citing the writer's concoction of an alleged rift between the president and his former employee. In the editorial of the same issue, the Collegian reiterated an adage that will be echoed by generations after it: "that the only superior it [the Collegian] recognizes is the student body, to whose well-being and continued freedom it dedicates its existence."

President Tan eventually lifted the ban while denying any knowledge of the suspension order.

In the 1960's the Collegian faculty adviser was relegated to a mere post-production functionary, though he was still paid an honorarium.

After the Quezon City Health Department and the University Committee uncovered that the privately owned University eatery kept a sub-standard level of sanitation in the mid-60's, the Collegian led students to demand the eatery's closure.

In a special issue released on October 24, 1996, Collegian editors expressed concern over policemen's seeming enjoyment in clubbing students at rallies, as evident during an Anti-Vietnam War demonstration.

In the same year, during the term of Enrique Voltaire Garcia III, the first Philippine Comedian was launched, with a headline screaming "UP Students Volunteer for Vietnam."

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