Art by Neal P. Corpus
College is the most exciting time of your life yet. As you grow familiar with the campus, all the little traditions and subcultures in university begin to integrate themselves into you, and you likewise become a part of them.
Higher education also means learning to balance passions and studies. You need time and tools for the things you love the most — and Smart is there for you all the way. With Smart’s Giga promos, you get fast and reliable connections with bigtime data, including daily allocations for your favorite videos, mobile gaming, and viewing and sharing Stories for constant kumustahan. Now you get to spend your time more freely than ever for the things that matter, wherever, whenever.
We asked four students from to show us a slice of life in different universities: athlete Julian Dayrit from Ateneo de Manila University, YouTubers Bianca Gan from De La Salle University and Tricia Panlaqui from University of Santo Tomas, and activist and radio jock Brian Black from the University of the Philippines. Here’s how they live their college lives to the fullest.
A is for Agno (DLSU)
“This is where students usually like to buy their meals because it’s affordable and it’s convenient,” says Bianca. The food comes in easy-carry cups and wrappers — perfect for munching on the go.
B is for Blue Roast (ADMU)
“(It’s) a celebration for graduating seniors to party one last time,” Julian says. Students can give a Blue Rose to whoever made college life special.
C is for Carillon Tower (UP)
“Every UP student knows it,” Brian says. There’s even a Twitter account for the Carillon, which, like the real thing, ding-dongs every hour without fail.
D is for Dapitan (UST)
Perhaps the best known of streets surrounding UST. “I come here every day for the food and I get to see all my friends,” Tricia shares.
E is for the E in USTE (UST)
Tricia posits that the E stands for España — and it just makes cheering, “Go, USTE!” that much more fun and lively
F is for Frosh (DLSU)
Bianca’s friends have a theory for the origins of this unique term. “Freshman was too basic, so they decided to make it frosh!”
G is for Gigafy my shool life
Julian likes watching UAAP games via livestream, Tricia uses apps and websites to accomplish school tasks, Bianca likes updating her social accounts and reading up on the latest news and trends, and Brian constantly chats with friends, orgmates, and his thesis adviser. They spend their time online differently, but one thing remains the same — they rely on Smart’s Giga promos to keep up with their needs.
H is for Happy T (DLSU)
La Salle students often don’t have Friday classes, “so we would usually take Thursday (nights) to unwind and chill out and hang out with friends,” says Bianca.
I is for Ikot (UP)
“Kung hindi ka pa nakakasakay ng Ikot, eh di baka hindi ka talaga UP student,” Brian quips, “or may kotse ka. Congrats!”
J is for JSEC (ADMU)
“All the food stalls here are student-owned,” Julian says. “It’s a great place to hang out, spend your breaks, and to just eat excellent food.”
K is for Kantunan (UST)
This food joint has affordable meals, including the holy grail pancit canton. “Plus,” says Trica, “it’s right outside UST!
L is for Lantern Parade (UP)
According to Brian, “This annual Christmas event which happens on the Academic Oval features colorful floats made by the UP Community.”
M is for Magis (ADMU)
The Latin word for “more” means something special to Ateneo students. “It’s all about striving for excellence and going beyond what’s expected,” Julian says.
N is for Noel’s (DLSU)
The best place to get isaw and barbecue in La Salle.
O is for Oblation (UP)
The iconic statue on University Avenue symbolizes what UP stands for: offering oneself in service for others.
P is for Paskuhan (UST)
UST’s very own Christmas celebrate consists of FOMO-inducing activities and breathtaking light shows.
Q is for QPI (ADMU)
The quality point index is Ateneo’s version of the grade point average, and determines how well you’ve done in a semester.
R is for Rodic’s (UP)
A Diliman institution, the tapsilog and other meals from Rodic’s are a definitive UP mealtime staple.
S is for Sablay (UP)
These intricate pieces of cloth are worn by UP graduates on the day of their graduation rites. “Not all sablays are failures,” Brian says sagely. “May ibang sablay na tagumpay.”
T is for TH (DLSU)
Other schools say TTh, but in La Salle, T stands for Tuesday and H for Thursday — rather, Huwebes.
U is for Umbrella (ADMU)
In Ateneo, Julian warns, “if you leave your umbrella beside something more valuable, your umbrella’s more likely to go missing.”
V is for Vito Cruz (DLSU)
The LRT-1 station is the easiest way to get to La Salle, but Bianca laments, “It gets really packed here during rush hour.”
W is for Welcome Walk (UST)
“It is the first day that you get to officially be called a Thomasian,” Tricia says. You get to explore the campus — and walk through the Arch of the Centuries.
X is for Xavier Hall (ADMU)
This is the first building you encounter in Ateneo, where you submit requirements and pay your tuition.
Y is for Yellow Shirt Day (UST)
Students on campus are encouraged to wear yellow to support all UST sports teams. We all know how the cheer goes
Z is for Zorro (UP)
Brian says Zorro is your “friendly neighborhood masked hype man who will motivate you to finish your jogging rounds on the Acad Oval.” Make sure to give him a high five!