This “tiger” is at the place of the presidential debate

Photo of the UST tiger statue with the letters UST (Twitter/Varsitarian)

“For those who ask, the tiger is there too. But not the “Tiger of the North”, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.

the varsitythe student publication of the University of Santo Tomas, tweeted this remark before the CNN Philippines presidential debates on Sunday, February 27.

CNN Philippines anchors Pia Hontiveros and Pinky Webb host the highly anticipated forum to be held at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion beginning at 5 p.m.

Before the debate, the varsity signaled the arrival of each candidate on the scene.

After the candidates arrived, the publication tweeted that the UST tiger statue was present at the venue while juxtaposing it with the “Tiger of the North,” Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the only candidate absent from the debate.

The Marcos camp had previously declined the invitation to participate in the debate.

“For those who ask, the tiger is there too. Not the “Tiger of the North”, however, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. Is absent. He has been in Pangasinan since Saturday for campaign purposes. #Vote2022“, we read in the tweet.

The Varsitarian’s tweet also attached a photo of the tiger statue next to the large UST letters in front of the main UST building.


Tiger has been associated with UST since 1992.

Felicitas Francisco, one of UST’s longest-serving employees, proposed renaming the university’s name from “Glowing Goldies” to “Growling Tigers” because of the university’s gold and white colors.

Tiger had since become the university’s mascot and the name of sports teams representing UST at the University Athletic Association of the Philippines games.

On the other hand, Marcos, whose home province is in Ilocos Norte, has been nicknamed “Tiger of the North”.

Make shadow ?

Meanwhile, several netizens noticed the post’s tweet and got various reactions.

At the time of writing, it has gotten over 2,000 likes, 782 quote-retweets, and 588 retweets.

Some netizens saw the post as a shadow over the absence of one of the presidential wagers.

“UST being so, so sleazy”, a Twitter user noted.

“ROAR TWEET”, another Twitter user wrote with a (fire emoji).

“Lmao, she didn’t hold back,” another Twitter user noted.

Others praised the UST and the Varsitarian for having the audacity to share such a message.

“Yes UST, it’s high time to take a stand,” said one user. noted.

“Di pa nagstart UAAP pero nasa bardagulan era na ang Varsitarian”, another user commented.

What follows presidential candidates take part in the debate:

  1. Ernesto Abella
  2. Leodye de Guzman
  3. Mayor of Manila Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso
  4. Norberto Gonzales
  5. Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson
  6. Faycal Mangondato
  7. Jose Montemayor, Jr.
  8. Senator Manny Pacquiao
  9. Vice President Leni Robredo

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