MANILA, Philippines — Kapamilya stars Piolo Pascual and Charlene Gonzales are thrilled and thankful to be among the models for the Quattromondial monument of their alma mater, University of Santo Tomas.
Both Pascual and Gonzales graced the unveiling of the 10-meter-high bronze structure, created by fellow alumnus and acclaimed architect and sculptor Ramon Orlina, in UST last Jan. 27.
The event is one of the major highlights of the celebration of the 400th year anniversary of what is dubbed as the “oldest university in Asia.”
“First time kong makita [‘yung statue] and I really waited for it. Sobra-sobra [akong] touched,” said Piolo in a report by PEP. University paper The Varsitarian also quoted the actor as saying, “This is something that I will forever treasure in my life.”
Pascual took up Sociology and was active in the university-wide theater organization, Teatro Tomasino. He, however, was not able to finish his course.
Miss World 1994 Top 6 finalist Gonzales, a graduate of Psychology and a former member of their college’s volleyball varsity team, considered her selection a huge honor.
“I guess words can’t describe ‘yong happiness ko ngayon, ‘yong excitement ko, I’m just really, really grateful. Nalaman ko ito last year, tumawag sa akin si Sir Ramon. Of course, instantly, hindi ako makapaniwala na, ‘Talaga?’ And I [agreed] right away,” said the TV host.
Gonzales was a personal choice of Orlina because he believes she has “the beauty, the talent, stature and wholesome image to serve as a role model to the UST community.”
Apart from the two, Orlina’s daughter Monina and UST Rector Rev. Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, O.P. also posed for the monument, which features four human figures lifting a globe. Each figure is said to represent a key group and symbol of the Thomasian community: a male student (Pascual) for “excellence”; a female student (Gonzales) for “erudition”; an academician (Orlina’s daughter) for “tradition”; and a Dominican priest (Fr. Dela Rosa) for “spirituality.” – Rowena Joy A. Sanchez | mb.com.ph