UST Museum lures students with RM-inspired 'namjooning' exhibit as schools reopen

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UST Museum's exhibition,
UST Museum's exhibition, "UST Goes Namjooning: Capturing Moments on Campus". (Photo: The Varsitarian)

UST Museum is using a novel method to get students reacquainted with the university as schools reopen for face-to-face classes – through BTS leader RM.

UST Museum is The University of Santo Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences. Besides being a campus museum, it's also known as the oldest museum in the Philippines with a heritage dating back to the 17th century, boasting a vast collection that consists mainly of cultural artifacts indigenous to the country.

The museum's latest exhibition is UST Goes Namjooning: Capturing Moments on Campus. It's inspired, of course, by the BTS star that it's named after – RM's full name is Kim Nam-joon.

UST Museum's exhibition,
UST hopes BTS will help students to reacquaint with the campus at the new exhibit as schools reopen for face-to-face classes. (Photo: The Varsitarian)

You might be wondering what the verb "namjooning" means. Well, it's a term coined by RM himself. Back in 2019, when BTS went on vacation, fans asked RM what he was doing while on holiday. He replied, "I'm namjooning".

It turned out that RM likes relaxing in his free time through activities like visiting museums or connecting with nature.

The Urban Dictionary defines "namjooning" as living like Kim Nam-joon, such as "taking walks through parks, admiring nature, hanging out with crabs, and having fun with friends".

UST Museum's exhibition,
BTS standees at UST Museum. (Photo: The Varsitarian)

Assoc. Prof. Anna Bautista, who curated the UST Goes Namjooning exhibition, said it was themed after RM because BTS is popular among Thomasian students.

Since schools and universities only recently reopened for face-to-face classes after two years of lockdown, UST wanted a way to reintroduce the campus history, culture and landmarks to students.

So, UST Museum used RM as a role model to encourage Thomasians to visit the campus museum.

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BTS merchandise. (Photo: The Varsitarian)

The new exhibit showcases UST landmarks and information through a series of photos taken around campus by students, similar to how RM would share his namjooning by posting pictures on social media.

It also features art as well as BTS merchandise and standees.

The UST Goes Namjooning: Capturing Moments on Campus exhibition will run from September 13 to October 21. It's also open to the public.

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