University of Santo Thomas

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UST Main Building

University of Santo Thomas is the oldest university in the Philippines, not only that, it is also the World's largest Catholic Univeristy. It was founded in the year 1611 by the 3rd Archbishop of Manila, Msgr. Miguel de Benavides, O.P. with Fr. Domingo de Nieva and Fr. Bernardo de Santa Catalina. The University was first called Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario but later renamed to Colegio de Santo Tomas in the memory of the Dominican Theologian, Saint Tomas Acquinas. Well, the University has a massive and imposing structure which gave it an unpainted, gray and rugged look that was acquired through the test of time. It even withstood many earthquakes and World War2, where the Japanese forces transformed the place into a concentration camp. The main building of UST was designed by Fr. Roque Ruaño who is a priest, as well, as an engineer. Well, at the main building tower you can see a cross that symbolizes the University's mission to impart knowledge in the sacred and civil sciences.

Well, University of Santo Thomas has a really impressived structure and history. Aside from that, UST also achieved many recognitions and a number of important dignitaries have visited the place, among them are Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, King Juan Carlos I of Spain (who was a Prince at that time) and Mother Teresa of Calcutta just to name a few. So, a trip in UST is really worth it. Just don't forget to see the Campus landmarks such as, the Arch of the Centuries, Benavides Monument, Beato Angelico Gallery, UST Botanical Garden, Santissimo Rosario and a lot more. I'll just let the photos speak for themselves.

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