ust main building....my alma mater

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UploadedJuly 21, 2010
TakenJuly 4, 2010
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University of Santo Tomas (UST) is my alma mater. I am so proud and fortunate to pursue and graduate from this university.

Photo above is looking in front of the Main Building

This is the University of Santo Tomas main building looking back from the Arch of the Centuries. It was inaugurated in 1927. Main Building houses the administrative offices, some non-academic departments, the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences and three colleges: the Faculty of Pharmacy, College of Science, and the Faculty of Civil Law.

During the Second World War, the Main Building was used by the Japanese military forces as an internment camp for allied prisoners. The Main Building holds the distinction of being the first earthquake-resistant building in the Philippines, a Thomasian engineer’s contribution to construction technology in the Philippines.

The statue in front is of Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., also Thomas of Aquin or Aquino; (Aquino, 1225 – Fossanova, 7 March 1274) .He was an Italian priest of the Catholic Church in the Dominican Order. The school was named after him.

In full gear for the coming 400th foundation year, it has been scrubbed and cleaned. The weeds and moss growing within the walls were gone.

From some news circulating around, the Pope might attend and be a special guess during this occasion.

A little info. on the University:

The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines, is a private Roman Catholic university run by the Order of Preachers in Manila. Founded on April 28, 1611 by archbishop Miguel de Benavides. It is one of the world's largest Catholic universities in terms of enrollment.
For comparison purposes only, it is said that UST is older than Harvard University.

In the Philippines, 2010 photo essay.

14 responses

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (21 Jul 2010):

    Great photo and thanks for the history.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (21 Jul 2010):

    beautifully building!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Jul 2010):

    POVdacious perfection.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (22 Jul 2010):

    Wonderful photo, Litz! I even see a little touch of red here and there!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (22 Jul 2010):

    They /nobody constructs buildings like this anymore...what beauty...I really enjoy the large upright square/rectangular stones on the walkway leading up to the building, the statute in front and on the front, the clock on the facade 12:40 ish. the top of the building with its observation like deck and the little thingy rising up on the deck looking like a square lighthouse with its own observation deck...as well as all the people, this photograph is beautifuly framed..what a great photograph...

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (22 Jul 2010):

    Thanks for the narrative which I always love to read when describing a picture...I love the walk which reminds me of a rolled carpet leading your eye to the building...and that is a magnificent building...Beautiful!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (22 Jul 2010):

    Always interesting,,perfect Pov

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (22 Jul 2010):

    Wow! Great perspective Litz. Feel I want to walk right up to the entrance and peek in. Magnificent architecture, and history.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (24 Jul 2010):

    Classic . . .

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (25 Jul 2010):

    I love how you have composed this shot! Excellent!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (26 Jul 2010):

    Architectural masterpiece! Thanks for all the history.

  • Juan Estrada

    Juan Estrada gave props (27 Jul 2010):

    Beautiful composed, I love the cotrast of the green plants.

  • Jules or Jane

    Jules or Jane gave props (2 Aug 2010):

    i'm proud to say that i also went here... :)

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (16 Nov 2010):

    Superb again!

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