Main Building, University of Santo Tomas
España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila
Celebrating its quadricentennial anniversary in 2011 (that’s 3 years from now), the University of Santo Tomas is one of the oldest institutions of learning in the Philippines and is actually the country’s first ever to receive university status (1645). By 1927 UST relocated from Intramuros to its present Sampaloc campus due to the growth of its academic population.
Today, UST is still one of the most prestigious universities in the country, with several degrees recognized as Centers of Excellence by the local Commission on Higher Education and with an ever growing number of reputable graduates- among them saints, Philippine presidents, heroes, religious figures and even celebrities.
UST has tons of celebrated landmarks in its beautiful campus. The Main Building is probably the most iconic and popular. And because of that today’s post isn’t going to be the last one that will feature this building (even this university).