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Miguel de Benavides, University of Santo Tomas
España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila

The Spaniard Reverend Miguel Benavides is from a noble clan in Carrion de los Condes. He became a Dominican and joined in the first Dominican mission to the Philippines (1587). He went on to become the bishop of Nueva Segovia (then centered in Cagayan but now in Vigan) and eventually the 3rd archbishop of Manila. He founded University of Santo Tomas in 1611. UST is the oldest and largest university in Manila.

400 in 2011

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).