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University of Santo Tomas, Manila

4.2
#7 of 45 in Sightseeing in Manila
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Tucked inside a lavishly decorated garden and lush trees stands the oldest university in the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, dating all the way back to 1611. Admire the Victorian-style exterior, featuring a shabby stone facade embellished with numerous sculptures on top. Take a walk along the lover’s lane, winding from the picturesque stone archway through the serene garden with fountains, thick treetops, and romantic benches. The museum stretches over two floors; the first features a collection of stuffed animals from all around the world, while on the second you can admire fine ceramics, religious icons, paintings, coins, and medals. Put University of Santo Tomas into our Manila trip itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I come here always as witness to the students in this grand old University famous and one of the top universities in Manila. I used to work in the canteen close to the school and there, students and s...  more »
  • This is a very old Catholic University. It's main hall was used by the Japanese to house American and Filipino prisoners. It is interesting to see the students and see a different university experienc...  more »
  • I always take the time to visit whenever I am in Manila. So many wonderful memories of my younger years.  more »
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  • It was an honor for being an one semester exchange student at UST. I was so happy because I got great block mates and best friends there. I gained lots of experiences and adventures when in the Philippines. I love the local people, language and food. I will definitely go back someday. I love UST. I love Philippines.💜 Maraming salamat po!
  • The educational institution where my Grandma, Dad, Aunt, Uncle. Grandpa obtained their education.
  • I like UST since I saw the improvements on this school over the years. Examples are the classrooms (some because I not a student here), The Quad-centennial Pavilion (my favorite place there because of its innovative look. And of course the students who are studying hard to make this university the best and they are friendly too. In reality I hate this university a bit (not my university bucket list) because of the flood wetting all our things and your uniform (trousers and feet if you're not aware), who needs to wear school uniform when you step up into college? Universities nowadays allows students to wear college shirts, their choice of outfits or, suits according to their courses (Example: The business students wear coat and tie or business polo shirt), the tuition for local students is not reasonable and fees are also the same for international students (The University of Manchester has set their fees for students for Local/EU Students and International students. For example: mechanical engineering cost £9,000 estimated for Local/EU students and £21,000 for international students.), and most of its facilities are not equipped yet with state-of-art, latest, and the most expensive equipments available today and some of its buildings are not good in design except for the Q-Pavilion and the historical Main Building. Despite all these disadvantages, I hope UST will return to its great educational glory in the future and one day, this university will be very recognizable by the whole world.
  • First time I come to this University for admission my kid and I feel everything look perfect and easy to reach the administration for inquiry.
  • So many rules - no shorts or sleeveless tops for women. But when you go inside so many people are wearing the exact same things. What a lame double standard. The guard was about to give me another lame rule but he knew I had his number.

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