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University of Santo Tomas

Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
(632)406-1611
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Ranked #3 of 80 Attractions in Manila
Type: Educational Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611, and is one of the world’s largest Roman Catholic universities based on enrollment.
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Las Pinas, Philippines
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22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This place is actually a university. The oldest university in the Philippines and Asia. If you're a photographer looking for old but extravagant architecture or a history lover who wants to know its prodigious history, then this place suits your purpose well. It's complete name is La Real y Pontificia Universidad de Santo Tomas de Aquino, La Universidad Católica de... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

How a lot has changed since I graduated and I'm proud of my Alma Mater. The surrounding grounds are lush with trees, the architecture is amazing, if you are a photographer then this is a playground.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Tourist spot indeed! One who was looking to any famous painting in the world without information is a waste of time ! How ever let me inform you we have here UST one of the oldest university in Asia founded in 1611 with its earthquake proof building !located one of the oldest museum we have in Manila! the ambiance, garden... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

UST is the oldest existing catholic school in Asia. It's complete name in Spanish is actually "La Real y Pontificia Universidad de Santo Tomás de Aquino Universidad Católica de Filipinas". It is the only university in the Philippines who has the titles "Royal" and "Pontifical". You can't see anything much around it. Except food in Dapitan and P.Noval Streets. You... More

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Manila
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I love my school, UST. It's amazing how one can find a spacious campus in the middle of polluted and crowded Manila. This school has produced a big number of board exam passers (ehem haha), topnotchers, scientists, artists and prominent personalities.

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Manila, Philippines
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Don't know how to say this but whoever classified ust (that's how it's abbreviated and called locally) is a university. Who classified this as a tourist spot? Maybe a stock holder of the school? Don't go here: it's a waste of your traveling time, unless you're an alumni. Then this would be an unforgettable trip down memory lane. Shucks!

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Wow.. they say that this is one of the oldest school in the philippines, it's from when the spanish occupied the philippines. so cool. and now it is one of the prestigious school in manila.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Though this is just a university placed between the busy streets of the metro, you can feel the everyday classiness of its fittings and interior. It sets you on the mood (everyday) on the time that the Spaniards had ruled over the Philippines for 333 years.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

this is not a tourist attraction.this is a university.if you are looking to study medicine or law then come here to check the facilities.there is also an attached hospital if you're sick.

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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This would be a nice place to go too if your interested in architecture. Just went here for a quick stroll. It was a bit nice.

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