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Address: Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
Phone Number: (632)406-1611
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: This is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611, and is one of the...
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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A national historical landmark!

We were interested in the quadricentennial park fountain which was lighted in the evening. It was awesome. The architecture were centuries old and it has also some mixture of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We were interested in the quadricentennial park fountain which was lighted in the evening. It was awesome. The architecture were centuries old and it has also some mixture of the new structures. It is a Roman Catholic teaching and research University composed of several Faculties The Patron of the University is St. Thomas Aquinas, while St. Catherine of Alexandria is... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The University of SantoTomas is my alma mater since I entered its walls as an elementary student and went on to high school and to a college degree. It is the hallmark of catholic education in the Philippines being run by the Dominican fathers. Established in 1611 during the Spanish times, it is the oldest academic institution in the country... More 

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Fairfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

For the past seven years, I have been coming back as an alumni of UST. It is with pride to state that it is the oldest catholic university of the Philippines. It is a pontifical university. The Main Building still stands and contains the museum. I recommend visiting UST specially those students who come home for a visit. You will... More 

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Pasig, Philippines
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I'm giving it a poor rating because you can't even enter the campus. The security is very tight in the university. It's a gorgeous campus, with beautiful architecture and greenery and so much history, but you can't go in without an ID or a good excuse so I really wouldn't recommend going here... unless you know someone who can get... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Why the ranking is so high? Who cares about the academic performance since you can't even enter the campus? This place is NOT open for tourists. You will be stopped by an armed security unless you have the permission. If you want to waste your time for a while, then just go.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Every time i visit, nostalgia gets over me. The historic main building is an imposing facade to the years before us and its academic reputation as not only old but excellent education makes you want to enjoy and wonder about the place. The place in itself is large to walk around with the trees that provide shade makes the pondering... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Large campus, if you can get in the main buildings you will be amazed at the paintings. MRT station close by and a jeepney stop outside also

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

One of the oldest institutions of higher learning in Asia - take a stroll around the grounds to appreciate the history and unique buildings that have stood the test of time...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

UST campus has a big soccer field space which simbang was held every December of 16th-25th. There are a lot of food stalls inside to choose from whenever you want to eat. Also has church and museum inside the campus which is rare.. Very nice place to visit and to go around.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

They have maintained the buildings well. The school is clean and security guards are courteous. Very impressive architectural school buildings. A must to visit when in Manila, Philippines

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