With thousands of students and faculty crawling in and out of this old institution this place hardly falls under the category of "off the beaten path". However, it's probably not one of the places you'll find in regular tours of the city. It's a university. It's old. Older than most structures around manila these days. I once found it charming to be hiking up the old stairs of the main building but after a month or two and countless moments of beating the clock I found that same set of stairs really undesirable. Officials claim the main building to be "earthquake proof", a theory that has yet to be tested with a 7.0 on a Richter scale. There's a lot of trees and greenery distributed sparingly around the whole area which provided a recluse from the smog-ridden city. The church in here was also old and had certain character that came with age; however, it is often overshadowed by the main building in terms of appeal. All the other buildings in the area are usually off limits to the public but it's not really that much interesting either unless you came here for the hospital and research center.
Overall, this place is worth a short trip but make no mistake in coming here on a cloudy day during monsoon season as you might end up visiting an underwater attraction which is more than you bargained for.
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