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Address: Espana St | Sampaloc, Manila, Luzon 1008, Philippines
Phone Number: (632)406-1611
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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the FIRST university in Asia

UST grounds house the different university facilities, a museum, a hospital, a church. This Pontifical Church was visited by 2 popes: Saint John Paul II and Pope Francis. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

UST grounds house the different university facilities, a museum, a hospital, a church. This Pontifical Church was visited by 2 popes: Saint John Paul II and Pope Francis. A beautiful and state of the art bell system fronting the church entrance is a must see!

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Quezon City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great architectural design of the buildings. Lots of traditions passed on from generation to generation.

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Geesthacht, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love this University but I wish they have maintained its old ways/styles and not make it to commercialized. It is losing its historical view.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful campus and a great university. I'd assume it's pretty difficult to visit unless you have a meeting or someone to show you around.

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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

this school is very old and has a hospital inside the campus, big campus with lots of students and kinda hard to commute

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Had lots of fun here as student exchange for 1 month. Facilities are great & it's one of the oldest building here in Manila.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

UST is the oldest university in Asia and is a "royal and pontifical"--w the Pope's imprimatur. Check out the arch of the centuries near its gate facing España Blvd. half of it is the original facade from its original location in Intramuros during the 17th century. Go to the main building and see the museum. I am not sure if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

The place offers attractions that will suite your era, be it colonial or the spanish era (main building) or the present era (BGPOP Bldg). This place is also a great place to have a prenuptial shoot especially at the lovers lane and the historical arch of the centuries. This is a must see when visiting Manila

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Quezon City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

With my family, it's the third time we've been to UST. The first was when my eldest also had his graduation in Prep(?). My kids are not enrolled in UST but their school almost always celebrate their commencement exercises in UST. This time, my eldest was back in UST for their Graduation in Grade 6. Looking at my son, I... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

The main building which fronts Espana St, is historic. Sometimes, the guards will allow you to see the lobby which has two sets of staircases, originally, to separate girls from boys going to their classrooms. The architecture is very Spanish. The trees in front are also very old. One is free to go around the campus where there are several... More 

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