Traditions of the University of Santo Tomas

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The traditions of University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.

UST Main Building during Christmas Season

Opening of the school year[edit]

Herminio Dagohoy's installation as the 96th Rector Magnificus at the 2012 Misa de Apertura

Misa de Apertura[edit]

Being the Catholic University of the Philippines, UST opens each school year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The mass is officiated by a Dominican father at the Santisimo Rosario Parish. The opening is formally declared by the Apostolic Nuncio or his delegate, in consonance with the status of UST as a pontifical university.[1]

In 2012, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, led the Misa de Apertura and the opening rites of the school year.[2]

Discurso de Apertura[edit]

Discurso de apertura consists of a printed extensive scientific paper read by its author at the formal opening of the school year. The professor or dean assigned the preparation of this academic paper is appointed by the rector of the university a few months prior to the opening of each school year.[3]

The Discurso started on July 16, 1866 as an annual event.[1] It was temporarily discontinued in 1929 when Don Nicanor Cortez failed to write his dissertation. Twelve years after, the tradition was brought back with Fr. Angel de Blas, O.P., a psychologist, as the speaker. It was again discontinued in 1942 at the break out of World War II, and resumed later on in 1946.[4]

Replacing the usual Discurso Apertura in 2012 was the inaugural address of Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P. as the ninety-sixth rector of the university.[2]

Discurso de Apertura in recent years
Year Lecturer Topic Ref.
2000 Amado Dimayuga,
Dean, UST Faculty of Civil Law
Judicial Bar Council and the importance of refining
the process of appointing court judges
[5]
2001 Luis Ferrer,
Dean, UST College of Architecture
Focus on building “humane communities” [6]
2002 Jaime de los Santos,
Assistant Dean, UST College of Fine Arts and Design
Creative instinct [7]
2003 Raul Sinico,
Dean, UST Conservatory of Music
"Music: Raising the Level of Listening Appreciation" [8]
2004 Rolando Lopez,
Dean, UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Value of spirituality on students [9]
2005 Jeanette Loanzon,
Dean, UST College of Commerce
Economic revolution [10]
2006 Glenda Vargas,
Dean, UST College of Nursing
Exodus of Filipino nurses [11]
2007 Jose Ireneo,
Dean, UST AMV College of Accountancy
Governance and internal controls in businesses [12]
2008 Rev. Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P.,
Rector, University of Santo Tomas
Inaugural Address [13]
2009 John Joseph T. Fernandez,
Dean, UST College of Architecture
"Heritage Conservation in the University of Santo Tomas" [14]
2010 Nilo Divina,
Dean, UST Faculty of Civil Law
"Constantly Striving for Excellence" [15]
2011 Regalado Trota Jose,
Archivist, Archivo de la Universidad de Santo Tomas
"Facebook Flashback: The Archives and the Story of the University" [16]
2012 Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P.,
Rector, University of Santo Tomas
Inaugural Address [2]
2013 Allan de Guzman
Faculty, UST College of Education
Parable of Talents: The University of Santo Tomas at the Crossroad of History and Creativity [17]
2014 Philipina Marcelo
Dean, UST Faculty of Engineering
Convergence: Innovations in Food Engineering and Engineering Education, and the Engineering of our Restless Being [18]
Some notable Discurso de Apertura of the past
Year Lecturer Topic Ref.
1928 Fr. Juan Sánchez, O.P. "Sinopsis historica documentada
de la Universidad de Santo Tomás"
[1]
1966 Galo Ocampo "Religious Elements in Philippine Art" [1]
1971 Fr. Fidel Villarroel, O.P.,
Archivist, University of Santo Tomas
Honoring Fr. José Burgos, University student [1][19]

University of Santo Tomas Hymn (full version)

Seat of Aquinas, majestic enduring
the storms of the ages.
Shrine of our ancient fathers,
Carved in these isles
This is the castle imperious.
This is the home of our sages.
Blessed by the Cross of the angels,
Gift of our Mother Spain!
Deep in her echoing chambers
Flames of eternal yearning
Cast their benignant shadows
athwart this beloved land.
Keeping the torches of freedom
and heave forever burning.
Deep in the heart led by the Saviour's command.
Chorus
God of all nations
Merciful Lord of our restless being,
Sweep with your golden lilies;
This fountain of purest light;
Trace with the sails of the galleons
the dream beyond our seeing
Touch with the flame of your kindness
the gloom of our darkest night.
Keep us in beauty and truth and virtues
impassioned embrace
Ever your valiant legions
Imbued with unending grace!

The Thomasian Welcome Walk[edit]

The Thomasian Welcome Walk (TWW) is an annual university tradition that seeks to instill a sense of pride and belonging among the youngest members of the Thomasian Family.[20] It symbolizes the linkage between incoming freshmen and their predecessors in the university. The first Walk took place in June 14, 2002, known before as "The Rites of Passage".[21]

Freshmen from the 19 faculties and colleges of the university, including the high school, pass under historic Arch of the Centuries and walk towards the UST Main Building. Shortly after the symbolic passing is the Eucharistic Celebration—the highlight of the event. A welcome party featuring live bands and other university organizations comes after the mass.[22][23][24]

In 2012, like the previous years, the Walk was postponed several times because of bad weather. Originally scheduled on June 28, it was held on September 24 at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion. The Walk, for the first time, was divided into two batches as the venue could not accommodate all freshmen students. The first batch was held in the morning and it was participated by students from the Arts and Letters, Engineering, Commerce and Business Administration, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Science, Music, and Education High School. The Walk for the second batch took place immediately after.[25]

School spirit and sport traditions[edit]

Alma mater[edit]

The UST Hymn is the alma mater of the University of Santo Tomas. The lyrics were written by Dean Julio Esteban Anguita, the UST Conservatory of Music's first director. The music was arranged by Jose Maria Hernandez and was orchestrated by Manuel P. Maramba, O.S.B.[26] Today, only the chorus of the original hymn is being sung and being played.[27]

Colors and mascots[edit]

UST's official mascot is the Growling Tiger. Another mascot, Quster, which stands for Quadricentennial UST Tiger, was specially made for the 400th anniversary of the university. In The Varsitarian, UST students are represented by Tomas U. Santos.

Thomasian Goodwill Games[edit]

The Thomasian Goodwill Games is a program of the UST Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) that seeks to promote the spirit of friendship and unity between students of the different colleges of the university. Sporting events include basketball, volleyball, football, judo, swimming, beach volleyball, and table tennis.[28] It was formally established in school year 2002–2003 by UST judo coach Alberto Arce.[29][30]

Colleges also have different sporting teams other than the ones mentioned above. Some include tennis and badminton in their college's sport fests.

College championships
Academic year Basketball Volleyball Football Judo
(Overall)
Swimming Table Tennis Beach Volleyball
Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women
2002–2003
-
-
-
-
-
CFAD vs. AB
Arch[29]
-
-
-
2004–2005
CBA vs. Eng'g[31]
Educ vs. FMS[31]
-
-
-
-
CBA[32]
-
-
-
2005–2006
-
-
-
-
-
-
CBA[32]
-
-
-
2006–2007
-
-
-
-
CFAD
-
-
Nurs
-
-
2007–2008
AB vs. Eng'g[33]
Nurs
-
-
Arch vs. CFAD
-
-
Nurs
-
-
2008–2009
-
-
CFAD vs. Eng'g
AMV vs. CBA
CRS vs. GS-CL
-
CBA
-
-
-
-
2009–2010
-
-
CBA[34]
Eng'g
Arch vs. Eng'g
FMS vs. Nurs
-
CBA
Eccle[35]
Pha[35]
-
2010–2011
Eng'g
Educ
CBA[34]
AMV[34]
Arch vs. GS-CL
FMS vs. Nurs
not held
not held
not held
not held
not held
2011–2012
CTHM vs. Eng'g
CBA[36]
AMV vs. CBA[34]
AMV vs. Arch[34]
Eccle vs. GS-CL
FMS vs. Nurs
-
-
-
-
-
2012–2013
AB vs. Eng'g[36]
AB vs. CBA[36]
AB vs. CBA
Arch vs. CBA
Eng'g vs. FMS
FMS
-
-
-
-
-
2013–2014
CBA vs. CTHM
CBA
AMV vs. Arch
Eng'g vs. Pha
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2014–2015
-
-
AMV vs. Arch
AB vs. Educ
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Notes:
  • Champion team in boldface.
  • AB: Arts and Letters; AMV: Accountancy; Arch: Architecture; CBA: Commerce and Business Administration; CFAD: Fine Arts and Design; CRS: Rehabilitation Sciences; CTHM: Tourism and Hospitality Management; Eccle: Ecclesiastical Studies; Educ: Education; Eng'g: Engineering; FMS: Medicine and Surgery; GS: Graduate School; GS–CL: Graduate School–Civil Law; Law: Civil Law; Nurs: Nursing; Pha: Pharmacy; Sci: Science; UST-HS: UST High School

Cheermania[edit]

Cheermaniais an annual cheerdance competition organized by the UST Student Organizations Coordinating Council (UST SOCC).

List of Cheermania winners
Year Champion Second Place Third Place
2001 AB
2002 AB
2003 UST-HS AB
2004 UST-HS AB CBA
2005 Educ AB CFAD
2006 UST-HS - Arch
2007 UST-HS CBA CFAD
2008 CBA CFAD Sci
2009 CFAD Sci CBA
2010 CBA CTHM Educ
2011 CBA Sci AMV
2012 CBA AB CTHM
2013 CFAD CBA Sci
2014 CFAD Sci AB

Salinggawi Dance Troupe[edit]

Every year, the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe, the official dance group of the university holds dance competitions in August and dance concerts in March.

Colleges[edit]

Part of the University's mission is to holistically develop students to be competent, compassionate professionals, and committed servants of the Church. Through regular recollections, Thomasians are given a different kind of time-out from their classrooms to help them find their spiritual self and God's presence in their souls. Half-day recollections are usually held in the UST Medicine Auditorium while one to three-day long retreats are usually held in the Dominican Retreat House—Caleruega, Philippines in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Insignias[edit]

The coat of arms of the older faculties and colleges of the university were designed by Cenon M. Rivera, former director of the Fine Arts department of UST.[37][38] Each college also has a patron saint that was chosen based on the field or profession of the college. The selection is administered by the council of regents of the university.

Faculty/College Nickname Blazon Patron saint Ref.
Faculty of Sacred Theology Collectively called as "Eccle" with the Faculties of Philosophy and Canon Law. Holy chalice St. Thomas Aquinas [39]
Faculty of Philosophy Owl of Minerva and
Catherine wheel
St. Catherine of Alexandria [39]
Faculty of Canon Law Keys of Heaven St. Raymond of Peñafort [39]
Faculty of Civil Law Law Balance scale and Sword St. Raymond of Peñafort [39]
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery F.M.S., Med Rod of Asclepius Sts. Cosmas and Damian [39][40]
[41]
Faculty of Pharmacy Pha, Pharma Bowl of Hygieia Sts. Cosmas and Damian
Faculty of Arts and Letters A.B., Philets, Artlets Athena, scroll, quill St. Thomas More [39][41]
[42]
Faculty of Engineering Eng, Eng'g,
"youngest faculty"
Pylon, tower, factory,
microprocessor, gear wheel,
Erlenmeyer flask, and laptop
Blessed Jordan of Saxony [39][41]
[43]
College of Education Educ, "oldest college" Torch St. Joseph of Calasanz [39][41]
College of Science Globe St. Albertus Magnus [39]
College of Architecture CAFA (together with CFAD, pronounced as ka-fa), Atelier, Arki Ionic capital Thomas the Apostle [39][41]
Graduate School Grad School Biretta and
an open book
St. Antoninus of Florence [44]
College of Commerce and Business Administration C.B.A. Winged wheel Matthew the Evangelist [39]
Conservatory of Music Harp of David St. Cecilia [39][41]
[45]
College of Nursing Nurs Maltese cross and
Lamp of Nightingale
St. Elizabeth of Hungary [46]
College of Rehabilitation Sciences C.R.S., Rehab Symbol of Access St. Martin de Porres [41]
College of Fine Arts and Design CFAD (pronounced as see-fad) Paint brush, pencil,
technical and dip pens
Blessed Fra Angelico [41]
Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy A.M.V. Abacus St. Joseph
College of Tourism and Hospitality Management C.T.H.M. Globe, laurel, and torch St. Hyacinth
Institute of Information and Computing Sciences I.C.S. Binary numeral system and artificial intelligence St. Vincent Ferrer
Institute of Physical Education and Athletics IPEA (pronounced as ay-pe-ya) Bengal tiger Pope John Paul II
UST High School U.S.T.H.S., Pay High UST Main Building tower St. Thomas Aquinas [47]
Education High School Educ High Bible and torch St. Thomas Aquinas [48]
Institute of Religion Bible, Bahay kubo, and
Palm leaf cross
St. Mary Magdalene

Academic colors[edit]

Faculty of Sacred Theology Faculty of Philosophy Faculty of Canon Law Faculty of Civil Law





 
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Faculty of Pharmacy Faculty of Arts and Letters Faculty of Engineering





 
College of Education College of Science College of Architecture Graduate School




 
College of Commerce and Business Administration Conservatory of Music College of Nursing College of Rehabilitation Sciences





 
College of Fine Arts and Design Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy College of Tourism and Hospitality Management Institute of Information and Computing Sciences





 
Institute of Physical Education and Athletics UST High School Education High School Institute of Religion

Roll call[edit]

In university events, like the Thomasian Welcome Walk and The Sending-off rights, the roll call of the university colleges is done according to their foundation year instead of the usual alphabetical order. Founded in 1611, the Faculty of Sacred Theology is called and introduced first. Being the youngest, founded in 2009, the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management is called last.

The Thomasian, the university website, USTET application forms, and most official publications follow the same way of presenting the colleges.

College weeks[edit]

  • Tourism and Hospitality Management — in August
  • Rehabilitation Sciences, Commerce, and Medicine and Surgery — in September
  • Accountancy, Theological, Fine Arts and Design, Music, and Nursing — in November
  • Pharmacy — in December
  • Canon Law — in January
  • High School, Arts and Letters, Science, Education, Engineering, Architecture, and Physical Education and Athletics — in February

Valedictorians and salutatorians[edit]

In recent years
Year Valedictorian
College
Major
GWA Salutatorian
College
Major
GWA Ref.
2006 Arts and Letters
Communication Arts
1.17 Accountancy 1.179
2007 Engineering
Electrical Engineering
1.15 Science
Psychology
1.17
2008 Science
Biology
2009 Pharmacy
Medical Technology
1.16
2010 Pharmacy 1.12
2011 Tourism and Hospitality Management
Hotel and Restaurant Management
1.12
2013 Pharmacy
Pharmacy
1.069 Tourism and Hospitality Management 1.119
2014 Tourism and Hospitality Management
Travel Management
1.089 Pharmacy 1.143

Christmas celebrations[edit]

Campus lights[edit]

The Christmas Concert[edit]

The UST Christmas Concert features talents from the UST Conservatory of Music, UST Singers, Coro Tomasino, Liturgikon, Conservatory Chorus Class, and the UST Symphony Orchestra. Traditional Filipino and foreign Christmas classics are performed in the event. At the end of every concert, the UST Symphony Orchestra and performers lead the audience in singing some songs such as 'Ang Pasko ay Sumapit.'[49]

The Christmas Concert Gala began in 2003 when the UST secretary-general Fr. Isidro Abaño, O.P., envisioned a musical concert that would bring together world-class Thomasian talents who would perform for UST students, faculty, alumni, friends, and benefactors. Initially, the concert helped raise funds for the various projects of the university, such as scholarship grants of the students of the UST Conservatory of Music, but since 2008, it has also contributed in UST’s heritage-conservation efforts.[49][50] Maricris Zobel, socialite and an art patroness, has been the co-chair of the organizing committee since then. Proceeds of the Christmas Gala has been allotted for the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009,[51] restoration of various paintings, and construction of the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences Hall of Visual Arts in 2011.[52]

Various organizations like the Belo Medical Group, the San Miguel Corporation, the Enrique Zobel group of companies, and the Singapore Airlines have become presenters of the event.[49][50][53] In 2010, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs hosted the opening of the concert and the Lumina Pandit, an exhibit for the quadricentennial festivities.[54]

At the ninth Christmas Concert Gala in December 1, 2011, the newly installed Martyr's Carillon at the façade of the Santisimo Rosario Parish was rang by the Professor Raul Sinico, Dean of the UST Conservatory of Music.[49][55]

List of Christmas Concert titles
Date Title Ref.
December 12, 2003 Hark the Herald, Thomasians Singing:
A Christmas Concert
[50]
December 10, 2004 Himig Pasko sa UST,
A Christmas Concert: Gift of the Thomasians
[50]
December 7, 2005 Yuletide Tunes [50]
December 7, 2006 A Christmas Prayer [56]
December 7, 2007 A Symphony of Carols [50]
December 3–4, 2008 A Christmas Heritage [57]
December 2–3, 2009 [58]
December 1–2, 2010 A Gift to the World [59]
November 30, 2011 and
December 1, 2011
The Quadricentennial Edition
December 5–6, 2012 [60]
December 4–5, 2013
December 3-4, 2014

Paskuhan[edit]

Primered by the Eucharistic Celebration, the Paskuhan is the Thomasian way of celebrating Christmas. It is one of the most awaited events of the year showcasing different performances from different student organizations, and live bands, which is complemented with an extravagant show of pyrotechny.

In the 2011 celebration, the crowd was estimated at 100,000.[61]

Feasts[edit]

Fireworks[edit]

UST began having pyromusical shows in the opening of the Quadricentennial Celebration in January 27, 2011. It was also the first time the Philippines saw a multi-position pyromusical event when the fireworks were launched from the UST Grandstand and Santisimo Rosario Parish. In the Neo-Centennial Celebration in January this year, the University was also the first to set up a pyromusical in four different structures and buildings. The music and choreography of all the pyromusical events are arranged by Don Miguel Villarosa and the technicals and set-up are done by John Oliver Zeng, alumni of the UST College of Fine Arts and Design, class of 2009. The fireworks off all the pyromusical events are provided by Dragon Fireworks, a local fireworks manufacturer.[62]

List of events with pyromusical display
Date Event Location and music Ref.
January 27, 2011
Quattromondial Monument unveiling
  • Quattromondial Monument
[62]
  1. Pyotr Tchaikovsky - "1812 Overture"
Q Grand Program
  • UST Grandstand
  • Santisimo Rosario Parish
  1. Vangelis - "Conquest of Paradise"
  2. Escala - "Palladio"
January 28, 2011
One@400: Q Grand Alumni Homecoming Dinner
  • UST Main Building
[62]
  1. Escala - "Children"
March 25, 2011
Baccalaureate Mass 2011
  • UST Grandstand
[62]

Duration: 8:25

  1. Richard Pazcoguin - "Children of Unending Grace"
  2. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  3. 12 Girls Band - "New Classicism"
  4. David Garrett - "Smooth Criminal"
December 16, 2011
Paskuhan 2011
  • UST Grandstand
  • Santisimo Rosario Parish
[62]

Theme: Party Rock

  1. LMFAO - "Party Rock Anthem"
  2. Chris Brown - "Yeah 3x"
  3. Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP - "We No Speak Americano"
  4. Lady Gaga - "Just Dance"
  5. Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"
  6. Maroon 5 - "Moves Like Jagger"
  7. Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette - "Hello"
  8. The Rembrandts - "Friends Theme"
January 27, 2012
Neo-centennial celebration
  • Arch of the Centuries
  • UST Main Building
  • UST Grandstand
  • Santisimo Rosario Parish
[62][63]

Theme/Show title: Chariots of Fire
Duration: 10:18

  1. Yanni - "Adagio in C Minor"
  2. Cirque du Soleil - "Battlefield"
  3. Vangelis - "Chariots of Fire"
  4. Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"
  5. Coldplay – "Yellow"
  6. Audio Machine - "Akkadian Empire"
March 23, 2012
Baccalaureate Mass 2012
  • UST Grandstand
[62]

Duration: 6:34

  1. Alfred Newman - "20th Century Fox fanfare"
  2. Elton John - "Circle of Life"
  3. Phil Collins - "You'll Be in My Heart"
  4. John Williams - "The Raiders' March"
  5. Hans Zimmer - "He's a Pirate"
December 21, 2012
Paskuhan 2012
  • UST Grandstand
[64]

Duration: 6:13

  1. "Somebody That I Used to Know"
  2. Rihanna - "We Found Love"
  3. PSY - "Gangnam Style"
  4. David Guetta - "Titanium"
  5. Maroon 5 - "Payphone"
March 19, 2013
Baccalaureate Mass 2013
  • UST Grandstand

Duration: 5:00

  1. John Lennon - "Imagine"
  2. Phil Collins - "Another Day in Paradise"
  3. David Guetta - "Just One Last Time"
March 21, 2014
Baccalaureate Mass 2014
  • UST Grandstand

Theme/Show title: The Rise of the Snow Queen
The long awaited spectacular ending
Duration: 00:00

December 11, 2014
Paskuhan 2014
  • UST Grandstand

Duration: 6:11

  1. The Treblemakers - "Don't Stop the Music"
  2. Clean Bandit - "Rather Be"
  3. Anna Kendrick - "Cups"
  4. Naughty Boy - "La La La"
  5. Disclosure - "Latch"
  6. The Barden Bellas - "Bellas Finals"
  7. Daft Punk - "One More Time/Get Lucky"

University-wide events[edit]

List of recent winners
Academic year Winner First runner-up Second runner-up
Mister Miss Mister Miss Mister Miss
1999-2000
Pha
Pha
CRS
AB
CBA
CBA
2000-2001
FMS
Educ
AB
CBA
Pha
CFAD
2001-2002
FMS
Arch
Pha
FMS
Educ
Eng'g
2002-2003
CRS
FMS
CBA
CRS
Arch
Nurs
2003-2004
Eng'g
Arch
Nurs
AB
CBA
Educ
2004-2005
CFAD
Educ
Sci
Music
CRS
CFAD
2005-2006
AB
Pha
Eng'g
Arch
Music
CBA
2006-2007
Pha
Nurs
Sci
Pha
Eng'g
ITHM
2007-2008
CFAD
Pha
Arch
AMV
Pha
Sci
2008-2009
AMV
Nurs
Nurs
Sci
CRS
AMV
2009–2010
Pha
Pha
Educ
CTHM
CRS
AB
2010–2011
FMS
FMS
Nurs
Pha
Pha
CBA
2011–2012
FMS
Nurs
Pha
CTHM
CBA
FMS
Notes:
  • AB: Arts and Letters; AMV: Accountancy; Arch: Architecture; CBA: Commerce and Business Administration; CFAD: Fine Arts and Design; CRS: Rehabilitation Sciences; CTHM: Tourism and Hospitality Management; Educ: Education; Eng'g: Engineering; FMS: Medicine and Surgery; Law: Civil Law; Nurs: Nursing; Pha: Pharmacy; Sci: Science; UST-HS: UST High School
  • Himig Tomasino – Annual competition of the different collegiate chorale groups of the university organized by the UST Student Organizations Coordinating Council (UST SOCC).
  • The Sinai Youth Camp – It is an annual university event/retreat that commemorates the Sinai Covenant. Selected second year students from the different colleges enrolled in the subject of Theology 2 - Church and Sacraments participate the event. The event is sponsored by the UST Institute of Religion.[65]

Closing of the school year[edit]

Baccalaureate Mass, Ceremony of the Light, and The Sending off Rites[edit]

Seat plan of the 2013 Baccalaureate Mass at the UST Football Field
List of class songs
Year Song
2011 Richard Pazcoguin - "Children of Unending Grace"
2012 Patrick Castaneda - "Bakit mo mahal ang UST?"
2013 Various artists - "Walang Iwanan"

The Thomasian[edit]

Legends[edit]

Arch of the Centuries[edit]

It has been a superstition that crossing the Arch while still studying in the university would result in a delay of graduation.

Height of the Main Building[edit]

Symbolism[edit]

The Sun[edit]

University in Spanish[edit]

  • The University on its third centennial: El Tricentenario
  • Previous names of the faculties and colleges: Facultad de Teología, Facultad de Cánones, Facultad de Derecho Civil, Facultades de Medicina y Farmacia, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Facultad de Ingeniería, and Colegio de Bellas Artes

University in Latin[edit]

  • Latin name: Pontificia et Regalis Sancti Thomæ Aquinatis Universitas Manilana
  • Motto: Veritas in Caritate
  • Tria Haec statues
  • In the Miguel de Benavides Library cornice: Has tenebrae cingunt mentis caligine terras Hoc Sancti Thomae Universitates Opus: Lumina Pandit
  • In the QuattroMondial monument: Pontificia et Regalis Universitas Sancti Thomae Aquantis Manilana MDCXI. Contemplari et Contemplata aliis Tradere. In Veritate fideles. In Labore proficientes. In Caritate divites
  • In San Martin de Porres Building facade: Facultas Medicinae et Chirurgiae, Honora medicum. Opera eius sunt necessaria. Deus autem est qui vitae et mortis. Habet potestatem. Ars longa, vita brevis, occasio fugit, experimentum periculosum, iudicum difficle.
  • In the Central Seminary Building: Facultates Ecclesiasticae
  • Latin honors cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude, meritus, bene meritus, and meritissimus

Sporadic events[edit]

Installation of a new rector[edit]

UST at 500[edit]

At the end of the pyromusical display of the Neo-centennial Celebration in January 2012, "UST 500" was spelled out using indoor fireworks atop the Main Building.[66]

The Varsitarian Neo-centennial magazine supplement released in June 2012 was entitled "Toward 500".[66]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Lim-Pe, Josefina (1973). The University of Santo Tomas in the Twentieth Century. University of Santo Tomas Press, Manila. pp. 198–202. 
  2. ^ a b c Dagohoy installed as UST's 96th Rector The Varsitarian. Breaking News • June 4, 2012.
  3. ^ de Ramos, Norberto V. (2000). I Walked with Twelve UST Rectors. Alfredo G. Ablaza and Christina De Ramos Ablaza. p. 4. 
  4. ^ Discurso de Apertura: Balik-tanaw The Varsitarian. Vol. LXXXIII, No. 14 • June 10, 2012.
  5. ^ The Varsitarian. Vol. LXXII, No. 1 • June 22, 2000.
  6. ^ UST Rector makes pitch for values The Varsitarian. Vol. LXXIII, No. 1 • July 11, 2001.
  7. ^ 'Strive for excellence,' Nuncio urges faculty The Varsitarian. Vol. LXXIV, No. 1 • June 20, 2002.
  8. ^ Rector appeals to Thomasians: 'Be advocates of hope' The Varsitarian. Vol. LXXV, No. 1 • June 30, 2003.
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