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Adopted 1983

The UST seal is the official school insignia of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. The present UST seal is a square shield quartered by the Dominican Cross superimposed with the sun of Saint Thomas Aquinas, patron of Catholic schools. The sun is actually patterned to the Sun of May. On the upper left of the shield is the papal tiara. The upper right features the lion rampant. A sea lion occupies the lower left and a rose flower occupies the lower right. It was adopted on 1983.[1][2][3]

University seal[edit]

Symbolism[edit]

Emblem of the Papacy Coat of arms of Kingdom of Leon Seal of Manila
The emblem of the papacy, crowned by the Papal Tiara. The seal of the Spanish Kingdom of Leon showing the lion rampant. The seal of Manila showing the sea lion.

Encircling the Dominican cross are:

  • The papal tiara represents UST being a pontifical university.[4]
  • The lion is derived from the Seal of Spain. It symbolizes the royal patronage the University had throughout the greater part of the university's centuries-old existence.[4]
  • The sea lion is taken from the seal of the City of Manila, the national capital, symbolizing the Republic of the Philippines.[4]
  • The rose flower symbolizes Blessed Virgin Mary under whose patronage the university was placed from its very beginnings.[4]
  • The symbols are rendered in gold (except for the Dominican cross which is black and white), and are set on a field of light blue. It represents the Marian color.[5]

Evolution of seals[edit]

1619–1773 1773–1854 1734–1855 1828–1856 1845–1880
1619–1773 1773–1854 1734–1855 1828–1856 1845–1880
19th Century Coat of Arms 1868–1935 Example.png Example.png 1875–1909 Minor Seal
19th Century Coat of Arms 1868–1935 1875–1909 Minor Seal
1875–1909 Rose Vignette 1935–1938 Seal used during the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935–1946 1937–1946 Seal used during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines from 1942 to 1945 1957–1983
1875–1909 Rose Vignette 1935–1938 Seal used during the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935–1946 1937–1946 Seal used during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines from 1942 to 1945 1957–1983

The official seal used by the University in 1868 to 1935 was a cardioid shield. On top of the seal was the world, the emblem of the university. A figure of a dog which symbolized fidelity was also seen together with the world. Below it was the sun of Aquinas. Just below the sun were three ovals. The left oval contained the Pontifical arms symbolizing the Apostolic concession by which the the College of Santo Tomas was raised to be a university. The center oval contained the Dominican cross. It was also surrounded by white lilies and crowned by a star. The right oval contained the national arms of Spain (coat of arms of the Spanish East Indies) to indicate the protection which Philip IV vouchsafed to the University. On the topmost portion of the three ovals was a the world, the emblem of the University. The shield was surrounded by the Golden Fleece.[6][7]

The succeeding three seals (1935–1938 seal, 1937–1946 seal, and 1957–1983 seal) had changes depending on the government/regime the Philippines had. The 1935–1938 seal contained the coat of arms of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. The coat of arms of the Spanish East Indies was retained in the 1937–1946 seal. The 1957–1983 seal replaced the coat of arms of the Commonwealth of the Philippines with the coat of arms of the Philippines.[8]

College 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.[9][10] Each college also has a patron saint. Each one 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 Colors Emblem Patron Ref.
Faculty of Sacred Theology


Holy chalice St. Thomas Aquinas [11]
Faculty of Philosophy


Owl of Minerva and
Catherine wheel
St. Catherine of Alexandria [11]
Faculty of Canon Law


Keys of Heaven St. Raymond of Peñafort [11]
Faculty of Civil Law


Balance scale St. Raymond of Peñafort [11]
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery


Rod of Asclepius Sts. Cosmas and Damian [11][12]
[13]
Faculty of Pharmacy


Bowl of Hygeia Sts. Cosmas and Damian
Faculty of Arts and Letters


Athena St. Thomas More [11][13]
[14]
Faculty of Engineering


Pylon, tower, factory,
microprocessor, gear wheel,
Erlenmeyer flask, and laptop
Blessed Jordan of Saxony [11][13]
[15]
College of Education


Torch St. Joseph of Calasanz [11][13]
College of Science


Globe St. Albertus Magnus [11]
College of Architecture


Ionic capital Thomas the Apostle [11][13]
Graduate School
Biretta and
an open book
St. Antoninus of Florence [16]
College of Commerce and Business Administration


Winged wheel Matthew the Evangelist [11]
Conservatory of Music


Harp of David St. Cecilia [11][13]
[17]
College of Nursing


Maltese cross and
Lamp of Nightingale
St. Elizabeth of Hungary [18]
College of Rehabilitation Sciences


St. Martin de Porres [13]
College of Fine Arts and Design


Paint brush, pencil, and
technical and dip pens
Blessed Beato Fra Angelico [13]
Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy


Abacus St. Joseph
College of Tourism and Hospitality Management


Globe, laurel, and torch St. Hyacinth
Institute of Physical Education and Athletics
Bengal tiger Pope John Paul II
UST High School
UST Main Building tower St. Thomas Aquinas [19]
Education High School Bible and torch St. Thomas Aquinas [20]
UST Grade School UST Main Building tower St. Thomas Aquinas
Institute of Religion St. Mary Magdalene

References[edit]

  1. ^ The University Seal UST.edu.ph. Accessed May 26, 2011
  2. ^ UST Guide for Freshmen Academic Year 2010-2011. Office of the Secretary General and Office of Public Affairs, University of Santo Tomas, Manila.
  3. ^ Filipiniana.net University of Santo Tomas. Accessed May 26, 2011
  4. ^ a b c d Try on some quadricentennial pride at UST by Ruth L. Navarra, Philippine Daily Inquirer. May 26, 2011
  5. ^ University of Santo Tomas Student Handbook, 2002 edition
  6. ^ Historical documentary synopsis of the University of Santo Tomas of Manila from its foundation to our day. University of Santo Tomas Press, Manila. 1929.  Text " Sanchez, Juan G., Bass, James H. " ignored (help); Text " 128-130" ignored (help) The United States and its territories, University of Michigan Library. Retrieved May 26, 2011
  7. ^ Mga sagisag ng Santo Tomas The Varsitarian. Vol. LXXIII, No. 11 • June 6, 2002
  8. ^ The University Seal - Evolution of Seals UST.edu.ph. Accessed May 26, 2011
  9. ^ Hari ng sagisag ng UST The Varsitarian. Vol. LXXV, No. 8 • January 15, 2004
  10. ^ Cenon Rivera. hagonoyartgroup.multiply.com. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l 2007 Solemn Investiture Program of the UST Faculty of Pharmacy
  12. ^ FMS celebrates "MEDisIN" Week 2010. The UST Medical Gazette. Vol. 53, No. 3 • July-September 2011
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h UST Uniforms: Through the years The Varsitarian. Vol. LXXVIII, No. 1 • June 23, 2006
  14. ^ Patron Saints of Education Topics Saints.SQPN.com Accessed May 25, 2011
  15. ^ Patron Saints of Education Topics Saints.SQPN.com Accessed May 25, 2011
  16. ^ Graduate Schoo Student's Handbook graduateschool.ust.edu.ph Retrieved May 27, 2011
  17. ^ Conservatory of Music celebrates College Week UST.edu.ph Accessed May 25, 2011
  18. ^ College of Nursing - Patron web.archive.org Accessed May 25, 2011
  19. ^ UST High School: The Seal. Retrived May 28, 2011.
  20. ^ UST Education High School Seal. Retrived May 28, 2011.

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