Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building

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University of Santo Tomas
Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building
General information
Status Complete
Current tenants UST Senior High School
Groundbreaking 4 February 2010
Construction started 2011
Completed 2014
Opened August 2014
Owner University of Santo Tomas
Technical details
Floor count 12
Design and construction
Architect Abelardo M. Tolentino, Jr.

As one of the major facilities to be built in the Manila campus of Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building is poised to serve as the meeting place of all members of the alumni in the Philippines and abroad.[1] The building will house the current Senior High School students of the University. In addition, The center is conceived to house the individual alumni chapters of each faculty and college.[1] The structure honors the name of Blessed Buenaventura García de Paredes, who was a law professor of the University and a Master of the Order of Preachers martyred in 1936 during the religious persecution in Spain.

The proposed site is the current location of UST's original gymnasium, which was the largest in the Philippines when it was built. Given its historic importance to UST, the gym's front and rear façade will be kept[2] and the entrance of the alumni center will be placed along Tamayo Drive. The adjacent Olympic-sized swimming pool will also remain, yet refurbished.[2]

Visit of UST Rector in the United States[edit]

In June 2010, Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, O.P. visited the Thomasian Alumni based in the United States.[3] He addressed the members of the alumni in the U.S. particularly the Thomasian medical practitioners to invite them to come home and join the festivities for UST's quadricentennial anniversary. This happened during the 18th Annual Grand Reunion and Medical Convention of the UST Medical Alumni Association in America or USTMAAA. During the event, the UST Rector acknowledged the association's pledge of USD 1 million for the construction of the Thomasian Alumni Center.


The demolition of the original UST gymnasium started on April 6, 2011. The construction of the alumni center will commence once the original gymnasium had been demolished.[4]


The alumni center will have twelve floors and a mezzanine. [5]Ground Floor will feature a grand lobby that would serve as the center's main converging point. A souvenir shop, business center, coffee shop, and travel bureau will all be located on this floor. There will also be a Mezzanine where the Thomasian Honor Gallery[6] will be placed. The center's Grand Ballroom will be located on the Second Floor for homecoming and other events could be held. The Third Floor will be the location of the Office for Alumni Affairs and the offices of each Faculty/College-based alumni associations. There will also be meeting rooms on this floor. The Fourth Floor will feature function rooms for smaller events and seminars. Lastly, the Fifth Floor will have hostel facilities for accommodation services for traveling and returning alumni. This floor will also have a spa and wellness center.


  • Office for Alumni Affairs
  • offices for faculty/college-based alumni associations
  • Grand Lobby with souvenir shop, coffee shop, travel bureau, and business center
  • Grand Ballroom
  • 16 mini auditoria
  • function rooms (meeting rooms)
  • hostel facilities with spa and wellness center

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Father Rector's Message to USTMAA's 16th Grand Reunion Archived 11 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved 10 February 2011
  2. ^ a b Alumni Center, UST marker, 'Simbahayan' launched, Retrieved 10 February 2011
  3. ^ UST Rector visits Thomasian Alumni in the US Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved 10 February 2011
  4. ^ 78-year-old gymnasium demolished, Retrieved 23 May 2011
  5. ^ Thomasian Alumni Center Proposal, Retrieved 8 February 2012
  6. ^ UST Alumni Pledge Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved 10 February 2011