University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary Building

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University of Santo Tomas
Central Seminary Building
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Central Seminary with the University field
General information
TypeEcclesiastical and educational building
Architectural styleArt Deco
LocationEspaña, Sampaloc, Manila
Coordinates14°36′37″N 120°59′21″E / 14.61028°N 120.98917°E / 14.61028; 120.98917
OwnerUniversity of Santo Tomas
Design and construction
ArchitectFernando H. Ocampo, Sr., FPIA
Architecture firmArguilles & Ocampo Architects
Awards and prizesNational Cultural Treasure

The University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary Building currently houses the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church, the Central Seminary, and the Faculties of Ecclesiastical Studies of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in Manila. The Parish was canonically inaugurated on April 26, 1942 by Michael J. O'Doherty, the Archbishop of Manila.[1] In January 25 2010, the National Museum of the Philippines formally declared the Central Seminary Building as a National Cultural Treasure.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]


Central Seminary Building

The Central Seminary of the University of Santo Tomas was designed by Ar. Fernando H. Hizon, Sr.. It was built in the 1930s. The plan of the seminary was configured in the form of the letter E, with courtyards bisecting the wings. The boxy building had an elongated frontage assembling a continuous band of balconies and windows on the second and third level. The structure’s horizontally-oriented massing was broken by an engaged central section at the main entrance and two other similar treatments at the end portions. An art deco relief, bud-like finials, and a tableau embellished the stepped pylon at the entrance.[9]

Official Declaration[edit]

Section 3 of “The Cultural Properties Preservation and Protection Act” states that a “National Cultural Treasure is a unique object found locally, possessing outstanding historical, cultural, artistic and/or scientific value which is significant and important to this country and nation.” This prestigious recognition marks the first ever inclusion of an educational institution among the ranks of National Cultural Treasures, with the majority of structures being churches and the rest being terrestrial landmarks, intangible cultural property and movable objects.” As heritage sites, they will be accorded protection and recognition, giving importance to their witness of 400 years of tumultuous Philippine history.[2][4]



  1. ^ Santissimo Rosario Parish of the University of Santo Tomas Archived 2012-09-13 at the Wayback Machine Santissimo Rosario Parish website accessed October 26, 2012
  2. ^ a b National Museum declares UST structures as National Cultural TreasuresUniversity of Santo Tomas website accessed October 27, 2012
  3. ^ Formal Declaration of UST National Cultural Treasures Archived 2013-07-28 at the Wayback MachineUniversity of Santo Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences website accessed October 27, 2012
  4. ^ a b UST sites declared 'National Treasures'The Varsitarian website accessed October 27, 2012
  5. ^ UST landmarks declared ‘National Treasures’The Inquirer website accessed October 27, 2012
  6. ^ UST landmarks to be declared national cultural treasuresThe Manila Bulletin website accessed October 27, 2012
  7. ^ UST spots declared cultural treasuresGMA Network website accessed October 27, 2012
  8. ^ Untitled (Plaque inside building) (in English and Filipino). UST Main Building, near the front entrance of the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences: National Museum of the Philippines. 25 January 2010.
  9. ^ Lico, Gerard (2008). Arkitekturang Filipino: A History of Architecture and Urbanism in the Philippines. Quezon City: The University of the Philippines Press. p. 339. ISBN 978-971-542-579-7.

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