Wednesday, April 17, 2013

University of Santo Tomas: Commuting, Sights and Landmarks

 University of Sto. Tomas Quadricentennial Fountain
University of Sto. Tomas is one of the "big 5" schools here in the Philippines. Call it Ivy League if you prefer. The campus itself is historical. Built in 1611, it's one of the oldest and largest universities in the Philippines.

Here's the front portion outside the UST Main Building
Anyway, enough the information that's easily searchable through Wikipedia and more of the UST campus' pictures.

One of the stone carvings around the Benavides Monument
Enrollment for UST's SY 2013-2014 has begun recently. The main building was bustling with mothers and new students who were waiting to try on their new PE and school uniforms. Others guests, parents and visitors waited for their new Thomasians in the University of Sto. Tomas covered court where a big poster of how to proceed with the enrollment was hung.

Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas Main Building
Commuting from areas such as Marikina, Cubao, and Katipunan can roughly take about 1-1.5 hours, depending on how far you'll be coming from and how heavy the traffic is.

To commute from Marikina (since this is the farthest of the three mentioned above), here's what you'll have to do:

1. Ride a Jeepney that passes through the LRT Katipunan Station (LRT 2: Santolan to Recto).
2. From Katipunan (or Santolan) Station,  ride the LRT to Legarda Station.
3. Directly outside the Legarda Station, you will find tricycles waiting for passengers to UST. During the first day of summer, they charge 20 php/ head. On school days, it's only 10 php/head.
4. You'll be dropped on the road side across UST, either take the overpass or cross the pedestrian to reach your destination.

Benavides Monument in the UST grounds.
The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas is located at Espana Blvd, Manila 1008, Philippines.

For admissions, you may contact the following numbers +632-406-1611 local 8276 or +63-917-815-6323. Look for Chona or Janet.

Or you can drop by their website at

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