Build in 1611 the UST (University of Santo Tomas) in Manila is Known as the Catholic University of the Philippines, the almost four-century old draws inspiration from the teachings and philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic doctor and patron saint of Catholic schools. UST is the first and only educational institution declared as a national cultural treasure. The almost 400-year old university is the oldest in Asia and in student population, the largest Catholic University in the world located in one campus. The University has produced national heroes, church martyrs, renowned scientists, national artists, internationally renowned business people and athletes, prominent doctors, 4 presidents of the Philippines. Visited 3 times by the Popes, once by Pope Paul VI in 1970, and twice visited by Pope John Paul II in 1981 and 1995
Make sure to visit this campus when in Manila. The campus is open to the public. UST also offers a museum, with one of the biggest collection of Natural Science artifacts in the country, the main building, the fountains, the arches all certainly convey a sense of history and pride.