Manila’s Pontifical and Royal Campus (Part 3: the medical legacy)


As interesting as the scholastic legacy, the University of Santo Tomas also bears a noteworthy legacy to the practice of medicine in the country ever since the university first offered degrees in medicine in 1875. UST at the time did not have its own hospital for its medical students to be able to train what they’ve learned. It was decreed instead that the then 300+ old hospital of San Juan De Dios (in Intramuros near the old UST campus) be the university’s training institution for medicine.

With the onslaught of World War II in the country, the administration of San Juan De Dios Hospital was given to UST for the meantime throughout the wartime era, the end of which saw the destruction of both San Juan De Dios and the old UST in Intramuros. San Juan De Dios would be rebuilt and relocated down south to Pasay while UST’s medical program would be relocated north to the then growing Sampaloc campus. Continue reading


Manila’s Pontifical and Royal Campus (Part 2)


Located right across Plaza Intramuros and Benavides on the eastern side is an up-and-coming structure to be opened sometime in the 2nd half of 2011. This would be the 4-storey UST Sports Complex. This would serve as the home of the university’s varsity team the UST Growling Tigers with a gymnasium that can accommodate up to almost 5,800 people, with provisions for holding activities basketball, badminton, gymnastics, table tennis, indoor running track, dancing, and a fitness center. Given the university’s rich athletic history, it will also house a museum showcasing memorabilia like trophies, medals won by the university in various sporting competitions, especially in the UAAP which UST is a founding member. Continue reading


Manila’s Pontifical and Royal Campus (Part 1)

My previous entry has tackled the story of the quadricentennarian institution that is the University of Santo Tomas, (UST) and the situation that arose by its tricentennial celebration that made it consider to relocate elsewhere so it could meet those needs.

The plan was put in place even before the tricentennial, when the Dominicans decided the buy a 21.5 (22 according to some sources) hectare land in Sampaloc, an area known as Sulucan Hills. (interestingly, Sulucan came from either the Tagalog word “sulok” or corner because its location or from “nakikisulok” or living with another’s house which was the situation at the turn of the century as people scrounging for a place in bustling Manila) The land was originally owned by the nuns of Santa Clara which was part of a bigger property that they disposed through an auction. The winning bidders were 2 businessmen, Antonio de la Riva and Alfredo Chicote, who were looking into developing the once marshy farmland into a residential subdivision. But these businessmen had some help from the Dominicans who lended them the needed money to win the bid. In return, de la Riva and Chicote donated a sizable chunk of their new property to the Dominicans.*

*Now some sources say it was a certain Francisca Bustamante Bayot who donated the land to the Dominicans. However, her signature does not appear on the register of deeds and cannot be accepted as documentary evidence that it was her who made the donation. Historical testimonies point to de la Riva and Chicote as the donors. source Continue reading


To the head Tamaraw’s lair: inside the FEU Administration Bldg.

We are now approaching the final leg of our little virtual FEU tour. So I thought it would be appropriate to end it in the FEU Administration, another Art Deco masterpiece from Pablo Antonio which was completed in 1949. Continue reading