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The  Pontifical and Royal, Catholic University in  Asia, University of Santo Tomas. 400 years of unending grace.

And starting tomorrow,  January 24, 2011 UST will open its doors to a  week- long activities  that would culminate  on January 28, 2011, our 400th year!

OPENING OF THE QUADRICENTENNIAL FAIR

8:00 am UST Plaza Mayor

OPENING OF THE JUBILEE DOOR

OPENING EUCHARIST FOR THE Q WEEK

5:15 pm UST Chapel

January 25, 2011

Q SHORT FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS NIGHT

7:00 pm UST Plaza Mayor

January 26, 2011

Q PARADE

8:00 am UST Campus, University Belt

OPENING OF THE 10th BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITIES OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (ICUSTA)

9:00 am UST Chapel

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA OPERA

5:00 pm UST Medicine Auditorium

January 27, 2011

ICUSTA CONFERENCE

9:00 am UST TARC (Thomas Aquinas Research Center) Auditorium

UNVEILING OF THE QUATTROMONDIAL MONUMENT

6:30 pm Quadricentennial Square

Q GRAND PROGRAM

7:00 pm UST Grandstand and Open Field

January 28, 2011

UST ALPA (ALUMNI PRIESTS ASSOCIATION) HOMECOMING

8:00 am UST Central Seminary Gymnasium

Q THANKSGIVING MASS

5:00 pm UST Grandstand and Open Field

ONE@400: Q GRAND ALUMNI HOMECOMING DINNER

7:00 pm UST Plaza Mayor and Benavides Park

January 24-27, 2011

QUADRICENTENNIAL FAIR

Pope Benedict XVI has granted the University of Santo Tomas Santisimo Rosario Parish an apostolic blessing and plenary indulgence in connection with the Quadricentennial celebration of UST:

In a letter through Cardinal Fortunato Baldelli, head of the Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary, the Pope said he is giving a plenary indulgence on all those who will go to the UST church from January 2011-January 2012 “under the usual conditions of Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayers of the intentions of the Holy Father.”

Indulgence is defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a “remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven.”

The opening of the Jubilee Door tomorrow will be highlighted by the UST Quadricentennial Mass for Students at 5:15 p.m. at the UST Church with Manila Archbishop Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales as celebrant. ( source: Phil. Inquirer news)

Pope Benedict himself will deliver a special message during the mass via a video.  The UST Main Building, UST Central Library (which holds a large collection of rare books even dating back as early as 1501), the UST open grounds, the UST Central Seminary/Ecclesiastical Faculties and the UST Arch of Centuries were designated National Cultural Treasures by the government.

The Quattromondial Monument,  a ten-meter high work of art by one of the alumni of UST, Ramon Orlina, a well-known sculptor,  will be unveiled at the Quadricentennial Square  on January 27, 2011. Made of bronze and glass, the four figures represent the  young male student (modeled on Philippine actor Piolo Pascual who is an alumnus of UST,  the young female student , the Thomasian teacher and the Dominican monk-scholar which is modeled on Fr. Rolando V. dela Rosa, the present Rector of UST. The model for the teacher is no other than actress and beauty queen Charlene Gonzales-Mulach, a  UST alumna.

I spent nine years of my life in this Catholic institution and I am proud to be a Thomasian.  I just realized that this is my 400th blog at Dreams and Escapes, what a coincidence.

Here are more pictures of UST.  I just love taking shots of the nooks and crannies of the University every chance I get.  It is a photographer’s delight.

Plaza Mayor, fronting the Main Building

The UST Chapel (Santisimo Rosario Parish).  This building also houses the UST Central Seminary and the UST Ecclesiastical Faculties Lbrary

The Quadricentennial Square

UST Main Bulding

Miguel de Benavidez Library

The UST Fountain of Wisdom

The UST grounds

UST Arch of the Centuries, designated as National Cultural Treasure

St. Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Dominican Order (part of the Lumina Pandit Exhibit)

Another shot of the Quadricentennial Square

The main hall of the Miguel de Benavidez Library (formerly called UST Library)

With two close  friends,  Sr. Thea, FMM and Grace, we were former Student Librarians of UST

At the Ecclesiastical Faculties Library (I’m the one in red shirt..hehe)

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