95. University of Santo Tomas

95. University of Santo Tomas

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For the first time in forever, I finally stepped inside the gated campus of University of Santo Tomas. I was looking for this day to come since I used to know only few facts about the university along España Blvd and I want to learn more about the den of the Growling Tigers.

Few trivia bits that I knew already: First is what the Philippine history books had told us – UST is the oldest existing university in Asia. Another fact is that it houses Salinggawi Dance Troupe, an archrival of UP Pep Squad in Cheerdance Competition in UAAP. That among the university confession Facebook pages, I find the the UST Files as the library of the most lovestruck stories of hugot and sparks that will defy Kirchhoff’s Law. And of course, who could forget Popoy and Basha of One More Chance?

Good thing my friend, Alexis, was there to accompany me around his Alma Mater. It was a sunny All Souls Day in a Sunday. An unobstructed photowalk is possible. I strolled around the campus with my smartphone and an open heart. And here’s how it went.

 

Structures

University of Santo Tomas

With that facial contours and the abs, I am convinced that one of the four statues took its inspiration and form from its alumnus Piolo Pascual. Charlene Gonzalez is also said to be one of the models too.

University of Santo Tomas

The college building where Basha architectured her dreams.
Beato Angelico Building. #ParangPagibig Hanggang “plano” lang. Pawang “drawing” lamang.

University of Santo Tomas

It’s like anytime Esmeralda and the Hunchback of Notre Dame will come out one of these doors.

University of Santo Tomas

Or somewhere up there Batman will contemplate if he is the one the city deserves.

University of Santo Tomas

One of the newer buildings in the quadrangle with Family Mart and Krispy Kreme as two of its tenants.

 

Hugot Pa More

University of Santo Tomas

Fries before guys.

University of Santo Tomas

Sums up this line: I’m so stupid to make the biggest mistake of falling in love with my best friend… dahil kahit kelan, hindi mo naman ako makikita eh, kahit kelan hindi mo ako kayang mahalin na higit pa sa isang kaibigan

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One of the bench fixtures vandalized out of love.

University of Santo Tomas

There’s no “US” in UST. #WalangForever

 

Photoshoot

University of Santo Tomas

University of Santo Tomas

University of Santo Tomas

My friend and tour guide was too game for this.

 

Lovers Lane

University of Santo Tomas

Or just another pedestrian lane for someone na may pinagdadaanan? Pinagdadaanan = Pedestrian. Haha. Although I have to ask him first about any curse he knows about walking as single in a lane meant for two.

University of Santo Tomas

One of the the couples around the campus during our stay having their pre-nuptial shoots. Push lang!

 

Go USTe!

University of Santo Tomas

From a fighting Maroon who took one more chance to find love: Thank you for that good day!
But pag-ibig is in another castle.