University of Santo Tomas (UST) | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila
|Address:||España Blvd, Sampaloc, City of Manila, Metro Manila|
The oldest museum in the Philippines, UST Museum owns the first collection of artefacts in the country, dating to as far back as 1682. A jack of all trades, it houses a bit of everything: botanical, zoological, religious, ethnological, cultural, and artistic. Originally called "Gabinete de Fisica" in the late 16th century, the UST Museum used to be a museum specializing in natural history only. Today, not only does the museum features artefacts endemic to the Philippines, it has also expanded to accommodate religious images, visual arts and paintings, ethnography, and memorabilia, to name a few. Two of the museum's intriguing items include the Sculpture of the Crucified Christ, which was carved from an elephant tusk, and the museum's most priceless exhibit "The Portrait of a Young Balinese Girl" by Italian sensualist artist Romualdo Locatelli.
Officially completed in 1932, the Santisimo Rosario Parish or the University of Santo Tomas Chapel is among one of the earliest edifices of the university. The Chapel has become the venue for various university religious activities which include the annual Misa de Apertura, a decades-old tradition of officially opening the academic year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit and the delivery of the academic lecture called the Discurso de Apertura; the annual novena to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary for the La Naval celebration; and the Heritage Christmas Concert. It was hosted the image of Our Lady of La Naval de Manila, which was saved from the bombings that destroyed the Old Santo Domingo Church in Intramuros
This historic site used to be the endpoint of the Manila-Acapulco Trade as part of the port of Manila. This part of the Wall faces the Pasig River contains one out of the seven original gates of Intramuros the Puerta Almacenes, and Baluarte de Herrerias. During World War II, it suffered wreckage and was used as barracks by the American army before completely demolishing it. The curtain wall was reconstructed through a grant from the Japanese government. Today, these eerie chambers are being turned into creative hubs as part of the city’s initiative of breathing new life into Intramuros.
Things to do nearby
- Revisit Quiapo being the old downtown of Manila.
- Discover this colorful and vibrant district that is usually misunderstood. Quiapo is the melting pot of different religions, cultures, and people.
- Uncover the mystical, exotic, exciting and spiritual Quiapo.
- Learn about the history of the Islam Faith in the Philippines
- Visit the Golden Mosque and learn from their religious leaders about the Islam faith and practices
- Learn about the history of the Quiapo community
- Visit the local places to eat. Learn about Halal food
- Discover & taste local dishes delicacies such as Palapa and local sweets
- See 18 different galleries that celebrate the vibrant history of the oldest Chinatown in the world.
- Immerse yourself in different points of history through interactive parts of the museum.
- Relive the bustling town of Binondo as the center of commerce in the Philippines.
- Be in awe of the massive collection of displays that tells the whole story of Binondo.
Where to stay
The Pacific Skyloft Hotel, with its relaxed Modern Asian hospitality vibe is the most convenient hotel to stay in University Belt, whether you are staying to visit your kids, preparing for exam, visiting the University’s hospital or you simply want to relax, Pacific Skyloft Hotel is the perfect place for you in the heart of UNIVERSITY BELT MANILA. It is also an outstanding choice for the discerning business traveler. The Pacific Skyloft Hotel features 77 guest rooms, all designed with clean architectural lines and warm contemporary furnishings. All rooms and suites are designed for maximum comfort. The Pacific Skyloft Hotel offers a range of hotel facilities including Lobby lounge, M Wellness Hub, Hi-Precision Diagnostic Center, The SPA @ 3rd by Nuat Thai, Fitness Studio, Swimming pool, M Lifestyle Premium Lounge and Roof Manila.Located just beside UST Governor Forbes exit and a few minute walk from Dapitan Gate Exit, this place offers convenience for medical practitioners, students, parents, medical patients, faculties and everyone who desires comfort and centralized atmosphere.Pacific Skyloft Hotel will always live up with its commitment of delivering exquisite experience and best value for your stay. Pacific Skyloft Hotel – a LUXURY FOR ALL.
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Getting there and around
España Blvd, Sampaloc, City of Manila, Metro ManilaGet directions