Asia's first university, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) was founded in 1611, antedating Harvard, America's ... More
University of Santo Tomas
Asia's first university, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) was founded in 1611, antedating Harvard, America's oldest institution of higher learning. UST was located inside Intramuros but moved to its present site in 1927 to accommodate the growing student body. The front campus is distinguished by large tracts of lawn, an arc de triomphe and two circular fountains. At the far end stands a medieval-looking structure topped by a huge clock tower and statues of saints, philosophers and great writers. A leisurely walk will take you past different colleges devoted to the humanities, sciences, arts and music.
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University of Santo Tomas has outstanding graduates yesterday, today and in the future.
Outstanding Thomasian Awardee(Provincial Medical Practitioner)
(College of Medicine Golden Jubilee 1930-1980)
awarded to Dr. Manuel Viola Fernando Sr. on Jan. 27, 1980 for his distinguished provincial medical practice and military services undertaken inside and outside Metro Manila.
He graduated March 1930 College of Medicine and passed Board of Medical Examination May 1930 and licensed to practice July 1930.
May 1931 - Dec. 31, 1934: Resident Physician - Eladia Memorial Hospital San Miguel, Bulacan
Jan. 31, 1935 : Organized Abuluyang Lunas, a cooperative organization
Oct. 16,1936: Resident Physician Eladdia Memorial Hospital until 1947
Feb. 15, 1942: One of the 28 citizens of San Miguel,Bulacan who organized an anti-Japanese underground resistance movement.
Aug. 25, 1942: Medical officer of Squadron 80 - Anderson's Guerilla in San Miguel, Bulacan under the command of Capt. Bernard L. Anderson US Air Force.
Aug.18, 1942: Raided the Japanese-operated ricemill in barrio San Jose, San Miguel, Bulacan.
Sept. 14, 1942: Killed a Japanese soldier in an encounter against a Japanese patrol in barrio Bubulong Munti, San Ildefonso,Bulacan.
Sept.22, 1944: Commanding Officer, Biak-na-Bata regiment until Sept.26, 1945
May - June 1945: Acting Mayor of San Miguel, Bulacan.
October 29, 1948: Called to active duty Armed Forces of the Phil., served as Battalion Surgeon of the different Army unitsoperating against Hukbalahaps in Central Luzon.
June 11, 1960: Assigned ROTC Surgeon in Manila ROTC and PMT units in Manila area colleges and universities.
Oct. 15, 1963: Concurrently assigned Assistant Commandant Manuel L. Quezon University ROTC Corps until his retirement in 1964.
1965 - 1975: Chapter commander - Veterans Federation of the Philippines - San Miguel,Bulacan.
1967: Technical Adviser of San Miguel,Bulacan Municipal Council(one peso annual compensation.
1967-1975: Chairman Boys Scouts Committee San Miguel,Bulacan, Chairman-Health Education Coordinating Council San Miguel, Bulacan.
Aside from his award from USTAA, he received the following awards and decorations for his distinguised medical practice, military and public services:
Military Merit Medal, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Anti-Dissident Campaign Award, Presidential Unit Citation Badge, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, American Defense Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Certificate of Merit from Bulacan Health Education, Gold USA decor from Boy Scounts of the Philippines.
He was a retired lieutenant colonel of the AFP Medical Corps 1964. He was Pres. of the Secratariat, Cursillistas of San Miguel, Bulacan. He visited people in the mountainside to bring them medical attention and supplies.
"A race is like a man, until it uses its own talents, takes price in its own history, and loves its own memories, it can never fulfill itself completely. J.V."
"Though the wings of time stopped for you, you are here in all we do. We will never think that you are really gone. We will see you in every sunset and sky. We will never forget you are nearby, for you were the man with the friendly smile, the one carried with grace and style, that memory of you will last forever, for it was you who said never say "never." T.P.
Jan. 17, 1904 - March 27, 1990
*****We are proud of our father, Dr. Manuel Viola Fernando Sr.*****
I was a UST High School graduate of 1954. After 4 years, I received my degree in BSE.The oldest & the first proud Tomasian in the Marcale Clan. My brothers, Pol S. Marcale,a Varsitarian staff ( Journalism),Apolinar (Fine Arts) and sisters,Corazon (Architecture ), Paulina (Nursing) & Helen (Education) are proud Thomasians, products of UST High School too.
UST, our Alma Mater,Thank You!
I am a retiree residing (have worked here for more than 30 years) in the US and am proud to be a Thomasian. At the age of 15 I went to study in USTand agree that one has to be a diligent-disciplined-student to achieve a degree from this University. For non-accounting majors (I majored in Banking & Finance), a "baby thesis" was a requisite for graduation. My professor was very strict , from the approval of the subject matter (mine was, "THE EFFICACY OF INSURED DEPOSIT LIABILITIES" patterned after the FDIC - I researched in our Congress Library), till the oral exam. She furnished the thesis papers and advised us not to have the thesis prepared by paid typists. She admonished me when I asked for an extra paper but in a kind way. I borrowed a manual typewriter and re-typed from dusk till 6 a.m. the following morning, prepared for my 7 a.m. classes including my oral exam. While my back ached and my fingers were sore, the marks she (her name is Mrs. Josefina Serafico) gave me was worth my hardship. I can not forget her since I learned that discipline and determination are a MUST to achieve one's goals in life. My brother finished his medical degree in this University, too.
We had celebrations inside the campus and I'll always treasure fond memories of my college days at the University of Santo Tomas. Regretfully, I was unable to see UST when I first visited the Philippines in the early 90's. I can only re-live those years when I visit the website and glad to see the vast improvements. Likewise, I am glad to know that people from other places acknowledge the educational excellence of UST.
I graduated from the UST School of Medicine in 1956.I had fond memories in general as a student, especially when UST was winning all those UAAP basketball championships.I retired from my anesthesia practice in October 1991 in Wisconsin and moved to Las Vegas. I am having fun here in Vegas.
I like to give back to my beloved Alma Mater. As an Electrical Eng'g. student in the tumultous '80's, I took part in sometimes violent protest rallies against then Martial Law, tuition fee hikes, hunger, injustice,etc,etc.
UST was an oasis of calm amidst the chaos around it-never lost its focus to educate us angry students. Ninoy Aquino was assasinated just before i left for the U.S.
Immediately joined the U.S. Navy where they trained me over 2 years to operate Nuclear Reactors.I excelled academically thanks to my UST's "terror" profesors who make exams very tough they get mad if you score well! American profesors praise you if you score well on their exams.
I own a service business now and plan to offer full scholarships to future deserving UST students. It's my way of saying thanks UST-you laid the foundation of my success in this faraway land the good old U.S. of A.
Last December 2006, I visited UST and it brought back fond memories of the place and happenings when I was a student back in 1978. I was an average engineering student and got couple of F grades then but the values I learned from UST made an impact on me. I still remember my prof Tatang at m.e. I'm US based now and work in a nuclear power plant for almost 4 years now. UST will be a part of me.
I had a lot of fun in UST when I studied there from 1981-1986. The learning atmosphere was great and if you do your homework, you are definitely going to get what you truly deserve.
I returned to UST for a visit in 2005 and found some changes in the landscaping. I don't mind going back to her for graduate studies.
The only problem with the College of Commerce was its lack of US accreditation during the years I attended the school. If your college is not accredited, you are not going to get much respect and may have to redo some of your courses here in the US. Perhaps that has changed in the last few years. Check first before you attend.
If you are an alumnus and want to write a review, please check your grammar and spelling. You are not doing the school any justice for sloppy writing.
To the past and present faculty of UST, thank you for the wonderful memories and keep up the good work.
I am a Journalish graduate of UST (Artlets Batch '81), and I cherish all the four years of college I spent in this university. They were among the best years of my life. I loved everything about UST: its good-natured students, down to earth professors, parks, gardens, historic main building, and its morning masses at the UST Chapel which always set my days off to a good start. Back then, UST was my oasis, my source of solace and tranquility amid the hustle and bustle of Manila. Its conservative temper and traditional atmosphere gave me a sense of security and belonging which I truly needed during those times.
I loved this university,very high standard, I went to college there for 1 year at the age of 15, section A in Medical Technology, I would have love to finish my schooling there but my dad took us to America. Everyone is very talented in class, it's unbelievable! So you really have to keep up studying and studying and studying or you'll never catch up on your studies.
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