Hello again, UST

My college friends and I decided to visit our alma mater to reminisce catch up.

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

Hello, first love!

All things I regret not doing flashed to mind upon entering the gates of the university, but I set that aside and focused on that feel-good feeling that I get while walking in familiar grounds.

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

It’s been a long time coming

What fueled this visit was our curiosity to check out the new UST gym, which stands on what used to be a field for PE classes that involved balls (volleyball, basketball, handball and baseball). Perhaps it is for this reason that they littered each entry with these huge installations of round objects.

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

Someone tell me what those balls are for

But taking the former field as the inspiration for the placement of these shiny things do not explain this next photo/installation.

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

Someone tell me what those arrows are for

Needless to say, we were not able to go inside the gym, so we proceeded in going to our familiar spots and see if anything has changed. There have been some nice improvements…

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

Great to have these signboards to lead the way

And there were some that might be damaged during floods…

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

Huge letters for all the colleges/faculties/institutes in the university

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

Wish they patterned the S from the original “huge” letters

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

No escaping the fact that the view will no longer be as beautiful as it used to be

A complete survey of the place revealed that not much has changed, except for new structures and some shiny new fixtures to make the school more pleasing to the eyes.

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

Bevanides still pointing to “that” direction

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

Used to pass by this place all the time

We had afternoon “tea” under the red umbrella at the Quadricentennial Park, arguably my favorite spot in the university for plenty of reasons.

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

Exactly like this about four years ago

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

New tambayan for cats

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

The Ramon Orlina sculpture

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

Lovely

Espanya will always have a special place in my heart. Wow, cheesy. Just saying this because people think that I switched allegiances ever since attending that school along Katipunan Avenue. Not gonna lie, but Ateneo has always been a dream. I guess there are reasons why God placed me in UST, and I am grateful and thankful still for the chance to study in my dream school. K, enough sap about schools.

Let me end this with something feel-good.

University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila

The best part about being a graduate is passing through the Arch of the Centuries like a boss

Don’t you agree, fellow grads? :)

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