MANILA, Jan. 19, 2012—Want a memento of your alma mater or just a remembrance of Asia’s oldest and only Pontifical university? Then visit the University of Santo Tomas (UST) on Friday for the unveiling of the “400 Shots to Immortality” and get the chance to bring home a limited edition photo portrait and donate something for the victims of Typhoon “Sendong” in Mindanao in the process.
The exhibit of never-been-seen pictures of the 400-year-old UST, taken by student-photographer Paul Quiambao, is part of the university’s activities for its Neo-Centennial celebration. The Neo-Centennial celebration succeeds the UST’s year-long Quadricentennial festivities held last year to welcome the next centenary for the institution that produced countless national heroes and leaders.
According to organizers, visitors of the exhibit can buy limited copies of some of the featured photographs. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the victims of typhoon “Sendong” as well as to UST-supported Ayta communities in Tarlac.
The exhibit will run from January 20 to February 10 at the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences Gallery and the lobby of the UST Main Building, which was declared a National Landmark by the National Museum.
Aside from the photo exhibit, the UST’s Neo-Centennial celebrations will be highlighted with a thanksgiving Mass and the blessing of the grounds of the New Hospital Building on January 23 at 8:30 a.m.
On January 24, university officials will open the campus-wide University Fair, the start of the Feria de la Tapa at the Quadricentennial Square, and the launch the 400 Books at the Benavides Library.
The next day, January 25, the celebration will start with the rare and exciting Velada Tomasina at 8 a.m., the unveiling of the Historical Marker, wreath-laying ceremonies, Velada Tomasina Lectures, a La Naval de Manila procession, the Ad Januam Coeli (to the gates of heaven) exhibit of thanksgiving for the life and service of departed Thomasians, and on through the Flamenco Night at the Feria de la Tapa, which will start at 7 p.m.
January 26 will start late at 1:00 p.m. with the homecoming of the Alumni Priests’ Association and the dry-run for 40,000 voices at the Open Field, ending up with a walk-through of the Thomasian Alumni Center at 4:00 p.m.
On the final day, January 27, there will be an 8 a.m. cheering competition when the Q Cheer-making Contest: Cheermania spins off at Plaza Mayor. Noontime will give way to quiet moments, a perfect prelude to “Kumpisalang Bayan sa Pamantasan” that awaits at 3 p.m. at the UST Chapel and Seminary Grounds.
A Eucharistic celebration with a Neo-Centennial twist follows at 4:30 p.m., to be held in the Open Field, and will be capped by “40,000 Voices” and fireworks display at Angelus hour. Pursuing UST’s neo-centennial theme is the Grant Fiesta all over the campus at 7 p.m. capped by a Grand Variety Show at the UST Grandstand and Open Field. (YouthPinoy)