The Philippines goes international once again as one of its premier universities gets the spotlight in a cultural exhibit at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) House in Paris, France.
The UNESCO House, through its Special Events Section, has organized an exhibition that will showcase the University of Santo Tomas and its 400th year anniversary.
The exhibit, entitled "University of Santo Tomás: Four Centuries of Promoting Understanding, Peace and Culture" will be held on September 21-23, 2011. The exhibition will illustrate, through photographs, texts, and films, the foundation and history of the University; its major stages marked by historical events and papal visits; the cultural heritage of the University to the FIlipino people; and its vast contribution to the Philippines and the world. Also included in the exhibit are the future development programs of the university.
Also on September 21, the world-renowned University of Santo Tomás Singers will have a musical show, performing a repertoire of sacred songs, works from the classical and contemporary repertoire, and folk songs from the Philippines.
The UST Singers made an indelible mark in the history of the country when it was twice named Choir of the World in the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (Wales) – the oldest choral singing competition in the world. The UST Singers are the only Asian choral group to have achieved such a feat.
The University of Santo Tomas, founded in 1611 by former Manila Archbishop Miguel de Benavides of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), is Asia's oldest university and the world's largest, in terms of student population located in a single campus.
The UNESCO exhibit is a fitting tribute to an institution that has contributed so much in the development of the Filipino people and the nation through its multidisciplinary, Catholic education which has trained heroes, saints, martyrs, and presidents among others.
UST is currently celebrating its quadricentennial this year.