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Whether you are a Thomasian or not, you probably have seen the main building of University of Santo Tomas (UST), in photos or in person. In 1927, this iconic image of UST was built by a Spanish priest civil-engineer Rev. Fr. Roque Ruaño. It is 86 meters long and 74 meters wide, and it’s the first-ever earthquake-resistant building in the country. Since the country was located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Fr. Ruaño thought of applying the anti-seismic concepts that he learned from Japan to create this structure.

Located in España, Sampaloc, Manila, this 4-storey building eventually housed the Faculties of Pharmacy, Philosophy and Letters, and Engineering of UST. It's actually quite high for a 4-storey building as they say that it's actually equivalent to a 6-storey building which is a fact that everyone is always awed to know.

There were also some iconic events held along the building like the World Youth Day in 1995. This was very memorable in the history of the building as that event was celebrated with Pope John Paul II, and we all know how big Catholicism is in the country. And as a Catholic school, UST holds pride to that. Today, this building is still considered as one of the greatest architectural creations to ever be made in the country, maintaining its excellence as before.

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