400th anniversary of the University of Santo Tomás (1611)

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University of Santo Tomás

Founded in Manila in 1611 by the Dominicans, the University of Santo Tomás (UST) is the oldest university in Asia and, in terms of student population, the largest Catholic university in the world located on a single campus. UST, which provides multidisciplinary education and has trained heroes and presidents from the Philippines, is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year and is presenting an exhibition and concert at UNESCO.
21-23 September 2011
University of Santo Tomás: Four Centuries of Promoting Understanding, Peace and Culture
Inspired by the ideals of Saint Dominic de Guzmán and guided by the teachings of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the pontifical University of Santo Tomás devotes its mission to the quest for truth through the production, advancement and transmission of knowledge for the training of professionals working in the service of the Church, the nation and the international community.
Through photographs, texts and films arranged into five sections, the exhibition illustrates the foundation and history of the University, its major stages marked by historical events and papal visits, its cultural heritage, its contribution to the world and future development programme.

21 September 2011
UST Singers: A Gift to the World
Room I, 7.30 p.m.
(by invitation, limited seating capacity)

Founded in 1992, the University of Santo Tomás Singers (UST Singers) choir is composed of students and alumni of the various colleges and faculties of the pontifical and royal University of Santo Tomás. Under the direction of Professor Fidel G. Calalang Jr., the choir has become renowned through some 20 triumphant tours in Europe, North America and Asia and through the 70 international awards it has received, including, on two occasions, the Premier International Trophy of the Choir of the World Competition, awarded by the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (Wales) – the oldest choral singing competition in the world. To date, the UST Singers are the only Asian choir to have won this prestigious competition.
The Singers will present a programme of sacred songs, works from the classical and contemporary repertoire and folk songs from the Philippines.


Type of Event Special Event
Start 21.09.2011 09:00 local time
End 23.09.2011 17:00 local time
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Organizer Permanent Delegation of the Philippines to UNESCO / Délégation permanente de la République des Philippines auprès de l’UNESCO
Contact +33 01 45 68 30 12, dl.philippines@unesco-delegations.org
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters - Siège de l'UNESCO
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Salle Pas Perdus, Room I
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