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University ends year of celebrations

Students in the procession Students in the procession
  • John Francis Lagman, Manila
  • International
  • January 26, 2012
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The Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (UST) yesterday held a special event to mark the end of its 400th anniversary celebrations.

Dressed in Spanish period costume, thousands of students, faculty members and alumni marched inside the campus to re-enact the La Naval de Manila, a procession of the image of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and some Dominican saints.

“Fantastic. It’s really very beautiful. It’s something you will only see once in your lifetime,” said Irma Ponce-Enrile Potenciano, who is celebrating 50 years as a faculty member of the UST Conservatory of Music.

Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi of Caceres, the first Filipino rector of UST, celebrated the Mass for the life and service of departed alumni, concelebrated by some 60 Dominican priests.
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