Drop down those pens and notes, UST isn’t all about just academics and stress. There is more to the oldest university in the Philippines. And it may be keeping treasures that are… actually older than the university itself.
Tired of the never-ending projects and quizzes? Feel free to lighten the tension around you by visiting this museum in UST. This can be found at the second floor of the main building. It’s free for all students and anyone who wishes to experience some of the country’s history. It is open on weekdays; Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays to Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum is there to promote cultural awareness and exhibit the past. Phones and cameras are allowed in the vicinity, so you don’t have to worry with not having commemorative photos of your visit.
The museum is not that huge, but it is spacious enough to hold different kinds of species, shells, paintings, statues, and other artifacts. It has two floors; the first floor having a collection of animal species and shells and the second floor is mostly filled with paintings, statues, and interesting artifacts used by our ancestors. I personally like looking at the animals on display and debate among my friends whether they are real or not and if they do magically move every midnight like the ones in the movie Night at the Museum. That would be cool, right? Some of them are extinct and it would be nice to have them back in our environment.
And up to the second floor. Some students don’t like vibes in this floor because it gives off a weird, creepy feeling. Some of my friends are actually scared to enter alone the hall full of old statues of saints and angels, but are aspiring to be called a saint someday. Talk about ironic.
The paintings are beautiful and holds deep meanings in each one. There are also explanations beside them as guide. It’s nice to have something like this just around the university. We usually go here when we want to kill some time. A different kind of view of the university, indeed.
We hope to see you there!