Four Hundred and One
The University of Santo Tomas welcomed four hundred and one years, as well as the neocentennial yesterday. It was one of those events that make you feel proud to be a Thomasian.
I had to go to school early and I managed to catch the last few performances of Cheermania wherein different colleges of the university competed. Luckily, one of the last few to perform was last year and this year’s winner, the College of Commerce.
It was so hot during the mass so we had some drinks at the hospital’s canteen since the carpark was so crowded and we couldn’t go out of the school. Afterwards, we heard the rest of the mass in front of the screens at Plaza Mayor.
I love Gian’s DIY spike flats
Onelighting after the mass. It was like a sea of lights. I remember how we first experienced this during the Lumina Pandit. The majesty of the scene still feels new though.
40,000 Voices for UST was one of the main events of the night. The University of Santo Tomas’ 40,000 students came together to sing different tunes including folk songs and of course, the UST Hymn.
The highlight of every big Thomasian celebration is the fireworks display. During these four years I’ve been studying in the university, I’ve witnessed around five fireworks displays but this by far blew the competition away.
At one point, I just had to let go of Padawan and just relish the moment. I held onto my boyfriend’s hand as that day marked the 15 months we’ve been together as well.
This has got to be one of the best Thomasian experiences… after the looming baccalaureate mass that is. :)