Facade of the UST's main building
The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas or simply known as UST (or affectionately called “Ustê” by its students) among Filipinos is a private Roman Catholic university run by the Order of Preachers in Manila.
The UST was founded on April 28, 1611 by archbishop Miguel de Benavides and has the oldest extant university charter in the Philippines and in Asia. The university is also considered as one of the world’s largest Catholic universities in terms of enrolment found on one campus. The UST is also the largest university in the city of Manila and the oldest in the Philippines if not in Asia.
Mabuhay ang UST!
The Sinulog procession (Wikipedia photo)
The Sinulog is an annual festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, Philippines. The festival honors the vision of the child Jesus, known as the Santo Niño (Holy Child),who used to be the patron Saint of the City of Cebu (since in the Catholic faith Jesus is not a saint, but God). It is a dance ritual that commemorates the Cebuano people’s Islamic and pagan origin, and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism.
The festival features a street parade with participants in bright colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drums, trumpets and native gongs. Smaller versions of the festival are held in various parts of Cebu, also to celebrate and honor the Santo Niño. There is also a “Sinulog sa Kabataan” performed by the youths of Cebu a week before the parade. Recently, the festival has been promoted as a tourist attraction, with a contest featuring contingents from various parts of the country. (From: Wikipedia)
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The annual Moriones Festival is one of the most widely known and colorful street festivals in the Philippines, attracting hordes of foreign and local tourists to the island of Marinduque in central Philippines.
Held every Easter holidays, the Marinduque spectacle includes the townspeople wearing Roman costumes, complete with colourful handmade masks. The festival probably originated in the early 19th century during the Spanish colonial period and re-enacts the story of Saint Longinus, a Roman centurion who was blind in one eye. The festival is characterized by colorful Roman costumes, painted masks and helmets, and brightly-colored tunics
Moriones is derived from the Spanish morion which means “mask” or “visor,” a part of the medieval Roman armor which covers the face. Moriones also refers to the masked and costumed penitents who march around the town for seven days searching for Longinus. Morions roam the streets in Marinduque from Holy Monday to Easter Sunday scaring kids or posing for the photographers and tourists hordes that annually descend on Marinduque.
Mabuhay ang Moriones!