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UST gets a new gym

UST gets a new gym
by Francis T. Wakefield
Source: Manila Bulletin | August 7, 2008

The construction of a 5,792-seater University of Santo Tomas (UST) gymnasium is now in full swing after university officials, led by Rector Rolando V. de la Rosa, O.P., led its groundbreaking ceremonies last week.

The construction of the P600-million, state-of-the-start, four-storey gymnasium, designed by Thomasian architects Jose Pedro Recio and Carmelo T. Casas, will be done as part of UST's quadricentennial celebration in 2011.

The four-storey sports complex will house a basketball court, with bleachers to accommodate 5,792 patrons. Aside from basketball, the complex will also house the facilities for badminton, fencing, table tennis, indoor track, dancing, gymnastics, and a fitness center. There will also be classrooms, administrative offices, and space for food concessionaires. A multi-level parking space will also be built outside the gymnasium.

When the old UST gymnasium (located near P. Noval. St., in Sampaloc) was first built in the 1940s, UST only had 3,000 students. Today, after more than 60 years, the population has ballooned to almost 40,000. Aside from students, UST is also the home of 1,600 faculty members, 600 professional support staff, 1,400 employees of the UST hospital and 150,000 parishioners of the UST Santissimo Rosario Parish.

Fr. De la Rosa said the UST gym used to be the biggest in the country, a favorite venue for university affairs like graduation ceremonies, eucharistic celebrations, college anniversaries, rallies and dance concerts.

The new gym, Fr. dela Rosa added, will be more than just a place for events and ceremonies as it will serve as a monument to the unique and unparalleled holistic sports development program of the university. It will become part of the UST Sports Complex, and will become the home of the UST varsity players and the Growling Tigers.

The new gym will also serve as a museum that will enshrine all the trophies, medals and other memorabilia of various UAAP championships the university has won throughout the years. Championship banners will also hang from the rafters of the gymnasium.


A number of UST's former basketball stars took time out and joined the ground breaking ceremonies. They include former Glowing Goldie superstar and three-time former PBA MVP Bogs Adornado, 1995 PBA rookie-of-the-year Dennis Espino, former UAAP Most

Valuable Player (MVP) Christopher Cantonjos, former UAAP juniors MVP Gerald Francisco, Purefoods Giants player Rey Evangelista, former pro Estong Ballesteros, Red Bull players Cyrus Baguio and Jojo Duncil, who won the 2006 Finals MVP, and Welcoat superstar Nino Gelig.

Also present were UST basketball head coach Pido Jarencio, who played for UST in the early 80s and his coaching staff, Mrs. Felicitas Francisco, UAAP board member, Thomasian and Olympian Tshomlee Go who will compete in this year's Beijing Olympics.

Fr. de la Rosa, was joined in the lowering of the time capsule (which contains the plans for the building, a copy of the Academia Magazine, current newspapers, and other memorabilia of the present) by Rev. Fr. Ermito de Sagon, IPEA director; Angelo Salvador Cachero, president of the Central Student Council and Architect Casas.

Rev. Fr. Isidro C. Abano, O.P., secretary general, UST, acted as the master of ceremonies. The UST gymnasium is expected to be finished by 2010. Francis T.

Late news lang.

Pero, very happy ako na may bagong UST gym na.
Athough Atenista ako.
Maganda 'to.
Lalo na yung exterior.

Want proof?


  • milo037milo037 super cute PExer
    Congratz UST!
    Nung may game ang UE sa old gym ng UST (Taekwando), aun nakapunta ako.! and hidi masyado maganda! Kaya congratz may bago na! hehe

    Sana sa UE din kc ung GYM5 sa PE Building looks like.....ayaw ko na magsalita! hehehe! May pera naman ang Lolo Lucio, bakit wlang GYM na maganda or COLISEUM man lang! hehehe

    Go fight Red and White!
  • letsrockandrollletsrockandroll Pexer since '05 PExer
    nice one UST!

    UST should keeps on improving its own facilities para hindi mahuli. di pa sapat ang UST Carpark/ Mini-Mall , UST wimesh (WIFI) and UST Tan Yan Kee student center for that matter.;)

    Onwards to 2011!
  • Viva La TigresaViva La Tigresa Madridista. Ol?! PExer
    Thanks pepman for the youtube link. Aba, maganda nga ang bagong gym, sa exterior pa lang.

    With the new gym, the athletes and the Salinggawi Dance Troupe can have more time/days to practice. Hindi na makikipag-agawan sa estudyante at sa fellow athletes pagdating sa schedule ng pagpractice sa gym.

    Thomasians, sakop ba nito ang buong Engineering Complex?
  • pepsicolapepsicola Member PExer
    pinakita ng pinsan ko yung pic ng design nito at maganda nga sya.
    baka by 2011 dito na gawin ang ibang games ng UAAP basketball...:)
  • Viva La TigresaViva La Tigresa Madridista. Ol?! PExer
    Yeah, sana nga. Homecourt advantage, mas masaya 'to! Sana nga ganito na lang ang setup sa UAAP eh. The games should be played in the gymnasium of member-schools, just like in the US and Europe.

    'Di masyadong kita sa video yung loob ng gymnasium. Is this bigger than Ultra kaya?

    Tsaka may logo yung gymnasium, parang yung sa blue eagle ng ateneo.
  • gioboygioboy rural juror, urban fervor PExer
    Daming mangyayari sa UST come 2011... grand, grand, GRAND! :lol:
  • Gospel of JudasGospel of Judas The Lost Gospel PExer
    pics or it aint true
  • Viva La TigresaViva La Tigresa Madridista. Ol?! PExer
    Have you seen the gym's scale model?
  • pepsicolapepsicola Member PExer
    ok na rin to na sa UST yung ibang games para madaling puntahan.:lol:
  • gioboygioboy rural juror, urban fervor PExer
    OT: Can someone cite some buildings or projects na nagawa nila Recio and Casas. Si Manansala lang kasi ang kilala kong sikat na Thomasian architect. :)
  • bahamut_zerobahamut_zero chinito na moreno ✭✭✭
    Ayos! Mabuti naman at may itatayong bagong gym na sa UST para narin maibsan yung lumang gym. 5,000+ seating capacity, not bad. Pwede na itong alternative venue for UAAP basketball. :D
  • zacharaiolsenzacharaiolsen keyboardist shooting guard PExer
    kelan to uumpisahan at matatapos?
  • theo78theo78 friend ng lahat PExer
    can't wait for that...hehe! =)
    ue gym 5...it's challenging, mamaya...aakyat ako diyan...uaap high school volleyball...hehe!
    feu gym and adu gym are okay...so is blue eagle gym...sana aircon ang new ust gym...hehe! =)
  • nussnuss GAU PR ✭✭
    kuya ko architecture kinuha sa uste. hindi lang niya tinapos. :D
  • rush_hourrush_hour Member PExer
    Congrats UST on that new facility!

    UST ba host ng UAAP sa 400th year celebration nila?

    If so, malamang alternative venue yan for the UAAP games! Winner!

    Sana nga lahat ng UAAP schools may ganong facility na rin para may home court games di ba? That would add another dimension sa games! :)

    Pag sa Blue Eagle Gym kasi parang home court advantage lagi ng Ateneo eh. We almost always win kapag nandun yung game. Parang home court na rin ng UP yun kasi kapitbahay lang! :)
  • joooiejoooie Member PExer
    ^alam ko, hindi.. XD
  • lkrskb8lkrskb8 home buddy PExer
    this is great news for UST.

    dominant na kasi ang UST overall, despite supposed lack of facilities. with the construction of the new gym, mas makakahanap pa sila ng talent among their students.

  • Rom_YJ_GoldRom_YJ_Gold Jersey#8 PExer
    Wow! astig talaga 'tong bagong gym.. sigurado maraming malalagay sa awards section, hehe.. dati kasi may nakita akong mga trophy na nakatambak lang sa may shower room malapit sa swimming pool area..

    I also hope na ma-inspire ang mga atleta natin sa bagong gym na ito..
  • baludoybaludoy Nag me-meron ✭✭✭
    40000 students!? :eek: presently enrolled ba iyon? ang daming tigre pala talaga sa maynila :D

    btw, nice gym!
  • swo0oshswo0osh Banned by Admin PExer
    nice one UST!

    UST should keeps on improving its own facilities para hindi mahuli. di pa sapat ang UST Carpark/ Mini-Mall , UST wimesh (WIFI) and UST Tan Yan Kee student center for that matter.;)
    Onwards to 2011!

    yeah it should also improve its educational system... :bop: :bop: :bop:

    anyways, baka may masibak nanaman jan ah??? tsk tsk... multi million pala ah...

    sana nga maka-attract to ng magagaling na athletes (imposible naman kasi sa inyo ang student-athletes eh) kung hindi, whipping boys nanaman ang MBT niyo along with ADU, and UP in the near future.

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