The University Seal & Hymn

UST Seal - 2016-PresentThe University Seal

The present seal of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is likened to a blue shield bordered by a golden line. The shield is sectioned by the Dominican Cross, which represents the Dominican foundation of the University.

Hosted at the center of the cross is the sun of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of the University and of Catholic schools and after whom the University was named.

The corners of the University seal feature different symbols like the Papal tiara (upper left) that indicates the University as a Pontifical institution; the Lion (upper right), which is adopted from the seal of Spain, is emblematic of the royal patronage of the centuries-old existence of the University; the sea-lion (lower left), adopted from the old seal of the City of Manila, that symbolizes that the University is part of the Capital of the Republic of the Philippines; and the Rose Vignette (lower right) that serves as a symbol of the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The symbols are set in gold on a field of light blue, to honor the Marian color. The cross, however, is in black and white, the Dominican colors.

The seal of the University bears the words “Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, Manila” along with its year of establishment.

Adapted from the UST Protocol Manual (2019)

Past UST Seals

1619-1733

This is the oldest seal of the University, first seen in the Libros de Piques, an examination book found at the UST Archives.

1734-1855

Here, an icon of St. Thomas Aquinas is seen.

1733-1854

An alternative seal was used, featuring the sun of St. Thomas Aquinas and the dog with the torch associated with St. Dominic de Guzman.

1868-1935

This seal shows the Papal seal (as a Pontifical University), the seal of Spain (as a Royal University), and the Dominican Cross. Atop is also the sun of St. Thomas Aquinas.

1937-1946

This seal shows a seal referencing to the Philippines, the Papal seal (as a Pontifical University), the seal of Spain (as a Royal University), and the Dominican Cross. Atop is also the sun of St. Thomas Aquinas.

1957-1983

This seal shows a seal referencing to the Philippines, the Papal seal (as a Pontifical University), the seal of Spain (as a Royal University), and the Dominican Cross. Atop is also the sun of St. Thomas Aquinas.

1983-2012

This seal shows the following elements: the Sun of St. Thomas Aquinas, the cross of the Order of Preachers, the Papal Tiara, the Lion symbolizing Spain, the Sealion symbolizing Manila, and the Marian Rose.

The University Hymn

The official hymn of the University was the winning entry in a national contest held in 1961, the 350th anniversary of the University. Its lyrics were penned by José Maria Hernandez, while the music was by the first Director of the Conservatory of Music, Dean Julio Esteban Anguita, and orchestrated by Fr. Manuel P. Maramba, OSB. As the embodiment of the University spirit, it is played with the intention to bolster morale and present the pride and unity of all Thomasians.

Adapted from the UST Protocol Manual (2019)

Lyrics

Chorus

God of all nations

Merciful Lord of our restless being

Sweep with your golden lilies

This fountain of purest light

Trace with the sails of the galleons

The dream beyond our seeing

Touch with the flame of your kindness

The gloom of our darkest night

Keep us in beauty and truth and virtues

Impassioned embrace

Ever your valiant legions

Imbued with unending grace