A Sneak Peek: University of Santo Tomas (Gensan Campus)


Not everyone may be excited about the eventual opening of the University of Santo Tomas in Gensan but am sure that a majority are agog about it.  The UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS- GENERAL SANTOS (UST-GENSAN) is a branch of the University of Santo Tomas, the Pontifical, Royal and Catholic University of the Philippines, founded in 1611 by Miguel de Benavides, OP., inspired by the ideals of St. Dominic de Guzman, and guided by the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas.


The proposed University of Santo Tomas Campus sits on a lot area of approximately eighty (80) hectares located at Barangay Ligaya in General Santos City.  The scope of the project includes the following:

  • A provision of Road Networks within the site that will connect to the main road.
  • A provision of walkways with trees and vegetation for shade for pedestrian use.
  • A provision of “Main gate and security”.

Since the site is agricultural in nature, the concept of retaining, transferring and replacement of existing vegetation has been acknowledged.  There will be provisions for the following:

  • Lagoon for Storm Drain
  • Sewage Treatment Lagoon
  • Drainage Pipes
  • Septic Tanks
  • Hydrant and sewage filtration plant

Initially four structures will be constructed:

  • Multi-purpose Gym
  • University Chapel
  • Fathers’ Residence
  • Main Building

Multi-Purpose Gyum


Multi-Purpose Gym


University Chapel

University Chapel

University Chapel


Fathers’ Residence

Main Building

Main Building

Initial academic programs to be offered are:

  • Education, Humanities, and the Social Sciences
  • Business and Accountancy
  • Information Technology
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Food Industry


MISSION:  UST-GENSAN is dedicated to the pursuit of Truth through the generation,  advancement, and transmission of knowledge  for the formation of competent and compassionate professionals, committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.
VISION:  FAITHFUL TO UST’S CENTURIES-OLD TRADITION of excellence, UST-GENSAN envisions herself as a premiere institution of higher learning in Mindanao, actualizing the professional and moral formation of students, and effecting social transformation.


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    1. I actually don’t like it since its architectural style is very different from the neo-renaissance architecture of the main campus. Gen San’s is modern but the main is classic

  1. Hi. More updates of UST General Santos. I like the buildings constructed. Is this final? UST Manila is yet to release any news re UST GenSan.
    Thank you so much. I love your blog.

    1. i got these info and pictures from the powerpoint presentation that UST used when they presented to the Local Council of Gensan LGU so this should be it. thanks for visiting my blog…

  2. Ang ganda nung chapel at nung gym!!!! Sana binonggahan pa nila ung main building or hinalintulad nalang sa main building ng UST-Manila.

  3. The main building lacks character. It doesn’t embody an aesthetic that tells the viewer that it is UST-GenSan’s main building. It blends well to the contemporary architecture found throughout the world; it doesn’t stand out like UST-Manila’s main building. I know that there are a lot of limitations and constraints i.e. budget, materials, time, etc., but the fact that it is the main building of a campus should be considered and treated accordingly without second thoughts. The main building should be iconic, something that would embody “UST’S CENTURIES-OLD TRADITION of excellence” as taken from it’s vision; something that would rival the Manila campus’ main building. Just my two cents…

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