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University of Santo Tomas: 400 Years of Unending Grace

By Dr. Jaime I. Romero

When Msgr. Miguel de Benavides, O.P., a Dominican and Third Archbishop of Manila bequeathed his library and goods valued at P1,500 in 1611 as a nucleus of resources to form the oldest existing university in Asia, the University of Santo Tomas, little did he know that 25 years later, in 1636, a Presbyterian pastor in the new American colony of Massachusetts, Rev. John Harvard, was going to do the same thing – donate his 400-volume library and 780 Pounds Sterling in cash – to get the oldest university in America, Harvard, started.

Fr. de Benavides established his school 90 years after Ferdinand Magellan discovered the Philippines, while Rev. Harvard founded his 144 years after Christopher Columbus discovered America.

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