Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Manila, University of
MANILA, UNIVERSITY OF, Philippine Islands. Founded in 1585. Was a seminary for nobles in 1601, and the Dominicans, in 1641, established here the College of St. Thomas for poor Spaniards and natives. In 1644 the college became a university. The present institution dates from 1859, and is modeled after American seats of learning. There are faculties of theology, canon and civil law, medicine, pharmacy, philosophy, art, and engineering. The great majority of the students, numbering between 700 and 800, are in the law and medical colleges.