USC is always abuzz with all kinds of events, from rowdy football games and rock concerts to the more sober film festivals and religious retreats. This is largely due to the fact that the University has a wide range of venues best suited for all these activities. No wonder why groups and institutions (even other schools) outside always book early to rent some of these spaces for their own events.
Rudolf Rahman Cultural Center
Designed to take advantage of natural lighting and ventilation, the old cultural center at the South Campus has been the traditional venue for most performing arts shows, graduation rites and other important gatherings of the Carolinian community.
Favorite of clients outside USC, this theater has state-of-the-art acoustics and digital projection system. Located in the new College of Architecture and Fine Arts Building, it seats 300 in comfy chairs with folding arm rests.
Fully air-conditioned and with seating capacity of 200, this newly-renovated auditorium is located at the ground floor of the Bunzel Building in the Talamban Campus.
CAFA Lecture Theater
Annexed to the CAFA Theater, this amphitheater-type lecture hall also has acoustics and audio-visual equipment perfect for screenings and slideshows for an audience of not more than 90.
Every campus now has its own well-equipped and fully air-conditioned audio-visual rooms for more regular and more intimate film screenings, seminars, and workshops.
Anselmo Bustos Sports Complex
Known quite simply as the University Gym to old timers, the Anselmo Bustos Sports Complex is the homecourt of the USC Warriors, the official varsity basketball team. But aside from basketball, the gym also offers facilities for other sports and recreational activities. It can accommodate an audience of approximately 6,000 people.
USC Football Field
The Talamban Campus has one of the best soccer fields in the city. Intramural games are usually held here, but even bigger city-wide, regional, and national games are often held in this open field. Grade school and high school students have their own football field at the North Campus.
A two-kilometer climb away from the Talamban Campus main gate is the Retreat House. Surrounding forests provide buffer to this place of solitary reflection and the panoramic view of the city adds to the feeling of spiritual isolation.
Church of St. Arnold and St. Joseph
Crowning a low hill in the Talamban Campus, this iconic structure is a modern church in both architectural style and spirit. Reflecting Vatican II’s radical redefinition of a church building, it is designed to be both a place of worship and a multi-purpose community center at the same time. So don’t be surprised to see parties held here once in a while.
With the current building boom in the University, expect more venues to be opened soon. As of press time, a modern stadium, featuring a race track around a football field, is being constructed near the General Services building. And, as in most venues in the campus, this too will not be exclusive for University use. The public too may use these spaces, proof of USC’s openness to the community.