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The original Urdaneta Hall, built in 1939 and named after Andrés de Urdaneta, one of the first Catholic missionaries who came to the Philippines, is the oldest Spanish structure in San Agustin. Augustinian friars from Spain belonging to the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus of the Philippines founded the University of San Agustin on July 15, 1904. They were assisted by their American confreres from the Augustinian U.S. Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. The Spanish Augustinians were the first Christian missionaries of any religious order to enter the Philippines.