National University (Philippines)

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National University
Pamantasang Pambansa
National University (Philippines) New Logo.jpg
Current 2017 logo
Former names
Colegio Filipino (1900–1905)
Colegio Mercantil (1905–1916)
National Academy (1916–1921)
Motto Education that works.
Type Private, nonsectarian
Established August 1, 1900
President Teodoro Jhocson-Ocampo
Students 18,000+
Location City of Manila,
 Philippines

14°36′15″N 120°59′39″E / 14.60417°N 120.99417°E / 14.60417; 120.99417Coordinates: 14°36′15″N 120°59′39″E / 14.60417°N 120.99417°E / 14.60417; 120.99417
Campus Urban- Campus at Sampaloc District, Manila
Alma mater song Adieu Alma Mater!
Colors Blue      and      gold
Athletics UAAP
Nickname NU Bulldogs
Affiliations PACU, ASAIHL, IAU, UAAP
Mascot Bulldog
Website www.national-u.edu.ph
Bulldog Logo.jpg

National University (NU) is a non–sectarian coeducational institution in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines. The founder of the University, Don Mariano Fortunato Jhocson established the institution in August 1, 1900 as Colegio Filipino in Quiapo, Manila, it is considered as the first private nonsectarian and coeducational institution in the Philippines and also, the first university to use English as its medium of instruction, replacing Spanish language.[1]

Since its foundation in 1900 it has produced two Philippine Presidents, one National Artist of the Philippines, legislators, politicians, business tycoons, engineers, architects, health professionals, educators, TV personalities, and athletes.

Approved by the Department of Public Instruction in June 17, 1921, the University received its university status, changing the name from National Academy to National University. Senator Camilo Osias, a two-time Senate President of the Philippines, served as the first president of the University.

In 1915, with the collaboration with Lacson brothers, Don Mariano established the Philippine Law School in Intramuros, Manila. It served as the college of law of the University, it produced Philippine President, Carlos P. Garcia. Another Philippine President, Diosdado Macapagal studied in the institution.[2]

NU is also one of the pioneers of National Collegiate Athletic Association- Philippines (NCAA) and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

It is a pioneer member of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities. (PACU) Its international affiliations and memberships include the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAHIL) and the International Association of Universities (IAU).[1]

Despite its name, National University is not the national university of the Philippines, that distinction belongs to the University of the Philippines.

History[edit]

23-year-old Don Mariano Fortunato Jhocson, founded Colegio Filipino in August 1, 1900, in Quiapo, Manila.[3]

Only a handful of students at that time were enrolled in the fledgling school and they were in the elementary and secondary levels. Don Mariano served as the director, teacher, and janitor, he began Business courses in bookkeeping and accounting. This prompted a name change as it became known as Colegio Mercantil, awarding the diploma of Perito Mercantil.[3]

A short time later, Don Mariano collaborated with the Lacson Brothers and established the Philippine Law School in 1915, this later served as the College of Law of the institution. The Philippine Law School produced one Philippine president, Carlos P. Garcia and seven bar topnotchers. Another Philippine president, Diosdado Macapagal also studied at the institution but he later on transferred.[3]

From Colegio Mercantil, the Board of Trustees changed the name of the institution to National Academy in 1916. Due to continuous growth of the Academy, liberal arts courses were offered.

After 21 years of service in the field of education, the Board of Trustees applied for university status to the Department of Public Instruction, thus the school became known as National University on January 17, 1921. The university installed, on that same day, Senator Camilio Osias, a Filipino educators, as the first President of the university.[3]

The Colleges of Education and Commerce were opened in the same year, during the following years, the Colleges of Pharmacy and Dentistry were opened in 1922. The College of Engineering, initially offering Civil Engineering opened in 1925, and the Normal School in 1930. Sanitary Engineering was offered in 1930.[3]

Bachelor's degrees in Chemical, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical Engineering and Architecture and Arts were opened. Master in Sanitary Engineering was also organized.[3]

Computer Science was opened in 1990, Marine Engineering, Computer Engineering and Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1994. College of Nursing was offered in 2004, Hotel and Restaurant Management in 2008 and Information Technology in 2009.[3]

A fire broke out in January 1, 1998 and razed four buildings of the university which are the Main Building, Law and Commerce Building, Elementary Building, and Graduate School Building, the university was able to re-open its doors after three weeks of restoration work.[3]

In 2008, the SM Group of Companies acquired majority ownership of the National University,[4] this paved way to the university's modernization efforts, which included the construction of a new campus building, one of the first school buildings in the City of Manila to have escalators. The strong support from the SM Group upgraded the institution into a higher one with improved and modernized laboratories and infrastructures. Asia Pacific College will be the Future National University-Makati.

A new logo of the National University was unveiled on October 17, 2017, the new brand features the school’s colors and a shield which was inspired from the old university logo.[5]

College of Dentistry Building[edit]

The College of Dentistry Building is a neo-classical three-storey building located across the main campus building. Built in the 1920s, it is the only building in the NU campus that remained unscathed in the fire that hit much of the NU campus in 1998,[6] it is the university's oldest surviving structure and is considered a heritage landmark in the campus.

National University - Nazareth

    • Kindergarten
    • Grade School
    • High School
    • Senior High School


Groundbreaking ceremonies for National University’s Annex Building were recently held, signifying the University’s commitment to improve the overall student learning experience. The twelve-storey building will have an auditorium, canteen, library, state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, the ceremonies was led by National University President Teodoro J. Ocampo (fourth from the left). Also in photo are (L-R): Engr. Shierwin I. Fillomena of D.A Abcede & Associates Construction Management, Engr. Rolando Villamea of New Golden City Builders & Development Corporation, National University Vice-President for Administration Jose Nilo J. Ocampo, Architect Ana Ling of Jose Siao Ling & Associates and National University Executive Vice President Renato H. Ermita, Jr. . The Annex Building is scheduled for completion by 2016.

Athletics[edit]

National U Bulldogs
Blue and gold

National University was one of the schools that founded the Philippine National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1924. It was one of the three schools that left the NCAA in 1932 and formed a new athletic association named the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) in 1938.

In the UAAP, NU has teams participating in twelve sports out of fifteen, namely; cheerleading, basketball, indoor volleyball, beach volleyball, football, baseball, softball, tennis, table tennis, badminton, fencing, taekwondo and chess.

The university's collegiate men's and women's varsity teams are called the National University Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs, respectively, the high school varsity teams are called the Bullpups and Lady Bullpups.

Notable alumni[edit]

Governance and Public Service[edit]

  • Fidel V. Ramos - 12th President of the Philippines, Chief of Staff - Armed Forces of the Philippines, professional soldier and 8th placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination in 1953.
  • Carlos P. Garcia - 8th President of the Philippines, lawyer, teacher and a poet. Bachelor of Laws (Philippine Law School), Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa).[7]
  • Rafael P. Nantes - Licensed Mechanical Engineer, businessman, three-term Congressman and former Governor of Quezon Province
  • Capt. Nicanor Faeldon - Former commissioner of the Bureau of Customs, former Philippine Marines officer and one of the leaders of the Oakwood mutiny that exposed corruption in the Philippine military. He is an awardee of a Gold Cross Medal, three Military Merit Medals (MMM), five Military Commendation Medal (MCM), a wounded personnel medal, and Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao campaign medals.
  • Bernardo M. Vergara - Congressman and former mayor of Baguio City
  • Vicente Eusebio - former Mayor of Pasig City
  • Nemesio Yabut - former Mayor of Makati[8]
  • Carlito Pentecostes, Jr. - former Mayor of Gonzaga, Cagayan
  • Elisa Rosales Ochoa - The first woman elected to the Philippine Congress
  • Engr. Mamintal Adiong, Sr. - Civil and Sanitary engineer, former Governor of Lanao del Sur, former Deputy Minister of Public Works and Highways, former DPWH Undersecretary, former supervisor of Marawi Waterworks District and a former international contractor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia[9]
  • Engr. Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr. - Civil Engineer, Governor of Lanao del Sur https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamintal_Alonto_Adiong_Jr.
  • Neptali Gonzales, Sr. - Graduated class valedictorian in the Philippine Law School. He placed 9th in the 1949 bar examinations with the grade of 92.50%. Vice-Governor of the Premier Province of Rizal (1967–1969), Congressman of the First District of Rizal (1969–1973). Assemblyman for the District of Mandaluyong-San Juan (1984–1986) and Senator for two consecutive terms (1987–1998), before his election as Senator, he was appointed Minister and later Secretary of Justice (1986–1987)

Literature[edit]

Academe[edit]

  • Engr. Isidro Cariño - 1st placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination, former University of the East President and former Secretary of Education
  • Engr. Demetrio Quirino - 1st placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination and founder of the Technological Institute of the Philippines
  • Dr. Nicanor C. Austriaco, PhD - 6th placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination. For 21 years the Director of the Continuing Education Center of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand. Former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate School Dean of the Angeles University Foundation.
  • Matias H. Aznar II - owner/founder of South Western University (Cebu)[11]
  • Anunciacion B. Aznar - owner/co-founder of South Western University (Cebu)[11]

Professional Practice[edit]

  • Arch. Ruperto C. Gaite - 1st placer in the Architecture Licensure Examination, former Assemblyman of Makati, former Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts and former National President of the United Architects of the Philippines
  • Arch. Norberto Nuke - 2nd placer in the Architecture Licensure Examination, Chairman of the Philippine Council for the Architecture Profession (PCAP), Likha Awardee and former National President of the United Architects of the Philippines, 2010 PRC Outstanding Professional of the Year Awardee in the field of Architecture and in 1990 one of the Most Outstanding Professionals of the Year awardees given by the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA).
  • Arch./Engr. Angel Lazaro, Jr. - 1st placer in the Architecture Licensure Examination (1962), Likha Awardee and former National President of the United Architects of the Philippines
  • Arch./Engr. Eric C. Nubla - 1st placer in the Architecture and Sanitary Engineering Licensure Examinations, top ten placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination, the first Registered Interior Designer of the Philippines, Registered Master Plumber and the first Commissioner of the Professional Regulation Commission
  • Arch. Greg Timbol II - Architect - Interior Designer, member of the College of Fellows of the United Architects of the Philippines, founder/President of Architectural Advocacy International Foundation, Inc. (AAIF), Founder of the Philippine Institute of Interior Design ( PIID ), Founder and President of the Filipino Chamber of Small-Medium Business and Industry (PCSBI), Past President of the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP)[12]
  • Arch. Max B. Fajardo, Jr. - author of architecture, engineering and construction books used by architecture, engineering and construction students and professionals in the Philippines[13]
  • Arch. Quintin Estioko, Sr. - 2nd placer in the Architecture Licensure Examination, former Dean and professor of Architecture at the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP-Manila) and founding president of the UAP Manila Corinthian Chapter[14]
  • Arch. Rozanno C. Rosal - Member of the College of Fellows and former National President of the United Architects of the Philippines[15]
  • Arch. Joel V. Rico - Member of the College of Fellows and former National President of the Philippine Institute of Architects[16]
  • Engr. Jesus S. Hipolito - 1st placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination, former National President of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers and former Minister of Public Works and Highways
  • Engr. Felipe F. Cruz (B.S.C.E.) - Licensed Civil engineer, construction magnate and founder of F.F. Cruz & Co., Inc.[17][18]
  • Engr. Aber P. Canlas - 2nd placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination, former Assemblyman, former Deputy Minister of Public Works and Highways and former National President of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers
  • Engr. Demetrio Quirino, Jr. - 1st placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination and founder of the Technological Institute of the Philippines[19]
  • Engr. Isidro Cariño - 1st placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination, former University of the East President and former Secretary of Education
  • Engr. Porthos P. Alma Jose - Civil-Sanitary Engineer and Environmental Planner, former National President of the Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers and Chamber of Real Estate and Builders' Association (CREBA), former MWSS Administrator, founder and CEO of Pipeline Engineering and awarded many times as Most Outstanding Sanitary Engineer by the Professional Regulation Commission.
  • Engr. Guillermo Simeon - President and CEO of Enertech Systems Industries, Inc.
  • Engr. Alfredo Lagman - founder of Alenaire air conditioning company
  • Gen. Francisco S. Bravo (Ret) - 4th placer in the Sanitary Engineering Licensure Examination, former Under Secretary of DENR, former Commanding Officer of 51st PA Engineering Brigade and founder/CEO of Rogenux Construction.
  • Engr. William Jacinto Juan - Consistent topnotcher in the Electrical Engineer Licensure Examinations (1st placer in PEE, 3rd placer in Associate EE, 8th placer in Assistant.EE) and 5th placer in Master Plumber Licensure Examination, National President of Pugad Lawin Phils, founder, CEO and Chief Engineer of Versatech Consultants Inc.
  • Dr. Nicanor C. Austriaco, PhD - 6th placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination. For 21 years the Director of the Continuing Education Center of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand. Former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate School Dean of the Angeles University Foundation.
  • Dr. Robert S. Licup, PhD - Civil-Sanitary Engineer, a national director of both the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers and the Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers, Executive Vice President of VA TECH WABAG Philippines, Board Member of the Accreditation & Certification Board For Engineering & Technology or ACBET, former Business Development Director of Manila Water from July 2010 to July 2012, and former GM/COO of Laguna Water from January 2009 to June 2010.
  • Engr. Alfonso Paz Espiritu - Civil-Sanitary Engineer, a long time City Engineer and Building Official of Marikina City from 1993 to 2010 where he implemented numerous infrastructure projects for Marikina City that included drainage, flood control and traffic management. The implemented projects brought Marikina City to first class development status among the cities of Metro Manila, he was awarded Most Outstanding Civil Engineer in 1983. He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Marikina Central and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International.
  • Engr./Atty. Liberador V. Villegas - 11th placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination in 1965, former legal counsel of Petron Corporation and Unilever Philippines.
  • Maria Lourdes Coronacion, DMD - 2014 Philippine Dentists Association's President

Media[edit]

  • Joey De Leon - actor, TV host and comedian
  • Alice Doria-Gamilla - Composer of "A Million Thanks to You" using her original piano arrangement in 1960. The song was later on recorded by "Asia's Queen of Songs", Pilita Corrales which hit the millionth mark in sales which was a first in the Philippine recording history.
  • Angela Velez - (B.S.E.E.) former varsity volleyball player and former actress
  • Jestoni Alarcon - (NU High School) - actor
  • George Estregan - actor
  • Jeanne Young - (NU High School) - actress and television host
  • Roxlee (B.S. Arch) - Filipino animator, filmmaker, cartoonist (creator of Cesar Asar) and painter.
  • Maria Lyka Haboc - World Famous Interpreter; Miss Nicaragua 1978

Sports[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The Presidents of the Postwar Republic: Garcia and Macapagal". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Brief History". National University. 
  4. ^ "Henry Sy buys 60% of National University | News | GMA News Online | The Go-To Site for Filipinos Everywhere". Gmanetwork.com. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  5. ^ http://www.national-u.edu.ph/?p=1046
  6. ^ "National University – Dentistry". 
  7. ^ National University educates future leaders, supports SM scholars | TeamAsia - Award-Winning Strategic Marketing Communications Firm. TeamAsia (2013-07-30). Retrieved on 2015-11-23.
  8. ^ http://www.geni.com/people/Nemesio-Yabut/6000000016131403697
  9. ^ Bangsa: Mamintal "Mike" Adiong Sr. Bangsaranao.blogspot.com. Retrieved on 2015-11-23.
  10. ^ http://www.nvmgonzalez.org/index.html
  11. ^ a b The Founder. SWU. Retrieved on 2015-11-23.
  12. ^ Greg Timbol. Gtidarchitects.com. Retrieved on 2015-11-23.
  13. ^ Max Fajardo Simplified Methods on Building Construction. Scribd.com. Retrieved on 2015-11-23.
  14. ^ Corinthian's Corner: UAP Manila Corinthian Chapter History (Initial Draft). Corinthianupdates.blogspot.com (2013-09-17). Retrieved on 2015-11-23.
  15. ^ Ar. Sonny Rosal Elected New UAP National President With Backing From UAP Cavite Architects – United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Cavite Chapter. Krokis.weebly.com (2012-04-20). Retrieved on 2015-11-23.
  16. ^ Joel Rico | Commission on Membership Development. ZoomInfo.com. Retrieved on 2015-11-23.
  17. ^ http://www.pinoyinspirations.com/2014/01/hard-work-quotes-on-honesty-from-felipe.html#.VUL0w_mqpHw
  18. ^ Philip Cruz on FF Cruz: He taught us to be humble & hardworking | Sunday Life, Lifestyle Features, The Philippine Star. philstar.com (2013-06-02). Retrieved on 2015-11-23.
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  20. ^ "Danny Ildefonso Player Profile". PBA-Online!. 1976-12-08. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  21. ^ "Lordy Tugade Player Profile". PBA-Online!. 1977-12-30. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 

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