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Central Philippine University
Pamantasang Sentral ng Pilipinas
Central Philippine University (crest).svg
The Central Philippine University Seal
Latin: Universitas Centralis Philippinarum
Former names
Jaro Industrial School (1905-1923)
Central Philippine College (1923-1953)
Motto Scientia et Fides (Latin)
Motto in English
"Knowledge and Faith"
  • 1903 (Incorporation)
  • 1 October 1905 (but founded early in June 1905)
Type Private Research
Nonprofit and Coeducational
Affiliation Protestant (Baptist) affiliated but independent and non-sectarian
President Teodoro C. Robles[1][2]

13,926 (2014-2015)[3]

  • 13,613 (Main Campus)[4]
  • 313 (Thai Nguyen University of Economics and Business Administration) [Overseas Business Programs]
Location Jaro, Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines
10°43′49″N 122°32′56″E / 10.73028°N 122.54889°E / 10.73028; 122.54889Coordinates: 10°43′49″N 122°32′56″E / 10.73028°N 122.54889°E / 10.73028; 122.54889
Hymn Central, My Central
Colors      Gold
Nickname Golden Lions[8]
Affiliations ACUCA, UBCHEA,[9]
Website www.cpu.edu.ph

Central Philippine University (also referred to as Central or CPU) is a private research university located in Iloilo City, Philippines. It was established in 1905 under the auspices of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society as a two separate schools: the Jaro Industrial School for boys and a bible school to train ministers and other Christian workers. Central is the second American university in Asia.[10] Later in 1913, women were gradually admitted to the school for boys, and eventually the school started offering high school education in 1920. In 1923, the school for boys merged with the Bible school when it became a junior college and started offering college degrees, and in 1953, attained university status.[11]

Central pioneered nursing education in the Philippines, when Presbyterian American missionaries established the Union Mission Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1906.[12][13][14][15] In the same year also, the CPU Republic (Central Philippine University Republic), the university's official student governing body was organized, making it as the first student governing body to be established in Asia.[16] On the other hand, Central was the first institution to pioneered the work-study-program in the country that were later patterned and followed by other institutions.[17] The university's hospital, the Iloilo Mission Hospital, which was established in 1901 by the Presbyterian Americans, is the first Protestant founded hospital in the country and the first American hospital in the entire Asian continent.[18] [19][20][21][22]

The university at present is affiliated with the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches and maintains fraternal ties with the International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches, known before as the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, but maintains to be non-sectarian and independent.[11]

CPU consists fifteen schools and colleges that provides instruction in basic education all the way up to the post-graduate levels. In the undergraduate and graduate levels, its covered disciplines include the Accountancy, Arts and Sciences, Business, Computer Studies, Education, Engineering, Law, Mass Communication, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy, Lifestyle and Fitness, Tourism, Nursing and Theology.[23] The Commission on Higher Education (CHED Philippines) have granted the University a full autonomous status, the same government agency that accredited some of its programs as Centers of Development.[24][25][26][27] The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifies Central as one of the ten ISO certified educational institutions in the Philippines.[24] Recently, through international collaborations with other institutions has made CPU to offer undergraduate, graduate and doctorate business programs at Thai Nguyen University of Economics and Business Administration in Vietnam.[28][29]


Incorporation and Founding[edit]

In the early 20th century when the Philippines was opened to the American Protestant missionaries prior and after the Philippines was ceded by Spain to the United States through the 1898 Treaty of Paris after the Spanish-American War, a comity agreement by the Protestant American churches was established that the Philippine islands will be divided into mission territories, thus the Western Visayan region went to the jurisdiction of the Baptists. The American Baptists laid a plan following the agreement of the division of the islands for the evangelical mission, to establish mission schools in 1901. Eventually, the Northern Baptists (or American Baptist Churches), the American mission organization that was given a mission territory for the region, through the organization of the early American Baptist Missionaries in the Philippines, the Philippine Baptist Mission Conference of its affiliated foreign mission board, the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society received a grant from the American industrialist and philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller.[30][31][32] The founding of the schools is associated to the establishment of the first Baptist Church in the Philippine Islands, the Jaro Evangelical Church in 1901 by the Northern American Baptists also, now the American Baptist Churches.

American industrialist, philanthropist, devoted Northern Baptist and founder of the Standard Oil Company, John D. Rockefeller, gave a grant to the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society (a constituent board affiliated with the American Baptist Churches), for the purpose of establishing schools that will train ministers and other Christian workers and for boys in the Philippines, a task which was given to William Orison Valentine.

In 1903 the mission to establish two schools: an industrial school for boys and a Bible school to train pastors and other Christian workers was incorporated, and later voted on December 2, 1904. The task and mission to found the both two schools: an industrial school for poor boys and a Bible school, was given to William O. Valentine, a missionary. Valentine was in the service of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, where he first ministered as a missionary in Burma, first in Rangoon, then to Mandalay where he became the principal of the Baptist Mission High School for Boys in 1895, when the new mission was given to him by the mission society in 1903. During his eighth year in Burma he suffered severe sunstroke and returned to America for treatment. It was during his treatment that he met his future wife, nurse Ina Jane Van Allen. Valentine and Miss Van Allen were married in 1903 and the couple left for his new appointment in Iloilo in the Philippines. Actually, William Valentine and Miss Van Allen were just married right after Valentine received the said mission and the task that was given to him by the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society to established mission schools in the Philippines. In June 1905, the Bible School was opened in the home of the Valentines under the auspices of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society from the United States. There were 12 pupils with some Bible Women who attended as auditors.[33]

Later after the Bible School was established in June, in the fall of 1905, the Jaro Industrial School was opened as a free vocational boarding school for poor boys.[34] The first class consisted of 20 boys who worked four hours a day to pay their tuition, room and board, and spent four hours in the classroom.[35][36][37][38] For the Americans are being liberals in education and politics, in 1906 also, after a year that Jaro Industrial School was established, was the establishment and adoption of student self-government, the Jaro Industrial School Republic modeled on American civil government. The Republic continues to this day as the Central Philippine University Republic. The organization until today, still holds the distinction as the oldest student governing body in the Asia.[17]

"The original purpose of the school (Jaro Industrial School) was to provide opportunity for poor Filipino boys to receive a good Christian education by working their way through school. Actual work experience and earnest study of the Bible were the core of the curriculum."

Later the leadership of the Bible School was turned over to the Rev. Henry Munger who conducted classes off campus.[33] In 1907, Reverend William Valentine became and tenured again as head of the Jaro Industrial School. By 1907 during his term, there were 300 boys working an active farm and in various trades, and the Bible school had been split off under a separate principal. In 1907 also after the separation of the Bible school with the Jaro Industrial Schhol, Dr. Eric Lund became the principal of the Bible school and classes were held at the Mission Press building where Lund was doing his Scripture translation work. In 1910, independent student media at the Jaro Industrial School through the establishment and the first publication of the printed official student publication, The Hoe (the present Central Echo) was published (and still to this day as one of the oldest student publication in the Philippines). However in 1912, Dr. Eric Lund left the Bible School and it was closed.

The founder and first head of Central, The Reverend William Valentine.

On the other hand, in 1913, Dr. Valentine's objectives was realized and in the same year the Jaro Industrial School also admitted its first female student; it was fully incorporated then by the Philippine government and enrolled 740 students at that time. Then in 1915, Jaro industrial school opened its first high school program, starting with first and second year classes, adding third and fourth year classes in 1920. As the both two schools were founded by the Northern American Baptists from the American Baptist Churches, ordination for women is affirmed[39] that resulted and eventually in 1917, the Jaro Industrial School elected its first female head and Principal, Mary J. Thomas, who tenured as a Principal of the Jaro Industrial School from 1917 to 1918. The Bible School later however was reopened in 1913 by Rev. Alton Bigelow. It was under Rev. Alton Bigelow's leadership that the Bible School began to have a definite direction in its development. In 1921, the following year after the Jaro Industrial School added fourth year high school classes, the school graduated its first high school batch.[11][40]

The first Board of Trustees was composed of five members from the mission conference. They remained American in composition until prior to the conversion of the school as a junior college. In the early years of the school’s operation, building-up qualified faculty and staff had been a great challenged. Some missionaries gave part-time service and Dr. David S. Hibbard, founder of Silliman Institute, now Silliman University, also provided Filipino instructors trained at Silliman Institute.[37]

To accommodate the need for tertiary education in the area, a junior college was opened in 1923 and the name of the school was changed to Central Philippine College. In April of the following year, the Bible school became an organic part of the Junior College. Senior college started to be opened in 1936 and by 1940 five degrees were offered namely: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Religious Education.[11]

When the junior college became a senior college in 1936, the College of Engineering was also established.[41] In 1938, students and interested sectors of the school began to press for the opening of a Law School. Finally, on March 18, 1939, the Board of Trustees voted to apply for a permit to offer the first two years of the law course. The first year was to be opened in the school year 1939-1940. Atty. Pablo Oro, who had been one of the leaders in urging this move and in seeking patrons to help develop the law library, was given the responsibility for developing the program. Atty. Pablo Oro, a member of the Philippine Bar, was a graduate of Silliman University and of the University of Manila College of Law.[42]

World War II[edit]

Aerial view of the part of Central's main campus in the north-eastern side in the early 1960s. During the World War II, Central's entire properties, was heavily destroyed.

Academic life in the campus was interrupted when invading Japanese forces landed in Iloilo. As a consequence of the invasion, missionaries assigned at Central fled and took refuge in the mountain barrios of Katipunan, Tapaz, Capiz. They hid in the forest they called "Hopevale" with the help of their Filipino friends. But soon they fell and were captured by the Japanese troops on December 19, 1943. The missionaries begged to free the Filipino captives and instead offered themselves as ransom. At the dawn of December 20, 1943, the missionaries asked to be allowed to pray and, an hour later, they told their Japanese captors they were ready to die. The adults were beheaded and the children were bayoneted.[43]

The missionaries who died in the massacre were called today as the Hopevale Martyrs. The martyrs were Central's former head, Dr. Francis Howard Rose, Jeanie Clare Adams, Prof. James Howard Clovell, Charma Moore Clovell, Dorothy Antoinette Dowell, Signe Amelia Erikson, Dr. Frederick Willer-Meyer, Ruth Schatch Meyer, Gertrude Coombs Rose, Rev. Erle Frederich Rounds, Louise Cummings Rounds, and Erle Douglas. Despite the order that these Americans should go home because of the war, they refused to leave their mission and eventually offered their lives when they were caught by the enemies.[44]

Post-war years and reconstruction[edit]

After the war ended, the college was reopened by remaining members of the faculty as well as by returning missionaries. When war broke out during the Second World War, the college's buildings were destroyed. Reconstruction of university was made possible through funds coming from friends at home and abroad.[11]

The Union Mission Hospital Training School for Nurses (the forerunner of Iloilo Mission Hospital School of Nursing) which was established in 1906, pioneered Nursing education in the Philippines. In 1946 after the war, Dr. Henry S. Waters, the postwar director and principal of the hospital and the school of Nursing, pressed for the offering, with Central Philippine College (Central's predecessor), a collegiate course leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree that later resulted the full operations of the school transferred to Central.

The college's Graduate School was formally opened in 1951 with Dr. Linnea A. Nelson as Dean. Dr. Nelson, holder of Ed.D degree from the University of California, Berkeley, had been a missionary in China from 1935 to 1949.[45] Years since its founding, the graduate school has been chosen by the fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE) as a graduate center for M.B.A, M.A in English and Master of Engineering for the following fields of specialization: Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

On the other hand, when the war ended, Dr. Henry S. Waters, the appointed post war director of Iloilo Mission Hospital and also as the principal of the Iloilo Mission Hospital School of Nursing in 1946-1947, pressed for the offering, with Central Philippine College (The forerunner of Central Philippine University), a collegiate course leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.[13] The director of the Bureau of Private Schools and the members of the board of examiners for nurses authorized the opening of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing four-year course in 1947 that resulted the school's operation transferred to the College.[13] Dr. Henry S. Waters served as acting dean of the new College of Nursing at Central Philippine College (1947–1948). When Dr. Waters returned to the United States, Dr. Teofilo Marte served as the executive secretary (1948–1949); and Miss Loreto D. Tupaz who finished the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at CPU, was the acting dean from 1949 to 1950 and served in this capacity until the arrival of Miss Esther Salzman, Master of Science in Nursing and an American Baptist Foreign Mission Society missionary nurse, who held the deanship from 1950 to 1961. During her term, the college offered three curricular programs: the Bachelor of Science in Nursing four-year course, the GN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing Supplemental Course and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing five-year course.[13]

Presidents of CPU (who were all Americans) from its founding in 1905 until 1966 when Rex A. Drilon, the first Filipino president was elected.

Miss Tupaz and Miss Salzman worked together to develop Central Philippine College of Nursing (later-the Central Philippine University College of Nursing) into a college of distinction, recognized both in the Philippines and abroad. Miss Salzman served as dean until 1961 when she retired in the United States.[13] Miss Lily Plagata, M.S.N., was appointed to the deanship (1961–1974). When the latter resigned and went abroad, she was replaced by Miss Carmen Centeno, Master of Science, during the remaining months of 1963.[13] Miss Centeno, however, also left for the United States and Miss Loreto D. Tupaz, who finished her M.A. degree at CPU, resumed the deanship (1963–1970), assisted by Miss Maria Pablico, M.S.N. (1969–1970). Miss Pablico also resigned to work in the United States From 1963-1973. Miss Tupaz continued to administer the three course programs of the college---the Bachelor of Science in Nursing five-year course, the CCT (Clinical Teaching) course, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Supplemental Course.

On the 1 April 1953, the college gained government recognition and was given a university charter, converting the college into what is now known as the Central Philippine University.[11]

In July 1955, the Hon. Robert Simmons, the former Chief Justice of the Nebraska State Court, visited the campus and lectured to the students. He became very much interested in the former law school Dean Atty. Pablo Oro and the College of Law. Justice Simmons gave generous support to the law school's library and encouraged his friends and colleagues to do the same.[42]

Central's College of Engineering in 1965, offered a one-year Sanitary engineering course with three graduates. One could only enroll in this course after he has completed the Civil Engineering course. However, this was abolished later due to an insufficient number of enrollees.[41] In 1956, after three years when the college received a University charter from the Philippine government, the first female President', Linnea A. Nelson, was elected.

Eugenio Lopez Memorial Hall in the 1960s. The structure, donated by the Spanish Filipino business magnate and philanthropist Eugenio Lopez, Sr., used to be the main library of Central, is the first permanent building on the main campus.

Before she became as the University President, Linnea A. Nelson is the person behind the establishment of the School of Graduate Studies in 1951 where she was the first Dean of the school. Linnea A. Nelson is a Ed.D degree holder from the University of California, Berkeley, and had been a missionary in China from 1935 to 1949. She served as the President of Central from 1956-1957 and again re-elected in 1965-1966.[46]

From its founding, Filipinos were gradually given larger responsibilities in its administration.[11] In 1966 the first Filipino president, Dr. Rex D. Drilon, a CPU alumnus and a Political Scientist from the University of the Philippines Diliman was elected. Dr. Drilon, on his initiatives for the Filipinization of the University, who had to make a trip to the United States for the purpose, the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society consented to transfer the multi-million University properties to the Filipinos in consonance with the Foreign Mission policy of "Americans receding and Filipinos advancing". And thus, in 1968 the entire university property - land, buildings, and equipment - was turned over by the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society to the Filipino corporation of CPU. Since 1973, all members of the Board of Trustees and administrative officials of the university have been Filipinos.[11]

Rex A. Drilon, the First Filipino President of Central[45][47][48][47].

1990s to recent history[edit]

In 1998 until 2008, the 3rd Filipino president of the university, Dr. Juanito Acanto term was dubbed as Years of Bliss: Years of Fulfillment, where academic and infrastructural developments flourished in the university, through help from the alumni. It was in his term also, when the university started a goal to raise 100 million Php and as planned, the campaign started in September 2001 until December 2005. The CPU Centennial Development Fund alone raised a total of 75,000,000 pesos from 182 Endowment programs. The helpful endeavor through other endowment fund programs, which started years back, was intensified and is still ongoing, with a total of 433 Endowment Funds, amounting to 127,500,000 pesos until May of his last year term as the university president in 2007;[49][50] celebrated its centennial year in 2005, where thousands of alumni from the world came home.[51] The university's centennial celebration and followed by the foundation day on the 1st of October owes a lot to the American founders and missionaries who founded and sacrificed for Central, especially to The Reverend William Valentine, the founding father of the institution.

Augmented amounts from the Centennial Development Fund and the help of various individuals, were built and used in expanding various structures, such as the Dr. Alfonso A. Uy - Student Union Building, a four-storey commercial building built through the fund and by Dr. Alfonso A. Uy (an alumnus of the University)on the campus, to help augment its operational expenses, and to further raise its financial base; CPU Lifestyle Learning Center (prior to the students and the people who wanted to manage their fitness lifestyle); and the CPU Alumni Promenade and Concert Park, which is structurally attached to the also newly built CPU Alumni Center, CPU Alumni Affairs Office, Educational Media Center (where the CPU TV Channel and Radio broadcasts still to this day) and the CPU Dining Hall, and the CPU Excel Center. One of the other prominent infrastructural developments during Dr. Juanito Acanto's term as a president, is the establishment of the university's own Television Channel, the CPU TV Channel. The television channel, launched in 2001 under its former names, EXCEL TV, then was changed to CPU Alumni Channel in 2005, and to CPU TV Channel is the only and first university–based cable TV channel in Asia, is one big leap in upholding the university’s standard in quality education through the use of mass media.[52] There were various new real properties also that is owned by the University when he was in his term as the President. The 24 hectares San Rafael Agricultural Land[53][54][55] and the 14 hectare Guimaras Agricultural Land[56][57][58]

The Wall of Remembrance built before Central's centennial in 2005.
The CPU Lifestyle Learning Center.

Central gained much attention and was lauded by various business and technology sectors in the field of Engineering, through its pioneer Packaging Engineering program and department in the College of Engineering, being the first such in the country and in Asia, organized and hosted the first National Conference in Transport Packaging in 2007 it was then followed also by the first Philippine International Packaging Conference, the Global Pack 2012.[59] Thomas Schneider, President and CEO of the 51-member nation World Packaging Organization, is one of the delegates of the Global Pack 2012 event alongside with various persons from other countries, government agencies and business sector.[60] Alongside with the Global Pack 2012 conference, a packaging engineering testing center and laboratory and value-added facility of a UN-compliant and comprehensive was donated by US Packaging Hall of Famer and Department of Science and Technology (DOST-Philippines) Balik Scientist Dr. Lejo Brana, is also the first of its kind in the Southeast Asian region, the CPU-School of Packaging Engineering/Packaging Center for Packaging Engineering and Technology (CPU-SPE/PC-PET). The Center is backed by the Philippine- Department of Science and Technology, the industry’s Packaging Institute of the Philippines and a private sector’s packaging advocate, Systemat-PackEDGE.[61]

The University currently expanded its numbers of programs in business, agriculture, and medical and health sciences and the recent re-establishment of the pharmacy department. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), through the International Organization for Standardization certifying body of the University, prior to the University as an ISO Certified Institution, recently conducted an external audit and surveillance for the University's renewal of ISO certification, based on the new standard. The University last upgraded its certification last 2010. The said University's certification, covers educational and support which is up to year 2013.[62] Recently, through international collaborations with other institutions has made CPU to offer undergraduate programs in Business Administration and Accountancy, graduate programs in Business Administration and Public Administration, and doctorate degree in Management program at Thai Nguyen University of Economics and Business Administration in Vietnam.[28][29]

The university acquired also a Level IV accreditation status from Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities (ACSCU) in the programs of Business Administration, Accountancy and Education, among others, has made it the only university in the Western Visayan region having more programs with Level IV accreditation status by. Central is one of the two leaders in the Visayas and Mindanao based on endowment funding, with 182 Endowment programs and a total of 433 Endowment funds in 2007 that is still on-going and expanding still to this day.[63]


The Dr. Alfonso A. Uy - Student Building is the Central's mini mall.

The CPU main campus sits on a 24 hectare (59.30 acres) of land in the district of Jaro in Iloilo City, away from the distraction of the bustling city center. CPU's main campus is a veritable community by itself. The campus plan follows a typical American university and is flanked by various gates. The second gate is the main entrance and bares the University's motto, Scientia et Fides which in English means Knowledge and Faith. The Philippine government cultural agencies of National Commission on Culture and the Arts, National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the National Museum of the Philippines listed the university in the Cultural Properties of the Philippines as a historical landmark.[17] Some buildings in the main campus dates back during the early American occupation of the Philippines and characterizes American colonial architecture.[64]

The Rose Memorial Auditorium was built in the late 1990s after the old one was burned down by fire.

By order, the University Church is the tallest building on the main campus and meant by the planners as a "central and dominant feature" of the main campus proper. The church is notable noted for its Indonesian or Malay design and is a famous landmark in Iloilo City.[65] Henry Luce III Library is one of the largest libraries in the Philippines with more than a quartered of a million volume holdings. Inside the Henry Luce III Library is the Meyer Asian Collection holdings.

Other buildings on campus include the famous Rose Memorial Auditorium. It which was built to replace the old Rose Memorial Hall which was burned down by fire in 1995. The Rose Memorial Auditorium is the largest theater in Iloilo City and is a famous venue for different international and local kinds of musical and band concerts and conventions in Iloilo.

Anna Johnson Hall houses the only residential college in the university. Its residents are students of the College of Theology.

The Roblee Science Hall, serves as a laboratory building, where science and laboratory experiments classes are held by the Colleges and departments of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Pharmacy, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry (also, General subjects of other Colleges held classes in Roblee Science Hall). Valentine Hall, is a monument to Central's founder, William Valentine, a Baptist missionary. It now houses the Colleges of Education and Arts and Sciences of the university[66]

CPU's main campus is enhanced by parks, gazebos, gardens and open spaces, including Big Field, Half Moon, Alumni Garden, Santos Park, Nuñez Centennial Garden, Caipang Tree Park, the Glen at the Catedral, the Prayer Garden, the CPU-CAS Butterfly Garden, and the University Botanical Garden.

The Central Philippine University Church, built in the 1970s, its architecture is resonant of an Indonesian or Malayan style of house built on palm leaves and bamboo.

The main campus is a locally-declared tourism site, of which the university maintains a team of landscapers and gardeners. Annually, the university showcases the Promenade of Lights, a joint project of the university and the CPU Alumni Association. The event features lighted figurines, trees and buildings, nativity scenes, and colorful lanterns attracting thousands of local and foreign tourists during the Christmas season. The Opening of Lights (Festival of Lights and Music at Central) remains one of the notable features of the CPU campus.

Gable dormer windows and flying buttresses on the side of the Central Philippine University Church.

It opens in first week of December and is highlighted with a fireworks display on the opening ceremony. Lighted trees, buildings and figurines, Pampanga, Capiz shells and native lanterns placed along the major campus roads and nativity scenes add to its festive atmosphere.

The CPU Farm (in the municipality of Zarraga, Iloilo), on the other hand, is separate from the university. In the administration of the former university President, Juanito Acanto, the CPU Crop Research Laboratory and other agricultural research facilities and equipments of the College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Sciences where transferred to the farm. The university villages for faculties and admins of Central, CPU Centennial Village and CPU FA Heritage Ville Subdivision, are located also separately from the main campus in Pavia, Iloilo.


CPU's buildings are predominantly painted with eco-friendly green color and the university has laid in place an Air Quality Monitoring System unit, which monitors air quality. The unit is operated jointly by the university with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.[67] In 2005, the university also launched the CPU New Millennium Tree (CPU NMT) for Sustainable Development. Designed to heighten environmental consciousness, the program seeks to plant thousands of mahogany trees.[68]


Presidents and Administration[edit]

First female heads
Mary J. Thomas (First female head)
Linnea A. Nelson (First female president)

The incumbent and 17th president (and also the 4th Filipino) of the University is Teodoro C. Robles. He is an alumnus of the University where he took Engineering and graduated in 1964. On the other hand if the two postwar heads Urbano F. Nequin and May A. Coggins were excluded, he is the 19th university president. Dr. Teodoro C. Robles earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering at Montana State University. It was last September 5, 2008 when the Board of Trustees unanimously elected him to be the new President and it was confirmed by the CPU Corporation in a special meeting on September 18, 2008.[2][69]

Presidents of
Central Philippine University

William Orison Valentine, 1905-1906, 1907-1914
Charles L.Maxfield, 1906-1907
Francis H. Rose, 1914-1916; 1938-1941
Henry W. Munger, 1916-1917
Mary J. Thomas, 1917-1918
Alton E. Bigelow, 1918-1922
Harland F. Stuart 1922-1938
R. Fred Chambers, 1941-1942
J. Morris Forbes, 1947-1950
Peter H. J. Lerrigo, 1950-1952
Almus O. Larsen, 1952-1956; 1957-1961
Linnea A. Nelson 1956-1957; 1965-1966
Joseph T. Howard, 1961-1965
Rex D. Drilon 1966-1971
Agustin A. Pulido 1971–1996
Juanito M. Acanto 1996-2008
Teodoro Robles 2008–Present

References [a]

CPU is administered by a twenty-member Board of Trustees. Incorporated as a non-stock and non-profit institution, Central's Board of Trustees is currently presided by a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman. Two former Presidents of the University, Dr. Agustin A. Pulido and Dr. Juanito M. Acanto are also a present members of the Board of Trustees alongside with the present director of Iloilo Mission Hospital. Eight of its members are from the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches. Of the twenty Board of Trustees members, the General Secretary of the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches sits as an ex-officio member. The CPU Alumni Association, the Faculty, and the Staff are likewise represented in the Board. The President of the university's student government, the CPU Republic, sits as representative of the students.


The University ranks No. 1 in the Western Visayas region and No. 5 in the whole country in terms of high passing rates in various licensure examinations given by the Professional Regulation Commission.[70][71] But later than that, in 2007, a report by PRC and CHED covering a five-year period (1994–1998) named the top 10 performing schools in the country based on PRC exams and Central Philippine University ranks number 8th. CPU holds the distinction as No. 1 in the Philippines in the number of tertiary academic programs accredited Level III by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines.[72] In engineering, the College of Engineering ranks 10th of 25 Top Engineering Schools in the Philippines. Based on that data also is demonstration of the highest degree or level of standards along the areas of instruction, research and extension.[73] The university recently received Level IV status in the programs of Accountancy, Business Administration and Education, among others; has made it the only university in the Western Visayan region having more programs with Level IV accreditation status.

In 2009, the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines released a report showing the Top 20 nursing schools in country based on average passing rates in nursing board examinations. Central ranks 6th having an average of 86.72.[74]

A data released by Commission on Higher Education (Philippines) of top Universities based on Center of Excellence and Center of Development (as of October 4, 2010) for engineering courses, CPU ranks 10th of 25 Top Engineering Schools. Based on that data also is demonstration of the highest degree or level of standards along the areas of instruction, research and extension.[75] On the other hand also, based on Professional Regulation Commission (Philippines) board exam passing rates, the university's College of Engineering was listed and ranks 9th in the Philippines.[76]

4 International Colleges & Universities (4ICU) has ranked Central 21st among 217 universities in the Philippines.[77] 4icu actually is the official web portal of the International Colleges and Universities, an international higher education search engine and directory which reviews over 11,000 Colleges and Universities in 200 countries around the globe. Tertiary Education Schools should be duly recognized, licensed and accredited by national ministries of education or higher education accrediting organizations before they qualify and get listed to 4icu.org. Furthermore, the organization maintains and religiously updates the profiles of the schools included in their list to protect the quality of the information contained in its directory. 4icu Org University Web Ranking is a non-academic ranking body and thus it is not used to measure the academic standards of the organization. It aims however, to help international students know which University or College is popular in a specific country based on the popularity of their websites which be could use as reference in selecting a higher education organization to enroll from.[77][78][79]

The Roblee Science Hall west side entrance where General sciences classes of medical and allied health courses are conducted.

Academic units[edit]

The Loreto D. Tupaz Building is named after the pioneer and icon of modern Nursing and considered as the Florence Nightingale of the Philippines. It houses the Colleges of Nursing and Medicine.
The Engineering Building was built through James Lester Knox, the former dean of the College of Engineering.[80] Part of the structure is the Affiliated Renewable Energy Center (AREC) and laboratories of pioneer programs of Software Engineering and Packaging Engineering.
The New Valentine Building of the College of Business and Accountancy.
The Anna V. Johnson Hall of the College of Theology now houses the Religion and ethics department and the dormitory exclusively for the Theology students.

Central's academic bodies consist three graduate or Professional schools, nine undergraduate colleges, the CPU Review and Continuing Education Center (a review and continuing education center),[81][82] and 3 basic education schools. Central contains also a library system, Central Philippine University Press (CPU Press), three basic education schools, while the university's medical centers are located separately from the university.

Central Philippine University is one of few private higher educational institutions in the Philippines that have been granted full autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the same government agency that accredited some of its programs as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development.[24][25][83] Some of its programs have likewise been recognized by the same agency as Centers of Development.[26][27][84] It is also one out of ten ISO certified educational institutions in the Philippines. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a network of the national standards institutes of 153 countries, on the basis of one member per country. The Bureau of Product Standards has been the Philippines representative to ISO, of which the said institute has accredited the university in having an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification.[24]

The University academic programs operate on a semester system in which the academic year is divided into three terms (Including Summer [March or April–May]): June to October, and November to December, December to March. The school year typically begins in early June and ends in mid-March. However, the two Basic education schools of the university: Elementary School and High School, runs on a non-semester system, but has a summer term classes, offered by each basic education schools.

Presently, the university confers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees all accredited by either PAASCU (a member of FAAP), ACSCU-AAI, ACSC-AAI, ATESEA and assisted by EDPITAF in its 13 schools and colleges.


The university grants Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 30 academic majors and including minors,[85] in nine undergraduate Colleges. Programs offered in the undergraduate level are Liberal Arts and Science, Hospitality Management, Tourism, Theology, Engineering, Business and Accountancy, Information Technology, Pharmacy, Medical Technology, Mass Communications, Public Administration and Political Science, Nursing, Teaching Education, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

In the first collegiate semester of 2012 CPU received 10,437 enrollees (including post-graduate schools)[4] led by the College of Business and Accountancy which had 2,553 collegiate enrollees. Following the College of Business and Accountancy with significant increase in population percentage are the Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the Engineering with a significant increase in enrollment with 292 (27.5%) and 178 (14.97%) additional students to last 2011 figures; the College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Sciences was up by 54 (48.64%) together with the College of Education, and the professional or graduate schools or colleges Law and the College of Medicine with 42 (8.57%), 38 (31.93%), and 39 (14.94%).[4] The colleges with decrease in population College of Nursing and Allied Sciences (was down by 434 (-25.85%)) together with the College of Theology which decreased by 15 (-24.19%), Graduate Studies by 182 (-22.71%), College of Computer Studies by 46 (-5.12%), and the Dr. Lucio C Tan College of Hospitality Management by 9 (-0.73%). Further increase in the population of the university is felt in last semester of 2012 until the present with more than 13,000 collegiate and basic education enrollees.[4]

The College of Theology, four months before the formal founding of Central's precursor, the Jaro Industrial School in October 1905, is the oldest degree-granting unit of the university. Until 1923 when the College of Theology was later merged with the Jaro Industrial School, creating a junior college.[85] The Dr. Lucio C. Tan College of Hospitality Management is the latest addition to all the undergraduate and graduate academic units of Central.[85] The Engineering and Business and Accountancy programs are Commission on Higher Education (CHED Philippines) Centers of Excellence and Development.[4]

Recently, through international collaborations with other institutions has made CPU to offer undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Accountancy programs at Thai Nguyen University of Economics and Business Administration in Vietnam.[28][29]


Central offers a variety of doctorate and masters degrees in the Social Sciences, Business, Education, Information Technology, English Studies & Communication, Liberal Studies, Nursing, Psychology/Counseling, Agriculture, Engineering, Divinity, Medicine, Law.

The graduate Academic programs are offered in the School of Graduate Studies; Medicine, the university's College of Medicine was established in 2003, is the youngest college and professional school of the university;[86][87][88] College of Law confers the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, which was changed to Juris Doctor (JD) degree in 2012 in lieu of it. The Juris Doctor (JD) program of the College of Law is the first Juris Doctor (JD) program in any Law schools in the Philippines approved by the Philippine Legal Education Board. The College of Law in through partnership with San Beda College of Law offers Master of Laws (LL.M. ) also[89]

At present, CPU through international linkage with Thai Nguyen University of Economics and Business Administration in Vietnam offers graduate programs in Business Administration and Public Administration, and doctorate program in Management.[28][29]

Basic Education[edit]

Central offers basic academic programs: Kindergarten, Complete Elementary Course and Academic Secondary Course. The university's three Basic education departments: Kindergarten, Elementary and High School are all Accredited by ACSCU-AAI as Level II. The high school department of the university, except as Accredited by ACSCU-AAI as Level II, the high school of the university is an EDPITAF-assisted and DOST/ESEP[90][91] Division Leader School.[92]

Library system[edit]

The Henry Luce III Library is the main that encompasses departmental libraries of the library system, and was constructed and funded through the Henry Luce Foundation by Henry Luce III, the elder son of the founder and editor in chief of Time Inc.

Central's main library, the Henry Luce III Library encompasses the university's library system, which is composed of departmental and college libraries of Theology, Business and Law, Graduate Studies, High School and the Elementary school. Currently, the Henry Luce III Library holds more than 200,000+ volumes including holdings of special collections like the 40,000 United Nations Documents, World War II Documents, American Studies Resource Center, Meyer-Asian Collection, Food and Agriculture Organization and Elizabeth Knox Sacred Music Collection.[93][94]

The Henry Luce III Library's (main library) structure was built by virtue of a grant given by Henry Luce III, a known philanthropist, and elder son of the founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc.,.[95] At present, the Central Philippine University Library is the third biggest library in the country in terms of volumes and holdings. It has been designated by the Philippine National Statistics Office on April 20, 1997 as National Statistics Office (NSO) Information Center for Western Visayan region.[95] Consortium with the Silliman University library and the Trinity University of Asia through ACCORD Library Interconnection started in 2000. CPU Library’s formal linkage on December 2002 was started with LIBRARY LINK, based at the Filipinas Heritage Library (in Makati City), on Filipiniana materials.[95]

Through linkages, Central Philippine University Library is a depository of the United Nations and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The library is a regular recipient of library materials from international and local organizations and centers such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Population Council in New York, National Library of the Philippines in Manila, Australian Centre for Publication Acquired for Development (ACPAD), Population Information Network, and the International Rice Research Institute (in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines). Through the library system’s American Studies Resource Center (ASRC), which is located in the main library (Henry Luce III Library), is also a regular recipient from the: Thomas Jefferson Information Center (one of the only 13 such centers in the Philippines) in Manila, and the United States Information Service. The American Studies Resource Center (ASRC) helps/assists students who want to study in the United States through its Educational Advising Program. A Knowledge for Development Center, donated by the World Bank in consortium with the University was launched in 2008[96] The Knowledge for Development Centers are hubs for dialogue and research on development issues established by the World Bank in key cities around the country in partnership with leading state and private universities.[97]

Medical Centers[edit]

Iloilo Mission Hospital Medical Arts Building, which was completed in 2009

Affiliated with the University is the Iloilo Mission Hospital and the Capiz Emmanuel Hospital. Although serving as community hospitals in general, both hospitals also serve as training facilities for various medical-related internship and off-campus classes programs of the University. Iloilo Mission Hospital[98] is the base hospital of the university and serves as a teaching hospital for university's Colleges and Departments of Nursing, Medicine, Medical Laboratory Sciences, and Pharmacy, while the College of Theology (for its chaplaincy program).[99][100] Capiz Emmanuel Hospital, however, which was established in 1913, in Roxas City, Capiz, only provides the facilities for clinical training for students of the College of Nursing and the Medical of the university.

Iloilo Mission Hospital, is a 230 bed, located separately from the main campus of the university, with various and comprehensive services available to the university's students and to the community in general. The Iloilo Mission Hospital was established in 1901 by Mrs. Andrew J. Hall, missionaries of the Presbyterian Foreign Mission Board to serve as a venue for the treatment of health care to the very poor, and has the distinction today as the first Protestant hospital in the country and the first American hospital in Asia.[101] The hospital had moved many times, from its first and second locations in the City Center of Iloilo in 1901 and 1905, and the third site in Jaro District, where the hospital stands until today, was purchased with the help of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society and the local community, because more space was needed for the expansion of the hospital, and in 1931, the new building was completed. The hospital pioneered in its School of Nursing in training women for the professional Nursing in the Philippines, which was established in 1906, with three graduates considered as the first three pioneering nurses in the country.[101][102]

Research and Extension[edit]

The CPU-Affiliated Renewable Energy Center (AREC), housed at the Engineering building, was established in 1989 and is under the umbrella of the College of Engineering. It is jointly funded by Department of Energy and the University. The center covers the whole Western Visayan region.

Central is one of the two leaders in the Visayas and Mindanao based on endowment fund with current endowment between Php 150-200 million, which is specifically for research, academic and other purposes.[103] The university has more than 182 Endowment programs and with a total of 433 Endowment Funds that is still on-going.[63] The university, has an active research and extension program that cover various researchers and extension activities. The University annually holds a Research and Development Week.[104][105] In 2006, the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (Philippines) (CHED) awarded CPU Research Center research program as one of the 2006 Best Higher Education Institution (HEI) Research Program in the country and the lone awardee from Region 6. In 2011 also, the university received the Best Higher Education Institution Research Program Award and a Plaque of Recognition as 1st Regional Qualifier for Best Higher Education Institution Research Program (BHEIRP) by the said Philippine government agency for higher education, the Commission on Higher Education (Philippines).[106] The University is also identified and designated by Commission on Higher Education (Philippines)-National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System (CHED-NAFES) through its College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Sciences as the Iloilo-Provincial Institute for Agriculture, where being the host of the annual Regional CPU-Department of Agriculture (Philippines) Agri Research Fair and Exhibits.[107]

The CPU Philippine Center for Packaging Engineering (PC-PET) - Packaging Engineering Laboratory, a first of its kind in the South East Asian Region, is backed by the College of Engineering's Packaging Engineering department, the Department of Science and Technology, and the Packaging Institute of the Philippines.[60][61]

Originally the CPU Research Center lodged as an integral part of the CPU Outreach Center. In 1998, it was separated with the CPU Outreach Center. It was established to coordinate the research activities of the different colleges and units of the university and to convene and facilitate the affairs of the University Research Committee (URESCOM). Since its inception in 1998, CPU Research Center was able to enhance the competency of students, faculty and staff members in conducting research and in applying and disseminating information and findings for the benefit of its constituency and the community. The university's Institutional Research Program (IRP), through the CPU Research Center, which provides undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff with research opportunities for personal and intellectual growth yielded 119 bounded research reports, 53 ongoing institutional researches, and more than 100 faculty and staff were involved in research projects in 2005-2008, and still expanding to this day. The capability building programs that were regularly conducted increased faculty involvement in research.[108] One major indication that the CPU Research Center and CPU links with the industry and business sector has grown stronger was the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the CPU Research Center (URC) and the Iloilo Chamber of Commerce in 2003. The agreement was about CPU Research Center's role as the sole consultant, researcher or trainer for the Iloilo Chamber of Commerce.[109]

In 2008, Rolex Award for Enterprise awarded the university alumni, professor, inventor and agricultural engineer Alexis Belonio due to his creation of a low-cost and environment friendly invention of the rice husk stove.[110][111][112][113] Engr. Belonio is the first Filipino awardee of Rolex Award for Enterprise that has resulted the establishment of the Center for Rice Husk Energy Technology (CRHET) (Iloilo Rice Husk Center) at Central.[114] The research center is attached to the College of Resources and Environmental Sciences and since it was established, it focuses on various technologies that will be develop, developed and the utilization of rice husks as fuel and clean energy for cooking. The CPU Center for Rice Husk Energy Technology (CRHET) obtained funding from the Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2008.[115][116]

CPU is the Department of Energy's Affiliated Renewable Energy Center (AREC) for Western Visayas[117] and one of the most active among the 14 such Centers in the whole Philippines. The University has a Rockefeller Endowed Soils Analysis Laboratory and Soils Testing Laboratory (through Rockefeller Foundation).[118]

Central is host to the CPU Philippine Center for Packaging Engineering (CPU PC-PET) - Packaging Engineering Laboratory, a packaging testing center and laboratory facility which is the first of its kind in the Southeast Asian region, has gained Central an attention in the field of science and technology and a breakthrough for Packaging Engineering research and development in the country. The Center if backed by the Philippine- Department of Science and Technology, the industry’s Packaging Institute of the Philippines and a private sector’s packaging advocate, Systemat-PackEDGE.[61]

Other Research centers and extension programs of the University include the CPU Center for Local Governance and Indigenous Peoples Studies[119]; CPU-World Bank KDC (CPU World Bank - Knowledge Development Center); CPU-Affiliated Non-Conventional Energy Center (CPU-ANEC); CPU College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Sciences - Appropriate Technology Center (APPROTECH); CPU - Computer Science Center; CPU Crop Research Laboratory; and the CPU - Social Science Research Institute.

Cultures and traditions[edit]

Central Spirit[edit]

“Central Spirit” which has purportedly served as “a social glue”, is a term for camaraderie, unity or reminisce the fond school day memories and activities at Central that has become symbolic of the bond that unites Centralians. Central Spirit is also contrast to what Central was founded for over a century before by the American missionaries and the school's vision. Moreover, there is also a song titled “Central Spirit” which was composed by one of the school’s former American presidents, Dr. Francis H. Rose.[120]

Scientia et Fides[edit]

Central’s motto: ‘’’”Scientia et Fides”’’’ literally means ‘’’”Knowledge and Faith”’’’ in English. It was chosen by the third head of Central, the late American clergyman Dr. Francis H(oward) Rose, as contrast and coincides to the institution’s Christian foundation and belief, which was founded by the pioneer, The Rev. William Orison Valentine.[121][122]

Scientia Science is viewed from the standpoint of Christian understanding that God is the creator and sustainer of everything.[122] Science is an avenue where one would know, understand, and appreciate the scope of God’s handiwork as well as explore the magnitude of its potentials for the good of mankind.

Fides Faith is basically a gift from God. And as a gift, the exercise of such faith will find meaning and purpose within the sphere of God’s sovereign plan and direction. In this regard, such kind of faith becomes active and dynamic.[122] It inspires, influences, and transforms anything that comes in contact with as it continually seeks understanding and expresses itself in noble actions that aim to glorify God.

Gold and Blue[edit]

Gold and Blue are both official and athletic colors of Central since it became a Junior College in the early 1920s. Gold regards to its ‘’Scientia’’ motto as ‘’Excellence’’ and contrast to the Biblical standpoint alongside with Blue for ‘’Spirituality’’ (from its ‘’Fides’’ motto) when chosen as the official colors of Central in the 1920s, both found and referenced from Biblical texts from the books and chapters of 1 Corinthians 3:12-13 and Ephesians 2:20 (for Gold) and Numbers 4:6-7, 9,11, 12; 15:38-40 and Exodus 25:4; 26:1, 31, 36; 28:28, 31 (for Blue)[123]

Festival of Lights and Music at Central[edit]

A month long-fete festival of lights and music which is an attraction every December for the Christmas season in the City of Iloilo that has become a tradition for more than a decade at Central, is held annually since 1998. The main campus major streets and buildings are festooned with Christmas lights during the festival and is flocked by visitors or tourists. The festival, starts traditionally in the first week of December, where at the opening night, a traditional switching on of Christmas lights is followed by a grand fireworks display. On the second night after the opening, A Christmas musicale and a signing contest opens with contestants not only from the university but from the surrounding community.[124][125]

Foundation Day[edit]

Held every October 1, the celebration commemorates Central's founding by the American missionaries as the Jaro Industrial School, the Central's forerunner, in 1905. The celebration is characterized with a civic parade, a memorial service for William Valentine, the founding father of Central; the traditional singing of the Star Spangled Banner along with the raising of the flag of the United States and the Philippines.[126]


CPU International Football Team vs. Philippine Football Federation (AZKALS) Friendly match in 2010 held in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.

Central is member of the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) and the Philippine University Games (UniGames). The university's athletic nickname, Golden Lions represents the university in athletic games.[127][128] Central has adequate playgrounds and facilities for sports and athletic activities. The CPU Gymnasium, the largest in Western Visayas, can serve as a venue for the following sports: basketball, sepak takraw, badminton, table tennis, lawn tennis, and volleyball as well as live concerts. Outdoor sports such as soccer and softball can be played at the football grounds, CPU Softball Field and the ground situated at the Half-moon Drive.

CPU Gymnasium, finished in 2005, had been the venue for regional and national games like the 14th Unigames.

The University hosted the 14th Philippine University Games (UniGames).[129] There is also an Olympic size CPU swimming pool for swimming competitions. The University main campus can accommodate Triathlon sports event. The University Tennis Courts is also available for use by students and tennis enthusiasts. CPU's Olympic-sized swimming pool is the most modern and biggest school-based pool in Western Visayas. It provides a very convenient swimming area for PE students, athletes, alumni and friends of CPU. Central Philippine University is famed for its football games.

The CPU International Football Team, composed of foreign students who are studying at Central matched with the Philippine Football Federation team (Azkals) in 2010 in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo. Most football players of Central are under the roster of Stallion F.C., a club that plays for the United Football League (UFL) and is also affiliated with Iloilo F.A. (IFA). CPU also hosted the PFF Smart Club Championship-Group B on August 9–13 of 2011 which was facilitated by Iloilo Football Association wherein the university is one of the hosts venue.[130] In April 2012, Western Visayas (PRISAA) Private Schools Athletic Association - Softball team,[131] composed wholly and represented by Central's Softball team defeated regional teams including the last contingent (Region 10) and wins second time since 2011 with the Gold medal in the 59th National PRISAA Championship. The 59th National PRISAA was held in Cebu City in 2012.[132][133]

Student life[edit]

The Stuart Hall, named after the late President of the University, Harland F. Stuart, houses the Student Service Enterprise at the ground floor and the CPU Republic at the top floor.

Student Organizations[edit]

Students are encouraged to form groups that enhance their desire for study. The Student Organization Committee (SOC) acts as the regulatory body for all student campus organizations. It approves the registration and supervises the activities of student campus organizations. These include religious and cultural groups, academic and athletic clubs and groups. Notable among the organizations that are listed under the SOC (Student Organization Committee) are: Central Philippine University Republic (CPU Republic), official student governing body of the university (still in continuous operation),; CPU Parliamentarian Society; the Central Echo; CPU Bahandi Singers; CPU Handbell Choir (the first and only 5-octave handbell choir in the country); and CPU Mountaineering Society. There is also a Foreign Students Organization that assists the university to invite more foreign students to attend Central.

Fraternities and Sororities[edit]

There are more than 10 fraternities and six sororities that are local, international or founded in the university that maintains a chapters at Central, as well as fraternity for those who are taking Juris Doctor (J.D.) course, Order of Kalantiao, and Phi Beta Epsilon of the College of Engineering.[134]

Student and faculty housing[edit]

Weston Hall (Women's Dormitory)

Various apartment facilities, such as dormitories, boarding homes are located on the university's main campus and both two university hospitals, Iloilo Mission Hospital and Capiz Emmanuel Hospital, each, could provide living accommodations to some 500 students. Franklin Hall, is for male residents; Weston Hall, for female residents; while Anna V. Johnson Hall, where the College of Theology houses, is considered as the only residential college in the university, where its living accommodation is limited to the said college; Roselund Hostel/House, Gonzaga House, and Executive House are apartments and boarders are both local and foreign students who are studying at Central; are all located on the main campus, and there is also Nurses home in each hospitals of the university, that serves as a boarding house for students who are taking Nursing course, when classes and internship is conducted at the both two university hospitals.[135] American Village is located inside the campus with various houses for the university faculties and a hostel for students.

Franklin Hall male residence dormitory.

There are also two residential villages located separately from the University. The CPU Centennial Village,[135] a 2.9-hectare subdivision only for the faculty members of the university.[136] The CPU Centennial Village has 185 saleable units with 6 types of housing models and CPU FA Heritage Ville Subdivision/CPU Heritage Subdivision is located and adjacent, just few meters away from the location of CPU Centennial Village in Anilao, Pavia, Iloilo. It provides residential community amenities for the faculty and administrative staff of the university.

Living in the dormitories and villages is considered a privilege that is granted to the students and faculties who comply with the rules and regulations of the University. Formal admission procedures is followed before admitting anyone to the dormitories and villages of the university.


The Central Echo[137] (CE) is the official student publication of CPU.[138] It was founded in 1910, five years after Jaro Industrial School opened. Established and for printed its publication originally as The Hoe, evolved to be one of the best college student publications in the Western Visayas region: It has been recognized as Second Best Magazine and Fifth Best Newspaper by the Philippine Information Agency-Region 6 in 2009.[139] Central Echo publishes and circulates newspaper twice in a regular semester, it publishes magazine also, an art portfolio (Paraw) and a summer literary folio every summer. Other publications of the university include the The Centralite, the official yearbook; The Central Post, the official publication of the office of the university president; and the Central High Echo, the official publication of the High School Department.

Every college in the university has its own publication.[137] Some of the student writers are associate members of the Iloilo Press Club and the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.[137]

Notable People[edit]

Alfonso A. Uy, the former and first President of the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce who came from Visayas and Mindanao.

Notable people of the University include:

  • Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. - former SEC chairman of the Philippines (1995–2000) and 2010 Philippine Vice-Presidential candidate. He was the first public official who stood up against a President of the Philippines on the issue of corruption and abuse of power and EDSA People Freedom Awardee.[140]
  • Leonor Orosa-Goquingco - Philippine National Artist in creative dance, Mother of Philippine Theater Dance and Dean of Filipino Performing Arts Critics. She was the first Filipina and the only dance sent on the first-ever cultural mission to Japan (1939) and the first Philippine folkloric ballet.[150][151]
  • Jose V. Aguilar - The first recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award (Asian equivalent of Nobel Prize) for his work as the "Father of the Community School Movement" and served as consultant on Elementary education and later to the UNESCO Consultative Mission to the Philippines.[152]
  • Rene C(artera) Villa - former acting chairman of Local Water Utilities Administration of the Philippines.[153]
  • Spicy Morena Louise Aurelio Vail - 1965 Philippine representative and among the 15 semifinalists of Miss Universe pageant.[167]
  • Guillermina Kilayko - female athlete and was acclaimed as the"No. 1 Best Softball Catcher" in the country.[171]
  • Lejo Braña - first Filipino Certified Professional in Packaging and the first Filipino and Asian to receive a prestigious award in the packaging community in the United States and worldwide in his election to the US Packaging Hall of Fame.[61][172]
  • Glenn Catedral - First Filipino Recipient of the American Field Service Scholarships in 1956. The said scholarship stipulated one year schooling in public school in the United States while living with an American family.
  • Benigno Hinolan - writer of the first biography article of the Philippine national hero Graciano López Jaena in 1923.
  • Eliza U. Griño - The first exchange professor sent to China by the Philippine Government to teach English to university students.
  • Atty. Leo Tito Ausan Jr. - former Philippine Consul General to Germany.[174]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes and Citations[edit]

Citations and Further Reading

  • Nelson, Linnea, A.; Herradura, Elma (1981), Scientia et Fides: The Story of Central Philippine University, Central Philippine University 
  • Valentine, Ina Van Allen, An Oral History, (Recorded in 1969 and printed by Alpine Vista Press, Longmont, Colorado, 2000). 
  • Peterson, Marilyn E., Forshee's Legacy to the Philippines, (Prescott Pr., Lafayette, Louisiana, 1995) 
  • Lobaton, Angel F. (1981), The Beautiful American, Bacolod 
  • Nolido, Reinaldo M., History of the Church, in Bacolod Evangelical Church Book of Remembrance 1902-2002 (Bacolod, 2002) 


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