De La Salle University – Dasmariñas
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|De La Salle University - Dasmariñas|
|Pamantasang De La Salle Dasmariñas|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic, Lasallian|
|President||Br. Augustine L. Boquer FSC|
|Location||Dasmariñas City, Cavite, Philippines|
|Campus||Suburban, 27 hectares|
|Hymn||Alma Mater Hymn|
|Colors||Green and White|
|Sports||UNIGAMES, NCRAA, UCAA, PRISAA|
|Affiliations||De La Salle Philippines|
De La Salle University – Dasmariñas (DLSU-D or La Salle-Dasma) is a member institution of De La Salle Philippines located in Dasmariñas City, Cavite. It was established on July 18, 1977 as a private nonsectarian tertiary school named General Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite and managed by the Yaman Lahi Foundation. In 1987, ownership and management were transferred to Frère (St.) Bénilde Romançon Educational Foundation Inc., a sister corporation of De La Salle University-Manila. It became a Catholic institution under the name De La Salle University-Emilio Aguinaldo College. In 1992, the name DLSU-EAC was changed to De La Salle University-Aguinaldo. In 1997 the institution was renamed again as De La Salle University-Dasmariñas to avoid confusion with the Emilio Aguinaldo College Cavite campus.
The university earned Level IV re-accreditation from the Federation of Accrediting Association of the Philippines for the degree programs of its Colleges of Business Administration, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Science after the formal survey conducted by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). It was also named as a Center of Development for Excellence in Information Technology. It was also identified as an Academic Center For Excellence in Biodiversity Conservation by Haribon Foundation in the Southern Tagalog Faunal Region. It was declared as Center of Training Institution (COT) by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Education.
De La Salle University-Dasmarinas has been conferred the DARK GREEN STATUS by the Dark Green Schools (DGS) Program of the Environmental Education Network of the Philippines, Inc. (EENP). The conferment is an affirmation of the University’s “effective integration of environmental concerns in its academic programs and its continuing efforts to improve the environmental situation within its community”. This is the highest status a member institution of DGS can receive. DLSU-D is one of three schools given this status in the entire Philippines.
De La Salle University – Dasmariñas (DLSU-D) has been granted AUTONOMOUS STATUS by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) after having satisfied the three major criteria, namely: long tradition of integrity and untarnished reputation, commitment to excellence and sustainability and viability of operations. The Autonomous Status is a recognition given to very few tertiary institutions in the Philippines.
In the recent issue of the University's official student publication, the Heraldo Filipino, DLSU-D has a population of 15,000 students in the first semester. The College of Business Administration has the most number of students with 1,108 while most of them take up BSBA Major in Business Management.
Animo La Salle
Animo means "Spirit to Fight"; it also means "La Salle Spirit". The Animo La Salle battle cry was derived from the 325 year spirit of “Faith and Zeal” of the Lasallian Brothers. The Lasallian spirit of "Faith" is symbolized by the radiant Signum Fidei Star from Bethlehem (the rays of the star has been replaced with the gloria et honos laurel). The Lasallian spirit of "Zeal" on the other hand, is symbolized by 3 chevrons (like the citroen logo) from the 1000 year old royal coat of arms of the De La Salle family.
Occupying a sprawling 27-hectare campus in Dasmariñas, Cavite, the university is located about 30 kilometers south of Manila via the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road and the Emilio Aguinaldo Highway.
The buildings on campus are located within two geographical areas—the East campus and the West Campus.
East campus 
The East campus is occupied by the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Science, Tourism and Hospitality Management. The bookstore, different laboratories, chapel, museum, and the Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo are also located here.
- Magdalo Gate (Gate 1) - named after the Katipunan faction led by Emilio Aguinaldo, it serves as an entry-exit point for students, faculty, staff, and visitors going to the East Campus.
- Magpuri Gate (Gate 2) - serves as an exit gate for cars from 6:30 am-8:30 am and both as an entrance and exit later in the day.
- Magtagumpay Gate (Gate 4) - serves as car entrance from 6:00 am–8:00 am.
- Rotunda (St. La Salle Marker) - The rotunda greets Lasallians and visitors at the Magdalo Gate with a welcoming sight of colorful flowers and plants on an elevated garden that encloses the statue of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Around it are concrete benches frequented by the students. On both sides of the rotunda are parking lots also for students
- La Porteria de San Benildo - located near Magpuri Gate, houses the Student Welfare and Formation Office (SWAFO) and numerous photocopying centers on the ground floor, and the Language Learning Center (LLC) at the second floor.
- Julian Felipe Hall (JFH) - named after the composer of the Lupang Hinirang, it is the College of Liberal Arts building. It houses classrooms, and laboratories for Communication, Broadcast Journalism, Psychology, and Speech students. It also houses the Tanghalang Julian Felipe (theater) and the Bulwagang Jose Basa which serves as the parliamentary hall and laboratory for the Political Science students.
- Paulo Campos Hall (PCH) - named after DLSU-D's founder, it is the University's science building. Found here are the Chemical and Biological Research Laboratories which serve as venue for scientific works and research-based activities. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and apparatuses, the laboratories allow students to explore the workings and wonders of science particularly: Biology, Biochemistry, Organic and Analytical Chemistry, Ecology, and Natural History
- Pantaleon Garcia Hall (PGH) - serves as the 267th Reserve Officers Training Corps headquarters
- Mariano Alvarez Hall (MAH) - named after a Caviteño hero, it formerly housed the Information and Communications Technology Center and computer laboratories until the new Information and Communications Technology Center building was erected. It was also the former building of the College of Education and now houses the Buildings Facilities and Maintenance Office (BFMO).
- College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM) - serves as the primary building of Hotel & Restaurant Management and Tourism students. It houses various laboratories and function rooms. This building replaced the two buildings, which are the Emiliano Riego de Dios Hall (ERH) and Olivia Salamanca Hall (OSH)
- College of Science (COS) - has ten classrooms and houses the faculty rooms of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computer Studies, and Mathematics departments, and Graduate Studies
- Information and Communications Technology Center (ICTC) - serves as the new computer laboratory of the University after its completion.
- Small Business Center (SBC) - a canteen formerly stood at the first floor, in which National Bookstore currently sits there while the Lasallian Community Development Center (an organization aimed towards community service) is based on the second floor.
- Severino Delas Alas Hall (SDH/Alumni Building) - a function building that also serves as the office of the De La Salle Alumni Association (DLSU-D Chapter). Houses two conference rooms, a multi-purpose function hall, and an 400-seater auditorium.
- Botanical Garden - serves as a research center for Biology students, as well as recreation for the DLSU-D community.
Cultural Heritage Complex 
As part of DLSU-D's aim for cultural development, as well as keeping with its Spanish-period-inspired motif, the three structures in the Museum Complex was officially named as the Cultural Heritage Complex.
- Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo (AEA) - DLSU-D's library. It houses collections of books, periodicals, theses, and other reference materials. It was modeled from Aguinaldo's residential house at Kawit, Cavite. The first building was a scaled-down model, and featured only the facade. Recent developments gave way for the new building, which exactly modeled from the Aguinaldo shrine, with the tower. The new building houses most of the collections and archives, and has discussion rooms, as well as the Executive Vice President's office (which will remain until the new Administration building is finished). The old building houses the Electronic Resource Services (the Internet nook), the Educational Media Services (which holds such media as videos, slides, presentations, and the like), as well as four viewing and conference rooms.
- Museo De La Salle - a lifestyle museum dedicated to the preservation of certain aspects and material culture of the 19th century Philippine ilustrado lifestyle. The Museo has been realized to encourage its own use in cross-disciplinary learning and growth in an academic environment, and to provide a living space illustrating Philippine culture that is linked to its immediate community, and that reaches out to those outside. Much of the collections inside the museum were donated by DLSU President Emeritus Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC. The museum building draws inspiration from the 19th century bahay na bato (house of stone), a two-storey building with stone, brick and mortar structure at the ground level, and usually a wood one at the second level. The emergence of the bahay na bato marked the remarkable lifestyle of the 19th century Christian Philippines. A bahay na bato was filled with fine furniture and objects to showcase the owner's wealth, personal style, and status in society. These examples of material culture now serve to document a range of natural and socio-historical notions.
- Antonio and Victoria Cojuangco Memorial Chapel of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - modeled after the parish church at Maragondon, Cavite, it was dedicated to the martyrs who were killed during World War II when they took refuge at the DLSU-Manila campus during Liberation. Houses the Campus Ministry Office.
West campus 
Situated in the West campus, 600 meters away from the East campus, are the Colleges of Business Administration, Engineering and Technology, the condominiums, dormitories, canteens, and the administration building.
- University Food Square - an al fresco food court, where most of the members of the DLSU-D community gather to eat.
- Lake - an artificial lagoon, which serves as a laboratory fish pond for Agribusiness Management students. Here, such fishes as tilapia are raised.
- Lake Park - an open-air activity center, where most student events take place.
- Ladislao Diwa Hall (LDH) - named after a hero of Biyak-na-Bato, this building holds the classrooms of the College of Education.
- Felipe Calderon Hall (FCH) - It is currently used by the College of Education and the College of Criminal Justice Education.
- Vito Belarmino Hall (VBH) - a former classroom building. It currently serves as the warehouses for both the staff and the student organizations.
- Gregoria Montoya Hall (GMH) - named after a heroine during the Revolution, this is more known as the Administration building. It houses most administrators' offices. The Registrar's, the Accounting, the Purchasing, and Internal Audit offices are based here. In addition, most student organizations hold office in this building, namely: the University Student Council, the Heraldo Filipino (official student publication), the Council of Student Organizations, and the Performing Arts Group.
- Candido Tirona Hall (CTH) - it was one of the oldest buildings in the University until the structure was fully upgraded to a new face in 2012 to support the fast growing population of the university and serve as a temporary building for the College of Engineering and Architecture Technology. It is the former building of the Accountancy Department of the College of Business Administration.
- College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (CEAT) Building - currently out of order or closed due to its structural stability. It was formerly named the College of Engineering and Technology Building (CET), was a newly-built building finished in 2004 which replaced the Don Placido Campos Hall (DPH). One of the most modern buildings in DLSU-D, it used to serve as the primary building for Engineering and Architecture students until it was vacated in the second semester of 2011 due to its structural stability. Laboratories, function halls, offices, and classrooms were situated here.
- Mariano Trias Hall (MTH) - formerly the CET building, now occupied by the College of Business Administration, specifically the Business Management department. But due to the structural stability of the College of Engineering and Architecture Technology building, the College of Business Administration is currently sharing this with the College of Engineering and Architecture Technology.
- College of Business Administration Building (CBA) - houses classrooms, laboratories, function rooms, and offices. It serves as the primary building of the College of Business Administration and Accountancy.
- Track Oval - one of DLSU-D's sports facilities. It was renovated in 2012 and was finished on January 2013.
- Grandstand - serves as seating for spectators. Also houses classrooms and the athletes' quarters.
- Ugnayang La Salle (ULS) - formerly the Palaruang La Salle (meaning "The Playplace of La Salle"), it is the sports complex. It houses a three-court stadium, the offices of the Physical Education Department and the Sports Development Office (SDO) and an Olympic-sized pool adjacent to it. This is also where most of the University events are held.
- Magdiwang Gate (Gate 3) - named after Andrés Bonifacio's faction of the Katipunan, it serves as an auxiliary entry for both pedestrians and motorists. All vehicles must enter this gate from 6:30 am-8:30 am since Gate 2 is reserved for cars exiting the campus at these times.
Other structures 
- Campus Gourmet and Hotel Rafael - laboratories for Hotel and Restaurant Management students.
- National Book Store
- University Events Center
University-status issue 
DLSU-D has been using the "University" title since its acquisition by the De La Salle University System. In 2004, the Heraldo Filipino released an issue stating that the school is not a university, having stated that the school is applying for university status from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and that Dasmariñas is using DLSU-Manila's university charter. This caused a major uproar in the community, as well as in other schools. As a measure, Br. Armin Luistro, president of the DLSU System, ordered that all other member tertiary schools not bearing their own charters (namely, Dasmariñas, College of Saint Benilde, Health Sciences Institute, and Canlubang) have the name "University" removed from all correspondences and labels, until they have procured their respective charters. On September 2004, CHED visited DLSU-D, and granted the school its university status.
The Patriots is the official moniker of the DLSU-D Varsity teams. The moniker was adopted in 1997, a reference to the province's history during the uprising against the Spanish rule in the Philippines.
DLSU-Dasmarinas is a longtime member of the National Capital Region Athletic Association and is a charter member of the Universities and Colleges Athletic Association from its inception in 2002. The school is also a member of the Private Schools Athletic Association and the annual University Games (UNIGAMES) handled mostly by provincial schools.
In October 2003, the school became the first institution from the Luzon area to host the UNIGAMES meet.
Its men's and women's volleyball teams have won several championships in the UCAA and NCRAA, as they are a multi-time defending titlist entering this year. Their basketball has managed to maintain a marginal success that includes a runner-up finish in the UCAA against their former namesake Emilio Aguinaldo College in 2005.
See also 
- Heraldo Filipino - Official student publication
- Just Play - Official sports magazine of the University