Holy Name University

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Not to be confused with Holy Names University.
Holy Name University
Pamantasan ng Banal na Pangalan
Holy Name University seal.png
Motto Benedicite Nomini Eius
Motto in English "Blessed be his name"
Established 1946
Type Private Catholic university
Religious affiliation Society of the Divine Word
President Francisco T. Estepa
Location Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines
Campus 3
Hymn Holy Name March
Colors          Yellow and green
Nickname HNU
Affiliations PAASCU
Website hnu.edu.ph
Holy Name College, 1940s
Main campus

Holy Name University (formerly known as Holy Name College and Divine Word College of Tagbilaran) is a Catholic university, high school and elementary school located in Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines. It is a private, co-educational school run by the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).[citation needed] It offers programs in elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels.[citation needed] Its tertiary offerings include courses in arts and sciences, education, nursing, commerce and accountancy, computer science, engineering, and law. Aside from instruction, HNU engages in research and community extension.[citation needed]

It is accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).[citation needed]

The school has two campuses in Tagbilaran: the main building (Lesage campus) at the corner of Lesage street and Gallares, which houses the graduate school, college of law, the administration and other offices including the registrar, finance, student affairs, alumni, extension, research center, culture and arts and the Janssen Heights campus in Dampas district which has the elementary school, high school (Janssen building), college of nursing (St. Freinademetz building), college of education and college of engineering (Bates building).[citation needed]


Holy Name University was founded in 1946 by Alphonse Lesage, based on the inspiration of Bishop Julio D. Rosales. It opened as Holy Name College on July 14, 1947 as a diocesan school owned by the Diocese of Tagbilaran. In 1963, the SVD gained full ownership of the college. It was renamed Divine Word College of Tagbilaran as a full-fledged SVD school. From 1947 to 1970, it was run by SVD expatriate missionaries. In 1970, Leo D. Ortiz, became the first Filipino president. Since then, Filipino priests have overseen its growth. On September 21, 2001, it was given full autonomy by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). On November 19, 2001, it was granted full university status and the name was changed to Holy Name University.[1]

Academic programs[citation needed][edit]

  • Elementary
  • Secondary
  • Graduate School
  • College of Law
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Business and Accountancy
  • College of Computer Studies
  • College of Education

University traditions[edit]

  • The motto of Holy Name University is "Benedicite Nomini Eius" (English: Blessed be his name.)
  • The HNU seal or logo is made up of a blue shield surrounded by an unbroken cord of gold. A gold scroll in the middle contains the motto. The shield has four compartments, each containing an emblem representing the thrusts and character of Holy Name University: the three-dimensional triangle (representing the trilogy of education: instruction, research and community extension); the flaming torch (symbol of education and learning); the emblem of the Divine Word (representing both ownership and gratitude to the SVD); and the hills and coconut tree (representing the province of Bohol and beyond). The main colors of the logo are blue, green and gold.[2]
  • The school hymn is the "Holy Name March" written by Elpidio Biliran and his wife.[3]
  • The school song is "I Wanna Be" by Michael Caňares.[4]

Accreditation status[edit]

  • Level III PAASCU
    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Commerce and Accountancy
    • College of Education
    • Level II PAASCU
    • High School Department
    • Level I PAASCU
    • Grade School Department
    • Civil Engineering


Board of Trustees (2012-2013)[citation needed][edit]

  • Chair: Ricardo Generoso Rebayla Jr.
  • Vice Chair: Dionisio Miranda
  • Members:
Heinz Kuleuke
Arthur Villanueva
Leonardo Medroso
Conchita Manabat
Franscisco Estepa
Florante S. Camacho
Brigido Angngasing
Eloisa David

Members of the Cabinet[citation needed][edit]

  • President: Francisco T. Estepa
  • Vice president of Academic Affairs: Ruel F. Lero
  • Vice president of Administration: Vicente L. Uy
  • Vice president of Finance: Cyrus T. Mercado

Academic administrators[citation needed][edit]


  • Elementary: Prisciano Legitimas
  • Secondary: Remedios Cardino


  • College of Law: Tomas Abapo
  • College of Arts and Sciences: Teodoro Gapuz
  • College of Nursing: Ruvih Joy P. Garrote
  • College of Engineering: James P. Uy
  • College of Business and Accountancy: Jemma J. Jay
  • College of Computer Science: Amie Rosarie C. Caballo
  • College of Education: Roque Bongcac

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Humble Beginning:A Brief History of an Institution". Holy Name University. Retrieved December 28, 2006. [dead link]
  2. ^ "About the seal". Holy Name University. Retrieved December 28, 2006. [dead link]
  3. ^ "The Holy Name March". Holy Name University. Retrieved December 28, 2006. [dead link]
  4. ^ ""I Wanna Be" (HNU Song)". Holy Name University. Retrieved December 28, 2006. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Personal information: Chatto, Edgardo Migriño". I-site.ph. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Personal information: Cajes, Roberto Castaño". I-site.ph. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Personal information:Jala, Eladio Malinguez". I-site.ph. Retrieved November 18, 2013.