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, SVD
Location Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines
Campus 3
Hymn Holy Name March
Colors          Yellow and green
Nickname HNU, Holynamians
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).[1] It offers programs in elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels.[2] 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.[3][4]

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognizes the university's contribution in the growth and prominence of tertiary education in the Asia-Pacific. As a result, of the 1,200 Private Higher Education Institutions under the supervision of the CHED, the university is one of the first 30 to have been granted autonomous and deregulated status based on three criteria: (1) established as Center of Excellence or Center of Development and or private higher education institutions with FAAP Level III Accredited programs; (2) outstanding overall performance of graduates in the licensure examinations under the Professional Regulation Commission; and (3) a long tradition of integrity and untarnished reputation.[5] It is also accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).[6]

The school originally had two campuses in Tagbilaran City: the main building (also called Lesage Campus) at the corner of Lesage and Gallares streets and the Janssen Heights Campus in Dampas district. But as an aftermath of the October 2013 7.2 magnitude earthquake, the whole operation of the university has been transferred to the Janssen Heights Campus due to the structural damage suffered by the Lesage Campus main building.[7]


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.[8]

Academic programs [9][edit]

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management
  • Master of Arts in Education
    Majors in      
       Administration & Supervision 
       Teaching Elementary School Subjects      
       Nursing Education        
       Secondary Education      
       Guidance & Counseling        
       Elementary Math Teaching 
       Elementary Science Teaching      
  • Master of Arts in Nursing
    Majors in      
       Nursing Administration   
       Master of Arts in Teaching Filipino      
       Master of Arts in Business Administration        
       Master of Arts in Public Administration  
       Master of Arts in Philosophy     
       Master of Arts in Library Science        
       Diploma in Cultural Education (under NCCA)       


  • Bachelor of Laws


  • Bachelor of Arts
    with majors in 
       Political Science        
       Mass Communication       
  • Bachelor of Science in:
       Library and Information Science  


  • Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED)
    with majors in 
       General Course Content   
       Pre-school Education     
       Special Education        
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED)
    with majors in 
       Biological Science       
       Technology and Livelihood Education      
       Social Studies   
       Physical Science 
       MAPEH (Music, Arts, P.E., Health)        
       Diploma in Special Education (can be completed in 1 year)        


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology


  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    with majors in 
        Business Economics      
        Financial Management    
        Human Resource Development Management   
        Management Accounting   
        Marketing Management    
  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management
  • Associate in Office Administration


  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Associate in Computer Technology


  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCpE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering (BSECE)


  • Senior High School (by 2016)
  • Junior High School
  • Grade School
  • Kindergarten
  • Pre-School


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.[11]
  • The school hymn is the "Holy Name March" written by Elpidio Biliran and his wife.[12]
  • The school song is "I Wanna Be" by Michael Caňares.[13]

Accreditation status[edit]

  • Level III PAASCU
    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business 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 [14][edit]

  • Fr. Francisco T. Estepa, SVD University President
  • Fr. Ruel F. Lero, SVD Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Fr. Vicente L. Uy, SVD Vice President for Administration
  • Fr. Cyrus T. Mercado, SVD Vice President for Finance
  • Fr. Orencio M. Rodriguez, SVD Asst. Vice President for Administration

Academic administrators [15][edit]


  • Basic Education Department: Prisciano Legitimas


  • 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. ^ http://www.hnu.edu.ph/about/index.php?about=humble
  2. ^ "HNU: Humble Beginnings". http://www.hnu.edu.ph/about/index.php?about=humble. 
  3. ^ http://www.hnu.edu.ph/research/
  4. ^ http://www.hnu.edu.ph/cedev/
  5. ^ http://www.hnu.edu.ph/about/index.php?about=proof
  6. ^ http://www.hnu.edu.ph/about/index.php?about=proof
  7. ^ http://www.hnu.edu.ph/about/index.php?about=proof
  8. ^ "Humble Beginning:A Brief History of an Institution". Holy Name University. Retrieved December 28, 2006. [dead link]
  9. ^ http://www.hnu.edu.ph/academics/index.php?academics=programs
  10. ^ http://www.hnu.edu.ph/academics/index.php?academics=programs
  11. ^ "About the seal". Holy Name University. Retrieved December 28, 2006. [dead link]
  12. ^ "The Holy Name March". Holy Name University. Retrieved December 28, 2006. [dead link]
  13. ^ ""I Wanna Be" (HNU Song)". Holy Name University. Retrieved December 28, 2006. [dead link]
  14. ^ "HNU Administration". http://www.hnu.edu.ph/administration/. 
  15. ^ "HNU Personnel". http://www.hnu.edu.ph/administration/. 
  16. ^ "Personal information: Chatto, Edgardo Migriño". I-site.ph. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Personal information: Cajes, Roberto Castaño". I-site.ph. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Personal information:Jala, Eladio Malinguez". I-site.ph. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  19. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marjorie_Evasco
  20. ^ http://sp.tagbilaran.gov.ph/oscar-butron-glovasa-1944-2014/
  21. ^ http://www.punongbayan-araullo.com/pnawebsite/pnahome.nsf/section_docs/PX949L_11-1-06!OpenDocument&Click=
  22. ^ http://www.theboholstandard.com/opinion.php?issue=139&s1=2371&s2=2372&s3=2380&s4=750&s5=2389&s6=2383&s7=747&s8=748&s9=&s10=&s11=&s12=&s13=&s14=
  23. ^ http://www.discoverbohol.com/bsp/bsp052806/bsp-HL4-052806.htm

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