Mountain View College (Philippines)

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Mountain View College
Mvc logo.jpg
Motto Shine On Till Jesus Comes
Established 1953
Type Private, Sectarian
President Dr. Don Leo M. Garilva
(List of Presidents)
Students 2,401
Location Valencia, Bukidnon,  Philippines
Campus Rural and Suburban
Colours Blue and Yellow         
Nickname MVC, The School of the Light
Affiliations Seventh-day Adventist Church, Association of Christian Schools, Colleges, and Universities

Mountain View College (or MVC) is a private, co-educational, Seventh-day Adventist college in Valencia, Bukidnon, Philippines which was established in 1953. It has a semestral enrollment of more than 2000 students primarily from Mindanao, although there are also quite a number from Luzon and the Visayas. International enrollment from Cambodia, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, South Korea, the United States, and other countries in Africa and Asia, comprises about five percent of the total student population.


MVC was founded by Andrew Nathaniel Nelson in response to the growing interest in Christian education within the Philippines. A 584% increase for a six-year period in the college enrollment of Philippine Union College, where he was then president, necessitated the search for another site. Based on a nine-point criteria founded on Adventist principles and prior experience in the founding of two other educational institutions (Seattle Junior Academy in 1915 and Japan Missionary College in 1925), Dr. Nelson came upon MVC's present site.[1]

Manticao, Misamis Oriental served as MVC's temporary campus from 1949 to 1952, while the search was on for a site that met the criteria. It was then known as Philippine Union Junior College. In 1953, MVC moved to its present location and opened its doors to students from the Southern Philippines. The previous campus then became Mindanao Mission Academy. MVC's first offerings were certificates or associate degrees in business, education, and religion. It held its first graduation exercises in 1957, four years after its official opening.

As of 2009, the college has 132 full-time and part-time teaching faculty members and 73 staff members in the industrial and support service departments.[2]


The demonym "MVCian" has been used for many years by MVC alumni. Students only use it when they are off-campus. Its use is more informal than official.


The main campus is located on a 2,500-foot (760 m) plateau in Mt. Nebo, Valencia City, with an area of 10.24 km², which includes farmlands, forests, and ranch lands ideal for industry work. The land has an ample supply of water that allows MVC to have its own hydroelectric plants, providing the campus populace with enough electricity along with an abundant water supply for the homes and other college facilities. It is situated between the Kitanglad and Kalatungan mountain ranges and bordered on the north by the Manupali River and on the south by the Anasag and Malingon creeks.

An annex campus is located in Bagontaas, Valencia City, which is occupied by the School of Nursing. It includes a solarium, dormitories, classrooms, offices, and a cafeteria.


The faculty homes within the main campus are clustered into villages. These villages are often referred to as barangays, although not in the same sense as barangay, the smallest political administrative division used by the national government. Some village names are derived from the road or drive passing through it.

On the southwest corner of the campus is Malingon Drive. Prior to that, it was called Jamandre Drive, which was once split into two: Jamandre Village (in the northern end) and Bougainvilla Beauty (in the southern end). On the western edge of the campus is Ranch Drive, although the road is named M.O. Abesta Avenue. On the northwest corner is Pioneers' Drive, which used to be Loggers' Village. Between Ranch Drive and Pioneers' Drive is a scatter of homes collectively known as Engineering Drive. On the southern edge is Barangay Uno, which was also called Elementary Drive and Section Two. Part of Barangay Uno is the Korean Village, where most houses were once occupied by Korean students. On the eastern-southeastern corner is Pines Drive, which used to be Section One, or the American Homes, where American missionaries were housed during the early years of MVC.

Student life[edit]

The student body of MVC is represented by the Central Student Council which elects its officers every school year. Each of the seven schools has its own local council which elects its officers every semester. About 80% of the students are housed in two ladies' dormitories, two men's dormitories and a married-student dormitory. The rest either stay with the faculty or commute from the nearby sitios, barangays, or municipalities.

Student organizations[edit]

MVC is home to a number of student organizations. Included here are the current and defunct organizations:

The political organizations include: Central Student Council, School of Agriculture Student Council, School of Arts and Sciences Student Council, School of Business and Accountancy Student Council, School of Computing Student Council, School of Education Student Council, School of Nursing Student Council, and School of Theology Student Council. Inter-school organizations include: ANAK, OP, and PE.

Academic organizations include: Circle of English Majors, Lambda Sigma, Mu Sigma Kappa, Society of Agricultural Majors, Society of Electrical Technologists, Teachers of Tomorrow - Ethyl Young Chapter, Teachers of Tomorrow - Urbano Oliva Chapter, Young Ellen's Club, Young Theologians Club.

The singing groups include the: Advent Philomels, Alauda Arvensis,Hilltop Chorale, Singing Ambassadors, Sons and Daughters, Thrushes Ministrants, Goldenaires. There are also other musical groups, such as: Hilltop Symphonic Band and His Instruments.

Cultural organizations include: Adventist Muslim Relations, International Students Association, area specific organizations, such as: Association of DAvao Mission Students (ADAMS); and the alumni organizations of the Adventist academies in Mindanao and the Visayas. Service, outreach, and ministerial organizations include: Hilltop Amateur Radio Team (HART), LIGHT, Master Guides, Ministerial Seminar, Peer Counselors, Regeneration, Rescue 741, Seekers for Truth, Student Association of Literature Evangelists (SALE), and SULADS. Miscellaneous organizations are: EARTH Society, Advent Explorers, and the Reach-out Gymnaires.

Student media[edit]

Also featured at MVC are a number of student publications, both current and defunct: BEAMS, Dots and Dashes, Hilltop Flashes, Hilltop Slashes, Non-Linear Points, The Orchid, Outreach, Newsprint, Pencil, The Sentry, and The Views. Students also man the campus AM station, DXCR.

Student's life in and out campus[edit]

Students inside the campus never gets familiar with other students even though they meet each other everyday. Sometimes, they seem to be oblivious of students surrounding them; they do not greet each other. They seem to be students from different countries and races. However, when they are out somewhere else and happen to meet other MVCians they become familiar with each other, ask what Batch they have graduated on(if graduate), and they get closer with each other.

Courses offered[edit]

School of Agriculture[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, majors in
    • Animal Science
    • Crop Science

School of Arts and Sciences[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology

School of Business and Accounting[edit]

  • Associate in Office Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majors in
    • Financial Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Management
    • Management Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Office Administration, majors in
    • Computer Education
    • Office Management

School of Computing[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

School of Education[edit]

  • Bachelor in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education, majors in
    • Biological Sciences
    • English
    • MAPEH
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies
    • TLE
    • Values Education

School of Nursing[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing


  • Automotive Servicing (NC 2)

Graduate School[edit]

  • Master in Management

Basic Education[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nelson, Andrew (March 17, 1953). "Pioneering a new college in the Philippines". The Youth's Instructor 101 (11): 12–21. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  2. ^ General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (2009). "Institutional Statistics for 2009: Section 1-- Educational Institutions and Primary Schools". 147th Annual Statistical Report - 2009: 56. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 

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Coordinates: 7°58.9′N 125°00.4′E / 7.9817°N 125.0067°E / 7.9817; 125.0067