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
Website www.mvc.edu.ph

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.

History[edit]

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]

Demonym[edit]

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.

Campuses[edit]

The main campus is located on a 760-metre (2,490 ft) 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.

Villages[edit]

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.

Guesthouses[edit]

There are currently four guesthouses on camupus: the Jubilee Guesthouse, which is adjacent to the Jubilee Park; the Pioneer Guesthouse, which is adjacent to the Hilltop Minimart; The Pallasa Hall, located also in the Jubilee Park and occasionally used for the practicum of TLE students; and the Alumni Church Guesthouse, located behind the church building.

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.

A typical student's extra-curricular time is spent in the group activities of the organizations that the student belongs to. Given the country setting of MVC, the most common activities are camping and outreach. Smaller-sized organizations tend to have a more close-knit group of members. On the other hand, relationships between members and non-members vary from simple face-recognition to the intimate, as inter-group dating is frowned upon.

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.

Fraternities and sororities are not allowed on campus, although some chapters have managed to exist clandestinely.

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.

In-campus accessibility[edit]

The different buildings within the campus are within walking distance from each other. They are often connected with covered concrete walkways. Prior to the fire of 1991 that damaged the administration building and some classrooms, elevated wooden ramps connected the main buildings.

Vehicular access is also provided either through graveled or concreted, one-lane or two-lane roads. Access to more distant locations are usually via dirt roads that are only occasionally graveled.

Off-campus accessibility[edit]

The main campus is accessible by public utility jeeps that travel to and from Valencia City. Road conditions vary from the asphalted to the concreted to the graveled. Distance from the national highway is about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi).

Students residing in the dormitories have limited off-campus access. Only commuting students compose the bulk of passengers traveling to and from the campus on a daily basis.

Connectivity[edit]

A fiber-optic backbone links the main buildings and offices. Some locations on the main campus also provide free public wifi. Students pay a one-time fee and have unlimited access throughout the entire semester. However, some students still opt to access the internet through any of the locally available service providers due to speed and filtering issues.

Despite having two hydroelectric plants, the power supply remains unstable at times, making uninterruptible internet access impossible.

Sports and recreation[edit]

The main campus includes a soccer field, which is also utilized for track and field events, two outdoor tennis courts, three outdoor basketball courts, two of which also double as tennis courts, a softball field, two swimming pools, and an auditorium, for indoor sports activities.

The roads, paths, and walkways crisscrossing the entire campus make it conducive for jogging, brisk walking, or running. The Manupali River, north of the campus, and the Malingon Creek, south of the campus, have some locations suitable for white water rafting. The rock cliffs bordering the Manupali River may provide some possible venue for rock climbing.

The Nelson Hill, east of the campus, and the Telescope Hill, west of the campus, and the generally varied topographical terrain surrounding the campus also makes it suitable for hiking and horseback riding. Being a bird sanctuary makes it also appropriate for bird watching.

A number of locations suitable for camping dot the area in and around the campus: multiple spots along the Manupali; a clearing adjacent to the Malingon Falls; a reforested area known as the Millennium Park; the grounds of the elementary school; a forested area known as Sleepy Hollow; the reservoir grounds; and many others.

Located within a few kilometers of Mount Musuan, an active volcano, Mount Kalatungan, a potentially-active volcano, and Mount Kitanglad, an inactive volcano, the campus has many students who count mountaineering as among their hobbies.

Outreach[edit]

Most students are active in religious, livelihood, and health outreach to the neighboring sitios and barangays. These locations are often accessible via mountain trails, and sometimes require wading waist-deep across icy-cold creeks and rivers.

Courses offered[edit]

Graduate School[edit]

  • Master in Language Education
  • Master in Management

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

Technical-Vocational[edit]

  • Automotive Servicing (NC 2)

Basic Education[edit]

See also[edit]

References[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. 

External links[edit]

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