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Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Laboratory High School
PUP Laboratory High School Logo.png
Established 1954
Type commercial, state laboratory school
President Emanuel de Guzman
Principal Cristalina Piers
Dean Milagrina Gomez
Chaplain Rev. Fr. Lonnie Borg
Faculty 13
Students 453[1]
Location Manila, Philippines
Campus Urban
  Maroon and Gold
Yearbook Junior Memorabilla
Newspaper Buklod Diwa
NCAE Average 635.87
PUPCountrys 1st PolytechnicU.png

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines Laboratory High School (PUPLHS) is the laboratory school of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. It is under the administrative supervision of the PUP College of Education. It was established on 1954 as the Philippine College of Commerce High School offering commercial courses, and currently one of the only three schools offering commercial curriculum in the Philippines. The school has a student population of 453 on 2012.[1]


PCCHS Banda Kawayan performing in the 1970's.
A 1990s photo of PUPLHS which serves as the training grounds for students taking up Business Education

On 1954, the Philippine College of Commerce (PCC) established a laboratory high school for the Faculty of Secretarial and Business Education (now College of Education). It was located at S.H. Loyola Street in Sampaloc, Manila. When PCC transferred to its new lot in Santa Mesa, the school followed suit. It continued its operations there until present time.

Since the 1970s the school has been operating in its current compound located within the Mabini Campus of PUP. PUPLHS operates a satellite school in PUP Bataan, and formerly on PUP Quezon.

In 2012, the school adopted the K-12 educational system, which includes the new curricula of all schools. PUPLHS underwent a revision in its curriculum following its adoption of the K-12 program. Recently, PUPLHS ranks 2nd place, after the Manila Science High School in recently concluded National Achievement Test in Manila.


The front of PUP Laboratory High School with the Philippine Flag in the foreground

At the western part of the Mabini Campus of PUP Manila lies the PUP Laboratory High School, occupying a small parcel of land and is composed of four buildings. Admission to PUPLHS requires passing the PUP Laboratory High School Entrance Exam (LHSEE). In case a student doesn't want to enter the school, students from the waiting list are selected to fill up the 150 slots available for Grade 7. Each year level is composed of 3 sections with 50 students or more in each section and are grouped according to the results of a psychological examination.[2]

The curriculum of PUPLHS follows the K-12 educational system and emphasizes business and commerce programs, such as Business Administration. Upon reaching the 9th and 10th Grade, students are grouped according to their abilities in Bookkeeping, Entrepreneurship, and Office Technology.

The sections of the PUPLHS are:

  • Grade 7 (PUP): Peace, Unity, and Prosperity
  • Grade 8 (LHS): Loyalty, Honesty, and Sincerity
  • Grade 9: Bookkeeping, Entrepreneurship, and Office Technology
  • Grade 10: Bookkeeping, Entrepreneurship, and Office Technology[3]

Student Life[edit]

The Student Central Organization is the official governing student body and acts as the regulatory body for all student organizations. It approves the registration and oversees implementation of school activities. The Student Central Organization holds student activities and competition such as Nutrition Week, Linggo ng Wika, University Foundation Celebration, Laboratory High School Foundation Celebration, PUPLHS Musikan, PUPLHS Street Dance Competition and others.[4]

The school's alumni association, the PCC-PUPLHS Alumni Association oversees various activities such as class reunions, local gatherings, and scholarships. Alumni batches help their alma mater by donating goods and providing scholarships.[5]


Students may join a variety of co-curricular organizations which pioneer the skills of the students. Student organizations organize school activities instead of faculty to hone their skills. Memberships in student organizations are very important to a student of PUPLHS. A grading scheme has been continuously used as a way to determine the honor awardees. The total grade of honor students is composed of 70% on curricular program while 30% on co-curricular program.


The former wordmark and logo of Buklod Diwa

Buklod Diwa (BD) is the official publication of PUPLHS. It started in the 1950s as Trumpet, an English newsletter, and was later renamed as the Junior Businessman in School Year 1974-1975, after the college level's publication Businessman. It was renamed Buklod Diwa in School Year 1976-1977. Under the supervision of BD Adviser Prof. Corazon C. Tahil, the current Editor-in-Chief of the publication is Aila Angeline Lopez.

The Junior Memorabilia is the official yearbook of PUPLHS. It started in 1966 and was named after the college level's yearbook, Memorabilia. The staff of Buklod Diwa are in-charge of the yearbook.

Performing Arts[edit]

The PUPLHS Chorale is one of the chorale groups in the university. Since its organization in 2003, it has won several awards from different local, national and international choir competitions, including the grand prize in the Philippine Travel Mart Eco Chorale Competition High School Division last September 5, 2010; Gold diploma and 2nd prize in the 1st Vietnam International Choir Festival and Competition held in Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam last March 14, 2011 for the Mixed Youth Choir category; and two silver certifricates in the 4th Voyage of Songs International Chorale Festival held in Penang, Malaysia last July 4–8, 2009; Gold Diploma in the 1st Guam Pacific Choral Festival at Hagatna, Guam last May 1–5, 2012, among others.[6][7][8]

The Banda Kawayan is a bamboo orchestra organized in 1973. It regularly performs during school programs and also for diplomats and tourists in various functions in the Malacañang Palace, the Department of Tourism, the Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and other public and private institutions.[9]

Entablado is the performing arts guild of PUPLHS. It has performed on several university-wide events.

Compana de Danza is the official dance team of the school. The team had already performed and competed in several SUC competitions.


The school participates in the University Intramurals which are held in line with the University Foundation Anniversary Week. The PUPLHS, together with College of Education, yearly grabs several awards in the Intramurals.[4]

Aside from the University Intramurals, the school also holds intramural events for major sports, the SCOlympics.

Notable people[edit]

LHS students, faculty members, or administrators, are known as "LHSians". Throughout the school's history, faculty, alumni, and the students have played prominent roles in many different fields.

Alumni and faculty[edit]

PUPLHS has produced alumni distinguished in their respective fields. Among the well-known people who have attended the school are Filipino government officials Securities and Exchange Commission Commissioner Antonieta Fortuna-Ibe, and Former Undersecretary Celia Capadoccia Yango. Businessmen Noel Gonzales, Reynaldo Garcia, Joey Bermudez also attended the school. Multi-awarded Social Advocate Jo Enrica Enriquez-Rosales, Magno-Humphries Drug Manufacturing Company founder Thelma Magno-Humphries, TV and movie director Lamberto De Leon and Banco De Oro Vice President for Informational Technology Rolino Bucao, Jr. are graduates of the school. Prominent educators who have attended the university include Eusebia Delos Reyes Talastas and PUP Open University director Carmencita Castolo. [10]

Notable people who have taught in the school include Palanca Awardee for Literature and Poetry Luwalhati Alvero-Kendrick. [11]


  1. ^ a b "SUCs 3 Year Data on Enrolment and Grads". Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "PUPLHS Admission Information and Entrance Examination". PUP website. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "PUPLHS Curriculum". Polytechnic University of the Philippines Laboratory High School. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "PUPLHS Buklod Diwa September Issue". Polytechnic University of the Philippines Laboratory High School Buklod Diwa. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "PCC-PUPLHS Alumini Association Yahoo Group". PCC-PUPLHS Alumini Association. 
  6. ^ "PUPLHS Chorale". Polytechnic University of the Philippines Laboratory High School Chorale. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "PUPLHS Chorale: Living The Dream - PUP News Center". Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  8. ^ ""PUP choir gets award at Malaysian choral fest" - GMA News Online". GMA News and Public Affairs. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Filipino music highlights ‘Heritage Festival’ at SM - Business Insight Malaya". Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "PUPLHS Gawad Hiyas Special Issue". Buklod Diwa (print) (newsletter) (Buklod Diwa). 2014. 
  11. ^ "PUP Centennial Souvenir Book" (print). Polytechnic University of the Philippines. 2004. 

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