De La Salle University – Dasmariñas

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De La Salle University - Dasmariñas
DLSU-Dasmariñas Seal.png
Motto Creating Possibilities
Type Private university
Established 1987
Affiliation Catholic Church (Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools), Lasallian
President Br. Augustine L. Boquer FSC
Administrative staff
Students 15,000 approx.
Location Dasmariñas City, Cavite, Philippines
Campus Urban, 57 hectares
Hymn Alma Mater Hymn
Colors Green and White         
Nickname Patriots
Affiliations De La Salle Philippines
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De La Salle University – Dasmariñas (Tagalog: Pamantasang De La Salle - Dasmariñas) (also referred to as DLSU - D or La Salle - Dasma) is a Roman Catholic Lasallian University and a member institution of De La Salle Philippines located in Dasmariñas City, Cavite.


The university was established on July 18, 1977 as a private nonsectarian tertiary school named General Emilio Aguinaldo College-Cavite and managed by the Yaman Lahi Foundation. In 1987, ownership and management were transferred to Frère (St.) Bénilde Romançon Educational Foundation Inc., a sister corporation of De La Salle University-Manila. It became a Catholic institution under the name De La Salle University-Emilio Aguinaldo College. In 1992, the name DLSU-EAC was changed to De La Salle University-Aguinaldo. In 1997 the institution was renamed again as De La Salle University – Dasmariñas to avoid confusion with the Emilio Aguinaldo College Cavite campus.


East campus[edit]

The East campus is occupied by the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Communication, Science and Computer Studies, Tourism and Hospitality Management. The bookstore, different laboratories, chapel, museum, and the Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo are also located here.

  • Magdalo Gate (Gate 1) - named after the Katipunan faction led by Emilio Aguinaldo, it serves as an entry-exit point for students, faculty, staff, and visitors going to the East Campus.
  • La Porteria - located near Magpuri Gate, houses the Student Welfare and Formation Office (SWAFO), and the Language Learning Center (LLC) at the second floor.
  • Julian Felipe Hall (JFH) - named after the composer of the Lupang Hinirang, it is the College of Liberal Arts building. It houses classrooms, and laboratories for Communication, Broadcast Journalism, Psychology, and Speech students. It also houses the Tanghalang Julian Felipe (theater) and the Bulwagang Jose Basa which serves as the parliamentary hall and laboratory for the Political Science students.
  • Paulo Campos Hall (PCH) - named after DLSU-D's founder, it is the University's science building. Found here are the Chemical and Biological Research Laboratories which serve as venue for scientific works and research-based activities. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and apparatuses, the laboratories allow students to explore the workings and wonders of science particularly: Biology, Biochemistry, Organic and Analytical Chemistry, Ecology, Physics and Natural History.
  • Pantaleon Garcia Hall (PGH) - serves as the 267th Reserve Officers Training Corps headquarters
  • Mariano Alvarez Hall (MAH) - named after a Caviteño hero, it formerly housed the Information and Communications Technology Center and computer laboratories until the new Information and Communications Technology Center building was erected. It was also the former building of the College of Education and now houses the Buildings Facilities and Maintenance Office (BFMO).
  • College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (CTHM) - serves as the primary building of Hotel & Restaurant Management and Tourism students. It houses various laboratories and function rooms. This building replaced the two buildings, which are the Emiliano Riego de Dios Hall (ERH) and Olivia Salamanca Hall (OSH).
  • College of Science (COS) - has ten classrooms and houses the faculty rooms of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computer Studies, and Mathematics departments, and Graduate Studies
  • Information and Communications Technology Center (ICTC) - serves as the new computer laboratory of the University after its completion.
  • Small Business Center (SBC) - a canteen formerly stood at the first floor, in which National Bookstore currently sits there while the Lasallian Community Development Center (an organization aimed towards community service) is based on the second floor.
  • Severino Delas Alas Hall (SDH/Alumni Building) - a function building that also serves as the office of the De La Salle Alumni Association (DLSU-D Chapter). Houses two conference rooms, a multi-purpose function hall, and an 450-seater auditorium.
  • Botanical Garden - serves as a research center for Biology students, as well as recreation for the DLSU-D community.

Cultural Heritage Complex[edit]

As part of DLSU-D's aim for cultural development, as well as keeping with its Spanish-period-inspired motif, the three structures in the Museum Complex was officially named as the Cultural Heritage Complex.[2]

  • Aklatang Emilio Aguinaldo (AEA) - DLSU-D's library. It houses collections of books, periodicals, theses, and other reference materials. It was modeled from Aguinaldo's residential house at Kawit, Cavite. The first building was a scaled-down model, and featured only the facade. Recent developments gave way for the new building, which exactly modeled from the Aguinaldo shrine, with the tower. The new building houses most of the collections and archives, and has discussion rooms, as well as the Executive Vice President's office (which will remain until the new Administration building is finished). The old building houses the Electronic Resource Services (the Internet nook), the Educational Media Services (which holds such media as videos, slides, presentations, and the like), as well as four viewing and conference rooms.
  • Museo De La Salle
  • Antonio and Victoria Cojuangco Memorial Chapel of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - modeled after the parish church at Maragondon, Cavite, it was dedicated to the martyrs who were killed during World War II when they took refuge at the DLSU-Manila campus during Liberation. Houses the Campus Ministry Office.

West campus[edit]

Situated in the West campus, 600 meters away from the East campus, are the Colleges of Business Administration and Accountancy, Engineering, Architecture and Technology, the condominiums, dormitories, canteens, and the administration building.

  • University Food Square - an al fresco food court, where most of the members of the DLSU-D community gather to eat.
  • Lake Park - an open-air activity center, where most student events take place.
  • Ladislao Diwa Hall (LDH) - named after a hero of Biyak-na-Bato, this building holds the classrooms of the College of Education.
  • Felipe Calderon Hall (FCH) - It is currently used by the College of Education and the College of Criminal Justice Education.
  • Vito Belarmino Hall (VBH) - a former classroom building. It currently serves as the warehouses for both the staff and the student organizations.
  • Gregoria Montoya Hall (GMH) - named after a heroine during the Revolution, this is more known as the Administration building. It houses most administrators' offices. The Registrar's, the Accounting, the Purchasing, and Internal Audit offices are based here. In addition, most student organizations hold office in this building, namely: the University Student Council, the Heraldo Filipino (official student publication), the Council of Student Organizations, and the Performing Arts Group.
  • Candido Tirona Hall (CTH) - it was one of the oldest buildings in the University until the structure was fully upgraded to a new face in 2012 to support the fast-growing population of the university and serve as a temporary building for the College of Engineering and Architecture Technology. It is the former building of the Accountancy Department of the College of Business Administration.
  • College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (CEAT) Building - currently out of order or closed due to its structural instability. It was formerly named the College of Engineering and Technology Building (CET), was a newly built building finished in 2004 which replaced the Don Placido Campos Hall (DPH). One of the most modern buildings in DLSU-D, it used to serve as the primary building for Engineering and Architecture students until it was vacated in the second semester of 2011 due to its structural instability. Laboratories, function halls, offices, and classrooms were situated here.
  • Mariano Trias Hall (MTH) - formerly the CET building, now occupied by the College of Business Administration, specifically the Business Management department. But due to the structural instability of the College of Engineering and Architecture Technology building, the College of Business Administration is currently sharing this with the College of Engineering and Architecture Technology.
  • College of Business Administration and Accountancy Building (CBAA) - houses classrooms, laboratories, function rooms, and offices. It serves as the primary building of the College of Business Administration and Accountancy.
  • Track Oval - one of DLSU-D's sports facilities. It was renovated in 2012 and was finished on January 2013.
  • Grandstand - serves as seating for spectators. Also houses classrooms and the athletes' quarters.
  • Ugnayang La Salle (ULS) - formerly the Palaruang La Salle (meaning "The Playplace of La Salle"), it is the sports complex. It houses a three-court stadium, the offices of the Physical Education Department and the Sports Development Office (SDO) and an Olympic-sized pool adjacent to it. This is also where most of the University events are held.
  • High School Building - the newest addition to campus infrastructure that houses the newly institutionalized DLSU-D High School.
  • Magdiwang Gate (Gate 3) - named after Mariano Álvarez's faction of the Katipunan, it serves as an auxiliary entry for both pedestrians and motorists.

Other structures[edit]

  • Dormitories
  • Campus Gourmet and Hotel Rafael - laboratories for Hotel and Restaurant Management students.
  • National Book Store
  • Atsushi Herb House
  • University Events Center
  • Syn Billbull Confession Center
  • Amphitheater


De La Salle University-Dasmariñas is a member of De La Salle Philippines, a network of 17 Lasallian institutions established in 2006. DLSP is the successor of the De La Salle University System, a similar organization.[3]

The university also sustains linkages with local universities De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School, University of Baguio, University of Batangas, Central Luzon State University, industries ( Philippine Airlines, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, Intel, Jollibee-Fast Food Career Dev't. Program) and government units Cultural Center of the Philippines, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Senate of the Philippines, National Fisheries Biological Center for collaborative training and research, technical consultancy, and faculty and student exchange.


To cultivate a culture of research in the community, DLSU-D established the University Research Office.

Through the years, the office has funded and supported numerous faculty researches in the fields of science, education, liberal arts and technology, among others.

For almost a decade, articles, excerpts and abstracts from selected researches were compiled and published in the bi-annual journal SINAG. SINAG, which means ray of light in Filipino, becomes the ideal venue for sharing new discoveries and knowledge.[citation needed]

The office closely works with college deans and college publication committees in preparation for the first issues of the four(4) newly conceptualized refereed journals in 2007 which focus on the disciplines of the 7 colleges: Science & Technology Journal (COS, CLEAPS & CET), Journal of Humanities (CLA), Journal of Business (CBA & CIHM), and Journal of Education (COE). [4]

Cavite Studies Center

The Cavite Studies Center pursues the DLSU-D's vision-mission of "undertaking research focusing on Cavite history and culture." Through careful planning, it endeavors to produce quality research outputs on local history and to highlight the role of Cavite in national history.

Student life[edit]

ANIMO (LaSallian Spirit)[edit]

Animo means "Spirit to Fight"; it also means "La Salle Spirit". The Animo La Salle battle cry was derived from the 325 year spirit of "Faith and Zeal" of the Lasallian Brothers. The Lasallian spirit of "Faith" is symbolized by the radiant Signum Fidei Star from Bethlehem (the rays of the star have been replaced with the gloria et honos laurel). The Lasallian spirit of "Zeal" on the other hand, is symbolized by 3 chevrons (like the citroen logo) from the 1000-year-old royal coat of arms of the De La Salle family.

The school colors are Green and White. Green was a tribute to the pioneering efforts of the first batch of De La Salle Christian Brothers from Ireland and White representing the Philippines as the "Pearl of the Orient Seas".

Heraldo Filipino[edit]

Main article: Heraldo Filipino
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The Heraldo Filipino (HF) is the official student newspaper of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas. It publishes news about on-campus events and issues concerning the Lasallian community.

HF can also refer to the student organization that produces publications (namely: magazines, books, booklets, etc.) and hosts events for the DLSU-D community.[5]


In the recent issue of the University's official student publication, the Heraldo Filipino, DLSU-D has a population of 15,000 students in the first semester. The College of Business Administration has the most number of students at 1,108 with most of them taking up BSBA Major in Business Management.

Majority of the students come from the CALABARZON area such as Cavite, Batangas, Laguna and the southern areas of Metro Manila like Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Parañaque and Pasay.


The Patriots is the official moniker of the DLSU-D Varsity teams. The moniker was adopted in 1997, a reference to the province's history during the uprising against the Spanish rule in the Philippines.

Basketball and volleyball are the school's main sports. Other varsity clubs include track and field, taekwondo, judo, aikido, table tennis, badminton, chess and football.

DLSU-Dasmarinas is a longtime member of the National Capital Region Athletic Association and is a charter member of the Universities and Colleges Athletic Association from its inception in 2002. The school is also a member of the Private Schools Athletic Association and the annual University Games (UNIGAMES) handled mostly by provincial schools.

In October 2003, the school became the first institution from the Luzon area to host the UNIGAMES meet.

Its men's and women's volleyball teams have won several championships in the UCAA and NCRAA, as they have been at one time, the year's multiple-time times defending titlists. Their basketball playing style has given them marginal success that includes a runner-up finish in the UCAA against their former namesake Emilio Aguinaldo College in 2005.[6]

Human Lasallian Star[edit]

The Lasallian Star of Faith is the symbol of La Salle Brothers worldwide. It signifies faith in Christ and the star which led the Wise Men of the East to the manger in which Christ was born in Bethlehem.

The Human Lasallian Star first came to life on February 11, 2009 during the Lasallian Days Festival as a means to encourage each Lasallian to show their school spirit in an environment of camaraderie and shared ideals. Attended by over 10,000 administrators, students and faculty, the first attempt to form the largest human star in the world was held at the DLSU-D oval and was witnessed by spectators from the top of the CBA building and the DLSU-D grandstand. The star spanned approximately 71 meters, and occupied a total area of 2,145 square meters.

DLSU-D attempted the feat again in January 26, 2010, this time at night. The event drew in 13,000 participants: students, faculty, administrators and parents. Participants were given the glow sticks of green and white, the school colors of De La Salle. As night fell, the crowd assembled into a huge star twinkling brightly against the darkness. This moment of history was further heightened by the singing of the school hymn.[7]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ DLSP September 2008 Statistics. Archived May 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed May 26, 2009
  2. ^ DLSU-D (2010). DLSU-D Interactive Map. Dasmariñas City Province of Cavite: De La Salle University-Dasmariñas. Retrieved 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ De La Salle Philippines Sector Schools. © 2013 De La Salle Philippines. 
  4. ^ "DLSU-Dasmariñas Research". DLSU-D Website. Cavite: De La Salle University-Dasmariñas. January 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-04-29. 
  5. ^ Heraldo Filipino. De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. 
  6. ^ La Salle-Dasma Patriots. De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. 
  7. ^ Human Lasallian Star. De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. 

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Coordinates: 14°19′25″N 120°57′35″E / 14.32356°N 120.95976°E / 14.32356; 120.95976