Holy Name University

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Holy Name University
Pamantasan ng Banal na Pangalan
Holy Name University seal.png
Former names
Holy Name College, Divine Word College of Tagbilaran Highscool)
Motto Benedicite Nomini Eius
Motto in English
"Blessed be His name"
Type Private Catholic university
Established 1947
Affiliation Society of the Divine Word
President Francisco T. Estepa, SVD
Location Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines
Campus 2
Language English, Filipino, Cebuano
Hymn Holy Name March
Colors          Gold and green
Nickname HNU, Holynamians
Affiliations PAASCU
Website hnu.edu.ph
The logo of the Holy Name University
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 City, 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:

  • established as a Center of Excellence or Center of Development, and/or a private higher education institutions with FAAP Level III Accredited programs
  • outstanding overall performance of graduates in the licensure examinations under the Professional Regulation Commission
  • a long tradition of integrity and untarnished reputation[5]

It is also accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).[5]

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. After 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.[5]


Holy Name University was founded in June 1947 by Fr. Alphonse G. Lesage, SVD, a university in Bohol 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.[6]

Academic programs[7][edit]

Graduate School[edit]

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management
  • Master of Arts in Education; majors in:
    • Administration & Supervision
    • English
    • Teaching Elementary School Subjects
    • Nursing Education
    • Science
    • Mathematics
    • Secondary Education
    • Guidance & Counseling
    • Elementary Math Teaching
    • Elementary Science Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Nursing; majors in:
    • Medical/Surgical
    • 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)

College of Law[edit]

  • Bachelor of Laws

College of Arts & Sciences[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts; majors in:
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy
    • Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in:
    • Biology
    • Criminology
    • Psychology
    • Mathematics
    • Library and Information Science

College of Education[edit]

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

College of Business and Accountancy[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; 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 Hospitality Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management
  • Associate in Office Administration

College of Computer Studies[edit]

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

College of Engineering[edit]

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

College of Health Sciences[edit]

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

Basic Education Department[edit]

  • Senior high school
  • 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 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.[8]
  • The school hymn is the "Holy Name March", written by Elpidio Biliran and his wife.[9]
  • The school song is "I Wanna Be" by Michael Caňares.[10]

Accreditation status[11][edit]

  • Level IV PAASCU
    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business and Accountancynistration)
    • College of Education
  • Level II PAASCU
    • High School Department
    • Grade School Department
    • Civil Engineering
  • Level I PAASCU
    • Nursing


Board of Trustees (2012-2013)[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[citation needed]

Members of the Cabinet[12][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[edit]


  • Basic Education Department: Dr. Prisciano S. Legitimas


  • College of Law: Atty. Tomas Abapo
  • College of Arts and Sciences: Fr. Teodoro P. Gapuz, SVD
  • College of Nursing: Ruvih Joy P. Garrote
  • College of Engineering & Computer Studies: Engr. James P. Uy
  • College of Business and Accountancy: Dr. Jemma J. Jay
  • College of Education: Dr. Roque A. 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. External link in |website= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ http://www.hnu.edu.ph/research/
  4. ^ http://www.hnu.edu.ph/cedev/
  5. ^ a b c http://www.hnu.edu.ph/about/index.php?about=proof
  6. ^ "Humble Beginning:A Brief History of an Institution". Holy Name University. Archived from the original on January 23, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2006.
  7. ^ "Academic Programs". Holy Name University website. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  8. ^ "About the seal". Holy Name University. Archived from the original on January 23, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2006.
  9. ^ "The Holy Name March". Holy Name University. Archived from the original on January 23, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2006.
  10. ^ ""I Wanna Be" (HNU Song)". Holy Name University. Archived from the original on January 23, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2006.
  11. ^ "Holy Name University". PAASCU. 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  12. ^ "HNU Administration". http://www.hnu.edu.ph/administration/. External link in |website= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  13. ^ "Personal information: Cajes, Roberto Castaño". I-site.ph. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  14. ^ "Personal information: Chatto, Edgardo Migriño". I-site.ph. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  15. ^ http://www.pna-ph.org
  16. ^ http://lapismia.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/1068/
  17. ^ http://ae.kabayanweekly.com/kws-branded-pinoys-reach-distressed-ofws/
  18. ^ http://www.kabayanweekly.com
  19. ^ "Personal information:Jala, Eladio Malinguez". I-site.ph. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  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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