Holy Trinity University

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Holy Trinity University
Motto In Servitudine Veritatis
Motto in English
In The Service of Truth
Established 1940
Affiliation Roman Catholic, Dominican
President Sr. Mesalina Cloma, O.P., Ph.D.
Location Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines Philippines
Colors Gold & Red         
Nickname Trinitian(s), formerly HTCian(s)
Website www.htu.edu.ph

Holy Trinity University (HTU) is a private sectarian university in Puerto Princesa City in the province of Palawan, run by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena. Holy Trinity University is a dynamic center of Catholic education in Palawan, Philippines.


HTU Facade (2010-2011)

Holy Trinity University is the pioneer institution of higher learning in Palawan, established in 1940 as the Holy Trinity Academy. The first administrators were Rev. Mother Cruz Rich, O.P., Rev. Mother Paulina Cruz, O.P. and Rev. Mother Trinidad Acosta, O.P., who worked in close cooperation with the Augustinian Recollect priests under the leadership of Msgr. Leandro Nieto, ORSA, then Prefect Apostolic of Palawan.

Saint Catherine Building

HTU rose to become a junior college on September 10, 1950 with Sister Amparo Bautista, O.P. as the first directress. In the same year, the following courses were opened: Elementary Teacher’s Certificate (ETC), Vocational Stenography and Typing.

Saint Martin Building, Del Pilar Street

In October 1953, the school’s name was changed to Holy Trinity College and an Associate in Arts (1953–1954) course was offered. In January 1955, Fr. Anesio Villanueva, ORSA, succeeded Sr. Amparo Bautista, O.P., as the director. New courses were opened such as Secretarial course (1955–1956), Dressmaking and Liberal Arts (1957). Fr. Villanueva was replaced in 1958 by Mother Rosa Santiago, O.P. During her time as directress two new courses were offered: Associate in Commercial Science and Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (1959). It was during her term that improvements in the school’s physical structure were done.

Mother Francisca Building

In 1963, Sister Victoria San Juan, O.P. became the superior-directress. She worked for the opening of the Pre-Nursing course in 1965. Through her tireless efforts and firm dedication to improve the college, the three-storey St. Dominic building was built and inaugurated. In the same year, the Graduate School of the college was established. She relinquished the directorship to Sr. Purificacion Tizaon, OP.

Recreational Area

During the 1970s, at the height of student activism in the country, HTU faced a great challenge. Such response to changing times was led by then directress and Dean Sister Lucia Hacbang, O.P., who amended policies for the greater benefit of the students.

Sister Leonor Pagorogon, O.P., became the directress in 1973. In the same year, the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering was offered. In 1975, Sister Estrella Tangan, O.P., temporarily took over while Sister Leonor was finishing her master's studies in Manila. In June 1976, Sister Leonor was back from her M.A. studies and assumed the position of directress and dean of the Graduate School. Through her dedicated efforts, HTU became the first FAPE (Fund for Assistance to Private Education) Unit Center in Palawan. She then became the first president of HTU. From 1979-1981, Sister Bernadette Izon, O.P., served as acting president of the College while Sister Leonor went on leave to finish her doctoral degree. Sister Leonor was back in June 1981 with new vigor and fresh ideas for further improving the college.

In 1983-1984, the HTC-PNAC Consortium was established to enhance the quality and delivery of services and maximize the use of human and material resources. During this period, three new courses were opened: Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Master Electrician Course, Electronics Service for Television and Electronic Service for Radio.

The next school year, 1984–1985, a two-year Vocational General Radio Communication Operator course was opened and Computer subjects were offered. It was also during this school year that the first phase of the St. Catherine building was built and inaugurated. In the following year, 1985-1986 the college opened its Automotive and Electrical Engineering courses.

In June 1987, Sr. Teresita Medalle, O.P., started serving HTU as President. The following year, the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing was opened.

The Holy Trinity University implements an intensive development program, which uses the Catholic Schools–Systems Development concept in the operation of the school. The school operation is done in the context of a Christian school community inspired by the Dominican “Passion for Truth and Compassion for Humanity.” The Holy Trinity University is committed to the formation of its personnel and students to become integrated human persons, Christ-centered learners and Apostolic proclaimers through the acquisition of competence and skills, a strong sense of values, a deep social consciousness and involvement and trusting faith in God.

During the school year 1990-1991, HTU celebrated its Golden Jubilee of service to the community underscoring the theme “Thanksgiving, Celebrating and Visioning.” HTU looked back to 50 years of education service which has been made possible because of the Lord’s guidance and providence, and the goodwill and generosity of men and women who have dedicated their energies, their time and treasure for the promotion of the goals of the institution. HTU looks forward new dimensions of services, charting new horizons and breaking possible frontiers of education and evangelization.

A strong research tradition is developed by the Institute of Research and Development (IRD) which includes the Palawan Environmental Research Center (PERC). To further enhance the research outputs of faculty, professional chairs and research grants are offered. These researches are published in the HTU Graduate School journal and the faculty research journal.

In 1994 the doctoral program in education (Ph.D.) and the M.A. program in Public Administration were offered. Religious education was offered as a major in Education. In 1995 three new courses were offered: B.S. in Physical Therapy, Bachelor in Computer Science and B.S. Biology. The Mother Francisca Community Extension Services Program was formally organized to include all the existing extension services programs of the college. These are the Human Resource Development Program (HRDP), the extension services programs of the colleges and offices.

Today, the College of Education, Liberal Arts and Business Administration are accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). The other colleges are undergoing preparation for accreditation.

Far more significant than being the pioneer institution of higher learning in the province though is HTC’s being the center of Catholic education, a distinction which sets it apart from most other educational institutions in the province which inspires the school community in their work and become an effective means of promoting true human development and authentic social progress and liberation, “enabling the youth, while developing their own personality, to grow at the same time in that new life which has been given them in baptism." A special function it shares with other Catholic schools is the “orienting of the whole of human culture to the message of salvation that the knowledge which the pupils acquire of the world, of life and of men is illuminated by faith,” thus preparing its students “to contribute effectively to the welfare of the world of men and to work for the extension of the kingdom of God, so that by living an exemplary and apostolic life they may be, as it were, a saving leaven in the community” (Vatican II “Declaration on Christian Education”).

In the span of 62 years, HTU has been through Palawan’s historical and critical moments. At such points, HTU served as an active catalyst of events, responding with faith and helping shape the community it envisions with Palawan’s leadership. To manifest unity with the parish community, the school community actively participates in relevant social concerns and helps espouse important causes and issues, each time demonstrating how liberating a forceful, true Christian education is in society.

Throughout the years, HTU has become a symbol of missionary sacrifice and services, upon which the school was founded, in an island consecrated to God through the first Christian missionaries in the 17th century. Indeed, it is a “landmark,” a fierce bearer of Truth, a signal to the dawn of God’s kingdom and a presence of the Spirit that calls all men to divine communion under one flock, one fold, and one body, with Mary our dear Mother and Guiding Star.

This is Holy Trinity University today: a dynamic center of Catholic Education in Palawan, continuously molding and shaping Christian leaders of tomorrow and committed to the building of a progressive Christian community in the Province.

Programs Offered[edit]

Basic Education Department[edit]

Kindergarten I - II[edit]

Grade I - VI[edit]

Highschool VII - X[edit]

  • Regular Class Program
  • Science Class Program

College of Business and Accountancy[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • ETEEAP for Management

College of Tourism & Hospitality Management[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism

College of Nursing & Health Sciences[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

College of Engineering[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Geodetic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

College of Public Safety[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology
  • ETEEAP for Criminology

College of Education, Arts and Sciences[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (major in Filipino, major in English, major in Math)
  • Bachelor of Science in Religious Education
  • Bachelor of Arts (major in Economics, major in English, major in Political Science)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology

College of Information & Communication Technology[edit]

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

Post Graduate[edit]

  • Ph.D in Public Administration
  • Ph.D in Development Education
  • Ph.D in Educational Management
  • Master in Public Administration
  • Master in Business Administration
  • Master in Business Management
  • Master of Arts In Education in Administration and Supervision.
  • Master of Arts in Education in Guidance and Counseling.
  • Master of Arts in Education in Filipino
  • Master of Arts in Education in English
  • Master of Arts in Education in Science
  • Master of Arts in Education in Mathematics
  • Master in Public Health ( Consortium with Fatima University)
  • Master of Science in Criminology ( consortium with Magsaysay Memorial State University)
  • Master of Arts in Nursing ( Consortium with University of San Carlos, Cebu City)

Master of Engineering (in consortium with University of San Carlos)[edit]

  • Master in Civil Engineering
  • Master in Computer Engineering
  • Master in Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Master in Engineering Management
  • Master in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master in Chemical Engineering

Student Organizations[edit]

  • Trinitas
  • Jr. Trinitas
  • Dance Troupe
  • Drum & Lyre Band
  • Glee Club
  • Teatro
  • Dominican Network (DOMNET Youth Group)
  • Campus Youth Club
  • Red Cross Youth
  • Peer Facilitators Club
  • Debating Team
  • Math Club
  • Science Club
  • Chess Club
  • Basketball Club
  • Volleyball Club
  • Badminton Club

Sister Schools[edit]

University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila
Aquinas University, Legaspi City, Albay
Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Intramuros, Manila
Colegio de San Juan de Letran- Calamba, Calamba, Laguna
Colegio de San Juan de Letran- Bataan, Abucay, Bataan
Siena College, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Siena College, Taytay, Taytay Rizal
Angelicum College, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Angelicum School Iloilo, Iloilo City, Iloilo
Dominican College, San Juan City, Metro Manila
Saint Catherine's College, Carcar City, Cebu
Siena School of Naga, Naga City, Cebu
Holy Rosary School of Pardo, Pardo, Cebu City, Cebu
San Pedro College, Davao City
Sta. Catalina College - Manila
Dominican College of Tarlac, Capas, Tarlac
Camiling Catholic School, Camiling, Tarlac


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 9°44′30″N 118°43′58″E / 9.741583°N 118.732886°E / 9.741583; 118.732886