John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University

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John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University
Pamantasang Pangmarino ng John B. Lacson Foundation
Former names
Iloilo Maritime Academy, John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation
Motto "We Are Second to None"
Type Private University
Established 1948
Chairman Dr. Mary Lou L. Arcelo
CEO, Chairman of Executive Council Dr. Ronald Raymond L. Sebastian
Administrative staff
Location Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines
  • Sto. Nino Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City
  • MH del Pilar St, Molo, Iloilo City (Head office)
  • Alijis Rd., Bacolod City
Colors Navy Blue,Yellow,White
Nickname Lacsonian, Dolphins
Mascot The Dolphin

The John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University is the first maritime institution in the Philippines to obtain the Accreditation of DNV (Det Norske Veritas).

It consist of four major academic components by the John B. Lacson Foundation, Inc. System : JBLFMU-Arevalo, JBLFMU-Molo, JBLF-Training Center and JBLCF-Bacolod.


The John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University was founded by Capt. Juan Bautista Lacson, graduated from Philippine Nautical School (presently the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy) class of 1920, a talented and hard working master mariner in his time. It first started with a review school for marine officers in May 1931 before the establishment of the Iloilo Maritime Academy in 1948.

When it first opened with 60 enrollees, the Academy offered a two-year regular course for cadets in the nautical profession leading to the acquisition of a Third Mate license for merchant marine officers as well as reserved naval officers in the Philippine Navy. By the time it was granted permit to operate in 1949, the school had 150 junior students and 54 seniors.

The following year, it was granted government recognition and registered as a non-stock corporation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. To accommodate its growing population, the Academy transferred locations a couple of times before it settled along Muelle Loney Street, Iloilo City in 1953. The height of activism, strikes, pickets and labor unrest in the country in 1971 did not spare the Iloilo Maritime Academy from the fury of the times.

In 1972, there was a change in leadership of the institution in the person of the Capt. Lacson’s youngest daughter, Mary Lou Lacson,who was welcomed and accepted even by union members. It was this year that marked the beginning of the expansion of IMA to JBLCF, i.e., JBLFMU - Arevalo in 1973, JBLCF – Bacolod in 1974, JBLFMU – Molo in 1976, and JBLF – Training Center in 1995. The Puerto del Mar unit in Guimaras was established in 1991. In 1994, the different units were reorganized into the John B. Lacson Foundation, Inc. System.


The name John B. Lacson Foundation was adopted in 1985 by the institution to give honor and legacy to its founder, Capt. John B. Lacson, when it was converted from a stock corporation to a foundation. In 1985, a contest was conducted among the members of the institution for a new logo due to the conversion of Iloilo Maritime Academy into JBLCF. Midshipman Nelson Reyes of the Marine Engineering Department won the logo making contest. With slight revisions, it was adopted as the official JBLCF logo.

Academic Programs[edit]

Courses Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation,
  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering,
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration,
  • Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration,
  • Bachelor of Science in Cruise Ship Management,
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology,
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management,
  • Maritime High School

Maritime High School[edit]

The First and Only Maritime high school in the Philippines, established in 1990. Students are given with basic seamanship subjects, and they are also given a chance to experience life onboard a ship by a navigational trip for students 2nd year to 4th year, trips to various places ranging to Manila, Bacolod, Cebu and Cagayan Oro every year are done.

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