Marcelo H. del Pilar National High School

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Marcelo H. del Pilar National High School
Motto Home of the Champions
Type Public
Established June 1905
Address MH del Pilar Ave, Sta. Isabel, Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines
Colors Green     
Nickname del Pilar, 'Celo, del Pilarians, St. Marcel

Marcelo H. del Pilar National High School is the largest secondary school in Central Luzon in terms of population. It has an average population of 7000 students and 250 teachers. MHPNHS is one of the oldest secondary schools in the Philippines established in 1905. It offers the three curricula endorsed by the Department of Education: the Engineering and Science Education Program, the Basic Education Curriculum and the Special Program for Sports. The academic year 2010–2011 pioneers the revised curriculum of the Basic Education Curriculum and changed to Secondary Education Curriculum for freshman students.

Bulacan High School[edit]

Marcelo H. del Pilar National High School Entrance Gate

Bulacan High School had its beginning in the progressive town of Baliuag, where it was temporarily located early in 1902. Here a number of students, mostly boys, representing but a few towns of the province, together with a class of twenty who had made some progress in Spanish schools, were placed in a room of a private dwelling under the charge of two American teachers. It was called High School in order to induce the attendance of those pupils who had made some instruction in the instruction in Spanish "Colegios" and were unwilling to attend an elementary school under its true name. These young men being only eighty-seven members. During its short period of existence, it had accomplished much, for it had sent forth many young teachers to the province.

In 1903, there were two hundred fifty pupils, and the number of teachers was increased to seven. Among the activities of the school was the organization of a literary society.

In 1904, there were two hundred twenty-seven pupils, and six teachers. Two literary societies were organized and for the next three years were an important factor i building up the school and creating an interest in English. The pupils were classified as sections A, B, C, D, E, and F, and the work corresponded to our present fourth, fifth and sixth grades. This year plans and specifications for a new P32,000.00 High School at Malolos, Bulacan were completed and the money for the building was appropriated from the provincial funds.

In 1905, the enrollment reached two hundred sixty-six. The school was reorganized as to give the full intermediate course and the first year of the secondary course.

This marks the beginning of the High School proper. The first chorus work was done this year, and physical training and athletics were introduced in accordance with the plan of the Bureau of Education. A tennis court was made and a baseball team was organized; also the first instruction in sewing was given this year, the girls furnishing their own materials.

The Engineering and Science Education Program (ESEP)[edit]

  • History

The Engineering and Science Education Program (ESEP), formerly the Special Science Class, is a brainchild of the former Department of Education Culture and Sports Superintendent Bienvenido F. Yap. The Special Science Class formally opened in the school year 1986–1987 within three provincial high schools in Bulacan—Marcelo H. del Pilar High School, Mariano Ponce High School and San Miguel High School.

The retirement of Superintendent Bienvenido Yap also signaled the end of the implementation of the Special Science Class. Its abolition paved way for the now Engineering and Science Education Program, a new and revised science-oriented curriculum for several chosen schools.

Our School became one of the 110 ESEP networks of secondary schools nationwide selected by the Science Education Institute and the Department of Science and Technology (SEI-DOST) in coordination with the Bureau of Secondary Education, Department of Education, Culture and Sports.

The Engineering and Science Education Program (ESEP) is a science and mathematics-oriented curriculum devised for a special secondary education. It was created with the purpose of giving an education highly enriched in science and mathematics to exceptionally bright students. The MHPNHS-ESEP, with its competent faculty and staff, continues to produce competent professionals in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics and other fields. (from the student's handbook of the ESEP curriculum written by Dr. Ma. Victoria C. Vivo)

  • Mission

The MHPNHS-ESEP offers an education that is humanistic in spirit, global in perspective, and patriotic in orientation. It is based on an enhanced, challenging and innovative curriculum that provides an educational plan with emphasis on math, science and technology. The MHPNHS-ESEP engenders in a student a passion for learning and shapes him to be an independent, responsible, educated and self-directed individual, working towards the realization of his dreams and so becoming a productive citizen of our country.(from the student's handbook of the ESEP curriculum written by Dr. Ma. Victoria C. Vivo)

Implementing Policies and Guidelines

  • Admission

The students shall be admitted to the program based on the following requirements: Elementary pupils who belong to the top ten (10) of the graduating class for schools with one hundred or less pupils and ten percent (10%) of the graduating class for schools with more than one hundred (100) graduating pupils. These pupils should present a certification from the Principal that they belong to this group.

  • Retention in the Program

To remain in the program, the student should obtain a general average of 85% in Science, Mathematics and English and 83% in the rest of the subjects without grade lower than 80% in any grading period. Failure to meet the grade requirements shall be a cause of transfer to the regular class.

Selection shall be done in two (2) stages to be conducted by the school as follows: Stage 1 – Preliminary elimination by the school including the interview process. Stage 2- Written examination prepared by BSE.

  • Transferring in the Program

Students enrolled in these schools are allowed to transfer laterally, at any curriculum year level (except in the fourth year) to another S & T Oriented (ESEP) High Schools, as long as the grade requirement is maintained.

Official Publications[edit]

  • Ang Malaya - The official Filipino publication of Marcelo H. del Pilar National High School.
  • The Republic - The official English publication of Marcelo H. del Pilar National High School.

The two publications are highly respected school papers in the Central Luzon. The two papers and the editors are noted for its numerous distinction in the Division Schools Press Conference, the Regional Schools Press Conference and the National Schools Press Conference.

Some of the most notable achievements of these publications were the following:

  • The Republic - Finalist, Best School Organ (Secondary Level), 2016 Catholic Mass Media Awards
  • The Republic - Best School Paper of the Philippines, 1995
  • The Republic - Best School Paper of the Philippines, 2015
  • The Republic - 2013 Outstanding School Paper in Region III
  • Ang Malaya - 2013 Outstanding School Paper in Region III
  • Ang Malaya - 2014 Outstanding School Paper in Region III
  • Ang Malaya - 4th Pinakamahusay na Pahinang Lathalain, 2015 National Schools Press Conference
  • Ang Malaya - Pinakamahusay sa Pag-aanyo ng Pahina, 2015 National Schools Press Conference

On the other hand, two of the advisers of these publications were hailed as Outstanding School Paper Advisers in the country, they were:

  • Mrs. Bernadette F. Tamayo of The Republic - 1995 Most Outstanding School Paper Adviser in the Philippines (served as The Republic's adviser for more than 17 years)
  • Mrs. Jocelyn M. Manahan of Ang Malaya - 2014 Most Outstanding School Paper Adviser in the Philippines (started serving as Ang Malaya's adviser on 2006 up to present)

Clubs and Organizations[edit]

  • Supreme Student Government Organization (SSG) Is the highest and the most trusted organization in MHPNHS
  • Science Department
    • Youth for Environment Schools Organization (YES-O)
    • Kilusang La Solidaridad sa Agham (KLSA)
  • Mathematics Department
    • Math Club
  • English Department
    • English Club
    • Theater Guild
    • Book Club
    • DelPilarian Debate Society
  • Filipino Department
    • Klub Plaridel
    • Kapisanan ng Diwa at Panitik (KADIPAN)
  • Social Studies Department
    • Supreme Student Government
  • Values Department
    • Values Formation Club (VFC)
    • We Advocate Time Consciousness and Honesty (WATCH)
    • Peer Facilitators Club
    • Honesty Club
  • Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH) Department
    • CAT-I
    • Visual Arts Club
    • Music Family
      • MHPNHS Chorale
      • MHPNHS Brass Band
      • Strings Ensemble
      • MHPNHS Flute Ensemble
      • Creative Dance Group
    • MHPNHS Dance Troupes
    • Dance Sports Club
    • Folk Dance Troupe
  • Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) Department
    • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Club
    • Future Farmer of the Philippines (FFP) Club
    • Future Homemakers of the Philippines (FHP)
    • Youth Entrepreneur's Club (YECS)


  • MHPHS Rondalla - Most Outstanding Performer NAMCYA National Music Festival 2000 / Samiweng 2000 National Music Festival
  • First Place November 19, 2009, Poetry Performed Competition at the Baler 400: the Quadricentennial Anniversary of the Town of Baler, Province of Aurora
  • MHPNHS Rondalla - Champion Feb 17, 2011, Rondal-Awit Competition at the 10th Musikahan Festival held at Tagum City, Davao.

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Batch 1939 Tomas S. Martin - Governor, Bulacan (1958 to 1963)
  • Batch 1958 Aurelio S. Plamenco[1] - Vice Governor, Bulacan (1998 to 2007)
  • Batch 1968 Vicente C. Cruz Sr.- Board Member, District 1 Bulacan (2007–present)
  • Batch 1968 Danilo Domingo - Mayor, City of Malolos (2001–2010)
  • Batch 1976 Paquito Ochoa, Jr. - Executive Secretary (2010–2016)

Film, Arts and Entertainment[edit]

Science and Education[edit]

  • Batch 1926 Dr. Geminiano T. De Ocampo - Class Valedictorian, Ophthalmologist, National Scientist (1982), a.k.a. "Father of Modern Philippine Ophthalmology"
  • Batch 19?? Gabriel A. Bernardo - Born in Malolos, March 14, 1891. Father of Philippine Librarianship[2]

Location Map[edit]

Aerial Map


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  2. ^ World Encyclopedia of Library and Information Services 3rd Edition by Robert Wedgeworth
  • History of Bulacan High School by Damaso Figueroa

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