National University (Philippines)

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Not to be confused with University of the Philippines.
National University
Pamantasang Pambansa
National University (Philippines) Logo.png
Former names
Colegio Filipino (1900–1905)
Colegio Mercantil (1905–1916)
National Academy (1916–1921)
Type Private, nonsectarian
Established August 1, 1900
President Teodoro Jhocson-Ocampo
Students 8,000+
Location City of Manila,

14°36′15″N 120°59′39″E / 14.60417°N 120.99417°E / 14.60417; 120.99417Coordinates: 14°36′15″N 120°59′39″E / 14.60417°N 120.99417°E / 14.60417; 120.99417
Campus Urban- Campus at Sampaloc District, Manila
Alma mater song Adieu Alma Mater!
Colors Blue      and      gold
Athletics UAAP
Nickname NU Bulldogs
Mascot Bulldog
Affiliations PACU, ASAIHL, IAU, UAAP
Bulldog Logo.jpg

National University (NU) is a non–sectarian coeducational institution in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines. The founder of the University, Don Mariano Fortunato Jhocson established the institution in August 1, 1900 as Colegio Filipino in Quiapo, Manila. It is considered as the first private nonsectarian and coeducational institution in the Philippines and also, the first university to use English as its medium of instruction, replacing Spanish language.[1]

Since its foundation in 1900 it has produced two Philippine Presidents, one National Artist of the Philippines, legislators, politicians, business tycoons, engineers, architects, health professionals, educators, TV personalities, and athletes.

Approved by the Department of Public Instruction in June 17, 1921, the University received its university status, changing the name from National Academy to National University. Senator Camilo Osias, a two-time Senate President of the Philippines, served as the first president of the University.

In 1915, with the collaboration with Lacson brothers, Don Mariano established the Philippine Law School in Intramuros, Manila. It served as the college of law of the University. It produced Philippine President, Carlos P. Garcia. Another Philippine President, Diosdado Macapagal studied in the institution.[2]

NU is also one of the pioneers of National Collegiate Athletic Association- Philippines (NCAA) and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

It is a pioneer member of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities. (PACU) Its international affiliations and memberships include the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAHIL) and the International Association of Universities (IAU).[1]


23-year-old Don Mariano Fortunato Jhocson, founded Colegio Filipino in August 1, 1900, in Quiapo, Manila.[3]

Only a handful of students at that time were enrolled in the fledgling school and they were in the elementary and secondary levels. Don Mariano served as the director, teacher, and janitor. He began Business courses in bookkeeping and accounting. This prompted a name change as it became known as Colegio Mercantil, awarding the diploma of Perito Mercantil.[3]

A short time later, Don Mariano collaborated with the Lacson Brothers and established the Philippine Law School in 1915. This later served as the College of Law of the institution. The Philippine Law School produced one Philippine president, Carlos P. Garcia and seven bar topnotchers. Another Philippine president, Diosdado Macapagal also studied at the institution but he later on transferred.[3]

From Colegio Mercantil, the Board of Trustees changed the name of the institution to National Academy in 1916. Due to continuous growth of the Academy, liberal arts courses were offered.

After 21 years of service in the field of education, the Board of Trustees applied for university status to the Department of Public Instruction. Thus the school became known as National University on January 17, 1921. The university installed, on that same day, Senator Camilio Osias, a Filipino educators, as the first President of the university.[3]

The Colleges of Education and Commerce were opened in the same year. During the following years, the Colleges of Pharmacy and Dentistry were opened in 1922. The College of Engineering, initially offering Civil Engineering opened in 1925, and the Normal School in 1930. Sanitary Engineering was offered in 1930.[3]

Bachelor's degrees in Chemical, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical Engineering and Architecture and Arts were opened. Master in Sanitary Engineering was also organized.[3]

Computer Science was opened in 1990, Marine Engineering, Computer Engineering and Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1994. College of Nursing was offered in 2004, Hotel and Restaurant Management in 2008 and Information Technology in 2009.[3]

A fire broke out in January 1, 1998 and razed four buildings of the university which are the Main Building, Law and Commerce Building, Elementary Building, and Graduate School Building. The university was able to re-open its doors after three weeks of restoration work.[3]

In 2008, the SM Group of Companies acquired majority ownership of the National University.[4] This paved way to the university's modernization efforts, which included the construction of a new campus building, one of the first school buildings in the City of Manila to have escalators. The strong support from the SM Group upgraded the institution into a higher one with improved and modernized laboratories and infrastructures. Asia Pacific College will be the Future National University-Makati.

College of Dentistry Building[edit]

The College of Dentistry Building (also known as the Allied Health Building) is a neo-classical three-storey building located across the main campus building. Built in the 1920s, it is the only building in the NU campus that remained unscathed in the fire that hit much of the NU campus in 1998.[5] It is the university's oldest surviving structure and is considered a heritage landmark in the campus.

National University - Nazareth

    • Kindergarten
    • Grade School
    • High School
    • Senior High School


National U Bulldogs
Main article: NU Bulldogs
Blue and gold

National University was one of the schools that founded the Philippine National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1924. It was one of the three schools that left the NCAA in 1932 and formed a new athletic association named the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) in 1938.

In the UAAP, NU has teams participating in twelve sports out of fifteen, namely; cheerleading, basketball, indoor volleyball, beach volleyball, football, baseball, softball, tennis, table tennis, badminton, fencing, taekwondo and chess.

The university's collegiate men's and women's varsity teams are called the National University Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs, respectively. The high school varsity teams are called the Bullpups and Lady Bullpups.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Fidel V. Ramos -12th President of the Philippines, Chief of Staff – Armed Forces of the Philippines, professional soldier, licensed civil engineer.
  • Carlos P. Garcia – 8th President of the Philippines, lawyer, teacher and a poet. Bachelor of Laws (Philippine Law School), Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa).[6]
  • Nestor Vicente Madali Gonzalez- National Artist of the Philippines for Literature[7]
  • Matias H. Aznar II – owner/founder of South Western University (Cebu)[8]
  • Anunciacion B. Aznar – owner/co-founder of South Western University (Cebu)[8]
  • Joey De Leon- actor, TV host, comedian
  • Danny Ildefonso – professional basketball player and two-time PBA Most Valuable Player awardee[9]
  • Lordy Tugade – professional basketball player[10]
  • Rafael P. Nantes – licensed mechanical engineer, businessman, three-term Congressman and former Governor of Quezon Province
  • Capt. Nicanor Faeldon – Bureau of Customs commissioner, former Philippine Marines officer and one of the leaders of the Oakwood mutiny that exposed corruption in the Philippine military. He is an awardee of a Gold Cross Medal, three Military Merit Medals (MMM), five Military Commendation Medal (MCM), a wounded personnel medal, and Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao campaign medals.
  • Bernardo M. Vergara – Congressman and former mayor of Baguio City
  • Vicente Eusebio – former Mayor of Pasig City
  • Nemesio Yabut – former Mayor of Makati[11]
  • Carlito Pentecostes Jr. – former Mayor of Gonzaga, Cagayan
  • Engr. Mamintal Adiong Sr. – civil and sanitary engineer, former Governor of Lanao del Sur, former Deputy Minister of Public Works and Highways, former DPWH Undersecretary, former supervisor of Marawi Waterworks District and a former international contractor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia[12]
  • Arch. Ruperto C. Gaite – 1st placer in the Architecture Licensure Examination, former Assemblyman of Makati, former Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts and former National President of the United Architects of the Philippines
  • Arch. Norberto Nuke – 1st placer in the Architecture Licensure Examination, Likha Awardee and former National President of the United Architects of the Philippines[13]
  • Arch./Engr. Angel Lazaro Jr. – 1st placer in the Architecture Licensure Examination (1962), Likha Awardee and former National President of the United Architects of the Philippines[14]
  • Arch./Engr. Eric C. Nubla – 1st placer in the Architecture and Sanitary Engineering Licensure Examinations, top ten placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examinations, the first Registered Interior Designer of the Philippines, Registered Master Plumber and the first Commissioner of the Professional Regulation Commission
  • Arch. Greg Timbol – architect - interior designer, member of the College of Fellows of the United Architects of the Philippines, founder/President of Architectural Advocacy International Foundation, Inc. (AAIF), Founder of the Philippine Institute of Interior Design ( PIID ), Founder and President of the Filipino Chamber of Small-Medium Business and Industry (PCSBI), Past President of the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP) [15]
  • Arch. Max B. Fajardo Jr. – author of architecture, engineering and construction books used by architecture and engineering students in the Philippines[16]
  • Arch. Quintin Estioko Sr. – 2nd placer in the Architecture Licensure Examination, former Dean and professor of Architecture at the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP-Manila) and founding president of the UAP Manila Corinthian Chapter[17]
  • Arch. Rozanno C. Rosal – Member of the College of Fellows and former National President of the United Architects of the Philippines[18]
  • Arch. Joel V. Rico – Member of the College of Fellows and former National President of the Philippine Institute of Architects[19]
  • Engr. Jesus S. Hipolito – 1st placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination, former National President of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers and former Minister of Public Works and Highways
  • Engr. Aber P. Canlas – 2nd placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination, former Assemblyman, former Deputy Minister of Public Works and Highways and former National President of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers
  • Engr. Demetrio Quirino Jr. – 1st placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination and founder of the Technological Institute of the Philippines[20]
  • Engr. Isidro Cariño – 1st placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination, former University of the East President and former Secretary of Education
  • Engr. Porthos Almajose- former National President of the Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers and Chamber of Real Estate and Builders' Association (CREBA).
  • Engr. Guillermo Simeon – President and CEO of Enertech Systems Industries, Inc.
  • Engr. Alfredo Lagman – founder of Alenaire air conditioning company
  • Gen. Francisco S. Bravo (Ret) – 4th placer Sanitary Engineering, former USEC of DENR, former Commanding Officer of 51st PA Engineering Brigade, founder/CEO of Rogenux Construction.
  • Engr. William Jacinto Juan – topnotcher in EE Board Licensure Examinations (1st placer in PEE, 3rd placer in Associate EE, 8th placer in Assistant.EE) and 5th placer in Master Plumber Licensure examinations, National President of Pugad Lawin Phils, founder/CEO & Chief Engineer of Versatech Consultants Inc.
  • Engr. Felipe F. Cruz (B.S.C.E.) – licensed civil engineer, construction magnate and founder of F.F. Cruz & Co., Inc.[21][22]
  • Maria Lourdes Coronacion DMD – 2014 Philippine Dentists Association's President
  • Roxlee (B.S. Arch)–Filipino animator, filmmaker, cartoonist, creator of Cesar Asar and painter.
  • Francisco "Baby" Dalupan – former basketball coach
  • Carlos Loyzaga (NU High School) – basketball player and former Olympian
  • Narciso Bernardo – basketball player and former Olympian
  • Adriano Papa – Professional basketball player and former Olympian
  • Chris Bolado – Professional basketball player
  • Froilan Baguio – Professional basketball player
  • Jonathan Fernandez – Professional basketball player
  • Angela Velez – B.S. in Electrical Engineering graduate, former varsity volleyball player and former actress
  • Jestoni Alarcon – actor
  • George Estregan – actor
  • Bobby Ray Parks Jr. – Most Valuable Player, UAAP Season 74 and 75 Senior Division
  • Jeth Troy Rosario – MIP Season 77, UAAP Season 77 Champion Senior Division
  • Glenn Khobuntin – UAAP Season 77 Champion Senior Division
  • Dindin Santiago Manabat - Volleyball Player
  • Myla Pablo - Volleyball Player, Shakey's V-League finals MVP


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