Pampanga State Agricultural University

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Pampanga State Agricultural University
Pamantasang Pang-agrikultura ng Pampanga
Former names
  • Pampanga Agricultural College
  • Pampanga National Agricultural School
  • Pampanga Agricultural School
  • Magalang Farm School
  • La Escuela Pecuaria
  • La Granja Modelo de Luzon
Motto The University with a heart for HUMANE (HUManity, Agriculture, Nature and Entrepreneurship) Development
Type State University
Established 1885 (as La Granja Modelo de Luzon)
President Honorio M. Soriano, Jr., Ph.D.
Location Magalang, Pampanga, Philippines
Colors Green and Yellow
Mascot Aglibut Sweet

The Pampanga State Agricultural University or PSAU is a state university located in the municipality of Magalang, Pampanga, Philippines. Strategically nestled among the foothills on the western slope of majestic Mount Arayat, nearly 700 hectares of government agricultural lands, it is about 3.5 km east of the town proper of Magalang, and about 15 km southwest is Angeles City and Clark Field Special Economic Zone. Farther southeast about 25 km lies the City of San Fernando, the capital of Pampanga.


The idea of establishing an agricultural experiment station was hatched in 1873 by Spanish businessman Don Bernardo Garcia Coteron and his partner, Don Jose Pesaña Piñol. The proposed experiment station was named La Granja Modelo de Luzon (The Model Farm of Luzon). They applied for royal grant in the same year, and it was granted in 1874. The granja will serve an experiment station for their company, Coteron y Compañia for propagation, experimentation and cultivation of their cash crops especially in tobacco. It has three hundred hectares of land, located in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija and took years to construct necessary structures.

On November 15, 1881, with the creation of La Comision Agronomica de Filipinas; it took over the operations of granja and appointed its first director, Don Jose Alemany Penalva. Due to insufficient and bad condition of the land, on March 20, 1885, the Spanish government transferred the granja from San Isidro, Nueva Ecija to the foothills of Mt. Arayat in Magalang, Pampanga. Its governing charter was issued by Queen Maria Christina on January 30, 1886. The new land has nine hundred hectares; cleared mostly by the polistas. The granja was transformed into a full agricultural experiment station equipped with school and staff buildings, animal pens, sugar mill, alcohol distillery and a weather observatory. The station was headed by a director (equivalent to agricultural engineer), assisted by an ayundante de montes and a perito agricola, who were all Spaniards. It also housed a fifty men companias disciplinarias providing rotational security to the granja. The granja offered two programs, first and most important was a three-year sequence in farm management, leading to the title of perito agricola. The candidates who wanted this title had to demonstrate the possession of suitable secondary-level schooling in geometry, trigonometry, drawing physics, and chemistry, prior to entrance. The other program, which conferred the title of capataz de cultivo, concerned itself with the preparation of field foremen and livestock supervisors. Those who obtained these titles, they were conferred as graduates equivalent to a college graduate both in the Philippines and Spain. The granja has variety of breeds of animals such as buffaloes, cattle, wild pigs, goats, horses, chickens, ducks and doves. La Granja devoted its cultivation and experimentation of wheat, sorghum, sesame, rice, corn, indigo, tobacco, peanuts, potatoes, sugarcane and alfalfa.

On June 30, 1887, La Granja Modelo de Luzon won the highest diploma honor award from Exposicion de Filipinas held in Madrid, Spain in field of agriculture; especially in cultivation and exhibition of tobacco and different varieties of corn. (La Granja Modelo won the award together with famous Filipinos such as Juan Luna who won the same award for his masterpiece, Una Mestiza, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, gold medal awardee for his masterpiece, La Barca de Aqueronte and the father of Filipino socialism, Isabelo de los Reyes, silver medal awardee for his selection, Folklore Filipina). In 1891, the granja was transformed by Governor General Valeriano Weyler into La Escuela Pecuaria (The Livestock School). The school was expanded focusing on the study and breeding of cattle. In 1894, the weather observatory become fully operational with telegraph lines connected with the Observatorio de Manila. In 1895, the granja pioneered the experiment and study of different Central American varieties of peanuts and teosintes. In that year also, on January 23, it won silver medal award from Exposicion Regional de Filipinas in the field of cross breeding of Arabian horses, exhibition of different rice varieties and different types of farm equipment .

At the outbreak of the revolution, it was used as one of the hideouts of the Spanish troops fighting the insurgents in Camansi. During the Philippine-American war, it was served as grazing area for cavalry horses and training ground of American troops. After the war, on November 26, 1901, the Department of Public Instruction recommended the establishing of an agricultural school in granja, however it never implemented. In 1902, it was reopened by the Americans as an agricultural experiment station under Bureau of Agriculture; with Lt. Col. Charles Hatfield was designated officer in charge. On July 26, 1904, Governor General Luke Edward Wright issued Executive Order No. 33 declaring additional areas to expand the experiment station’s area to 1,050 hectares and naming it as the Magalang Reserve to be used for agricultural experiment purposes. On 1918, it started to offer agricultural intermediate and high school education and named as Magalang Farm School and later as Pampanga Agricultural School; Mr. Frank Ebbesen was appointed first principal of the school. Subsequently, Commonwealth Act No. 313 was enacted in 1938 made the school a national institution and named it as Pampanga National Agricultural School. During World War II, it was shut down and became a military training camp of the Japanese forces. After the war, it reopened and continued operations. The Huk insurgency forced the school to suspend classes until the peace and order situation returned in 1955.

On June 19, 1965, President Diosdado P. Macapagal signed Republic Act No. 4576 upgrading the school to tertiary level to become the Pampanga Agricultural College. It completed its upgrading to college status in 1974, with Supt. Felix V. Remigio was appointed first college president. Upon his retirement, Dr. Fortunato Battad was installed college president in April 7, 1976. Upon the transfer of Dr. Battad in 1983, Dr. Fredeswinda R. Serrano was designated officer-in-charge in November to December, 1983. Subsequently, Dr. Ladislao Avila was designated officer-in-charge until April 30, 1984. On May 1, 1984, Dr. Ramon Simbulan was designated by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos as acting president of the college. On July 25, 1986, he was appointed as full-fledged president of the college by President Corazon C. Aquino. He was appointed to a second term by President Fidel V. Ramos. Dr. Simbulan was succeeded by Dr. Zosimo M. Battad who in turn, he was succeeded by Dr. Honorio Soriano Jr., who remains college president to the present. During his administration, on June 11, 2013, Republic Act No. 10605 was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III converting the college into state university as Pampanga State Agricultural University. The Commission on Higher Education was tasked by the law to evaluate the college for its compliance with the requirements for university status. On January 13, 2015, CHED issued En Banc Resolution No. 006-2015, officially granting the full university status to the college; the first state college in the Philippines granted university status by CHED based on merits.[1]

Course Offerings[edit]


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Agriculture, majors in:
    • Animal Science
    • Crop Science
  • Master of Science in Agriculture, majors in:
    • Animal Science
    • Agronomy
    • Horticulture
  • Master of Science in Biology
  • Doctor of Education, major in:
    • Educational Management
  • Master of Arts in Education, majors in:
    • Educational Management
    • General Science
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Physical Education
    • English


College of Agriculture Systems and Technology (CAST)[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, majors in:
    • Animal Science
    • Agronomy
    • Crop Protection
    • Horticulture
  • Bachelor of Science in Fisheries
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry
  • Bachelor of Science in Agro-forestry
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Science in Development Communication

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

College of Education (COED)[edit]

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education, with Areas of Specialization in:
    • Pre-School Education
    • General Education
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education, majors in:
    • Technology and Livelihood Education
    • Physical Science
    • Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health
    • Mathematics
    • English

College of Resource Engineering, Automation and Mechanization (CREAM)[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Geodetic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Diploma in Computer Programming
  • Diploma in Computer Secretarial

College of Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Food Sciences (CHEFS)[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Food Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management

College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM)[edit]

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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  1. ^ * Bartolo, Louie Aldrin and Dizon, Lino. (2016). The Magalang Book: The Historical Life and Culture of a Kapampangan Town (1605-2015). National Commission for Culture and the Arts. p. 198.