Philippine Christian University
Pamantasang Kristiyano ng Pilipinas
|Motto||Faith, Character and Service|
|Affiliation||United Church of Christ in the Philippines, The United Methodist Church|
|President||Junifen F. Gauuan, Ph.D.|
1648 Taft Avenue corner Pedro Gil Street, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Colors||Blue and Silver|
|Affiliations||Inter-Institutional Consortium, ISO, ACSCU-AAI, NAASCU, NCAA SOUTH|
The Philippine Christian University (PCU) is a private, coeducational Christian university located in Ermita, Manila, Philippines. It was founded in 1946 through the initiatives of the Laymen of the Evangelical Association of the Philippines. Originally named as Manila Union University, it was renamed as Philippine Christian College (PCC). In 1976, the PCC acquired university status.
PCU is one of the two major mainline Protestant (related with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and The United Methodist Church) universities at the heart of Metro Manila. The other is Trinity University of Asia under the auspices of the Episcopal Church.
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In 1945, American missionary Bishop Edwin F. Lee of the Methodist Episcopal Church envisioned a Christian college in Manila. On October 6, 1946, laymen of the Evangelical Association of the Philippines agreed to the establishment of the college. Their initial Board of Directors was composed of the UCCP Presbyterians: Atty. Mateo Occena, Dr. Emilio Javier, Mr. Gerardo Armonio, and the Methodists: Dr. Juan Nabong, Sr., and Dr. Mauro Baradi.
On January 11, 1947, the Articles of Incorporation was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The original name of the institution was Manila Union University; this was later changed to Philippine Christian College.
Dr. Roxy Lefforge, an American Methodist missionary, was the first executive dean.
Dr. Emilio Javier (1952–1958), an outstanding layman of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), was elected as the first president. Under his leadership the institution expanded the ecumenical efforts in education. The Union High School of Manila and Union Elementary School founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1919 and 1946 respectively became part of PCC in 1947. The college added a degree course in Nursing when the Mary Johnston School of Nursing, founded by the Methodist in 1907, affiliated with PCC in 1953.
Dr. Juan Nabong, Sr. (1958–1969), a United Methodist layman, was the second president. Under his Administration, a four-storey concrete building was constructed in 1960 beside the UTS building on Taft Avenue. A year later, a two-storey building for the elementary school was constructed in Vasquez Street, Malate. The Ellinwood College of Christian Education was merging with the Philippine Christian College in 1968 and its curricular programs integrated with the programs of the College of Education.
Dr. Lino Q. Arquiza (1969–1988), a UCCP educator, was the third president. Under him, the growth and expansion of PCC was steady and impressive. What was not impressive under his administration was that American Land was taken by PCU without any sort of compensation. It was made legal by President Marcos on May 24, 1974 issuing Presidential Decree Number 471. For many years, the UCCP had a cold relationship with the U.S. Denominations that lost property particularly around Taft Avenue. As of 2015, the UCCP has never admitted to their part in illegally taking away land without proper legal procedure.
In 1976, PCC acquired its university status and Philippine Christian University. A highlight of the efforts at cooperation came during Dr. Arquiza’s term when the Union Theological Seminary and PCU merge in 1978. With the merger, the Philippine Christian Center for Learning (PCCL) was born.
The merger enabled PCU to expand its offerings in the 97-hectare UTS campus, 36 kilometers south of Manila.
With this move, Philippine Christian University and Union Theological Seminary, established an ecumenical relationship that is more expansive and more coordinated. Institutional cooperation extended to non-Protestant schools when in 1972, PCU and DLSU joined hands in a resource-sharing program. This move ushered in the formation of five-school Inter-Institutional Consortium (I-IC) in 1975 composed of De La Salle University, St. Scholastica’s College, St. Paul’s College of Manila, Philippine Normal College and Philippine Christian University. The Consortium enjoys the full support of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia.
In 1990, the Board of Trustees elected Dr. Carlito S. Puno (1990–2000), a United Methodist lay leader, as the fourth president of the university.
The year 2000 saw the election of the fifth president, Rev. Dr. Oscar S. Suarez of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. In 2006, Oscar Suarez was temporarily on leave because of alleged irregularities of finances at PCU. During Suarez's Time, the NCAA Policy Board slapped a one-year suspension on Philippine Christian University for fielding in a high school basketball player later found to be involved in "identity switching." The students reported as having false identities, false academic records and highly irregular type of recruitment procedures were identified as Jaypee Importante, Victor Miguel Oliveros, Jundell Navaja, James De Gano and Elvin Jake Pascual — were members of the PCU Baby Dolphins. Importante’s real name was Vincent King while Oliveros and De Gano had already been implicated in the NCAA report April which led to the PCU suspension. Pascual, who won the 2006 Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards, was with the Team B of back-to-back NCAA champion San Beda College.
Today PCU had grown into an institution responsive to national needs through its expanded and relevant curricular offerings.
College of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Arts in English
Bachelor of Arts in History
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Bachelor of Science in Guidance & Counseling
Bachelor of Science in Office Administration
College of Social Work
Bachelor of Science in Social Work
Institute of Philosophy & Religious Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Bachelor of Arts in Religion
Institute of Sports, Physical Education, Arts and Culture
Bachelor in Physical Education
College of Nursing and Allied Health
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics
College of Business & Accountancy
Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in
Marketing Management Economics Finance Microfinance Accountancy
College of Education & Allied Programs
Bachelor of Science in Education
Bachelor of Elementary Education Major in
Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in
English Science Filipino Mathematics Music Arts Physical Education
College of Engineering & Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
College of Tourism & Hospitality Studies
Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management
Bachelor Science in Tourism Management
College of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
Doctor of Theology
Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Master of Theology
Master of Ministry
Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor of Ministry
Bachelor of Religious Education
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Development Administration
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Religious Studies
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Management
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Management/Pedagogy
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Business Management
Doctor of Education in Educational Administration (MA Ed-Ed.D.EA) Straight Program
Advanced Business Management Course (MBA-Ph.D.Bus.Mgt.) Straight Program
Doctor of Missiology (D.Miss.)
Master in Business Administration (MBA)
Master in Management (MM) Major in
Public Administration Customs Administration Educational Management Police Administration Information Technology Industrial Psychology Health Administration Hospital Administration Taxation Management Tourism Management
Master of Social Work
Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) Major in
Educational Administration Guidance and Counseling Early Childhood Special Education Psychology Mathematics
Master of Information Technology (MIT)
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MA Th.S.)
Master of Arts in Nursing
Bachelor of Laws (LI.B.)
Diplomate in Education (Dip Ed)
Associate in Hotel and Restaurant Management
Associate in Computer Technology
Associate in Office Management
Summer review classes
Licensure Exam for Teachers
Board Exam for Social Work
Junior High School
Senior High School
- Jejomar Binay, Former Vice President of the Philippines
- Jayson Castro, PBA Player, plays for Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters as Point Guard
- Lani Misalucha, Singer, "Asia's Nightingale" and "The Siren of the Strip"
- Kyla, R&B singer-songwriter, occasional actress and presenter a.k.a. "Queen of R&B"
- Beau Belga, PBA, plays for Rain or Shine Elasto Painters as Center / Power Forward
- Gabby Espinas, PBA, plays for San Miguel Beermen as Forward
- Ronnie Ricketts, actor, scriptwriter, film director, producer, martial artist, and Optical Media Board (OMB) Chairman
- Richard Reynoso, 80's OPM Singer
- Sen. Cynthia Villar
The Blue & Silver
The Blue and Silver is the official student publication of Philippine Christian University. It is a member of the College Editors' Guild of the Philippines.
The Union High School of Manila and the Union Elementary School have their publications called Union Echo and Winglettes respectively.
- Philippine Christian University - Taft Avenue, Manila
- Union High School of Manila - Malvar St., Manila
- Union Elementary School of Manila - Malvar St., Manila
- Philippine Christian University - Senior High School Department - City of Dasmariñas, Cavite
- Philippine Christian University - Junior High School Department - City of Dasmariñas, Cavite
- Philippine Christian University - Elementary School Department - City of Dasmariñas, Cavite
- Philippine Christian University - Mary Johnston College of Nursing- Tondo, Manila
Note: USHS and USES in Manila are not in the same campus; they have individual campuses across Malvar St. MM.
- "Philippine Christian University". Education Pinoy. Retrieved 2011-12-23.
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