Saint Louis University (Philippines)
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Unibersidad ng San Luis
Pamantasan ng San Luis
|Latin: Universitas Sancti Ludovici|
|St. Louis School (1911-1952)|
St. Louis College (1952-1963)
|Motto||Sapientia Aedificat (Latin)|
Motto in English
|Founder||Fr. Seraphin Devesse, CICM|
Higher Educational institution
|Established||December 1, 1911|
(107 years and 317 days)
|Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning|
Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities
International Federation of Catholic Universities
International Association of University Presidents
|President||Rev. Fr. Gilbert B. Sales, CICM, Ph.D|
|Vice-president||Rev. Fr. Macwayne N. Maniwang, CICM, StL, Ph.D|
(VP for Mission and Identity)
Atty. Jason R. Barlis, CPA
(VP for Administration)
Roberto M. Arguelles, DBE, Ph.D Mgmt
(VP for Academic Affairs)
Noel B. De Leon, Ph.D Ed
(VP for Finance)
Atty. Arnulfo S. Soriano
(VP for Hospital Affairs)
|Principal||Melchor P. Pablico|
Marilyn L. Balmeo, Ph.D
(Junior High School)
Romeo E. Javier, Ed.D
(Senior High School)
|Students||40,000+ (elementary, secondary, and tertiary)|
A. Bonifacio Street,
|Campus||Urban - 24 ha.|
|Alma Mater song||"Saint Louis Hymn"|
|Patron Saint||St. Aloysius de Gonzaga|
|Colors||White and Blue|
Saint Louis University (Filipino: Unibersidad ng San Luis) or simply known as SLU, is a private Catholic research university located in Bonifacio Street, Baguio City, Philippines. It was founded by Fr. Seraphin Devesse, a priest of the order of the Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae (CICM), in 1911. The patron saint of the university is St. Aloysius de Gonzaga. In 1952, it was formed as Saint Louis College and granted university status in 1963, becoming Saint Louis University. It is under the CICM Philippines School Network or CICM-PSN. It is the oldest of the CICM-PSN schools.
SLU currently offers programs at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels. The college division is composed of eight schools or colleges with campuses throughout the Baguio metropolitan area. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has identified several of the university's graduate programs as either Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development. SLU currently has three Centers of Excellence (COEs) and eight Centers of Development (CODs).
Saint Louis University is the largest university north of Manila with more than 40,000 students (combining the elementary, high school and college levels) as of academic year 2018-2019. Its main campus is centrally situated in a 6-hectare (15-acre) campus in the heart of Baguio City and has more than 30 buildings. It is located at A. Bonifacio Street where the seven schools or colleges are housed while the Maryheights Campus houses the School of Accountancy, Management, Computing and Information Studies. The University's high school department is housed at its Navy Base campus, while the elementary department is housed at its Gonzaga campus.
- 1 History
- 2 University colors, seal, hymn, and motto
- 3 Campuses
- 4 Academics and Programmes
- 5 University Hospital
- 6 Academic and Social Profile
- 7 Organization and Administration
- 8 Student Life
- 9 Notable people
- 10 References
Saint Louis University traces its roots to the one-room school founded on December 1, 1911 by Rev. Fr. Seraphin Devesse, CICM for 10 local boys in the City of Baguio. It was then located at what is now known as Cathedral Hill. In 1907, eight CICM missionaries arrived in the Philippines, mandated by the Holy See to Christianize the northern part of the country. Divided into two groups, one set out for Baguio City. They settled in Baguio because of its proximity to Manila and the mountain province of Benguet beyond the Cordillera mountain range, which was home to numerous indigenous tribes. In 1908, Fr. Seraphin Devesse, CICM, built the first Catholic Church in Baguio City, naming it St. Patrick Church, in honor of St. Patrick, who was then patron saint of Baguio.
It was in 1911 that Fr. Séraphin Devesse, CICM, along with his relocated St. Patrick Church, founded a one-room elementary school in Baguio at what is now Cathedral Hill for ten local boys, naming it the Saint Louis School. St. Patrick Church would later on be consecrated in 1919 as the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral.
In 1912, he opened a second church and school along Naguilian Road, then named the St. Louis Campo Filipino. It currently houses the high school department of St. Louis School Center, which is under the stewardship of the ICM sisters. St. Louis Campo Filipino, later renamed Holy Family College in 1935, would later relocate to San Fernando, La Union in 1952. It is now known as Saint Louis College of San Fernando, one of the CICM-PSN Schools. In 1915, under the stewardship of Fr. Florimond Carlu, CICM, the St. Louis School expanded, becoming a vocational and trade school, training students in silversmithing, carpentry, hat-making, weaving, and shoe-making. In 1921, Saint Louis High School opened.
As World War II broke out in 1939, St. Louis School resumed classes in 1942, until it became impossible to do so. Classes were then suspended until 1945. Due to the carpet bombing of Baguio, the school's buildings were destroyed. Tents were thus used as temporary classrooms.
In 1952, the combined efforts of Msgr. William Brasseur, Rev. Fr. Rafael Desmedt, CICM, and Rev Fr. Karel Pieters, CICM, founded Saint Louis College, then consisting of three departments: Education, Liberal Arts, and Commerce and Secretarial. The school started with only 75 students with Rev. Fr. Gerard Decaestecker, CICM, as its first rector. In 1955, the graduate-level programs of Saint Louis College were granted recognition.
On 13 May 1963, Saint Louis College was conferred university status by the Philippine government under the presidency of Diosdado Macapagal, becoming the first private university north of Manila. with Rev. Fr. Gerard Linssen, CICM transitioning from its third rector to become its first president. From its Gonzaga Campus along General Luna Road, which was then SLU's main campus, it transferred to its current main campus, the Mount Mary Campus, in 1969, which is located along Andres Bonifacio Street. SLU now uses the Gonzaga campus for its elementary department.
The 7.7 magnitude 1990 Luzon earthquake on July 16, 1990 greatly devastated Baguio City. The University had earlier suspended classes due to student protests, preventing casualties and injuries, as well as taking only minimal damage to its infrastructure. SLU accommodated victims of the earthquake at its open court grounds.
During the term of Rev. Fr. Paul Van Parijs, CICM, which was from 1996 to 2005, SLU was able to acquire two additional campuses, one in Navy Base and another in Bakakeng. Its Navy Base Campus now houses the University's high school departments, and the Bakakeng Campus houses the School of Accountancy, Management, Computing and Information Studies.
In 2011, Saint Louis University celebrated one-hundred years as an educational institutions, with multiple activities and programs lined-up, for its employees, students and the citizens of Baguio. Considering its professional and academic profile, SLU is PAASCU-accredited and one of the universities in the Cordillera administrative region passed the newly-mandated CHED's Institutional Sustainability Assessment.
University colors, seal, hymn, and motto
The colors of Saint Louis University are white and blue. White symbolizes the earth and man. Blue signifies heaven and God.
- Seal and Motto
The golden cross in the middle of the shield represents the Christian faith that the school aims to spread to all corners of the earth symbolized by the four small crosses.
Superimposed on the golden cross is the stylized lily that is associated with Saint Aloysius (Louis) de Gonzaga, the patron saint of the school. The big sword across the shield expresses vigilance and perseverance. The rugged mountains behind the sword signify the obstacles that SLU strives to surpass in bringing the light of truth in the darkness of ignorance.
The year 1911 shows the foundation date while the motto on the lower part of the seal, "Sapientia Aedificat", expresses the belief of its founders that "wisdom builds."
- SLU Hymn
The Saint Louis University Hymn (SLU Hymn) was composed by the late Dean Macario Fronda who happened to be the sole composer of the Panagbenga hymn of Baguio's Annual Floral Festival. The SLU hymn possesses a delightful mode of the students who aimed to pursue excellence and social transformation through Christian-based education.
Saint Louis University has 4 campuses with a total land area of 24 hectares (59 acres).
- Main Campus (Mount Mary Campus) is a 6-hectare (15-acre) compound, along A. Bonifacio Street
- Gonzaga Campus is a 5-hectare (12-acre) hectare Gonzaga Campus is home to the university's elementary department
- Navy Base Campus a 5-hectare (12-acre) hectare compound located in Navy Base, St. Joseph Village and home to the university's high school departments
- Maryheights Campus is an 8-hectare (20-acre) hectare compound n Brgy. Bakakeng
Academics and Programmes
Saint Louis University Laboratory Elementary School (SLU-LES) beginning as the one classroom school in 1911, is the elementary division of SLU, offering Kindergarten up to Sixth Grade since 1915. It is located at the Gonzaga Campus in General Luna Street, Baguio City.
Saint Louis University Laboratory High School (SLU-LHS) is the collective name of the two departments of the high school division of SLU, subdivided into the junior and senior high departments.
Saint Louis University Laboratory Junior High School (SLU-LJHS) is SLU's coeducational junior high department. Originally known as Saint Louis University Boys' High School, it was founded as an all-male school in 1921 and had its pioneer graduates in 1929. It became coeducational in 2003. Following the implementation of the K-12 program, it is separately administered from the senior high department. It is currently housed at SLU's Navy Base campus, alongside the senior high department.
Saint Louis University Laboratory Senior High School (SLU-LSHS) is SLU's coeducational senior high department, It was established following the implementation of the K-12 education curriculum system. It is currently housed at SLU's Navy Base campus, alongside the junior high department.
- School of Accountancy, Management, Computing and Information Studies (SAMCIS) – is a merger of two schools, namely the School of Accountancy and Business Management, which was originally the College of Commerce, one of the four original schools of St. Louis College, and of the School of Computing and Information Sciences in 2018. It is currently housed at the Maryheights Campus of SLU. Its current dean is Reynaldo S. Bautista, DBE, DM.
- School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA) – is one of the four original schools of St. Louis College, which was originally called the College of Engineering and Architecture. It is currently housed at the Otto Hahn Building at SLU's Main Campus. Its current dean is Engr. Cynthia L. Posadas, PhD Mgmt.
- School of Natural Sciences (SNS) – split from the then College of Liberal Arts in 1968 to be named thereafter as the College of Natural Sciences. It is currently housed at the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Higher Sciences Building at SLU's Main Campus. 
- School of Nursing (SON) – branching out from the then College of Natural Sciences in 1976 to be named thereafter as the College of Nursing. It is currently housed at the Dr. Konrad Adenauer Science Building at SLU's Main Campus.  It offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing course. Its current dean is Dr. Mary Grace Lacanaria, RN.
- School of Teacher Education and Liberal Arts (STELA) – is a merger of two schools, namely the School of Teacher Education, which was originally the College of Education, one of the four original schools of St. Louis College, and of the School of Humanities, originally named College of Liberal Arts, which was also one of the four original school of St. Louis College. Its current dean is Dr. Felina P. Espique, LPT. 
- International School of Medicine (SOM) – split from the then College of Liberal Arts in 1976, to be named as the College of Medicine. It is currently housed at the Dr. Jose P. Rizal Higher Sciences Building at the Main Campus of SLU, alongside the School of Natural Sciences. .
- School of Law (SOL) – founded in 1954 as the College of Law. It is currently housed at the Msgr. Charles Vath Building. 
- School of Advanced Studies (SAS) – is the graduate schools of Saint Louis University. Its current dean is Dr. Cecilia Mercado. 
The Msgr. Charles Vath Library is the main library of Saint Louis University, housed in a seven story building. Inaugurated on Dec. 13, 1974, it is one of the largest libraries north of Manila, housing a variety of print, non-print, electronic and internet based resources, including an American corner. It is also one of the tallest structures in the city.
A satellite library named the Fr. Seraphin Devesse, CICM Library is located on the 10th floor of the Devesse Building at SLU's Maryheights Campus. It is specially for the use of the then-separate School of Accountancy and Business Management and School of Computing and Information Sciences, which is now merged as the School of Accountancy, Management, Computing and Information Studies.
The high school and elementary departments have their own libraries. The high school department has its library housed in the Fr. Pieters Building for the Junior high and in the Fr. Decaestecker Building for the Senior high. For the elementary department, its own library is housed in the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Building at its Gonzaga Campus.
The Saint Louis University Hospital of the Sacred Heart (SLU-HSH) was opened on May 10, 1977. A teaching hospital by nature, it serves as a training ground for the university's Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Natural Sciences. It is one of the four hospitals serving Baguio City, alongside Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital, Pines City Doctors Hospital, and Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC).
Academic and Social Profile
The university has several research units, such as:
- Business Research Extension and Development (BREAD) – organized in 2004 under the then School of Accountancy and Business Management, the main aim of BREAD is the creation, integration and dissemination of new knowledge aimed at providing scientific, economic, socio-cultural and environmental benefits to the community. It is now part of SAMCIS.
- Engineering Urban Planning Laboratory (EUPL) – constituted under the School of Engineering and Architecture, it aims to formulate solutions to address problems and challenges of the natural environment, regional and urban systems of the community.
- Environmental Research Laboratory (ERL) – another research unit organized under the School of Engineering and Architecture, its goal is to hone research to provide solutions for the protection of the environment and quality of life.
- Information and Communications Technology Research Laboratory (ICTRL)
- Natural Sciences Research Unit (NSRU) – established in 1999 under the then College of Natural Sciences, its goal is to undertake researches in the field of natural sciences, which are directed towards the assessment and use of indigenouse materials, flora and fauna of the Cordilleras, while promoting their conservation and protection.
- SLU Incubator for Research, Innovation and Business Center (SIRIB) – it aims to look into bringing in technological solutions to concerns that involve the environment, disaster preparedness and mitigation, natural resources, mining and solid waste management.
- SLU Cordillera Research and Development Foundation (SLU-CRDF). – founded in 1998 as a non-stock and non-profit research foundation, its main purpose is the support and encouragement of original and creative research focused on the Cordilleran traditions and life situation, from culture to history, economy, language, philosophy and religion.
- Tuklas Lunas Development Consortium – a project with the University of the Philippines-Baguio and the Benguet State University that will focus on the documentation, standardization and formulation of dosage forms from indigenous plants and micro-organisms with anti-infective and anti-diabetic bio-activities.
SLU is in the top ten universities for their performance in Teacher Education, Law, Medicine, Medical Technology (Medical Laboratory Science), Pharmacy, Engineering, Nursing, and Architecture.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has recognized three of SLU's programmes as Centers of Excellence, namely its Teacher Education, Nursing and Information Technology programmes. Eight of its programmes are recognized as Centers of Development, namely its Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Laboratory Science, and Mining Engineering programmes as of May 2016.
Its elementary and high school divisions are both accredited as Level II by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).
Organization and Administration
|Name||Tenure of office|
|Fr. Gerard Decaestecker, CICM (+)||1952 - 1954|
|Fr. Albert Van Overbeke, CICM (+)||1954 - 1962|
|Fr. Gerard Linssen, CICM (+)||1962 - 1963|
|Name||Tenure of office|
|Fr. Gerard Linssen, CICM (+)||1963 - 1964|
|Fr. Paul Zwaenepoel, CICM (+)||1964 - 1976|
|Fr. Ghisleen De Vos, CICM (+)||1976 - 1983|
|Fr. Joseph Van Den Daelen, CICM (+)||1983 - 1996|
|Fr. Paul Van Parijs, CICM (+)||1996 - 2005|
|Fr. Jessie Hechanova, CICM||2005 - 2015|
|Fr. Gilbert Sales, CICM||2015 - present|
Saint Louis University is a non-stock, non-profit institution. It is directed by a board of trustees, composed of 15 people. It is currently chaired by Rev. Fr. Jessie Hechanova, CICM, Ph.D, SLU's first Filipino president from 2005 to 2015
Since its inception as a college in 1952, it has been headed by a Rector. Upon its elevation to university status in 1963, its head has since been addressed as President. He is assisted by 5 vice-presidents. SLU has seen 3 rectors and 7 presidents lead it, 8 of whom are of Belgian descent. It was only in 2005 that SLU saw a Filipino as its president. All of its heads has since been priests of the CICM order. Its current president is Rev. Fr. Gilbert Sales, CICM, Ph.D Ed.
SLU is under the CICM Philippines School Network or CICM-PSN, managed by the CICM mission.
SLU is a member of several international associations, namely the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL), the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU), the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU), the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), and the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Council Inc., Philippines.
Traditions and Events
- SLU Intramurals – a yearly competition between the various schools of SLU, a separate one is held for the elementary, junior high school, senior high school and college level.
- SLU Lantern Parade – Instituted in 2008, the SLU Lantern Parade is a yearly lantern-making contest and parade of all 10 schools of SLU along Session Road at the beginning of December, ushering in the celebration of Christmas in Baguio City.
- Christmas tree lighting – SLU schools of the college level, in rotation, prepares a Christmas tree for its annual lighting ceremony. The tree is made out of recycled materials.
There are currently 61 accredited student organizations at SLU.
White & Blue is SLU's official student publication. It is named after the colors representing the Blessed Virgin Mary, with which the CICM is associated. It is run by college students and is under the supervision of the publication adviser from the SLU administration. The elementary division has two student publications, namely the Young Louisian Courier, which uses English as its medium, and the Alab, SLU-LES' Filipino language publication.
The Center for Culture and the Arts has six resident performing groups.
- The SLU Glee Club
- The Tanghalang SLU
- The SLU Dance Troupe
- The SLU Children's Dance Troupe
- The SLU Chamber Ensemble
- " The SLU Symphonic Band" or popularly known as "The SLU Marching Band"
SLU Student Government
The Kataas-taasang Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral - Supreme Student Council or KASAMA-SSC is the highest governing student organization. It mimics the three branches of government of the Philippines. For the executive branch, it is represented by the Executive Committee, headed by a President. Under it are the School Governments, headed by the School Governors, under whom are the Year-level governments of each school, each headed by a year-level Mayor. Its Legislative Branch is represented by the Congress of Louisians, composed of 2 representatives per school. It is responsible for the allocation of the budget granted by the school administration. The SLU Student Court is the judicial branch of the KASAMA-SSC, comprised of 10 members from the different schools, headed by a Chief Justice.
The high school department has the Samahan ng mga Nagkakaisang Mag-aaral or SANAMA, separate for the junior and senior high departments. They are led by their own Executive Presidents, with each year level headed by a Council President.
The Louisian Student Council is the university's elementary division's student government organization, headed by its own President and one Governor per grade level, with the classes led by their own Mayors.
- Benjamin B. Magalong – Mayor-elect of Baguio City, Former Deputy Chief for Operations and Former CIDG Chief of the Philippine National Police
- Boobay – Actor and Comedian
- Cirilo F. Bautista – Poet and National Artist for Literature
- Eric de Guia – Award-winning movie director, actor and writer, aka Kidlat Tahimik and National Artist for Film
- Jesli A. Lapus – Former Congressman of the 3rd District of Tarlac, Former Secretary of Education and Former Secretary of Trade and Industry
- Kylie Verzosa – Ms. International 2016
- Marvic Leonen – 172nd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
- Victor Bruce J. Tolentino – Member of the Monetary Board and Former Deputy Director of the IRRI
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