St. Paul University Philippines

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St. Paul University Philippines
Motto Caritas Veritas Scientia
Type Private, Roman Catholic
Established May 10, 1907 (1907-05-10)
President Sr. Merceditas O. Ang, SPC
Undergraduates Approx. 7,000
Location Tuguegarao, Cagayan, Philippines
Campus Urban
Colors Yellow and Green

St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP) is a university situated in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, Philippines. It is one of 40 schools owned, managed, and operated by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres (SPC) in the Philippines. It is the only University among the schools of the SPC Sisters in the Philippines, offering basic education to graduate school programs.


The university was established on May 10, 1907, as the Colegio de San Pablo by six nuns from the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres (SPC) led by Mother Ephrem Marie Fieu. The nuns came to the Cagayan Valley region upon the invitation of Bishop Dennis Dougherty. The school was initially hosted inside a Spanish convent adjacent to a cathedral.The institution changed its name to Colegio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in 1909 and later to Sacred Heart of Jesus Institution (SHOJI) in 1925. The school was moved from its previous location in a convent to a separate grounds acquired by the SPC from the Dominican Order due to the increased number of enrollees and the expansion of its curriculum.[1]

During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II in 1941, the school complex used as a military garrison and hospital by the Japanese. The entire campus of the school was razed when the Japanese forces were repelled by the Allied forces.

After the war, the school changed its name to St. Paul College of Tuguegarao (SPCT) in 1948 as part of an initiative to become the first Teacher-Training Institution in Cagayan Valley. The SPCT became the first Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) accredited institution in 1961 when it began offering college education. On January 18, 1965, the entire complex was razed by a fire.[1]

The school became the first university in Cagayan Valley in 1982.[1]

The school received accreditation from more bodies and institutions such as TUV Rheinland which gave the SPUP, ISO 9001 Certification in 2000 and the Asian Association of Schools of Business International in 2014. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines through the Episcopal Commission on Culture (CBCP-ECC) designated the SPUP as a Catholic Center for Culture in 2012.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "SPUP Throughout the Years". St. Paul University Philippines. Retrieved 28 October 2017. 

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