University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos

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University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos
Pamantasan ng Kanlurang Negros – Rekoletos
The official seal of the University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos
Seal of the University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos
Former names
  • Occidental Negros Institute
  • University of Negros Occidental
Motto Caritas et Scientia
Motto in English
Love and Knowledge
Type Private
Established 1941
Affiliation Roman Catholic, Recoletos
President Rev. Fr. Eduardo S. Celiz, Jr., OAR[1]
Administrative staff
Approximately 500
Location Bacolod, Philippines
Campus 15 hectares, Urban
Colors          Blue and Gold
Athletics NOPSSCEA
Nickname UNO-Rians, Rams
Mascot Golden Ram

The University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos (UNO-Recoletos, Filipino: Pamantasan ng Kanlurang Negros – Rekoletos, colloquially UNO-R), is a private, Roman Catholic university founded on 1941 in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines and administered by the Order of Augustinian Recollects.

The University was granted "autonomous status" by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for five years[2] while its College of Arts and Sciences was granted Level III accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).[3] CHED also granted the university’s College of Engineering and College of Information Technology the distinction as Centers of Development and Excellence in their Electrical Engineering and Information Technology courses respectively.[4] The university was also granted with Category A(t) by the Institutional Quality Assurance through Monitoring and Evaluation (IQuAME).


The UNO-R Administration building façade.

The University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos was founded in 1941 in Talisay, Negros Occidental by Dr. Antonio A. Lizares and Dr. Francisco Kilayko. Then known as Occidental Negros Institute, the school offered first and second years of high school education. Upon the outbreak of World War II in the Philippines in December of that same year, the institute closed temporarily.[5]

Occidental Negros Institute was re-established in Bacolod in 1946, this time offering elementary, high school and three tertiary degree programs. The campus transferred from Locsin street (formerly Smith Street) to Lupit Subdivision in Lizares Avenue, its present site, in 1950. Dr. Antonio Lizares served as the school's first President with Dr. Francisco Kilayko as the School Director.[6]

On May 15, 1957, ONI was elevated to university status by the Acting Secretary of Education, Martin V. Aguilar, Jr. ONI became the University of Negros Occidental, the first university in the province. Five years later, on May 25, 1962, UNO was acquired by the Augustinian Recollect friars. UNO became the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos with Fr. Federico Terradillos, OAR, as the first acting Rector.[7]


Vision Statement[edit]

Mission Statement[edit]


The University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos translates its mission statement into the following four domains of schooling:

1.) Academic: Continuing education with religion as the core to qualified persons with preferential option for the poor from elementary to the graduate levels;
2.) Non-Academic: Opening of opportunities for the development of skills and talents in the areas of sports and cultural endeavors;
3.) Community Extension: Complementation of the study programs with inter-disciplinary outreach projects that will enable the academic community to be involved in the promotion of the total development of man;
4.) Research: Enrichment of existing academic programs and broadening of knowledge through functional, ethical researches for the authentic good individuals and the society.


At the end of the formation, the students are expected to be:

  • Spiritually sound individuals who are CHRIST-centered and MARIAN- inspired;
  • Intellectually cultured individuals who are able to rationally and eloquently communicate their ideas and appreciate the arts as reflections of the infinite beauty of God;
  • Morally healthy individuals who can weigh values with great sense of accountability;
  • Physically healthy individuals who give due respect to the body, keeping it fit as a temple of the HOLY SPIRIT;
  • Culturally conscious individuals who value heritage earned by past generations, enriching it by promoting desirable traditions and rendering authentic service to the Church and the country for the common good;
  • Socially concerned individuals who are sensitive and responsive to the needs of the marginalized sector of the community and the society;
  • Technically proficient individuals who are superior in useful skills in the practice of professions; and
  • Scholarly leaders of science who extend the frontiers of knowledge through experimentation and verification bringing about a deeper evaluation of problems that will make them see profoundly the synthesis of faith, reason, culture and life.

Core Values[edit]

  • S.I.M.P.L.E
    • Service & Community Life
    • Interiority
    • Marian & Moral Integrity
    • Peace and Justice
    • Love
    • (Passion for) Excellence


UNO-R offers pre-school, elementary, secondary (junior & senior high), undergraduate and graduate level programs. It has seven academic colleges namely:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Accountancy
  • College of Criminal Justice Education
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Information Technology
  • College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences

UNO-R also houses a Technical Education Department (6-month Health Caregiver Course), a School of Law and a graduate school named the Recoletos de Bacolod Graduate School.

Patron Saint[edit]

Nicholas of Tolentino, Pietro Perugino, 1507, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

The university's patron saint is Nicholas of Tolentino. Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, known as the Patron of Holy Souls, was born at Sant' Angelo, near Fermo, in Italy in the March of Ancona, around 1246. His parents, Compagnonus de Guarutti and Amata de Guidiani, were originally unable to have a child, but after praying at a shrine of St. Nicholas of Myra, Amata became pregnant, and they named their son after the saint.

The university's student publication, the Tolentine Star, pays homage to the saint.

OAR sister schools[edit]

Seminary and Formation Houses[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ UNO-R. "FR. CELIZ IS THE NEW PRESIDENT". University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos website. UNO-Recoletos. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "UNO – R Granted Autonomous Status by CHED". 2 April 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  3. ^ UNO-R. "College of Arts and Sciences". University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos website. University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos website. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  4. ^ CHED. "Centers of Excellence/Development (COE/COD)". CHED website. CHED. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Faraon, Lopez. "A Recoleto Legacy". UNO - Recoletos website. UNO - Recoletos. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Faraon, Lopez. "A Recoleto Legacy". UNO - Recoletos website. UNO - Recoletos. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Faraon, Lopez. "A Recoleto Legacy". UNO - Recoletos website. UNO - Recoletos. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 

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