University of San Jose–Recoletos

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University of San Jose–Recoletos
Unibersidad sa San Jose–Rekoletos
Pamantasan ng San Jose–Rekoletos
Universidad de San Jose–Recoletos
University of San Jose – Recoletos (emblem).jpg
Former names
Colegio de San Jose–Recoletos (CSJ–R; 1947-1984)
  • "Breaking Barriers, Empowering Lives"
  • "Caritas et Scientia" (Charity and Science)
  • "Quality Christian Community Oriented Education"
  • "Only the best is good enough for San Jose"
  • "Adelante!"
Type Private, Co-educational
Established 1947
Affiliation Catholic, Recollect
President Rev. Fr. Christopher C. Maspara, OAR
Undergraduates 12,000
Postgraduates 2,000
Location Cebu City, Cebu,  Philippines
Campus Basak Campus, Main Campus, Balamban Campus
Hymn Forward Radiant Children Josenian Jingle
USJ-R Alma Mater Song
Colors      Green
Nickname Josenians, USJ-R Jaguars, SanJo
Sports Shakey's V-League, CESAFI, PRISAA
Mascot Jaguar

The University of San Jose–Recoletos (USJ–R or colloquially shortened to San Jose), formerly known as Colegio de San Jose–Recoletos, is a private research and Catholic university founded in 1947 in Cebu City, Philippines by the Order of Augustinian Recollects. From classes held in an old building and a portion of the convent, the school built modern structures while retaining classic features.

The university has three campuses, two of which are located in different areas of Metro Cebu – the main campus along Corner P. Lopez and Magallanes Sts. and the Basak Campus at Cebu South Road, Basak Pardo, Cebu City. Its third campus, the newly built Balamban Campus, is located in Arpili, a barangay in the Municipality of Balamban (still in the province of Cebu).

About USJ-R[edit]


USJ-R Main Campus facade (classrooms fully air-conditioned)
A top view image of USJ-R main campus

Established by the Order of Augustinian Recollects in Cebu City in 1947, the then Colegio de San Jose - Recoletos held classes in a portion of a convent, which can be traced back on 1621, and in an old building. On July 25, 1948, CSJ-R's second year marked the blessing of the college building in the then Carmelo Street, now Leon Kilat Street. With the rise of the new building, collegiate courses were offered. Liberal Arts, Education, Commerce, Secretarial, Vocational courses and Pianoforte were the first set of courses offered by CSJ-R in the college level.

The Augustinian Recollects decided to construct a new college building designed by architects Imelda Borromeo and Mariano Monasque. The new San Nicolas Building fronting Plaza Washington (now Freedom Park), was inaugurated on July 25, 1950. The year 1950 also witnessed another milestone in education, breaking free from the old system, the school adopted the system of departmentalized colleges appointing one dean for each college.

In 1955, another structure was added to the ever-expanding CSJ-R, the San Agustin Hall was inaugurated on August 28, 1955. Responding to the needs of the ever-increasing student population, the San Agustin Hall Annex was conceived and later inaugurated on March 19, 1960.

In the year 1965, the Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, also known as the Iglesia de los Padres Agustinos Recoletos, was demolished after thorough and emotionally charged deliberations as the conservatives of the church fought for its preservation. On the foundations of the old church, a new church would rise and would become known as the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and was finally blessed on March 18, 1966.

Tragedy struck on March 1967, bringing with it a conflagration which destroyed parts of Colegio de San Jose. The Augustinian Recollects were quick to address this occurrence and by the year 1969, a six-storey building along P. Lopez Street was constructed giving rise to what is now known as the San Jose Building.

The Recoletos Coliseum in Basak Campus

In 1980, CSJ-R bought a new site in Basak Pardo, Cebu City, then built the new building for the grade and high schools, the Recoletos Coliseum, Open Gymnasium and the Pope Paul II Retreat House. In 1996, the Talavera House of Prayer was built in the scenic hills of Quiot Pardo, Cebu City.

June 13, 1981 marked the completion of the CSJ-R Basak Campus; right before achieving university status, school year 1982–1983 saw the transfer of the elementary and high school departments to the CSJ-R Basak Campus. Roughly three years later, the Recoletos Coliseum (now fully air-conditioned) was completed, making June 1984 a significant date for sports enthusiasts.

The Talavera House of Prayer at dusk in Greenbelt Drive, Quiot Pardo, Cebu City

On September 21, 1984, CSJ-R attained university status. Spanning years of accreditation and re-accreditation, USJ-R, PAASCU Level 3, was granted Autonomous by CHED in 2001.

The curricular programs of USJ-R evolved from traditional to innovative course offerings: Arts and Sciences (started as liberal arts in 1947); Commerce and Education (founded in 1948); Engineering (1961); Bachelor of Laws (1957); and the Graduate School (1962). In 2003, the College of Information, Computer and Communications Technology was created. The Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) followed in the same year. On April 1, 2004, the Vertical Alignment of the undergraduate and graduate schools took effect which established five graduate schools: Graduate School of Business and Management, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Information Technology and Computer Studies, Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Engineering.

In June 2004, the B.S. in Nursing started its first operation due to the huge demand of nurses at the time. The university's College of Nursing held its 1st Capping, Badge Investiture and Candle Lighting Ceremony in June 2006 at the Recoletos Coliseum, Basak Campus.

The colonnaded, arched facade of the University of San Jose–Recoletos Main Campus gives it a strong Romanesque appeal

Part of USJ-R’s campaign is the provision of infrastructures and facilities to aid learning. Thus the rise of many school buildings like the Nursing Skills Laboratory, the St. Ezekiel Moreno Building, the International Language Center, the Recoletos Law Center, and the LET and CPA Review Centers were taken into place.

In 2006, the new St. Ezekiel Moreno Building was completely established in the Basak Campus exclusive for the College of Information, Computer and Communications Technology (CICCT) and the College of Education (COE).

USJ-R Basak Campus (St. Ezekiel Moreno Building)

USJ-R had also opened some of the latest programs: Doctor of Philosophy in English, Master of Arts in Education major in Guidance and Counseling, Master of Media Studies with specialization in Broadcast Media and Journalism, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Diploma in advance program in Special Education and the English Language Program for foreign and Filipino students.

The years that followed gave the school opportunities to expand. On November 28, 1998, the 52nd General Chapter held in Granada, Spain, voted for the creation of a new Religious Province in the Philippines dedicated to St. Ezekiel Moreno, OAR. The Recollect Philippine Province, where USJ-R belongs, now stands as the eighth regional cluster of communities of the Order of Augustinian Recollect worldwide.[1]

Furthermore, the USJ-R partnered with the Cebu Industrial Park Developers, Inc. and Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Inc., in the establishment of USJ-R Balamban Campus in the Municipality of Balamban, Cebu and inaugurated on June 22, 2009.[2]


The academic and curricular programs below are offered by the different colleges of the university, the following are :

  • Basic education:
    • Grade school (Kindergarten and Grades 1-6)
    • Junior high school (Grades 7-10)
    • Senior high school (Grades 11-12)
  • Baccalaureate/undergraduate programs:
    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Commerce
    • College of Education
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Information, Computer and Communications Technology (CICCT)
    • College of Nursing
  • Graduate school:
    • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    • Graduate School of Business Management and Administration
    • Graduate School of Engineering
    • Graduate School of Education
    • Graduate School of Information, Computer and Communications Technology
  • Law:
    • School of Law
  • TESDA-accredited programs:
    • Recoletos Industrial and Technological Training Center (RITTC)


Main Campus[edit]

Location: Corner P. Lopez and Magallanes Sts., Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Departments and Colleges: College of Arts & Sciences; College of Commerce; College of Engineering; College of Nursing; School of Law; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Graduate School of Business Management and Administration; Graduate School of Engineering; Senior High School
  • San Jose Building
  • San Agustin Building
  • San Nicolas Building
  • Mount Carmel Building

Basak Campus[edit]

Location: Cebu South Road, Basak Pardo, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Departments and Colleges: Basic Education Department; Senior High School; College of Education; College of Information, Computer and Communications Technology; Graduate School of Education; Graduate School of Information, Computer and Communications Technology; RITTC
  • St. Pius X Building
  • Our Lady of Consolation Building
  • Saint Ezekiel Moreno Building
  • The Recoletos Coliseum

USJ-R's Basak Campus houses the Recoletos Coliseum and a soccer field. Intramural events are mostly done in Basak Campus. The soccer field also serves as marching and demonstration ground for boy scouts, girl scouts, and students undergoing civic welfare and reserve officers training.

USJ-R Balamban Campus blueprint in 2008 (pre-opening)

Balamban Campus[edit]

Location: Arpili, Balamban, Cebu, Philippines
Departments and Colleges: Basic Education Department; Senior High School; College of Engineering; College of Nursing; RITTC

The Balamban Campus hosts a gymnasium, a separate building for the chapel and another for the auditorium. A swimming pool and open gym were also constructed. In addition to this, an exclusive dormitory named The Nicopolis was constructed in the Balamban Campus. Buildings for the high school, grade school and college departments were also constructed.

Administrators (2015–present)[edit]

  • Rev. Fr. Cristopher C. Maspara, OAR (University President)
  • Rev. Fr. James T. Bumangabang, OAR (VP – Academics)
  • Rev. Fr. Emilio P. Jaruda, Jr. OAR (VP – Administration)
  • Rev. Fr. Nestor C. Raras, OAR (VP – Students Welfare)
  • Rev. Fr. Vicente L. Ramon, Jr., OAR (VP – Business and Finance; concurrently Recoletos de Cebu Community Prior)
  • Rev. Fr. Niño Cesar R. Ruiz, OAR (VP – Religious Affairs)
  • Rev. Fr. Hernando D. Coja, OAR (Director, Center for Religious Education and NSTP)
  • Rev. Fr. Rellyric G. delos Santos, OAR (Director, Campus Ministry Office)
  • Bro. Jaazeal Jakosalem, OAR (Property Administrator; concurrently Director, Disaster and Environmental Management and Community Outreach Program)

Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR) sister schools[3][edit]

St. Ezekiel D. Moreno, OAR, USJ-R's patron saint

Seminary and Formation Houses[edit]


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  2. ^ USJ-R Celebrating 25 Years as a University: 2009 Souvenir Program /
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