University of the Visayas

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University of the Visayas
Unibersidad sa Bisayas
University of the Visayas.jpg
Former names
Visayan Institute (1919-1948)
Motto Amor, Servitium, Humanitas
Motto in English
"Love, Leadership and Service to Humanity"
Type Private
Established 1919
Founder Vicente Gullas
President Eduardo R. Gullas, Ll.B., D.P.A.
Students 35,000 in the Main Campus and 20,000 more distributed among the satellite campuses located in Cebu
Location Cebu City, Cebu, PhilippinesPhilippines
Campus Main campus and several other satellite campuses within Cebu City and Cebu province
Colors Green and White         
Nickname Green Lancer and Visayanian
Mascot Green Lancer
Affiliations CHED, DNV, PACU-COA

The University of the Visayas (UV) is an educational institution located at Cebu City, Philippines. It was the first school in the province of Cebu to gain university status.

Campuses and location[edit]

The University of the Visayas is an eight-campus, province-wide system of higher education and lower level laboratory schools.

University of the Visayas Main Campus along Colon Street, Cebu City. Colon Street is known to be the oldest street in the country.

There are two campuses in Cebu City: the main campus occupying almost one city block bounded by Colon, D. Jakosalem and Sanciangko Streets and a laboratory high school in Pardo. The main campus has six multi-storey buildings including a gymnasium.

The Gullas Medical Center is located at Banilad, Mandaue City. It houses the Vicente Gullas Memorial Hospital, the Gullas College of Medicine, the UV College of Nursing, the Gullas College of Dentistry, VIP Gullas College of Music, the Tan Kim Ching Cancer Center and the up-coming Cosmetic Surgery Center including other health-related courses. Vicente Gullas Memorial Hospital is a 100-bed tertiary care hospital accredited by PhilHealth.

The campus in Punta Engano, Lapulapu City, has a port for the Maritime College's practical training at sea.

Other campuses are in the cities of Mandaue, Toledo and in the towns of Dalaguete, Minglanilla and Compostela in the province of Cebu.


The University of the Visayas was founded by the late Don Vicente A. Gullas in 1919 as the Visayan Institute (V.I.) in Cebu City. The second World War razed to the ground the physical facilities of the V.I. at its original site. Undaunted by adversities, Don Vicente reopened classes in Argao, Cebu in 1946. A year later the V.I. moved back to its present site in Colon Street, Cebu City.

As early as its founding, the V.I. had pioneered in education innovations to provide equal education opportunities for those who have the capability and the desire for improving themselves. It was the first to conduct night school class for working students in Cebu City in the 1940s. The “study now pay later plan” had been a practice at the V.I. long before it was adopted by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) in the 1980s.

In 1948, the Visayan Institute was awarded university status, the first to become a university in Cebu, and was renamed the University of the Visayas. Since then the expansion in its baccalaureate and post graduate course offerings and in its physical facilities has been phenomenal. From an initial enrollment of 37 students the V.I. evolved into a university with an enrollment of 30,000 distributed throughout its campuses. Its alumni have distinguished themselves in government service and public administration, and in the professions of law, engineering and architecture, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, education, criminology, maritime and nautical, computer studies as well as in sports and the arts.


The University of the Visayas is the center of excellence that inspired faith in the Almighty love, leadership and service to humanity.


While it nurtures academic excellence, it also works for the enhancement of high level professions and middle-level careers relevant to community development and the socio-economic needs of the country.

Colors and seal[edit]

The University of the Visayas colors are green and white. The corporate seal of the university is circular with the following inscriptions within the circle:

  • University of the Visayas: Cebu City
  • Amor Servitium Humanitas
  • First University in Cebu: Founded 1919

The main shield of the seal features an open book, a torch of knowledge and the shrine of the Magellan's cross, a landmark of the City of Cebu.

Pioneering programs[edit]

  • First to offer “study now pay later plan” to poor but deserving students (1965–1975).
  • First to grant scholarship programs to ordinary government employees, public school teachers and administrators, military personnel and poor disabled students.
  • First to institutionalize Community Organizing Participative Action Research (COPAR) for Community Extension Program.
  • First to establish academic-based Public Employment Office (PESO) for placement and job training of graduates at its satellite schools.
  • First to establish International linkages with Stitching Zorginstellenger Rinjswijk Nursing Homes in Netherlands for exchange training programs and employment of nursing alumni and Nursing Resources in the San Francisco Bay, USA, for scholarship and sponsorship of top 10% of nursing graduates every year for employment and immigration in the area.
  • First to establish the Bachelor in Music (BM) in Cebu.

Notable Visayanian alumni[edit]

  • Justice Portia Hormochuelos (presiding justice of the Court of Appeals)[citation needed]
  • Justice Pampio Abu Abarintos (associate justice of the Court of Appeals)
  • Cerge Remonde
  • Dr. Jose R. Gullas (Freeman chairman and UV executive vice president)
  • Eduardo Gullas
  • Eddie O. Barrita (Lawyer, Philippines News Agency Cebu bureau chief)[1]
  • Fred Sipalay Jr. (practicing lawyer)
  • Felix Matuguina
  • Dr. Eladio Dioko (retired Central Visayas education director)
  • Fritz Quiñanola (lawyer and retired regional police director and general)
  • Dr. Susana B. Cabahug (retired education regional director)
  • Benjamin Aliño
  • Reynoso A. Belarmino (retired executive labor arbiter)[2]
  • Erlindo O. Constantino (literary critic and author)
  • Judge Agustin A. Vestil
  • Solomon Baclayon
  • Jerry Tundag (The Freeman's editor-in-chief)[3]
  • Francisco Malilong (lawyer and Sunstar Cebu's columnist)
  • Elias Espinoza (lawyer and Sunstar Cebu's columnist)
  • Jesse Bacon (Daily Tribune)
  • Judge Romulo Senining (retired judge)[4]
  • Eleonor Elape Valeros (The Freeman copywriter and columnist)[5]
  • Ruben Licera Jr (Cebu Blogging Community founder, ProBlogger, Digital Marketer)[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]
  • Khalil Dimaporo Sultan (DPWH District Engineer 1st District, Lanao Del Norte)
  • Meneleo Pascual
  • Estrella C. Navarro, Ed.D (Dean. College of Arts in Sciences)
  • Nicolas P. Tura, Ph.D
  • Elmer 'Boy' Cabahug (retired PBA player)
  • Arnulfo "Arnie" Tuadles✝ (retired PBA player)
  • Richard Abangan (Prosecutor, City of Carcar)
  • Dr. Veronica Abangan (Filipino Chair, Cebu Doctor's University Main Campus and Sto. Nino Review Center)
  • Dr. Recla Lakambini M.D. (Pediatrician in Aston, Pennsylvania. Residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Member of American Association of Pediatricians)
  • Greg Slaughter, PBA basketball player
  • Januario Agravante Jr. (Lawyer and Late mayor of Badian, Cebu; a position he held for 22 years)[13]
  • Dr. Rosein A. Ancheta Jr. (President, Cebu Technological University)

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Coordinates: 10°17′53″N 123°54′06″E / 10.29806°N 123.90167°E / 10.29806; 123.90167