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Wesleyan University - Philippines
Pamantasang Wesleyan sa Pilipinas
Wesleyan University Philippines (seal).png
Former names
Philippine Wesleyan College
Motto Scholarship, Character, Service
Type Private, Non-Sectarian, Wesleyan
Established July 1, 1946
Affiliation United Methodist Church
President Mr. Pacifico B. Aniag
Vice-president Dr. Estrella C. Buenaventura.
(VP for Academic Affairs)
Rev. Dr. Homer Wesley O. Refuerzo.
(VP for Theological Education)
Dean Dr. Estrella C. Buenaventura.
(Graduate School)
Dr. Michael P. Fronda.
(College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Maria Victoria C. Mones.
(College of Business and Accountancy)
Dr. Wilfredo C. Ramos.
(College of Nursing and Allied Medical Sciences)
Dr. Gladys Mangiduyos.
(College of Education)
Dr. Maridel V. Eslao.
(College of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management))
Prof. Mercenario I. Santos.
(OIC, College of Criminal Justice Education)
Prof. Randy Y. Sansait.
(OIC, College of Computer Studies))
Engr. Ryan John L. de Lara.
(OIC, College of Engineering))
Prof. Tita C. Agsunod.
(High School Department))
Prof. Lucille Grace C. Hilario.
(Elementary Department))
Location Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
Campus Cushman Campus
Aurora Extension Campus
Hymn Wesleyan Hymn
Colors Green and Yellow         
Nickname Wesley Riders
Mascot Riders
Website www.wesleyan.edu.ph

Wesleyan University-Philippines (WU-P) is a private, non-stock, non-profit and non-sectarian university located in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines and run by the United Methodist Church (UMC). Founded in 1946 as the Philippine Wesleyan College, it is named after John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. The university offers pre-elementary, grade school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs.[1] It also initiated the SHARE (Studentship Assistance for the Handicapped and their Rehabilitation through Education) program, the first school in Central Luzon to integrate hearing-impaired students into mainstream classes.[2]

The University was granted a five-year autonomy by the Commission on Higher Education effective March 11, 2009.[3]

Its acronym may be written as WUP or WU-P. It is one of the four 'Knowledge Eagle Universities of Nueva Ecija.'


Wesleyan University - Philippines was opened in 1946 by a group of Methodist laymen led by Carlos Mañacop, Sr. as a response to the Novo Ecijanos' difficulty in sending their children to schools in Metro Manila. Plans for the creation of a Christian institution of higher learning in Cabanatuan City was then set forth, and on July 1 the group officially established a school, called the Philippine Wesleyan College (PWC) in honor of the founder of Methodism, in a building made up of bamboo fronds that housed a first batch of 368 Liberal Arts and Teacher Education enrolees taught by a 19-member faculty. The PWC was incorporated on April 28, 1948.


The demonym "Wesleyanian" is a unique word coinage which originated from WU-P. The term has been around for decades, though its use is regarded as traditional rather than official, and exclusive only to the university's academic and administrative community. Here the term "Wesleyan" is considered a general noun instead of an adjective, therefore requiring the use of the suffix -ian in order to convert it into its gentilic form. Though the subject of an ongoing linguistic and grammatical debate for being a bizarre form of a suffixed noun affixed with a second suffix, the term nonetheless gained wide if not universal currency among students and professors, that even a secondary publication was named "The Wesleyanian" and the term has been used repeatedly to refer to its community in a number of publications, speeches and even in official documents. WU-P is the only Wesleyan institution in the world which refers to its affiliates as "Wesleyanians."


At present, 11 administrators have taken turns in the university's presidency. Currently the president is elected by the Board of Trustees from among its ranks, with general concurrence obtained from the College of Bishops of the Philippine Central Conference of the United Methodist Church in the Philippines.

Seq. Name of President Term of Office Known For
1 Dionisio Deista Alejandro 1946-1947 The first Filipino Bishop of the United Methodist Church of the Philippines, elected in 1944.[4]
2 Carlos Mañacop, Sr. 1947-1952 Founder of WU-P.
3 Roxy Lefforge 1952-1954 Also became the executive dean of the Philippine Christian College in Manila.
4 Asuncion Perez 1954-1967 First Filipino woman to hold a cabinet position as Social Welfare secretary and administrator from 1948 to 1953, as well as one of the original board of trustees of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement.
5 Fidel P. Galang 1967-1970
6 Gloria D. Lacson 1970-1993 Former dean of the Mary Johnston College of Nursing of the then Philippine Christian College and a retired Colonel of the Nursing Corps of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
7 Emmanuel G. Cleto 1993-1994; 1994-2001 (OIC) Former judge and commissioner of the Civil Service Commission. Acted as WU-P's officer-in-charge from December 4, 1993 to March 20, 1994. Appointed as acting president by WU-P Board of Trustees in 1994 to 2001.
8 Zenaida Lumba 2001-2004 Former president of Harris Memorial College.
9 Guillermo T. Maglaya 2004-2009 Former National Bureau of Investigation and Ninoy Aquino International Airport administrator. Acted as officer-in-charge in 2004 and formally installed as president in 2005.
10 Manuel G. Palomo 2009-2011 Businessman; former college dean in the university from the 80s; only WUP alumnus who became President
11 Pacifico B. Aniag 2011–present Was member of the Board of Trustees during previous administrations; board member of the neighboring province of Bulacan.


High School Building
Statue of John Wesley stands prominently at the J.W. Park adjacent to the Administration Building.
Computer Science Building

Under the administrations of Carlos Mañacop, Roxy Lefforge and Asuncion Perez Wesleyan posted its first rapid growth. Mañacop was able to bring an unprecedented increase in enrollment due to the addition of new courses, while a U-shaped concrete four-story building was constructed during the time of Perez at Del Pilar Street.

Since then PWC began its growth in terms of academic and community outreach programs, physical plant and facilities, student population and campus area. Bishop Ralph Cushman’s cash donation to purchase three hectares of land spurred an outpouring of philanthropic backings that led to more areas of expansion, which included a two-hectare land donation by the Garcia family. Years later, a German Protestant organization donated funds used to construct the Academic and EZE buildings at the new Cushman Campus.

During Lacson's term many other improvements took place. Being the first president of Wesleyan as a university and the first administrator to have her office at the Cushman Campus, she oversaw the completion of the three-story EZE building which now houses the College of Education, as well as the Carlos Mañacop building next to EZE Building which houses the College of Business and Accountancy and the College of Arts and Sciences. The four-story concrete Library and Research Building, the High School Building and the Administration Building which bears her name were likewise opened in less than a decade. A concrete two-story building for the College of Engineering was also built in the new campus. Some new courses were offered and the Graduate School was opened.

Philippine Wesleyan College was awarded university status and became Wesleyan University-Philippines (WUP) on April 24, 1978.[5]

In 1982, the university prepared a ten-year development plan (1982–1992) which prioritized the transferring of the entire university to the all-new Cushman Campus, a goal which was accomplished a year ahead of schedule.

This period of infrastructural development continued under the presidency of Cleto, who pushed for the construction of the D.D. Alejandro Hall, a five-story concrete building in front of the High School Department where classes of the College of Computer Studies are held. Cleto also executed the construction of the five-story concrete dormitory at the southern part of the campus, while at the north a three-story concrete building was completed to accommodate the Pre-school and Elementary School departments.

During the year 2000, the university later merged with Aurora Wesleyan College which was established Methodist missionaries Richard and Eva Wehrman in the late 60s. The college later called itself Wesleyan University- Philippines - Aurora and started offering more courses.

Under Lumba, the building for the College of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (CHRIM), the CHRIM Mini Hotel and the Graduate School rose. The renovation of the University Gate was completed and the John Wesley Park, where the life-sized statue of John Wesley created by TOYM-awardee Juan Sajid de Leon stands, was inaugurated.

Since then, the university has increased in the number of courses and programs it offers. Courses such as Nursing, Social Work, Nutrition, Agriculture, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Graduate Courses in Business Administration and a doctoral program were added. The Computer Science, BS in Criminology, and BS in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management courses have been recently recognized by the Commission on Higher Education. The university also offers courses in Medical Technology (BSMT), Radiologic Technology (BSRT) and Information Technology (BSIT).[6]

In 2015, the College of Law was inaugurated with former human rights lawyer and party-list congressman JV Bautista as its first dean. The new law school houses a complete updated set of Supreme Court Reports Annotated (SCRA) and its electronic or e-SCRA version, as well as textbooks and commentaries of leading authorities in the field. The law library contains more than 800 volumes of law books.[7]

During the administration of Maglaya the WU-P Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center and Medical Center (now renamed the Wesleyan University General Hospital and Cardiovascular Center or WUGHCC) was opened. Dubbed "The Heart Center of the North" and intended chiefly for handling cardiovascular cases, the hospital boasts of the same expertise, equipment and facilities as those provided at the Philippine Heart Center (PHC), but charges lower fees compared to the latter. It had its first successful heart operation on May 18, 2007 on a tricycle driver whose valve was replaced with a metallic prosthetic valve.[8]

Infrastructural improvements during Palomo's administration includes the opening of the HRIM laboratory and the deployment of WiFi connectivity all over the campus.


The university has two campuses in Central Luzon Visayas Mindanao: the Cushman Campus and Aurora Extension Campus.

Cushman Campus is a more than seven-hectare area donated by Methodist Bishop Ralph Cushman located at Cabanatuan City, the campus was established as the university's center of operation after transferring from the dilapidated Del Pilar Street campus; more than 30 buildings were constructed since the establishment of Cushman Campus. The Aurora Extension Campus located at Maria Aurora, Aurora rose as the Aurora Wesleyan College initiated by Methodist missionaries during the late 80's. Aurora Wesleyan College was later acquired and developed to be WU-P's first campus outside Nueva Ecija.

Academic programs[edit]

WU-P offers basic education programs (from pre-school to secondary) and a tertiary program which enrolment comprises majority of the university's student population. It has ten colleges, namely the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Computer Studies, College of Nursing, College of Allied Medical and Health Courses, College of Criminal Justice Education, College of Education and Social Work, College of Business and Accountancy, College of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management, College of Technology and the College of Law [9] in addition to the Graduate School, which confers graduate and postgraduate degrees on a number of majors.

Accreditation and recognition[edit]

The University operates five programs with Level II Accreditation Status as certified by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) and the Association of Christian Schools and Colleges Accrediting Agency, Inc. (ACSC-AAI). These programs are the pre-school, elementary, high school, Accountancy and the Graduate School. The Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Business Administration enjoy Level III Accreditation status.

In 1990-1991, Wesleyan University-Philippines was identified by the Philippine Association for Teacher Education (PAFTE) as the regional center for Teacher Education. The College of Education serves also as a Teacher-Training Institution (TTI) for the training of secondary Science and Mathematics teachers.

In 1991-1992, WU-P was nominated by the DECS Regional Office III as one of the so-called "excellent schools" in Region III. Likewise, the Philippine Historical Association named WU-P a Regional Nucleus School. The university serves as the seat of the non-government organizations (NGOs) forum in Nueva Ecija and the center for Drug Prevention Education in the province. The College of Technology is a Center of Development for Region III, a recognition granted by the Commission on Higher Education III (CHED III).

The Commission on Higher Education granted the university a Deregulated Status in 2004. In the most recent evaluation conducted in 2005 by the Commission on Higher Education, the WU-P Graduate School was rated "very good," besting all other schools in Region III including state universities and colleges.

The university has been granted a five-year autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) effective March 11, 2009. An autonomous status allows universities to design their own curricula, offer new programs and put up branches or satellite campuses without having to secure permits, confer honorary degrees, and carry out operations without much interference from CHEd.[10] It is the fourth private school to be granted autonomy in Central Luzon, joining a list of 22 other autonomous private schools nationwide that include Ateneo de Manila, De La Salle, Assumption College, Miriam College Foundation, St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City, University of Santo Tomas and Centro Escolar University, among others.[11]

Student life[edit]

Student leadership and clubs[edit]

Side entrance of the Computer Studies Building which houses the Office of the Student Affairs, WUPFSA Office, Tactical Office, Genre Office at Level 1 and DWUP FM Station at Level 5.

The Supreme Student Council (SSC) is the central governing body of the WUP student population. It began in AY 2009-2010 to consolidate the student councils of all colleges, which then had separate governors to administer respective affairs.[12] The university is also known for the achievements of its students or alumni. At least three Wesleyan students became Ayala Young Leaders while one alumnus, Jerome M. Dayao, was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) for 2006 in the field of medicine.[13] Dayao was the first TOSP awardee in the Central Luzon Region. He was the editor-in-chief of Genré, the central student publication of WU-P from 2005 to 2006. Three other editors of the publication became finalists of TOSP. Orlando Zarate Jr., Governor of Nursing Students Organization 2008-2009 was chosen in 2009 as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Nursing Students in the Philippines.

There are at least more than 35 active tertiary-level minor organizations in the university, each acting under the supervision of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA). Some tertiary-level clubs chartered as student arms are the Red Cross Youth (Red Cross Intl.), College-Y (YMCA), JPIA, JFINEX, JATO, JBAP, SaveMe Movement, Every Nation Youth Ministries, Campus Youth Ministry, Service for Peace Club, Solely Indispensable Nursing Arts Guild (SINAG, Foreign/International Students Organization and the International Youth Fellowship (IYF), Kabataang Pangarap ni Rizal (KaPaRiz) among others. Meanwhile, root organizations have been established by students as well. The university has a chorale group and a stage-performing club, the Telon.[14]

Fraternities are not recognized by the WU-P administration, but there are a few underground brotherhood such as the Tau Gamma Phi, Alpha Phi Omega, Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Phi, Delta Phi Omicron, Samahang Ilokano etc. The university's ROTC corps also has their own "sabre and rifle" association as well.


Magazines, Newsletters and Folio

Formerly named The Chronicle, Genré is the central student publication of the university. Apart from the central paper, the College of Nursing also has its own official college publication named The Impulse, as well a school organ for elementary pupils ("The Graders") and student publication for secondary students ("The Wesleyanian"). The university also issues the Wesleyan Updates, the only publication which is not edited by the students.

The central publication Genré usually issues a newsletter and/or magazine edition during the first semester, and another newsletter and/or literary folio during the second semester (frequency of publication is determined according to editorial preference and budget). The editors and staff writers are known for their achievements in press congresses and other major off-campus competitions and award-giving bodies. For years it had been the berth of Ayala Young Leaders and TOSP nominees and winners.

As a journalistic publication, Genré enjoys editorial independence. Members of the editorial board and staff are selected through a competitive entrance examination administered by the adviser every June or July. The adviser (currently Dr. Elgin S. Paguirigan) is the only personnel designated by the OSA to handle the publication. Formerly selection does not exceed 16 staffers and members of the editorial board, though at present membership has risen to accommodate a wide range of campus and off-campus news and events coverage. Genré has also established college publications namely: The Scribe (College of Arts and Sciences), The Ledger (College of Business and Accountancy), Viewpoint (College of Education), Current (College of Engineering), Concierge (College of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management), Database (College of Computer Studies) and Plaintiff (College of Criminal Justice Education).[15]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ben G. Domingo - Journalism professor, mountain climber, and sportsman; first Filipino accredited as international referee by the Badminton World Federation and the Badminton Asia Confederation.[16]
  • Rowena Festin - Writer, winner of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature [17]
  • Patricia Llena - Power lifter and Youth Olympic Gold Medalist[18]
  • Jaime J. Bautista – President/CEO, Philippines Airlines and vice chair of the University of the East's (UE) Board of Trustees.[19]
  • Dr. Proceso T. Domingo – Undersecretary, Department of National Defense[20]
  • Dr. Hilario C. Ortiz – President, Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST)
  • Sofronio R. Mina Jr. – Technical Support Specialist, ICT Department,Wesleyan University-Philippines
  • Jose Gamboa, Jr. – Bishop, United Methodist Church[21]
  • Solito K. Toquero – Bishop, United Methodist Church[22]
  • Mildred T. Ancheta – 2006 Ten Outstanding Principals of the Philippines Awardee[23]
  • Elenita Bautista-Malicse - Outstanding Filipino Nurse Award - Nurse Educator Category
  • Elaine Cris N. delos Reyes - 2008 Ayala Young Leader
  • Jerome Dayao - 2006 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines awardee
  • Luzviminda Gutierrez-Palad - Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan Houston (PNAMH) Outstanding Filipino Nurse (OFN) Award - Nurse Researcher Category
  • Rose Marielle C. Mamaclay - 2008 World Championships of the Performing Arts gold multi-medalist[24][25]
  • Marybeth Ortiz – 2008 Most Outstanding Social Welfare and Development Officers awardee
  • Emmy-Lou del Rosario-Sanchez – 2007 Wales Care Awards Nurse of the Year
  • Rosalyn "Sirikit" Santiago – 2006 Bb. Pilipinas First Runner-up
  • Orlando V. Zarate, Jr. - 2008 Ten Most Outstanding Student Nurses of the Philippines
  • Melchor O. Camiling - News Correspondent - ABS-CBN Balitang Middle East aired over TFC and ANC.
  • Yen Santos - ABS-CBN Contract Artist - Actress

Honorary Alumni[edit]


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