Don Bosco Technical College

Don Bosco Technical College
Don Bosco Mandaluyong Logo.svg
Former names
Don Bosco Technical Institute-Mandaluyong
MottoAscende Superius (Latin)
Motto in English
Come Up to a Higher Place
EstablishedJune 2, 1953
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
Academic affiliations
PAASCU, TESDA, UKAS, Moody International IUS the Moody International UKAS
RectorFr. Vitaliano Dimaranan, SDB
DeanEngr. Winston Dereje
Vice-RectorFr. Demetrio Carmona, SDB
Academic staff
Approx. 300
StudentsApprox. 6,000
736 General Kalentong Street Mandaluyong City
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CampusUrban, 40,000 m²
Colors     Navy blue
Sporting affiliations
NCAA (Phil.) South, MILO Best Pasarelle, PRADA, CEAP, PAYA
MascotDon Bosco Grey Wolf named Grigio

Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC or Don Bosco Mandaluyong) is a private Catholic educational institution in Manila, Philippines, owned and operated by the Salesians of Don Bosco. Don Bosco Mandaluyong offers all-boys elementary education, all-boys junior high school, co-educational senior high school, co-educational tertiary education, night school (alternative learning system), and vocational training for out-of-school youth. Established in 1953, Don Bosco Mandaluyong is the first Don Bosco Educational Center in Metro Manila.

The college department was formerly exclusive for males until 2004, when the department made history by accepting female students. Following the nationwide implementation of K-12, DBTC implemented the co-educational senior high school program in 2016.

It is part of the IUS or the Istituzioni Universitarie Salesiane (Salesian University Institutions), the Don Bosco Educational Apostolate of the Philippines and the Don Bosco Philippines North Province (DB-FIN). Don Bosco Mandaluyong was awarded the ISO 9001:2000 certification (Certificate No. 6720) by Moody International Certification (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and United Kingdom Accreditation Service.

Don Bosco Mandaluyong is envisaged as one of the "big three" schools in Mandaluyong City, together with La Salle Green Hills and Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, which also offer all-boys elementary and secondary education. DBTC is deemed as the "motherhouse of all Salesian works in the Philippines," making it the premier Salesian institution for higher learning in the country.[1] Its campus is located at 736 General Kalentong Street in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines.


Rectors of Don Bosco Mandaluyong
  Fr. Aloysius Ferrari, SDB (1953–1956)
  Fr. Pierangelo Quaranta, SDB (1956–1964)
  Fr. George Schwarz, SDB (1964–1967)
  Fr. John Clifford, SDB (1967–1969)
  Fr. William Balocco, SDB (1969–1971)
  Fr. Agustin Lopez, SDB (1971–1977)
  Fr. Francesco Panfilo, SDB (1977–1985)
  Fr. Luciano Capelli, SDB (1985–1991)
  Fr. Precioso Cantillas, SDB (1991–1992)
  Fr. Rolo Alcasid, SDB (1992–1997)
  Fr. Luisito Castañeda, SDB (1997–2002)
  Fr. Eligio Cruz, SDB (2002–2008)
  Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB (2008–2014)
  Fr. Vitaliano Dimaranan, SDB (2014–present)

18th-19th centuries[edit]

Don Bosco Technical College stands on historic grounds. The 18th-century Spanish building (1716) at the heart of the campus is a testimony to events that led to the 1896 uprising of the country's patriots, the Katipuneros, against the Spanish colonizers.

The building later became the Asilo de Mandaloya, an orphanage where Mother Consuelo Barcelo y Pages stayed for 16 years (1883–1899). She co-founded the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation.

20th century[edit]

Early in the 20th century, the building became the San Carlos Seminary, home for the formation of the local clergy. One of them was Rufino Cardinal Santos, the first Filipino cardinal of the Church.

Don Bosco Mandaluyong opened as a school aptly named "Don Bosco Technical Institute–Mandaluyong" on 2 June 1953 with 47 first-year high school students.

Present day[edit]

Since its foundation, Don Bosco Mandaluyong has grown into a complex setting that serves almost 4,000 students and 40,000 parishioners. Its services include the Basic Education Department, College Department, Industrial Technicians Course, Manpower Skills and Training Center, Center for Research and Training, Information Systems and Technology Center, Don Bosco Youth Center, St. Dominic Savio Parish, and Pinardi Boarding House.


The logo used by Don Bosco Mandaluyong in 2007.

The seal is bordered on top by the school's motto: Ascende Superius, which means "come up to a higher place".

At the center of the seal is a cross, symbolizing the primacy of Christian Catholic education and formation of the institution. The cross rests on a salakot - a traditional Filipino hat - to signify the distinct Filipino character.

Between the horizontal section of the cross and the salakot is the founding year of the school, 1953, appearing atop three lines. The lines represent the three elements of Don Bosco's Preventive System of Education, namely: Reason (principle-driven life), Religion (spirituality) and Loving Kindness (connectedness and mutuality). The lines which resemble waves, daluyong in the local language, recall the legendary origin of the community of Mandaluyong. Tradition has it that the name of the city where the school is located originated from the abundance of the waves or "mga daluyong".

The half-gear on the left and the laurel leaves on the right that surround the central design are emblematic respectively of technical and academic education. This seal in its current form was first used in 1988-89. The original seal consisted only of the blue-green half-gear and laurel leaves.

Programs offered[edit]

Basic Education Department[edit]

The Don Bosco Technical College-BED (Basic Education Department) consists of three programs, namely the Grade School, the Junior High School and the Senior High School.

Don Bosco Mandaluyong has a dual academic-technical curriculum since its foundation in 1953. Students take both standard academic courses prescribed by the Department of Education (Philippines). Technical studies are the equivalent of the standard Technology and Livelihood Education subject in other schools, with the subjects focusing more on future occupations connected to engineering and technology.

Grade School[edit]

The Don Bosco Technical College-Grade School is a Catholic elementary school for boys, offering grades 1 until grade 6. The Grade School Program advocates Information Literacy as its approach to the basic curriculum required by the Department of Education. Its entire program is located in the Dona Cecilia Building and the Savio Quadrangle beside the High School Building.

The technical subjects are offered throughout the four years of Grade School, with computer technology taken during the four years and all technical subjects taken during 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.

Technical subjects:

  • Computer Technology
  • Work Education (includes Mechanical, Electronics, Electrical, and Drafting Technology)

Junior High School[edit]

High school boys bonding with their "bunso" brothers from the Grade School

The Don Bosco Technical College-Junior High School is a Catholic secondary school for boys, with a population of approximately 1,000 students. It takes off from the grade school to prepare young people for higher education and for life. Its entire program is located in the High School Building (formerly the Blessed Philip Rinaldi Building) and the Savio Quadrangle beside the Dona Cecilia Building.

The technical subjects are offered throughout the four years of Junior High School, with general technology subjects taken during 7th and 8th grades and a chosen specialization in the 9th and 10th grades (based on previous grades and a written placement exam).

Technical specializations:

  • Computer Technology
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Electronics Technology
  • Industrial Electricity
  • Drafting Technology (only 7th and 8th grades)

Senior High School[edit]

Tracks offered:[2]

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • ABM (Accountancy, Business, and Management)
  • DMT (Digital Media Technology)

College Department[edit]

Programs offered:[3]

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship
  • Associate in Computer Technology

TVET Department[4][edit]

The TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training Center; formerly the Manpower Skills and Training Center) was established in 1971 primarily to assist the youth of various communities by offering technical training as a means of acquiring manpower skills.

Fields offered:

  • Fitter Machinist
  • General Electrician
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Mechanic

Aircraft Maintenance Technology[5][edit]

Aircraft Maintenance Technology is a 2-year technician program within the DBTC campus, plus a 3-month Supervised In-Plant Training (SIPT) in reputable companies and industrial workplaces.

Students are taught to have mastery over reciprocating machines and familiarity in jet engine operations. The program fosters love for craftsmanship, commitment to quality, and passion for safety. This program enables to become specialized technicians in both Airframe and Powerplant, and are qualified to continue towards a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering and in related fields.

Affiliations and accreditations[edit]

Don Bosco Mandaluyong is a member school of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines) South, which consists of schools from the CALABARZON Region (south of Metro Manila) and most central and southern parts of the National Capital Region. Distinguished from the NCAA Philippines-Main, NCAA-South's founding members were mostly sister schools of the NCAA-Main member schools. Don Bosco Technical College played host to the 2007-2008 9th NCAA Philippines-South season.

National academic, non-athletic affiliations and accreditations include the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), Commission on Higher Education (Philippines) (CHED), the Don Bosco-FIN Office for the Development of the Educational Apostolate, and the Department of Education (Philippines) (DepEd).

International affiliations are the Istituzioni Universitarie Salesiane (IUS), corresponding to the international recognition of being a Salesian institution, the Moody International Certification (International Organization for Standardization), and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Notable alumni[edit]


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