National University (Philippines)

National University in Manila
Pamantasang Pambansa sa Maynila
Former names
Colegio Filipino
Colegio Mercantil
National Academy
MottoEducation that works
TypePrivate, nonsectarian
EstablishedAugust 1, 1900 (119 years and 133 days)
FounderMariano Fortunato Jhocson
Academic affiliations
ChairmanHans T. Sy, Sr
PresidentDr. Renato C. Ermita Jr.
Students7,755+ (AY 2014-2015)
551 M.F. Jhocson Street, Sampaloc, Manila City
Metro Manila
14°36′15″N 120°59′39″E / 14.60417°N 120.99417°E / 14.60417; 120.99417Coordinates: 14°36′15″N 120°59′39″E / 14.60417°N 120.99417°E / 14.60417; 120.99417
CampusNU Manila (Main Campus)
Jocson Street, Sampaloc District, Manila

NU Laguna
53 Pan-Philippine Highway, Milagrosa, Calamba, Laguna

NU-Asia Pacific College (Makati Campus)

NU Fairvew

NU MOA (College of Dentistry)

NU Dasmariñas (On going Construction)

NU Bulacan (Opens in 2020)
Alma mater songAdieu Alma Mater!
ColorsBlue      and      gold
AthleticsVarsity team names:
(college men's varsity teams)
Lady Bulldogs
(college women's varsity teams)
(High School boys' varsity teams)
Lady Bullpups
(High School girls' varsity teams)
Sporting affiliations
  • FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup Premier Volleyball League
  • UAAP
SportsSee list
WebsiteNational University Official Website

The National University (NU) is a private non–sectarian coeducational research-institution in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines. The founder of the University, Mariano F. Jhocson Sr. established the institution in August 1, 1900 as Colegio Filipino in Quiapo, Manila. It is considered as the first private nonsectarian and coeducational institution in the Philippines and also, the first university to use English as its medium of instruction, replacing Spanish language.[1] Since its foundation in 1900 it has produced two Philippine Presidents, one National Artist of the Philippines, legislators, politicians, business tycoons, engineers, architects, health professionals, educators, TV personalities, and athletes.

The University is currently exanding all over the country which started off with the NU Sports Academy (NU Laguna), NU-Asia Pacific College (NU Makati), NU Fairview and NU Mall of Asia (College of Dentistry]] and is committed in catering quality education with its own brand.

Approved by the Department Public Instruction in June 17, 1921, the University received its university status, changing the name from National Academy to National University. Senator Camilo Osías, two-time Senate President of the Philippines, served as the first University President (1921-1936). The current university president is Renato C. Ermita, Jr. (2008–present). NU is one of the pioneer members of National Collegiate Athletic Association- Philippines (NCAA) and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), and also a pioneer member of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities. (PACU) Its international affiliations and memberships include the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAHIL) and the International Association of Universities (IAU).[1]


Mariano F. Jhocson Sr. founded Colegio Filipino in August 1, 1900, Jhocson Residence in Palma street, Quiapo, Manila.[2] Only a handful of students at that time were enrolled in the fledgling school and they were in the elementary and secondary levels Mariano Sr. served as the college director, instructor, and janitor. He began business courses in bookkeeping and accounting. This prompted a name change as it became known as Colegio Mercantil, awarding the diploma of Perito Mercantil.[2] A short time later, Jhocson Sr. collaborated with attorneys Simeon C. Lacson and Ricardo C. Lacson and established the Philippine Law School.[2] From Colegio Mercantil, the Board of Trustees changed the name of the institution to National Academy in 1916. Due to continuous growth of the Academy, liberal arts courses were offered.

After 21 years of service in the field of education, the Board of Trustees applied for university status to the Department of Public Instruction. Thus the school became known as National University on January 17, 1921. The university installed, on that same day, Senator Camilo Osías, a Filipino educator, as the first President of the university.[2] The Colleges of Education and Commerce were opened in the same year. During the following years, the Colleges of Pharmacy and Dentistry were opened in 1922. The College of Engineering, initially offering Civil Engineering opened in 1925, and the Normal School in 1930. Sanitary Engineering was offered in 1930.[2] Bachelor's degrees in Chemical, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical Engineering and Architecture and Arts were opened. Master in Sanitary Engineering was also organized.[2] Computer Science was opened in 1990, Marine Engineering, Computer Engineering and Electronics and Communications Engineering in 1994. College of Nursing was offered in 2004, Hotel and Restaurant Management in 2008 and Information Technology in 2009.[2]

A fire broke out in January 1, 1998 and razed four buildings of the university which are the old Main Building, Law and Commerce Building, Elementary Building, and Graduate School Building. The university was able to re-open its doors after three weeks of restoration work and used Mariano F. Jhocson Memorial Building[2] The College of Dentistry Building, built in the 1920s, was the only building in the NU campus that remained unscathed in the fire.[3]

In 2008, the SM Group of Companies acquired majority ownership of the National University.[4]

A new logo of the National University was unveiled on October 17, 2017. The new brand features the school's colors and a shield which was inspired from the old university logo.[5]


NU offers twenty-four undergraduate degrees in its eight colleges. It also offers basic education via the Nazareth School. National University and Nazareth School Merge in the year 2013 During the school year 2014-2015, NU had a student population of 7,755.[6]

National University Laguna (Calamba Campus)[edit]

National University (Philippines) has a satellite campus in Calamba Laguna. The abandoned site of St. James College of Calamba was purchased by NU and it is now occupied by National University, It is the first NU Campus outside Metro Manila. The university opened its doors to students for S.Y. 2018-2019.


Blue and gold

National University was one of the schools that founded the Philippine National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1924. It was one of the three schools that left the NCAA in 1932 and formed a new athletic association named the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) in 1938.

In the UAAP, NU has teams participating in twelve sports out of fifteen, namely; cheerleading, basketball, indoor volleyball, beach volleyball, football, baseball, softball, tennis, table tennis, badminton, fencing, taekwondo and chess.

The university's collegiate men's and women's varsity teams are called the National University Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs, respectively. The high school varsity teams are called the Bullpups and Lady Bullpups.

Notable alumni[edit]

Governance and Public Service[edit]

  • Fidel V. Ramos - 12th President of the Philippines, Chief of Staff - Armed Forces of the Philippines, professional soldier and 8th placer in the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination in 1953.
  • Carlos P. Garcia - 8th President of the Philippines, lawyer, teacher and a poet. Bachelor of Laws (Philippine Law School), Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) National University in 1961.[7]
  • Rafael P. Nantes - Licensed Mechanical Engineer, businessman, three-term Congressman and former Governor of Quezon Province
  • Gen. Nicanor Faeldon - Jail Director-General of Bureau of Jail and Penology, Deputy Administrator III at the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Former Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs, retired Philippine Marines officer and one of the leaders of the Oakwood mutiny that exposed corruption in the Philippine military. He is an awardee of a Gold Cross Medal, three Military Merit Medals (MMM), five Military Commendation Medal (MCM), a wounded personnel medal, and Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao campaign medals.
  • Director Leonard R. Bañago, DSC - Chief of Bureau of Fire Protection. BS Mechanical Engineering Class of 1986[8].
  • Bernardo M. Vergara - Congressman and former mayor of Baguio City
  • Nemesio Yabut - former Mayor of Makati[9]
  • Elisa Rosales Ochoa - The first woman elected to the Philippine Congress
  • Mamintal Adiong, Sr. - Civil and Sanitary engineer, former Governor of Lanao del Sur, former Deputy Minister of Public Works and Highways, former DPWH Undersecretary, former supervisor of Marawi Waterworks District and a former international contractor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia[10]
  • Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr. - Civil Engineer, Governor of Lanao del Sur
  • Neptali Gonzales, Sr. - Graduated class valedictorian in the Philippine Law School. He placed 9th in the 1949 bar examinations with the grade of 92.50%. Vice-Governor of the Premier Province of Rizal (1967–1969), Congressman of the First District of Rizal (1969–1973). Assemblyman for the District of Mandaluyong-San Juan (1984–1986) and Senator for two consecutive terms (1987–1998). Before his election as Senator, he was appointed Minister and later Secretary of Justice (1986–1987)

Professional Practice[edit]

  • Norberto Nuke, 2nd placer in the Architecture Licensure Examination, Member of the College of Fellows, Likha Awardee and former National President of the United Architects of the Philippines - [11]
  • Angel Lazaro Jr., B.S Architecture Cum Laude Class of 1954, 1st placer in the Architecture Licensure Examination, Member of the College of Fellows, Likha Awardee and former National President of the United Architects, former National President of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers - [12]
  • Arnulfo De Asis - B.S Architecture Class of 1978, Registered Architect and co-founder of DATEM, Inc. (construction company), Member of the College of Fellows of the United Architects of the Philippines, 2019 Presidential Excellence awardee of the United Architects of the Philippines and 2019 Outstanding Professional of the Year awardee in the field of Architecture by the Professional Regulation Commission - [13]



  • Joey De Leon - actor, TV host and comedian
  • Alice Doria-Gamilla - Composer of "A Million Thanks to You" using her original piano arrangement in 1960. The song was later on recorded by "Asia's Queen of Songs", Pilita Corrales which hit the millionth mark in sales which was a first in the Philippine recording history.
  • Jestoni Alarcon - (NU High School) - actor
  • Roxlee (B.S. Arch) - Filipino animator, filmmaker, cartoonist (creator of Cesar Asar) and painter.



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