Resource of Church and Nation
the footsteps of St. John Baptist De La Salle, the 17th century
priest who developed the classroom method of teaching, is
a daunting task. But follow we did because, as Lasallians,
we have experienced first-hand how empowering and transformative
quality education can be. With such a heritage behind us,
De La Salle University-Manila is setting trends in Philippine
Since 1911 when the Brothers of the Christian Schools opened
the first La Salle school in Paco, Manila, the institution
has evolved and developed steadily, meeting the intellectual
and spiritual needs of the Filipino youth, while at the same
time, fulfilling its vital role in national development. By
the time it made 2401 Taft Avenue its home in 1921, the school
the Brothers built was known as De La Salle College.
In 1957, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Commerce
underwent their first Philippine Accrediting Association of
Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) formal survey.
At the height of socio-political upheaval in 1973, De La Salle
College opened its doors to 38 female students, turning coeducational
almost overnight. Two years later, the College was granted
university status—a fitting acknowledgement for its important
contributions to Philippine private education.
Always driven by the pioneering spirit of its Founder, De
La Salle University in 1981 made the radical switch from the
traditional semestral schedule to a year-round trimestral
calendar. The year 1987 ushered the birth of the DLSU System,
composed of DLSU-Manila, DLS-Zobel, DLSU-Dasmariñas,
DLSU-Health Sciences Campus, and DLSU-College of St. Benilde.
In 1996, the College of Computer Studies, the Graduate School
of Business, and the Information Technology Center formed
a formidable triad known as the DLSU Professional Schools,
Inc. The DLSU System Schools welcomed the newest member school,
DLSU-Canlubang, in 1999.
Backed by distinguished faculty, the University provides a
sound Lasallian education through multi-disciplinary orientation
and technical expertise. It also created an ideal environment
for both teacher and student. Ever seeking new in-roads to
quality education, La Salle invested its resources on synthesizing
formal education with information technology. For instance,
the University became the first in the country to have an
intelligent classroom equipped with the online merging of
classes from different parts of the world through video conferencing.
This will give the students the unique experience of working
together with their counterparts abroad, learning about business,
technology, and other cultures.
While the University has grown, its vision is the same as
it was more than 90 years ago. It remains committed to make
Lasallian education empowering and transformative to the youth
and to our needy brethren. On August 24, the Centennial Fund
Campaign will be launched, culminating in 2011, the hundredth
year of Lasallian education in the Philippines. The University
aims to raise more funds for student scholarships, faculty
development and research, and community service. It also seeks
to diversify the endowments received—through Professorial
Chairs, Special Purpose Endowment Funds, Scholarship Endowment
Funds, and Research Project Endowments.
Through the years, one sees how talented and motivated Lasallians
acted on their ideas and dreams. They were more than willing
to follow the vision of our beloved Founder—teaching minds
and touching hearts. Through our own brand of education, we
have enabled others to fully utilize their talents and capabilities.
Our mission, simply put, is to provide Lasallian education
to those who are entrusted to our care—the youth and the poor
Then and now, may this Lasallian spirit of zeal and innovation
be our uniting force.