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Adamson University
Pamantasan ng Adamson - Lungsod ng Maynila, Pilipinas
Motto Education with a Heart;
Veritas in Caritate
("Truth in Charity")
Established 1932
Type Private, Roman Catholic, Vincentian
President Rev. Fr.Gregorio Bañaga, Jr ,CM
Students 15,881 (1st semester SY 2009-2010)
Location Manila, Philippines
Campus Urban 11 acres
Hymn Adamson Hymn
Colors Adamson colors.svgBlue and White
Nickname Adamson Soaring Falcons
Mascot Adam, Sonny, and Sonia

Adamson University (or simply Adamson or AdU) is a private Catholic university in Manila, Philippines. It was founded on June 30, 1932 by the Greek immigrant George Lucas Adamson, who was shortly joined by his cousins Alexander Adamson and George Athos Adamson, as the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry.[1] On February 5, 1941, the school was granted university status by the Department of Education, and on December 4, 1964, the university was turned over to the Vincentian Fathers of the Congregation of the Mission (CM) and was incorporated into the Adamson-Ozanam Education Institutions, Inc.

Adamson is ranked 6th among Philippine universities based on number of Centers of Excellence and Development.

Today, Adamson University has programs in Graduate Education, Law, the Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Pharmacy, Architecture, Business Administration, Teacher Education, as well as secondary, elementary, and preparatory education. It is a member of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).



Dr. George Lucas Adamson, a Greek chemist from Athens, founded the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry on June 20, 1932 to train young men and women in practical industrial chemistry. It started as a one-classroom school that evolved into the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry and Engineering on February 19, 1936. Its application for university status was approved by the Secretary of Public Instruction on February 5, 1941 and thereafter it has been known as Adamson University.

Shortly after the opening, George Adamson invited his cousin Alexander Athos Adamson to work in the school. Alexander Adamson joined the administration on July 15, 1932, serving at at various times as Vice-President, Treasurer and Registrar. In 1934, Alexander's brother, George Athos Adamson, came to work in the school, becoming Dean of the College of Engineering of the university.

Evdoxia Savaides Adamson, wife of George Lucas Adamson, started working and teaching in the university in 1939, then served as Dean of the College of Education and of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Sofia Adamson, George Athos Adamson's wife, taught in the College of Education after arriving in 1939 and briefly served as Directress of the Junior Normal College.

With the exception of George Athos Adamson and Sofia Adamson, who left after the Second World War, all the members of the Adamson family remained working in the university until its turnover to the Vincentian Fathers and Brothers of the Congregation of the Mission in 1964. George Lucas Adamson served as President from the beginning until 1967, for a total of 35 years including a three-year holdover stint.

Before finally settling on its permanent home along San Marcelino St. in 1946 after the war, the school stayed in three different locations: Sta. Cruz (1932-1933), San Miguel (1933-1939) and Intramuros (1939-1941). In San Marcelino, the university expanded with the acquisition of the Meralco building in 1968 and the St. Theresa's College-Manila campus in 1977, both just across the street.

The transfer of ownership in 1964 incorporated the university into the Adamson-Ozanam Educational Institutions, Inc. It also led to its transition from a secular to a Catholic institution, with the Vincentians holding top administrative posts and becoming majority members of the Board of Trustees. St. Vincent de Paul, founder of the C.M., was declared university patron saint and the motto "Veritas in Caritate" (Truth in Charity) was adopted.

A new vision was articulated, basically that of offering affordable quality education especially for the socially disadvantaged, although that was not substantially different from the vision of the founder who wanted to help Filipinos gain a livelihood by offering a maximum amount of practical education in a minimum amount of time.

Fr. Leandro I. Montañana, C.M., a Spanish Vincentian, was the second President, but the first under the Vincentian (C.M.) administration. He served in that capacity until 1985 when Fr. Rolando S. Dela Goza, C.M., the first Filipino President, took the office and held it until 1994. Next came Fr. Jimmy Belita, C.M., university President until 2003 who in turn was succeeded by the current President Fr. Gregorio L. Bañaga, Jr., C.M.

While remaining best known for its Chemistry and Engineering programs, Adamson University gradually added Architecture, Sciences, Pharmacy, Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Law, Graduate, Basic Education, and Theology courses. In the 1990s, it registered its highest enrollment figure ever: 21,994 students.

Adamson University celebrated its diamond jubilee on February 5-11, 2007 during which occasion it was also declared a Historic Site by the National Historical Institute.


Adamson University is located in San Marcelino, Ermita, Manila along with Technological University of the Philippines, Santa Isabel College, Emilio Aguinaldo College, and Philippine Normal University. Adamson University has seven buildings occupying 4.7 hectares of land:

  • Saint Vincent Building, the main building of Adamson University. Within its grounds are the gymnasium and the Saint Vincent Hall.
  • Saint Therese Building, the former site of Saint Theresa's College, which was absorbed into Adamson University. Within its grounds are the Saint Therese Quadrangle, Botanical Garden, Earthworm Sanctuaries, and the Adamson Theater.
  • Cardinal Santos Building, formerly owned by Meralco, currently houses the University President's Office and the Registrar's Office
  • Ozanam Building houses most of the university's technical laboratories and the College of Engineering and its departments.
  • John Perboyre Building has classrooms and an audio-visual room
  • Saint Francis Regis Clet Building houses the university's Basic Education Department
  • Leandro Montañana Building houses the University Library on the first three floors and the College of Nursing.


Adamson University is an accredited member of the following national and international educational organizations:

Moreover, it is affiliated with or an institutional member of several other international and national professional associations and organizations.

Student life

The Office for Student Affairs (OSA) assumes the responsibility for managing the growth and development of students. The OSA works with the Vice-President for Student Affairs (VPSA) in the implementation of policies promoting students' welfare.




Adamson University has a number of colleges.

Also part of Adamson is the National Service Training Program which comprises:

Adamson University "AddYoU" logo
  • Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Literacy Training Service (LTS)
  • Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS)
  • Citizenship Advancement Training (CAT)

Basic Education

Adamson also provides courses for high school and grade school boys and girls in computer-related subjects. They are accredited by the Philippines Accrediting Association of Schools Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) and the Philippines Association of Colleges and University Commission on Accreditation(PACU-COA)

Teaching of religion

After the Vincentians took over the University, twelve units of theology courses were required for graduation. This means that a student has to stay in class for around 150 hours before gaining a graduation diploma from Adamson University. During a particular semester around 8,000 students are taking one of the four subjects in theology: Introductory Course in Theology, The Bible, Dogma and the Sacraments, Morals and Ethics. Some of the Vincentian administrators spend hours in the classroom but the vast majority of the professors are laymen and women, some of them Ladies of Charity and members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, who have degrees in Catholic Theology.

An introductory course in religion (Theology I) is required for all students.

Vincentian priests guide and direct the Theology Department, which was for many years has been under the chairmanship of a priest. For the past few years, around 25 professors teach in the department of theology. Ongoing formation was given to the theology faculty members in the form of seminars, lectures and special courses in the various theological centers in the country. Some of the theology professors have written textbooks for the use of their students. Many priests have taught basic theology at Adamson University.

All year round, the Theology department undertakes special programs for the students: retreats by groups, special Masses on various occasions, confessions on first Friday, apostolate with the prisoners and the sick, teaching of catechesis in addition to the daily Masses held on campus.

Most of the freshmen and the graduating classes take part in a one or two-day retreat in preparation for entering the school year and for graduation year. The priest-chairman, the campus minister and the five or six priests assigned to the University give the retreat but due to the large number of retreatants, around 4,000 students a year, other priests from the neighboring areas help out. There are dozens of Sisters who were students of Adamson University; many students became Vincentian seminarians and two have been ordained priests.

Senior administration

President and Vice Presidents

  • Rev. Fr. Gregorio Bañaga Jr., C.M. President
  • Rev. Fr. Francisco Nicolas P. Magnaye, Jr., C.M. Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Rev. Fr. Andrew S. Bayal, C.M. Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Ana Liza M. Ragos Vice President for Administration
  • Rev. Fr. Maximino D. Rendon, C.M. Vice President for Finance

Academic Administrators

  • Antonio H. Abad. Dean, College of Law
  • Naressia S. Ballena. Dean, College of Nursing
  • Engr. Jesus C. Manalastas. Dean, College of Engineering
  • Dr. Servillano T. Marquez, Jr. Dean, College of Education and College of Liberal Arts
  • Prof. Ryan C. Pekson. Dean, College of Pharmacy
  • Dr. Ma. Gladiola M. Santos. Dean, College of Sciences
  • Dr. Jose Genaro R. Yap-Aizon. Dean, Graduate School
  • Peter Villanueva. Dean, College of Architecture
  • Dr. Luvimi L. Casihan. Principal, Basic Education Department


There are international students from South Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries.

Adamson University Student Government

The Adamson University Student Government (AUSG) was established on October 11. 1981 after a three stage election that started the basic political unit in the university.

On March 18 and 19, 1983, the Constitution, drafted by the student parliament convened as a constituent body, was unanimously ratified in a University-wide plebiscite. Intended to serve as a laboratory for student leadership, the AUSG features a modified presidential system with parliamentary powers operating on the principle of diffusion of powers. It consists of three branches, namely: the Executive Council, the Student Parliament, and the Judiciary.

Student organizations

The Office for Student Affairs recognizes the existence of several student organizations. They include societies in many subject disciplines, such as Mathematics and areas of professional education, such as Accountancy, as well as religious organizations and leisure interest societies.

The following student organizations are fully recognized by the University, through the Office of Student Affairs.

Academic Organizations

  • ACES (Association of Civil Engineering Students)
  • ACoES (Adamson University Computer Engineering Students Society)
  • ACOMSS (Adamson Computer Science Society)
  • ADJMA (Adamson University Junior Marketing Association)
  • AdUCHESS (Adamson University Chemical Engineering Student Society)
  • AUBS (Adamson University Biology Society)
  • AUCS (Adamson University Chemical Society)
  • AUECESS (Adamson University Electronics and Communications Engineering Students' Society)
  • AUEESS (Adamson University Electrical Engineering Student Society)
  • AUMACOMMS (Adamson University Mass Communication Society)
  • AUMS (Adamson University Mathematics Society)
  • AUPS (Adamson University Psychological Society)
  • AUSES (Adamson University Society of Economics Students)
  • AUSNA (Adamson University Students Nursing Association)
  • AUYEA (Adamson University Young Educators Association)
  • FJCPPha-Rho (Federation of Junior Chapters of the Philippine Pharmaceutical Association Rho-Chapter)
  • IT&M (Information Technology and Management Society)
  • JFINEX (Junior Financial Executives)
  • JMA (Junior Management Association)
  • JPIA (Junior Philippine Institute of Accountancy)
  • PASOA (Philippine Association of Students in Office Administration)
  • PIIE (Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers)
  • PSME (Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • PSSBAU (Political Science Students' Bloc of Adamson University)
  • UAPSA (United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary)
  • UCAS (Unified Customs Administration Society)

Co-Academic Organizations

  • BKK (Bunka Koryu Kai)
  • PSAU (Physics Society of Adamson University)
  • ORSP (Operation Research Society of the Philippines)

Socio-Civic Organization

  • AB (Aquing Bicol)
  • ADUFS (Adamson University Fashionista Society)
  • ADUMS (Adamson University Mountaineers)
  • ASA-AdU (Academic Scholar Alliance of Adamson University)
  • HIMIG (HIMIG-Musicians Of Adamson University)
  • KATRIBU-AdU (Kabataan Para sa Tribung Pilipino)
  • LINGAP (Liga ng Nagkakaisang Mag-aaral Para sa Aktibong Pamunuan)
  • MESAU (Mountaineering and Exploration Society of Adamson University)
  • RAC-ADU (Rotaract Club of Adamson University)
  • TnT (Tinik ng Teatro)
  • VOLUNTEERS (Adamson University Volunteers' Organization)

Religious Organizations

  • A of P (Apostleship of Prayer)
  • CV (Christus Vincit Community)
  • SSVP-OSGP (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul-Ozanam Study Grant Program)
  • YFC ( Youth for Christ)


  • Adamson Baby Falcons
  • Adamson King Falcons
  • Adamson Lady Falcons
  • Adamson Pep Squad
  • Adamson Soaring Falcons
  • Adamson Softbelles
  • Adamson University Drummers, Yellers, On-line

Cultural Groups

  • The Adamson Acoustic Band
  • The Adamson Band
  • The Adamson Chorale


The following are autonomous organizations and publications but the office extends them editorial and technical advice:

  • The Adamson News. The Official Institutional Publication of Adamson University
  • The Adamson Chronicle. The Official Student Publication of Adamson University
  • Touchstone. Quarterly Magazine of Adamson University
  • The Helping Professional. Refereed Journal of the Center for Guidance, Counseling, Testing, & Placement Services
  • The Falcon Bridge. The Official Alumni Newsletter of Adamson University
  • Ugnayan. The Official Publication of the Recognized Student Organizations of Adamson University
  • Politique. The Official Publication of the Political Science Students' Bloc of Adamson University
  • Fashion and Passion. The Official Publication of the Adamson University Fashionista Society
  • Daloy. Journal of the College of Sciences of Adamson University
  • Pananaw. Journal of the Graduate School of Adamson University

Vincentian Apostolate

Although Adamson University was founded as a secular school, when the Vincentian Fathers took over, they introduced religious programs to place it in line with the ideals of Catholic education. A theology department was opened, campus ministry was strengthened, Masses were held daily, religious icons and celebrations were introduced on the University campus. These apostolic activities were based not only on guidelines from the Holy See which looks at education as a most important apostolate but also from the experiences of Vincentian Universities around the world.

Integrated Community Extension Service (ICES)

The Integrated Community Extension Services (ICES) is another Vincentian service arm of the University that reaches out to the underprivileged members of society. A yearly report noted the following activities of ICES: "Although it is relatively new, it has attracted the attention of many groups, especially the accreditation councils, for its untiring efforts in reaching out to the underprivileged members of society. Its occupational skills program graduated 316 students, its food processing seminars had 49 participants, the dressmaking class had 56.

Hundreds of people have benefited from occupational skills, food processing and dressmaking, computer skills, automotive, and electrical skills programs. Many of the trainers were volunteers from among faculty members and students of the University. One of the most popular and effective training programs was computer literacy for youth.

In 2007, Fr. Atilano Fajardo, C.M. wrote an upgraded version of the extension service called ICES 9.27. The enhancement envisions engagement with government agencies, non-government agencies, academe, business and peoples' organizations.

Vincentian Center for Social Responsibility (VCSR)

On September 28, 2007, Vice President Noli De Castro welcomed the launching of the Vincentian Center for Social Responsibility (VCSR at Adamson University. VCSR intends to engage the Adamson’s academic community more deeply and directly in nation-building. De Castro also cited the Adamson University and the Vincentian community for their efforts in putting up the VCSR: “it is high time we introduce to students a concept of brotherhood that is not based on exclusivity ...At mas natutuwa ako na ang napili ninyong pilot community ay ang Southville relocation site sa Cabuyao (Laguna).”[2] The latest contribution of VCSR was the sponsoring of the First Congress of the Northville and Southville Relocation Sites. The Congress federated the 750,000 relocatees living in 15 relocation areas located at the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite and Batangas. Fr. Atilano Fajardo C.M., founder of VCSR and organizer of the Congress and adviser of the newly created federation believed that "No one can represent the poor except the poor themselves."

Last September 27, 2008, VCSR launched its Academic Social Entrepreneur (ASE) Program for its partner community at Southville I, Cabuyao Laguna. Likewise, VCSR continues its work with the informal settlements of Metro Manila.

Notable alumni

Politics and governance

Ruthlane Uy Asmundson Mayor Pro Tempore - Davis City, California, U.S.A.
Angelito Gatlabayan Congressman - 2nd District of Antipolo City
Jose Catindig, Jr. Former Mayor of Santa Rosa City
Rodante Estrellado Former Vice Mayor of Luisiana, Laguna
Moises Morales Councilor of Calamba City
Fr. Gregorio L. Bañaga, CM President of Adamson University
Noel L. Villanueva Mayor of Concepcion, Tarlac


Paeng Nepomuceno International bowling champion
Marlou Aquino 1996 PBA Rookie of the Year
Hector Calma Guided Adamson Falcons to its 1st UAAP Men's Basketball Championship
Kenneth Duremdes 1998 PBA MVP, PBA player
Edward Joseph Feihl PBA player
Carmelo "Mel" Alas Adamson Soaring Falcons basketball coach, 68th (UAAP) Season
Francisco Luis "Louie" Alas former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) basketball coach; currently handles Letran Knights
Ken Bono 2006 UAAP Seniors' Basketball MVP
Marvin Malig The first man in in the history of local baseball to belt out three homers in one game

Media and entertainment

Jestoni Alarcón Actor
Hazel Ann Mendoza Actress
Nida Blanca Actress
Red Sternberg Actor
Joko Díaz Actor
Zaldy Cahilog Actor
Rizza Balatbat Singer
Francine Prieto Actress, Comedienne
Smokey Manaloto Comedian and TV personality
Marissa del Mar TV host
Dexter Dominguez a.k.a. Teri Onor Gay impersonator, TV Personality and Vice Mayor of Abucay, Bataan
Dan Yñiguez Producer/Managing Director of Tele Ad Production Films
Marc Neilson Coleta Print-ad and commercial model, ABS-CBN talent
Dr. Lizelle Villanueva Mrs. Philippines - International 2009

Arts and culture

Guillermo Gómez Rivera scholar, writer, journalist, historian (1976 Premio Zóbel awardee), a member of the Philippine Academy of the Spanish Language and former National Language Committee Secretary, Philippine Constitutional Convention 1971–1973

Educational administration and teaching

Dean Eladio Tinio Dean College of Pharmacy/Philippines Pharmaceutical Association
Atty. Abelardo Domondon Bar Reviewer/Author/Law Lecturer
Dr. Carmen Lamagna Vice-Chancellor of the American International University in Bangladesh
Angelita S. Jalimao board member of Mathematics Teachers Association(MTAP)/Authored several mathematics books/former president of the secondary Mathemetics Teachers of Makati city/ Makati city and NCR outstanding Teacher(1995)MTAP Exemplenary Math teacher Awardee(1993)

Science and research

Jose Conrad Navarra[3] NAU-Scholar, Professor and Marketing Excellence in Pharmaceutical Industry Awardee 2005.”[4]
Engr. Leo Gasendo Lead process engineer for the design of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline
Dr. Teodorica Leano - Bugawan The first person to use the DNA technology in a forensics case that was admitted in US courts
Mrs. Lourdes Supetran The name behind the giant ACS Corporation that manufactures Pride detergent and other household products


Charlie Domingo Jr. Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 2002 Valedictorian
Chief Superintendent Lina Sarmiento The second lady police general in the PNP.

Religious service

Fr. Gestie Advincula, C.M. Filipino Vincentian priest in Beirut, Lebanon
Fr. Fernando Suarez, CC Filipino Catholic priest
Fr. Marcelo Manimtim, C.M. Filipino Lazarists (Vincentian) priest in Paris, France, first Asian director of Paris-based Centre International de Formation (CIF)

See also

External links


Coordinates: 14°35′10″N 120°59′10″E / 14.58611°N 120.98611°E / 14.58611; 120.98611

Simple English

Adamson University is a private Roman Catholic university in Manila, Philippines.


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