By: Paolo M. Bustamante
De La Salle University is definitely one of the most prestigious schools in the Philippines. Through the years, DLSU has never failed to produce hundreds of graduates who have harnessed their potentials in their respective fields. Their curriculum varies from economics and business, to computer studies and liberal arts. De La Salle College was founded in 1911 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Classes were held in Spanish for the first 125 students enrolled, varying in age and grade level. They offered the full primary and intermediate programs, plus a three-year commercial secondary school program. The first Commercial High School diploma was given to 3 students in 1915. During the World War II, the Japanese occupied the College grounds and used it as defense quarters. Classes were still held but their academics suffered greatly due to the reduced curriculum. As a result of the never-ending bombings around the college area, their laboratories, libraries and gymnasiums were destroyed. On Feb. 12, 1945, a group of 16 brothers were massacred together with several families who were taking refuge in the college chapel.
The schools of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Education, Industrial Technology, and Career Development were established during the 1970s. Also founded were the graduate schools of Business Administration and Education. In 1973, De La Salle College recognized the need for women to also get an education, and in turn, they opened its doors to female students. Also in 1973, De La Salle College published a document containing the blueprints of a proposal for the planned improvements of the school until 1983. This document was updated annually and was called De La Salle Ten Years. Their greatest achievement, however, during that decade was the transition from college to university on Feb. 19, 1975. This was because of the outstanding academic and professional contributions the school had made to Philippine private education.
So as you can see, D.L.S.U. has been through decades of experience. Ten decades to be exact, as of June 2011. This university is prepared to give anyone the best education along with Christian moral values that anyone would be proud to posses. DLSU hones its student’s abilities and transforms it to something that one would be able to use and perfect in their respective fields. A true Lasalista is a well-rounded person, both in academics and in community service. A Lasalista will strive to make this Filipino nation just, peaceful, stable and progressive. DLSU has continued to prove that humility and intelligence, although on opposite sides of life, may go hand-in-hand. The Green Archers are known to be competent, respectful, compassionate and confident, among many, in all walks of life. A Lasalista’s intelligence and wisdom brings him/her higher up, but it’s their innate humility that keeps their feet on the ground.