De La Salle Philippines

De La Salle Philippines (DLSP) (incorporated as De La Salle Philippines, Inc), established in 2006, is a network of Lasallian educational institutions within the Lasallian East Asia District established to facilitate collaboration in the Lasallian Mission and the promotion of the spirit of faith, zeal for service and communion in mission. There are currently sixteen Lasallian Educational Institutions in the Philippines.[2] De La Salle Philippines replaced the De La Salle University System which was established under the presidency of Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC in 1987 as a response to the rapid expansion of Lasallian educational institutions nationwide. De La Salle Philippines is a member of a network of over 1,100 Lasallian educational institutions in 80 countries.[3]

De La Salle Philippines
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Former name
De La Salle University University System (1987-2006)
MottoIndivisa Manent - Permanently Indivisible - One La Salle
Established2006 De La Salle Philippines
AffiliationRoman Catholic, Lasallian
PresidentBr. Raymundo B. Suplido, FSC
Administrative staff
Location, ,
Campus16 educational institutions in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao
De La Salle University, the oldest constituent
College of Saint Benilde
Santiago Zobel School
Medical and Health Sciences Institute
Green Hills
University of St. La Salle

In line with the Lasallian Mission, the network holds various projects that improve educational communities for the youth, especially to those who are poor.[4] Among these are the software training for indigenous peoples and the exhibit on people killed during the Philippine government's operations against illegal drugs.[5][6]

Historical backgroundEdit

Early historyEdit

The history of Lasallian education in the Philippines dates back to 1905 when the then Archbishop of Manila, Jeremiah James Harty, an alumnus of a La Salle educational institution in the U.S., appealed to the Superior General of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Fratres Scholarum Christianarum) - FSC for the establishment of a De La Salle educational institution in the Philippines due to the very small number of Catholic institutions at that time. Archbishop Harty's request was rejected at first due to lack of funds, however he would continue to appeal to Pope Pius X for the establishment of additional Catholic educational institutions in the country.

From March to June 1911, nine De La Salle Christian Brothers from Europe and the United States led by Brother Blimond FSC of France arrived in the Philippines. Together on June 16, 1911, the Brothers established the first Christian Brother educational institution in the Philippines, De La Salle College, on Calle Nozaleda (now General Luna St.) in Paco, Manila.

Because of increasing student population, the Brothers transferred the educational institution to its present location on Taft Avenue in the Malate district of Manila in 1921.

De La Salle University SystemEdit

During the 1980s, then President of De La Salle University, the late Brother Andrew Gonzalez FSC, Ph.D. introduced the idea of a multiversity because of the growing number of Lasallian institutions nationwide. His vision was to establish a system where the resources could be utilized to create a greater impact. The De La Salle University System was created in 1987, composed of De La Salle University-Manila, De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School, and the newly acquired De La Salle University-Dasmariñas and De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute in Dasmariñas, Cavite. A year later, the newly established De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Malate, Manila was included in the system.

De La Salle University-Manila initially provided the resources and expertise needed in the establishment of these institutions where it extended financial assistance and human resources in building the other campuses. The first general assembly of administrators and their representatives from the five campuses was convened in 1992 to support and facilitate the establishment of the system. Several committees were formed during the convention to introduce improvement and innovations to existing programs and structures among the campuses. A task force to study the different needs of the campuses was formed in 1994. It was also during this year that an organizational structure was formed and a vision and mission statement was created for the system.

In 1995, a 50-hectare property in Biñan, Laguna was acquired by the System from the family of the late National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture and La Salle High School alumnus Leandro Locsin to be used as the site of De La Salle University-Canlubang, a science and technology-oriented campus. Construction of the first building of the campus as well as start of operations both began in 2003. De La Salle University-Professional Schools, Inc., established in 1960, became a semi-autonomous entity in 1996 working within the campus of De La Salle University-Manila. In 2002, the management and ownership of the Gregorio Araneta University Foundation in Malabon was transferred by the Araneta Family to the system and was renamed De La Salle Araneta University, becoming the eighth member of the system.

Establishment of De La Salle Philippines, Inc.Edit

In 2006, the 8-Campus De La Salle University System was abolished and in its place the 17-Campus De La Salle Philippines, Inc. was established in order to have a more focused and unified implementation of the Lasallian Mission, generate greater and more creative synergy among Lasallian educational institutions, improve the overall quality of Lasallian education in the country and promote the spirit of “One La Salle” with a common vision of educating the Filipino youth. Ten more Lasallian institutions throughout the country were integrated into the eight campuses of the DLSU System, bringing the total number of campuses to eighteen. Since then, De La Salle-Professional Schools, Inc. and De La Salle Canlubang were integrated into De La Salle University which brought back the number of educational institutions to sixteen.

Network administrationEdit

The network administration is composed of a National Mission Council (NMC) which includes eight De La Salle Brothers including the Brother Visitor and seven Lasallian Partners elected by corporate members; DLSP Corporate Members which includes all incumbent trustees of the La Salle educational institutions as well as the Lasallian Educational Corporations; and the DLSP President which acts as the Chief Mission Officer and Chief Executive Officer of the National Mission Council.

The National Mission Council (NMC) serves as the Board of Trustees of DLSP. As the highest policy-making body of the network, it accompanies school boards and school heads in following the Lasallian Mission. The NMC also provides assistance with regard to financial matters such as fundraising for scholarships or social projects.

La Salle Educational Institutions in the PhilippinesEdit

The network was originally composed of eighteen La Salle educational institutions. Two De La Salle Supervised Schools, Andres Soriano Memorial College located in Toledo, Cebu and John Bosco College located in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur (both added in 2006), becoming the 17th and 18th La Salle Schools respectively. In 2008, the De La Salle Professional Schools was re-integrated back to De La Salle University. In 2012, De La Salle Canlubang was officially merged with De La Salle University to become the De La Salle University Science and Technology Complex, bringing the number of La Salle educational institutions in the Philippines down to sixteen.[7] The schools provide a diverse range of education ranging from Basic Education up to Graduate Studies. It consists of six universities, six colleges (with five providing basic education), four basic education granting schools, and two stand-alone high schools.

School Location Established Notes
De La Salle Andres Soriano Memorial College
President: Dr. Genesa P. Paragados
Toledo, Cebu
De La Salle Araneta University
President: Br. Bernard S. Oca FSC
Chancellor: Mr. Christopher Polanco
Malabon, Metro Manila
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
President and Chancellor: Br. Dennis Magbanua FSC
Malate, Manila
De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute
President: Br. Augustine L. Boquer FSC
Dasmariñas, Cavite
Medical school of the De La Salle University
De La Salle John Bosco College
President: Mrs. Aristarco A. Ugmad, PhD
Bislig City, Surigao del Sur
Initially started with St. Margaret Mary's School (former Bislig Bay Elementary School) established in 1950 but later merged with St. John Bosco Technical High School which was established in 1963 to become John Bosco School (JBS). JBS was then renamed De La Salle John Bosco College in 2007.
De La Salle Lipa
President and Chancellor: Br. Dante Amisola FSC
Lipa City, Batangas
De La Salle Santiago Zobel School
President: Br. Bernard Oca FSC
Muntinlupa, Metro Manila
De La Salle University-Dasmariñas
President: Br. Augustine L. Boquer FSC
Dasmariñas, Cavite
Largest De La Salle Campus in the Philippines
De La Salle University
President and Chancellor: Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC
Malate, Manila
Oldest constituent of the De La Salle Philippines
De La Salle University - Laguna Campus
Vice-President: Dr. Julius B. Maridable
Biñan City, Laguna
Originally known as De La Salle Canlubang established in 2003; later integrated to DLSU in 2012 to become a satellite campus and renamed De La Salle University Science and Technology Complex (or De La Salle University Leandro V. Locsin Campus); later renamed to De La Salle University - Laguna Campus.
Jaime Hilario Integrated School-La Salle
Director/Principal: Br. Inigo Riola FSC
Bagac, Bataan
La Salle Academy
President: Br. Antonio Cesar Servando FSC
Iligan City, Lanao del Norte
La Salle College Antipolo
President: Br. Victor Franco FSC
Antipolo, Rizal
La Salle Green Hills
President: Br. Victor Franco FSC
Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
La Salle University
President: Br. Jose Mari Jimenez FSC
Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental
St. Joseph School-La Salle
President-Principal: Br. Emmanuel Hilado FSC
Bacolod, Negros Occidental
University of St. La Salle
President and Chancellor: Br. Joaquin Martinez FSC
Bacolod, Negros Occidental

Timeline of presidentsEdit

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "DLSP Statistics". September 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ schools
  3. ^ "The International Lasallian Mission". La Salle. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "Identity & Mission".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2019-02-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-02-23. Retrieved 2019-02-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2013-08-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "List of past Presidents 1911- 2012". De La Salle University Website. Retrieved April 30, 2020.

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