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Far Eastern University (FEU) (PSEFEU) in the University Belt area, West Sampaloc, City of Manila, is a nonsectarian private university in the Philippines. Created by the merger of Far Eastern College (1919-1922) under Dr. Vicente K. Fabella and the Institute of Accountancy (now Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance), FEU became a university in 1933 under the guidance of first president Dr. Nicanor B. Reyes, Sr. It has been noted as the leading proprietary university in the Philippines.[2] FEU's campus is noted for a number of historical art deco buildings preserved from the first half of the 20th century.

Far Eastern University
Pamantasan ng Malayong Silangan
Official Far Eastern University Logo.png
Latin: Universidad de Extremo Oriente
Former names
Far Eastern College (1919-1922) Institute of Accountancy (1928-1929)
Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance (1929-1933)
MottoSapientia Regnat (Latin)
Motto in English
Wisdom Rules
TypePrivate, Research, Non-sectarian, Autonomous Status
FounderDr. Nicanor B. Reyes, Sr.
Academic affiliations
ChairmanAurelio Reyes Montinola III
PresidentDr. Michael M. Alba
Vice-presidentDr. Maria Teresa P. Tinio (Senior VP for Academic Affairs)
Dr. Myrna P. Quinto
(VP for Academic Development)
Atty. Gianna Reyes Montinola
(VP for Corporate Affairs)
Renato L. Serapio
(VP Human Resource Development)
Engr. Edward Kilakiga
(VP for Facilities & Technical Services)
Undergraduates24,519 (AY 2016-2017) [1]B
No. 855 Nicanor B. Reyes Sr. Corner R. Papa Sts., Brgy. 395, Sampaloc & No. 822 Quezon Blvd., Quiapo
Metro Manila
14°36′14″N 120°59′08″E / 14.6038°N 120.9855°E / 14.6038; 120.9855Coordinates: 14°36′14″N 120°59′08″E / 14.6038°N 120.9855°E / 14.6038; 120.9855
Campus40,000 m²
Alma Mater songUniversity Hymn
ColorsGreen FEU colors.svg Gold
AthleticsVarsity team names:
(college men's varsity teams)
Lady Tamaraws
(college women's varsity teams)
Baby Tamaraws
(High School boys' varsity teams)
Lady Baby Tamaraws
(High School girls' varsity teams)
Sporting affiliations
SportsVarsity teams:
Badminton, Basketball, Fencing, Football, Beach Volleyball, Volleyball, Chess, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Track & Field
MascotTamaraw nicknamed TamTam
Feu logo green.png



Far Eastern University was founded in November 1933 when the Far Eastern College and the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance (IABF) merged.[2][3] Far Eastern College (now Jose Rizal University), founded in 1919 by Dr. Vicente K. Fabella (first filipino CPA and father of Armand V. Fabella former secretary of education), had been a liberal arts college in Quiapo; the IABF had been established (originally under the name Institute of Accountancy) by Dr. Francisco T. Dalupan Sr. (founder of Phil. College of Commerce and Business Administration now University of the East) with co-founders Dr. Hermenegildo Balbino Tantoco Reyes, AB, BSEE, Ll.B (future university president) and Dr. Nicanor B. Reyes, Sr., head of the Department of Economics of the University of the Philippines, with a number of other prominent educators in 1928.[3][4] IABF had been originally predominately used by night students, and the new university, which was supported by the tuition provided by its students rather than government grants.[3][4]

In its earliest 1930's, FEU was housed in a converted old The Orient Tobaccos Manufactory Company (La Oriente Fabrica de Tabacos y Compania) (boundary of Quiapo and Sampaloc district lots) already present on the four hectare (nearly 10 acre) through property lot owned by Sulucan Hill subdivision. A no. 855 Morayta corner R. Papa streets, Sampaloc through no. 822 Quezon blvd., Quiapo plot which would eventually host the current campus.[3][4] During World War II, the campus was occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army, who left only its shell unharmed.

Reyes Sr. was the first founding president of the University, which spent its early years establishing several of its institutes, including those of Law and Technology. Dr. Reyes Sr. commissioned Ar. Pablo S. Antonio Sr. a brother in law and husband of his sister Marina del Rosario Reyes-Antonio, who would later be titleda National Artist of the Philippines, to construct a main (NRH in 1938) building for the school.[5] In 1939, the Nicanor B. Reyes Sr. Hall, which would later house the main library at third level and Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance, opened. Two other buildings by Antonio, the Girls’ High School Building and Boys High School Building, followed in 1940 and 1941,[5] by which year FEU had 10,000 registered students, with an international student population of 400.[6][4] Dr. Nicanor B. Reyes Sr. having been killed during the occupation, Atty./Dr. Hermenegildo Balbino Reyes was appointed the second president of the University when it reopened in 1945.[4]

FEU Chapel

Thereafter, FEU continued to expand, with the opening of a Science Building and the establishment of the Institute of Medicine and the School of Nursing. In 1955, the FEU hospital was opened. Humanities were introduced in 1959, and in 1970 the Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts opened. Also in 1970, the for-profit status of the Institute of Medicine, School of Medical Technology, FEU Hospital and the Student Health Service Clinic was altered, when these were converted in the FEU Dr. Nicanor B. Reyes Medical Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit educational foundation.[4]


The Far Eastern University, Incorporated is a domestic educational institution founded in June 1928 and was registered and incorporated with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission on October 27, 1933. On October 27, 1983, the University extended its corporate life to another 50 years. The University became a listed corporation in the PSE on July 11, 1986.

University emblemsEdit

  • The University Seal: The FEU Coat of Arms consists principally of an eight-pointed golden star representing the eight original main academic discipline offered by the University and supported by heraldic sari-manok motif, in full colors.[7]
  • The legendary Sarimanok projects the nationalistic spirit upon which the University was founded. It also serves as the link between the past and present.[8]
  • The University Colors: Gold represents the golden opportunity for the University to serve the youth and her alumni to serve the country. Green is for hope, representing Rizals "Fair hope of the Fatherland.".[8][9]
  • The University Font: The DellaRobbia BT is the official font of FEU. In the past, FEU's official font was inspired by the Baybayin and designed by Galo B. Ocampo.[10]
  • The Tamaraw is the mascot of every FEU athletic team. Hence, it is the pet name of every FEU student (Tams). Known scientifically as “Bubalus mindorensis”, it is a rare animal found only in the island of Mindoro. Symbolically enough, the Tamaraw is one of the most intelligent, pugnacious and aggressive of our animal species just as the University known for its advanced, progressive policy in contemporary education.[8][11]
  • The Nicanor B. Reyes Sr. Memorial Quadrangle is a Manila landmark and a favorite backdrop for picture-taking in the campus. Erected in memory of the University Founder, it consists of a 65-foot flagpole on a platform surrounded on all sides with brass sculpture by National Artist Vicente Manansala which interprets the late founder's philosophy of education.[8]
  • The Mace is the symbol of the office of the University President.[8]

Manila CampusEdit

Among the buildings on FEU's campus complex, five by late Ar. Pablo S. Antonio Sr. garnered recognition for FEU in 2005 from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), who bestowed the Asia Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage on the university for "the outstanding preservation of its Art Deco structures."[5] The buildings include the Nicanor B. Reyes Sr. Hall, the FEU East Asia College of Engineering and Computer Studies, the Law and Nursing Building, Auditorium/Administration Building and the Science Building. The Cultural Center of the Philippines also recognized the historical legacy of the buildings with a marker. Other historical buildings on the campus include the 1950s FEU Chapel, FEU Hospital, and the Arts and Sciences Building, which also represent the International Style.


Presidents of Far Eastern University
Dr. Nicanor B. Reyes Sr., Ph.D, CPA, 1934-45
Atty./Engr./Dr. Hermenegildo Balbino T. Reyes, 1945-46
Clemente Q. Uson, CPA, 1946-47
'Dr. Belen R. Enrile-Gutierrez, LL.D, Ed.D, Ph.D, 1947-49
Dr. Vidal A. Tan, 1949-52
Dr. Teodoro T. Evangelista Sr., 1952-71
Dr. Nicanor Mendoza Reyes Jr., 1971-82
Dr. Belen Reyes Enrile-Gutierrez, CPA, 1982-85
Dr. Josephine S. Cojuangco-Reyes, Ed.D, Ph.D, 1985-89
Dr. Felixberto C. Sta. Cruz, Ph.D, 1989-1995
Dr. Edilberto C. de Jesus, Ph.D, 1995-2002
Dr. Lydia Balabat-Echauz, DBA, 2002–12
Dr. Michael M. Alba, 2012–present

During the 1930s, there was a heavy influence of American culture especially in the field of technology and construction that was reflected in the lives of the Filipinos. Concrete and steel were used by the Americans and was found to be the suitable materials for the tropical environment. These were materialized by Arch. Pablo S. Antonio Sr., a National Artist in creating the FEU campus buildings that reflected both the university's and the country's vision and showed his personal transition from Art Deco to the International Style.[5][12] The buildings were constructed between the years 1939 to 1950.

Heritage Buildings of FEU Manila CampusEdit

Old Nicanor B. Reyes Sr. Hall in 1939

Nicanor B. Reyes Sr. HallEdit

The Nicanor B. Reyes, Sr. Hall is a long, low-rise U-shaped building facing Quezon Boulevard Beside Alfredo Reyes Hall. The distinct character of the massive facade are the sets of protruded vertical volumes located on both ends of the structure.

Attention to details is another design focus of the architecture of Pablo S. Antonio Sr.[12] The heavy influence of Art Deco in his architectural style is seen even in transitional elements like the stairs. The outdoor stairs that joins the walkway at the second floor has layers of thin concrete slabs that swirl in waves above the rigid geometry of the handrail.

Nicanor B. Reyes Sr. Memorial Sculpture

The physical envelope of the Main Building, now Nicanor B. Reyes Sr. Hall, is one of the examples of classic Philippine Art Deco emphasizing the play on geometric forms.[12]

Administration BuildingEdit

The FEU Administration Building was also constructed by Arch. Pablo S. Antonio Sr. a decade after the Nicanor B. Reyes Sr. Hall. It is located at the opposite end of the campus quadrangle that features a facade with geometric architectural details, horizontal windows, and a balcony that extends into a viewing deck at the second floor to observe the activities in the quadrangle.

FEU Tamaraw
Life Size 4'11" Dr. Nicanor "Nick" B. Reyes Sr.

The Art Deco - inspired FEU Theater can be found inside the Administration Building. it also houses the works of the known Filipino artists, most of them in the Art Deco era.[12] One work is a mural done by Antonio Gonzales Dumlao in the Administration Building which conveys the university mission. At the quadrangle, there is a group of Vicente Manansala copper-sheet sculptures which represent the professional disciplines offered by the university. There are also murals from National Artist Botong Francisco hung in the chapel. Francesco Ricardo Monti also did a bas-relief depicting the American Regime in the Philippines.[12]

The former Main Building is one of the twin edifices flanking the Administration Building. It is the third building designed by Arch. Pablo S. Antonio Sr. also in the Art Deco Style. Constructed in 1941, it is used to house the Boys' High School which is originally an early basic education program of the university.

Admission BuildingEdit

Built in 1940, the Admission Building is the mirror image of the Architecture & Fine Arts Building. The building was initially used by the Girls' High School and in 1983 became home to the Institute of Medicine (which now has its own campus in Fairview, Quezon City). In 2015 the building has been renovated and changed its name from FEU-East Asia College Building to the FEU Main Building which was used before by FEU-EAC students. Since there is a newly created building for EAC students they were transferred now to the FEU - Institute of Technology Building located just across FEU campus in Ricardo Papa street.


Facade of FEU Engineering Building

Conferred the Autonomous University status by CHED, FEU Manila currently meets the highest regulatory standards set for Philippine HEIs. FEU Manila has twenty one accredited programs. In addition, eight of the undergraduate programs have level 4 – the highest – accreditations from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), while the rest are on their way to obtaining ever higher accreditation levels.

FEU Manila's international recognitions include being an associate member of the ASEAN University Network – Quality Assurance (AUN-QA), one of less than ten Philippine HEIs with the distinction; a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for its BS Accountancy, BS Business Administration, and Master of Business Administration programs; and an associate member of the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Management (THE-ICE) for its BS Tourism Management and BS Hotel and Restaurant Management programs.

Academic institutesEdit

Research CentersEdit

  • FEU Public Policy Center
  • Language Learning Center (LCC)
  • FEU-DENR-WWF Tams2


International certification/accreditationEdit

  • ISO 9001:2008 Certified by the International Organization for Standardization
  • Associate Status with the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education
  • Member of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (Philippine Chapter)
  • Member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Associate Member of the ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance
  • Center for Excellence by the Asia Pacific Institute for Events Management International
  • Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants


In April 2016, Far Eastern University was granted Autonomous Status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Far Eastern University has twenty one accredited programs by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) and Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).

PACUCOA Level IV Accredited

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics with Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education

PACUCOA Level II Accredited

  • Doctor of Education
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management

PAASCU Level III Accredited

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

PACUCOA Level I Accredited

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology

Student LifeEdit

Facade of FEU Administration Building


Musica FEUROPA - is an annual national choral competition in partnership with the European Union (EU).

Tatak Tamaraw - is a week long event that welcomes freshmen to the FEU community. It also orients them on policies, support services, and the vibrant campus life.

Tam Rally - parade and performances by FEU Athletes and Cultural Groups.

Tam Hunt, a student organizations membership fair.

Concierto Piyu, a concert held during foundation day.

Paskong Piyu - university-wide Christmas celebration and inter-institute sing and dance competition.

Arts and CultureEdit

Since 1990, the university has maintained the President's Committee on Culture (PCC) which programs a year-long calendar of cultural activities. The PCC also nurtures five cultural groups namely, FEU Bamboo band, Chorale, Dance Company, Drum and Bugle Corps, and Theater Guild. In addition the PCC oversees the FEU Guides who conduct tours of FEU's UNESCO awarded campus.

Student Organizations and Core GroupsEdit

There are fifty eight (58) student organizations serve as the arms of Student Development, Guidance & Counseling, President's Committee on Culture, Institutes, and Departments of degree programs in providing out-of-the-classroom experiences for the students to make them holistically formed. The organizations usually conduct projects during the Activity Period.


Key Institutional Materials and University Publications

  • Annual Report
  • President's Report
  • The FEU Advocate
  • Paragon
  • Circle Arts and Design Magazine

FEU Senior High SchoolEdit

FEU SHS logo[13]

Established in June 2016, FEU High School Inc. offers Senior High School, specifically, Grades 11 and 12; Academic Strands Offered:

  • Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS)
  • Accountancy, Business and Mathematics (ABM)
  • General Academic Strand (GAS)

Notable alumniEdit

Governance and public serviceEdit




Arts and cultureEdit

Other members of FEU Group of SchoolsEdit

Extension campuses of FEU in ManilaEdit



Among the many athletes who have attended FEU are Alberto Nogar Sr, Lydia De Vega, Elma Muros, Anthony Villanueva, and Johnny Abarrientos.[35] FEU's teams are named after the tamaraw, a buffalo with a reputation for ferocity.[36]


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