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The University of Nueva Caceres (or simply known as "UNC") is a private non-sectarian university run by the iPeople, Inc., a joint venture of Ayala Corporation and Yuchengco Group of Companies, in Naga City in Bicol Region, Philippines. It is under the arm of investment of Ayala Education (ACEducation an Ayala Company). [2] It is the oldest and the first university in southern Luzon[3] outside Metro Manila, Founded in 1948, it offers pre-school, elementary, junior high school, senior high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs.

University of Nueva Caceres (UNC)
Unibersidad kan Nueva Caceres
Universidad de Nueva Caceres
New University of Nueva Caceres AC Education Logo.png
The Premier and the first University in the
Bicol Region, Philippines
Former name
Nueva Caceres Colleges (1948)
MottoNon Scholæ Sed Vitæ (Latin)
Motto in English
Not of School but of Life
TypePrivate non-sectarian University
60% stake owned by iPeople, Inc.
(Yuchengco Group of Companies - 51.30% / Ayala Corporation - 33.50%)
EstablishedJune 1948
FounderDr. Jaime Hernandez
PresidentDr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya[1]
(July 30, 2018 - Present)
4th University President
StudentsApproximately 8,000
(All levels as of 2018)
J. Hernandez Avenue,
, ,
13°37′28″N 123°10′57″E / 13.624567°N 123.182528°E / 13.624567; 123.182528Coordinates: 13°37′28″N 123°10′57″E / 13.624567°N 123.182528°E / 13.624567; 123.182528
CampusUNC Main Campus
J. Hernandez Avenue,
Naga City 5 ha (12 acres)
UNC Bataan Campus
Rizal St. Dinalupihan, Bataan
Alma Mater SongUNC Hymn
ColorsRed UNC Colors.png Gray
NicknameUNC Greyhounds
Sporting affiliations
Naga City Inter-Collegiate Basketball League
Private Schools Athletic Association (Philippines)
UNC Admin Building.jpg

Founded by Dr. Jaime Hernandez in 1948, it has grown to become one of the leading institutions of higher learning in the country. The campus is centrally located in the City of Naga, Camarines Sur, Philippines. The University has one of the biggest student populations in the Bicol Region and offers courses from Kinder to Graduate levels. All course offerings are recognized by the government and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Commerce are accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACU-COA).[4] Its College of Engineering and Architecture is now one of the few regional centers for technological education in the Philippines.[5] The university's academic standards have been proven by alumni who have performed well in government Board and Bar examinations. In fact, as of October 2006, 110 of them are topnotchers.[6]

UNC Welcome Arc


Ayala educationEdit

On July 28, 2015 press release, the AYALA Group has raised its stake in the Philippine education sector by investing P450 Million to acquire 60 percent of University of Nueva Caceres one of the universities in the Bicol Region [7]

As a result of Ayala Education’s investment of Pesos 450 million, it will hold the majority of UNC’s board seats. In addition, UNC appointed Ayala Education’s CEO, Mr. Alfredo Ayala, as its President.

Ayala Corporation started investing in the education sector in 2012 through 100% owned Ayala Education, after recognizing the strong demand for Filipino talent from the IT-BPO and other service industries, such as banking, telecom, retail and tourism.

Ayala Education has also been pioneering Senior High School since 2013 through its LINC (Learning with Industry Collaboration) Academy’s partnerships with Emilio Aguinaldo College and Arellano University.

Ayala Education has also formed a majority owned joint venture, Affordable Private Education Center (APEC), with Pearson, the world's leading learning company, to build a chain of low-cost secondary schools that provide quality education with affordable annual school fees. Since it started in 2013, APEC has grown to a total of 23 schools, with 3,400 students across Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite and Batangas, offering Grades 7 and 8 for less than P70 a day, inclusive of use of books and computers.[8]

Ayala Corporation started investing in education after recognizing the large demand for Filipino talent in the services sector, which comprises 54% of all the jobs available in the Philippines. Ayala operates in various industries, including banking, retail, real estate, telecommunications, information technology, automotive, business process outsourcing, electronics, and utilities

On January 8, 2018, Yuchengco Group of Companies and Ayala Corporation, through a joint press statement, has announced the possible merger of their education arms, namely Ayala Education, Inc. and iPeople, Inc, with the iPeople, Inc. being the surviving entity. It has been stated that the potential merger will be finalized in the first quarter of 2018. This will bring together AEI’s APEC Schools and University of Nueva Caceres, National Teachers College and iPeople’s Malayan Education System, operating under the name Mapúa University and its subsidiaries, Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) and Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MCM) a combined student population of over 60,000 .[9] The transaction was completed on May 2, with the Yuchengco Group owning 51.3% of iPeople and Ayala Corporation with 33.5% share of the said company.

On July 30, 2018, DR. FAY LEA PATRIA M. LAURAYA was appointed as the 4th president of the university. According to Alfredo I. Ayala, UNC is fortunate to have Dr. Fay as the new president. Dr. Lauraya is an accomplished and proven leader who has a track record of engaging with and empowering both staff and students, introducing innovative new programs, and investing in employee development and a merit based promotion system.[10]


LINC, or Learning with Industry Collaboration, is the Senior High School Academic Program at the University of Nueva Caceres in Naga, Bicol.


In February 1948, Dr. Jaime Hernandez invited prominent Bicolanos to join him as incorporators. May 9, 1948 among those who signed the incorporation papers in were Dr. Jaime Hernandez, Atty. Jaime Reyes, Ambassador Jose T. Fuentebella, Atty. Edmundo Cea, Atty. Buenaventura Blancaflor, Engr. Nicole Tado Sr., Atty. Juan F. Trivino, Atty. Antonio M. Sison, Dr. Manuel Abella and Dr. Domingo Abella. The Securities and Exchange Commission approved the incorporators on May 18, 1948.

Thus the school officially started operation on July 1, 1948 as the Nueva Caceres Colleges. The initial courses offered were Liberal Arts, Commerce, Education and high school with a total enrollment of 958. The students of the newly opened school had their classes in the rented Flordeliza Building fronting the public kiosk (now Plaza Quezon) and the Governor Andres Hernandez residence along Burgos Street (now Grand Imperial Plaza).

In the ensuing years, additional courses were opened: elementary (1949), graduate school (1953), law (1951), engineering (1949), nursing (defunct 1955–2005), secretarial (1955) and kindergarten (1993).

In September 1951, the university administration headed by Dr. Hernandez took the first giant step since its foundation. It acquired the Rey property and transformed it from a marshland to its present condition. By early 1952 almost half of the site was filled and buildings began to rise. Most Rev. Pedro P. Santos blessed the new campus and the first two buildings, the original Dato Hall and Alba Hall on July 11, 1952. Other buildings were soon built to address the needs of a growing student population. At present, under the leadership of university president Dr. Dolores H. Sison, there is an ongoing multi-million infrastructure program to further modernize the institution.

UNC Four Pillars
UNC Founder Dr. Jaime Hernandez Monument
UNC DHS Building
UNC Founder Dr. Jaime Hernandez Sr.
UNC Sports Palace
UNC University Chapel

UNC GreyhoundsEdit

The University of Nueva Caceres, for many years now, have chosen the label "Greyhound" to be the official tag of the school.

UNC Marker

University presidentEdit

Board of trusteesEdit

President - Alfredo I. Ayala
  • Carlos H. Ravanera
  • Rosalie A. Dimaano
  • Felipe P. Estrella III
  • Eleanor S. Salumbre
  • Charlene C. Tapic-Castro

High school departmentEdit


  • Principal: Mr. Ronnie V. Castro
  • Asst. Principal for Academics: Mrs. Dinna E. Capin
  • Asst. Principal for Student Affairs and Discipline: Mrs. Remedios Josephine Cuyo
  • Prefect of Discipline: Mrs. Gilda Oliver


  • Guidance Counselor: Mrs. Lani D. Nano, RGC
  • Associate Guidance Counselors: Mrs. Queen Mary Conchita M. Miranda; Mrs. Ma. Emelyn Alensub


  • Librarian: Mr. Jimuel B. Nebran

Subject Area Chairpersons

  • ENGLISH: Ms. Jonelyn G. Juat
  • SCIENCE: Mrs. Maribel B. Galicia
  • MATHEMATICS: Ms. Lilibeth T. Niebres
  • A.P.(Araling Panlipunan): Mrs. Angelina E. Bobier
  • FILIPINO: Mrs. Ma. Victoria M. Anterola
  • T.L.E./I.C.T.: Mrs. Lalaine N. Alsol
  • MAPEH: Ms. Dawn F. Ognita
  • EsP: Mr. Raymund E. Razonable
  • CAT OIC: Mr. Geo-Nell E. Rivera


College of Arts and SciencesEdit

  • BS Biology
  • BS Environmental Science
  • BS Mathematics
  • AB Mathematics
  • AB Literature
  • AB Political Science
  • AB Psychology

College of Business and AccountancyEdit

  • BS Accountancy
  • BS Accounting Technology
  • BS Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • BS Travel Management (2014)
  • BS Business Administration
Major in
  • Business Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Development Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • 2-Yr Certificate in Office Administration
  • Junior Secretarial Course

College of Criminal Justice Education(2012)Edit

  • BS Criminology

College of Computer StudiesEdit

  • BS Computer Science
  • BS Information System
  • BS Information Technology
  • 2-year Associate in Computer Technology
  • 2D Animation
  • 6-month Computer Hardware Servicing

College of EducationEdit

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education
Major in
  • Special Education
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science
  • Teacher Certificate Program
  • Special Education
  • Pre-School Education
  • Values Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • 18units of Methods of Teaching
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education
Major in
  • English
  • Filipino
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science
  • Biological Science
  • Social Studies
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science
  • BS Physical Education major in Sports and Wellness Management (2014)

College of Engineering and ArchitectureEdit

  • BS Architecture
  • BS Civil Engineering
  • BS Computer Engineering
  • BS Electrical Engineering
  • BS Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • BS Mechanical Engineering
  • BS Industrial Engineering
  • BS Sanitary Engineering

College of NursingEdit

  • BS Nursing
  • 7-month Caregiver Course

School of Graduate StudiesEdit

College of LawEdit

  • The first university in Naga that offers Bachelor of Law (L.L.B.)


  • The DEMOCRAT - The Independent Student-Publication of the University of Nueva Caceres.
  • Citrus - The Official Publication of the College
  • Literati - The Official Publication of the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Sed Vitae - It is published once a year by the Research Center of the University of Nueva Caceres.
  • The A-Venue - The Official UNC GS Student-Faculty Publication.
  • The Trailblazer - The official Student-Publication of the UNC Junior High School Department
  • The TORCH - The Official Student-Publication of the UNC College of Education
  • The PERSPECTIVE - The official Student-Publication of the UNC College of Engineering and Architecture
  • Tycoon - The Official Publication of the College of Business and Accountancy.[11]
  • The Children's World-The Official Publication of the Elementary Department
  • RED and GRAY - The annual pictorial review published by the graduating students at the end of the school year
  • The PANTOGRAPH - The official Student-Publication of the UNC Senior High School Department

Community extensionEdit

The University of Nueva Caceres – Institutionalized Community Extension Services (UNC – ICES) is the central office and coordinating center of the University for its Extension Service Program. It serves as the institutional coordinating arm of various departments, colleges and student organizations’ community services. The office initiates and/ or co-implements projects and programs and identify department who will be the lead implementer based on its line of interest and/ or expertise. It assists, advises, monitors and evaluates the Extension Program of the university or specific department as it ties up with offices like the Research Center, DSA, VPSEA, Deans and Principals, and the Local Government Units (LGUs), Government Line Agencies, NGOs and POs.

ICES ensures that students, faculty members and non – teaching personnel of the University are provided with opportunities to get involved in various extension activities or program either institutionally or departmentally initiated and implemented. Once in a while alumni and UNC partners like Parents – Teachers – Council are tapped to support activities. Students’ involvement in Extension is varied. It can be curricular – related (like Social Arts, NSTP – CWTS, Practicum), extra – curricular involvement (like student organizations / fraternities / sororities), or simply volunteerism like (ICES student volunteers, Campus Ministry volunteers, Peer facilitators, College Red Cross Youth). For the teaching and non – teaching personnel, they can participate as resource speakers, lecturers, facilitators, trainers or initiators / organizers of an activity together with identified student organizations or community groups.[12]

Student servicesEdit

Guidance centerEdit

Campus ministryEdit

Coordinates all religious activities within the University, as well as the University's participation in related religious activities outside the campus. It plans and implements various programs geared toward moral and spiritual formation of the students and the entire University population. It encourages and develop student volunteerism for responsible and committed Christian action.

Office of the Director for Student AffairsEdit

It primarily concerned with the coordination and overall development of non-academic areas of student life. It formulates and implements policies, rules and regulation concerning student activities and welfare and provides guidance and assistance to students and planning and organizing their activities.

Speech clinicEdit

Equipped with individual booths, tape recorders and earphones which enable the students to follow speech models and also hear their own voices. It trains in pronunciation, enunciation, diction and other nuances of the English language.


The University Museum is a pet project of Don Jaime Hernandez, the Founder of the University of Nueva Caceres. It started on October 1, 1952, having as one of its primary aims to collect objects of interests in the arts and sciences. The UNC is the second educational institution in the Philippines to have a museum.

Curators of the UNC Museum
Hon. Ignacio Meliton, (1952 – 1967)
Mr. Honorio Torres, (1967 – 1969)
Mr. Rodolfo Baking, (1969 – 1970)
Mr. Isidro Atienza, (1970 – 1972)
Mr. Rosalio Parrone, (1972 – 1975)
Mrs. Lydia San Jose, (1976 – 1979)
Mr. Benjamin Dy – Liaco, (1981 – 1983)
Miss Salvacion A. Ramos, (1979 – 1981); (1984 – 1996)
Mr. Clodualdo Ceron, (1996 – 2017)

The UNC Museum is the 1st Museum in Bicol (October 1, 1952) with the biggest and most varied collection consisting of historical – cultural pictures and documents/realias and models on UNC/Bicol and our country on the 4 periods of our history: the Ancient, the Spanish, the American, and the Republic. A mini – global collection ends the presentation. The temporary exhibit uses the central gallery.

The total number of visitors annually is 10, 000 consisting of UNCeans and both local, provincial, regional, national educational tours and international visitors. Admission is free of charge.

The University of Nueva Caceres is the second, private educational institution in the Philippines to have a Museum. When the late President Emeritus Jaime Hernandez founded the Nueva Caceres Colleges, one of his dreams for the future University was the establishment of a school Museum. He wanted to build sanctuary where historical relic, especially those of Bicol might be preserved for posterity, thus on October 1, 1952 the Museum was founded with the late Ignacio Meliton as the first Curator.[13]

Student GovernmentEdit

  • University Student Government - is the sole supreme de jure student government of the University of Nueva Caceres.[14]
  • Student Congress - it is the legislative branch of the University. Student Government is composed of elected representatives from the different colleges of the University.[15]
  • Student Tribunal -it is the judiciary branch of the University Student Government.[16]
  • Student Election Commission - it is composed of seven Commissioners.[17]
  • Student Audit Commission -[18]
  • Federation of Student Organizations, Fraternities, and Sororities -[19]

Notable alumniEdit


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  2. ^ [2], AyalaEducation
  3. ^ [3], Oldest&FirstUniv
  4. ^ [4], PACU-COA Accreditation
  5. ^ [5] Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine, UNC Web Portal
  6. ^ [6], UNC Topnotchers
  7. ^ [7], Ayala buys UNC
  8. ^ [8] Archived 2015-07-31 at the Wayback Machine, Ayala Website
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  10. ^ [10], UNCNewPresident
  11. ^ [11], UNC Publications
  12. ^ [12], UNC Community Extension
  13. ^ [13], UNC Museum
  20. ^ "Vote PH 2016: Leni Robredo". Philippine Daily Inquirer. April 10, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  21. ^ Leni Robredo files candidacy for House seat (2012-10-05)
  22. ^ Leni Robredo ready to enter politics (2012-10-05)
  23. ^ Leni Robredo appointed LP chair in CamSur (2012-10-05)
  24. ^ Leni Robredo eyes RTC judge post in QC (2012-10-05)
  25. ^ [

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