University of the East

The University of the East (Filipino: Pamantasan ng Silangan), also known as UE, is a private university located in Manila, Philippines. Founded in 1946, business tycoon Lucio Tan acquired the university in 1990. UE was once labeled as the "largest university in Asia" when its enrollment in the past reached over 65,000 students.[1][2]

University of the East
Pamantasan ng Silangan
University of the East Logo.svg
Former names
Philippine College of Commerce and Business Administration
MottoTomorrow Begins in the East
TypePrivate, nonsectarian, research, coeducation, autonomous university,
basic and higher education institution
Established1946; 75 years ago (1946)
FoundersFrancisco Dalupan Sr.
Hermenegildo Reyes
Santiago de la Cruz
José L. Torres
Enid Mapa
Academic affiliations
ChairmanLucio Tan
ChancellorLinda P. Santiago, Zosimo M. Battad
PresidentEster Albano-García
2219 Claro M.Recto Ave, Sampaloc District, Manila
Metro Manila
14°36′07″N 120°59′22″E / 14.601992°N 120.989524°E / 14.601992; 120.989524Coordinates: 14°36′07″N 120°59′22″E / 14.601992°N 120.989524°E / 14.601992; 120.989524
Main campus:
Manila (4.2 hectares)
Satellite campuses: Caloocan City (UE Cal)
(4.86 hectares)
Quezon City (UERM)
(1.6 hectares)
Santa Rosa, Laguna
(25 hectares)
Alma Mater songPamantasan Ka Naming Mahal (The UE Hymn)
ColorsRed San Beda colors.svg White
AthleticsRed Warriors
Lady Red Warriors
Junior Red Warriors
NicknameRed Warrior
Sporting affiliations
SportsVarsity sports teams:
Basketball Volleyball Beach Volleyball Football Softball Badminton Chess Fencing Judo Swimming Table Tennis Taekwondo Tennis Track & Field
MascotRed Warrior
The logo of University of the East

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted UE autonomous status and recognized 2 of its programs as Center of Excellence and 1 program as Center of Development.[3][4] UE offers degree programs from basic education to graduate studies. UE has two other campuses, one in Caloocan, and its medical school, the UE Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center located in Aurora Blvd., Dona Imelda, Quezon City.


UE Manila facade along Recto Avenue
Panfilo O. Domingo Center for IT Hall, Manila
UE Caloocan Campus
Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building, UE Caloocan
UERM Medical Center

The history of the University of the East starts in September 1946, in a rented room on Dasmariñas St., Manila, where 110 students enrolled in Certified Public Accountant (CPA) review classes. The group of business teachers led by Dr. Francisco T. Dalupan, Sr. that started the sessions made it their objective to help the country, which was still reeling from the war. Of the 110 students, four made it to top spots in the 1947 CPA board Examinations.[1]

On September 11, 1946, five people—namely Dr. Francisco T. Dalupan Sr., Dr. Hermengildo B. Reyes, José L. Torres, Enid Mapa and Santiago de la Cruz—established the Philippine College of Commerce and Business Administration (PCCBA) along R. Papa St. in Sampaloc, Manila. The PCCBA admitted 350 students in the summer of 1947. The following year, more students enrolled and more academic units were organized, and the PCCBA moved to what is now UE's main campus on 2219 Claro M. Recto Avenue.

PCCBA alumni performed successfully in the government's accountancy examinations. Because of this success, the government granted the PCCBA permission to establish other colleges, leading to the establishment of the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Dentistry, and the Graduate School of Business Administration.[1]

The PCCBA was granted university status on July 4, 1951, and was renamed the University of the East. Dalupan became UE's first president and chairman of its Board of Trustees. The first members of the Board were Dr. Hermenegildo Balbino Reyes, a businessman, scholar, and former Vice President of the University of the Philippines; Santiago F. de la Cruz, a CPA and business executive who later succeeded Dalupan as UE president; José L. Torres, a soldier, businessman, and accountant; and Jaime Hernández, former Secretary of Finance.

The succeeding years saw the opening of the colleges of Law, Medicine, and Engineering, as well as the Graduate School of Education. The Graduate School later merged with the Graduate School of Business Administration.

In June 1954, UE opened a new campus, then known as UE Tech, on a 4.86-hectare lot along Samson Road in Caloocan. UE Caloocan, which is now academically autonomous, is headed by a chancellor. The new Tan Yan Kee Academic Building houses the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, and Fine Arts, whereas the College of Engineering has its own building. The UE Caloocan grounds have been used for ROTC and CAT instruction since 1986.

In 1955, the UE purchased a one-hectare lot along Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City, where it established the College of Medicine. On May 17, 1957, the college was converted into a Foundation and named the UE Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC).

In 1962 the University acquired a 5,850-square meter lot across UERMMMC. This became the Research Center for Sciences, Humanities and Culture, which is home to two buildings. One housed the School of Music and Arts and the Ballet School while the other housed the College of Dentistry and research laboratories. The School of Music and Arts, now the College of Fine Arts, moved to the Caloocan campus in 1981. On the mid 1960s Dalupan commissioned the National Artist Guillermo Tolentino to create the symbol of every UEian, the Lualhati from the figure of CBA student Ophelia Salas. The College of Dentistry moved to the Recto (Manila) campus in school year 1988–1989.

In 1967, the late President Diosdado Macapagal, father of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, decided to teach part-time in the College of Business Administration and branded UE as the "People's University".[1]

Together with the expansion came rapid growth in enrollment. From the original 110 students in 1946, the student population steadily grew each year until 1960, when UE became the first Philippine university have an enrollment of over 60,000. The highest enrollment record was achieved during the first semester of school year 1975–1976, with 67,443 students registered. Today, the body of UE alumni is over 250,000 strong.

The economic crisis and recession that hit the Philippines in the 1980s did not spare UE. The devaluation of the peso, rising inflation, the high cost of wages, coupled with faculty, personnel and student strikes affected UE. Enrollment declined. This period intensified into a crisis that almost led to the school's being sold to a foreign religious group. Financial trouble and academic decline continued to burden UE throughout the 1980s. For a brief period in 1984, a controlling interest in the university was held by an entity of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation movement. Students boycotted classes and held protests against the takeover, and in short time control was returned to stakeholders.[5][6]

Dr. Isidro D. Cariño, who became UE president in 1984, began applying measures that included personnel reduction, cost-cutting measures, and renting out school premises and facilities on short- and long-term leases. UE began offering a ladderized curriculum, a special course for executives, programs from the Institute for Computer Studies and Systems, and scholarships for accounting and engineering students. The lease of facilities enabled UE to hold back tuition fee increases in 1986–1987 and 1987–1988.

When Cariño was appointed Secretary of Education of the Philippines in 1990, Panfilo O. Domingo, former President of Philippine National Bank, took over as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and became Chief Executive Officer and Acting President of the University.

Domingo immediately worked to cure the financial ills of the University by retiring its short-term debts and instituting fiscal and operational reforms. Within five years, the University's loans were substantially reduced and the long-accumulated operating deficit was eliminated from the books. At the same time, Domingo began a massive rehabilitation of UE's infrastructure and academics.

University of the East is one of the most financially stable universities in the Philippines in terms of assets. Realizing that education is the only way to escape poverty, Dr. Lucio C. Tan heavily invested in education. He bought the University of the East in 1990, which he considers his biggest feat in promoting education in the country.

In 1992, former Treasurer of the Philippines Rosalina S. Cajucom became UE President. After she retired in mid-1995, Domingo reassumed the presidency until the appointment of Dr. Josefina R. Cortes to the position in 1997. She was succeeded by Mr. Baltazar N. Endriga following her 2003 retirement.

Recently the University was labeled as "One of the Most Wired Universities in the Country"[7] by Computerworld and Enterprise Magazine. Featured in the 2006 Computerworld Premier 100 of Computer World Magazine, the university ranked 15 among the top 100 corporations and companies in the use of Information Technology and is the only educational institution on the list.

The University migrated from ATM to Gigabit Ethernet to support growing online requirements, expanding online learning capabilities and improving administrative functionality at its Manila campus with an Ethernet networking solution from Nortel Networks.[8] The upgrade will significantly improve speed and performance of student and faculty access to online learning resources and academic records. The upgrade will also support the University's plan for a unified communications network ultimately linking the Manila facility with campuses in Caloocan and Quezon City.

On October 6, 2009, the Commission on Higher Education granted the Autonomous Status to the UE-Manila campus.[3]

As of 2012 the University inaugurated the Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building is an eight-story building and the new home of UE Caloocan's Elementary and High School Department (EHSD) kindergarten and elementary pupils and high school students. It was inaugurated on September 25, 2012. The edifice, named after UE's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, features modern classrooms and laboratories, a 500-seater multipurpose hall, a spacious library complete with multi-media facilities, and many more.

By the second semester of SY 2014–2015, College of Dentistry moved to the new seven-storey building extension campus at the former Ever Gotesco Mall along Recto avenue near the UE Manila campus. and the Old Dentistry Building is now used mostly by Grades 11 and 12 students.


POD-CIT building Square, Manila
Tan Yan Kee Garden
Santiago dela Cruz building
UE Manila Annex, Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building
College of Dentistry
College of Education

The UE Manila Campus (main campus) consists of twelve buildings, located on the heart of University Belt area, Sampaloc, Manila. The campus faces Claro M. Recto Avenue, near Mendiola Street and Legarda station. All of the campuses are fully integrated with the Smart ID System. One of the beautification project of the university is the construction of the Tan Yan Kee Garden.

On October 6, 2009, the Commission on Higher Education has granted the Autonomous status to the University of the East-Manila Campus.[3] On September 12, 2012, the University inaugurated the Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building. It is an eight-story building and the new home of UE Caloocan's Elementary and High School Department (EHSD). The edifice was named after UE's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

In 2013 UE Manila Annex was up at the former Ever Gotesco Mall along Recto avenue near the UE Manila. A seven-story Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building housed the brightest UE Dentistry and was open November 2014.

On April 2, 2016 a fire broke out in the second floor of the University of the East-College of Arts and Science Building, the Engineering Building together with the University Chapel caught fire. Leaving the newly renovated CAS building in ruins. The groundbreaking ceremony on May 22, 2017 for the new Lualhati Building would be erected at the footprint of these buildings.

Satellite campusesEdit

  • University of the East Caloocan is located in Caloocan City, along Samson Road. It is an autonomous unit headed by a Chancellor with College of Business Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design, and Elementary and High School Department. UE Caloocan is called Caloocan Campus to distinguish it from the Manila Campus on C.M. Recto Avenue. All of the Colleges are also present at the Manila Campus except the College of Fine Arts.
  • University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC) is located in Quezon City, along Aurora Boulevard. UERMMMC is a non-stock, non-profit foundation and a memorial to President Ramon Magsaysay since 1957. It has five colleges, namely College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Medical Technology and Graduate School.
  • University of the East Laguna –is a 25-hectare satellite campus and hospital located in Eton City, Santa Rosa, Laguna. It opened on April 11, 2016.



Two programs of the University of the East are recognized as Centers of Excellence by the Commission on Higher Education, namely in Medicine and Information Technology. Its Nursing program is recognized as Center of Development. It has 21 programs accredited by Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).[9]

Graduate SchoolEdit

The UE Graduate School resulted from the 1982 merging of the Graduate School of Business and the Graduate School of Education. At present, the UE Graduate School offers master's and doctorate programs in the fields of Business, Education, Public Administration, Sciences, Construction Management, Philosophy, Dentistry and Information Management.

The UERMMMC Graduate School or University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Graduate School offers master's in the field of medicine, public health, nursing and physical therapy.

Accreditations and affiliationsEdit

University of the East is an accredited member of various national and international organizations:

Notable alumniEdit

Former Vice President Noli de Castro

The University of the East has produced thousands of graduates from its over 70 years of existence. Prominents are Manuel "Kabayan" L. De Castro, former Vice President of the Philippines, former Senator and broadcaster. Other senators are Alfredo S. Lim and Robert "Sonny" Jaworski.

The university produced Justices from the Supreme Court of the Philippines, Court of Appeals and other legal luminaries, namely Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin, Justice Dante O. Tinga, Justice Normandie B. Pizzaro, Justice Japar B. Dimaampao, Justice Franchito N. Diamante and Arturo G. Tayag. Also UE has produced many government officials, such as members of the Congress of the Philippines, governors and mayors.[10] Some famous legal counsels include Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, chief of the Public Attorney's Office Persida Rueda-Acosta.

In the field of science, Filipino archaeologist and former director of the Anthropology Division of National Museum of the Philippines Alfredo E. Evangelista finished his bachelor of arts degree in History from the university. Famous poets of the second modernist movement in Filipino poetry include National Artist Virgilio S. Almario, Teo Antonio and Rogelio Mangahas.[11]

Other distinguished alumni are businessmen Andrew Tan and Rizalino S. Navarro. Broadcasters Peter Musñgi, Quinito Henson, Erwin Tulfo, Ramon Tulfo and Ricky Lo. Sports icons such as coach Baby Dalupan, Robert Jaworski, Jerry Codiñera, Allan Caidic, Derrick Pumaren, James Yap and Paul Lee.


Red and White are UE's school colors.

UE Red WarriorsEdit

The Red Warriors is the champion of the 2013 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup. These days, the Warriors are making heads turn as they quickly installed themselves as favorites for the coming UAAP wars with their victory in the preseason tournament.

Zamar, on his second tour of duty for UE after coaching the Warriors in the early 2000s when the team was bannered by now PBA star James Yap, refused to be carried away by the Warriors' victories, saying what matters will be their performance in the coming season.[12]

University of the East is one of the schools in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. UE hosted of the 2006–2007 season with the theme "Achieving Excellence in Sports Through Unity, Harmony and Commitment." The Seniors basketball team is called the UE Red Warriors. The women's teams are called the Amazons, while the Juniors teams are the Pages. The University colors are Red and White.[13]

The University fields teams and has won championships in athletics, basketball, chess, fencing, football, gymnastics, softball and weightlifting in UAAP tournaments. Some UE students have also participated in the Southeast Asian Games and other tournaments.

UE is also a member of Shakey's V-League, Father Martin Cup, and the Home and Away Invitational League (HAIL), where it has won as champion in men's basketball.

The UE Red Warriors were crowned as the champions of the fourth 2006 Collegiate Champions League (CCL). Another Warriors' accomplishment was capturing the HAIL Championship again. The UE Red Warriors ruled the 2007 Home and Away Invitational League (HAIL) basketball tournament, capturing their 3rd straight championship in three years.

The men's basketball team is currently tied with the UST Growling Tigers as the second winningest team in UAAP history, with 18 titles, most of them coming from the time of Robert Jaworski and coach Baby Dalupan. The Red Warriors hold the longest senior basketball championship run with seven straight UAAP titles. They also hold the longest finals appearance streak, with sixteen straight from 1957 to 1972.

UAAP Season 72 Basketball TournamentEdit

Lawrence Chongson, the Coach of the Cobra Energy Drink team in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL)[14]

The University of the East (UE) Red Warriors finally closed the curtains for the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws on their way to the UAAP Season 72 Finals. The Warriors lost the crucial last game of the best-of-three finals with the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles with honor. They thus lost their shot at the Season 72 UAAP crown. First year head coach, Lawrence Chongson lauded his boys for their efforts, especially for their will for not giving up.

UAAP Season 70 Basketball TournamentEdit

The Red Warriors completed a rare 14 – 0 sweep of the elimination rounds, with winning margins above 16 points.

Aside from surpassing the 9 – 0 start of the 1986 UE squad bannered by Jerry Codiñera, the Warriors clinched an automatic finals berth and matching the 14 – 0 record accomplished 14 years ago by the UST Growling Tigers, which automatically claimed them the 1993 title.

The Red Warriors however lost to the De La Salle Green Archers, which swept the Warriors in their best-of-three Finals series in a score of 73–64 victory on Game 2, October 7, 2007 at the Big Dome.

Filoil Flying V Preseason Hanes Cup 2013Edit

The UE Red Warriors defeats NU Bulldogs to snatch the Filoil Flying V Preseason Hanes Cup title via an 81–68 win at The Arena in San Juan.[15]

Roi Sumang came through with a near triple-double effort with 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists to cap a sterling season with the league Master MVP trophy.[16]

UAAP Season 77Edit

In 2014 UAAP Season 77 will be hosted by University of the East with Ms. Carmelita Mateo as president. Eight universities will be competing in fifteen sports to earn points for the general championship. Some of these sports are aired live or on a delayed telecast by ABS-CBN Sports+Action and ABS-CBN Channel 2. All the men's basketball games and the women's volleyball games are aired live by ABS-CBN Sports, the former for the fifteenth consecutive year following the renewal of the contract for the broadcast of the games and the latter since Season 69.[citation needed]


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