2022, November 1. Holy Name University (HNU) - 75th
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Holy Name University – 75th
Holy Name University is a private, Catholic,
research, co-educational basic and higher education institution run
by the Philippine Southern Province of the Society of the Divine
Word in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines. It was founded by Fr.
Alphonse G. Lesage, SVD a Divine Word Missionary.
In July of 1947, Holy Name College, a diocesan school under the
supervision of the SVD Fathers, opened its doors with 919 enrollees.
A local church dignitary, Mons. Gelacio Ramirez, scion of a landed
Tagbilaran family, offered a large downtown building for use as a
school. Fr. Lesage became its first Rector.
In July 1948, Holy Name College was given full government
recognition for a four-year high school, general secondary; in July
1950, for the first to fourth year Liberal Arts, first to fourth
year Bachelor of Science in Education, and a complete elementary
By 1953, government recognition was given to
the College of Law
followed by the Collegiate Home
Economics (BSHE) and the Bachelor of Science in Commerce (BSC)
(1955), the Secretarial and the Bachelor of Science in Elementary
Education (BSEED) (1957).
More courses were added in the ensuing
years earning for HNC the distinction of producing quality
In 1964, the SVDs succeeded in negotiating for the full transfer of
ownership of Holy Name College from the Diocese of Tagbilaran.
To mark its change in ownership the school was renamed Divine Word
College of Tagbilaran (DWCT).
The SVD Fathers continued to give emphasis to faculty development
and the improvement of facilities. A ten-year
development plan was submitted to the Commission on Higher Education
(CHED) as part of the documents required for university status.
On November 19, 2001 Divine Word College of Tagbilaran (DWCT) was
granted university status. To underscore continuity and
commitment to its original ideals, the name Holy Name University was
This development was a prelude to the much-awaited and long-sought
university status. On November 19, 2001 Divine Word College of
Tagbilaran (DWCT) was granted university status. To underscore
continuity and commitment to its original ideals, the name Holy Name
University was unanimously adopted to banner the school’s
progressive march to the future.