MLQU Manila was a slowly dying institution before property developer New San Jose Builders, Inc. acquired ownership of the 69-year old university in October 2014.
Founded in 1947, Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) started as a small Law School in an old building at the corner of Mendiola and Legarda with 643 students. They soon transferred to a bigger location at R. Hidalgo and ventured out to giving courses on Education, Commerce, Engineering, Business Administration and Architecture. They achieved University status in 1958.
Some of the famous personalities who earned their degrees in MLQU includes, Senator Alberto Romulo, Senator Blas Ople, Playwright Rustica Carpio, Justice Secretary Sedfrey Ordonez, Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos, DAR Secretary Roberto Pagdanganan, Justice Secretary Ricardo Puno Sr., Senator Wigberto Tanada (who was present last Friday) and many others.
Quezon is Home
Last Friday (August 19), during the celebration of the 138th birth anniversary of Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel Luis Quezon (1978-1944) – MLQU has marked another milestone in the institution’s history as they symbolically unveiled in its new Quezon City home, the painting of the late President done by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo and donated to the school by the alumni class of 1952.
It was welcomed by MLQU officers, alumni, guests and one of the fathers of Quezon City, former Mayor and House Speaker, Congressman Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr.
Here is Congressman Sonny Belmonte sharing his experiences with MLQU:
Also present were, CREBA National Chairman Noel Toti Carino, MLQU VP for Academic and Administrative Affairs Dr. Vinci Villasenor, EWES President and CEO Mr. Dennis Layug, ACI President Ms. Ellen Chua and ASEP President Engr. Frederick Francis Sison.
The grand unveiling was done at the ground floor of the Victoria Sports Tower located along EDSA-Timog (near GMA) in Quezon City, a building owned by the New San Jose Builders. Why there?
Because MLQU is finally Home!
It all started when the university launched their new center for continuing education at the Victoria Sports Tower last year in October which they called MLQU SPACE, an acronym for “School for Professional Advancement and Continuing Education”. The facility is located at the 2nd level of the building with 30 rooms that can accommodate up to 3,000 students.
Equipped with some state-of-the-art management information systems and basic school facilities such as clinics, laboratories and an old-school but well-maintained library of hard-to-find law books and reference materials, MLQU SPACE is the school’s first facility in Quezon City. But according to MLQU and New San Jose Builders Chairman Dr. Jose Rizalino Acuzar and MLQU President Dr. Isagani Germar, the Victoria Sports Tower school facility was just the first step.
While still maintaining the original MLQU campus in Manila, New San Jose Builders is now in the process of erecting a new 45-story building also within walking distance from GMA Timog and EDSA that will house the first MLQU campus in Quezon City! The school will occupy the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor of the new building and will basically have all the courses offered by their Manila branch and some new pioneering programs which were also revealed during the event last Friday.
Real Estate Management
Dr. Germar said that through their partnership with the Chamber of Real Estate and Builder’s Associations, Inc. (CREBA), the university will be able to provide MLQU students CHED accredited Real Estate Management degree and certificate courses as well as training modules that aim to acquaint students with real estate laws in relation to commercial, rental and private property.
According to Dr. Ed Ong of CREBA, the Real Estate profession has already invaded Urban Planning. That is why there is an actual need for a consortium between builders and environmental planners, and this has been CREBA’s goal since 1992. The realization would be in courses like the one that will be offered through MLQU.
MLQU also partnered with Bloomberg and the East West Educational Specialists, Co. Inc. (EWES) to offer certification programs and review classes aside from carrying Bloomberg EWES’ Financial Markets Professional Program, Faculty Development Program and Professional Service Practicum Programs.
Institute of Build Management
Aside from Law, MLQU is also known for its Architecture and Engineering courses.
With its plan to beef up its Architecture and Engineering programs, MLQU also partnered with American Concrete Institute (ACI) Philippine Chapter and the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP).
In collaboration with ASEP and ACI, MLQU will present the Institute of Build Management that will primarily offer competency-based training programs, certificate and short courses focusing on Technopreneurship, Interior Designs, Landscape Architecture and other innovative programs.
MLQU has already achieved exponential growth in its law enrollment for school year 2015-2016 and with the way they’re handling their affairs this year, there is indeed no way but up for the university that has finally found its way home to Quezon City.
To conclude, one of the speakers in last Friday’s event said, “The Philippine education system was indeed very successful in producing a lot of good professionals but sadly with poor characters, because we educate the minds but not the spirit – we have a need to raise the bar as far as education is concerned.”
This I think should be the goal of all our educational institutions.
Happy Quezon Day! MLQU is Home!
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