In 1907, the CICM Missionaries – also known as Belgian Fathers – arrived in the Philippines, mandated by the Holy See to assist in the evangelization of the northern part of the country. Baguio, then a small mountain village resort in the Province of Benguet and gateway to and from the Gran Cordillera mountain range traversing the Mountain Province (now Cordillera Region), was the perfect choice for a learning institution by the CICM pioneers.
1911. Rev. Fr. Serafino Devesse, CICM, made a dream come true when he founded the St. Louis Mission School, a one-room wooden shack with 10 pupils.
1915. St. Louis Mission School soon became a trade school under Fr. Florimund Carlu and, with the collaborative effort of the Canonesses of St. Augustine, became a full-complement primary school with the start of the intermediate grades.
1921. The school was named St. Louis School after Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, patron saint of the University. St. Louis School was expanded to the high school level with a separate campus on Cathedral Hill for high school boys, and another at Campo Filipino for the elementary and high school girls.
1952. The combined efforts of Bishop William Brasseur, CICM, and Rev. Fr. Rafael Desmedt, CICM, founded the St. Louis College, then consisting of three departments: Education; Liberal Arts; and Commerce and Secretarial. The school had 75 students.
1954. The Colleges of Engineering and Law were started.
1963. St. Louis University became the first private university in Northern Philippines. On this occasion, Bishop William Brasseur spoke: “It is our greatest wish that Saint Louis University may be the Light of the North and that it may diffuse the Christian culture over the whole country.”
1967. The College of Liberal Arts expanded into the College of Human Sciences and the College of Natural Sciences.
1976. The College of Medicine and the College of Nursing were started.
1982. Saint Louis University, after undergoing a rigid period of evaluation, was finally affiliated with the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), becoming the very first tertiary school outside Metro Manila to gain PAASCU accreditation.
1990. The Institute for Information and Computer Science (IICS) was started, and later became the College of Information and Computing Sciences in 1994.
The Institute of Philosophy and Religion was established.
Start of the co-educational set-up at the Laboratory High School.
2007. SLU was conferred anew by the CHED the Full Autonomy Status for a five-year period, i.e., 2007-2012.
The College of Information and Computing Sciences (CICS) is identified as a Center of Development in Information Technology for three years, 2007-2010.
2008. The College of Education was identified as a Center of Excellence in Teacher Education for three year, 2008-2011.
2010. Effective School Year 2010-2011, all Colleges have been renamed Schools.
This is a brief history of SLU taken from the SLU Faculty Handbook.
One of the new projects of the school is the MaryHeights campus, which consist of the Devesse building located at Bakakeng, houses the School of Accountancy and Business Management. I really want to go here because I heard that the school is really wonderful.
SLU has been giving the best education for students for almost a hundred years now. This year, we will celebrate the SLU Centennial. I feel so lucky because I am a part of this big celebration, knowing that the next time that they will be holding an event like this, I don’t exist anymore because this happens only once every one-hundred years. I feel very excited about this event because I have been a Louisian since elementary and I saw how it grew and improved a lot.
Starting this December 2010, there will be lots of varied activities for the SLU Centennial celebration. The whole celebration will last for a year. I feel very excited because there will be lots of surprises stored for all of us, Louisians. I hope SLU will continue its mission to educate young people like me and give us the best education.
Sources: SLU Faculty Handbook, CICM Archive (Manila)