Friday, May 18, 2012

Colegio de San Juan de Letran

Isa sa mga pinakalumang colegio na makikita sa makasaysayang Intramuros ay ang  Colegio de San Juan de Letran o mas kilala bilang Letran.

One of the oldest secondary institution in Asia

Anu ang ambag nito sa kasaysayan ng edukasyon ng Pilipinas? Sino ang nagtayo?

Here some short history about the Letran according to The name San Juan de Letran is derived from the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, considered as the Mother Church of Christendom.Early in the history of the colegio, its chapel was granted many of the privileges enjoyed by the major basilica. Saint John the Baptist, for whom the basilica is named, is the patron saint of the Colegio.
The college was originally founded by Don Juan Geromino Guerrero in 1620, a retired Spanish officer and one of the Knights of Malta, in Intramuros as 'Colegio de Niños Huerfanos de San Juan de Letran. The school was intended to educate and mold orphans to be good Christian citizens.
Around the month of May in 1632, Fray Diego de Santa Maria, O.P. arrived at the Sto. Domingo convent from Spain via Mexico. He was officially assigned to this same convent on April 23, 1633 and was given the task of conventual porter. He founded the Colegio de Huerfanos de San Pedro y San Pablo. As Don Guerrero grew old, the two schools were fused together, and in 1706, the Provincial Chapter of the Dominicans in the Philippines decided to adopt officially the name Colegio de San Juan de Letran in memory of its first founder, Don Guerrero.

**The old facade of the school of San Juan de Letrán

My shoot at Letran 2012

The college was founded in 1620. Colegio de San Juan de Letran has the distinction of being the oldest college in the Philippines and the oldest secondary institution in Asia. It is owned and administered by the friars of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) of the Philippine Dominican Province. The school has produced Philippine presidents, revolutionary heroes, poets, legislators, members of the clergy, jurists, and it is also one of the only Philippine schools that has produced several Catholic saints who lived and studied on its campus. The school's patron saint is St. John the Baptist while its patroness is Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. The campus contains two statues, representing the two foremost alumni in the fields of secular and religious service: former Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon and Vietnamese Saint Vicente Liem de la Paz.

Letran as of now.

Letran has programs in Business, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Digital Arts, Communication Arts, Accountancy, Engineering etc. The colleges are divided into six departments: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), College of Business Administration and Accountancy (CBAA), College of Education (CoEd), Institute of Communication (iCOMM), Institute of Information Technology (iIT), and College of Engineering (CoE). The Colegio has successful athletic programs, particularly in basketball, football (soccer)|football, volleyball, taekwondo, and tennis. Through the years Letran has produced numerous athletes that have donned the national colors (especially in basketball) in international events like the Olympics, Asian Games, Southeast Asian Games, Jones Cup, and FIBA World Championship. Letran is a long-time member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Here some of the shoot at Letran.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran Seal Logo

St. John the Baptist Building

One of the interesting seal of Letran

 Letran Symbol CL

Letran Tower Clock

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  1. Informational. Thanks for sharing. ;)

  2. The last time I was in Letran was in 2010, my aunt used to teach there. Nice shots!

  3. I have been there, pero sa gate lang hehe

    pero really nice shots! ikaw na master!


  4. Letran, Letran, Arriba Letran!

    School ko yans.

    Pero di ko alam na may tower clock pala yan. hahahah.

    Hiwalay ang gym sa actual school. :D

  5. Nice shots! Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. Nice shots and very informative. Thanks for sharing.. :)

  7. Arriba, Arriba Letran! :D Gotta love everything inside Intramuros!

  8. Lagi ko syang naririnig sa History nung elementary pa ako. Pero til pix ko lang nakikita.

  9. great shots! Thank you once again for the short History lesson.

    Those schools in the Manila area really has some rich history :)

  10. I might say it has a good atmosphere for academic learning and the quality of education remains excellent for the past 387 years of its existence(second to UST). hope you find the right choice for you.