Philippine Normal University

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Philippine Normal University
Pamantasang Normal ng Pilipinas


Motto Truth, Excellence, Service


Type Public
President Lutgarbo B. Barbo
Location Manila, Philippines
Address Taft Ave. Ermita, Manila
Campus Urban
Affiliations ASAIHL
Public transit access Bus, Jeepney and LRT

Geronima T. Pecson Hall, the main building of the Philippine Normal University - Manila

Philippine Normal University or PNU is a University in Manila, Philippines. Established in 1901 by the Americans, it was originally an institution for the training of the teachers. It is located in the Ermita Dictrict. Situated in Manila's premier civic center, where the Manila City Hall, Rizal Park and National Museum of the Philippines are also located. Throughout its more than 100 years of existence it spurred four more campuses around the country. These are the Cadiz City, Agusan del Sur, Quezon, and Isabela campuses.


Brief History

The Philippine Normal University (PNU), was originally the Philippine Normal School (PNS) created on January 21, 1901 by Americans through Act No. 74 of the Philippine Commission. It, however, formally opened on September 1, 1901, as an institution for the training of teachers. For more than two decades, PNS offered a two-year general secondary education program. It was only in 1928 when it became a junior college offering a two-year program to graduates of secondary schools. When PNS was converted into the Philippine Normal College (PNC) in 1949 through Republic Act 416 (the Charter of the College), the four-year Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEE) program was introduced. Subsequently, other undergraduate programs ensued such as the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) with specialization in Elementary Education; a BSEE major in Home Economics; and a three-year Combined Home Economics diploma.

In 1953, the Graduate School was established. Equipped with a legal mandate, PNC included the Master of Arts (MA) in Education curriculum in the academic program. However, the organization of a full-fledged Graduate School came five years later.

It was only in 1970 when the Bachelor of Science in Education curriculum, offering major and minor subjects, was introduced. The passage of Republic Act 6515 which amended Republic Act 416 in July 1972 paved the way for the offering and conferment of the Doctor of Education (Ed. D) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) degrees and the provision of other academic programs relevant to the in-service training of teachers, school supervisors, administrators, researchers, and other educational specialists and personnel. Curriculum development, revision, adaptation played an important role in ensuring high scholastic standards for the institution.

As it gained its foothold in teacher education, PNC established branches in Agusan del Sur, Isabela and Negros Occidental. Aside from the creation of campuses, the College expanded its services, most significant of which was its designation as the Curriculum Development Center for Communication Arts (English and Filipino) under the Language Study Center-Educational Development Projects Implementing Task Force (LSC-EDPITAF) Project and afterward as Center of Excellence (CENTREX) in English, Filipino and Values Education. Its major functions included the development of English and Filipino textbooks and teacher manuals for use in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide, and the conduct of national level trainers-training programs for the Bureau of Secondary Education Department of Education, Culture, and Sports and the Fund for Assistance to Private Education.

The school was elevated to university status on December 26, 1991, under Republic Act 7168. A fourth campus was born in the municipality of Lopez in Quezon Province.

Since its foundation a century ago, PNU’s dynamism has been vigorously sustained. It continues to serve as collaborative partner in various government and private-sector educational projects. In further recognition of its leadership role, the University was designated as Center of Excellence in Teacher Education (COE) for the National Capital Region and Center of Excellence in Filipino at the national level.

On its centennial anniversary celebration on September 1, 2001, the University highlighted its 100 years of service and leadership in teacher education. As it begins its journey for the next centenary, it renews with dynamism its commitment toward the pursuit of excellence in this noble undertaking.

Students of the Philippine Normal University

Notable Faculty and Alumni

Josefa Llanes Escoda, Patriot and Founder of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines
Lorenza M. Agoncillo, Patriot and Educator
Aurora Aragon Quezon, Former Philippine First Lady
Josefa Edralin Marcos, Mother of Ferdinand Marcos
Mariano Marcos, Father of Ferdinand Marcos
Conrado Benitez, Founder of the Philippine Womens University
Francisco Benitez, First Dean of UP College of Education, Former Secretary of Public Instruction
Edwin Bingham Copeland, Founder of the UP College of Agriculture
Cecilio Putong, Former Secretary of Education
Nilo Rosas, Former Undersecretary of Education and PNU President
Severino Montano, National Artist (Theater), Former Dean of Instruction of Philippine Normal College
Roberto Padua, Former CHED Commissioner
Ester Ogena, Director, DOST-Science Education Institute
Ruth Mabanglo, Palanca Hall of Fame Awardee
Fe Hidalgo, Former Secretary of Education
Lutgardo Barbo, Current President of PNU
Rosa Castillo-Bautista, Founder of the University of Baguio
Esteban Abada, Former Senator and Undersectrary of Education
Maximo Maguiat Kalaw, Essayist and Fiction Writer
Genoveva Edroza-Matute, Fiction Writer, Former Dean of Instruction
Vitaliano Bernardino, Former Undersectrary of Education and SEAMEO Director
Magnolia W. Antonino, Former Senator
Pedro Tamesis Orata, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and Former Dean of Philippine Normal College
Jejomar Binay, Mayor of Makati
Mona Valisno, Presidential Assistant for Education
Nemah N. Hermosa, Dean of Faculty of Education, UP Open University
Milwida M. Guevara, President and CEO of Synergeia Foundation, Gawad Haydee Yorac Awardee
Sonia Zaide, Historian
Raul Gonzalez, Secretary of Justice, Lecturer
Bonifacio Sibayan, Founder of Liguistic Society of the Philippines, Former PNU President
I.V. Mallari, Essayist
Erlinda C. Pefianco, Former Secretary of Education
Minda C. Sutaria, Director of SEAMEO INNOTECH, Former Undersectretary of Education
Dr. Michael StaJuana,1994 Outstanding Young Educator of the Philippines, former DECS Division Supervisor, founder-Search for the Ten Muntinlupa Outstanding Students.





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