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Motto  Deus, Patria, LETRAN
Phone  +63 2 527 7697
Founded  1620
Undergraduate tuition and fees  48,627 PHP (2015)
Mascot  Johnny The Big Knight
Colors  Blue, Red
Colegio de San Juan de Letran
Type  Private, Roman Catholic, Dominican
Established  1620: Colegio de Niños Huerfanos de San Juan de Letran and Colegio de Huerfanos de San Pedro y San Pablo
Chancellor  Very Rev. Fr. Bruno Cadoré, OP, S.Th.D
Rector  Rev. Fr. Clarence Victor Marquez, OP, S.Th.D (Letran-Manila, Letran-Bataan); Rev. Fr. Honorato C. Castigador, OP (Letran-Calamba)
Location  Intramuros, Manila,  Philippines
Address  151 Muralla St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Founder  Don Juan Geronimo Guerrero
Notable alumni  Manuel L Quezon, Vicente Liem de la Paz, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Ladislao Diwa
Similar  San Beda College, Arellano University, San Sebastian College, Lyceum of the Philippin, Mapúa Institute of Technology

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Colegio de San Juan de Letran, (CSJL, Filipino: Dalubhasaan ng San Juan de Letran, colloquially, "Letran") is a Private Roman Catholic Dominican institution of learning located in Intramuros, Manila, in the Philippines. 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 has programs in Business, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Information Technology, Digital Arts, Communication Arts, Accountancy, Engineering. 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), College of Engineering (CoE). The Colegio has successful athletic programs, particularly in basketball, football (soccer), 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.

The Colegio was given Level 3 accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities in the Elementary department, the highest possible level for basic education; Level 2 for the High School department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), and the College of Business Administration and Accountancy (CBAA).

Letran remains in its original campus in Intramuros, Manila and is a member of the Intramuros Consortium.

Intramuros colegio de san juan de letran and baluarte de san gabriel philippines


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 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.

In 1738, six scholarships were granted by the king of Spain for Chinese, Japanese, and Tongkinese (Vietnamese) students. Vicente Liem de la Paz, Letran's foremost alumnus and heavenly patron, was among the students who enjoyed this scholarship.

The Colegio's Symbol


The Colegio’s seal bears the Maltese Cross dating back between 1696 and 1716. The Maltese Cross is the eight point cross of Amalfi, a town in Italy whose merchants founded a hostel for the pilgrims of Jerusalem. The group became the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, who transferred to Malta in 1530 and was allowed to stay on condition that they swear allegiance to Emperor Charles V of Spain. They became known as the Knights of Malta from then on and because of their pious works they earned for themselves a place of honor within the Church. Undoubtedly, Don Juan Geronimo Guerrero, one of the founding fathers of Letran was a Knight of Malta. The silver cross on a blue and red field encircled by the wreath of green laurel represents the pattern of perfection of which all minds that come to Letran are molded. Its silver bespeaks of the purity which must be attained. The blue and red field indicates Letran, the battleground where the vile things are fought against the daunted and where ultimately the consummate ideal of the cross is accomplished. For that ultimate triumph, there is the wreath of green, ever fresh for every victory.


Coat of Arms

At the top of the shield is the Knight, the title and name all members of the Letran community, most especially the students must be known. At the left side of the figure is the spear and at the right side is the torch, symbolizing truth and courage every Knight must have in the pursuit of quality integral formation. The shield itself contains the Dominican cross, colored black and white, signifying that Letran is a Dominican institution. At the center is the Letran seal of a silver cross on a blue and red field encircled by the green wreath laurel. O n it hangs the Colegio’s motto, summarizing the core values of love of God, country and Letran to which every Letranite must subscribe.



Our motto in the triune ideal of God, country, and Alma mater. First, God, as God cannot but be first. Then, the fatherland, as all bounties of God are rooted deeply in the land upon which she stands. Then finally, the school - she is the mother who takes the minds in her hands and fashions them in accord with her supreme ideal. Her magnificence is measured by this supreme ideal.


Blue and Red Colors

Blue stands for loyalty and justice. It is the loyalty and justice of the blue-blooded, a loyalty of noblest form and a sense of justice which grasps fully well the order of values. Red is for consummate bravery— that firmness of heart, that staunchness of will, that openness of mind. It stands for the firmness of a martyr who welcomes the heathen’s sword across his neck and a hero who saves countless lives as the price of his own. The colors of Letran are blue and red, not red and blue. For consummate bravery asks for consummate cause. The martyr marches firmly towards the scaffold only in complete faithfulness to his creed, and the hero offers his whole life only in such whole offertory does justice to a sublime cause. Bravery simply for the exquisiteness of spilled blood, which ends in supreme sacrifice for a trivial or for no account, is not Letran’s.


19th century

In May 1865, Letran was graded as a College of the First Class by royal decree ordered by Queen Isabella II and, as a result, the school population rose considerably.

In 1886 rector Fr. Bernardino Nozaleda re-organized the school's curriculum into the Lower, Middle, and Superior grades (Infima, Media y Superior) to conform to modern European and American teaching patterns.

20th century

Further expansion took place in 1894 and adjustments were made with the arrival of the Americans in 1900.

After celebrating its tricentennial, Letran was headed by the Rev. Fr. Martin Guillet O.P., who was tasked with replacing Letran's old infrastructure and constructing a new and modern building.

The new facilities were inaugurated and blessed by Rev. Fr. Martin Guillet O.P.. The new St. John the Baptist Building became the Colegio's main building and facade. These events were followed by the construction of the Elementary, High School and College buildings replacing the old structures respectively. The buildings were named after the Dominican founder and saints.

World War II

The growth of the Colegio was temporarily arrested when the building was bombed in 1941 and turned into a garrison by the Japanese army in 1944. The Colegio was temporarily housed in the Dominican church and convent of San Juan del Monte. In school year 1942, classes were temporarily transferred to the Dominican Sanctuario of San Juan del Monte. After the war, Letran returned to its home in Intramuros and resumed operations in 1946. Several new construction projects were inaugurated to replace the old structures wrecked by the war.

First Filipino rector

The first Filipino rector and president of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran was Fr. Isidro Katigbak O.P. who served for four straight years. Letran has served by the majority of Spanish rectors and presidents for over 400 years.

Recent history

The school began accepting female students in its college department in the 1970s while the grade school and high school departments started accepting female enrollees in June 2005.

In April 2007, Fr. Tamerlane Lana O.P. was elected rector and president of Letran, of the Intramuros and Abucay campuses, by the Board of Trustees to serve a four-year term until April 2011. Fr. Lana became the 80th rector of the Manila campus. Fr. Lana's administration has undertaken the task of changing and upgrading on the Colegio's academic standards to meet those required to attain university status. This work also includes the revision of the vision and mission, research development, community service, and the 12-year strategic plan for 2008 until 2020, the quadricentenary of the colegio.

In October 2007, two former Letran administrators were among the 498 Spanish martyrs beatified by Pope Benedict XVI. They are Fr. Jesus Villaverde Andres, OP, a former rector; and Fr. Antonio Varona Ortega, OP, a former professor and moderator of the NCAA Philippines.

On July 3, 2008, Fr. Lana formally launched the Letran Center for Intramuros Studies (LCIS). The initiative to establish the center sprang from the 12-year development plan as the school hopes to become a leader in cultural and historical studies, particularly on the subject of Intramuros. The day also marked the 435th anniversary of the signing of the royal decree by King Philip II in San Lorenzo, Spain on July 3, 1573 that prescribed the foundation of Hispanic colonial towns, which served as basis for the systematic layout for the establishment of Intramuros, which was known then as Spanish Manila.

In April 2011, Fr. Tamerlane Lana O.P. was re-elected rector and president of Letran for a second term (2011–2015).

In June 2015, Fr. Clarence Victor C. Marquez, O.P. was elected 81st Rector and President of Letran Manila and Bataan (2015-2019).


The Colegio de San Juan de Letran - Intramuros, Manila has for each classroom two air-conditioning units, overhead and LCD projectors and television sets, and DVD players for science classrooms.

The colegio is composed of seven buildings:

St. John the Baptist Building

Also known as the Administration Building, it houses the office of the rector and president. It houses the Admission Office, Financial Affairs Office, The Letran Center for Intramuros Studies Office (LCIS), Guidance Counselor Office, the Information Technology Center, College of Business Administration and Accountancy, College of Education, and the Institute of Information Technology. The bookstore, lobby, speech laboratory, and chapel are also in this building. The St. John Lateran convent of the Letran Dominican Fathers is located here.

St. Dominic de Guzman Building

The building who was named after the founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). This building houses classrooms, Science and Psychology Laboratory, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and The Institute of Communication.

St. Thomas Aquinas Building

This building houses the Library and Media Center for Communication Arts students. The Media Center has two sections: Instructional Media and Broadcast Media. It provides human and material resources for instructional and broadcast purposes. Among the facilities are an audio-video library, viewing rooms, instructional media resources for circulation. Services include lending of instructional materials, rendering the execution of art work, photo coverage and black-and-white photo developing and printing. For broadcast media facilities, the TV production studio, radio production and studio post-production. Services offered are audio and video production and editing, video coverage, etc. Several facilities are the Apple Mac-Lab Editing Suite, TV Studio, Radio Mini Station and many more. The library is divided into sections:

  • Filipiniana Section
  • Circulation Section
  • High School Library
  • Graduate School Library
  • Media Library
  • Internet Section
  • Periodical Section
  • Archives Section
  • The St. Thomas Building has a television for televiewing purposes.

    St. Raymond of Peñafort Building

    This building is also known as the High School Building. St. Raymond of Peñafort houses the Office of the Vice Rector for Religious Affairs. It includes the Accounting Stock Room, Lost and Found Office, Hospitality Management Facility, Auxiliary Services, Audit Services, Letran Alumni Association Office, and the Center for Community Development Office. The school clinic is in this building.

    St. Albert the Great Building

    This building is also known as the Student Center Building because it houses student facilities such as the canteens, a modern 400-seat auditorium, Office of the Student Affairs, Letran Student Council Office, the Graduate School faculty room and student lounge, six SC classrooms, Thesis Section, The Lance Publication Office, and the Office of the Dean in Graduate School.

    St. Antoninus Building

    It holds the Letran's several computer laboratories for the Information Technology students and the Philippines' first Microsoft IT Academy. It also houses the IQUAME Working Room.

    St. Vincent Ferrer Building

    It serves as the elementary building and it houses the music rooms and the chaplain's office. This building is now under construction and it will houses the basic education department and engineering laboratories once completed.

    Blessed Antonio Varona Gymnasium

    It is the home of the Knights and Squires of the NCAA and other sports competitions. Letran Gym has a three physical education classrooms with a centralized air-conditioned units. It houses the Letran Hall of Fame and the P.E. faculty. The Letran Gym is named in honor of Blessed Antonio Varona, OP, former Letran Professor and Athletics Moderator.

    San Vicente Liem dela Paz Dormitory

    The dormitory of Letran Manila.

    Basic Education

    The Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila has a Basic Education department that has been in existence for almost 400 years.

    The Elementary Level caters a two-year start from pre-school and six years of elementary, Now forming part of the Basic Education Department of the Colegio, the elementary level starts from the first two yearsof pre-school – Kindergarten and Preparatory – and six years of elementary education. The pupils in this Department are called Pages, the name given to those who are in the first stage of knighthood. Here, pupils are taught the basic rudiments not only of reading, writing, and arithmetic but also of other areas, which include character formation.The Elementary Department of Letran Manila is located at the St. Vincent Ferrer building.

    The Letran High School continues to put premium on the quality delivery of its education services as it continuously works for the improvement and upgrading of its material and human resources. Now one of the pillars of the Basic Education Department of the colegio, the other being the Elementary Level, the Letran High School has extended the offering of quality education to high school girls when it opened its doors to Lady Squires during the school year 2005–2006 in the First Year and during this school year 2006–2007 in the First and Second Year Levels. The High School Department is in the St. Raymond of Penafort building.

    College of Business Administration and Accountancy

    The College of Business Administration and Accountancy offers a wide range of business courses especially in management. Letran's CBAA was known as the flagship college of the institution. The college produced many alumni and students who excelled in the field of business: one of these is the prominent Filipino businessman Enrique Zobel de Ayala — the first patriarch of the Zobel de Ayala family.

    Program offerings

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management major in:
  • Cruise line Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with Culinary Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in :
  • Human Resource Management and Development
  • Business Economics
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Same as the CBAA, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or CLAS is the flagship college offering courses in the colegio. Its Liberal Studies program offers required subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Languages and Health, and Physical Education. It also offers majors in Communication Arts, Psychology, Political Science, AB Advertising, AB Public Relation, AB Journalism, and AB Broadcasting. It likewise offers subjects required in all courses such as Seminar Workshop and Practicum (SWP), Research Methods and Practicum (RMP) where students are required to undertake " on the job training" and come up with a research paper (thesis). Community Service is given a central place in all courses. The CLAS also offers as part of its core curriculum subjects such as theology and other supplemental activities like parish exposure, retreats and recollection, community outreach program to our adopted communities.

    CLAS was accredited by the PAASCU in May 2005.

    The CLAS also has programs that focus not only improving research in the Colegio, such as evaluation of the panel members, thesis advisers and even the defense proceedings to ensure quality research outputs by our students. The best theses awards program will be implemented this school year.

    Foreign languages as electives such as Mandarin, French, Spanish and Japanese are also offered in the CLAS.

    Members of the college's staff have been required to have master's degrees and are required to continuously improve themselves academically and professionally by attending seminars, workshops, conferences etc. and to participate in spiritual, social and cultural activities in and out of the Colegio. The annual Echo Seminar organized by the CLAS is an opportunity for all faculty who had attended various activities outside to share their experiences and insights and give impetus to stimulating academic interactions among the faculty. Likewise, the faculty of each area are required to come up with an action research output presented in a colloquium spearheaded by the RPOD. Moreover, the faculty and staff had been encouraged to use Technology as an educational tool in research; to facilitate effectiveness and efficiency in office operation and Instruction.

    Program Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts in Legal Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Institute of Communication

    The Institute of Communication, called iComm, offers programs, several of which are considered as the flagship courses of the Colegio. For 10 consecutive years, students of the Institute of Communication brought home awards from the Catholic Mass Media Awards and Metro Manila Film Festival for student categories. Letran iComm students also won the prominent Student Academy Awards, the IBDA'A Awards. The institute was also awarded as 'School of the year' by the Philippine Quill Awards. And also, IComm has been producing multi-talented students that excels inside the Colegio.

    Program Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts in Advertising
  • Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
  • Bachelor of Arts major in Communication
  • College of Education

    The College of Education of Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila also serves courses for Secondary Education. The CoE of Letran Manila also got 100% Passing rates from the LET Licensure Examinations.

    Program Offerings

  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Major in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Major in Mathematics
  • College of Engineering

    The Colegio is aiming to help supply that demand by producing quality engineers who are also God-centered and patriotic.

    The college of Engineering is a separate college, with its own Dean and faculty members. Like the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Business Administration and Accountancy, Engineering will be expected to project Letran's uniqueness and brand of excellence in the delivery of educational services to young people.

    The soon-to-be-offered Engineering programs are meant to solidify one of the Colegio's thrusts, stated by Rector and President Rev. Fr. Tamerlane Lana, O.P. as "to be attuned both with the present and with the future so that it can continue to move forward and remain relevant and responsive to the needs of the times."

    Program Offerings

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (CE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (IE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE)
  • Institute of Information Technology

    The Institute of Information Technology of Letran Manila is the first recognized Microsoft IT Academy in the Philippines. It is one of the academic institutions that offers a degree in Information Technology mapped with the premier certification from Microsoft.

    Program Offerings

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with specializations in:
  • Database Management
  • Software Development
  • Systems Engineering
  • Digital Arts (in partnership with Arena Multimedia)
  • Associate in Computer Technology (Certificate Course)
  • Graduate School - Professional School for Continuing Education in Business

    The Letran Graduate School is located at the St. Albert the Great building.

    'Program Offerings:

  • Master of Business Administration - Standard Program
  • Master of Business Administration - Special Management Program
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • 'Program Offerings (Letran Graduate School - Calamba, Laguna):

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master in Management Major in Engineering Management (MM-EM)
  • Master in Management Major in Government Management (MM-GM)
  • Master in Management Major in People Management (MM-PM)
  • Master in Management Major in Information Technology Management (MM-ITM)
  • Master in Management Major in School Management (MM-SM)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Major in Management (PhD-M)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Major in People Management (PhD-PM)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Major in Information Technology Management (PhD-ITM)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Major in School Management (PhD-SM)
  • "Vision 2020" - Letran's Quadricentennial

  • The Colegio already installed researchers in the field of Social and Political Sciences, History, and Community Development.
  • Also installed is the Letran Center for Intramuros Studies (LCIS). Letran is also the Center for Human Rights in Manila and Bataan (for Letran Bataan Campus).
  • Province establishes Letran System On Aug. 08, as the Dominican Province of the Philippines celebrated the Feast of our Holy Father St. Dominic de Guzman, the brethren from different communities and institutions gathered together at Aula Pio V to witness an occasion that gave birth to the Letran System, which integrates the Letran Colleges (Manila, Calamba and Bataan) and Our Lady of Manaoag College (Manaoag, Pangasinan). This action was taken to realize the Acts 123 of the Tenth Provincial Chapter. In that provision, it is stated that there will be two systems for DPP educational institutions: the Letran System and University of Santo Tomas System. The event started with an Invocation led by the Dominican Postulants and followed by the singing of the National Anthem. The Prior Provincial, Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner III, OP, then gave the opening remarks. An AVP of Letran Schools prepared by Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila was shown. After which, Fr. Honorato Castigador, OP, of Letran-Calamba discussed the rationale of the said activity. Father Castigador also shared the experiences in coming up with this Letran System and the constitution that binds the System. The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement of the Rectors of each campus followed: Fr. Orlando Aceron, OP, represented Letran-Manila and Bataan in place of Fr. Tamerlane Lana, OP; Fr. Honorato Castigador, OP, represented Letran-Calamba; and Fr. Jerry Manlangit, OP, represented Our Lady of Manaoag College. The closing remark was given by Father Aceron. The Schola Cantorum of the Dominican Studentate led the singing of the Dominican blessing as closing prayer. Source:(Dominican Province of The Philippines)
  • Letranite Life and Culture

  • Binyag Arriba - Freshmen Orientation day
  • Letramurals - Letran annual college intramurals
  • Cinema Knights - Pelikuletran is an annual showcase of short films made by senior Communication Arts students.
  • Arriba Fest - Primered by the Eucharistic Celebration, the Arriba Fest is the Letranite way of celebrating Christmas. It is one of the most awaited events of the year showcasing different performances from different student organizations, and live bands, which is complemented with an extravagant show of pyrotechny. It also featured a Holy Mass and The Grand Fireworks Display. The main highlight, however, was gift giving. A Giant Christmas tree was erected at the Lobby of the Colegio where Letranites placed their donations for the victims of Typhoon Uring.
  • Paskong Arriba
  • Hakbang Arriba - Pilgrimage for college students
  • Sulong Arriba - (Letran Baccalaureate Mass) Ceremony of the Light, The Sending off Rites and Graduation Ball
  • Student Organizations

  • Deans’ Listers Society of Letran
  • Entrepreneur's Society of Letran
  • Litratista Letranista (Official Photography Organization of the Colegio)
  • Letran CHEFS (Culinary, Hospitality, Ecotourism, Flairtending Society)
  • Instituto Scientifico
  • Letran Community Volunteers
  • Letran Debate Society
  • Letran Digital Designer's Den (3D)
  • Letran Engineering Society
  • Letran Future Educators Society
  • Letran Information Technology Society
  • Letran Integrated Media Organization
  • Letran Junior Financial Executives
  • Letran Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants
  • Letran Junior Marketing Association
  • Letran Legal Management Society
  • Letran Operations Management Society
  • Letran Peer Facilitators Association
  • Letran Psychology Society
  • Letran Student Council
  • Letran Student Council Volunteers
  • Letran Tourism Society
  • Sandigang Organisasyon ng Sining at Yaman Angkin ng Letranista (SOSYAL)
  • The Letran POLITICVS
  • Letran DomNet Youth Group
  • Kyoushigen Letran
  • Knights Cable Television
  • Philippine Association of Nutrition - Psi Gamma Chapter
  • Cultural Groups

  • Letran Band (Knights Royal Brigade)
  • Lakas Arriba Cheerleading Team
  • Teatro de Letran
  • Letran Cheering Squad
  • Letran Jazz Endanza
  • Fugue Of the Raging Templar Entertainers (FORTE)
  • Letran Squires' Dance Troupe
  • CSJL Templar Singing Ambassadors
  • Letran Filipiniana Dance Company
  • Athletics

    Letran is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association from 1928 to 1932, and since 1936.

    The Colegio currently participates in basketball, volleyball, football (soccer), track and field, taekwondo, Lawn Tennis,and table tennis. The varsity teams are called Letran Knights (for seniors division), Squires (for juniors division) and Lady Knights (for women's division)

    The seniors basketball team is the 2nd most successful team in the NCAA. Since joining in the 1928-29 season, the Knights have won a total of seventeen titles. The most recent championship came in the 2005 tournament, with a record of 13-1 in the eliminations and 3-1 in the playoffs (2-1 in the Finals) for an overall record of 16-2.

    Their most prominent rivals are the De La Salle Green Archers (before the Green Archers left the NCAA), San Beda Red Lions, San Sebastian Stags and the Mapua Cardinals, their neighbor in Intramuros.

    Colegio de San Juan de Letran - Abucay, Bataan

    Rev. Fr. Rogelio Alarcon, O.P., former rector and president of Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Intramuros, Manila and an alumnus proposed the idea of having another campus in the north. Bataan was chosen. Initially, two sites were presented: Hermosa and Balanga City. Abucay came into the picture later, after three years in the conceptualization stage. By what could be described as heavenly intercession and providential twists, Abucay was selected. The community of St. John Lateran, the Board of Colegio de San Juan de Letran and the Council of the Philippine Dominican Province approved the establishment of Letran-Abucay in 1998.

    Construction started in 2000 in the fifteen-hectare area, donated by Mayor and Mrs. Liberato Santiago, Mr. and Mrs. Nicanor Soriano and Gov. and Mrs. Leonardo Roman. A breathtaking view of the Manila Bay and the surrounding mountains, including Mt. Samat, envelope the site. One of the main attractions of Letran-Abucay is its relatively undisturbed natural area and environment. Indeed, an ideal place for study. The site was chosen because of the natural character it projects- a plateau. Architect and environmental planner, Yolanda David Reyes incorporated this in the overall design and conceptual master planning of the campus.

    Preparations for the establishment of the Letran-Abucay spanned over the terms of three Filipino Dominican provincials: Rev. Fr. Quirico Pedregosa, O.P., Rev. Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P. and Rev. Fr. Edmund Nantes, O.P., an alumnus. Rev. Fr. Edwin Lao, O.P., former rector and president of Letran-Intramuros spearheaded the over-all construction of the building and the formulation of the guiding principles of the institution. The blessing and inauguration on June 4, 2006 coincided with the gathering of the priors and superiors of the Philippine Dominican Province. Bishop Socrates Villegas, D.D., also an alumnus, officiated the Eucharistic celebration and blessing.

    Letran Bataan produced its first batch of graduates in March 2010. Letran Bataan Science High School will open on June 2011

    Colegio de San Juan de Letran - Calamba, Laguna

    When government declared its policy of decongesting Metro Manila, the Dominican Province of the Philippines instituted long-term plan which included the establishment of an extension school in Laguna was prepared by the Commission for the Planning of the Ministry of the Word.

    An 11-hectare tract of land along the foothills of the legendary Mt. Makiling in Bucal, Calamba City, Laguna, was chosen as the site.

    The school was founded on March 11, 1979. Rev. Fr. Ramon Salinas, OP was the project director; Rev. Fr. Jesse Lorete, OP served as the Coordinator of Student/Personnel Services; and Mr. Jose Marcelino, Principal of the Elementary Department of Letran-Intramuros, was the academic provost. Being an extension campus, Letran-Calamba was placed under the supervision of Rev. Fr. Regino Cortez, OP, the rector of Letran-Intramuros.

    On August 7, 1986, Letran-Calamba finally gained its autonomy from Letran-Intramuros with the installation of Rev. Fr. Tamerlane Lana, OP, as its first president and rector.

    With the school buildings still under construction, the first semester of its first school year saw Letran's pioneer instructors (most of whom commuted from Letran-Manila) and students holding classes at the rented half-finished building of Laguna Poly medic Center, Inc. now known as the PAMANA.

    To smoothen the school operations, Rev. Fr. Patricio Apa, O.P. was designated the First Director of Letran-Calamba in 1980. Assisting him as the Academic Provost was Mr. Constante Molina.

    The year 1981 saw the blessing of the four-storey main Building, the three-storey engineering/Elementary/High School Building and the Shop. Various offices and services were expanded to insure the implementation of the development plan and programs. The college departments had their first academic heads; Engr. Dominador Chua for Engineering and Commerce, and Rev. Fr. Enrico Gonzales, O.P. for Arts & Sciences.

    Letran-Calamba graduates took the board examinations both in Mechanical Engineering and Certified Public Accountant licensing exam with several of the Mechanical Engineering board passers landing on top positions. In 1987-1991, Letran placed 20th (average ranking by the Professional Regulation Commission) in the Overall National Passing Percentage of Mechanical Engineers, ranking second in Region IV in the 1987 ME Board Examination.

    Last March 2010 Electronics Engineering examination, 75% of those who took the licensure examination passed which edged up the 27% national passing rate.

    Colegio de San Juan de Letran - Manaoag, Pangasinan

    On August 8, 2014, Our Lady of Manaoag College signed a MOA with Letran-Manila, Letran-Calamba, and Letran-Bataan for the Letran System Integration, and on Sept 6, 2014, the proposal of changing its name to Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manaoag was unanimously approved by its Board of Trustees.

    It was on the 3rd of October that Our Lady of Manaoag College had the launching of its new name. An institutional Mass was celebrated with Br. Jerry Manlangit, OP, the School President, as Main Celebrant and with Br. Roland Mactal, OP, the School’s Assistant Chaplain; Br. Orlando Aceron, OP, the Rector of Letran-Manila, and Br. Raymund Fernando Jose, OP, the Executive Vice President of Letran-Bataan as concelebrants. Before the Mass ended Br. Orlando Aceron, OP, welcomed Letran-Manaoag with a very touching Inspirational Message. After the Mass, a grand motorcade was held, passing through Manaoag, Urdaneta, Binalonan, Laoac, Pozorrubio, San Jacinto, Mangaldan, Dagupan, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, Mapandan, and back to Manaoag. The motorcade was led by the image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag and was participated by pupils and students from all levels, their parents as well as some Alumni of the school. The Delta Com Riders ushered and assisted the motorcade from its starting point to its destination. PNP Manaoag was also visible; P/C Insp. Edison Velo Revita deployed 20 policemen to assist the traffic in spite of their hectic schedule due to their Tactical Inspection scheduled also that day. The Poblacion Baranggay Captain was also present, and he in turn deployed 14 Baranggay Tanods. Through the generosity of Col. David B. Diciano INF(GSC)PA and Col. Pedro C. Dulos, Jr. FA(GSC)PA, Camp Tito Abat lent us two (2) 6×6 Trucks and an Elf with 7 military men to assist. Upon reaching the school, the unveiling of the school’s new name was led by Br. Jerry Manlangit, OP, and Sr. Ma. Lorenza Sajul, OP. It was a very touching moment, I personally witnessed that the students and participants as well as visitors were silently waiting and excited, with their cameras on hand. Then when they caught sight of the new name they jumped and shouted with jubilation. The Binyag Arriba followed, Br. Jerry Manlangit, OP, made the introduction and Br. Anthony Eudela, OP “baptized” them. After the Binyag Arriba, there was an exhibition of the Arriba Letran Drum and Lyre Corps. An Inspirational Message from Br. Jerry Manlangit, OP, emphasizing on the Arriba Letran Spirit, followed. After which was a viewing of the official video of the Letran System Integration followed by the most awaited moment, the singing of the Letran Hymn. Henceforth, the Rosarian Letranites armed with the Arriba Spirit will venture towards the future facing every challenge with Letran-Manila, Letran-Calamba, and Letran-Bataan united as one. Arriba Letran-Manaoag! Source: (Dominican Province of the Philippines)

    Official Publications

  • The Lance, the official student publication of Colegio de San Juan de Letran - Manila
  • The Letran Scroll for the High School Level
  • Letran Page for the Elementary Level
  • Muralla is the literary portfolio of The Lance
  • Letran News for the Administration
  • KNIGHTline for Letran Alumni Association
  • Luz Y Saber - Letran Research Journal
  • Letranense - Yearbook
  • The Shield, the official student publication of Colegio de San Juan de Letran - Bataan
  • The Squires Chronicle, the official student publication of the high school department of Letran - Bataan
  • "Ang Pahayangang Inggo", the official student publication in Filipino language of the high school department of Letran - Bataan
  • The Knight, the official publication of the collegiate department of Letran-Calamba
  • The Squire, the official publication of the high school department of Letran-Calamba
  • Ang Kabalyero, the official publication, in Filipino language, of the high school department of Letran-Calamba
  • The Page, the official publication of the elementary department of Letran-Calamba
  • Barangay Letran, the official publication of the administration and academic schools of Letran-Calamba
  • Lilok - Letran-Calamba research journal.
  • References

    Colegio de San Juan de Letran Wikipedia