De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB, or simply Benilde), is a private Catholic college and member institution of De La Salle Philippines located along Taft Avenue in the district of Malate in Manila, Philippines.
It was established in 1980 during the administration of Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC as the College of Career Development, a night school for working students at De La Salle University-Manila. It was named after Saint Benilde Romançon, a Christian Brother who was an exemplary educator and catechist who taught in France during the 1800s.
In 1985, it was renamed as Community College and was then renamed as the De La Salle University-College of Saint Benilde in 1988, one year after the establishment of the De La Salle University System. In 1994, the college became autonomous, and in 2004, along with a restated vision and mission, was renamed to its present name, dropping the University from its name and became De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
Originally located at the Miguel Hall (formerly the Benilde Hall) of De La Salle University-Manila, the college was transferred to its own campus at 2544 Taft Avenue in 1989. At present, the college has three campuses, the Taft Campus along Taft Avenue, the Angelo King International Center Campus located at Arellano Avenue, and the School of Design and Arts Campus at Pablo Ocampo Street.
The college uses learner-centered instruction and offers innovative degree and non-degree programs designed for the development of professionals in the arts, design, management, service industries, computer applications in business, and special fields in study. The college has also pioneered several degree offerings different from what regular universities and colleges in the Philippines had.
In 1980, De La Salle University, under the administration of Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC, opened an academic unit known as the College of Career Development, an evening school for working students. Presentacion Gabriel of the College of Liberal Arts served as its first dean, where her term lasted from 1980 to 1987. In 1984, the Preparatory Studies Department (PSD) was established in order to allow students to cope with the requirements in subsequent degree-oriented courses in regular undergraduate colleges.
In 1985, the college was renamed as the Community College and Dr. Carmelita Quebengco served as the dean for four years, from 1987 to 1991. The PSD was phased out and replaced by the Arts and Business Studies Area (ABSA) in May 1987. The ABSA offered two courses, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management with emphasis on Human Resources Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Major in Computer Applications.
The Community College was officially renamed to De La Salle University-College of Saint Benilde in 1988, after the establishment of the De La Salle University System. Saint Benilde was selected as the namesake of the college to symbolize its objective of providing innovative education for the verbally but not numerically gifted, late bloomers, handicapped, as well as artists. Saint Benilde made room for his students in Clermont-Ferrand in France no matter what age or mental level they have. He also deliberately learned sign language in order to instruct a Deaf-mute boy for his first Holy Communion.
The ABSA was eventually renamed as the Arts and Business Studies Department (ABSD) and became the college's day program, while the Career Development Department (CDD) remained as the college's evening program. Because of the need for more space, the college was moved to its own campus at 2544 Taft Avenue in 1989. A third major program, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies was offered. Initially, the program was undertaken in consortium with the College of Liberal Arts. The college first offered a Certificate Program in Accounting for the Deaf in 1991.
The new five-storey Duerr Hall adjoining the original building was blessed in 1992. In 1993, the Chapel of the Resurrection in the Duerr Hall was completed and the College Admissions Office was created. It was also in this year that the college was declared a No-Smoking Campus. In March 1994, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the construction of the third and fourth wings to complete the Taft Campus.
|Presidents of DLS-CSB|
|Under De La Salle University-Manila|
|• Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC, 1978-1991|
|• Br. Rafael Donato FSC, 1991-1994|
|Under the De La Salle University System|
|• Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC, 1994-1998|
|• Br. Rolando Dizon FSC , 1998-2003|
|• Dr. Carmelita Quebengco, 2003-2004|
|• Br. Armin Luistro FSC, 2004-2006|
|• Br. Edmundo Fernandez FSC, 2006-2007|
|• Br. Victor Franco FSC, 2007-incumbent|
In 1996, the School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management was formed, and groundbreaking ceremonies for the Angelo King International Center building were held. The following degrees were first offered in the same year: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Export Management; Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management; Bachelor of Arts, Major in Fashion Design and Merchandising; Bachelor of Arts, Major in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs, and the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Deaf Studies. It was also in this year that the college started offering Physical Education classes on campus.
The administration of the vocational programs of the Night College of the De La Salle University-Manila was passed on to DLSU-CSB in June 1997 and the Night College was renamed as the Blessed Arnould Study Assistance Program in September. The first college commencement exercises independent from De La Salle University-Manila were held in October.
In March 1998, the NCAA accepted the college's application for membership to the sports league along with La Salle Green Hills athletes as its high school representatives. The Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts degree, the first of its kind in the country, was offered in 1999, while the Bachelor of Arts in Music Production degree was offered in 2000. Construction of the Angelo King International Center was started in 1998 and was finished and opened in 1999. In 2004, after an uproar in De La Salle University-Dasmariñas caused by the university status issue of DLSU-D and other non-university DLSU System schools that used "DLSU" in their names, Br. Armin Luistro FSC, president of the DLSU System, ordered that all other member tertiary schools not bearing their own charters (namely, Dasmariñas, College of Saint Benilde, Health Sciences Campus, and Canlubang) have the name "University" removed from all correspondences and labels, until they have procured their respective charters. The college then restated its mission and vision and was renamed into De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, dropping the University from its name.
The college is composed of three campuses: the Taft Campus, the Angelo King International Center, and the School of Design and Arts, all located in the vicinity of Malate in Manila. The Taft Campus is a block away from De La Salle University-Manila and located just beside St. Scholastica's College and the Vito Cruz LRT Station. The college is surrounded by several dormitories, condominiums, restaurants, and other establishments. In order to switch campuses, students may either walk or ride cycle rickshaws stationed near the vicinity of the campuses.
Other properties include the Blessed Hilario Hall on Dominga Street which functions as the college's retreat house. Right beside it is the Blessed Scubilion Hall, a residence hall for student athletes. The Solomon Guest House is a restaurant and meeting area located near the Angelo King International Center and is used as a hands-on workplace for selected SHRIM students where they handle all the operations of the establishment.
The Plaza Villarosa, named after Architect Rogelio Villarosa, is located on the second level of the Taft Campus. It is decorated by lush plants and palm trees, has a basketball court, an elevated platform, and several cabañas with stone benches. The Plaza is usually used as a study area and venue for special events and activities in the campus. It is also commonly used as a shooting ground for the photography classes of the Multimedia Arts program. Every term, the plaza is sometimes used as venue for bazaars run by different student organizations. Popular food establishments also temporarily set up stalls in the plaza. The statue of Saint Benilde, originally located on the former front gate of the campus, was moved to the plaza after its completion. Behind the statue is an 18-bell chime, built as a memorial to the Lasallian brothers who were massacred in De La Salle College during World War II. The names of the brothers are inscribed on the bells of the carillon. The carillon and the statue of Saint Benilde, when taken together, stand as the visual representation of the college.
Saint Benilde Romançon, the namesake of the college, believed in the virtue of doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. He was an exemplary educator and catechist, teaching in France from 1821 until is death in 1862. He was canonized in 1967.
The first building of the college was opened on August 11, 1989. It is located at the back of the campus and was designed by Architect Gines Rivera. The building has four storeys, with the first floor occupying two storeys worth of space. At present, the building holds numerous lecture rooms and computer laboratories, the school clinic and cafeteria, and the office of the Academic and Communications Technologies Center. It also houses the offices of the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies and the School of Management and Information Technology. The Student Grants Unit and the Center for Counseling Services can be found near the Backdoor Gate of the building.
Br. Crescentius Richard Duerr FSC, president of De La Salle University from 1961-1966, was a visionary teacher and administrator of La Salle schools in Manila, Bacolod and Iligan City, doing missionary work for 31 years before returning to New York. He was instrumental in the transformation of De La Salle University-Manila in becoming a pillar of Philippine education.
The second building of the campus, originally called "South Wing" because of its location at the southern side of the campus, was blessed on August 10, 1992 and cost 30 million pesos. It is a reverse L shaped structure and features a service ramp and an attractive façade with lush overhanging foliage. At present, it houses the Accounting Office, Faculty and Administrative offices of the School of Multidisciplinary Studies, several offices of the programs of the School of Management and Information Technology, and laboratories of the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies. It has several classrooms and computer laboratories, and an auditorium. It also has a badminton court located on the fifth floor. The on-campus bookstore can be located on the first level of the hall near the Marketing Communications Office and the Career and Placement Office. The Duerr Hall formerly held the Multimedia and Fashion Design laboratories of the School of Design and Arts.
The Chapel of the Resurrection is located on the second floor intersection of the Duerr and Solomon Halls. It features glass doors, stenciled drawing of the praying hands, a sacristy and confessional room, and an altar showing Napoleon Abueva's "Lord of the Resurrection".
Saint Mutien Marie Wiaux was a devoutly religious Brother, who made a tremendous influence on the students under his charge through his patience and piety. He taught in Malonne for 58 years, teaching music and arts alongside Catholic dogma. He was canonized in 1989.
Construction of the third and fourth wings of the campus was approved by the Board of Trustees on January 6, 1993. Groundbreaking ceremonies were made on March 1994, while actual construction began on April 16 of the same year. The Mutien Marie Hall and the Blessed Solomon Hall were blessed at October 29, 1996. Both buildings were designed by Architect Rogelio Villarosa and construction cost 120 million pesos.
The Mutien Marie Hall at present holds most of the lecture rooms. The General Administrative Services Office occupy the first floor while the Br. Fidelis Leddy Learning Resource Center on the other hand, occupies the whole second level of the building. The third floor up to the fifth consists of lecture rooms. There is also a case room for thesis defense located on the third floor. The gymnasium is located on the topmost level of the building. Most of the classrooms in this building are equipped with LCD and OHP projectors, television sets with VHS players, and computers. The Mutien-Marie Hall formerly held the drafting rooms, Industrial Design laboratory and the head office of the School of Design and Arts.
Blessed Solomon Leclerq was martyred in 1792 after refusing to swear an oath that forced the French clergy of the time to support the state. Before that, he was a teacher, director, and bursar, known for his love for people and for his work. He was beatified in 1926, the first Lasallian brother to be given that honor.
The entrance of the campus is located at the first level of the Blessed Solomon Hall facing Taft Avenue. The Admissions Office and the Office of Student Behavior can be found at the ground floor, and near the vehicle entrance is the waiting lounge, popularly known as The Airport because the fixed seats resemble the ones found on most airport terminals. On the other hand, the Office of the Registrar as well as other Executive offices are housed in the second level of the building while the Office of Student Affairs, Office of Culture and Arts, Social Action Office, Sports Development Office, Student Publications Office, and the Student Involvement Office are all located on the third level. On the fourth level there is the Center for Learning and Performance Assessment, a dance room, and a multipurpose room for Physical education classes. On the top level of the Solomon Hall is the Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez Theater, named after the parents of the late Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC.
The Angelo King International Center (AKIC, also as the CSB Hotel-International Conference Center) is a fully operational 4-star hotel located on a 2,100 square meter lot at the corner of Estrada street and Arellano Avenue, two blocks away from the main campus and was formerly used as parking space. It was envisioned to be the first operational hotel-school in the Philippines, where students will be able to experience learning in a real world environment. Groundbreaking rites for the building was done in 1996 but actual construction began in 1998 and was finished a year after and was formally opened in August. It was named after Dr. Angelo King, who gave financial assistance to the construction of the building.
Sharing the space at the building is the CSB Hotel, which has 46 guest rooms and five dormitory type rooms, a conference hall, fine dining restaurant and lobby lounge, cafeteria, library, transport services office, rooftop restaurant, parking space for 126 vehicles, and two service elevators.
The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management occupies four floors with 14 air-conditioned classrooms, a tiered demonstration kitchen, demonstration bar, institutional hot, cold and baking/pastry kitchens with adequate cold and dry storage areas, two basic food laboratories, two computer laboratories, a nutrition laboratory, conference rooms, a clinic, and a chapel. The School of HRIM is served by two passenger elevators and one service elevator.
Near the AKIC building is the Solomon Guest House, which is operated by selected SHRIM students, where they are involved from marketing to meal preparation and service. The SGH also has three rooms and a suite which could be used as venues for private meetings and gatherings.
The AKIC Campus is divided as follows, where the first, second, tenth and twelfth floors are used by the CSB Hotel, and the third to fifth floors are for interior parking while the SHRIM occupes fifth to ninth floors.
The School of Design and Arts Campus (SDA Campus) is a 14-storey academic complex with 55,121.95 m² of usable floor space designed by Lor Calma Design and Associates, with Eduardo (Ed) Calma as the design principal. It was built on a 4,560 m² lot that was formerly used as parking space for the college, located at 950 Pablo Ocampo Street, and about 500 meters away from the Taft Campus. It was originally planned to open in January 2006, but due to construction delays, the opening was moved to May 2007. It is the third, largest, and most advanced campus of the college which houses its largest and busiest school, the School of Design and Arts. While the exact budget for the building is classified, an estimated amount of 1.2 billion pesos was said to be alloted for the whole building project.
The building was dubbed by De La Salle University System president, Br. Armin Luistro FSC as the "jewel in the crown of the De La Salle University System schools", as well as one of De La Salle's most ambitious projects. The building features an architectural design never been used before, with a sophisticated façade and all-glass backside and designed where only the tenth floor upwards is visible. Architect Ed Calma relates that the building will feature louvers which, when illuminated at night, will appear like lanterns and considering the location, the lighting effects would set the building apart from its surroundings.
The opening date of the building was moved to September 2006 when the January 2006 opening cannot be pushed through, but due to construction delays again, a September opening was not possible and the administration hoped for a May 2007 opening instead. The building was delayed due to the intricacy of the architectural design, implementation of the complicated plans, and other problems encountered with the Project Manager and the Contractor. The architectural plans presented design issues which made it difficult to implement plans at a steady rate and construction management encountered conflicts in approach and principles of the onsite technical team. Subsequent need to reevaluate and readjust operational and resource allocation further contributed to the delay. The construction however, gained a steady pace after October 2006 and was completed and inaugurated on April 2007.
The building has four floors of above-level parking space and ten floors of usable workspace served by two service and five passenger elevators and five sets of stairs. It features a Building Management System with intelligent controls for air conditioning; smoke detection and fire alarms; CCTV surveillance security systems; and has its own sewage management plant. The building is also fully Wi-Fi enabled and the first building in the Philippines to be equipped with 10-G Technology. Among of its notable facilities include a 3-storey, 558-seater theater which is cantilevered four storeys above the ground and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, a 520 square meter contemporary art museum which was envisioned to be the first of its kind in the Philippines. On the inside, it has spacious corridors that can double as exhibition spaces. Every classroom is fully-equipped and air-conditioned with its walls folded to have better response to sound. The building also has a cafeteria, a chapel, and a two-floor library in addition to lecture, computer, and seminar rooms. There will also be several video, animation, and sound production laboratories as well as a photography studio and a greenscreen TV and film production studio with motion capture equipment, and a 105-seater cinema.
The college recognizes the multi-dimensionality of human intelligence based from Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, where each person is said to possess varying levels of the different intelligences which determine his or her unique cognitive profile. The theory is implemented through learner-centered instruction where classes are taught according to the student's understanding of the subject and recognizes the uniqueness of each individual learner. Learner-centered also refers to a learning environment that pays attention to the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs that learners bring to the educational setting.
The college has six schools which offers degree and non-degree programs designed for the development of professionals in the arts, design, management, service industries, computer applications in business, and special fields in study.
Two of its programs are offered in consortium with other schools and organizations, the Interior Design program with the Philippine School of Interior Design and the Dance program with the Ballet Philippines-Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School.
The Multimedia Arts and Technical Theater degrees are the first of their kind in the Philippines. The Technical Theater program teaches the technical aspects of production in stage, film and television. It also provides in-depth coverage on the applications of various technical equipment used in set production, while the Multimedia Arts program incorporates various art forms with the latest in multimedia technology. Its areas of study include graphic design, photography, 2D and 3D animation, web design and development, and video production. It is also one of the three most popular SDA programs, along with Fashion Design and Merchandising and Industrial Design.
In 2001, the SDEAS partnered with the Postsecondary Education Network-International, a global partnership of colleges and universities funded by the Nippon Foundation of Japan that aims to provide Deaf students the appropriate postsecondary education for them to achieve their full potentials. Two learning centers were established since the partnership: The PEN-Multimedia Learning Center (2003) and the PEN-Learning Center (2006) which are both located at the Duerr Hall.
It offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management which integrates theory and practice to provide students with a strong management and service orientation as well as a global perspective of hotel and restaurant operations. It has three tracks, the Culinary Arts track, Hospitality Management track, and Tourism Management track.
The school is housed at the Angelo King International Center, a 4-star hotel-school located at the corner of Arellano Avenue and Estrada Street. Students are given their first on-the-job training at the CSB Hotel which is also housed at the center. Students are also deployed at either one of its hatcheries: the Solomon Guest House, a restaurant and lodge fully student-managed and operated, and the Chefs' Station, a food stall located at the cafeteria of the Taft Campus.
The college uses the trimestral calendar, where the school year usually begins in the last week of May. Freshmen students are required to attend the freshmen orientation program of the Office of Student Affairs, which is held a week before the start of classes. Freshmen students are oriented by upperclassmen about the school's policies, the facilities of the campus as well as what to expect during their stay in the college. In June, the Student Involvement Unit organizes the STAR Week (STudent Activities Recruitment Week), where the student organizations can recruit new members from the freshmen populace. The College Week is held during August, where the feast day of Saint Benilde is celebrated through various activities and several masses. Every Wednesday and Friday of a week, a vacant time period given from 12:40 p.m to 2:20 p.m, known as C-Break (College Break) can be used by organizations to hold seminars and workshops, training period for the performing groups, or to hold special events and activities. The Plaza Villarosa is usually used for activities, where the basketball court can be used for training sessions or sports activities, the performing stage for concerts, and the cabañas for bazaars.
The college has several organizations, that cater to the diverse interests of the student body, under the Office of Student Affairs-Student Involvement Unit. All recognized student organizations are members of the Council of Presidents, the mother organization which overlooks operations and project handling.
Professional organizations are academic organizations which caters to a specific degree program. There are thirteen professional organizations which include the Association of Information Management for the Information Management program, Art Link Student Organization for the Arts Management program, Computer Business Association for the Computer Applications program, Corps of Diplomats for the Consular and Diplomatic Affairs program, Export Management Society for the Export Management program, Human Resource Management Society for the Human Resource Management program, Industrial Design Society for the Industrial Design program, Junior Marketing Association for the marketing programs, and Media Max for the Multimedia Arts program.
Professional organizations for the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management include the Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management Society, and Chefs in Progress, Hoteliers in Progress, and Travelers in Progress for the Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Tourism tracks respectively.
Special Interest organizations cater to non-academic and special interests. These include Computer Link, a computer activity-based organization with ties to the Career Placement Office; the DLS-CSB Debate Society, the college's in-house debating club, Greenergy for environment advocacy, Kino Eye for video and film making, Music Network for music enthusiasts, Optic View for photography, and Societe et Cultura for social and cultural awareness and advocacy.
Two student governments are available for the politically inclined, the Student Council, and the Student Forum for the CDP students. Student parties include BAKAS, TAPAT CSB, and Youth Rights Ticket.
Varsity organizations include the Pep Squad, Fencing Team, Samahang Kali Arnis ng Benilde, and the Women's Football Team. Student Artist groups under the Office of Culture and Arts include the Coro San Benildo, Dulaang Filipino, Filipinescas Dance Company and the Greenstage Theater Company.
Students may also opt to join in the five volunteer groups directly tied to an office under the Office of Student Affairs. These include volunteers and student trainers for the Student Involvement Unit, Social Action Volunteers for the Social Action Office, Student Ministers for the Lasallian Ministry Office, and Kaagapay for the Center for Counseling Services.
The MCO maintains the website of the college as well as its official newsletter, perspective, which provides significant information regarding administration, staff and faculty activities every week. It is also in-charge of screening out posters which are to be displayed on the school grounds.
In 1998, the NCAA accepted the college's application for membership into the league. The St. Benilde Blazers represents the senior team and the La Salle Green Hills Greenies represent the junior team, while the Lady Blazers represent the college in the WNCAA. The first NCAA seniors basketball title of the Blazers in 2000 was the fastest for an expansion squad. The college won its first senior General Championships title in the 81st Season, while the LSGH Greenies landed on second place. The college hosted the 82nd Season with the theme "Proud and True at 82: Blazing Beyond Limits".
The Br. Fidelis Leddy Learning Resource Center (LRC) is the multimedia resource center and library of the college. It provides access to conventional printed materials, such as books and periodicals, and other forms of storage media, such as transparencies, video tapes, compact discs, and other electronic/digital materials. One can also borrow the LRC's audio-visual equipment to assist in teaching and learning. The LRC has facilities in each campus of the college. Each facility has separate audio-visual and reading areas.
Members of the De La Salle Brothers' community, De La Salle University-Manila alumni, as well as students and employees of De La Salle Philippines member schools are also authorized to use the LRC. Non-Lasallian users can be given access as long as they have recommendation or referral letters from their respective librarians.
Books found at the LRC-Extension and LRC-AKIC are grouped by collection: Reference, Reference Filipiniana, Filipiniana, and General Collection. Each book is arranged alphabetically using the Library of Congress Classification System. The LRC follows the revised Anglo-American Cataloging Rules 2 and the LC Classification System for cataloguing and classifying books. The LRC and its extensions have Online Public Access Catalog stations for quick searching of books needed by the students.
The college also subscribes to several online databases and electronic journals. Among them include ProQuest 5000 International, Thomson Gale, Global Market Information Database, Ovid PsycArticles Full Text Journals, Emerald Database, and Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. The database and journals can be accessed from computer units within the campus or at home through the online library facility at the college website.
The star is a variation of the Signum Fidei, the sign of faith and the symbol of the De La Salle Brothers, it also means hope. The five points, bisected into green and white areas represent benevolence, civility, humanitarianism, service-oriented goals, and scientific pursuit. Connecting each star's points are solid and white circular lines that alternate from point to point, forming a circular pattern around the star.
Other parts include the two fronds of laurel are the Gloria et Honor Laurel, which signifies inspiration for quality education. “1988” represents the date of the college’s autonomy from De La Salle University-Manila and its membership into the De La Salle University System. The college name in Myriad typeface serves as a border, while two small circles separate the college name from 1988. The series of curves was adopted to form a scallop which serves as an ornament of the college logo.
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