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Coordinates: 14°11′20″N 121°09′57″E 14.1888286, 121.1656809


Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba

  • Address: Calamba City, Laguna, Philippines 4027
  • Phone:
    • (049) 545-5453 / 5420 / 5447 / 4363 / 4360 / 2462
    • (049) 545-4751, 834-1408 (Telefax)
  • Website: [1]
  • Overview

When government declared its policy of decongesting Metro Manila, the Dominican Province of the Philippines, mainly in line with its program of expansion, responded to the call. A 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. [1]

A 7-hectare tract of land along the foothills of the legendary Mt. Makiling in Bucal, Calamba, Laguna was chosen as the site - a choice made more significantly by the thematic link of Letran being the Alma mater of renowned men with Calamba being the birthplace of the national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. [1]

Thus, the Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba was born 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. [1]

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. [1]

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. [1]

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. [1]

Letran-Calamba has already produced graduates who brought laurels to the institution by passing the board examinations both in Mechanical Engineering and Certified Public Accountant 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. [1]

Last March 2010 Electronics Engineering examination, 75% of those who took the licensure examination passed which edged up the 27% national passing rate. [1]

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