Holy Angel University

  • Holy Angel University

    Angeles City, Philippines

  • Holy Angel University

    Angeles City, Philippines

  • Holy Angel University

    Angeles City, Philippines

  • Holy Angel University

    Angeles City, Philippines

  • Holy Angel University

    Angeles City, Philippines




Catholic Faculty


% Catholic Students


On-campus students in single-sex dorms


Holy Angel University in the Philippines has a storied history, permeated by fervent dedication to the Catholic faith.  It takes great pride as the country’s first Catholic university founded by laity. 

The University is situated in the historic district of Angeles City about two hours north of Manila. University President, Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo, says that Holy Angel is located in a part of the modern city “that has kept all the Spanish colonial trappings of Catholicism.”  Calingo returned to the Philippines after three decades in the United States to continue HAU’s impressive service to the growing business center and the surrounding region, which is largely rural. 

The University nicely integrates the local Catholic fervency—including public prayer, processions, and presentations of the life of Christ—with a commitment to preserving the native Kapampangan culture, all within an American-style institution. 

With about 8,683 undergraduate students, Holy Angel is one of the largest Catholic universities recommended in this  Guide.  And reflective of the Philippines, nearly 90 percent of its faculty are practicing Catholics and a large portion of its students identify as practicing Catholics, although the exact percentage is not known. 

English is an official tongue of the Philippines and the primary language of instruction at Holy Angel, although Americans will want to pick up some of the native Kapampangan and Tagalog languages.  American and other international students can enroll on a temporary study-abroad basis or as full-time degree-seeking students.  Currently there are few Americans, but the University is eager for more, and its planned extension campus in nearby Porac will be especially inviting to foreigners.  

Holy Angel University has an impressive array of majors, ranging from business to engineering to hospitality and tourism management.  All students are required to take three core courses that teach both knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith.  In addition to learning theology in these courses, students are also required to attend Mass together, lead the class in prayer, and put their faith into practice with charitable activities in the local communities. 

There are some differences from most American universities:  students are required to wear uniforms, behave in class, take physical education classes, and stay out of hallways during class time.  The campus is quite modern and yet also very Filipino; expect open windows and fans, not much air-conditioning.  Nearly all students live in homes off-campus, but classes go until 9 p.m., and many students stay on campus for evening activities.  There are two small dorms on campus for primarily foreign students, and the University is constructing a new residence on its future extension campus. 

Holy Angel maintains a close relationship with the local diocese.  The Archbishop of San Fernando administers the Oath of Fidelity to the president and other administrators and theology professors at the beginning of every academic year.  The Archbishop Emeritus serves as chairman of the board of trustees. 

Dr. Calingo says Holy Angel’s main attraction for American students is the opportunity to be immersed in a faithfully Catholic university in an Asian context.  The University is accredited in the Philippines, and its business and accountancy program is accredited by the U.S.-based International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).  Its hospitality and tourism management program is accredited by the U.S.-based Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA).  The University recently earned recognition as a National School of Character granted by Character Education Philippines which is an affiliate of the Character Education Partnership (CEP) based in the United States.  Holy Angel is working to establish articulation agreements with American colleges, but as with any foreign study, students should ensure that undergraduate credits from Holy Angel will transfer or be accepted by graduate schools. 

The combined tuition, room, and board expenses of about PHP 181,000 (or about USD 3,400) is dramatically lower than most American universities and helps ease the burden of travel costs. 


The Philippines has recently completed a transition from 10- to 12-year grade school education.  Holy Angel University will resume accepting new first-time college freshmen in June 2018 and welcomes international students participating in semester-abroad programs. 

Holy Angel University’s wide range of degree offerings is available within the School of Business and Accountancy, School of Engineering and Architecture, School of Nursing & Allied Medical Sciences, College of Information & Communications Technology, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, College of Criminal Justice Education & Forensics, School of Arts & Sciences, and School of Education.  Students say the amount of work required in the courses is challenging, and on average, HAU requires 152  credits for graduation, about a quarter more than most American institutions. 

The University’s unique Christian Living Education (CLE) Department offers three core courses in the freshmen and sophomore years.  They cover salvation history, Christology, Christian spirituality, and the social teachings of the Church.  The CLE Department has a special relationship with the Campus Ministry and the Community Outreach offices that ensures religious education in the classroom is connected to the liturgical life and campus activities, including an impressive array of charitable works. 

In 2015, Holy Angel University became the second Catholic university in the Philippines at which all theology professors receive the mandatum from the local bishop, make the Profession of Faith, and take the Oath of Fidelity—all in a very public ceremony displaying the University’s strong commitment to Ex corde Ecclesiae.  Professors are required to start and end classes in prayer.  

In the CLE courses, students are evaluated not only on their academic performance, but also according to several “behavioral indicators” such as participating in liturgical activities, refraining from public displays of affection, and properly disposing of trash. 

Students are also required to take several general education courses, including philosophy of man, logic, general psychology, English, Filipino, physical education, and fundamentals of mathematics.  All college courses in the Philippines are required to conform to state guidelines, but the University is allowed an exception for the CLE courses which are now under the course title, Theology. 

The most popular majors are engineering, accountancy, and information technology. The architecture degree requires five years to complete. 


The large Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angel on campus, with its stunning Gothic main altar, is the spiritual center of campus.  But the University has a challenge: no chapel can fully serve the huge, predominantly Catholic student body, and the University’s chaplain was recently called by the Archbishop to other service in the diocese.  Most students attend Mass in their local parishes.

Nevertheless, there are many opportunities at HAU for the Sacraments and prayer.  The University schedules students on a rotation for First Friday Mass, and they can visit the chapel and the nearby Eucharistic Adoration chapel between classes.  Students regularly take part in devotions on campus including Adoration, the Angelus, novenas, the Rosary, Bible studies, and several other special prayers.  Confessions are offered twice a week, and there is a penance service once a year with several priests available.  The Mass and regular prayer are integral parts of the CLE courses.

In addition, Holy Angel University maintains a close relationship with the adjacent Holy Rosary Church, which was built in 1896 and serves as the Catholic heart of Angeles.  The Church has a busy schedule of daily and Sunday Masses and confessions.


Because nearly all students who attend Holy Angel live off campus, there are only two small student residences on campus.  St. Martha’s Hall houses women, while the Plaza de Corazon residence houses only men.  A dorm on the new satellite campus may be built by 2020 to provide the main residence for international students

Opposite-sex visitation in student dorm rooms is not allowed, and public displays of affection are prohibited on campus.  Sexual activity and substance abuse carry heavy sanctions for students.  Residence life and security personnel ensure compliance with University policies.

There is no meal plan, but the campus offers several shops and eateries.  The University estimates that students will need about $900 USD for meals during the academic year.

Angeles City is a growing urban center and a hub for business, tourism and aviation.  Its residents are known for their extraordinary fidelity to the Catholic faith, even for the largely Catholic Philippines.  They are also known for their charity and friendliness—especially to Americans, who were their neighbors at the nearby Clark Air Base from 1903 to 1991.

Nevertheless, American students must be cautious about life in a foreign city.  They can be targets for crime and should avoid straying beyond the campus.  They should also not venture across town to Fields Avenue, the city’s infamous red light district—a sad legacy of corrupt American soldiers when they resided at Clark Air Base.  President Calingo says that the Fields area is held in disdain by students and most Angeles residents, and the University does not send students there for community outreach activities.

The city is about 40 miles from Mount Pinatubo, an active volcano that erupted in 1991 after 600 years of dormancy.  Ash from the volcano and a subsequent typhoon destroyed parts of Angeles and displaced thousands of its residents, but the University took an important leadership role in the city’s reconstruction.  Today Mount Pinatubo is a popular hiking destination.

There are six different hospitals and medical centers to choose from in and around Angeles.  The one-terminal Clark International Airport, located on the former military base, is growing and is expected to compete with the central Manila airport, which is two hours away.


There are several organizations available for students to join.  Clubs that foster spiritual development include Holy Angel Student Catholic Action, Christ’s Youth in Action, Marian Devotees in Action, and Youth Ministry.

There are also clubs that appeal to the various scholastic interests of students, including the Management Society, Debate Society, Institute of Computer Engineers, Society of Aerospace Engineers, and United Architects of the Philippines.  The Human Kinetics Society promotes physical education and health among students on campus, and students will organize informal basketball games and hikes up Mount Pinatubo and other local mountains.

Of particular interest is the Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies, which was built by the University in 2002.  The center is dedicated to studying the local culture and houses an impressive library, theater, museum, and archive.

The Museum of Angeles, constructed in 1922, is located across from Holy Rosary Church and serves as a cultural event hub for the city.

Bottom Line

The dedication of Holy Angel University to the Catholic faith is unquestionable, as is its commitment to offering students a serious academic formation in a variety of fields.  Given the importance of Asian countries in the global economy, as well as the very low cost of studying in the English-speaking Philippines, a semester or even a full undergraduate program at Holy Angel is appealing.

While there are certainly cultural differences between the United States and the Philippines, the two countries have a history of friendship and share much in common.  Holy Angel presents students with a unique opportunity to pursue a challenging curriculum in an Asian country, all the while immersed in a vibrant Catholic culture.

Questions & Answers

Each year, the Newman Society asks the colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to answer the following questions. Below you will find the responses that we received directly from Holy Angel University.

Is your institution accredited by at least one regional or national education association?


Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines:

Holy Angel University (HAU) is regulated by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED), which has granted Autonomous Status to the University.

The Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) accredits most undergraduate programs, while the graduate programs and a few undergraduate programs are being accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).

In addition, some degree programs have specialized programmatic accreditation by U.S.-based accrediting agencies.  The undergraduate and graduate programs of the School of Business and Accountancy are accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), which is based in Olathe, Kansas.  The undergraduate programs of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), which is based in Oxford, Maryland.

Please cite evidence of student or alumni accomplishment, such as graduation rate, graduate school placement, job placement, awards, etc. 

The University graduated 2,806 students during the Second Semester of AY 2017/18.  The average four-year college graduation rate for four-year programs averages 68.03% while the average five-year college graduation rate for five-year programs is 31.96%.  Across all bachelor’s programs, the overall average graduation rate by the normal time frame is 58%.  The average times to graduation for bachelor’s students are currently 4.17 years for four-year programs and 6.24 years for 5-year programs.

Based on the results of a tracer study conducted for AY 2016-2017, 144 or 67% of the 214 graduates who responded during the first semester were hired within six (6) months after graduation, while those respondents (1,065 out of 1,860) who were hired within six (6) months to one (1) year after graduation comprised around 57%.

The following table presents HAU graduates’ performance during the most recent years’ professional licensure examinations:


Professional Licensure Examination Year Average Passing Rate
HAU National
Aeronautical Engineering 2018 72.00% 51.25%
2017 91.3% 62.5%
2016 100.0% 54.1%
2015 100.0% 60.7%
Average 90.83% 57.14%
Architecture 2018 64.50% 56.59%
2017 55.3% 56.4%
2016 65.6% 55.8%
2015 64.7% 61.0%
Average 62.53% 57.45%
Civil Engineering 2018 54.00% 41.89%
2017 52.6% 49.6%
2016 46.5% 43.2%
2015 34.4% 38.4%
Average 46.88% 43.27%
Electronics Engineering 2018 69.57% 48.00%
2017 47.8% 41.3%
2016 46.1% 39.2%
2015 53.7% 38.1%
Average 54.29% 41.65%
Electrical Engineering 2018 89.80% 61.63%
2017 74.2% 57.0%
2016 81.2% 59.7%
2015 62.4% 57.1%
Average 76.90% 58.86%
Mechanical Engineering 2018 71.30% 56.95%
2017 87.0% 65.7%
2016 81.8% 65.7%
2015 68.0% 56.2%
Average 77.03% 61.14%
Certified Public Accounting 2018 67.70% 26.70%
2017 66.4% 32.3%
2016 78.9% 38.6%
2015 52.2% 35.8%
Average 66.3% 33.35%
Criminology 2018 73.33% 33.37%
2017 30.0% 25.0%
2016 56.0% 29.0%
2015 64.9% 31.6%
Average 56.06% 29.74%
LET-Elementary 2018 50.00% 19.94%
2017 40.4% 19.9%
2016 60.2% 29.5%
2015 57.0% 29.8%
Average 51.9% 24.79%
LET-Secondary 2018 66.79% 41.20%
2017 66.0% 37.9%
2016 55.8% 34.4%
2015 71.5% 37.6%
Average 65.02% 37.78%
Guidance Counselor 2018 66.70% 65.18%
2017 0.00% 0.00%
2016 50.0% 61.3%
2015 100.0% 60.1%
Average 54.18% 46.65%
Psychometrics 2018 56.9% 47.73%
2017 65.2% 56.9%
2016 56.4% 50.5%
2015 51.2% 46.2%
Average 57.43% 50.33%
Nursing 2018 57.14% 41.71%
2017 67.9% 40.6%
2016 65.4% 45.7%
2015 69.6% 53.6%
Average 65.01% 45.4%
Medical Technology 2018 90.24% 75.83%
2017 94.4% 95.1%
Average 92.32% 85.47%
Radiologic Technology 2018 41.90% 47.20%
2017 46.2% 46.4%
2016 44.4% 42.8%
Average 44.17% 45.47%

During the period 2016-2018, HAU graduates in various fields were among the Board Topnotchers of licensure examinations in Aeronautical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Accountancy, Elementary Teacher Education, Psychometrics, and Electronics Engineering.

HAU graduates, compared with graduates from other institutions, are classified as Excellent Performers as indicated by their Board Performance.  Our Accountancy and Criminology programs sustained their top-decile positions and a strong performance from the Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Architecture, and Nursing programs landed them in the top-quartile spots.

Further, Holy Angel graduates have not only engaged in the practice of their respective professions but many performed rather excellently making a difference in their fields of expertise, propelling advancement, and rendering service to the community.  Some graduates have become economic movers in the local and regional front and a number of them hold regional and national positions of authority and leadership in private business, industry, cultural advocacy and enterprise, government service, and socio-civic and religious sectors.

Please identify any notable public recognition of your institution’s academic quality in the last three years, such as rankings, awards, etc.:

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has granted Autonomous Status to Holy Angel University, one of only 59 private higher education institutions recognized in the Philippines.  The CHED also accorded the competitive Center of Development (COD) status to HAU’s degree programs in the following disciplines:  Teacher Education, Business Administration, and Industrial Engineering.

The University has also received the 2016 Philippine Quality Award (PQA) Level 2 Recognition for Proficiency in Quality Management and was the sole PQA awardee last year.  The PQA is the highest presidential award for quality and organizational excellence in the Philippines.

In November 2017, the Character Education Partnership in the Philippines (CEP), an affiliate of the Character Education Program in the U. S., designated the University as a National School of Character covering both basic education (K-12) and higher education.  Holy Angel University’s program dubbed as “No Students Left Behind” was recognized by CEP as a promising practice in a ceremony held on October 4, 2018 at the 2018 National Forum on Character at Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC.

On December 11, 2018, the Asia Pacific Quality Organization awarded HAU the Global Performance Excellence Award (GPEA)-Quest for Excellence.  The GPEA (introduced in 2000 as IAPQA) is the only formal international recognition of performance or business excellence.  The program is administered by the APQO which is a non-stock, non-profit organization that serves as an umbrella group that brings together all of the leading quality professional societies in the Asia Pacific Region.  In 2010, the name of this prestigious award was changed from IAPQA to GPEA to reflect the evolution in the field of quality from a focus on product and service quality to a strategic focus encompassing overall organizational performance termed performance/organizational/business excellence.  The GPEA endeavors to bridge the cultural geographic and economic system gap of National Quality Awards (NQA).

What is the median SAT and ACT of your incoming class? (Note that some colleges may not require one or both scores from all students) 



Additional Academic Quality information, clarification or description (optional):

The University ranks 21st among the 79 Philippine higher education institutions that have graduates participating in at least 15 professional licensure examinations. http://www.finduniversity.ph/universitiesranking.aspx?rankedInMinExams=15&ca=®id 

Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics?


Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?

85.65% (394 out of 460) 

Are members of your faculty officially informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution?


Are members of your teaching faculty expected, as a condition of employment, to respect Catholic teaching and comply with Catholic morality in their public actions and statements both on and off campus?


Please identify key undergraduate faculty who are noted experts in their field, have produced important publications, have leadership roles in academic associations, etc. and briefly describe such accomplishments (optional):

Several faculty members have produced important peer-reviewed publications and have leadership roles in academic organizations.  The most notable faculty scholars and their respective areas of expertise include:

Dr. Ma. Cristina G. Naguit, School of Business and Accountancy – sustainable entrepreneurship: triple bottom line and business performance approach;

Mr. Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento, Dr. Benita M. Bonus, Ms. Cristina C. Samia, Dr. Nestor L. Sibug, Mr. Paolo Lumanlan, Dr. Rito Baring, and Mr. Stephen Reysen – students’ attitude towards religion;

Ms. Lorna Tyson, Mr. Philip Joseph Sarmiento, Ms. Ria P. Ignacio, Dr. Jocelyn Masbang, and Dr. Nestor L. Sibug – concept of Catholic marriage among Filipino college students;

Mr. Philip Joseph Sarmiento, Christian Living Education Department – image of God among children of overseas Filipino worker parents;

Dr. Raymond Patterson, School of Education and Ms. Gemma Domondon, and Ms. Brenda Sumang, School of Arts and Sciences, – indigenous dance of the Aetas;

Ms. Ma. Louella Salenga and Ms. Marizel Villanueva, College of Information and Communications Technology – bitter melon crop yield prediction using machine learning algorithm;

Dr. Gertrude P. Tuazon, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management – conceptual and empirical framework on pro-poor tourism;

Dr. Al D. Biag, School of Nursing & Allied Medical Sciences – clinical instruction in nursing;

Dr. Jonathan D. Cura, School of Nursing & Allied Medical Sciences – genetic counseling;

Dr. Elvira C. David, School of Arts and Sciences – counseling effectiveness;

Dr. Arturo Mariano I. Figueroa, School of Engineering & Architecture – thermal energy;

Dr. Ruby P. Henson, School of Engineering & Architecture – industrial ecology;

Dr. Raymond L. Patterson, School of Arts and Sciences – trait emotional intelligence;

Mr. Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento, Dr. Nestor L. Sibug, Dr. Benita M. Bonus, Ms. Cristina C. Samia, and Mr. Paolo Lumanlan – flagellants and spirituality;

Mr. Richard Aquino, Dr. Gertrude Tuazon, Mr. Tyron Yap, and Mr. Ian Bencio David –  greener pastures;

Dr. Elmer Bondoc, Mr. Renato Galvan Jr., Mr. Albert Figueroa, and Ms. Mary Angelica Bagaoisan – e-learning readiness assessment tool;

Mr. Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento – re-contextualization of Christian Dogmas, and

Dr. Reynante Vitug and Mr. Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento – role play and values integration. 

Dr. Luis María R. Calingo, University President, is the 2015 recipient of the Juran Medal for his accomplishments in the field of total quality management.  He has been a member of the Board of Examiners of the U.S.-Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award since 1997.  He also serves on the Philippine National Referencing Committee for the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework.

Additional Faculty information, clarification or description (optional):

The University’s mandatory faculty orientation includes learning about their role in maintaining and strengthening the Catholic mission and identity of the institution.  Further, the University’s Catholic mission and identity is infused into the appropriate provisions of the College Faculty Manual.

The College Faculty Manual’s provision on Catholic Professionalism (page 63) states that:   “As a faculty member of a Catholic educational institution, each faculty is expected to live an exemplary professional Catholic life so he may become a model for his students and the academic community as a whole.  Each faculty member should always be conscious of the fact that a teacher’s personality and behavior exert tremendous influence on the private and religious life of the students.  As such, every faculty member of HAU is expected to live a Christian life nurtured by a profound sacramental life, prayer, and active apostolate.” Disgraceful or immoral conduct, indecency, or moral indiscretion committed within or outside the University premises are grounds for termination.

Pre-application Statement is also being signed by applicants for employment, citing conditions of employment if hired.  This emphasizes the call for respect of the University’s identity and mission, Catholic teachings, and its applications.

Since Holy Angel University is located in the heart of the Kapampangan region of the Philippines, its Center for Kapampangan Studies is in the forefront of works on the preservation and promotion of the Kapampangan culture through research, advocacy, publications, and related activities.  It has propelled awareness and appreciation of local Pampanga culture not only within the province but also nationwide.  The Center serves as a model or benchmark for other provinces similarly inclined to promote and preserve their own local culture and heritage.  The Center’s numerous awards and recognition over the years attest to its far-reaching impact and influence.

Does the institution have a department of Catholic theology, distinct from “religious studies” and other disciplines?


Are courses in Catholic theology clearly identified and distinguished from other courses dealing with religion?


Does every faculty member in the theological disciplines have the mandatum (or the “canonical mission” for ecclesiastical faculties) approved by the appropriate Church authority, as required by Canon Law?


Do all faculty in the theological disciplines make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?


Does your institution require that all theology courses be taught in a manner faithful to Scripture, Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium, and also to the principles and methods proper to Catholic theology?


Please identify the theology courses that are included in the undergraduate core or distribution requirements and the professors who routinely teach those courses:

Theology 101 – Theological Foundations:  Judeo-Christian Tradition and Scriptures 

Theology 102 – Special Issues in Catholic Theology  

Theology 103 – Christian Spirituality in the Contemporary World 

The CLE faculty members who handle these subjects are the following: 

Prof. Angelo A. Adriano
Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
Mother of Good Counsel Seminary

Prof. Anna Marie L. Aguas
Master of Arts in Religious Education
Holy Angel University

Prof. Bonnadelbert A. Antonio
Master of Arts in Education, major in Values Education
University of Asia and the Pacific

Prof. Maylin Y. Bayza
Master of Arts in Education, major in Educational Management
University of the Assumption 

Prof. Jonald C. De Leon
Master of Arts in Religious Education
Holy Angel University

Prof. Vilma T. Enciso
Master of Arts in Education, major in Educational Management
Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University

Prof. Ria P. Ignacio
Master of Education, major in Religious and Values Education
De La Salle University-Manila

Prof. Philip C. Lucas
Master of Arts in Religious Education
Ateneo De Manila University

Dr. Jocelyn H. Masbang
Doctor of Philosophy, major in Educational Management
Holy Angel University

Prof. Edgardo S. Nunag
Master of Arts in Education, major in Values Education
University of Asia and the Pacific

Prof. Mark Francis S. Ocampo
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Mother of Good Counsel Seminary

Dr. Janette R. Rodriguez
Doctor of Philosophy in Education, major in Educational Management
Angeles University Foundation

Prof. Cristina C. Samia
Master of Arts in Education, major in Educational Management
University of the Assumption

Prof. Richard D. Sanchez
Master of Arts in Theological Studies
University of the Assumption

Dr. Carolina A. Sarmiento
Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management
Philippine Normal University

Prof. Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento
Master of Arts, major in Educational Management
Holy Angel University

Dr. Jose P. Serrano
Doctor of Philosophy in Education, major in Educational Management
Angeles University Foundation

Prof. Jeffrey C. Tiodin
Master of Arts in Applied Theology
De La Salle University-Manila

Prof. Lorna S. Tyson
Master of Arts in Education, major in Educational Management
Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University

Please describe the place of Catholic theology in your institution’s undergraduate curriculum and how it is distinct from other institutions.

The Theology courses are offered across all programs/colleges to first-year and second-year college students.  This is consistent with the practices of other Catholic higher education institutions in the Philippines.

The program management is anchored to the three-fold ministries of Christ, namely, integration of liturgy, formation, and service.

Additional Theology information, clarification or description (optional):

The Christian Living Education (CLE) Department is headed by a Department Chairperson under the supervision of the Director of the Institute for Christian Formation and Social Integration (ICFSI).  The Director of ICFSI is the designated Mission Officer of Holy Angel University.

The CLE Department, apart from its major role in religious instruction, is also a conduit of the Campus Ministry Office and the Office of the Community Extension Services in liturgical and community outreach activities.  The placement of the CLE Department in the Institute for Christian Formation and Social Integration enables unity of formation, liturgical, and service functions in the University.  CLE faculty members are also catechetical formators, liturgical ministers, advisers of religious organizations, counselors to students in crisis, and advocates of social concerns. They also serve as links to parish and archdiocesan programs and resource facilitators for values formation in partner communities of the school and related activities.

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

Every undergraduate student must take Theology and other General Education (GE) subjects.  The GE subjects include Understanding the Self; Philippine History; The Contemporary World; Mathematics in the Modern World; Purposive Communication; Ethics; Art Appreciation; Science, Technology and Society; Life and Works of Rizal; the First Year Experience (Big History); Physical Education, and National Service Training Program (which is not a requirement for foreign students).

Please identity the courses that students may choose from in order to satisfy common curriculum distribution requirements:

The General Education Program at Holy Angel University allows one 3-unit elective, which should cover any two domains of knowledge:  (a) arts and humanities, (b) social sciences and philosophy, and (c) science, technology, and mathematics.

How many credits are required for graduation and what percent are from core / distribution courses?

Four-year bachelor’s programs require at least 140 semester units, with the actual unit requirement varying across degree programs.

Effective AY 2018-2019, the common requirements of all undergraduate students include 36 units of General Education, 8 units of Physical Education, National Service Training Program (e.g., ROTC), and 9 units of Theology.

(The National Service Training Program is a required course for Filipino students aimed at engaging the youth to civic and good citizenship programs. Foreign students are not required to take the course unless they are dual citizens, with Filipino as one of their citizenships.)

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice?


If yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?

Starting AY 2018-2019, college students are required to take three Theology courses equivalent to a total of nine credit units.  The reduction in the number of units from 12 to 9 reflects the transfer of six units of CLE courses from College to the new Senior High School (Grade 11) in the wake of changes in the Basic Education curriculum brought about by the government-mandated transition from K-10 to K-12.  The institutionally mandated Theology subjects are supplemented by formation sessions, recollections, and retreats as well as updating of syllabi that will cover the essentials.

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines?

Starting AY 2018-2019, Big History is our college freshmen’s common intellectual experience, which consists of two interdisciplinary courses.  The first course will begin with the origin of the universe through the present in order to provide an intellectual foundation for examining the enduring human questions and understanding of the nature of liberal education in light of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.  The second course is an inquiry-driven seminar that actively engages the students in developing basic academic skills focusing on a much smaller piece of the larger framework of Big History.  Holy Angel University’s balanced view of Big History recognizes that God is both the source and destination of all human knowledge and action.

Additional Core Curriculum information, clarification or description (optional):

For undergraduate students in Teacher Education, the School of Education, in coordination with the Department of Christian Living Education and the Campus Ministry Office, opted to make 70 hours of catechetical training and instruction among public schools a part of their practicum hours.

Theology subjects are taught in a manner that is faithful to the Scripture, Tradition, and the Catholic Magisterium.  This is accomplished through the use of standard syllabi, which are developed, updated, and implemented by a pool of qualified faculty.  In addition, CLE faculty members are regularly updated through participation in theological seminars.  Further, the University Chaplain regularly updates the concerned on any change in liturgy and catechism as per the directives issued by the Archdiocese.

List the major, minor and special program areas that students may choose for specialization while pursuing an undergraduate degree:

Holy Angel University offers the following 37 bachelor’s degree programs through its eight (8) undergraduate colleges and schools: 

School of Arts and Sciences (AB Communication and BS Psychology);

School of Education (Elementary Education, Special Education, Physical Education, Social Studies, Biological Science, English, Filipino, Mathematics, and Values Education);

School of Business & Accountancy (Business Management, Accountancy, Marketing, Human Resource Development, Accounting Technology, and Legal Management);

School of Engineering & Architecture (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Computer, Aeronautical, and Industrial Engineering, and Architecture);

School of Nursing & Allied Medical Sciences (Nursing, Medical Technology, and Radiologic Technology);

College of Information & Communications Technology (Network Administration, Animation, Web Development, and Computer Science);

School of Hospitality & Tourism Management (Hotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism Management, Events Management, and Culinary Arts Management), and

College of Criminal Justice Education & Forensics.

Minor subjects include General Education subjects such as Filipino, English, Math, Social Sciences, Humanities, Science, General Psychology, History, Physical Education, and Theology.

What are the three most popular majors or specialty disciplines for undergraduate students, and about what percentage of undergraduate students specialize in these disciplines?

The three most popular undergraduate majors and the percentage of total college students enrolled in each are: 

Information Technology.

Does each undergraduate degree program require Catholic ethical formation related to the student’s major field(s) of study

No formal course requirement exists. 

Does your institution regularly provide academic events to address theological questions related to specialized disciplines


If yes, please describe:

The CLE Department organizes symposia or seminars, trainings, and formation sessions that address theological questions, although they are not necessarily intended for specialized disciplines.  Apart from seminars initiated in cooperation with the University’s mother parish, the Holy Rosary Parish, the Archdiocese of San Fernando, and other partner Catholic lay groups and civic groups, in-house formation seminars and activities for the past two years include:

Bible and Catechism
Catechetical Week Celebration;
Catechetical Training for students;
Bible for Faith and Action Sharing Team (BFAST) in CLE classes;
Fora on Social Concerns/Issues, and
Bible Conference for Theology Students 2018

Pastoral Formation
Employees’ regular Advent and Lenten recollections;
Forum on Amoris Laetitia in September 2017; 
Forum on Academic Freedom in February 2016;
Spirituality of Poverty in August 2017, and
Green Theology Conference on Environmental Stewardship in 2018

Youth Formation 
Talk on Sexuality, Courtship, and Romance in July 2016;
A Talk on the Year of Mercy in August 2016; 
Symposium on the Theology of the Body in August 2016, and
Lecture Forum on the Value of Life in March 2017 

Instruction and Formation
Seminar-Workshop on Values Integration in the Curriculum in May 2018, and
Character Education Program Workshops and Orientation 

Does your institution require cooperation among faculty in different disciplines in teaching, research and other academic activities?

No, but we encourage cooperation among them, resulting to team outputs on research from different disciplines. 

If yes, please describe.

Additional Programs of Study information, clarification or description:

The University, through its Imang Nena Center for Lifelong Learning Program under the Office of the Community Extension Services, offers lifelong learning courses such as sports, arts and crafts, commercial cooking, baking, sewing, and music lessons for kids and adults during summer, to children of employees and the public.

The University also extends assistance to and supports research commissioned by the local and national Catholic Church and, at the same time, provides its faculty with education on pastoral concerns and the implications to their field. One of its most recent contributions to the Catholic Church is the recording of the Angelus in 12 Philippine languages, including Kapampangan by 12 Bishops in the Philippines.

Recent research produced by CLE faculty include the following:

“Attitude and Practices of Filipino Catholic Youth towards Mary, the Mother of God: Implications to Religious Education in the Philippines,” by Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento, Australian National University Religion Conference, April-May 2016;

Pamagdarame in the Philippines: Forms, Reasons and Preparations of Kapampangan Flagellants” by Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento, Dr. Nestor L. Sibug, Paolo T. Lumanlan, Dr. Benita M. Bonus, and Cristina C. Samia, International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, 7:3 (2017):15-24;

“Role Play vis-à-vis Values Integration in Teaching a Rizal Course” by Dr. Reynante D. Vitug and Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, 13:2 (2018):15-30;

“Re-contextualization of Christian Dogmas on God, Christ, and Grace: Implications to Catholic Religious Education” by Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento, Asia Pacific Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 5:4 (2017): 120-125;

“Till Death, Do Us Part: Concept of a Catholic Marriage among Filipino College Students” by Lorna S. Tyson, Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento, Dr. Nestor L. Sibug, Ria P. Ignacio, and Dr. Jocelyn M. Velasquez, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, 13:3 (2018): 15-24;

“The Perception of Faculty and College Students on Cheating: Envisioning a Cheat-Free Academic Community” by Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento and Dr. Abner C. Manaloto, International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, 25:3 (2018): 31-45;

“Filipino College Students’ Attitudes towards Religion: An Analysis of the Underlying Factors” by Dr. Rito Baring (DLSU), Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento, Dr. Nestor L. Sibug, Paolo T. Lumanlan (DHVTSU), Dr. Benita M. Bonus, Cristina C. Samia, and Stephen Reysen (Texas A & M University-Commerce), Religions, 9:3 (2018): 85, and

“The Image of God among Children of Overseas Filipino Worker Parents:  Opportunities for Theology of Migration” by Philip Joseph D. Sarmiento, International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, 8:3 (2018):1-9.  

Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your chaplain?


Does your institution offer Mass on campus at least on Sundays and other days of obligation?

Holy Angel University offers Mass on campus on weekdays and on holy days of obligation.  No Sunday Masses are offered on campus because the Holy Rosary Parish Church (Angeles City, Pampanga) is adjacent to Holy Angel University and is a two-minute walk (130 meters) from campus.  Nonetheless, when there is a Saturday campus activity which culminates in the Eucharist by sundown, the Sunday Eucharist is already celebrated.

On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year?

Undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass at the Holy Rosary Parish Church or in their home parishes.

Does your institution offer daily Mass to students?


On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?

160 students per daily Mass. 

Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students at least weekly?


Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives?


Are the altar servers at your institution’s Masses male only or both male and female?

Male only

Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):

Mass schedule for the Second Semester of AY 2018-2019 is as follows:

8:30 a.m. Eucharist from Monday-Friday

Attendees are from the assigned classes coming from the Basic Education Department and the Schools and Colleges together with the employees.

Ten (10) First Friday Masses for the Sacred Heart devotion is given to the whole community.

Forma Ordinaria is used with music that is contemporary, and liturgical songs are usually in English, Filipino, Latin, and the Kapampangan languages.

Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly?


List the schedule for Confession by day and time:

Confession schedule for the Second Semester of AY 2018-2019 is as follows:

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
1st Tuesday – Laboratory Elementary School/Junior High School
2nd Tuesday – Senior High School
3rd Tuesday – College
4th Tuesday – Employees

Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly?


List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:

For the Second Semester of AY 2018-2019, the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is scheduled Wednesdays at 2:40 p.m.

Moreover, the Adoration Chapel is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:

The regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students are as follows:

Daily Praying of the Holy Rosary at 2:40 p.m.;

Devotion to the Relics of Saints at 2:40 p.m. on the 1st Monday of the month;

Wednesday Novena to the Mother of Perpetual Help;

Daily praying of the Angelus at 12:00 nn. and at 6:00 p.m.;

Daily praying of the 3 o’clock prayer;

Novena Eucharist for the University’s Solemnity of the Holy Guardian Angels;

Eight Eucharistic celebrations for the University’s Solemnity of the Holy Guardian Angels;

Triduum for All Saints and All Souls;

Bible for Faith and Action Sharing Team (BFAST) sessions of students once a week in their CLE classes;

Crusade of the Holy Guardian Angel with once-a-week BFAST session among employees, and praying of the Rosary, and

Ten-day celebration of the Eucharist for the poor and the needy

Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually?

Yes.  A retreat is a requirement for graduating college and high school students.  Recollections are offered to high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Moreover, employees are also given regular recollections.

Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:

The Chaplain’s office is offering vocation discernment sessions to individual students who are attracted to the ordained and religious life. From time to time, students come to the Campus Ministry Office for vocation discernment conversation.

This November, which is a vocation month, vocation talks and promotions were held among Grades 6, 10, and 12 as well as college students.  The Campus Ministry Office invites diocesan seminarians and religious congregations for the said promotional activities.

The office also sponsors participation to vocation jamboree and vocation pilgrimage.

The Campus Ministry is willing to sponsor the fees for students who may wish to take entrance examination for priesthood.

If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?

Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.

Alumni who were ordained to the priesthood or who have embraced a religious life include: 

Most Rev. Florentino G. Lavarias, D.D. (B.S. Commerce, Major in Management, 1978), Archbishop of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines;

Ernesto P. David (B.S. Commerce, Major in Banking and Finance, 1984), Parish Priest, Mother of Perpetual Help Parish, Floridablanca, Pampanga, Philippines;

Pedro Valencia (B.S. Commerce, Major in Accountancy, 1987), Oeconome, Archdiocese of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines;

Socorro Solatorio, OCD (Bachelor of Science in Secretarial Administration, 1991);

Jonathan Raymund M. Bartolome (B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1991), Parish Priest, Sto. Cristo del Perdon Parish, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines;

Emmanuel S. Contreras (Mechanical Engineering, Magna cum Laude, 1992), Parish Priest, The Lord’s Baptism Parish, Candaba, Pampanga, Philippines;

Allan Bondoc, SVD (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1993), Religious;

Jonelito Sison, SSS, (BS Accountancy, 1999), National Director of Life in the Eucharistic Seminar for the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, Assistant-in-Charge of the Aggregation of the Blessed Sacrament for the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, Associate Priest of Sta. Cruz Parish, Catholic Campus Ministry Chaplain of Sta. Cruz Parish;

Ricardo Bie (BS Civil Engineering, 1984), Member of Presbyteral Council, Diocese of Tarlac and Parish Priest of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Tarlac City, Tarlac;

Gerald Pangilinan (BS Commerce), Diocese of Alaminos, Pangasinan;

Herwyn Bulaun (CPA, BS Accountancy, 2003), Spiritual Director, Senior High School Department, Mother of Good Counsel Seminary, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines;

Howell M. Suarez (AB Psychology, 2008), Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Floridablanca, Pampanga, Philippines, and

Rev. Aldrin Tayag (AB Psychology 2009), Deacon, Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Additional Chaplaincy information, clarification or description (optional):

The Campus Ministry Office provides spiritual support to the student body through spiritual formation integrated in the summer leadership seminar, orientation on volunteerism, and celebration of Holy Mass for University and College Days celebrations, among other events.  It also offers spiritual counseling and vocation discernment sessions.

Please describe options for students to reside on and off campus:

The vast majority of the students live off-campus. 

The University has only two dormitories—St. Martha’s Hall (with 96 residents) and Plaza de Corazon (with 46 residents).  The former houses female occupants, while the latter is for male occupants only.

Does your institution offer only single-sex residence halls?


Your institution offers single-sex residence halls for (bold those that apply):

_X_All students
__Any student who wishes
__No students
__All freshmen (only if not “All students”)
__Only freshmen

What percentage of students living on campus live in single-sex residence halls?


If your institution offers co-ed residence halls, how are students of the opposite sex separated:


Male occupants are housed in a separate building which is called Plaza de Corazon while Female Students are housed in the Saint Martha Hall.

When are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit common areas of residence halls?

Students are not permitted to visit common areas of residence halls; however, during meal time, residents of the opposite sex have time to see each other in the dormitory’s canteen.

Are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit students’ bedrooms? (Not including irregular (once or twice a semester), “open house” events.)

No. A security officer is posted for monitoring compliance, and a resident staff member ensures the implementation of guidelines and operations.

How does your institution foster sobriety and respond to substance abuse on campus, particularly in campus residences?

An orientation on rules and regulations of the dormitory is being conducted prior to occupancy for the awareness of students that substance abuse on campus is strictly prohibited as it is written in the Student Manual as well as in the Dormitory Rules and Regulations Manual.

How does your institution foster a student living environment that promotes and supports chastity, particularly in campus residences?

The Student Manual and Dormitory Rules and Regulations strictly prohibit public display of affection in the campus. Orientation is also given to college students, especially to college freshmen, about this policy and its sanctions when a student is caught doing such act.

Does your institution have formal programs to foster Catholic prayer life and spirituality in campus residences?

Formal programs are integrated in other campus programs, but there are some opportunities in campus residences.

If yes, please describe: 

The Saint Martha Hall Dormitory Office staff and residents pray the rosary on a regular basis, and students are encouraged to attend the Eucharist being held in the campus as well as when students are off the school during Sundays.

Additional Residence Life information, clarification or description (optional):

Integrated campus life experiences, which apply to both students living in- and off-campus, include spiritual activities, celebrations of University and College Days, activities distinct to their student organizations, co-curricular activities that give students opportunities to showcase their talents and technical skills through exhibits, bazaars, demonstrations, and sponsorship of events, among others.

Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…

foster spiritual development:

Christ’s Youth in Action 

Holy Angel Student Catholic Action 

Society of Empowered Religious & Values Educators 

Other religious organizations under the Campus Ministry (e.g., Catechists, Altar Servers, Choir, Marian Devotees in Action, and Youth Ministry) 

engage in corporal works of mercy:

Cultural and Educational Foundation of Angeles – Universitas – HAU

address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):

Cultural and Educational Foundation of Angeles – Universitas – HAU

Christ’s Youth in Action

address issues of social concern:

Service, Humanity, Awareness, Responsibility & Empowerment

Redemption Philippines

Youth Community Service Club – HAU

Rotaract Club of HAU

address particular academic interests:

Association of General Education Students

Communicators’ League

Education Mathematics Club

English Language Institution for Teacher Education Students

Human Kinetics Society

Kapisanan ng mga Mag-aaral sa Filipino (Association of Students of the Filipino Language)

Psychology Society


The Social Studies Circle

Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants

Juris Orbis

Management Society

Institute of Computer Engineers of the Philippines

Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines

Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers

Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers

Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers

Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers

Society of Aerospace Engineers of the Philippines

Students Association of General Engineering

United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary – HAU Chapter

Junior Hotel and Restaurant Managers Association

Le Culinaire

League of Tourism Students of the Philippines

Cisco Student Organization

Interest Group of Allied Random Artists

CODE Geeks

League of Outstanding Programmers

The Elixir

Philippine Society of Medical Technology Students

Holy Angel University – League of Students for Excellence

address particular cultural interests:

Cultural and Educational Foundation of Angeles – Universitas – HAU

Theater Guild Organization

Holy Angel University Street Dance Crew

Guild of Anime, Cosplay, & KPop Enthusiasts

Inclusive Education Society

provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:

Human Kinetics Society

please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:

Holy Angel University – Debate Society

HAU-International Student  Association

Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching?

Yes.  The Office of Student Services and Affairs integrates such a mandate in the orientation for student organizations whose compliance is included among the points in consideration of their qualification for accreditation and recognition as a legitimate organization by the University.

How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?

The Office of Student Services and Activities neither recognizes nor accredits student clubs and activities that are conflicting with Catholic teaching.

Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives?

Yes.  The general mandate to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teachings is integrated in the operations of offices such as those that provide medical, dental, and guidance services.  Guidance counselors refer counselees who need spiritual direction to the Chaplain.

Additional Student Activities information, clarification or description (optional):

Aside from performing their respective functions and charisms, each student organization has to render apostolate or community service.

The Campus Ministry Office provides opportunities for students to have supplemental formation, prayer, and service engagements through the following:

Building of small ecclesial communities via BFAST or Bible for Faith and Action Sharing Team as integrated in CLE classes, religious organizations, and youth ministry activities;

Taize prayer service and adoration or prayer vigil;

Retreats and recollections;

Pilgrimage, Advent and Lenten activities, and thematic talks;

Celebration of the Holy Mass and offering of opportunities for students and employees to go to Confession;

Adult Confirmation among college students who have not yet been Confirmed;

Conferences and/or activities on the Bible, catechism, Marian activities, youth encounter, and youth camp within the university as well as team building sessions where religious organizations get to participate;

Opportunity for students to engage in service by serving as catechists, especially among teacher education students. Around 300 student catechists are assigned to five public elementary schools in Angeles City for catechetical instruction among Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 pupils. They also assist in the preparations for the First Communion Rites and Confession of the pupils;

Sponsored formation sessions for the students and their parents through parenting seminars;

Opportunity for students to share through the First Friday offerings which are being coursed through various outreach activities in partnership with the Office of the Community Extension Services for chosen sectors such as: a) maintenance personnel and security guards; b) poor but deserving students who are granted food subsidy for a period of time; c) public school and Day Care pupils who benefit from feeding and gift-giving activities; d) abused and abandoned women and children, and e) indigenous people in the upland areas of Pampanga, Philippines, and

Participation of students in the Campus Youth Ministry and of employees in the University Pastoral Council, the two consultative and implementing bodies of the Campus Ministry Office.

Has your institution’s diocesan bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) officially recognized the institution as Catholic?


Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex corde Ecclesiae?


Do your institution’s governing documents or institutional policies require conformity to the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex corde Ecclesiae?


What is your institution’s mission statement:

We, the academic community of Holy Angel University, declare ourselves to be a Catholic University.  We dedicate ourselves to our core purpose, which is to provide accessible quality education that transforms students into persons of conscience, competence, and compassion.  We commit ourselves to our vision of the University as a role-model catalyst for countryside development and one of the most influential, best-managed Catholic universities in the Asia-Pacific region.  We will be guided by our core values of Christ-centeredness, integrity, excellence, community, and societal responsibility.  All these, we shall do for the greater glory of God.  LAUS DEO SEMPER!

Does your institution have a written policy regarding speakers and honorees that at a minimum meets the standards established by the United States bishops in “Catholics in Political Life?”

Yes.  Holy Angel University neither honors nor invites as campus speakers those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles or contrary to the University’s Catholic identity and mission.

If yes, please give the policy: 

The Board of Trustees carries out the selection of recipients of honorary doctorates and other institutional awards using a set of guidelines and criteria.  Selection criteria for honorary degree recipients include academic distinction, exceptional achievement, and outstanding service to the University.

The University also confers special awards to individuals whose exemplary life and service serve as inspiration to the students and employees.  These awards, given during the celebration of the University’s Foundation Day, are the HAU Special Awards and the Juan D. Nepomuceno (JDN) Cultural Awards. The special awards include the Order of St. Michael the Archangel for Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Education by a Lay Person; the Order of St. Gabriel the Archangel for Outstanding Achievement by an Alumnus, and the Order of St. Raphael the Archangel for Outstanding Service to the University.  The JDN Cultural Awards include the JDN Cultural Award for the Arts and the JDN Cultural Award for Research and Scholarships.

Additional Institutional Identity information, clarification or description (optional):

On March 8, 1982, Holy Angel University was declared as a Catholic University by the Most Rev. Oscar V. Cruz, D.D., then Archbishop of San Fernando, Pampanga, thereby officially making Holy Angel University a part of the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Archdiocese.

On July 5, 2016, the Board of Trustees approved the University’s Declaration Statement on Catholic Identity and Mission.  The University’s identity and mission is guided by the Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities (Ex corde Ecclesiae), the Vatican II Declaration on Christian Education (Gravissimum educationis), and other relevant ecclesiastical documents.  These governing rules are integrated in the Faculty Manual and Employee Manual, as well as in the Human Resource Management Office’s policies.

Applicants for employment are required to sign a Pre-Application Statement wherein they declare that they (1) believe in God; (2) have an understanding and cooperation in the University’s identity and mission, guiding principles, core values, code of conduct and policies; (3) will engage in the celebration of individual and communal prayer, liturgy and sacraments; (4) will value and promote a culture of life; (5) will uphold the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman in the Sacrament of Matrimony; (6) will take a public position that is in keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church; (7) will care for the poor, environment, human dignity and dignity of work, and (8) will demonstrate inside and outside the school a life that is consistent and compatible with the Gospel values.  Incumbent employees also sign a similar statement prior to their appointment to administrative positions.

Describe the makeup of your institution’s undergraduate student body with regard to sex, religion, home state/country and type of high school (public, private, homeschool):

Total number of undergraduate students:  8,683 in AY 2018-2019

Male: 49%
Female: 51% 

Since our students are not required to state their religious affiliation, the following figures were based on the 3,664 out of 8,683 undergraduate students who opted to indicate their religion in their student profile:

Roman Catholic:  65.26%
Other Christian: 34.58%
Non-Christian: 0.16%

In the student profile form currently being used in the University, student applicants are only required to indicate the name of the last school they have attended.  They are not required to indicate the type of school attended.  Nonetheless, a big bulk of our students come from various feeder schools, both public and private (Catholic and non-sectarian), in the metro and in neighboring cities, towns, and provinces.  So far, as per the records, none of our students have been engaged in homeschooling.

Most up-to-date information provided by the University

Additional Student Body information, clarification or description (optional):

We do not require our students to state their religious affiliation, but out of the 8,683 undergraduate students 3,664 stated their religious affiliation.  Of this number, 65.26% identified themselves as Roman Catholics; whereas, 34.58% profess to be non-Catholic Christians,17% of whom identify themselves as Born-Again Christians.  In the Philippines, Born-Again Christians are non-denominational Christians who identify themselves as different from Evangelical Christians and other Protestants.

The Office of Student Services and Affairs (OSSA) provide mandatory summer leadership training to the incoming officers of the University Student Council and the College Student Councils.  The training includes topics on leadership, effective cash management, events management, nation building, campus journalism, and spiritual development.

In AY 2016-2017, OSSA launched the No Student Left Behind program, including a No Grade of 5 Campaign, to provide peer-based academic and non-academic support to at-risk students.  The Philippine equivalent of a U.S. failing grade of “F” is “5.”  The No Grade of 5 Campaign was established to help students cope with the demands of the academic life by providing peer tutorials to prevent students from repeating and/or from having failing grades in their subjects.  This peer-based campaign increased the number of failing students saved from 52% in AY 2016-2017 to 69% in AY 2017-2018.

Are prospective and current members of your institution’s governing board(s) informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of your institution?


Are more than half of the current members of your institution’s governing board(s) practicing Catholics?


Do Catholic members of your institution’s governing board(s) make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?


Is your institution’s president a practicing Catholic?


Does your institution’s president make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity?


Additional Leadership information, clarification or description (optional):

The Archbishop Emeritus is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and the rest of the members of the Board are practicing Catholics.  All University presidents, past and present, are practicing Catholics.  This is reflective of the University’s recognition of its responsibility to strengthen its identity as a Catholic higher education institution.

The University President is the lay member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Catholic Universities of the Philippines.  He has also served as a resource person on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Ex corde Ecclesiae for the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines.

A Message from the President

Holy Angel University (HAU) invites you to experience Philippine higher education delivered in a faithfully Catholic environment.  Established in 1933 and located beside the 140-year-old Holy Rosary Parish Church at the heart of Angeles City, HAU is home to around 20,000 basic education and college students.  Although our students mostly come from Angeles City and the province of Pampanga, we also host many students from other countries as exchange students or full-time degree-seeking students.

HAU is the only Newman Guide-recommended Catholic college in Asia and is one of the few colleges worldwide with a National School of Character designation by the Character Education Partnership.  Centered on the Person of Jesus Christ and His teachings, relying on the Blessed Mother’s inspiration, and guided by our patron, the Holy Guardian Angel, we seek to form our students into persons of conscience, competence, and compassion.  We provide holistic and integrated academic experiences, liberal arts-based professional preparation, and campus life through several degree programs in our eight schools and colleges.  Our track record in professional licensure examinations, promotion of local culture and arts, leadership and active partnership with communities in pastoral and developmental efforts, and fidelity to the mission of carrying on the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and tenets handed on through the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church comprise the hallmarks of a Holy Angel education.

Complementing academic experiences is students’ engagement in spiritual and religious activities:  liturgical celebrations like the regular reception of the sacraments, especially the most Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation; devotional celebrations like adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to the Three Divine Persons, to the Blessed Mother, and the Saints and Angels; recollections, retreats, symposia, and Bible study, and sharing.  Students may join organizations oriented to academics, culture, religion, sports, and service.  Beyond instruction, students engage in outreach and pastoral works in the fields of literacy, civic work, environmental preservation, catechetical instruction, and other technical services tapping the specialization of each college.  Immersion opportunities engage them to reach out to indigenous peoples, in- and out-of-school youth, elderly, disadvantaged, persons with disabilities, inmates, and marginalized families in upland, coastal, rural, and urban poor areas, and welfare institutions.

Located within the province of Pampanga, Holy Angel will provide you the opportunity to experience the province’s unique Catholic devotions, festivals, and heritage churches.  You will quickly understand why Filipinos regard Pampanga as the Christmas and Lenten capital of the Philippines.  You will have the opportunity to witness the Giant Lantern Festival during the Christmas season and the Lenten Week observances, including the folk practices of flagellation and crucifixion every Good Friday.  You may also participate in religious festivities in nearby towns such as the Fluvial Procession of Saint Peter across the Pampanga River in Apalit every June and the Feast for Fertility, Good Life, Health, and Prosperity in honor of Saint Lucy in Sasmuan every January, to name a couple.

Studying at Holy Angel University will provide you an opportunity not only to receive an American-quality higher education in a faithfully Catholic environment, but also to appreciate how the Catholic faith is lived by the people in a country with which the United States has had a significant historical relationship.

Thank you for considering Holy Angel University as your academic home.  We wish you the best in your college endeavors.

Laus Deo semper!


University President

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