The Blue and the Gold March

University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos
Pamantasan ng Kanlurang Negros – Rekoletos
The official seal of the University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos
Seal of the University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos
Motto Caritas et Scientia
Motto in English Charity and Science
Established 1941
Type Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic, Recoletos
President Rev. Fr. Emeterio Buñao,OAR[1]
Admin. staff Approximately 500
Undergraduates Approximately 10,000
Postgraduates Approximately 1000
Location Bacolod, Philippines
Campus 15 hectares, Urban
Former names Occidental Negros Institute
University of Negros Occidental
Colors          Blue and Gold
Athletics NOPSSCEA
Nickname Rams
Mascot Golden Ram

The University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos (UNO-Recoletos, Filipino: Pamantasan ng Kanlurang Negros – Rekoletos, colloquially, UNO-R), is a private, Roman Catholic university founded on 1941 in Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Philippines and administered by the Order of Augustinian Recollects.

The University was granted "autonomous status" by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for five years[2] while its College of Arts and Sciences was granted Level III accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).[3] CHED also granted the university’s College of Engineering and College of Information Technology the distinction as Centers of Development and Excellence in their Electrical Engineering and Information Technology courses respectively.[4]


The University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos was founded in 1941 in Talisay, Negros Occidental by Dr. Antonio A. Lizares and Dr. Francisco Kilayko. Then known as Occidental Negros Institute, the school offered first and second years of high school education. Upon the outbreak of World War II in the Philippines in December of that same year, the institute closed temporarily.[5]

Occidental Negros Institute was re-established in Bacolod in 1946, this time offering elementary, high school and three tertiary degree programs. The campus transferred from Locsin street (formerly Smith Street) to Lupit Subdivision in Lizares Avenue, its present site, in 1950. Dr. Antonio Lizares served as the school's first President with Dr. Francisco Kilayko as the School Director.[6]

On May 15, 1957, ONI was elevated to university status by the Acting Secretary of Education, Martin V. Aguilar, Jr. ONI became the University of Negros Occidental, the first university in the province. Five years later, on May 25, 1962, UNO was acquired by the Augustinian Recollect friars. UNO became the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos with Fr. Federico Terradillos, OAR, as the first acting Rector.[7]

Patron Saint

The university's patron saint is Nicholas of Tolentino. Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, known as the Patron of Holy Souls, was born at Sant' Angelo, near Fermo, in Italy in the March of Ancona, around 1246. His parents, Compagnonus de Guarutti and Amata de Guidiani, were originally unable to have a child, but after praying at a shrine of St. Nicholas of Myra, Amata became pregnant, and they named their son after the saint.

The university's student publication, the Tolentine Star, pays homage to the saint.

Recoletos Educational Apostolate in the Philippines (REAP) schools

See also


External links

  • Official website
  • Order of Augustinian Recollects - Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno Website
  • The Augustinian Recollects
  • International Order of St. Augustine
  • Text of the Rule of St. Augustine
  • The Society of Saint Augustine (S.S.A.) Societas Sancti Augustini

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