Educational Center for all races
No doubt, Education here is valued.
Baguio is referred to as the educational center of Northern Luzon because it is the closest city for students from the Ilocos and Cordillera region, usually, for tertiary education. Apart from offering bachelor degree courses, some universities are also providing masters and doctorate degrees, as well as courses in Law and Medicine, which students have always pursued in Manila in the past. A huge number of vocational short-term courses for specific technical skills have proliferated as well.
A little trivia: Baguio City has the oldest elementary school in the Philippines, and this shows that education is a priority in the city of pines.
It was in 1906 that the Easter College was formed by Anglican missionaries. This was the first private school in Baguio that started by teaching Anglican faith and promoting education to eight local boys. In 1909, right after Baguio was given its charter, Brent International School was established by the same founder of the Easter College. This is one of the first international schools in the Philippines that happened to be ideally built in Baguio as a boarding school. And in 1911, a small school for 10 local boys was created by Catholic missionaries and was later called Saint Louis University. Apart from the schools established by missionaries, the Philippine Military Academy, the training school for the officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was transferred to Baguio from Intramuros, Manila in 1908. Many other schools were established thereafter.
The University of the Philippines, the country’s prime university, has also transferred one of its colleges to Baguio in 1938. Despite the bombing of its campus during the war, the college was able to rebuild a campus in its current location to become an autonomous unit of the university system in 1961. Later in 2002, the Baguio campus earned its status as a constituent university, specializing in Cordillera studies and research.
After World War II, two of the biggest universities in Baguio was established. In 1946, the University of the Cordilleras, then called Baguio Colleges Foundation, was instituted. It is now a home to 13,000-14,000 students in elementary, high school and tertiary levels. And in 1948, the University of Baguio was founded by one of the powerful families in the city. It has now 13 buildings and can accommodate 15,000-20,000 students a year. It has elementary, high school, and tertiary levels as well.
Tracing all these back to Baguio’s history, it is apparent that these universities were born from the primary goal of Christian and Catholic missionaries to introduce their religion and teach English to the natives of the Cordillera.
In connection with this, it also stands in Baguio the longest running ESL school, attracting other international English learning providers to build schools here that cater everyone who wants to improve their vocabulary, pronunciation, and vocabulary. It is important to note that the pioneer ESL school is a member of Baguio English Schools Association.