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Don Honorio Ventura State University
Pampamahalaang Pamantasang Don Honorio Ventura
Latin: Escuela de Artes y Oficios
Former names
  • Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University
  • Don Honorio Ventura College of Arts and Trades
  • Don Honorio Ventura Memorial School of Arts and Trades
  • Pampanga School of Arts and Trades
  • Bacolor Trade School
  • Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Bacolor
MottoOpening minds, Progressing Technologies, Creating Brighter Future
TypeState university
EstablishedNovember 4, 1861
(157 years and 288 days)
FoundersRev. Fr. Juan P. Zita
ChairmanHon. Ronald L. Adamat (Commissioner, Commission on Higher Education)
PresidentDr. Enrique G. Baking
Vice-presidentEngr. Rohel Serrano (Executive VP)

Dr. Reynaldo Nicdao (VP for Administration and Finance)

Engr. Reden Hernandez (VP for Academic Affairs)

Mr. Ranie Canlas, MSCpE (VP for Research, Extension and Training Services)

Dr. Dolores Quiambao (VP for Student Affairs and Services)
PrincipalDr. Jerame Gamboa (Laboratory High School)

Prof. Anita Sibug, MAEd (Senior High School)
DeanDr. Catherine Danganan (College of Arts and Sciences)

Mr. Luisito Reyes, MBA (College of Business Studies)

Mr. Joel Canlas, MIT, MBA (College of Computing Studies)

Dr. Riza Lintag (College of Education)

Engr. Jun Flores (College of Engineering and Architecture)

Ms. Kathleen Joyce Coronel, MBA (College of Hospitality Management)

Dr. Benigno Legamia (College of Industrial Technology)

Dr. Nelly Pilao (College of Social Sciences and Philosophy)
Students23,478 (as of 2nd semester, A.Y. 2018-2019)
Barangay Cabambangan, Bacolor, Pampanga (Main Campus)
CampusSatellite Campuses
Barangay Santa Barbara, Lubao, Pampanga (Lubao Campus)

Barangay Anao, Mexico, Pampanga (Mexico Campus)

Santo Tomas, Pampanga (Sto. Tomas Campus)
HymnHail Maroon and Gold Honorians (DHVTSU hymn)
  Maroon and Gold
NicknameThe Honorians, DHVSU Wildcats
Dhvtsu banner v5.jpg

The Don Honorio Ventura State University (commonly referred to as DHVSU) is a state university in Bacolor, Pampanga, Philippines. It has three satellite campuses in Porac, Mexico, and Santo Tomas in the province of Pampanga. It is considered the oldest vocational school in Far East Asia.


DHVTSU was established in November 4, 1861 [1] as Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Bacolor, a grammar school, by an Augustinian friar, Fr. Juan P. Zita aided by civic leader Don Felino Gil on land donated by the Suarez family.[2]

As a national university

On December 9, 2009 at the University Gymnasium, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act 9832, converting DHVCAT in Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU).[3][4][5] Third District of Pampanga Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Jr. has suggested the school be elevated to the status of comprehensive university. This would include renaming to Pampanga State University (PamSU).[6]

Its main campus is located at Barangay Cabambangan, Municipality of Bacolor, Pampanga.[7]

Elevating Status to Comprehensive University

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11169 which renamed Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University into Don Honorio Ventura State University. Renaming of the school was an idea of 3rd District Congressman Aurelio Gonzales, he said that renaming of the university will bring about the modification of restrictive provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9832 and elevate the status of this higher education institution from a technological to a comprehensive university. Additional courses in the liberal arts, medical and allied medical fields shall be offered in addition to those specified in Section 3 of RA 9832.[8]


  1. ^ "Founder of Asia's oldest trade school gets attention". 6 November 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  2. ^ "NHCP gesture secures place in history of Bacolor institution". 12 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  3. ^ Philippine Republic Act No. 9832
  4. ^ "151-yr-old school mirrors Bacolor resilience". 7 June 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Flora, Ian Ocampo (3 January 2017). "Lawmaker wants DHVTSU renamed to PamSU". SunStar Philippines. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Heritage school lives on despite Pinatubo eruption". 2 March 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  8. ^ "DHVSU community thanks solon for law renaming university".