In the realm of education and healthcare, there are few institutions that can match the unwavering commitment to service demonstrated by the University of Perpetual Help System. The establishment of this prestigious institution can be traced back to the unselfish efforts and untiring commitment of its founders, Dr. Jose G. Tamayo and Dr. Josefina Laperal Tamayo. Their vision was rooted in a deep desire to serve others, a seed that was sown in Dr. Jose G. Tamayo’s heart during his early childhood.
From a tender age, Dr. Jose G. Tamayo dreamt of becoming a doctor, recognizing it as the ultimate way to make a meaningful impact on the lives of his fellowmen. His dream eventually materialized, but he soon realized that his ability to serve was limited within the boundaries of his medical profession. Determined to broaden his reach and effect positive change on a larger scale, he conceived the idea of establishing an educational institution—a gateway through which he could touch the lives of many.
And so, Perpetual Help College Manila was born in 1968, with Nursing as its flagship course offering. This pivotal milestone marked the beginning of a new era of educational excellence and compassionate healthcare. Graduates of Perpetual Help College Manila have since spread their wings and found their way to the United States, forming the Perpetualites Association of America. This association serves as a direct linkage, fostering a strong sense of community and support between Perpetualite students and alumni abroad.
Recognizing the pressing need for quality healthcare education in rural areas, particularly in Pangasinan, the University established Perpetual Help College Malasiqui in 1970. Nestled in the heart of the Municipality of Malasiqui, Pangasinan, this campus became a beacon of hope, accelerating the development of health education in underserved communities within the province. It provided aspiring healthcare professionals with an opportunity to receive a comprehensive education and make a difference in their own backyard.
The growth and expansion of the University of Perpetual Help System did not stop there. In 1975, the eldest son of the founders, Antonio Tamayo, inspired by his parents’ vision, spearheaded the establishment of another school in the City of Las Piñas. Thus, the University of Perpetual Help Rizal (formerly Perpetual Help College of Rizal) came into existence, further solidifying the institution’s commitment to holistic education and community service.
As the years went by, the University of Perpetual Help System continued to spread its wings, establishing additional campuses to cater to the growing demand for quality education and healthcare. The Molino Campus in Bacoor, Cavite, and the Calamba Campus in Laguna were introduced in 1996 and 1997, respectively, serving as extensions of the University of Perpetual Help Rizal. These campuses expanded the horizons of students and provided them with diverse educational opportunities.
In 1976, the University of Perpetual Help System Laguna (formerly Perpetual Help College of Laguna) opened its doors, commencing a journey toward academic excellence. With an initial enrollment of 89 students in the first and second year, and 367 students at the tertiary level, the campus quickly became a focal point for knowledge and accessibility. Its strategic location along the old national highway in Biñan ensured that education was within reach for aspiring learners.
Furthermore, in 1997, the University of Perpetual Help System GMA Campus began its operations, expanding the institution’s footprint and impact even further. And in the same year, UPH-Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University was established in Biñan, Laguna, specializing in medical and health-related courses, creating a generation of competent healthcare professionals.
The youngest addition to the University of Perpetual Help System is the Laguna-Isabela Campus, aiming to provide the northern part of the country with an avenue to nurture excellence through Perpetualite education. This satellite campus seeks to unlock the potential of aspiring learners, equipping them with the necessary tools to make a difference in their communities and beyond.
The University of Perpetual Help System continues to stand tall as a testament to the power of service and education. The unyielding dedication of its founders, Dr. Jose G. Tamayo and Dr. Josefina Laperal Tamayo, has paved the way for countless individuals to realize their dreams and contribute meaningfully to society. As the University forges ahead, it remains committed to its core values, shaping compassionate leaders and fostering a brighter future for all.