A Brief History Of
LUNA COLLEGES
Submitted by Romeo Panlilio

            The LUNA COLLEGES began as the Luna Memorial Institute, an academic high school founded in1926 in Cabanatuan, NuevaEcija, by Hon. Jose P Melencilo, former Resident Commissioner to Washington, D.C. It was named after Gen. Antonio Luna, a national hero who was assassinated in the place. A few years later, the controlling interests were bought by prominent people of San Jose, Nueva Ecija and it was moved to this latter town. The late Judge and Mrs. Felix L. Mamenta, Don Francisco V. Arzadon, Don Catalino M. Gan and Don Domingo L. Rivera bought it in in 1934 and transferred it to Tayug, Pangasinan.

         It started classes in Tayug, Pangasinan on June 4,1934 with the auspicious number of 123 students. Through the earnest, devoted and untiring efforts of the administration and teachers, the school attracted the attention and patronage of all elements. Yearly enrollment steadily increased which reached its peak before the outbreak of the war in December, 1941.

         In February, 1945, soon after the liberation of Tayug from the Japanese by the Americans, the school reopened to offer completion courses to its 1941 students. Even with the shelling of Japanese positions and nightly blackouts, classes went on, students and teachers alike, bent on making up for the years lost during the Japanese occupation. Classrooms were under battered houses, under the trees or in tents using whatever equipment and books the school was able to save during the war.

        In answer to a felt need and demand for higher education of the people in these parts, the Luna Memorial institute was reorganized into the Luna Junior College in November 1945. The courses were expanded to include two-years courses Normal. Liberal Arts and Commerce and Vocational Courses in dressmaking, embroidery, typewriting and stenography. Eventually baccalaureate courses were offered and Graduate School in Education opened July 1, 1963. it became the LUNA COLLEGES in 1948.

        Side by side with the academic went material expansion. The rented building used before the war in the town proper being damaged during the liberation, the school moved to its present four-hectare site.

       The school celebrated its Golden Anniversary in March, 1984 with many honorable and distinguished Alumni members present.

EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES

       The LUNA COLLEGES aims to produce Christian citizens who can fit themselves into the life of their country and the world. It seeks to accomplish this purpose (1) by giving its students a broad background of culture to make them appreciative not only of their own culture but also of other peoples, (2) by imparting integrity of character and lofty idealism that they may value and treasure the best thoughts and deeds of man, and (3) by preparing student for some life vocations. Further, the school encourages students to practice national discipline.

LOCATIONS GROUNDS

        The Luna Colleges is on a sprawling four hectare campus. While only a stone’s throw from the town plaza, the campus is away from the bustle and dust of the busy streets.

        The luxuriant trees dotting the campus here and there, afford shady and delightful looks where students may spend in idyllic peace, hours of leisure or for study and mental concentration. The cooling effect of the trees to the campus is enhanced by a meandering brook cutting northward to the central part.  the brook  and the bridges across it add picturesque ness to the site. Hence, on the campus, one finds not only facilities for profitable and meditative study, but also for health and the satisfaction of the aesthetic.

        A wide and spacious Sunken Garden with concrete benches around it and a stage on the west side is used during big affairs of the school particularly on Fellowship Day, Foundation Day and Commencement Exercises. An Elevated Quadrangle planted with flowering plants and surrounded by marmolized concrete benches faces the main building.

FOUNDERS

       JUDGE FELIX L. MAMENTA, SR. · Mrs. MARCELIANA M. MAMENTA · Don FRANCISCO V. ARZADON · Don CATALINO M. GAN · and Don DOMINGO L. RIVERA

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