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Silliman University

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On a day trip to Dumaguete, one of the stops had to be at the historical Silliman University.

The first American university in the Philippines, and Asia, the school was established on August 28, 1901 as the Silliman Institute by Dr. David Sutherland Hibbard. Hibbard and his wife were sent by Dr. Horace B. Silliman on a mission through the Presbyterian church to expand education and establish a school in the Philippines.

After originally considering Cebu, Zamboanga, or Iloilo as a site for the school, a side trip to the city of Dumaguete, in the province of Negros Oriental, Hibbard was so taken by the area, Dumaguete became the chosen home of the Silliman Institute.

The campus is very much like an American university, an enclosed complex of buildings with co-eds walking back and forth between classes on the small roads that meander around.

The first class consisted of 15 boys, with growing enrollment as the years went by, in 1912, the school admitted their first female student and in 1938, was officially granted university status.

On June 19, 2002, Silliman University was granted National Landmark status by the National Historical Institute.

On June 19, 2002, Silliman University was granted National Landmark status by the National Historical Institute.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

August 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM