Tuesday, August 28, 2007


It was originally called Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry; its initial purpose was to meet the country's steady progress towards industrialization by providing technological training to those seeking careers in local industries. Inspired by this economic trend, three Greek cousins — Dr. George Lucas Adamson, Alexander Adamson and George Athos Adamson — founded the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry on June 20, 1932.

The School, which was set to train young men and women in Industrial Chemistry, was housed at the Paterno Building at
Plaza Goiti. It opened on July 1, 1932 with only 42 students. A year later, the population grew to 300, which necessitated its transfer to more spacious quarters.

After the war, Dr. George Lucas Adamson re-opened the school, this time, in the premises of the Vincentian Fathers at San Marcelino Street. In 1964, the University was turned over to the Vincentian Fathers, which signaled the transformation of Adamson University to a Catholic Institution of learning.

The Church of San Vicente de Paul (photo below) was originally built as a chapel in 1883 and used as parish church of Paco from 1898 to 1909. The concrete parish church was built in 1912 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the Vicentians and Sisters of Charity in the Philippines.


posted by Señor Enrique at 7:18 PM


Blogger Photo Cache said...

another learning experience on my part. never knew this about adamson, plus the fact that it is a catholic university. nice facade. are all their buildings as pretty as the second photograph?

August 29, 2007 12:33 AM  

Blogger carlotta1924 said...

very interesting post about adamson university. although before i thought it was an american who founded it, greek pala. =)

August 29, 2007 5:39 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I think these Adamson U. buildings were recently refurbished, Photo Cache. Yes, they are very nice :)

August 29, 2007 6:29 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thought of the very same, Carla :)

August 29, 2007 6:30 AM  

Blogger Ebb Tide said...

Looks familiar. A former ex-bf graduated there. Thanks for giving a nice history of the Adamson University. Not even my ex could tell a nice history about his school. Mas magaling ka! Did you graduate fr. this university too?

August 29, 2007 10:48 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

A cousin graduated from this university, Ebb Tide, but truth be told, the day I took this photo was the first time I had ever seen its campus, which I thought was very nice.

Thank you!

August 29, 2007 11:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting post about the university!


I like the second photo, it's really nice.

August 29, 2007 4:09 PM  

Blogger  gmirage said...

True, its not the same as it was. During one of my trips here, it didnt seem appealing to me, that was in 1999, when we had the very first Inkblots (Journalism Fellowship) for the Varsitarian. We were tasked to scout all universities and give invitations and posters throughout Manila. Adamson University was our 5th stop...met some nice people there especially during the fellowship.

Thanks for sharing a short history, (didnt knew it was named after its founders) and photos of the new facade...

August 29, 2007 7:55 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Kyels!

Yes, that is a lovely church. And it looks so clean.

August 30, 2007 8:19 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

You're welcome, G. Mirage. Glad to know that this entry evoked some fond memories.

August 30, 2007 8:20 AM  

Blogger pusa said...

wow! i just posted a photo of the st. vincent de paul in my blog and cant find anything, will link this for info, thanks!

August 30, 2007 11:56 AM  

Blogger ScroochChronicles said...

I had the chance to hear mass at the church once, by accident. I was just driving around Manila and stumbled upon it so I decided to check it out. May misa, so I attended na lang. It's a very nice church, btw :)

Also, the Paterno building belongs to an uncle of mine.

August 30, 2007 2:17 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Talk about synchronicity, Pusa :)

Lovely church it is, though haven't gone inside. I will one of these days.

Love the way you took a pic of just the dome of this church :)

August 31, 2007 7:02 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I was with a group of photographers when I took this photo, Scrooch; therefore, I couldn't go in to hear a mass.

Whoa! Your uncle owns that building? A very rich man your uncle is ... hehehe

August 31, 2007 7:09 AM  

Blogger r. agner said...

pls check out egotrikk.blogspot.com. it's partly about adamson university, and more. cheers. thanks!


January 24, 2008 10:53 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Raul. I had checked out your site. What scholarly writings and excellent drawings you have!

Thanks for dropping by!

January 24, 2008 5:04 PM  

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