A Methodist School of higher learning in Metro Manila
The turn of the century witnessed the birth of a truly Methodist institution of higher learning in the heart of Metro Manila. Its founding was inspired and fueled by the vision of the Manila Episcopal Area Bishop, Dr. Emerito P. Nacpil. Prominent Methodist leaders, Dr. Carlito S. Puno, Atty. Rodolfo C. Beltran (WU-P Cabanatuan, BOT-Chair) Atty. Leven S. Puno (WU-P Cabanatuan, BOT-Vice-Chair), Ms. Liz Pajaro-Mariano, Ms. Perla E. Cenon and the BOT members of WU-P Cabanatuan resolved to translate this dream into reality. They wove this vision into a tapestry of love until WU-P Manila was born in June 2000, as a branch of WU-P Cabanatuan. The Management Committee chaired by Atty. Leopoldo Serrano, Jr. was created to oversee the affairs of WU-P Manila.
“Ridendo, piangendo” characterized Wesleyan Manila’s ready acceptance of what the first year offered in terms of frustrations and hurts in what could be summed up as growing pains. But the unwavering support of WU-P Cabanatuan Board and the nurturing guidance of the Management Committee made up in a measure for the wistful state of what constitutes existence.
From June to August 2000, WU-P Manila was housed at the CRS Tower in Paco, Manila. Due to limited space, certain CHED requirements could not be met. So, in September 2000, Wesleyan Manila moved to Taft corner Pres. Quirino Avenue, Malate, Manila. With the help of CHED Commissioner Kate Botengan and Bishop Emerito P. Nacpil, the CHED NCR Director gave us the go signal to proceed provided a more suitable venue or campus be found as soon as possible. Shortly before the expiration of the grace period granted by CHED, the administrators of WU-P Manila spotted a lot suited for the purpose. The administration sought the approval of the Board of Trustees for the purchase of the lot. Negotiations were made and in less than a month, construction was started. Tested by fire, the university transformed hindrances into opportunities as it weathered the storms in its initial stages of growth. Truly, God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and to those who are called according to His purpose.
The vision that WUP-Manila and other branches of WU-P Cabanatuan will be autonomous saw the light of day when the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the incorporation of the Wesleyan College of Manila last June 18, 2003. The incorporators and the members of the Board of Wesleyan College of Manila are active and distinguished Methodist leaders. The new members of the Board of Trustees are as follows:
- Chairman – Gen. Roland I. Pattugalan
- Vice-Chair – Dr. Betty I. Molina,
- Corp. Secretary – Ms. Cecilia P. del Rosario,
- Treasurer – Ms. Nelly R. Puno
- Member – Atty. Lorna Dee
Today, Wesleyan College of Manila stands effulgent in its present site along Leveriza Street corner Balagtas Street, Pasay City. As the only Methodist institution of higher learning in Metro Manila, the institution faces the challenge of carving a niche and making a difference in the academic realm.