The University of Northern Philippines (UNP)
Vigan City is host to a state university, the University
of Northern Philippines or UNP. UNP holds the
of being the oldest state university that
can be found in northern Luzon. Having been established
in 1906, UNP can take pride in being even older than the
University of the Philippines, the country’s premier
state university, by two years.
In 1906, it first started as Vigan High School. Part of
the school’s structure was turned into an
intermediate-level school in 1910 with the name of Vigan
Trade School. It offered high school education in 1927,
producing graduates by 1931. It then changed its name to
Ilocos Sur Trade School.
It became known as the University of Northern
Philippines in 1965 by virtue of Republic Act 4449.
recognized the author of this empowering legislation,
Congressman Floro Crisologo, as its founder.
Noteworthy information is the presence of another state
university in Ilocos Sur, the Ilocos Sur Polytecnic
State College. It is noteworthy because there should
only be one state-run higher institution of learning for
The campus of the first state university of northern
Luzon can be found in Barangay Tamag in Vigan.
tallest building is that of the College of Health
Sciences. It was begun in the eighties and was completed
in 1997. It is where the medical and nursing programs
UNP has satellite campuses and a college branch in
Candon City named Candon Community College (CCC). CCC
became a semi-autonomous unit of UNP in 1989 by virtue
of Republic Act 6744, sponsored by Congressman Eric
The satellite campuses are located in Sinait, where
future foresters are trained, and in Sto. Domingo’s
Quimmarayan, where students of agriculture and fishery
receive education. Aside fom these, UNP is equipped with
a research station located in Santa Maria’s Nalvo, where
sea urchins are bred for study.
The academic excellence that UNP upholds together with
its motto of “Honesty, Humility, Hardwork” has not only
attracted students from all over the country but from
abroad as well. Its school of medicine is where some
Nepalese students prefer to receive training, while its
graduate school (the only one in Ilocos Sur) is where
some Thai students go to.
UNP also has a College of Arts and Sciences, College of
Administration and Accountancy, College of Engineering,
College of Architecture,
College of Fine Arts, College of Technology, College of
Information Technology, College of Crimonology, College
of Teacher Education,
School of Law, College of Social Work and an Open
UNP’s development continuous, as it builds a university
infirmary and another campus in Santo Domingo.