The history of La Consolacion College goes back to March 12, 1919 when the first group of Augustinian sisters with Sister Tomasa de la Sagrada Familia as superior, arrived in Bacolod, after a two year sojourn in Sibalom, Antique where the presence of a Catholic school was strongly opposed by the Aglipayans.
The Bishop’s Palace then became its first school building, where ten years later, LCC graduated its first batch of Grade School and High School students. March of 1929 marked the first graduation.
From the Bishop’s residence, LCC moved along Justicia and Washington Streets (Now Galo and Gatuslao) where an imposing two storey L-shaped school building was constructed. With the rise of this new structure, LCC offered its first collegiate course, the elementary Teacher’s Certificate in 1938.
Through the war years, the school was abandoned temporarily. It was during this time that LCC suffered some set-backs until its restoration from the invading aliens in 1943. this was under Sister Evangelista de San Agustin who had contributed greatly to the school’s resurgence from the remains of World War II to keep abreast with the sprawling and expanding Bacolod.
The post-war era that followed saw the rapid growth of the school from its varied course offerings to the different academic and non-academic programs and services in its curriculum.
For the first time in 1948 LCC departed from its former tradition and established a Boy’s High School which later commenced the entry of male population in the college halls.
1964 laid a new page in the history of the school when a four-storey building which was to house the Boy’s High School was constructed in Rizal Street. This was considered as LCC’s architectural contribution to the developing Bacolod. By then, LCC’s Architecture Department was formally recognized by the government making LCC the lone school in Western Visayas to offer BS in Architecture.
By 1965, the Graduate School was recognized with majors in Guidance and Counseling, Elementary Education and Secondary Education only to close in the 70’s.
The early 1970’s introduced the concept of co-education from Grade School to College level even up to this day. With the greater challenge during the 70’s and the exhortation of the Vatican II, LCC-Bacolod became an active partner of the church in promoting social justice through education.
The growing demand for accommodation from an increasing student population hastened the birth of LCC Gardenville in 1976 as an extension of LCC Main. Today, LCC-Gardenville stands on its own offering complete Pre-School, Elementary and High School Education.
The decades of the 80’s and the 90’s saw LCC’s breakthrough for a much brighter tomorrow. The Graduate School was re-opened with new major course offerings.
There were major transformations as the Augustinian Sisters of the Philippines renewed and redefined its Charism.
Accordingly, LCC-Bacolod redefined too, its mission statement in answer to the needs of the time. Since the focus of the church today is towards the poor, LCC-Bacolod through the Mother Rita Barcelo Community Canter (MRBCC) its apostolic arm in serving the community became the vehicle in evangelizing the poor. Its administration, faculty and students became actively involved in its thrust through living among the squatters, conducting seminars and workshops on livelihood, organizing Basic Christian Communities and Community Organizations.
Despite the repressive years of Martial Law and under the iron hand of then President Ferdinand E. Marcos, LCC-Bacolod continued to pioneer on new programs in its curricula, one of which was the Cooperative Education Program. This was the brainchild of Sister Leontina Castillo, OSA. Until now, LCC-Bacolod is the only school in Bacolod City which has created a savings laboratory for students.
With Sister Ma. Rita Yulo, under Sister Leontina’s leadership, LCC’s academic curriculum was enriched with the inclusion of the Cooperative System. LCC-Bacolod underwent a Congregational Evaluation Visit which all the major functions/operations of the school have been assessed and evaluated. This visit likewise had moved the succeeding administration to address and improve areas and operation. Under Sister Consolacion Alvarez’ leadership, the college Directress in the early 70’s, LCC-Bacolod created its first Mission Statement, Commitment and its college’s five-year development plan. The later half of the seventies also brought many innovative changes. The establishment of the Planning, Development, Instructional and Research Center (PDIRC) was added as one of the service units to strengthen its research component. This was under was under the leadership of Sister Niceta M. Vargas, OSA. However, it was also Sister Ma. Rita Yulo, OSA who pushed LCC-Bacolod to undergo the Institutional Audit conducted by CEAP and likewise three CSSD (Catholic School Systems Development) Program in order to achieve institutional upgrading.
The early 80’s were indeed another milestone for La Consolacion College. Its High School and Grade School (now Basic Education Department) were granted full accreditation status by PAASCU in 1982 and the College Department- Liberal Arts and Commerce followed suit in 1983.
It could be recalled, however, that PAASCU accreditation was made possible because of the extensive preparation led by Sister Niceta M. Vargas, OSA, who was then the school’s Directress. In her administration, Sister Niceta M. Vargas was able to implement the Curriculum Improvement Process (CIP); and was able to formulate the college’s profile of the graduates. The works and visions of her predecessors were not in Vain as they became parts and parcels of all the achievements attributed to her in her time.
Still within the 80s, the socio-political situations of Negros have awakened the LCCians to be involved in societal issues and problems. With Sister Rufina Patosa, OSA at the helm, the LCC academic community did not only concentrate on instruction to go with the times but also participated in the charism journeys which revealed the glaring truth about the abject poverty observed and injustices committed in Negros Occidental.
Aware of all these happenings, LCC under the leadership of Sister Ma. Celia P. Bayona, OSA allowed important changes in instruction. The Webbing strategy became an integrative and wholistic approach in all subject areas. The mission statements and objectives were reviewed and clarified as well as enriched.
The 90s ushered in some innovations and improvements in the college physical plant. Among these developments include the construction of a five-storey Sta. Monica Building for the ARFIEN Department. The said structure started during the administration of Sister Ma. Celia P. Bayona, OSA, then College Directress and continued in the administration of Sister Editha Zerna, OSA. To sport a new look, LCC in 1998 constructed an imposing façade fronting the public plaza, her buildings were widened by constructing balconies along the second and third floors of the L-shaped building. Her facilities were also upgraded with the renovation of her speech and science laboratories.
As we face a new era of the 90’s LCC has proven itself as a reputable institution. It has produced notable civic officials serving their community here and abroad. Its education Training Department had turned out teachers, supervisors and superintendents not only for the Province of Negros Occidental but Nationwide, and an Assistant Regional director. Not to be outdone of course is the fact that seven awardees of Metrobank Most Outstanding Teachers in the Philippines, all came from LCC-Bacolod (Virgie Cu-1984; Judith G. Verdadero-1992; Lina N. sedonio-1993; Cecilia Locsin Nava 1994; Benito E. Verdadero 1995; and Josephine Uy Demerre 1996; Ma. Luisa D. Gibraltar 2003). This prestigious national recognition given to the institution’s former students and faculty is a testimony to her excellent standard. Its Faculty/Community Credit Cooperative Inc. likewise received the RCBC Sikap Award for being one of the best community livelihood projects throughout the country. Its College of Architecture as thrice been a first placer, at other times 2nd, and 3rd or a 4th placer but always a 100% passer in the licensure exams given by the government throughout the Philippines. At one time, one of its faculties was a fellow’s grantee of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). Its Business Education Department has garnered a 7th place in the CPA exams.
Furthermore, LCC has joined the information superhighway in 1998. an INTERNET center was put up to meet the growing academic needs of the students.
In terms of theatre, the 90s saw the revival of the drama. LCC then was the bastion of performing arts in Bacolod. In 1998 alone, LCC produced “Adios, Pepe”, Rizal’s short bioplay, “Medea” and other classic western and local plays.
LCC-Bacolod also formed its dance company called LCC Dance Arts composed of College students from various courses. The LCC Dance Arts became the school’s ambassadors of goodwill. Rene Hofileña was the choreographer and trainer.
To strengthen its community outreach programs, LCC had pursued linkages with the Asian Rural Institute and also received land donations from the Benares family for the building of a chapel in the surrounding barangays of Handumanan. Trough MRBCC, a preschool program was designed for the children of the adopted barangay making the chapel the venue for classes.
LCC-Bacolod had also added new course offerings such as Bachelor of Elementary Education, Bachelor of Secondary Education, Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Entrepreneurial Management, Management Information System (MIS), Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and Industrial Design to cater to the needs of the city. In 1996, its Master of Educational Management and Master in Business Administration programs were recognized.
With the growing tourism needs of the province, LCC-Bacolod college Department offers CHRM and BSHRM (Certificate in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management). LCC-Bacolod then is the first school in Negros Occidental to offer such courses.
The Mother Rita Barcelo Community Center Free Night High School was also opened. The Mother Rita Barcelo Community Center expanded its outreach activities by offering non-formal livelihood courses to people in the adopted barangays and also in other depressed areas in Bacolod. Most importantly, the school published a book written by Modesto Palacious Sa-onoy, M.A., an alumnus, entitled “LCC Through the Years”. This book is a historical account of the school’s 75 years of existence.
In January 1997, Jennifer Benedicto topped the Licensure Examination for Architects given by the Philippine Regulations Commission. The first in the history of the examination, both in the national and LCC-Bacolod as the first female to top the board.
During school year 1998-1999, LCC was awarded the accredited status by PAASCU for the next five years in its Bachelor of Arts (AB) and Commerce Programs. Moreover, the school was cited by the Professional Regulations Commission Board of Architecture as the 3rd Best Performing Architectural School (National Level-Category B) and No1. 1 in the Visayas-Mindanao Area from January 1996-1998 Jennifer Benedicto topped the Architectural Licensure Examination in 1997.
School year 1998-1999 witnesses another milestone for the school as it celebrated its 80th anniversary with the theme “LCC” 80 Taong Handog-Pasasalamat Para sa Sambayanan at Sangkatauhan”. The school prepared series of activities for the whole school year starting from June to March. On March 1, the documentary book entitled “The Diamond at 80: was launched. A historica; Dance Drama show was presented from March 8-10. The celebration was culminated through a Thanksgiving Mass, parade and a cultural night on March 12, 1999.
A five-million housing project located at Sum-ag, Bacolod City was completed. This was LCC’s diamond gift to her faculty and personnel on her 80th founding anniversary. It was an attest of her undying commitment to uplift the plight of her employees.
With Sister Ma. Assumpta Y. Hormillosa, OSA at the helm, year 2000 brought more color to the academic world of LCC. Two Architecture students landed first and third place in the architecture Licensure Examination. Together with Hugo Flores and Winston Gapielago, 14 other LCCians were among the 506 board passers in the January 1999 liecensure examination. In this bi-annually professional licensure examination, LCC continuously got a higher percentage-passing rate As to the re-opened education courses, PRC listed LCC as the 16th high performing school in the 2001 Licensure Examination for Teachers in the category of 10-99 secondary examinees.
To answer the educational needs of the times specializations were opened such as Mathematics and Religious and Values Education for the AB/Ed, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science for the Business Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Industrial Design and Bachelor of Science in Interior Design for the ARFIEN and Master of Arts in Human Resource Management for the Graduate School. In 2004 new course offerings in the Liberal Arts Department include: Bachelor in Library and Information Science; and two new majors for the Education programs: General Science and Physical Education.
LCC goes global. HRM-BST seniors for the first time had their international practicum in Singapore. This was in compliance with the policy set by CHED on International Practicum Training Program (IPTP). This batch of seniors was the first to be sent abroad in the region. In the succeeding academic year, more batches of HRM students were given the opportunity to acquire practical knowledge, skills and attitudes, favorable work ethics competencies and enhanced exposure and acculturation on hotel and restaurant operations in foreign hotels and restaurants that observe international standard services.
A five-storey BS-Tourism Building was erected at the Quezon Avenue to address the needs of students for in school internship training.
The less than two-year old college campus organization brought honor to the school and to the country. LCC-SIFE (students in Free Enterprise), the 1st National Champion in the exposition held in Dumaguete City and represented the Philippines in the 1stWorldCup held in London, England. In the league competition, LCC-SIFE was declared first runner-up. During the preceding year, 2002, Carmen C. Menes, Ph.D. and Ma. Mercedes Aves-Joson, Ph. D., joined again the Philippine Team in the Netherlands for the SIFE International Competition as the faculty representatives.
In the recently held arts and science competitions, the ABED students brought laurels to the school, by winning first in the USLS Interschool Literary Quiz Competition. Fine Arts students won awards in local and national competitions sponsored by PLDT-GTA, shell, Metrobank. Philip Morris and other organizations. Likewise, HRM students coveted trophies in provincial, regional and national Skills Olympics. In August 2004, the English majors joined the Quiz Bowl in USLS for the second time and emerged as champion.
In provincial search for outstanding students, Mark Leeping and Randdie Cuelo made it to the top in 2000 Three Outstanding Students. Mark Leeping also won the national search for Outstanding Commerce Student that qualified him for an MBA scholarship.
The Ripples, the official students’ publication of the College Department had also garnered several; awards for the publication: department of Tourism VI Citation of Merit for the promotion of regional and Local Tourism; Philippine Information Agency VI varied award for the newspaper and magazine. Outstanding editors also were given the IWAG Award for their contribution to the developmental journalism: Annabelle Badilla, Cathyne Costales, Rogel Mark Leeping, Eric Dima-ala, John Dennis Rabang. In November 29, 2004, Ms. Portia Viedor was awarded by the Office of the Press Secretary and the Phil. Information Agency in region VI as one of the Ten Best Performing Campus Paper Advisers.
The school outreach program, on the other hand, through the MRBOC (Mother Rita Barceló Outreach Center) conceptualized a MOBILE-SCHOOL Project for “rugby children” and a Women’s Desk as concrete answers to the call of the Church as revealed in the Jubilee agenda. Indigent residents of Barangay Handumanan are the recipient of the school’s outreach program, when the school opened its Day Care center for the Literacy and Numeracy Program; feeding Program and other Community Development projects. The MRBCC continues to create programs that will help uplift the living conditions of the people so that they will be empowered and alleviate the plight.
Outstanding personnel services were also given due recognition. Ma. Mercedes A. Joson, Ph.D. was 2000 NOPSSCEA’s Most Outstanding Teacher in Tertiary Level. Ms. Marianita G. Sonon was awarded by NOPSSCEA as Outstanding Non-Teaching Personnel during the 1st recognition rite for Outstanding Personnel in 2002. The General Maintenance, for the first time, had two Outstanding Personnel namely: Christopher Dagu-ob and Noel Llamera.
In 2001, Ma. Mercedes A. Joson was awarded by Soroptomist International as “Woman of Distinction in Education,” the following year; she was named Metrobank Semi-Finalist for the “Search for Outstanding Teacher.”
All these achievements were contributed to the expertise and leadership of the administrators and of the faculty.
As an accredited school, LCC’s academic standard has catapulted to greater heights, along with the school’s achievements in theatre and drama, which throughout the years, became the school’s cultural vehicles not only for artistic expression but most especially in developing social consciousness among the students and the entire community.
Today, as we enter into the 3rd Millennium, LCC stands as a bastion of Christian education, a spring flowing with graduates, equipped with academic excellence, social consciousness and Gospel values; committed to the task of social transformation as they go out to take their roles in society.
LCC-Bacolod’s existence for the past 85 years is a testimony of its fidelity of the youth. PCP II’s call for Renewed Evangelization brings her and her school clientele to a sincere progress of reconciliation and a growing change of heart.
During the National Convention of the cooperatives in 2003, LCCFCCC was given the Institutional excellence Award for its various People empowerment program like the Micro financing.
With the vision of converting the college into a university, the University Committee was created with Ma. Mercedes A. Joson, Ph.D. as the head, the semester after the office became Planning Development and External Affairs. This office takes charge of the following: Alumni; Scholarship; Job Placement; Advertising and promotion; and Publication.
In 2003, separation of the Hospitality and Tourism Management from the Business Education Department was realized.
With the developmental goals and programs, the Research Center was opened to redirect and enhance the research capabilities of the faculty and personnel so as to engage in scholarly research work to generate information and knowledge.
The 21st century ushered a shift in the paradigm. Lay empowerment is very much evident in the assignment of administrators. The Human Resource Development (HRD) officer was appointed as an answer to the personnel needs of the institution. During the second semester of 2004-2005, Mrs. Ma. Mercedes A. Joson, Ph.D., was assigned as the College Dean when Sr. Myrna S.T. Concepcion, OSA was named as the new President.
The ground breaking ceremony last October 18, 2004 signaled the construction of the Mother Consuelo Activities Center, a four storey structure that will be the venue of the new Library, Internet Center, Canteen and Dance Hall.
Tomorrow, LCC will still stand as it is today, as long as there is one single LCCian with a heart to love and a will to serve, as long as the Community of Friends shall continue to exist within; as long as there are responsible, competent and dedicated people who believe in the ideals and spirit of Mother Rita Barceló, our foundress, and Mother Consuelo Barceló, our co-founders, LCC will always be a dynamic Christian Community of learning, actively involved in the pursuit of a “Nationalist Education for Faith and Justice Toward Social Transformation”. Yes, LCC will still; be there and shall continue to meet emerging needs and demands of the changing times for the development of a more just and free, more responsible and more self-reliant Philippine Society.