Cabalum Western College
Saturday, November 18, 2006


Scholarship, Character, and Service

October 5, 1945, after World War II, the "National Business School" was established by Dr. Jose D. Cabalum, Sr., PhD.. He felt a calling from God to help the country rehabilitate herself by helping the young prepare themselves for their future by providing them proper education. It was then, the National Business School with a single typewriter, a couple of tables and a few chairs started. The founder was helped by two associates, Ceferino Lañada and Urbano Garrido. The school offered courses in Stenography, Typewriting and Bookkeeping. It was the first school to acquire permit on its courses, considering all vocational schools in Iloilo City.


In July 1949, the administration decided to offer secondary commercial course in line with its extension program. Later, the name National Business School was changed to Cabalum Commercial School, due to the advice of Bureau of Private School. In 1962, the school got third place in the National Examination for Public and Private Schools. In 1963, the Secondary Commercial Course was abolished because of her desire to specialize in Collegiate Secretarial and Business Education. In January 1982, Cabalum Commercial School applied with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports for a permit to offer complete four-year degree program in Bachelor of Science in Secretarial Administration (BSSA). The permit was issued on October 1984 and became effective on March 1985. On the same year, Cabalum Commercial School was awarded as the "Outstanding Pioneer Business School" by Iloilo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for having served and answered the need for vocational training among the youth for many years.

The school has been offering complete program on Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and Bachelor of Science in Secretarial Administration (BSSA) and with additional Vocational Courses. The request for change of her name was granted, and the corporate name was changed to "CABALUM WESTERN COLLEGE INC.".

The Cabalum Western College on Dr.
Fermin Caram Sr. Avenue in Iloilo City.In order to keep abreast with the demand of technical advancement and development, Cabalum Western College offered Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) starting school year 1992. Likewise, it offered Bachelor of Science in Secretarial Administration Course with majors in Science and Data Processing major under Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Course. Since 1996, the school has been offering a five-year program in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCoE).

Cabalum Western College is an academic institution that had encountered significant transition since its humble beginning and the school continues to exist embodying the three ideals: SCHOLARSHIP, CHARACTER, and SERVICE





Cabalum Western College is located exactly at the heart of the city, along the Dr. Fermin Caram Sr., Avenue in Iloilo City. It has a total land area of 1,812sq. m., with three (3) buildings and thirty one (31) classrooms and air conditioned laboratories equipped with necessary tools and equipments needed by the students for their learning activities. Another room was under renovation for the opening of new course, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management this school year.

Last October 2-5, 2006, the Cabalum Western College celebrated her 61st Foundation Day with the theme "CWC 61st Anniversary: The Founders Legacy." The whole week of activities was dedicated to her late great founder, Dr. Jose D. Cabalum Sr., PhD., who died last August 18,2006. It showcases talents, creativity and intelligence of the students together with their respective teachers.

Cabalum Western College is affiliated with PSITE, CEAS-WV, AUCSI, PACSB, PAEOA and PACU. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education for Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) also recognize the Cabalum Western College as it offers Bachelor’s Degree and Technical/Vocational courses. CWC is a non-sectarian, and stock educational institution type of school.

The college does not only train students intellectually, but also physically, emotionally and spiritually. Her students were active members of Red Cross Iloilo Chapter, Campus Paper Writers of Region VI-Western Visayas and Campus Ministry Iloilo Chapter. Cabalum Western College allows hers students to have on-the-job training (OJT) with the different companies in Western Visayas with work related to their chosen field. Every year, the graduating students of Computer Engineering and Computer Science go to Manila for their educational tour and training a more, sophisticated IT companies where they can personally have hands-on practice so all their knowledge can help them settle for a better job. The under-grad students have their Annual Seminar-Workshop at school with experts and experienced guest speakers.

Cabalum Western College is concerned with the intellectual, social, moral, physical and spiritual needs of the individual through scholarship, the development of character, and the promotion of service among its students. It strives to turn out graduates who are responsible, God-fearing citizens, proud of their culture, law-abiding, and prepared to do their share in national and international development.

The school, the administration, the faculty and staff, is continually improving to give the students the best and the most effective way of teaching to fill each student’s fecund mind.





At first, Cabalum Western College offered courses in Stenography, Typewriting and Bookkeeping. But due to the overwhelming demand for IT (Information Technology) specialists, the school now offers different computer-based Bachelor Degree and Technical/Vocational courses. This is the only college in town which offers laddrerized courses. Graduating students were required to render On-the-job training (OJT) with the different top IT Companies in the region related to their courses.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCoE)

trained the students to be innovative in the future. Computer-Aided Design and Hardware-Software interfacing was part of their trainings to prepare them to be one of the top inventors of the world. The graduating students need to pass their oral and written defense with the invited panelist before they can graduate. A latest trend of interfacing was done particularly in the field of robotics. Two-year Computer Technician Course is part of the ladder of Computer Engineering course. This year the students were trained to understand how electricity and electronics work.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) trains the students on the software world. Every now and then, new software is introduced and the students are abruptly taught and specifically apply it in their work as they graduate.

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with majors in Management, Finance and Management Accounting prepare students to be part of the corporate world. The Two-Year Associate in Commercial Science Course is the first two years of the BSBA. Students are trained to become competent business associates in the future.

Bachelor of Science in Office Administration (BSOA) with a specialty in the field of Computer Teacher Education tailor the students to become competent computer-teachers with passion and compassion to their students and their work. The ladder of this course is the Two-Year Computer Secretarial Course. The course trains the students to become a competent secretary to fit-in in whatever field of work they will be connected.

The college also offers 5-MonthsVocational Courses such as Dressmaking, Hairscience, Advance Dressmaking, Beauty Culture, Master’s Men Tailoring, and Pre-Master’s Men Tailoring. Together with some Special Vocational Courses in Stenography, Typewriting and Bookkeeping.



Every first week of October, the Cabalum Western College celebrates her Foundation Week for two main purposes: to let her students remember her humble beginnings and to develop their intra-personal and interpersonal capabilities. The event does not only display intelligence but also creativity, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. Each year, the school administration, the faculty and staff together with the student’s body designed a new program to challenge everyone and to avoid stagnancy of the events.

Aside from ball games, odyssey of the minds and clashes of beauties and wit, the school decided to have a Facet of the Months, which make the students and their teachers to let their sweat of creativity out to have a remarkable presentation.

The school also allows her students to explore the outside world from school. The graduating students go to Manila as part of their Educational Tour to subject them with the latest trends of Information Technology.

Basically, Cabalum Western College caters students to become more sociable, more humane and competent enough to join the work force of the world. (By Elmeda L. Jaleco, Department Chair)

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13 Responses to “Cabalum Western College”  

  1. 1 raquel diaz

    hi mam jaleco and mam simpas can u send to my email?i have some question about my school records.thanks please response thanks i miss you mam,
    more power to cwc….

  2. 2 mashiel

    hi to cwc.
    i send this letter because i have a problem regarding with my records, i haven’t yet taken my transcript of records.how can i get ?..i’m here in abroad.i wan to take but pls can u help me what i’m going to do?..



    to whom it may concern

    hi to all the staff of my beloved cabalum , i have a problem regarding to my transcript of record, na misplace ko po and i want to continue my schooling here in manila im asking if i can get another copy of it , i was graduated 1998 Two year Computer Secretarial thanks and best regards

  4. 4 myra villagarcia

    Dear Al Mater,

    i studied there for 2 years BSCS but went back to Bicol, just want to have the list of my supposed batch mates Class 1997 BSCS.

    Thank you for your reply.

    My teacher before was:

    Mr. Llowen Miraflor
    Mr. Pio Catalonia

  5. 5 Jane Sianson

    To my Alma Mater,

    I just want to say hi and hello to all my teachers and friends who are maybe still there, and I just also want to know if my friend Mr.Isauro Sindol is still teaching and if you have any information regarding where he is now can you pls. send to me and all the class of BSCS batch 1996, I will appreciate it….Thanks and more Power……

  6. 6 Marivie Pulmones

    hi to all my batch mate ’96 and to all my teachers especially my friends gina, anabelle and more , sorry if cant remember your names but ihope someday will meet again. hers my email add: mavy20022003@yahoo.com maybe you have time just buzz me or send me a message . coz im glad to communicate you guys.



    I just wanna greet all our relatives in ilo-ilo city, especially to lolo JOSE. I’m Joven Cabalum son of JACOBO CABALUM & grand son of GLORIA & IGMEDIO CABALUM a brother of lolo JOSE. lolo IGMEDIO is at matalam north cotabato and we settled here in davao city. currently I am exploring internet thru my mobile phone. I’m with coca-cola davao plant as ACCNT EXECUTIVE. with GOD’s permission we are planning to have a vacation at ilo-ilo with my family to see all our relatives. hope to see you all soon. you may contact me at 0917-5126153, 09175095745. PLEASE EXTEND OUR GREETINGS.. THANK YOU & GOD BLESS!!!

  8. 8 Arlene Meagher Sasi

    Hi to all Members ans Staff of Cabalum Western College,

    My name is Arlene Sasi batch ’97 Computer Technician. Just wanted to say hello to all of you especially my favorite teacher Mr. Arnel Fennadez. Anyone who come across to this site and want to contact me here is my e-mail add:sigaan_arlene@yahoo.ca Take care!!! God Bless all!!!

  9. 9 love

    hi, pls give me the website of cabalum college? i want to inquire if they have stenography course/training ….

  10. 10 laisha anne etang

    hi.. I wanted to inquire about your dressmaking course… are you still offering it… I’m a nurse and i wanted to enter this endeavor because of my personal interest. I’m a volunteer nurse so before i make a move to enter dressmaking i would want to know if how much will i need to spend before i grad in terms of tuition fees… may you send me a schedule of fees of your dressmaking course, how many hours would it take and the possible schedule you might offer in order for me to manage my work and dressmaking course in your institution.hoping for your immediate and positive response regarding my request.. thank you!!

  11. 11 jacqueline serohijos

    how can i get my transcript of records….coz im here in manila..plz.help me poh..

  12. 12 princess

    Good Day! May I know if you have an opening science teaching job right now?thanks

  13. 13 reynale canitan

    To my alma mater,

    Im reynale canitan batch 96 associate in commercial science. i just want to ask about my tro, diploma, and yearbook. i’m here in abroad.i want to take but please can u help me what i’m going to do?… . ..

    best regards to maam poraz
    and to all the staff of cablum…

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