Philippine Women’s College of Davao
Saturday, February 3, 2007


An institution where you can be the best

Dean Conrado Benitez and Mrs. Francisca Tirona Benitez were the two persons "who dreamt dreams and made their dreams come true". Their dreams led to their founding of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU) in 1919. Ans soon after graduating from PWU, the alumnae in Mindanao began to dream the same dreams, with the intention of extending the quality of education to young girls in Mindanao for the growth and development of their faith, patriotism, and love for the family.


On April 28, 1952, the cornerstone of the PHILIPPINE WOMEN’S COLLEGE OF DAVAO (PWCD) was laid through the enterprising leadership of then PWU executive vice president Helena Benitez (who turned the idea into reality), with Rosa Sanwtos Munda, then the secretary of the PWU Alumnae Association of Davao.

On May 26, 1953, the college and dormitory buildings were blessed and dedicated in an inspiring ceremony officiated by His Excellency Msgr. Clovis Thibault, PME, and attended by public officials and prominent people of Davao and PWU officials – PWU president Francisca Benitez and treasurer Pilar Clemente. The founding dean was Fraternidad Gonzales, who was concurrent High School Principal with Monserrat Yulo as treasurer and Priscilla Abaya as Elementary Principal.

Philippine Women’s College of Davao
along University Avenue, Juna
Subdivision, Matina, Davao City.School Year 1957-58 saw Munda, fondly called Tita Rosky by the growing PWC Community, took over as College dean. It was also in 1958 that the PWC Mindanao Folk Arts Center was inaugurated.

Dean Munda's term marked an emphasis on developing a well-balanced personality. Such is the philosophy behind the existence and essence of the school. Under Tita Rosky’s deanship, several administrators and teachers proved their dedication, commitment and loyalty by staying with PWC for a number of years.

Fifty years later president Munda readily agreed with the Alumni Foundation that it was time for PWC to lay the ground on to becoming a university.

In November 2003, the PWC Working Group, composed of Amelia Bonifacio, Maria Loreto Abella Lopez, Emilie Enriquez Dalisay and Amado Munda Jr., was formed by the PWC Board of Trustees to formulate PWC’s development plan.

PWC formally launched the Working Group’s Five-year Expansion and Enhancement Program in February 2004, witnessed by PWU-PWC Chair Helena Benitez Reyes, Jose Conrado Benitez, Dr. Amelou Benitez Reyes, Conrad Benitez and Rosario Abella Lizada, and other distinguished guests from the Davao Community, among them Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan, Councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta, Mindanao Commission on Women Chair and PWC alumna Irene Morada Santiago, and PWC patron, Nenita del Rosario Floirendo.

On July 25, 2005, Dr. Benitez Reyes was installed as the second president of the PWCD and important objectives of the Expansion and Enhancement Program were affirmed: establishment of a Sunday High School; establishment of a Weekend College, and Center for Continuing Education; revival of Mindanao Island as the centerpiece of work-related learning; expansion of the Mindanao Folk Arts Museum and Studies Center; establishment of Computer Laboratories and launching of computer-aided teaching-learning from Preschool to College; upgrading of physical infrastructure and campus facilities; enhancement of teaching-learning strategies; and automation of the institutional systems.



In celebration of two decades of working with the youth and adults in Mindanao in the sector of visual arts, PWCD’s Helena Z. Benitez School of Fine Arts and Culture celebrates "20 POINT 10: Playground of Our Imagination, Now and Then" to commemorate its 20th founding anniversary and its 10th Annual Student Art and Design Exhibition at the Entertainment Plaza of SM City Davao from February 4-10, 2007.

Taking inspiration from the interest shown by the Davao community in the series of workshops conducted by the late National Artist for Painting, Victorio Edades, at the PWC of Davao in the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Baccalaureate Degree in Fine Arts was established – the first ever academic course of its kind that was offered in Mindanao. Artist and PWU alumna Brenda Barba, who was instrumental in crafting the Art Curriculum of the Basic Education, chaired the Fine Arts Program since its inception up to the present. She is now counting 40 years of teaching experience in the arts in all units of PWC of Davao. The rest is history.

Through the years, PWC faculty and students alike have garnered meritorious recognition and brought honors to their alma mater in the fields of visual arts/painting, fashion design, interior design at the local, national and international levels. Some prestigious competitions and events where PWC HAZB-SFAC excelled in include, on the painting side: Assocaiation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Art Awards, Vermont Freeman Fellowship, Metrobank Young Painters’ Annual, Shell National Students’ Art Competition, PLDT Visual Art/Directory Cover Competition, Petron Students’ Painting Annual and the AAP Art Competition; and on the fashion design side: the Annual Philippine Fashion Design Competition and the biennial MEGA Young Designers’ Competition in Manila, and the Concours International des Jeunnes Createurs de Mode held annually in Paris, France. For the past five years, alumni designers, who belong to the now who’s who in the local fashion industry, have been showing their collections at the Philippine Fashion Week, reaping rave reviews and getting much deserved coverage by the country’s fashion authorities.

In response to the multifarious perspectives in the art side of the community it serves and the growing demands of the industry, PWC has added more academic course majors to its academic offerings.

In 1999, Interior Design was added. This school year, Advertising and Industrial Design majors made the program even more promising and exciting. Under a ladderized curriculum with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) accreditation is Fashion Illustration and Styling, which could be a pilot program for Mindanao. Non-credit short-term courses are also offered on demand for all ages.

Stalwart and dedicated as an educational venue for artists in Mindanao, the PWCD Helena Z. Benitez School of Fine Arts & Culture renews its commitment to uphold the Philwomenian spirit in the context of serving Filipinos, its friends from neighboring countries and those from other countries. All combined, this learning context is woven with the colorful chapters of history interwoven with the immensely rich and diverse culture of Mindanao.



The Philippine Women’s College of Davao is at the forefront of providing courses that emphasize unique Filipino culture and identity. Locally, with flagship courses such as the Hotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism, and Fine Arts, the PWCD continues to lead in providing the best graduates and talents in these fields. Now, it is branching out with new course offerings such as Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Education, and Liberal Arts. And, in its mission of providing quality education even to the working class Davaoeños, it has opened its Sunday High School and Weekend College. Now everyone, can have the breadth of skills and qualities unique to PWCD.

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12 Responses to “Philippine Women’s College of Davao”  

  1. 1 rhea

    just want to ask something??? im in israel working as a caregiver and i wanted to be enrolled in your school through internet online… is it possible for me to be in enrolled??? i can e-mail for exams or anything… pls reply
    thanks and god bless!!

  2. 2 jobelle

    helo pwedi po magask kelan po magsisimula ang 2ndtrimester?..

  3. 3 cel

    gusto ko lng po malaman f pwede rin po akong mag enrol sa school nyo even n nandito me sa pinas.Full time kc po ang work ko and ala n po akong time para umatend ng class after office hour.im working from 8-5pm pero umaabot po kc ako ng 7-8 pm.
    hope malaman ko po ang sagot nyo …….
    god bless and thank you very much.

  4. 4 fretchie s. hijosa

    Good morning everyone, I am an associate HRM graduate batch 88-89. Is there possible to get my transcript online? please I need your reply as soon as possible.

    Thank you so much!


  5. 5 Soledad V. Navarro

    Am trying to reach Amado Munda Jr. Hello, Dinky! Our AFS batch will hold a reunion in Jan. 2011. Please contact me for details.
    Thanks and best to you,

  6. 6 annalou

    gusto ko sanang mag tanong if ito ba ang school na 3 years lang tatapusin ang 4 year course or what thy call 3mistral am i right? plss reply and plss send me that information about the miscellaneous and other fees

  7. 7 samuel castillo

    gud day may i know your contact no.? registrar pwc davao. we need ur reply very soon. thank you very much..god bless.

  8. 8 mare
  9. 9 gen

    do you have an extension of graduate studies particularly mshrm. very eager to enroll. thanks

  10. 10 rio tuason

    hi, id like to know the present grade school principal, the dean, and the prefect of student affairs/discipline, also their respective contact numbers? thanks!

  11. 11 Lemcyw

    meron po ba kayong degree courses every sunday? online degree courses? night school ?

  12. 12 regine

    tanong ko lang po kung meron kayong weekend classes? kung meron anung courses po yung pang weekend?


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