The Manuel L. Quezon University is founded on the principle of Know Thyself. On its logo is emblazoned the words Pro Patria et Jure: For Country and Law. It owes its existence to the idealism of the seven men, who envisioned an institution that would provide ambitious but financially disadvantaged young people with the education and professional training needed to get ahead in life. The seven men are seen below. It was founded in 1947 by several prominent justices and lawyers who saw the need for a quality educational institution catering to the less privileged.

They wanted to develop a school that is:

  • quality-driven
  • affordable
  • research-oriented
  • innovative
  • student-friendly

They were inspired by the following words of the great Manuel Luis Quezon, former President of the Philippine Commonwealth:

"I believe that education is the right of all citizens. An educated people is needed to insure the upliftment of the masses and the creation of wealth for all."

The vision was realized on November 1, 1947 when eighteen professors from the school where Dr. Monzon served as Dean joined him in an old building at the corner of Mendiola and Legarda Streets to begin training 643 students for the law profession. Thus was born the MLQU School of Law.

The fledging school produced its first batch of graduates the following year and in the Bar Examinations given in that same year, the school registered a passing average of 97.5%. In 1949, it exceeded its first record with a passing average of 100% with three of its graduates making it to the Top Ten.

The law school soon found it necessary to transfer to a new site on R. Hidalgo St. where other academic units were organized beginning with the School of Arts and Sciences followed by the School of Education, Commerce and Business Administration, Engineering, Architecture and Graduate Studies. With the addition of these units, the Law school became the Manuel L. Quezon Educational Institution. In 1958, the institution acquired University status.

Subsequently the Schools of Criminology, Architecture and Secretarial Education were separated from the School of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Commerce and Business Administration, respectively. The School of Information Technology is the latest addition to the University community.

The Manuel L. Quezon University has three campuses, namely, the Administration Building and the Monzon Hall both at R. Hidalgo St. and the Arlegui Compound at Arlegui St.. Just recently, the Research Center was built adjacent to the Monzon Hall and which was named after Justice Arsenio P. Dizon.

The MLQU is accessible from all parts of Metro Manila and suburbs by quick and easy means of transportation. It is near the famous Quiapo Church where practically all transportation lines cross.


The Manuel L. Quezon University shall contribute to nation building by turning out nationalistic, competent, educated and upright Filipinos imbued with a spirit of selflessness and committed service to society, through quality education and training that is sustainable, with particular emphasis on the acquisition of current and relevant knowledge and highly valued skills by its students, that are apropos to our country’s hopes and dreams for a progressive future for all.

The Manuel L. Quezon University as an organization adheres to the precept: We are a people organization. We know that the future of this University lies in our hands: the Board of Regents, administrative officials, faculty and employees. We believe in the innate potential of every individual to excel and do good. As such, we shall endeavor to provide, at all times, a Christian environment that fosters good study habits, quality education, academic freedom, trust and confidence, creativity and excellence; and which recognizes as well as rewards accomplishments and hard work; and promotes teamwork, openness and integrity.


Total quality education through excellence in instruction rendered by recognized leaders in the field of education.


The Manuel L. Quezon University was founded on the principle of Know Thyself. On its logo is emblazoned the words, Pro Patria et Jure: For Country and Law. From these words are implied the ideals to which the Founding Fathers committed themselves:

  • Service to country and people
  • Acceptance of the supremacy of the Law
  • Untrammeled search for truth
  • Correct understanding and exercise of human rights
  • Wise use of freedom
  • Academic Excellence and professional competence enriched with Christian values.