Sunday, July 1, 2012

Holy Cross of Davao College

The Holy Cross of Davao College or HCDC is a private Roman Catholic, archdiocesan, college institution founded by the Religious of the Virgin Mary Sisters in 1951, and is one of the leading educational institutions in Davao City. It is presently supervised by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Davao and governed by a Board of Trustees.

HCDC started out as a school annex in 1951 which was then called Immaculate Conception College on a land owned by the Roman Catholic Apostolic Administrator of Davao in Sta. Ana Avenue, Davao City. However, in April 1956, its founders sold and eventually transferred ownership of the school to the PME Fathers (Foreign Mission Society of Quebec) - the Roman Catholic Apostolic Administrator of Davao, who renamed it Holy Cross Academy of Davao, then an exclusive school for boys. 

In the school year 1964-1965, the school allowed the admission of girls to the elementary department, and the following school year 1966-1967, offered college courses and renamed the school to its present name, Holy Cross of Davao College

Due to the lack of Filipino personnel needed to operate the school at that time, the PME Fathers transferred the ownership of the school to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Davao on July 10, 1976. 

On January 18, 1985, HCDC founded its Grade School Bajada Campus, called, Professor Hermann Gmeiner School - named after Professor Hermann Gmeiner, founder of SOS Kinderdorf International - and several modern facilities such as speech laboratory, audio-visual center, and a sports center were installed. 

For many years, HCDC's High School Department remained an exclusive school for boys. However, because of the persistent request of parents, the school eventually started admitting female high school students in the school year 1985-1986. 

On February 8, 1994, HCDC was granted a government permit to operate masteral programs in education and economics and opened its Graduate School Department. And in April 25, 1995, the Philippine Accrediting Association of Colleges, Schools and Universities or PAASCU granted the Liberal Arts and Education programs a level II status for 3 years.

In 1989, because of the ever increasing number of students each school year and demands for new academic programs, HCDC made a significant expansion and improvement of its school facilities and erected at its Main Campus a five-storey building named after Professor Hermann Gmeiner. And in the years that follow, on February 6, 1996, a new four-storey Archbishop Mabutas Hall was constructed alongside a renovated four-storey Archbishop Thibault Hall. A new chapel was also built in honor of the PME Fathers and was blessed on October 8, 1996. The school also acquired a five hectare shoreline property at Camudmud, Babak in the Island Garden City of Samal, and installed facilities specifically for its Marine Transportation programs. 


The school now has three campuses: the Main Campus at Sta. Ana Avenue which offers Undergraduate, Graduate and Technical and Vocational Courses; the JP. Laurel Avenue Campus which offers elementary and and high school; and the Camudmud, Babak Island, Samal Campus which offers undergraduate programs. 

HCDC is divided into six units: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Maritime Education, the College of Criminology, and the College of Business and Accountancy. It also runs grade school and high school units.


Since HCDC was founded in 1951, the school has served thousands of students not only from Davao but also from neighboring provinces and islands, and because of its aggresive pursuit of dynamic academic excellence, Holy Cross of Davao College remains one of the leading educational institutions in Davao City as it offers the following courses: 

College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in
Mass Communication
Physical Education
General Science
Political Science
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Social Work
Bachelor of Library and Information Science

College of Business

Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Major in Business Economics
Major in Financial Management
Major in Human Resource Development Management
Major in Marketing Management
Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration
Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management

College of Education

Bachelor of Elementary Education
Pre- School Education
Special Education
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
Biological Science
Physical, Music and Health Education
Physical Science
Social Studies

College of Engineering and Technology

Bachelor of Science Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science Electronics Engineering
Bachelor of Science Information Technology
Computer Hardware servicing- NC II (5-month program)

College of Criminology

Bachelor of Science in Criminology

College of Maritime Education

Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation

Graduate School 

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology
Doctor of Philosophy in Education
Doctor in Education
Master of Arts in Education:

- Major in English Language Teaching
- Educational Management
- Special Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Guidance and Counseling
- Filipino
- Teaching Mathematics
- Teaching General Science
- Teaching Social Studies
- Teaching Physical Education
- Master in Management (non-thesis)

Master of Science in Commerce
Master of Science in Economics
Master in Arts in Theology:

- Major in Pastoral Ministry
- Religious Education
- Theological Studies
- Human and Christic Peace Studies
- Christian Stewardship Studies

For more information, please contact: 

Holy Cross of Davao College

Main Campus
Sta. Ana Avenue, Davao City
Tel +6382 221 3008 | +6382 2219071 to 79 local 126

College Registrar
Tel +6382 221 3008 | +6382 221 9073 local 116

High School Campus
SOS Drive, Bajada, Davao City
Tel +6382 221 5362 | +6382 221 7380 | +6382 221-7380 local 208

Grade School Campus
SOS Drive, Bajada, Davao City
Tel +6382 225 3556 | +6382 227 6980 | +6382 227 6989 local 216


  1. considerably one of the Big 5 institutions in the City of Davao and one of the most respected in the fields of broadcasting, education, business, liberal arts, and maritime. Composition of the BIG 5 inludes :

    HCDC - Holy Cross of Davao College

    USEP- University of Southern Philippines

    ADDU - Ateneo de Davao University

    UM - University of Mindanao

    UIC - University of Immaculate Conception

    1. HCDC? I don't think so. I guess you forgot UP Mindanao.

    2. Instead UIC, replace it Into UP mindanao,


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