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Vision of global excellence

Secretary Yuchengco strongly believes in the role of quality education in the country’s development. YGC’s 100% acquisition of MIT was in line with this belief.

MIT is a non-sectarian institute for higher learning pioneering in technical education. Initially located on Carriedo Street in Quiapo, Manila, it started out as a night school, with 80 students enrolled in civil engineering and architecture.

Today, MIT is the biggest engineering school in the Philippines, with at least 15,000 students. MIT was established by Don Tomas Mapúa, the country’s first registered architect, on January 25, 1925.

Born on December 21, 1888 in Manila to Juan Mapúa and Justina Bautista, Don Tomas obtained his degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in the US where he moved in 1903 to pursue his high school and college education. He studied at Boone’s Preparatory School in Berkeley, California in high school, while he graduated from college in 1911.

Don Tomas was known for his great contributions in the field of architecture especially when he joined the Bureau of Public Works upon his return to the Philippines. He initially worked as a draftsman in the agency before he was appointed supervising architect.

He spearheaded many government projects including the Philippine General Hospital, Psychopathic Building (National Mental Hospital) and the School for the Deaf and Blind, according to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

He also designed the Manila Post Office Building, which was built by Don Enrique Yuchengco, a collaboration years ago that perhaps presaged the changing of hands at MIT at the turn of the century.

His designs for private homes had also been adjudged as among Manila’s beautiful houses before World War II.

He was also a member of various prestigious organizations such as the Philippine Institute of Architecture, Philippine Columbian Association, Fraternal Association of American Institutions, Philippine Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Retiring from public life, Don Tomas, a former councilor of Manila, eventually went back to the private sector. Aside from MIT, he led his own construction firm called MYT Construction Works, Inc.

Don Tomas, who was married to Rita Moya on November 3, 1916, died on December 22, 1965 at the age of 77. They have three children, namely Carmen, Oscar, and Gloria.

In honor of his achievements and contributions, the Misericordia Street in Sta. Cruz was renamed Don Tomas Mapúa Street. A marker was also installed in MIT Intramuros.

Don Tomas’ only son, Don Oscar, had continued his legacy in education by assuming the MIT presidency after his death in 1965. Don Oscar had served as the Institute’s president until his demise on March 17, 1998. His son, Architect Oscar Mapúa Jr., succeeded him.

Architect Mapúa was the Institute’s executive vice president until December 1999 when YGC acquired the Institute.