The Mercedes T. Gotianun Building of Bulacan State University San Rafael Campus. Photo by Carmela Reyes-Estrope

SAN RAFAEL—Bulacan State University (BulSU) officials on Wednesday named the main building in their newest campus to the matriarch of Filinvest Land Inc. who donated a lot property that contributed to the recent success of the state university’s continued expansion.

Bulacan Third District Rep. Lorna Silverio, BulSU President Cecilia Gascon and Vice Gov. Alex Castro together with San Rafael Mayor Cholo Violago led the unveiling of the marker and the naming of the main building of BulSU San Rafael Campus to late Mercedes T. Gotianun, the late matriarch of the said real estate company.

The BulSU San Rafael Campus is located along the Plaridel Bypass in this town.

Gotianun, a known philanthropist donated an almost 2 hectare land for BulSU in 2019 through talks and initiatives made by Silverio following the passage of Republic Act 11329, which establishes the BulSU San Rafael Campus. In 2022, Gotianun died due to an ailment. 

Silverio was behind the creation of the said law that creates the sixth campus of the university. BulSU has its Main Campus in City of Malolos, the Sarmiento Campus in City of San Jose del Monte, the Hagonoy Campus, the Meneses Campus in Bulakan town and the Bustos Campus in Bustos town.

Vice Gov. Alex Castro giving his inspirational message during the unveiling and naming of Mercedes T. Gotianun building in Bulacan State University San Rafael Campus. Photo by Carmela Reyes-Estrope

Silverio said the Filinvest is among the leading major investors in Plaridel Bypass area in San Rafael.  

“Her remarkable gesture has enabled BulSU to build the university’s first flagship campus which promises to provide even greater opportunities for future generations,” Gascon said in her message.

Gerald Hilario, Dean of BulSU San Rafael Campus said their current 200 students are enrolled in the four science courses namely-BS Medical Technology, BS Biology, BS Psychology and BS Nursing.

Within a few years, Gascin said they plan to transform San Rafael Campus into the Science Campus of BulSU where a College of Medicine is being targeted to be opened.

According to Silverio, she will also file a bill for the national government to build a hospital inside the San Rafael Campus where medicine students can have their internship programs.

Silverio told mediamen that the Gotianun family has agreed to donate additional lot property beside the San Rafael Campus where they target to build the buildings and hospital for the college of medicine. 

The national government through RA 11509 or the “Doctor Para sa Bayan Act,”a law filed by Senator Joel Villanueva funds the establishment of at least two colleges of medicine in each of the regions in the country.

Villanueva has long encouraged BulSU to benefit from the law.

BulSU in all its main six campuses has more than 40,000 students.

Castro encouraged the students to study hard and be the best of themselves to hurdle the challenges and trials they will be experiencing as these struggles will bring them to the top of their dreams.