Asbury College

Posted in Pangasinan
March 10, 2022

Asbury College is the only United Methodist related educational institution located in the island town of Anda, which is the “Mother Island of the Hundred Islands,” in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines.

Asbury College is a non-stock, non-profit and non-sectarian United Methodist institution.

Asbury College

Address: Anda, Pangasinan
Contact No: N/A
School Head: Rev. Marsha G. Alexander – President
Year Established: 1947
Type: Private
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Following World War II, there was a need for a higher education for children and youth on the island of Anda.  There was no institution for higher learning (meaning secondary education), and young people wishing to further their studies had to go “abroad” to the mainland.  Since life was very difficult due to the war years, and finances were limited, many youth did not have the opportunity to study.

It was for this reason that Asbury came into existence.  But the birth of Asbury did not happen suddenly.  It went through a process, which was carefully planned and nurtured.  Its beginning was unusual – for it took an American United Methodist missionary, the Rev. LeRoy Klaus, not a native Andanean – to envision and conceive the idea of a secondary school.

The Methodist Church Mission Board in the United States was consulted, and gave their approval.  Then a note was sent from Manila to Anda on “the wings of the flying ‘Parson’s'(Spotty Spottswood, another American Methodist missionary) plane.  The plan buzzed above the beach of Tondol with the Methodist Mission Board’s “GO” signal.  The seed word was dropped in a handkerchief parachute on the beach, announcing the opening of a school.

On January 6, 1946, the Methodist secondary school was made a reality, and it was named ASBURY HIGH SCHOOL, after the late Rev. Francis Asbury, the first American Bishop of The Methodist Church in the U.S.A.

On January 9, 1946, a government permit was granted to the school to open the first two years of high school education.  A campaign for students and a search for faculty was begun.  Local building were located and rented for classrooms and offices.  It took more than a year for the preparations, and in June 1947, the school formally opened.  In 1948, three local families – Mr. & Mrs. Victorino Cena, Mr. & Mrs. Elias Celeste, and Mr. & Mrs. Hermogenes de Castro – donated portions of land for the Asbury High School campus.  Two years later, in 1950, construction of classrooms and offices were undertaken on the newly acquired campus.  It was also on this year that Asbury produced her first batch of twenty (20) graduates.

In June 1, 1955 Asbury High School was granted government recognition, and from then on, the school produced a large number of graduates who pursued college education outside of Anda.  The exodus of graduates going to the mainland for college education posed a challenge to the Board of Tustees and faculty.  To address this need, Asbury applied for a permit to offer a one-year Liberal Arts in 1966, which was granted by the Department of Education. The following year, 1967, a permit was granted to offer a second year Liberal Arts. In June 5, 1984, the government recognition was given for the school to offer a complete four (4) year Liberal Arts degree.  It was at this time that Asbury High School became ASBURY COLLEGE with a full pledge college status.

In 2002, Asbury opened an elementary department, including a pre-school in order to provide education to the young as well as to serve as a laboratory school for the tertiary department to offer degree programs in Bachelor of Elementary and Secondary Education, which were also granted to open in 2005.  Those studying secondary education were offered majors in English, Mathematics and Filipino.  In July 2011, the pre-school department was given government recognition.  The elementary department is working toward government recognition for the very near future.

Asbury College, Inc. today is the home of pre-school, elementary, secondary and tertiary education to over 1,000 children and youth.  It has a full-time faculty and staff of 33 and a part-time tertiary faculty of 16.

Morever, as United Methodist related institution, Asbury continues to offer a sustainable, best quality and affordable education to the youth of Anda and beyond in a Christian environment. Since her birth, Asbury has produced hundreds of alumni who are living and working not only all over the Philippines but also abroad.  Many are serving in different fields like education, medicine, engineering, arts, civil service, government and politics, etc.  One of the prides of Asbury is her graduates who became church workers – pastors and deaconesses.  This is a living testimony on how Asbury has become a place where young lives are taught, trained, nurtured and transformed to be productive members of their communities, their nation and of the world.

The dream in 1946 became a reality, and the dream lives on for Asbury to one day be a UNIVERSITY!


We offer the following academic courses:

  • Liberal Arts
    • Major in: English, Christian Education, Pilipino
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSE)
    • Major in: Math, Pilipino, English
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEE)
    • Major in: Math, Pilipino, English
  • Secondary Education
    • Senior High School: Grades 11-12
    • Junior High School: Grades 7-10
  • Elementary Education
    • Grades 1-6
  • Pre-School
    • Kindergarten

Tuition and Fees

Elementary (Yearly)

  • Pre-School P3,500.00 + registration fee P485.00 Total P3,985.00
  • Grades 1-6 P4,000.00 + registration fee P485.00 Total P4,485.00

Secondary (Yearly)

  • Grades 7-10 P6,056.00 + registration fee P525.00 Total P6,581.00
  • Grades 11-12 P14,000.00 (registration included) Total P14,500.00*
    *Grades 11 & 12 are on the semestral system like the college department but payments are yearly.

Tertiary/College (Per Semester)

  • Per Unit P220.00 plus registration fee P500.00*
    (e.g. P220.00×24 units = P5,280.00 + P500.00 = P5,780.00)

Cost of purchase of books is not included in the tuition. Thankfully, our library provides most of the text books students need.

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