Manila Central University had a very humble beginning. In 1903, on the request of several students from the University of Sto. Tomas and other individuals, Dr. Alejandro Albert organized a private review class. This review class developed into the Escuela de Farmacia del Liceo de Manila in 1904, with Dr. Alejandro Albert, Alfredo L. Guerrero, Antonio C. Llamas, Feliciano Paterno and Filemon Tanchoco, and all faculty members of the institution, as incorporators. This was the first educational institution of its kind established and managed by Filipinos. Its success demonstrated the undoubted capacity and ability of the Filipinos managing their own affairs in the educational field, especially then, when at that time of its initial organization it was barely 4 years after the establishment of the Philippine Educational System.

The Manila College of Pharmacy became one of the leading institutions of higher learning of its kind. It produced many prominent pharmacists. Stable and secure in its position, the college expanded in number in 1929. Its Board of Trustees, answering a long felt need for the training of the youth for dental services, opened the College of Dentistry. Manila College of Pharmacy became then the Manila College of Pharmacy and Dentistry of pre-war time.

Opened and dedicated to gave the best education for our youth, the College maintained its leading position in the educational field. Unfortunately, the war closed its portals in 1941.

During the Japanese occupation, the enemy systematically looted its extensive facilities, laboratory, equipment, museum, etc. and during the liberation period, it was further looted of everything but the shell of its two buildings.

 After the liberation of the Philippines, the Board of Trustees reorganized the College into Manila Central College.

In addition to Pharmacy and Dentistry, the reorganized institution offered courses in Liberal Arts, Education, Commerce and Business Administration and Post Graduate courses in Pharmacy. And finally in 1947, the College of Medicine was added. In 1948, it became the Manila Central University after having opened the College of Nursing and Graduate School and more than sufficiently meeting the requirements for a university.

In 1949, the MCU inaugurated its 10-hectare campus in Caloocan City. Since then, additional school buildings and service facilities have been constructed yearly in the 1960s. The College of Optometry, Midwifery and High School and Kindergarten classes were also opened. Expansion projects and development program for the whole university and individual colleges were continuously drawn to meet the educational demands and the objectives of the University.

Manila Central University is committed to do its share in improving the lives of people. It constantly raises its standards and improves its facilities to enable its graduates to meet the challenges and opportunities in the Philippines and around the world.

We train students to develop the means to build the future they dream of. The knowledge and ideals that we plant in our students will provide them the skills and confidence they need to achieve.

The Manila Central University graduates’ track record of success and excellence is a testament of the mission that we inManila Central University have bestowed upon ourselves.

The MCU College of Medicine, established in 1947, now has thousands of graduates in the medical profession, academe and community health service.

Manila Central University - Filemon D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation.

Located near the imposing Monumento Circle in Caloocan City is the sprawling compound of Manila Central University. Tall Acasia trees dot the ten hectare lot providing a refreshing spot amidst the busy industrial surroundings.

Manila Central University Hospital, which was set-up at about the same time, has provided patients with utmost healthcare and service for over 65 years.

To better serve more people, the Manila Central University College of Medicine and Manila Central University Hospital were turned into a non-stock and non-profit educational foundation named after its founder Filemon D. Tanchoco, a man of integrity and commitment and a career educator. Thus, the MCU Filemon D. Tanchoco Medical Foundation was established in 1971. 


A modern 209- Bed Tertiary health care center strategically located in Caloocan City, north of Metro Manila offering complete and efficient medical and surgical services.


Emergency Room with 24-hour coverage by ER Consultants, Ambulatory Services, Operating Room & Delivery Rooms, Neonatal and Pediatric ICU, Medical & Surgical, ICCU. Private Rooms and Suites.

Complete 24-hour Laboratory and Radiological Services. Heart Station, New Stress Test Machine (Marquette-Helige Cardiosys XT with Treadmill 2000 & Defiport SCP 912 Maniature Defribrillator), Pulmonary Stations, Hearing Center (Audiometry and Tympanometry), Industrial Health Clinic.

Octopus 101 Perimetry, Pain and Hospice Center. Bronchoscopy, Physical Rehabilitation Center. Ultrasound, 4D Ultrasound, 2-D Echo, CT-Scan. Ambulatory Surgical Unit, Pediatric Playroom Therapy, Infertility Work-Up, Fetal Monitor, Video Laparoscopy, Video" Endoscopy, Hemodialysis. Menopause Clinic, Maternal High Risk Unit, Gynecologic Unit, Women's Health Unit, Oncology Clinic. Pharmacy. Acute Stroke Unit and Ambulance Services.

Also offering Executive Check-Up (Out-Patient and In-Patient), Pre-employment Screening, and Annual Employment Check-Up, Package Deals on Normal Delivery, Ceasarian Section, D & C, Appendectomy, Herniorrhapy, Thyroid Surgery, Trabeculectomy and ECCE Surgery.

BS MD Program:

Philippines has developed the education system, similar to the USA. Thus after High School (Grade 10) the students join a Bachelors Degree. Those who want to study Medicine do the Pre-Medicine in Bachelor of Science in Biology, Medical Technology, Nursing, Pharmacy or Physiotherapy. After which they sit for National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) exam then they enroll for 4 years medical course known as ‘Doctor of Medicine’ (MD). The MD degree awarded in USA / Philippines is equivalent to MBBS of UK / Commonwealth Countries. Philippines is the world's Second largest exporter of Physicians after India. 

Post Graduation Specialization:

1. Internal Medicine – 3yrs

2. Pediatrics – 3yrs

3. Radiology – 4yrs

4. General Surgery – 5 yrs

5. Emergency Medicine – 3yrs

6. Obstetrics & Gynecology – 4yrs

7. Anesthesia – 3 yrs

8. Orthopedics – 4 yrs

9. ENT -  4 yrs

10. Dermatology – 3 yrs

11. Clinical Pathology -4 yrs

12. Urology- 5 yrs