Naga View Adventist College (formerly Naga View Academy) was conceived in 1950 when the leadership of the North Philippine Union Mission felt the educational needs of the increasing number of Seventh-day Adventist young people in the Bicol Region who were studying in non-Seventh-day Adventist Schools. It was November 3, 1954 when a 106- hectare land situated 1000 feet above sea level on the Western slope of Mt. Isarog, 17 kilometers away from Naga City proper, the "Heart of Bicol" was purchased by the North Philippine Union Mission under the leadership of the NPUM President, Elder Todd Murdoch.

The Pioneering Days

          Immediately after the purchase of the land, Mr. Neri Alcantara, an agriculturist, pioneered the agricultural work. He developed an orchard with the help of some men and five carabaos. Later, a tractor was purchased to facilitate farming. In 1963, Pastor Arsenio Poblete and a group of carpenters came and immediately started constructing the administration building.

          Pastor Arsenio Poblete Sr., the first principal, spearheaded the academic program, which began on July 19, 1965 with sixty-two students and seven faculty and staff. Mr. Laureano Cebrean was called to take the place of Alcantara who had to say goodbye to Naga View just before the opening of classes for he had accepted a call to be a missionary to a foreign land. Food was abundant in the campus including the ration of bulgur wheat, flour, powdered milk and cheese from abroad but life was quite difficult due to lack of water supply and the absence of electricity.

          The white house was the first building in the campus occupied by the agriculturist and the single male teachers. Unfortunately that white house was totally demolished by the super typhoon Reming in November 2006. In 1965, the administration building served as the students' dormitory, faculty residence and classrooms. The cafeteria, library, laboratory and the chapel were also found in this building. Only two classrooms were available for regular class periods so the porch area was also occupied and used as a classroom.

          On each end of the building was attached a water reservoir which receives the rain from the roof during rainy season. But as the rain becomes less frequent, the group experiences hardship. The 300-feet water pump 300 meters away from the administration building could not give sufficient supply of water, and when the pump is broken it would take weeks or months before it could be repaired. Whenever there is no rainwater, and the pump is out of order, the school family goes to the nearest spring (200 meters away) to wash their faces and would bring back a little amount of water for brushing their teeth and washing their feet. During dry season, teachers and students go to Yabu River at the foot of Mt. Isarog to take a bath and wash their clothes.

          The following year, the school became a senior academy and 14 students graduated in 1967. A year later, 1968, Pastor Enrico Fontamillas became the principal. It was during his leadership when the primary school was opened with seven pupils and two Quonset houses were built for its growing staff. In 1969 another faculty quarter was built and in 1970 the two dormitories were built from the ingathering money.

An Extension Campus

          In 1971, during the leadership of Pastor Juanito Villagomez, the academy became an extension campus of Philippine Union College (now Adventist University of the Philippines). There was a strong support then coming from PUC especially in the academic program. Highly qualified instructors were sent to Naga View to strengthen the school and attract students so the enrolment increased from 105 to 273 and the faculty from 10 to 17. However, students were only allowed to take the first two years of college education at NVC campus then would transfer to the main campus on the third year.

          In June of the same year, the students moved to the newly constructed dormitories. In the absence of electricity, a big generator was used to light the campus from 6:00-9:30 in the evening. The water problem which became more intense when the number of students increased was solved when the reservoir built by Engr. Oscar Palomero and his crew was opened on September 11, 1971 and, for the first time the finest mineral water from Mt. Isarog flowed to the campus. There was a ribbon cutting and a grand celebration, and since then, September 11 is celebrated every year as the "Water Day" of Naga View.

          In 1977 two additional faculty duplexes were constructed. The auditorium was built later under the leadership of late Aaron Salazar and Moises Flandes, and was completed in 1983. For many years the school used the troublesome generator which gives weak electric current to the campus. Dr. William Martinez will not be forgotten for his patience working for the electrification of the whole campus in 1979.

NVC Obtained Government Recognition

          The coming back of Dr. William Martinez was a great blessing to the college because he made the initial steps to secure permit for the offering of the four-year college courses. When he left in 1987, Mr. Elias Cam his successor, continued working towards this goal. Finally, the four-year Liberal Arts course and the education courses (BEEd and BSEd) were given government recognition in 1988, and 1989, respectively. In April 1990, one of the memorable events was recorded in the history of PUC-NVC when five students received their diploma granting them the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education.

Physical Development and Infrastructures

          Despite the difficulty, physical development continued through the help of some friends. From 1987-1993 the school was under the leadership of Mr. Elias Cam. During his term, the Boughman's Park and pavilion came to reality in 1992. When Mr. Cam left in June 1993, Mr. Nehemias Pasamba was chosen to direct the work until he transferred to the main campus. In February 1996, Pastor Adolfo Valenzuela, an alumnus of Naga View Academy, became the director. It was during his leadership when the big cafeteria, the grand stand, cowshed, and the elementary school building were constructed. The foundation of the library building was also laid but unfortunately only several post were erected and it remains the unfinished project since he transferred to AUP in January 2002 and Pastor Salvador Molina took over the presidency. Due to financial problem, the library building was abandoned by the new leadership. However, a number of projects were accomplished during his first six years of Pastor Molina as president such as, the tennis court through the support of Pastor Ed Marifosque, Nevin Napod and some members of the alumni abroad, total renovations of both dormitories with additional rooms built for the ladies, through the support of Pastor Dan Smith and his friends at La Sierra University SDA Church and the North Philippine Union Mission, the painting of the auditorium which is also used as a church. The Student Center with the audiovisual room was built as a combined project of the Home & School Association and also Pastor Dan Smith. The presidential house was constructed through the bayanihan of the different missions and institutions in the North Philippines. The construction of the health clinic started in 2006, during the leadership of Pastor Nestor Dayson. It is named after Dean Jemson, the major donor of the building. In 2010, a new duplex for faculty housing was built as a project of the Alumni Association abroad. The new administration building (nearing its completion), the goat shelter, and the food factory are the latest buildings in the campus.

Independent and Accredited Status

          On December 5, 1997, NPUM Executive Committee acted to grant the independent status to Naga View College and Pastor Adolfo Valenzuela was elected as the first college president. After the evaluation visit of the International Board of Education (IBE) on August 6, 1999, the Accrediting Association of the Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities (AAA) granted Naga View Adventist College the accreditation as level II institution and recommended the change of name to Naga View Adventist College. The NVAC academy was also accredited by the AAA since 1996 to the present.


          Graduates of Naga View Academy, (now NVACA) are scattered in the different parts of the globe. Majority are successful professionals working abroad. In fact there are organized and active NVAC Alumni Chapters in the United States and in Canada that are supporting the institution. Many are holding top leadership positions not only in the Seventh-day Adventist institutions but also in some government organizations. It is also interesting to know that most of the present students of NVAC are the children and grandchildren of the alumni who are in the country. The slogan "Once a Nagaviewer, always a Nagaviewer" is pass on to the next generation.

Outstanding Academic Performance of Education Graduates

          The first batch of graduates who took the Philippine Licensure Examination for teachers (PBET) in 1993 made a history of the Neophyte College when one hundred percent (100%) of the ten graduates successfully passed the examination. NVAC then ranked first in the regional level and ranked tenth in the national level. In 2011, one of our graduates of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Irene Catimbang, made it to the eight place in the Licensure Examination for teachers. Since 1993, majority of the education graduates of NVAC are successfully employed along their fields of specialization in the different parts of the country and many are working in some countries abroad.

Present Curricular Offerings & Resources

          At present Naga View Adventist College offers complete Elementary and Secondary courses, and the following college courses: Bachelor of Arts in Theology (ABTH), Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) majors in English, Filipino, Mathematics, and Music Arts and Physical Education (MAPE) and Junior Computer Secretarial. There are only 143 college and 175 high school students at present. Thirty-six faculty and staff members, including the four administrators are working hard to achieve the goals and mission of the institution.