Salesians of Don Bosco Philippine North Province

Don Bosco Academy is also called “Don Bosco Pampanga” or simply “DBA” is a private Catholic educational institution for boys run by the Salesians of Don Bosco. Its present campus is located in Mabalacat, Pampanga, Philippines. DBA is the only Don Bosco School in the Philippines that is not fully technical.

This school is named after St. John Bosco whom the Catholic Church has proclaimed as the “Father and Teacher of Youth.” St. John Bosco dedicated his life to teaching. To continue this work, he founded a religious society of priests and brothers–the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB).

A Brief History

The first Salesian educational institution was founded in 1951 in Tarlac, Tarlac. A second institution was established in 1952 at Victorias, Negros Occidental, and was followed by other schools in Mandaluyong in 1953, in Cebu and in Makati in 1954 and eventually in Pampanga in 1956.

The years that followed saw an ever-increasing enrollment of students that paved the way for the construction of more buildings and facilities inside the DBA campus in Bacolor, Pampanga. The grade school curriculum offering expanded to add Grades 3 to 4.

In 1963, a fourth edifice was added. This was the two-story Juniorate or Salesian School for Minor Seminarians, a seedbed for many future Salesian priests and lay brothers in the Philippines. A large multi-purpose gymnasium was also built on the same year to house the sports and cultural facilities of the school.

As DBA’s fame grew, it saw a continuous expansion of its campus facilities and a significant increase in student population to a point that the school had to regulate enrollment admissions in the form of entrance exams and interviews. In less than a decade, a young school exclusively for boys, seminarians and out-of-school youth flourished rapidly to meet the growing interest in the charism of Don Bosco.

In 1995, the whole campus of Don Bosco Academy in Bacolor, Pampanga was wiped out with lahar cascading down from Mt. Pinatubo. The complete devastation of the school did not stop the Salesians in their noble mission. Much like the persistence of its founder, Fr. Godfrey Roozen, Don Bosco Academy was given a second founding in 1996 in the northern town of Mabalacat, Pampanga.


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Generous benefactors in the form of the heirs of the late Mr. & Mrs. Tomas and Maria Dizon donated a four-hectare land in Barangay Mabiga of this town for the rebuilding of Don Bosco Academy. By moving to the north of the province, the Salesians have expanded their presence and service to more Kapampangans.


The School Logo

The TREE (Bosco in Italian), represents Don Bosco, the patron saint of the school, whose Preventive System of Education based on reason, religion and loving kindness serves as the fundamental basis of the school’s discipline.

The MORNING STAR represents Mary, the Help of Christians, who is always there for protection and guidance.

The BOOK symbolizes the knowledge, attitudes, habits, and skills, which the students must acquire in order to think and act intelligently and ultimately be of greater service for God and our country.

The TORCH symbolizes sports and recreation, which help develop the physical dimensions of students and give them opportunities to learn the traits of sportsmanship and leadership.

The great ANCHOR stands for the three theological virtues: faith, hope and charity to which the educational system is anchored.

The seal is an adoption from the Latin words “Luctor Et Emergo” which means “I Struggle, I Win”.


DON BOSCO Academy – Pampanga

Motto Luctor et emergo
(I struggle, I win)
Established 1956
Type Private, Salesian
Rector Fr. Felino Gueco, SDB
Students Approx. 1,300
Location Mabalacat, Pampanga, Philippines
Campus 4 hectares
Accreditation PAASCU Level II
Colors Gray, Blue and White
Athletics Don Bosco Grey Wolves
Nickname Bosconians, Busko
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Affiliations CEAP, CBCP


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Don Bosco Academy
Don Bosco Compound
Mabiga, Mabalacat
2010 Pampanga

Tel Nos: (045) 893.3893 to 95  -  Trunkline connecting all Departments