Tahilan first opened as Tanglaw Residence Hall for young university women in the early ’70s on San Rafael Street in San Miguel, Manila. Years later, it moved to 2396 Leon Guinto and took the name “Tahilan”—signifying a beam used in bridge-building. Since then, Tahilan has become a home away from home, where residents are led to appreciate the true value of university life and authentic character development.
Tahilan envisions the holistic development of future women leaders of society by providing a program of activities and a proper atmosphere that fosters in each one the true value of university or professional life and the development of an authentic Christian character.
Tahilan as a Study Center is a hub for academic and cultural interaction. It fosters the virtue of study and the desire to learn. Talks, workshops, and conferences are organized throughout the year with the purpose of fostering academic excellence among today’s university women. Invited speakers to its activities come from a wide range of professional fields. University professors and researchers are invited to present their studies in Tahilan.
Tahilan is home to the Manila chapter of UNIV, an annual research project organized by Rome-based Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria.
Sustaining and encouraging the quest for learning is the staff, which is composed of young professionals who offer academic orientation, tutorials, values formation, and character development classes.
Tahilan trains people to become leaders who serve. It runs a wide range of outreach activities such as rural service projects, medical and dental missions, visits to the poor and sick, tutorials and classes in catechism to children of low-income families.
Its twice-weekly eskwel@tbp services children from Singalong and Dagonoy streets in Manila.
As a residence and study center, Tahilan imbibes in young people an awareness of and appreciation for the world—both material and spiritual, for one’s roots, and for the here-and-now. It encourages the development of sensitivity for Filipino cultural heritage through visits to historical and cultural sites.