In April 2012, the then Undersecretary for Program and Projects of the Department of Education in the Philippines Dr. Yolanda Quijano visited Taiwan. After witnessing the education practices of Fo Guang Shan in Taiwan, she expressed her wish for Fo Guang Shan to establish an Educational Institution in the Philippines. In the same manner, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order believes in the aptitude of Filipinos in music, dance, theater and performing arts.
In November 2012, Fo Guang Shan Foundation was established to address the need for formal education in the field of arts. Abiding the founder’s vision to share the values and teaching of Humanistic Buddhism and anchored in its pedagogy that is Life Education, it seeks to contribute to the development of different sectors in the society thru its extensive charitable programs in the community that benefits humanity.
To fully concentrate on being an Educational Institution that offers vital opportunity for Filipino youth to complete academic degree that provides both professional competence and an integration of Humanistic Buddhism in their chosen field, Fo Guang Shan Foundation, Inc. amended its Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws to include its educational name. In 2014 it became Guang College. In the same year, the College was granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to officially start its academic year. In 2016, it again amended its name to Fo Guang Ming College.
“Guang Ming” means bright light, and Guang Ming College in the Philippines is (5th) fifth member of Fo Guang International University consortium, following Fo Guang University and Nanhua University in Taiwan, University of the West in the United States, and Nan Tien Institute in Australia. Its main office is located at Mabuhay Temple, P. Ocampo St., Manila. The college has 8 regular staff, 5 project-based staff, 4 regular volunteers, and 5 members of the Board of Trustees.
Its purposes (V-M-G), among others, are “to foster talents, nurture character and align humanistic values, develop skills, provide Life Education to instill a strong sense of responsibility and accountability for the transformation of the students and society”. The college offers the following courses: 1) Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies; 2) Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance and 3) Bachelor of Theater Arts.