Calayan Educational Foundation, Inc. ( CEFI) is a non-stock, non- profit institution founded by Drs. Emeterio, Jr. and Josefina del Villar – Calayan as a School of Midwifery in June 1973 in the City of Lucena, province of Quezon. It is the acknowledged pioneer in conferring Bachelor of Nursing degree after the phase out of Graduate in Nursing Program of the then Quezon Memorial Hospital in 1974. The Health Aide and Medical Secretarial courses followed soon thereafter. To preserve its viability during the Asian economic crisis in 1998, the school metamorphosed into a private educational institution that offered complete pre elementary, grade school, high school and other allied health college courses. It ventured further into para-medical courses such as degrees in Radiologic Technology, Physical Therapy, Medical Technology and Nutrition and Dietetics in the succeeding years. Aside from these a Bachelor of Arts Major in Economics and other courses are now being offered, such as the six-months caregiver course put up in 2004 and an intensive six-months training in Medical Transcription opened in June 2006 to accommodate the rising global demand for overseas business and medical outsourcing. The institution eventually offered Bachelor of Elementary/Secondary Education in June 2007, and Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Tourism Management in June 2008.

For twenty three (23) years, the school was known as the Medical Center Lucena Educational Institutions, Inc. (MCLEI) owing to the name of the hospital formerly operated by the CEFI founders. Two raging fires, one in1989 and another in 2004 merely fueled CEFI’ s its burning desire for improvement .

The KARANGALAN HALL was erected in 2004 to address the shortage of classrooms. The KAGITINGAN HALL was erected in 2005 for the high school department. As a monument to its pledge continuing expansion is the construction of the four- storey building, the KATATAGAN HALL which houses administrative offices, a fully furnished main library, more laboratories, an auditorium and mini-hospital to accommodate CEFI's burgeoning student population. 

To augment existing academic and sports scholarships, the foundation grants the Dr. Emeterio Calayan Jr. Excellence to impoverished but worthy and deserving students of quality instruction. Not to be overlooked, funding was increased for career development of its faculty to maintain and upgrade the school’s academic value. Tuition and other fees have been made more reasonable as compared to other schools of similar levels. As a consequence, graduates have performed with excellence in their chosen profession, both here and abroad, bringing to the fore the advantages of CEFI degree.

Presently the school is a member of Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU) with the aim to underscore CEFI's commitment to scholastic distinction. By its transformation from a profit educational institution into one of basic and higher learning at least cost to promising youth in the region, CEFI hopes to highlight the underlying reasons why the school was converted into an educational foundation: HONOR * SCHOLARSHIP * SERVICE.


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