About College


Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC), is a public, state-owned college, the main campus of which is in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. It provides higher technological, professional and vocational instruction and training in education, science, agriculture, and industrial fields, information technology, engineering, as well as short-term or vocational courses.

In 1954, the Representative of the Second District of Negros Occidental, Carlos A. Hilado authored a bill creating the first trade-technical school in the province, the Negros Occidental School of Arts and Trades in the then town of Talisay. In 1984, Paglaum State College was established by virtue of Batas Pambansa No. 477, which caused the merger of three educational institutions in the province of Negros Occidental: Negros Occidental School of Arts and Trades in Talisay, Provincial Community College in Fortune Towne, Bacolod City and the Bacolod City National Trade School in Alijis, Bacolod City. Paglaum is a Hiligaynon word which means "hope".

In 1994, Paglaum State College was renamed Carlos Hilado Memorial State College in honor of Congressman Carlos A. Hilado. On November 24, 2000, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College acquired another satellite campus with the integration of the Negros Occidental School of Fisheries (NOSOF) in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental into the state college. In June 2019, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College was converted into a state university filed by Representatives Greg Gasataya of Bacolod, Albee Benitez of the First District of Negros Occidental, and Bebot Mirasol of the Fifth District of Negros Occidental although the official renaming of the college as a university is on the way.