Mater Dei College or MDC is a Roman Catholic institution located in Tubigon, BoThe school was established in 1983 during the term of Hon. Eufrasio Mascarinas as mayor of the town. Bohol’s prominent educators together with the local government unit had joined hands to build a community college for local residents who are economically challenged to send their children to big cities to obtain a college education. During that time, Tagbilaran City was the only nearest place that offers college education and only a few are capable of sending their children to Cebu and Manila for higher education.
It is through the efforts of then Sangguniang Bayan secretary, Cesar Mascarinas, parish priest Msgr. Camilo V. Auza and an educator Fr. Josemaria S. Luengo, Ph.D., drafted the idea of funding a college into a reality. Finally, Resolution no. 78 (series of 1983) of the town council was passed for this act. The first set of the Members of the Board of Trustees and Incorporators of the school were:
Unfortunately, because of a memorandum prohibiting the opening of new collegiate institutions, the secretary of Education and the director of Private Schools at the time junked the school’s application for a permit to operate. However, Mr. Gulayan, a local boatman and a long-time friend of President Ferdinand Marcos during the Japanese occupation, became an effective catalyst for the approval after seeing Marcos at the Malacañang Palace. It is said that Mr. Gulayan, saved the then-young guerrilla leader Marcos from Japanese soldiers.