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Coordinates: 14°33′51″N 120°59′47″E 14.56417, 120.99639


St. Scholastica's College - Manila

  • Location & Contact Information
    • Address, Directions, & Map:
      • 2560 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
    • Telephone Numbers: (632) 524-7686
    • Email Address:
    • Official Website: [1]

History & Memorable Moments

  • Summary
    • St. Scholastica's College was founded by five young German sisters;Mother M. Ferdinanda Hoelzer, OSB,Sr. Petronilla Keller,Sr. Cresentia Veser,Sr. Winfrieda Mueller and Novice Alexia Ruedenauer on December 3, 1906 at the request of Apostolic Delegate Msgr. Dom Ambrosius Agius, OSB and Archbishop of Manila Jeremiah James Harty, D.D. to give religions education to the poor children of Manila. Archbishop Harty also gave the same request to the Christian Brothers which led to the establishment of De La Salle College in 1911. The site of the St. Scholastica’s College then was a small residential house surrounded by fishermen's huts in the fishing village of Tondo. There were then six paying students and 50 non-paying students or scholars. [1]
    • A year after the college opened, it moved to another place in San Marcelino Street in Manila where St. Theresa's College used to be and where Adamson University now stands. The school was then housed in an old military barracks. On December 14, 1914 the college was moved again to another site in Singalong Street where the college presently stands. The land, about three hectares was then bought for the amount of two cents per square meter. St. Scholastica's College, along with its neighbor, De La Salle University-Manila, was ravaged by World War II where its school buildings were all destroyed. Reconstruction of the buildings began in 1946 and took nine years to restore. [1]
  • Timeline
    • 1884 - Fr. Andreas Amrhein, OSB founded the Missionary Benedictine Congregation of monks. He founded the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing to help in the assignment work in the following calendar year, 1885.
    • 1906 - The first five German Sisters: M. Ferdinanda Hoelzer, Sr.. Petronilla Keller, Sr.. Winfrieda Mueller, and Novice Alexia Ruedenauer arrived on Philippine soil on September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of this Cross. The first school in a windowless wagon-shed along Moriones Street, Tondo opened to get the first 3 grades on December 3. The initial enrolment was 8 kids (2 boys and 6 girls) from well-to-do families and 50 boys and girls in the "Free School."
    • 1907 - The Sisters transferred from Morioness Street for their Street. The lot was given by the Most Rev. Jeremias Harty, hen Archbishop of Manila.
    • 1909 - Government recognition was granted to the new school with the official title: ST. SCHOLASTICA'S COLLEGE. The Conservatory of Music was opened by Sr.. Baptista Battig, OSB which initiated music education in the Philippines.
    • 1914 - Construction of the new building began on a bigger church lot in Singalong offered by Archbishop Harty. At ancient dawn on the afternoon prior to Christmas, the Sisters, together with some student boarders, moved to the brand new address 1532 Pennyslvania Avenue.
    • 1919 - The first 3 AB students graduated. Education Survey named St. Scholastica's College among the two schools maintaining the "highest standards with reference to physical plant, equipment, teaching personnel, and methods of education."
    • 1942 - St. Scholastica's College was sealed as "property of the Japanese Imperial Forces." Part of the school was converted into a hospital and the school became a sanctuary for people whosuffered in the terrors of war.
    • 1945 - On February 13, an incendiary bomb set St. Cecilia's Conservatory of Music on fire. The other buildings were also razed to the ground. All the buildings were gone except the small wooden structures: the free school, the old home economics building, and kindergarten.
    • 1947 - After a period of reconstruction and renewal, theschool re-opened its doors to the pupils. The pursued target was ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: EDUCATION OF FINISHED WOMEN OF CHARACTER.
    • 1957 - The faculty was granted its first accreditation by The Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) and was made a chartered member of the association.
    • 1975 - St. Scholastica's College declared its commitment to social justice and peace, drew up a Statement on the components of a socially-oriented school and embraced the theme: EDUCATION FOR JUSTICE.
    • 1985 - An Introductory Course in WOMEN'S STUDIES was incorporated in all academic programs. The Institute of Women's Studies (IWS) has been established as well as an eco- feminism model farm was put up in Mendez, Cavite.
    • 2006 - St. Scholastica's College turned 100 years old. 2007 - The National Historical Institute (NHI) accepted the unveiling of this historical marker commemorating the school's 100 year history. 2008 -- St. Scholastica's College articulated its thrust for the next decade: Education of Transformative Women Leaders. The Ten Directions of SSC and The Ten Hallmarks of Benedictine Education (Benedictine Values) were formulated.
    • 2009 -- The Corporators decided that St. Scholastica's College will remain a Women's college.
    • 2010 -- A College graduate topped (Rank 1) the Licensure Examinations in Guidance and Counseling
    • 2011 -- The new five-storey St. Cecilia's Construction was blessed and inaugurated. It houses the School of Music, the College Library (Print and Non-Print Sections), the Music Library, the Corazon Aquino Recital Hall, the HRM Laboratories, and two serve halls.
    • 2012 -- The Friedenshaus Hotel School was blessed on July 26.
    • 2013 -- The School of Music was named a Center of Excellence in Music Education from the Commission on Higher Education. Two College graduates ranked 5th and 8th in the Licensure Examination for Teachers.



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