In 1953, Italian, French and Spanish Jesuits came to Iloilo to continue their missionary work after they were expelled from mainland China during the Communist takeover. Santa Maria Catholic School was founded as a parochial school in 1958 with 9 student enrollees and has become a major education institution in Western Visayas. The integration of the Jesuits of the China Province delegation into the Jesuit Philippine Province in 1988 resulted in the assignment of Filipino Jesuits to the three Chinese-Filipino schools ran by the Jesuits: Santa Maria Catholic School now Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS, SHS-Ateneo de Cebu, and Xavier School in San Juan, Metro Manila. 2012-2018 saw the construction of the grade school and administration buildings and the operation of the senior high school. In 2019, ADI-SMCS population has reached 2,140 students with 200 administrators, faculty and staff. Click the link below to learn about our scholarship program.
From an empty, talahib- and cogon-strewn expanse in a then-remote corner of Quezon City, to a vibrant, green, and lively community – this is how Ateneo de Manila Unversity’s main campus in Loyola Heights has grown over the years. In its 70th year, the campus’s numerous landmarks are given a unique treatment by Paulo Alcazaren, one of the country’s most renowned landscape architects. His illustrations are now featured in the 2022 desk calendar and limited edition planner. A Loyola Heights campus landmark is showcased each month, accompanied by a short write-up featuring interesting trivia and history for that particular structure. The captions were written by Prof Fernando “Butch” Zialcita of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The sketches are a fitting reminder of how the main campus has grown and developed over the decades. The calendars are available to purchase from the Office of Alumni Affairs.
Ateneo de Davao University, in partnership with other academic institutions, government agencies, and private institutions, has launched ADDU Community Connectivity Empowered by Satellite Service for Mindanao (ACCESS Mindanao) to provide satellite communications technology to enhance internet access in remote, isolated and indigenous communities in Mindanao. The satellite antennas were initially deployed late in 2020 in Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro. Then on January 2021, the Jesuit mission of Miarayon in Bukidnon was connected to the network (see photo) - enabling St. Therese School of Miarayon to now conduct online classes for students and training for teachers. On March 2021, satellite service was launched for the Tech4Ed Centers in Datu Piang, Maguindanao and in Bitiala Center, Cotabato City. Later that month, Basilan and Tawi Tawi were also connected to the ACCESS network. AdDU's target is 12 satellite sites by end of March.
Dr. Fortunato Cristobal, MD, founding Dean of Ateneo de Zamboanga School of Medicine, had a vision for medical education and health care in Mindanao. With decades of support from partners like the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, his vision is becoming reality. ADZU-SOM has introduced community-based, problem-based and longitudinal learning, and assessment of skills and competency rather than just knowledge. Its methodology, curriculum and reputation have gained international recognition which led other universities, such as Laos and Cambodia, to adopt a similar model. ADZU-SOM was also identified by the WHO as a model medical school leading with community consultation. In 2018, The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada awarded ADZU-SOM the Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award in recognition of its accomplishments. (Photo with Fr. Karel San Juan, ADZU President, and Dr. Cristobal)
In union with the national act of bayanihan in many communities nationwide, Fr. Robert Rivera SJ, President, Ateneo de Naga University, has announced the launch of its community pantry, an initiative of the Center for Community Development (CCD). It has adopted the motto, “Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha batay sa pangangailangan.” Since its launch in April 26, it has served the poor living near the main campus in Bagumbayan; on mobile downtown locations to reach street vendors, tricycle drivers and transient workers; and to indigent communities in nearby towns. The food packs include rice, noodles, canned goods, vegetables from local farmers and dried fish from Bicol fishermen. AdNU alumni from the US have begun to send in their assistance, following Fr. Rivera's appeal for modest but sustained donations. Alumni groups, members of the CCD and JVP assist in food packing and manning the pantry operations.
On April 14, HS batch 95 alumni donated P200K to the SHS scholarship fund. The scholarship program has been running for 3 years and presently supports 4 scholars. These are graduates of SHS who are financially challenged to continue their college education. It costs about $2000 per year per scholar to support them. Last year, they donated 4 laptop computers to enable access to learning from home. They also provide funds for internet connection. These are typical profiles of their scholars: a) Mom is a public school teacher and dad is retired; b) Mom is a house helper and separated from the husband; c) Dad is an electrician at SHS but hardly working now and Mom is stay at home; d) Dad is a taho vendor and Mom is stay at home. Every year they add 1-2 scholars and the college students can choose 4 or 5 year courses. This is supported by donations from alumni. Info from Jefferson Tio, Executive Director, SHS Ateneo De Cebu Alumni Association.