|Don Bosco Technical Institute
|Motto||Ducere Est Servire
(To Lead Is To Serve)
|Rector||Fr. Jose Favie V. Faldas, SDB|
|Location||Tarlac City, Tarlac, Philippines|
|Colors||Gray, Blue and White|
|Mascot||Grigio (Grey Wolves)|
Don Bosco Technical Institute in Tarlac City (formerly, Don Bosco Academy), or simply Don Bosco Tarlac, is an all-male private Catholic pre-school, grade school and high school, and the first ever Don Bosco school in the Philippines. It is the only academic-technical school in Tarlac. Its campus is located in Sto. Cristo, Tarlac City, Philippines.
This school has been named after St. John Bosco whom the Church has proclaimed Father and Teacher of the Youth. He dedicated his life to teaching. To continue this work, he founded a religious society of priests and brothers - the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB).
Don Bosco Tarlac was opened in 1947 in the rented Oriente Hotel by Fr. James Wilson, an American army chaplain at Clark Air Base concerned with the Catholic education of the youth of Tarlac. Because of his devotion to the saint, he named his school St. John Bosco Academy. It transferred to its present site in Brgy. Sto. Cristo in 1948. In 1951, the school received its first Salesian, Fr. Anthony DiFalco. From then onwards, it received a steady stream of Salesians who continued to improve the school. It started its technical curriculum in 1974 and four years later came to be known as Don Bosco Technical Institute. From a student population of 80 in 1947, it has grown to around 1,001 at present.
The first Salesian educational institution, St. John Bosco Academy, was founded in 1951 in Tarlac, Tarlac. A second institution was established in 1952 at Victorias, Negros Occidental, and was followed by other schools in Mandaluyong in 1953, in Cebu and in Makati in 1954 and eventually Pampanga in 1956.
DBTI is made up of the Educative Pastoral Community (EPC). Its main components are the Salesians, the teaching and non-teaching personnel, the alumni, the parents, and the students. The Salesian spirit gives to the institution its lifestyle, its way of doing things. One element is the Family Spirit. Being an educational institution, DBTI has a system of education called the Preventive System. This system rests on the pillars of religion, reason, and loving kindness.
The seal of Don Bosco Technical Institute Tarlac consists of the gear, flask, laurels, and the anchor. The gear is the symbol of technical education. The flask symbolizes academic education provided by the school with special emphasis on science. The laurels point to the contribution of the institution in preparing capable citizens. The anchor is the symbol of Christ.
On its golden jubilee, the school added the Latin motto under the seal: Ducere est servire (To lead is to serve).
Giovanni Melchior Bosco (August 16, 1815 – January 31, 1888), commonly called Don Bosco was an Italian Catholic priest, educator and recognized pedagogue, who put in practice the dogma of his religion, employing teaching methods based on love rather than punishment. He placed his works under the protection of Francis de Sales; thus his followers styled themselves the Salesian Society.
Bosco established a network of centers to carry on his work. In recognition of his work with disadvantaged youths, he was canonized in 1934.
Saint Dominic Savio (April 2, 1842 - March 9, 1857) was an Italian adolescent who died at the age of fourteen. Today, he is honored as the patron saint of juvenile delinquents. He is the youngest non-martyr to be named a saint. He was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1954
An advanced 2-year technical course is taken when the students reach their junior and senior years. They take the DAT qualification exam. Each course is divided into two grading systems: Technology and Shopwork. Graduates of the course receive a vocational and high school diploma upon graduation.
The Salesians of Don Bosco for school year 2009-2010 consists of: