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St. Scholastica's College, Manila
Kolehiyo ng Santa Eskolastika, Maynila
SSC Seal.png
Motto Ora et Labora (Pray and Work!)
Established 1906
Type Private, Benedictine
President Sr. M. Angelica Leviste, OSB
Staff 800
Students 9,856
Location Malate, Manila, Philippines
Campus Urban, 36,655.50 m²
Hymn Let's Cheer for St. Scholastica
Colors Blue and White
Nickname SSC Scions
Athletics WNCAA, WCSA, Manila Athletics
Affiliations ASAIHL, CWC, I- SSI

St. Scholastica's College, Manila (SSC or colloquially St. Scho) is a Catholic institution for women established in 1906 and managed by the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing. It is located in 3.66 hectare lot in Malate in the city of Manila. It is bounded by Estrada Street on the north, P. Ocampo Street on the south, Singalong Street on the east and Leon Guinto Street on the west. The college was established initially offering elementary grades. It started admitting high school students in 1907 and opened its collegiate department in 1920. It pioneered formal music education in the Philippines, opening a Conservatory of Music in 1907. Although St. Scholastica's College is an exclusive school for women, admission of male students in the Cognate, Music, Fine Arts, and Interior Design programs have been allowed.

St. Scholastica's College is recognized by the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education and also a charter member of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities. It has earned Level III accreditation on all of its respective departments and schools. The college will undergo its second accreditation on February 2007.

St. Scholastica's College celebrated its centennial on December 3, 2006, at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. It was attended by its administrators, faculty members, staffers, students and alumni. Music master classes and workshops presented by Cultures in Harmony, then known as Music for the People, were part of the centennial celebrations.



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 religious 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.

A year after the college opened, it moved to a property in San Marcelino Street in Manila which was later occupied by St. Theresa's College, Manila 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.



Academic linkages

The college is a member of the South Manila Inter-Constitutional Schools along with De La Salle University, Philippine Christian University, Adamson University, Philippine Normal University, and the St. Paul University of Manila. The students of the member schools may take accredited subjects in their chosen school for cross-enrollment. The college is also part of the Women's Consortium Colleges which includes Miriam College in Katipunan, Assumption College (Philippines) in San Lorenzo Village-Makati , La Consolacion College Manila in Mendiola, Saint Paul University Quezon City and the College of the Holy Spirit in Mendiola.

Schools in Colleges

St. Scholastica's College's collegiate department is divided into seven schools:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Commerce
  • School of Accountancy
  • School of Music
  • School of Fashion
  • Institute for Catering Management and Hospitality Technology (I-CATHY)
  • School of International Business & Economics

Student organizations

Co-Curricular organizations

  • Council of Student Organizations (CSO)
  • Communication Arts Society (COMSOC)
  • Political Science Society (POLIS)
  • Epsilon Chi (The Englix Society)
  • Business Management Society (BMS)
  • Economics Organization (ECONORG)
  • Junior Society of Entrepreneurship and Franchising(JSEF)
  • Double-Major Society (DMSOC)
  • Art Society (ARTSOC)
  • Philippine Graphics and Animation (PHICSAMATION)
  • Junior Restaurateur and Hotelier's Association (JR. HA)
  • Psychology Society (PSYCHSOC)
  • Development Communication Society (DCS)
  • Association of Interior Design Students (AIDS)
  • International Business & Economics Association (I-BEAD)
  • Scholastican Music Society (SMS)
  • Congregatio Provitio Scientia (The Biological Sciences Society)
  • School of Fashion Students' Association (SFSA)
  • Education Society (EDSOC)
  • Finance Management Society (FMS)
  • Scholastican Nutrition and Health Society (SNHS)

Interest Organizations

  • Junior Finance Executives (JFINEX)
  • Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA)
  • Junior Association of Management (JAM)
  • Junior Philippine Association of Nutrition (JPAN)
  • Forensics (Scholastican Debate Team)
  • ROTARACT Club (RC- SSC Manila)
  • Gabriela Youth- SSC Manila Chapter
  • Bread of Life Family SSC Manila Chapter
  • Bukas Loob sa Diyos SSC Manila Chapter
  • Juniors' Society of Management (JSM)
  • Junior Marketing Association (JMA)
  • Youth on Fire SSC Manila Chapter
  • Youth for Christ SSC Manila Chapter
  • Pintig Pinoy (Lakbay Lahi)
  • International Students' Association (ISA)
  • Philippine Animation for Students' Skills (PHICSAMATION)
  • Philippine Media Habit Society
  • Women's Studies Institute
  • Scholastican Speech Club (a pre- society for Forensics)
  • College Editor's Guild of Vito Cruz
  • Vito Cruz Society SSC Manila Chapter (Exclusively for Vito Cruz leading schools)
  • College Student Council (AKMA PARTY)
  • Christian Community Development
  • Environmental Association of St. Scholastica's College Manila
  • Scholastican Community Development (SCD)

Extra Curricular Organizations

  • All- Sport Organization (ASO)
    • SSC Scions Volleyball Team
    • SSC Scions Basketball Team
    • SSC Scions Track and Field Team
    • SSC Scions Swimming Team
    • SSC Scions Taekwando Team
    • SSC Scions Lawn Tennis Team
    • SSC Scions PEP Squad
    • SSC Scions WUSHU Fighting Team
    • SSC Scions Football Team
    • SSC Scions Synchronized Swimming Team
    • SSC Scions Gymnastics Team
    • SSC Scions Futsal Team
    • SSC Scions Baseball Team
  • Performing Arts Group (PAG)
    • Danz Edge
    • Sining Tanghalan
    • Scholastican Music Chorale
    • Choir
    • Scholastican Dance Company- Folk
    • Scholastican Production Unit of Students
    • SalinLahi Cultural Group
  • Student Publications
    • The Scholastican (the official publication of St. Scholastica's College Manila) - A member of the Editors' Guild of the Philippines
    • DELUGE - English literary folio
    • TANGLAWAN - Filipino literary folio
    • Insight - journal for the faculty and staff
    • Scholastican Preview - magazine released twice a year
    • KULASA - book of SSC Manila
    • PAX - college yearbook
    • Vito Cruz on the Go - newspaper for DLSU Manila, DLS- CSB, SSC Manila
    • Alumnae Space 9 - magazine for alumni
    • Blue-Blooded - collection of student's ideas
    • The Blue Flame - official publication of the High School Department
    • Coffeewrite - literary magazine of the Creative Writers' Guild of the High School Department
    • Lit -yearly folio collecting prose, poetry and artwork by the Creative Writers' Guild
    • Little Bluestockings

|==Notable alumnae==

  • Cecilia Muñoz-Palma - first woman Supreme Court Justice of the Philippines
  • Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino - former President of the Philippines; first female President of the Philippines, wife of Senator Ninoy Aquino
  • Gloria Diaz- Miss Universe (1969)
  • Maria Clara Lorenzo-Lobregat - former Mayor and Congresswoman of Zamboanga City
  • Maria Ressa (til third grade) - Head, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Dept; Former Jakarta bureau chief, CNN International
  • Aia de Leon - vocalist, Imago
  • Amanda Lapus - commercial model
  • Amparito Lhuillier - socialite
  • Ana Abad Santos - Repertory Philippines' stage actress and director
  • Andrea del Rosario - actress
  • Angela Stuart-Santiago - writer
  • Anita Magsaysay-Ho - painter
  • Architect Imelda Cancio
  • Amelia Marcelino-Libonao - Writer, Bound to Last and Central Banker
  • Aurora Carandang - first woman commercial pilot in the Philippines
  • Barbie Almalbis-Honasan - Singer
  • Bessie Badilla - former beauty queen
  • Betty Arrastia Preysler - socialite
  • Blanca Castillo-Dinglasan - musician
  • Bong Coo - World champion bowler
  • Ceres Doyo - writer
  • Charo Logarta - ABS-CBN News and ANC newscaster
  • Cherith Dayrit - activist
  • Chona Recto-Kasten - socialite
  • CJ de Silva - artist
  • Clarissa Grey-Ocampo - Star witness in the plunder case against former Philippines President Joseph Estrada
  • Concepcion Vallejo Pijano - Executive Director, Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU)
  • Daphne Osena-Paez - News Reporter/TV Host
  • Dean Lucresia Kasilag - artist
  • Doreen Gamboa-Fernandez - writer, teacher
  • Dr. Annie Ferrazzini
  • Dulce Saguisag - politician, former Secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development
  • Erika Louise C. Bernabe - Beauty Queen
  • Gina Leviste - actress
  • Gini Cruz - Pixar animator
  • Gloria Topacio-Caoile
  • Jacqui Manzano-Yllana - ex-actress
  • Janelle Barretto - commercial model
  • Jenni Epperson - fashion editor/ socialite
  • Joanne Zapanta-Andrada- Phil. National Red Cross Governor, Presidential Adviser,Fashion Model, Phil. Star Columnist
  • Josephine del Gallego Knox - socialite
  • Josephine Murphy Cojuangco - socialite
  • Josie Trinidad-Lichauco - former Undersecretary for Department of Transportation and Communication
  • Justine Gascon - commercial and ramp model
  • Karina Africa-Bolasco - writer
  • Kitchie Nadal - singer
  • Lily Yu-Monteverde - film producer
  • Lorraine Lapus - model
  • Maan Hontiveros - activist
  • Marga Deona - entrepreneur, writer, radio producer
  • Margaux Salcedo- GMA News
  • Marian Joy Hernandez - writer, vocalist Soft Pillow Kisses
  • Marieton Trocino-Pacheco - newscaster, ABS-CBN & ANC
  • Marissa Aboitiz - founder and President, Grupo de Baile Andaluz
  • Marissa Macaraig-Guillen - Regional Trial Court Judge
  • Mavis Manotoc-Fuentebella - model
  • Mercy Arrastia Tuason - socialite
  • Merlie Abrajano-Yapchulay - pianist / music consultant, Leggiero Strings & Chamber Orchestra
  • Mitch Valdes - singer, comedienne
  • Mother Irene Dabalus, OSB - first non-German Prioress General
  • Mother Prioress Mary John Mananzan, OSB - activist
  • Naty Crame-Rogers - national artist for theatre
  • Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz - writer
  • Nicole Acuna - commercial model
  • Nina Rubite - commercial/print-ad model
  • Patty Betita - model
  • Paulynn Paredes-Sicam - writer
  • Pia Guanio - TV host
  • Pia Hontiveros - newscaster, ANC
  • Pie Calayan - dermatologist; Owner, Calayan Surgicenter
  • Preciosa Silverio-Soliven - founder, Operation Brotherhood Montessorri Center (OBMC)
  • Reema Chanco - MTV VJ/Sports host
  • Risa Hontiveros - activist
  • Rosalinda Orosa - writer
  • Ruth Cervantes - activist
  • Squeeshy- stunt double
  • Sandra Fabie-Gfeller - artist
  • Sandy Hontiveros - Executive Director, Ballet Philippines
  • Sr. Christine Tan - activist
  • Steph Afzelius - model
  • Theresita Andrada - journalist, television host
  • Tina Fojas - commercial model
  • Tina Monzon Palma - Program Director, ABS-CBN Bantay Bata 163; Newscaster, ABS-CBN
  • Tina Tinio - Regional Manager - L'oreal Phils./Socialite
  • Tintin Arnaldo - actress/commercial model
  • Toni Leviste - equestrianne
  • Trisha Salvador - newscaster
  • Mae Dichupa - Nike Country manager
  • Twink Macaraig - newscaster, ANC
  • Vicky Quirino-Delgado - daughter of former Philippine President Elpidio Quirino
  • Olen Juarez-Lim - model, image consultant
  • Miakka Lim - PBA and ABL courtside reporter
  • Agoo Bengzon - Preview Mag beauty editor
  • Celeste Sanchez - pioneer in music therapy in the Philippines
  • Merlie Abrajano-Yapchulay - pianist / music consultant, Leggiero Strings & Chamber Orchestra
  • Maita De Jesus (til HS) - Editorial Assistant of TotalGirl Philippines Magazine and Editor-in-Chief, Disney Princess Magazine

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