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St. Theresa's College, Cebu City
Established 1 June 1933
Type Private, Exclusive ICM
Location Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Campus Don Ramon Aboitiz St., Cebu City
Colors Blue and gold

St. Theresa's College, Cebu City, Philippines, is a Catholic institution of learning founded by the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (ICM) on June 1, 1933 upon the invitation of Monsignor Gabriel Reyes, then Archbishop of Cebu.

The college offers all levels of instruction for girls from preparatory to college. The missionary spirit of the Foundress, Mother Marie Louise De Meester, permeates the program of education of the institution.

The institution first operated in Sikatuna Street, Cebu City, while school buildings were being erected on the present site, bounded by General Maxilom Avenue, Juana Osmena Street, Redemptorist Road and Ramon Aboitiz Street.

In 1935, the first years of the liberal arts, education and commerce courses were added to the elementary and secondary levels. The three courses were fully recognized by the Bureau of Education in 1940.

In 1957, St. Theresa’s College, Cebu City, became a Charter Member of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).


About STC


Patron Saint

Teresa de Avila, the first woman doctor of the Church, is the patron saint of St. Theresa’s College.

Official seal and colors

The seal of St. Theresa's College is a round white shield dominated by the Latin cross, the base which spreads out like two wings encompassing its whole width. The cross stands for the Catholic Church whose doctrines, ideals, and principles permeate the school educational program of the Institution. The three stars stand for the three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity. The inscription around the shield “Virtute, Scientia, Artibus Floreat”, expresses the wish that under the aegis of Catholic education, virtue, science, and art may flourish in St. Theresa's College.

The college colors - blue and gold - stand for courage and love respectively.


St. Theresa's College, Cebu City, was originally incorporated in accordance with Philippine Laws on March 29, 1935. After World War II, the Articles of Incorporation were duly reconstituted and with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Manila, October 1948. The transcript of these amended Articles of Incorporation was issued on September 8, 1949. In February 1991, the papers of Incorporation registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission were revised.

Until August 1991 the members of the Board of Trustees of St. Theresa's College, Cebu were the ICM District Superior and her Council. Today, St. Theresa's College, Cebu is governed by a separate Board of Trustees with ten members, six of whom are ICMs and four non-ICMs.

Academic programs

Grade school


Liberal Arts

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
    • Major in Corporate Communication
    • Major in Media Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
    • Major in Counseling Psychology
    • Major in Industrial Psychology


  • Bachelor of Secondary Education
    • Major in English
    • Major in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education
    • General Education
    • Pre-School Education
    • Special Needs Education

Social Work

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Management and Accountancy

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Certificate of Proficiency in Education

This is designed for students who wish to take the Licensure Examination for Teachers in the Pre-School, Elementary, and Secondary Levels, but whose educational qualifications are not those degrees expressly prescribed in the law. This program provides the student the opportunity to pursue teacher education.

Notable alumni

  • Gretchen Barretto - singer, actress and movie star, public servant, socialite, game show host
  • Pilita Corrales - singer, actress
  • Laurice Guillen - director, actress
  • Monique Lhuillier - Filipino fashion designer based in the United States
  • Daisy Ba-ad - playwright-director, motivational speaker, training specialist based in Cebu
  • Cindy Dolla-Tang - former Cebu TV News Anchorwoman, British Columbia Curriculum Offshore School Administrator based in Canada
  • Gwendolyn Garcia - Governor of Cebu
  • Nerissa Corazon Soon Ruiz - Legislator, Sixth District, Cebu Province
  • Haide Acuña - news anchor, lawyer
  • Cecille Quibod - TV news correspondent, segment anchor
  • Lalaine Go - TV news correspondent, host
  • Lou-Anne Mae Rondina - TV news correspondent, host
  • Katrina Balmaceda - journalist
  • Nancy Cudis - journalist
  • Elizabeth Baumgart - journalist
  • Marian Baring-sports assistant editor for sunstar
  • Iste Sesante Leopoldo-correspondent sports writer/photojournalist; inquirer correspondent
  • Rochell Raki Vega-singer
  • Debra Magallon-business writer
  • Caecent Noot Magsumbol-sportswriter
  • Cheryl Baldicantos-photojournalist
  • Mia Abellana - journalist
  • Linette Ramos - journalist
  • Delia Villacastin - theater performer and director
  • Ruby Guinto - beauty queen
  • Cecilia Manguerra Brainard - novelist
  • Leslie Marie L. Nuñez - marketing specialist

See also

St. Theresa's College, Quezon City

External links

  • St Theresa’s College, Cebu City - Official website
  • [1] - St. Theresa's College Alumnae Association Manila official website
  • [2] - St. Theresa's College Manila Foundation, Inc. official website
  • [3] - Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Philippines
  • [4] - The arrival of the ICM missionaries in the Philippines

St. Theresa's College, Quezon City

Motto:Let your light shine and be a blessing.
Established:7 January 1947
Type:exclusive all girls school
Location:Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Campus:Urban, 5 blocks in Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City
Colors:Gold and blue

St. Theresa's College, (also called STC), Philippines, is a Catholic private school for girls run by the Missionary Sisters of the "Immaculati Cordis Mariae" or Immaculate Heart of Mary (ICM).

STC offers programs from the preparatory level through the elementary and secondary levels. As an ICM school, its educational program draws inspiration from Mother Marie Louise De Meester, Foundress of ICM.

Its students are called “Theresians”, from the name of its patroness St. Teresa of Avila. Heading the school for the ICM sisters is Sr. Josefina Nebres, the school directress.



Mother Marie Louise De Meester (born on April 8, 1857 in Roesalare, West Flanders, Belgium) and her novices arrived on the shores of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur on June 21, 1910. Tagudin became the foundation of the ICM missionary work throughout the Philippines which gave birth to institutions of learning in the country including the campuses of St. Theresa's College.

Mother Marie Louise De Meester founded St. Theresa's College, Manila (STCM) in 1915 at the invitation of the Most Reverend Jeremiah James Harty, the first American Archbishop of Manila. When World War II wrought havoc on the St. Theresa's College in San Marcelino, Manila, leaving it in ruins, little hope was left for the rebuilding of its physical structure. While St. Theresa's College Manila was re-built, re-opened and continued to be run by the Belgian Sisters until 1980 (over a three-year phase out; STCM property was sold to Adamson University), steps were taken after WWII to look for a property which would be larger than the San Marcelino Compound.

In January 1946, a contract was signed for the purchase of a property consisting of five blocks, in Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City. The US Army, which previously occupied the place, left the building in poor condition, later to be utilized temporarily for the classrooms of St. Theresa's College, Quezon City, and for the quarters of the Sisters.

January 7 1947, marked the establishment of STCQC. The school was officially opened only in June 1947.

St. Theresa's College, Quezon City is a member of the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines (CEAP), and the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) and avails itself of the services of the institutions and groups working for the reorientation of education in the Philippines. It is the only all-girls school that was issued a clean seven-year accreditation.

The original certificate of St. Theresa's College, Q.C. was issued on February 19 1947.

STC campuses

  • St. Theresa's College Manila (STCM), 920 San Marcelino Street, Manila (1915-1980 phased out now ST building of Adamson University)
  • St. Theresa's College Cebu (STC Cebu), Don Ramon Aboitiz Street, Cebu City (1933-present)
  • St. Theresa's College Quezon City (STCQC), 116 D. Tuazon Avenue, Quezon City (1947-present)
  • St. Theresa's College Baguio City (STC Baguio), Navy Road, Baguio City (1953-1973 phased out)

School traditions

  • College hymn
  • Annual Family Day
    • Field Demonstration (Grade School Department)
    • Dance Production (High School Department)
    • Bingo Raffle Promo
    • Guest bands perform
  • Annual Bandfest
  • Drives
    • Newspaper drive
    • Christmas Drive
    • SINOP
    • Speak English Campaign
    • Children's Book Day
    • Linggo ng Wika
    • Quarter Theme Launchings
    • Book Fair
  • Band Fest
    • Theresian bands/dance groups perform
    • Guest bands perform


Grade School Department

The STCQC Grade School is an elementary school for girls. It has facilities and classrooms for students from the preparatory level to the sixth grade.

Student Council

The Grade School Student Organization (GSSO) is the official student council of the Grade School department.


The practicum emphasizes experience-based learning. Theories are learned and applied to practical situations or vice-versa, through observation, practice, workshops, team research, media demonstrations and educational trips.

The practicum is called SAMAHAN, meaning "organization." It stands for the spirit of belongingness, guided by the theme “Sa Diyos at sa kapwa, maglingkod ay handa” (In God and to others, always ready to serve). Students from the fourth to sixth grade experience interaction with the sectors, while students from first to third grade stay in campus doing dynamic games, interview-research, film viewing and live interviews. Every December, students from First to Sixth grade interact with a specific visitor or visitors each level.

Co-curricular activities

Students interested in Sciences, Arts and Writing are invited to join an organization for enthusiasts, called Bitaw. In this organization, the students' talents and skills in a particular field are cultivated and developed. SINAG or Socialized Instructional Activities for the Advanced Group in Science, Mathematics, Art, and Creative-Writing helps students enhance their potentials in various subjects.

These are the SINAG categories:

  • SINAG Math
  • SINAG Science
  • SINAG Creative Writing
  • SINAG Sining Pandulaan (a.k.a SINAG SP)
  • SINAG Art
  • SINAG Volleyball
  • SINAG Choral
  • SINAG Lyre and Drum
  • SINAG Computer


  • Junior Librarians
  • Theresian magazine staffers

High School Department

The High School Department is a Catholic preparatory school for female students.

The campus features a library, the Instructional Media Center, Biology laboratory, Chemistry laboratory, Physics laboratory, computer laboratories, High School Chapel, cooking rooms, canteen and cafeteria, clinic and the covered court.


In the High School Department, the clubs are called SEG (Student Enrichment Group)

  • Campcarers
  • Dancestream
  • Green Thumbs
  • Robotics
  • BaKpackers
  • Explorers
  • Terepreneur
  • Metamorphosis
  • Chorale
  • Youth for Christ
  • Basketball
  • Writer's Genesis
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Psyfiles
  • Psyheads
  • Public Speaking
  • Debate
  • Meta-G
  • Kusinang Pinoy
  • Soc Sci guild
  • Dulaang Pinoy
  • BOOKlat
  • Mathrix
  • Experimental Dance
  • Cheerleading

Theresian Student Council (TSC)

The Theresian Student Council is the official student council and representative of the students of the High School department. One of the most awaited project of TSC is the annual Bandfest, where high school students perform in a variety show through music (bands) and dance numbers.


Practicum provides students interaction with the poor through immersion of students in depressed communities, followed by social analysis, reflection, awareness-raising on current situations, etc.

The High School practicum is named PALIHAN, meaning Pabrika ng Likhaan at Kakayahan (Creative Workshop).

Student Enrichment Groups

Enrichment groups provide activities aimed to develop the students’ special talents, skills and potentials, habits and interests. It enables its students to gain self-fulfillment and self-growth as they encounter opportunities to be of service to the community.

Enrichment groups are divided into 10 clusters:

  • Religion
  • English
  • Filipino
  • Social Studies
  • Science and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Technology and Livelihood Education/Computer
  • Psychology
  • Physical Education/Music
  • Learning Resource Center

The Theresian

The official school publication is The Theresian. It serves as a training ground for writers and journalists.

The Theresian is in two parts: The Grade School and The High School. Students need to pass two screenings before being an official Theresian Staffer. The students are divided into four parts namely writers, photographers, artists and lay-out artists. Writers write the news and features, photographers take the pictures, artists draw the pictures and lay-out artists are in charge of the backgrounds, fonts and the cover page. The picture/s in the cover page are done by the artists.

School traditions


On a field of gold and blue are imposed the cross and three stars. The blue stands for faithful courage, and the gold proclaims jubilant victory - always - through love. The Latin cross within the seal stands for the victory with Christ over evil. The gold of the cross stands for the love for Christ who died on it and rose from the dead. The three stars stand for the three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity.

The inscription around the seal reads Virtute, Scientia, Artibus Floreat - which is Latin for "education in and through virtue, science, and the arts."

The seal is a badge showing the mountain peak of Carmel, linked with the school's patron saint, St. Teresa of Avila, the first woman doctor of the Church.


The school's rallying cry is "Let your light shine . Be a blessing!..."


Blue and Gold, which stands for courage and love respectively.

College Hymn

The lyrics of the College Hymn was written by Aurea Carballo-Gonzalez (STCM HS '31, COL '34) while music was composed by Angeles Rodriguez (STCM HS '26, COL '33).

Family Council

The Family Council is the official organization of the parents of the students of St. Theresa’s College.

Sambayan Educational Foundation, Inc.

The Sambayan Educational Foundation, Inc. or SEFI was organized in 1972 by the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (ICM) and a group of STCQC parents and alumnae which called forth the school to make available the educational program to deserving families from the lower-middle-income group by way of socialized tuition fee. Its main objective is to make available quality education for less privileged but deserving students.

The SEFI program is not a scholarship program. It is a reduced tuition fee scheme for eleven years of schooling from Prep until High School for qualified lower-middle-income groups. It is perhaps the only such program in existence in the Philippines today. Applicants have to pass a rigorous set of criteria as well as entrance exams to qualify. Once a student has been accepted into the program, a social worker regularly monitors her progress and checks on the family environment.

The initial seed money was provided by the ICM congregation. STCQC parents, alumnae and friends have made substantial contributions to the fund through the years.

Notable alumnae

  • Felycris Abad-Banguis - former UST professor, philanthropist, socio-civic leader, businessowner, Director- Makati Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Lydia B. Echauz - President, Far Eastern University
  • Chitang Guerrero-Nakpil - historian/writer
  • Gilda Cordero-Fernando -writer, Publisher
  • Marilou Diaz-Abaya - movie director
  • Mel Tiangco - newscaster
  • Minerva M.B. Ambrosio - lawyer
  • Jessica Zafra - fiction writer, columnist
  • Joan de Venecia - 2006 bar topnotcher
  • Lisa Macuja-Elizalde - Prima Ballerina
  • Ma. Assunta C. Cuyegkeng - Vice-President of the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Linda Cruz-Tuason - lawyer
  • Trina Yujuico-Kalaw - model
  • Margie Moran - Miss Universe 1973 winner
  • Laurice Guillen - movie director
  • Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc - journalist
  • Gemma Cruz-Araneta - Miss International 1964 winner; former Philippine Secretary of Tourism
  • Ingrid Sala Santamaria - concert pianist
  • Leah Navarro - singer and socio-civic member
  • Susan Serrano-Villar - civic leader
  • Loida Nicolas-Lewis - Philanthropist, Lawyer
  • Patricia Evangelista - writer, host
  • Carla Camille Veloso, RN - Nursing board topnotcher, bioethicist
  • Korina Sanchez - newscaster
  • Veda Banez-Alonso - dance director and choreographer
  • Ivy Almario - architect, interior designer
  • Cynthia Almario - architect, interior designer
  • Millet Martinez-Mananquil - journalist
  • Thelma Sioson-San Juan - journalist
  • Erlinda Sibal - publisher
  • Sr. Pilar Versoza, ICM - sociocivic leader
  • Lorna Kalaw-Tirol - journalist
  • Agnes Assunta Manalo - music arranger, sound engineer
  • Katski Flores - director, writer, producer of "Still Life", a Cinemalaya 2007 entry
  • Sr. Sol Perpinan - RGS Sister, teacher, and writer
  • Jannelle So - journalist
  • Jocelyn Valencia-Glorioso - Coloratura
  • Maria Joana Resurreccion - RN, CEO, Entrepreneur
  • Pinky Aseron - radio broadcaster, College Professor (U.P. Diliman), former National President of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)
  • Noelle de Jesus Chua - editor, journalist
  • Emmeline Versoza - Executive Director, Commission on Women
  • Lalaine Go - TV news correspondent, TV host, GMA 7 Cebu
  • Pet Martin - Award-Winning Blogger


  • Remembrance St. Theresa's College Manila 1915-1980, published by the STAA Manila, 1st edition 1991, 2nd edition 2004
  • Esprit de Corps, published by St. Theresa's College Manila

See also

External links

  • STAA QC - St. Theresa's College Alumni Association Quezon City
  • [1] - St. Theresa's College Alumni Association Manila Official Website
  • [2] - St. Theresa's College Manila Foundation, Inc. Official Website
  • [3] - St. Theresa's College Manila Foundation, Inc.
  • [4] - Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Philippines
  • [5] - The Arrival of the ICM Missionaries in the Philippines


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