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Espiritu Santo Parochial School of Manila, Inc.

1912 Rizal Avenue, Sta. Cruz, Manila 1014

Espiritu Santo Parochial School of Manila, Inc.
Espiritu Santo Parochial School of Manila, Inc.

Rev. Fr. Nolan A. Que, Ph. D.


Espiritu Santo Parochial School of Manila, Inc.

Rev. Fr. Nicanor A. Celiano, Jr.

Assistant Director


Espiritu Santo Parochial School (ESPS) opened in 1947 wih Rev. Fr. William J. Duschak, SVD, former Vicar Apostolic of Calapan, as its first School Director until 1951. Under the management of the priests of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), the school was given government recognition to offer the complete elementary program (Grade I to Grade VII) in 1948 and to offer kindergarten program in 1962.

Fr. Matias Buendgen, SVD, School Director from 1951 to 1958, was credited for the construction of the Main Building that stands at the corner of Rizal Avenue and Tayuman Street. Fr. Antonio Albrecht, SVD, served School Director from 1958 to 1973. During his term, another floor, which became the auditorium, was added to the Main Building, the Annex I Building in Tayuman cor. Oroquieta Sts. and Anne II Building in Oroquieta corner Batangas Sts. were built in succession.

In 1973, the SVD Fathers formally turned over Espiritu Santo Parochial School to the diocesan priests, following the transfer of the parish supervision from the said congregation to the Archdiocese of Manila. Msgr. Gorgonio Encarnacion was the first diocesan priest to serve as School Director from 1973 to 1981. The Religious Missionaries of St. Dominic took over the school’s management in 1981 with Sr. Ma. Cristina Castro, O.P. as the first School Directress from 1981 to 1982.

Under the vision of the Dominican Sisters, the school initiated the much needed reforms in the curricular offerings and further improved the existing physical facilities to ensure academic excellence, heighten spiritual awareness and create a healthy environment conducive to learning. Under the leadership of Sr. Mary Martires, O.P from 1982 to 1985, additional facilities such as the Audio Visual Room and the Science Laboratory Room in the Main Building were built, with the support of the Parents Auxiliary Board.

Consistent to avowed school aims, ESPS never ceased to upgrade and improve the quality of instruction. Sr. Ma. Rosalinda Calong, OP, School Directress from 1997 to 2001, initiated a myriad of significant changes in the school set-up both in the curricular programs and the physical plant.
In 1998, ESPS applied for accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), a “private, voluntary, non-profit and non- stock corporation” that “recognizes academic programs which meet standards of quality education”. PAASCU analyzed and evaluated the school’s curriculum, student services, facilities, Faculty and staff development. In August 1999, the school passed the First Preliminary Survey and in May 2000, it passed the Formal Survey.

Since then, the school continues to improve its curricular programs, faculty, facilities and services and passed the succeeding accreditation visits by PAASCU. At present it is preparing for Level !! Re-Accreditation visit in 2022.

In March 2000, the diocesan clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila took over the management of the school from the Religious Missionaries of St. Dominic. Until 2014, Msgr. Alberto G. Salonga Jr. served as Director and Sr. Ma. Rosalinda F. Calong, O.P as Principal.
In 2007, the school prioritized the completion of the five-floor Annex II building in Oroquieta Street. The following year, Annex II served as the Grade School Department.

Through the years, the school community continuously commits itself towards the realization of its vision-mission coupled with a deep sense of dedication and firm resolve by renewing its ties to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila Educational System (RCAMES) in May 2014, when Fr. Nolan A. Que, Ph.D. and Fr. Nicanor A. Celiano, Jr. were appointed as School Director and Assistant Director, respectively. Under their administration, an eight-storey building in Tayuman Street was constructed, and an Audio Visual Room and a gymnasium were constructed in Annex II. The school libraries and science laboratories were renovated. To date, computer laboratories, fully air-conditioned offices and classrooms, well-ventilated school cafeterias, electronically catalogued libraries, a functional audio-visual room, a covered catwalk connecting the Main Building and the Annex I, the installation of the MIS (Management Information System) and a Wide Area Network (WAN) Internet were in place.

In April 2016, Mr. BenedictoPascual, was appointed as the first lay Principal of ESPS. During this year, ESPS welcomed the pioneer batch of Senior High School students in Academic tracks in Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), General Academic (GA), Humanities and Social Sciences (HumSS) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).and the Technical-Vocational Track in Information, Communications and Technology. The pioneer batch of 218 students graduated in March 2018.

ESPS hurdled the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 with a specialized offering of the flexible distance learning curriculum using the blended learning approach. Armed with three years of experience in offering the G Suite for Education in the Senior High School, ESPS complied with the Department of Education’s mandate of “no vaccine, no face-to-face classes” for School Year 2020-2021 and called its alternative learning strategy as the Home Education Learning Program or HELP. All pupils and students were required to remain at home while teachers continued teaching them using modules, textbooks, and occasional online teaching sessions.

ESPS has consistently sought opportunities to promote the values of solidarity, common good, service, stewardship and love for the poor through its activities centered on forming men and women of competence and character, of courage, wisdom and compassion who will, in the long run, transform society.