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San Isidro Catholic School

1830 Taft Ave., Pasay City 1306

San Isidro Catholic School
San Isidro Catholic School

Rev. Fr. Maxell Lowell C. Aranilla, Ph. D.

DIRECTOR

San Isidro Catholic School

Rev. Fr. Lorenz Moises J. Festin, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

ABOUT

San Isidro Catholic School began like a proverbial mustard seed. Mr. Manuel D. Benipayo, the head of the Christian Family Movement (CFM) and Chairman of the Parish Council Youth Affairs Committee of San Isidro Parish in Pasay City, planned to set up free education for young children of underprivileged families in the area. Msgr. Emmanuel Magtanong Cruz, then parish priest, supported the plan.

In January, 1967, the plan came into reality as the first group of about 20 boys and girls, aged 4 to 8, attended their first class at the Social Hall building. Mrs. Ma. Luisa C. Sevilla assumed the role of principal with Miss Edelisa L. Daco as the pioneer teacher. Tuition was free.

In 1968, the CFM decided to charge a token of P2.00 a month. As the number of students increased, Miss Erlinda Musngi and Miss Leticia Olayao were hired. Mr. Benipayo and the other members of CFM shouldered the salaries of the personnel.

In 1969, the school offered Nursery, Kindergarten, Preparatory and Grade One. The President of the Parish Council at that time, Mr. Ricardo Ledesma, planned for the expansion of the school. Bro. Eugenio Palileo, who headed the Holy Name Society, conducted a fund drive for the construction of a new building. With the help of the parishioners, the school building was erected. Thus on June 27, 1970 the main building was inaugurated and blessed.

Ms. Ma. Luisa C. Sevilla continued her selfless and humble service with the help of CFM until 1972. When she left the school, Msgr. Emmanuel Cruz, the first School Director, appointed Mrs. Nieves AS Benipayo as principal and Mrs. Leticia Delarmente as the Assistant Principal. After a year, Mrs. Delarmente succeeded Mrs. Benipayo as the third Principal. During her term, the school offered complete elementary program.

On February 16, 1976 Msgr. Clemente L. Lopez took over the parish of San Isidro and assumed as the School Director. His assistant, Rev. Fr. Rex Magallanes, served as the Religion Coordinator in 1978. Msgr. Lopez immersed himself in instilling discipline, cleanliness, orderliness, and solemnity that had been remarkable in the parish.

During school year1982-1983, Msgr. Clemente L. Lopez appointed Rev. Fr. Rex Magallanes as Principal, Mr. Carlito B. Cayabyab as Assistant Principal, Miss Edelisa L. Daco as Head Teacher of the Preparatory Department, Mrs. Adoracion G. Cayabyab as Head Teacher of Grades I-III and Miss Sozima A. Pimentel as Head Teacher of Grades IV-VI. The CFM II acted as the School Board.

In May 1984, Miss Patricia A. Manzano was appointed as principal of the school.

An annex building was constructed to accommodate the increasing number of students. It was inaugurated and blessed by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal L. Sin on July 17, 1989. Four years later the school opened its high school department. With the support of parents and benefactors, construction of the High School building began in 1993 and in September 1994, the building was completed and blessed by Msgr. Lopez himself.

On April 1, 1995, Rev. Francisco M. Ungria, Jr. was installed as the new parish priest of San Isidro Parish. He succeeded Msgr. Lopez who retired after 20 years of dedicated service to the parish and to the school. In 1996, Rev. Fr. Adolfo T. Paroni, Jr., Associate Priest of San Isidro Parish, was appointed as the new Principal.

Fr. Ungria pushed for the construction of a new edifice on a newly acquired lot beside the church. The Bahay San Isidro Formation Center was constructed and blessed on 21st of September 1997 blessed by Bishop Jesse Mercado. The ground floor served as a multi-purpose hall for the parish activities and the next three storeys housed the intermediate classes. The improvement of facilities was made.

In 1997-1998, Miss Sozima A. Pimentel succeeded Rev. Fr. Adolfo Paroni, Jr. as Principal of SICS. The school was given government recognition for the complete secondary course through the joint efforts of Fr. Ungria and Miss Pimentel.

Fr. Ungria who saw the need of setting the direction for the school, initiated an organization development planning with the assistance of Dr. Jaime Cempron of De La Salle University, Manila. It was in his leadership that San Isidro Parish and San Isidro Catholic School spelled-out their vision-mission statements and thrust for the coming years. Part of the plan of Fr. Ungria was the professional enhancement of the employees, particularly the faculty through enrolment in MA or MS programs, and the standardization of salaries. He also saw through the spiritual needs of the community through the Parish Renewal Experience (PREX) which he facilitated.

On November 1, 2000, Rev. Fr. Lazaro B. Abaco took over as the new Director. His aim was to prepare the Isidorians to be globally competent. He took the challenge of uplifting the human resources and improving the school facilities. Development programs were made available for both faculty and non-teaching staff for professional and personal growth. Fr. Abaco resolved to improve the supervision of instruction by appointing a separate principal in each department: Ms. Edelisa L. Daco for the Pre-School Department, Ms. Sozima A. Pimentel for the Elementary Department, and Ms. Anita M. Guerrero for the High School Department. He created an Administrative Council to aid in making major decisions affecting the school.

Fr. Abaco pushed for the revisit of the school’s vision-mission statement. In October 2003, the first Catholic Achievers convention was held at Century Park Hotel, Malate, Manila to inaugurate the vision-mission of the school and to launch the new school logo and the new school hymn, The Harvest is Great, composed by Rev. Fr. Carlo Magno S. Marcelo.

True to its role of being the educational arm of San Isidro Parish, SICS intensified further its parish involvement. A number of activities were lined-up to support both the noble works of the parish and the school.

After 38 years of committed service to SICS, Ms. Edelisa L. Daco, the first teacher of SICS, retired as the Principal of the Pre-School Department on March 31, 2005.

On April 26, 2005, Rev. Msgr. Severino O. Lorica succeeded Fr. Abaco as the school director. Msgr. Lorica was instrumental in bringing the then proposed musical play into fruition. He paved the way of making the life of St. Isidore alive on stage. He implemented the first year of the three-year strategic plan of SICS and prompted a number of physical improvements in the community, most especially in the parish.

Msgr. Lorica focused on the spiritual and catechetical formation of the whole San Isidro community. He emphasized on going back to the basics of our Catholic faith and made SICS a seedbed of future parish church lay leaders. Under his pastoral leadership, he networked with a number of parish priests and shared his aspiration of preparing the youth to be Catholic achievers, labored on promoting religious vocations among the young and pressed on to educate the people on the foundational teachings of the Church.

The San Isidro Parish community was the place where Msgr. Lorica began his priestly vocation. It was also the place where he decided to retire from his priestly ministry.

On May 31, 2010, Rev. Msgr. Gerardo O. Santos was officially appointed as Director of San Isidro Catholic School. Along with Msgr. Santos, Rev. Msgr. Cesar B. Pagulayan was also installed as the new Parish Priest of San Isidro Parish. It is the first time in the history of the community that the head of the parish is different from the head of the school. With the increasing demands and challenges for both parish and school, such arrangement brings renewed strength to the community.

As a respected educational leader of the MAPSA system schools, Msgr. Santos stirred a vibrant spirit in the school community. Besides his distinguished accomplishments as a steward of a parish, schools and ministries, he is also known for his “hands-on” shepherding of the flock entrusted to him. His collaborative thrust and passionate vision paved for Catholic and parochial institutions to network with each other and steer through a common direction to proclaim the Good News and to translate this proclamation into action.

As a visionary leader, Msgr. Santos believed that Catholic education is an expression of the mission entrusted by Christ to the Church. He sought to make Christ alive in the school and that the life in the Spirit be animated by all educators and school personnel that they may be “evangelized first, and then be evangelizers themselves” to the young people entrusted to their care. He made sure that “Christ be formed” in all the learners.

On May 15, 2014, Rev. Fr. Maxell Lowell C. Aranilla succeeded Msgr. Santos as the Director of San Isidro Catholic School. Together with Fr. Aranilla, Rev. Fr. John Rany P. Geraldino was appointed as Assistant Director of the school.

Today, San Isidro Catholic School continues to exist and has its transitional leadership under the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila Educational System (RCAMES). It received its PAASCU Recognition of Accreditation in May, 2020. With its academic programs, co-curricular activities and its enhanced vision – mission and identity, the school will carry on the humble beginnings of its forefathers. The institution through the patronage of San Isidro take on the challenge of building not just mere edifices but building a home and spirit of Christ-centered, Church-rooted and Country-oriented achievers providing quality Catholic Education in the next millennium.

VISION-MISSION

VISION

A People called by the Father in Jesus Christ
to become a community of persons with fullness of Life
witnessing to the Kingdom of God by living the Paschal Mystery
in the power of the Holy Spirit
with Mary as Companion

IDENTITY

SICS is a Christ-centered, Church-rooted and Country-oriented
educating institution

MISSION

To provide community members excellent basic education, Integral formation,
and a transformative environment to become
CATHOLIC ACHIEVERS FOR GOD AND COUNTRY

CORE VALUES

EXCELLENCE
CHRISTIAN DISCPLESHIP
RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP
RESPECT FOR HUMAN DIGNITY
PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR
COMMITMENT TO THE BUILDING OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
COMMITMENT TO NATION BUILDING