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St. John the Baptist Catholic School

26 Pinaglabanan St., Brgy. Pedro Cruz, San Juan City 1500

St. John the Baptist Catholic School
St. John the Baptist Catholic School

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

DIRECTOR

St. John the Baptist Catholic School

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

Assistant Director

ABOUT

St. John the Baptist Catholic School is not new in the Municipality of San Juan nor a recently established Parochial School in the Archdiocese of Manila under the Parish of St. John the Baptist, Pinaglabanan, San Juan City. Before it became St. John the Baptist Catholic School, it brings with it a long line of history from 1946 to the present that nobody can just ignore. The establishment of a Pre-school in the parish was initiated by The Young Ladies Association of Charity (YLAC), whose members were teaching Catechism to students of Public Schools. With the help of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) Unit I, the ground floor of the old Rectory was converted into a School for Grades I and II and named as the Holy Child Parochial School with the approval of Rev. Fr. Hernando Y. Antiporda. It was at this point that the Pre-School operated by the Young Ladies Association of Charity was absorbed by HCPS, as the YLAC decided to concentrate on their ministry in Catechism. Miss Laura M. Alcantara and Mrs. Susana Perez handled the teaching of Grades I and II respectively. But the School experienced its ups and downs and so it was closed down by Msgr. Casimiro Alvarez in 1961 to give way to the Parish Catechetical Program to consolidate the funds.

Meanwhile, a Kindergarten Class was started by Sr. Resurrecion de Jesus, OSA within the Augustinian Sisters compound along Santolan Road, San Juan City. It served as an apostolate for the Augustinian novices. With the opening of the first grade class on July 1963, Mother General Evangelista de San Agustine, OSA was able to seek Government Recognition for the School named Jesus of Prague Kindergarten School with the permission of Cardinal Rufino Santos. The Cardinal wrote to Msgr. Alvarez instead and instructed that he would only approve of the opening of a Catholic School if it was established within the premises of the Parish, managed by the Reverend Sisters with the Parish Priest as the Honorary Director.

The year 1969 in the month of September was another milestone in the history of the School. Msgr. Fabian Luage was appointed Parish Priest and as the Honorary School Director. There were other Parish Priests who succeeded Msgr. Luage but there was no record of their appointment as such.

In 1972, during the Principalship of Sr. Filomena Sta. Maria, there was construction of additional classrooms and a dining area.

It was in 1973 that the School attained an Official Status when the Articles of Incorporation of the Holy Child Parochial School of San Juan, Rizal, Inc. was created and thus recognized as a duly registered Incorporation under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In May 1975, the OSA Sisters turned over the administration of the school to the parish. As far as their mission is concerned, the school was no longer viable for them. They executed Deeds of Donation to transfer the facilities and equipment of the school to the parish. But the OSA Sisters would still be assigned as school Principals/Religion teachers. But the only difference was the parish priest became the School Director and no longer in an honorary capacity. Sr. Thelma Catig was assigned as the school principal for this school year. Msgr. Severino Casas was the first parish priest director from 1975 to 1977.

In 1977, the HCPS became a member of the Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association (MAPSA) and a member of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), under the leadership of Bishop Protacio Gungon and the principalship of Sr. Susana Agudelo.

In 1978, Msgr. Alfredo Rodriguez was appointed by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal L. Sin as the new Parish Priest and School Director of which he effectively administered for almost 21 years. His legacy included the following: the publication of the Students’ Handbook, the initiation of the Outreach Programs, the formulation of school’s Vision and Mission, and the construction of the four-storey Building. In the leadership of the director, Msgr. Alfredo Rodriguez, there were changes in the principalship. Through these years, Msgr. Rodriguez was helped by the energetic principals; 1979-1980, Erlinda Tarlac; 1980-1982, Sr. Flora Pastrana; 1982-1990, Sr. Beatriz Mate; 1990-1991, Sr. Flordeliza Cordis; 1991-1995, Sr. Beatriz Mate; 1995-1997, Sr. Flolyn Catungal; 1997-1998, Sr. Angelita Sagun; 1998-2000, Sr. Alejandra Miraflores.

In the year 2000, there was a turnover of leadership in the Parish due to the retirement of Msgr. Rodriguez as the Parish Priest, but he remained as the School Director. Msgr. Albert Venus was the Parish Priest for one year and three months but he assumed the Directorship of the School for a month.

In the year 2001, Fr. Allan Dichoso was assigned as the Parish Priest and School Director. He initiated the renovation of the School Canteen. He improved the Faculty Room, Clinic and Finance Office. He also managed to improve the library and provided a fully air-conditioned Science Laboratory with equipment. He served for one year and four months and was assisted by the principal, Mrs. Gloria Chavez, in running the school.

On October 1, 2002, Fr. Francisco M. Ungria, Jr. was appointed as the Parish Priest and School Director. His mission was to turn the School academically and financially capable. He initiated the revision of the Vision, Mission and Goals of the School and came up with realistic goals of the School for the next five years. He asked the Parishioners who were experts in their own field of work to help him in this mission. Ms. Guia Gomez and Ms. Carmen Mendoza became members of the Board of Trustees in addition to the five member priests. Their role was to provide assistance to Fr. Frank Ungria. Ms. Gomez was assigned for the ways and means in renovating the old school building and the construction of the High School building while Ms. Mendoza was in-charged for the monitoring of the financial status of the school. She helped in the finance office for proper bookkeeping and accounting. Fr. Ungria was assisted by the principal, Fr. Nolan A. Que, Ph.D. to uplift the academic standards of the school.

Fr. Frank wanted the Parishioners of St. John the Baptist to have a stake in the school. But he observed that the Parishioners were reluctant to be involved in the school. He came to know later that the Parishioners thought that the Holy Child Parochial School was a different entity from St. John the Baptist Parish and that it was still being administered by the Augustinian Sisters. It was at this juncture that Fr. Frank initiated the change of the name of the School legally through the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) at the start of the School Year 2004-2005. The School’s Board of Trustees approved the change of the name from Holy Child Parochial School to ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC SCHOOL. The rationale of such act is to align the school with the Parish as the Evangelization Arm of the Church. Thus, on September 26, 2005, the change of name was approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The school now is officially called ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC SCHOOL OF SAN JUAN, INC.

In School Year 2011-2012, there was a turn-over of Principalship from Rev. Fr. Nolan Que, Ph.D to Rev. Fr. Adolfo T. Paroni, Jr. In response to the needs of the times and in consonance with the RCAM-ES Program, the Schools for this School Year 2014-2015 are clustered under the new Directorship of Rev. Fr. Maxell Lowell C. Aranilla, Ph.D with Rev. Fr. Rany P. Geraldino, as the Assistant Director, and Dr. Noel F. Noble as the Principal respectively. Ms. Tanya P. Namit assumed the principalship for School, Year 2016-2017. For School Year 2017-2018, Dr. Gilbert D. Gayob was designated as the new principalup to the present.

Vision Statement
A people called by the Father in Jesus Christ to become a community of persons with fullness of life witnessing the Kingdom of God by living the Paschal Mystery in the power of the Holy Spirit with Mary as companion.
Mission Statement
To develop learners as living witnesses of Christ with competencies and disposition towards excellence.
School Identity
SJBCS envisions progressive, Christ-centered and compassionate community.

Core Values
St. John the Baptist Catholic School anchored into the teachings of Christ and guided by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila Educational System’s (RCAM ES) vision commits herself to the promotion of the following core values:
• Solidarity
• Excellence
• Service
• Love for the Poor
• Stewardship

In addition, St. John the Baptist Catholic School pledges to support the attainment of a person’s “Fullness of Life” by promoting in the lives of the students the development of institutional secondary values as inspired by the life of St. John the Baptist.

It offers complete Catholic Basic Education Program. It exists to promote holistic education by developing students to be:
Prayerful
Respectful
Enthusiastic
Amiable
Critical Thinkers
Hard Working
Environmentalist
Responsible (Socially)
Selfless Individuals

School Motto

“Jesus must increase, and I must decrease” (Illum Oportet Crescere, Me Autem Minui)