St. Peter the Apostle School
1260 Pres. Quirino Avenue Ext. Paco, Manila 1007
Fr. Emilio A. Ascaño, LRMS
Fr. Vincent Liu, a Diocesan priest from New York, came to Manila on December 22, 1974 to take over as parish priest of St. Peter the Apostle Parish. During his term, he saw the need for an educational institution that would provide Catholic education and Chinese instruction to the Filipino-Chinese community which the parish serves. With this goal, plans were made for the establishment of a school. His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of Manila and His Excellency Msgr. Juan B. Velasco, O.P., Vicar General of the Chinese Apostolate in the Philippines, gave support for his vision. This set off events that culminated in the granting of Approval to Operate by the Bureau of Private Schools to St. Peter the Apostle School.
Dedicated to the immense task of molding the hearts and minds of the youth so that they may think, judge and act in accordance with Christian principles and ideals, St. Peter the Apostle School first opened on June 14, 1976. On its first year, the school had one class with 40 pupils in nursery. In the succeeding years, the school began to offer classes from Kinder] up to Grade 5 with enrollment rising by 50 percent. 1979 was the beginning of the High School Department with a total of 17 students.
After two years, seeing the marked increase in enrollment and getting support and inspiration from His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin and the parishioners, Fr. Liu raised funds for the construction of a four-storey concrete school building. The building, Jaime Cardinal Sin Building, was inaugurated on February 4, 1979 by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin and was assisted by Bishop Juan Velasco.
On August 1, 1981, Fr. Francis Chin took over as new parish priest and director of the school.
To reflect the quantum leap made by St. Peter the Apostle School, enrollment rose from a modest 40 in 1976 to 1,644 in school year 1996-1997. Faculty and non-teaching staff rose from less than 10 to 95.
With the growing number of students, the school expanded its campus with the acquisition of the adjacent lot. On May 31, 1997, the five-storey Bishop Juan B. Velasco Building housing the high school department was inaugurated.
In school year 2002-2003, Monsignor Francis Chin turned over the management of St. Peter the Apostle School to the Missionary Sisters of Providence (MSP). Sr. Theresa Wang, MSP was appointed School Directress on June 2002. Together with her were Sr. Lucy Lo, MSP ( Finance Officer) and Sr. Cecilia Lin, MSP (Pre-school Department Head).
Sr. Theresa Wang, MSP envisioned SPAS as a modern, well-equipped Filipino-Chinese school. Under her leadership, SPAS underwent major innovations --- appointment of Mrs. Ofelia Mampusti as the School Principal in 2004, installation of computers, LCD projectors and speakers in all classrooms, construction of Readers' Paradise and Teachers' Lounge, major renovation of the clinic, library, comfort rooms, gymnasium and the like.
Sr. Theresa Wang, MSP also assisted Msgr. Chin in the construction of the new St. Peter the Apostle Church which was blessed by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin on August 23, 2003. The space once occupied by the old church gave way for a bigger school playground.
In 2005, Sr. Wang facilitated the purchase of the 1,703 sq. m. lot along Penafrancia Street. across the Bishop Juan Velasco Building.
In September 2009, His Excellency Bishop Bernardino Cortez, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila and Chairman of the SPAS Board of Trustees appointed Ms. Teresita S. Giron, a tertiary of the Congregation of Notre Dame de Vie as the School Principal. Together, Sr. Wang and Ms. Giron worked towards the upgrading of the school's educational program. For school year 2011-2012, Sr. Wang, MSP appointed Mrs. Maydene M. Ong as the School Principal.
On March 23, 2012, the management of the school was turned over from the Missionary Sisters of Providence to the Lorenzo Ruiz Mission Society's (LRMS) stewardship. LRMS is a Pious Union of Clerics in the Archdiocese of Manila which was established by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin for the evangelization of the Filipino-Chinese and Chinese both here and abroad. To help with the transition, Msgr. Esteban U. Lo, LRMS was tasked by the Father Moderator, Rev. Msgr. Noly A. Que, LRMS, MBA, PhD to serve as the Acting Director of St. Peter the Apostle School. Present during that momentous event were the then Archbishop of Manila His Excellency Luis Antonio G. Tagle now His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Sr. Theresa Wang, MSP, other religious personalities and the SPAS community.
In July 2012, Rev. Msgr. Noly A. Que, LRMS became the School Director and the Parish Priest of St. Peter the Apostle Parish while Fr. Roberto V. Fabillo, LRMS was the Assistant to the Director for English Curriculum and Fr. Simon Zhu was the Finance Officer and Assistant to the Director for Chinese Studies. Fr. Junerl A. Salugsugan, LRMS served as the Head of the Center for Christian Formation (CCF).
Upon assuming the directorship, Msgr. Noly wasted no time in adding new facilities and improving the existing ones --- clustering of the administrative offices in one area, transfer of the Grade 1 classrooms ( with comfort rooms) to the ground floor, construction of the Msgr. Chin Mini Park, construction of three more Science Laboratories and improvement of the existing one, construction of the Speech Laboratory, expansion of the clinic and library, improvement of the façade of the main building, improvement of the parking area and the like.
In school year 2013-2014, the school implemented a Recalibration Program in response to the Department of Education's K to 12 Program. The program was successfully completed and plans were laid for the three strands the school offered for its Senior High School: ABM (Accountancy, Business and Management), HUMSS (Humanities and Social Sciences), and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The following school year 2014-2015, with the clustering of RCAMES schools, Rev. Fr. Emilio A. Ascaño, LRMS was appointed as Director of Cluster 2 schools in which St. Peter the Apostle School belongs.
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel S. Regalado, LRMS took over the duties of Assistant Director and Finance Officer. Mrs. Vilma Quijano was appointed as Academic Coordinator.
In school year 2015-2016, the creation of the Director's Council gave the administration a more concerted effort towards action and results as its members provided input on strategic direction and directly supported growth and success of the institution and its advocacies for professionalism and excellence. It consists of the Director (Rev. Fr. Emilio A. Ascaño, LRMS ), Assistant Director/ Finance Officer (Rev. Fr. Emmanuel S. Regalado, LRMS ), Principal (Mrs. Maydene M. Ong ), Center for Christian Formation Officer (Mr. Louie Francis G. Uy) and Human Resource Officer (Mrs. Cleofe Tayag).
Gearing towards offering Senior High School, the school, an early implementer, offered Gr. 11 classes upon the release of the permit by the Department of Education in March 23, 2015. To meet the demands of the K-12 Program, the school initiated the inclusion of Robotics subject in the curriculum, the adoption of the SSRS (Strategic Steps to Reading Success ) Program, the Advanced Math Program, the Singaporean Math Curriculum, the Koobits Math online program, the two Science programs in Junior High School (discipline- based and spiral approach) and the like.
The following are the new facilities constructed: Stem Center which houses the MAC Laboratory, Robotics Laboratory and Math Laboratory;
Home Arts and Heritage Center which is a training venue for Culinary Arts and Housekeeping and features the rich history and heritage of St. Peter the Apostle School; the Entrepreneurship Center which aims to develop students' potentials to become responsible entrepreneurs in the future.
Recently, the Msgr. Chin Mini Park was improved together with the creation of the SPAS Paseo. Also, there was further improvement of the main building and preschool building façades and provisions were started to construct a badminton gymnasium.
With the Succession Management Plan in place, school year 2018-2019 welcomes Mrs. Vilma P. Quijano as Vice Principal for Academic Affairs, Mr. Louie Francis G. Uy as Vice Principal for Student Affairs and Mrs. Leila M. Baltazar as CCF Officer and Early Childhood Education Department Head.
As the school consistently produces outstanding graduates who land in the best colleges and universities and boasts of its tract records in exemplary performance in National College Entrance Examinations (NCEE), National Elementary Achievement Test (NEAT), the National Secondary Achievement Test (N SAT), National Achievement Test (NAT) wherein SPAS got Rank 1 among the 90 plus private schools in Manila in the latest released result of NAT High School for school year 2014-2015, not to mention the awards and honors garnered through inter-school competitions like MTG, Robotics, Journalism, basketball, table tennis, swimming and the like, hope is high that more will be achieved by the grace of God and the intercession of its patron, St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles.
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.
As a communion of schools, we collaborate among ourselves and with others, to provide excellent Catholic education, and nurture each persons giftedness, to form men and women of competence and character who will transform society.
St. Peter the Apostle School (SPAS) is a Catholic Chinese-Filipino educational institution that envisions to be a center of excellence for the holistic formation of the learners in the service of God and country.
1. Christian Discipleship
2. Academic Excellence
3. Promotion of Filipino-Chinese Heritage
4. Preferential Option for the Poor
5. Responsible Stewardship
6. Love of Country