St. Scholastica's College

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St. Scholastica's College - Manila
Kolehiyo ng Santa Eskolastika

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Motto Ora et Labora (Prayer and Work)


Type Private, Benedictine
President Sr. M. Angelica Leviste, OSB


Location Malate, Manila, Philippines
Campus Urban, 36,655.50 m²

Let's Cheer For St. Scholastica

Colors Blue and White
Nickname SSC Scions
Athletics WNCAA member, Manila Athletics, WCSA
Affiliations ASAIHL, CWC, I- SSI

St. Scholastica's College (SSC) is a Catholic women's college that was established on 3 December 1906 by 5 German nuns, the first group of Benedictine sisters in the Philippines, who were headed then by Mother M. Ferdinanda Hoelzer, OSB. The college continues to be managed by the Missionary Benedictine Sisters.



St. Scholastica's was established with the mission to give religious education to the poor children of Manila. It began as an elementary school with 6 paying and 50 non-paying students. It started admitting high school students in 1907. With former concert pianist Sister Baptista Battig, OSB on their staff, St. Scholastica's pioneered formal music education in the Philippines, opening a Conservatory of Music in 1907. The collegiate department was opened in 1920.

The Campus

The first St. Scholastica's was in a residential house Tondo. A year later, it moved to San Marcelino street in Manila. In 1914, a campus was built on a 3.66 hectare in 3.66 hectare lot in Malate in the city of Manila which is bounded by Estrada Street on the north, P. Ocampo Street on the south, Singalong Street on the east and Leon Guinto Street on the west. The buildings were all destroyed during World War II but were completely reconstructed after the war, a project which took nine years.

Academic Programs

Grade School

  • Junior (4 years old) and Senior Preparatory School (5 years old)
  • Grades 1-6

High School

  • Regular 4-year program
  • Night Secondary School (NSS) for working students 16 and above


  • School of Accountancy
    • Accountancy/Business Law and Taxation
  • School of Arts and Sciences
    • Education
    • Fine Arts
    • History-Sociology
    • Language and Literature
    • Mass Communication
    • Mathematics
    • Natural Science
    • Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Philosophy
    • Physical Education
    • Psychology
    • Theology
    • Women's Studies
  • School of Commerce
    • Business System and Technology Management
    • Business Management/Qualtech
    • Economics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Financial Management
    • Marketing Management
  • School of Music
  • Institute for Catering Management and Hospitality Technology
  • School of International Business & Economics
  • School of Fashion

Academic linkages

The college is a member of the South Manila Inter-Constitutional Schools along with De La Salle University-Manila, Philippine Christian University, Adamson University, Philippine Normal University, and the St. Paul University of Manila. The students of the member schools may take accredited subjects in their chosen school for cross-enrollment. The college is also part of the Women's Consortium Colleges which includes Miriam College, Assumption College-Makati, La Consolacion College-Manila, St. Paul University of Pasig and the Holy Spirit College of Manila.

Student Organizations

Co-Curricular Organizations

  • Council of Student Organizations (CSO)
  • Communication Arts Society (COMSOC)
  • Political Science Society (POLIS)
  • Epsilon Chi (The Englix Society)
  • Business Management Society (BMS)
  • Economics Organization (ECONORG)
  • Junior Society of Entrepreneurship and Franchising(JSEF)
  • Double-Major Society (DMSOC)
  • Art Society (ARTSOC)
  • Philippine Graphics and Animation (PHICSAMATION)
  • Junior Restaurateur and Hotelier's Association (JR. HA)
  • Psychology Society (PSYCHSOC)
  • Development Communication Society (DCS)
  • Association of Interior Design Students (AIDS)
  • International Business & Economics Association (I-BEAD)
  • Scholastican Music Society (SMS)
  • Congregatio Provitio Scientia (The Biological Sciences Society)
  • School of Fashion Students' Association (SFSA)
  • Education Society (EDSOC)
  • Finance Management Society (FMS)
  • Scholastican Nutrition and Health Society (SNHS)

Special Interest Organizations

  • Junior Finance Executives (JFINEX)
  • Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA)
  • Junior Association of Management (JAM)
  • Junior Philippine Association of Management (JPAMA)
  • Forensics (Scholastican Debate Team)
  • ROTARACT Club (RC- SSC Manila)
  • Gabriela Youth- SSC Manila Chapter
  • Bread of Life Family SSC Manila Chapter
  • Bukas Loob sa Diyos SSC Manila Chapter
  • Juniors' Society of Management (JSM)
  • Junior Marketing Association (JMA)
  • Business and Information Technology Society (BITS)
  • Youth on Fire SSC Manila Chapter
  • Youth for Christ SSC Manila Chapter
  • Pintig Pinoy (Lakbay Lahi)
  • International Students' Association (ISA)
  • Philippine Animation for Students' Skills (PHICSAMATION)
  • Philippine Media Habit Society
  • Women's Studies Institute
  • Scholastican Speech Club (a pre- society for Forensics)
  • College Editor's Guild of Vito Cruz
  • Vito Cruz Society SSC Manila Chapter (Exclusively for Vito Cruz leading schools)
  • College Student Council (AKMA PARTY)
  • Christian Community Development
  • Environmental Association of St. Scholastica's College Manila
  • Scholastican Community Development (SCD)

Extra-curricular Organizations

  • All- Sport Organization (ASO)
    • SSC Scions Volleyball Team
    • SSC Scions Basketball Team
    • SSC Scions Track and Field Team
    • SSC Scions Swimming Team
    • SSC Scions Taekwando Team
    • SSC Scions Lawn Tennis Team
    • SSC Scions PEP Squad
    • SSC Scions WUSHU Fighting Team
    • SSC Scions Football Team
    • SSC Scions Synchronized Swimming Team
    • SSC Scions Gymnastics Team
    • SSC Scions Futsal Team
    • SSC Scions Baseball Team
  • Performing Arts Group (PAG)
    • Danz Edge
    • Sining Tanghalan
    • Scholastican Music Chorale
    • SSC Ballet Progam (More Than Dance)
    • SSC Choir
    • Scholastican Dance Company- Folk
    • Scholastican Production Unit of Students
    • SalinLahi Cultural Group
    • Pergola
  • Student Publications
    • The Scholastican (The official Publication of St. Scholastica's College Manila) - A member of the Editors' Guild of the Philippines
    • DELUGE ( An English Literary Folio)
    • TANGLAWAN ( A Filipino Literary Folio)
    • Insight ( A journal for the Faculty and Staff of SSC Manila)
    • Scholastican Preview (A Magazine that released twice a year)
    • KULASA ( A book of SSC Manila)
    • Vito Cruz on the Go ( A Newspaper for DLSU Manila, DLS- CSB, SSC Manila)
    • Alumnae Space 9 A Magazine for Alumnae)
    • Blue- Blooded ( A collection of student's ideas)

Facts and Figures

  • As of August 2007, there are 5,506 students enrolled at St. Scholastica's College in Manila: 1,803 in the grade school; 1,357 in the high school; 128 in the night secondary school; 1,787 in college; 384 in the Institute for Catering Management and Hospitality Technology (I-CATHY); 47 in the Graduate School
  • While St. Scholastica's College is an exclusive school for women, admission of male students in the Cognate, Music, Fine Arts, and Interior Design programs is allowed.

Distinguished Alumnae

  • Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino - First Female President of the Philippines
  • Cecilia Muñoz-Palma - First woman Supreme Court Justice of the Philippines
  • Maria Clara Lorenzo-Lobregat - Former Mayor and Congresswoman of Zamboanga City
  • Clarissa Grey-Ocampo - Star witness in the plunder case against former Philippines President Joseph Estrada
  • Aurora Carandang - First woman commercial pilot in the philippines
  • Mother Irene Dabalus, OSB - First non-German Prioress General
  • Naty Crame-Rogers - National Artist for Theatre
  • Vicky Quirino-Delgado - daughter of former Philippine President Elpidio Quirino
  • Josie Trinidad-Lichauco - Former Undersecretary for Department of Transportation and Communication
  • Josephine Murphy-Cojuangco - Socialite
  • Josephine del Gallego-Knox - Socialite
  • Chona Recto-Kasten - Socialite
  • Amparito Lhuillier - Socialite
  • Charo Logarta - ABS-CBN News and ANC newscaster
  • Jenni Epperson - Socialite
  • Kitchie Nadal - Singer
  • Barbie Almabis - Singer
  • Aia de Leon - Vocalist, Imago
  • Mitch Valdes - Singer; Comedienne
  • Pia Guanio - TV personality
  • Toni Leviste - Equestrianne
  • Bong Coo - World champion bowler
  • Sr. Christine Tan - Activist
  • Cherith Dayrit - Activist
  • Ruth Cervantes - Activist
  • Risa Hontiveros - Activist
  • Maan Hontiveros - Activist
  • Mother Prioress Mary John Mananzan, OSB - Activist
  • Blanca Castillo-Dinglasan - musician
  • Gloria Topacio-Caoile
  • Doreen Gamboa-Fernandez - famous writer, teacher
  • Karina Africa-Bolasco - Writer
  • Ceres Doyo - Writer
  • Rosalinda Orosa - Writer
  • Paulynn Paredes-Sicam - Writer
  • Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz - Writer
  • Angela Stuart-Santiago - Writer
  • CJ de Silva - Artist
  • Gini Cruz - Pixar Animator
  • Anita Magsaysay-Ho - Famous painter
  • Dean Lucresia Kasilag - National Artist
  • Vivian Zapanta-Andrada
  • Gloria Diaz- Miss Universe ('69)
  • Bessie Badilla - former beauty queen
  • Rebecca Villegas - Owner, Becky's Kitchen
  • Sandy Hontiveros - Executive Director, Ballet Philippines
  • Marissa Aboitiz - Founder and President, Grupo de Baile Andaluz
  • Gina Leviste
  • Dr. Annie Ferrazzini
  • Architect Imelda Cancio
  • Preciosa Silverio-Soliven - Founder, Operation Brotherhood Montessori Center (OBMC)
  • Lily Yu-Monteverde - Film Producer
  • Tina Monzon Palma - Program Director, ABS-CBN Bantay Bata 163; Newscaster, ABS-CBN
  • Pia Hontiveros - Newscaster, ANC
  • Twink Macaraig - Newscaster, ANC
  • Maria Ressa (until third grade) - Head, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Dept.
  • Tina Tinio (until fourth grade) - Marketing Operations Manager, The L'Oréal Group; Socialite
  • Marieton Trocino-Pacheco - Newscaster, ABS-CBN & ANC
  • Margaux Salcedo- GMA News





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