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HISTORY OF SAN BEDA
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History of San Beda University

San Beda University opened in 1901 as El Colegio de San Beda with 212 students under Fr. Silvestre Jofre as rector, offering the equivalent of today’s basic education and the first two-years of a college Bachelor of Arts degree. Through a succession of 22 determined rectors – 15 Spaniards, one American, and six Filipinos - the school has successfully engaged every challenge and opportunity in its 12 decades of Philippine presence. It was steered to university status, with more than 9,000 students in 2018, by Fr. Aloysius Maranan, the last rector-president as college and the first as university.

 

Benedictine Pioneers in the Philippines


The Benedictines arrived in the Philippines near the close of the 19th century.
 
They came to do missionary and parish work in parishes established by the Jesuits in Surigao. Abbot Jose Deas y Villar led a delegation of eight priests and six brothers from the Abbey of Montserrat, Spain. They arrived in Manila on the morning of 12 September 1895 and stayed temporarily in Sta. Ana with the community of the Society of Jesus. On 25 April 1896, the monks were able of acquire a house at Balmes St., Tanduay. This would be their home base in Manila.

 



 
The Benedictines stayed in Surigao from May 1896 to September 1909, when the missions were turned over to the Dutch fathers of the Sacred Heart. Within that period, the Philippine Revolution (1896-98) broke out, and the Americans won the wars against Spain (1898) and the Philippines (1899-1902). This colonial period started the American and Protestant influence in education in the Philippines. Even before the transfer of the Surigao Mission to the Sacred Heart missionaries, superior Fr. Juan Sabater, in December 1900, thought of counteracting the American Protestant influence. The establishment of a school was also a way to sustain the monastic community with suitable work for its members

 

l Colegio de San Beda and the American Colonial Influence



After overcoming several obstacles – lack of trained personnel, finances, permit to operate, suitable place, the uncertainty of the future – and trusting in Divine Providence, the community approved the establishment of a school. On 17 June 1901, El Colegio de San Beda, named after the great English Benedictine scholar and saint, Venerable St. Bede, was inaugurated in Arlegui with Fr. Silvestre Jofre, the first Rector, celebrating the opening Mass at 6 o’clock in the morning.
 
 
The curricula were composed of Primaria Ensenanza and Secundaria Esenanza. The Primaria Ensenanza consisted of class Infirma, Media, and Superior, the equivalents of the first grades of the present elementary system. The Secundaria Esenanza was made up of the four years of high school and the first two years of college leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree and a course leading to a Diploma in Commerce.

 

On 24 January 1906, El Colegio de San Beda became affiliated with the University of Santo Tomas which recognized all courses offered. Bedan graduates could pursue further studies at UST without need of a qualifying exam.
In 1910, San Beda was granted recognition by the colonial government and the authority to confer the degree of Bachelor of Arts and diplomas for the Elementary and High School. This year also marked the gradual transition of the language of instruction from Spanish to English as initiated by then rector Fr. Anselmo Ma. Catalan.
 
The first college seal was designed in 1916 by Dom Jesus Y. Mercado. It was based on the medal of St. Benedict. “COLEGIO DE SAN BEDA” was inscribed on the circumference instead of the original medal’s Latin initials. The red and white flag of the Confradia del Niño Jesus de Praga was superimposed at the center with the initials R.C. (Roman Catholic). While the school colors of red and white had already made its appearance, it would only be in 1940 that Fr. Sergio Martinez, athletic moderator, would adopt the Red Lion as the symbol for the Bedan fighting spirit.
 
By 1918, the American influence had become widespread enough to cause the dominance of the English language in teaching, as well as the change in name from “El Colegio de San Beda” to San Beda College.
 
Already prefiguring the future alumni heavyweights were these early years’ outstanding graduates - Major General Basilio Valdez (1903), Justice Sabino Padilla (1904), and Chief Justice Roberto Concepcion (1920).

 

The Pueyo Seven and the Move to Mendiola

 
By the 1920’s there emerged a new breed of educated Filipino youth; and Bedans were at the forefront. The surge in numbers, optimism, and confidence led to the craving for a dream campus.
 
When the Arlegui campus became congested, the Benedictine monks purchased a large tract of land along Mendiola on 17 October 1906 and additional land also along Mendiola on 15 December 1918. The land was available, it was the structure that needed to be built.
 

Abbot Bernardo Lopez cites The Pueyo Seven, monks who arrived from Heusca, Spain in 1922-23, as crucial in the creation in Mendiola of the most modern campus in the country. They arrived with their “We build or we leave” spirit. The seven monks’ formation and training at El Pueyo monastery in Huesca was specifically directed towards their vocation in San Beda; hence, their tenacious attitude.
 
As envisioned by Fr. Agustin Costa, the prior, and Fr. Rosendo Fernandez, the rector, the future of Bedan education had two pillars - the most modern campus and the highest standard of education. In one celebration of the Feast of the Sto. Niño de Praga, apostolic delegate Msgr. Guillermo Piani acclaimed San Beda as “el ideal colegio Cristiano”.
 
It was also in this period that we get a glimpse of San Beda’s hallowed place in Philippine sports as San Beda ended the basketball championship streak of the University of the Philippines in the NCAA in 1927.
The cornerstone of St. Bede’s Hall, the main building, was laid on 15 September 1925. It was solemnly inaugurated on 20 June 1926, coinciding with the silver jubilee of the opening of San Beda College.
 
The Abbey Church was consecrated on 13 January 1926. Earlier, in 1924, the monastic community in Manila was elevated from priory to abbey status, with Rt. Rev. Raimundo Salinas being elected abbot in 1925.
 
Overhauled curricula in 1927 led to the inclusion of pre-law, pre-medicine and a revitalized commerce course. San Beda recruited and enrolled 27 students from 27 provinces in a radical move to de-elitize the Bedistas social composition. At the same time, a swimming pool was built, the first in any Philippine campus. Football championships were won in 1927, 1928, 1930. The first San Beda anthem was composed in 1930.

 

The Great Depression and the American Benedictines

The growth spurt in the 1920’s was blunted by the 1930’s “Big Crash”, with the wealth base of the economic elite swiftly eroded by the crumbling world economy. Rector Fr. Bernardo Lopez acted decisively to manage the crisis as the previous decade’s sterling growth was gained at the cost of heavy loans. Severe austerity measures were put in place while simultaneously expanding the enrollment base.

In genuine Christian sensitivity to the economic blight of the parents, tuition and other fees were reduced. “It was a great moral act, an act of compassion”, a parent remembered. The financially difficult times shaped a cadre of captains of industry – the Cabarrus brothers, the Delgados, the Nietos, Antonio Roxas Chua, Leocadio de Asis, and others.

 
 
San Beda won the NCAA basketball crown in three consecutive years (’34, ’35, ’36). The swimmers won the NCAA and PISA (Philippine Islands Swimming Association) championships. The pentathletes and other teams also had their share of triumphs.
 

The extended decline in the world economy and the high financial cost of the expansion of the campus combined to severely strain the purse of San Beda. Vital assistance was extended by the Benedictines from the U.S.A. who sent a delegation of three to Manila. One of them, Fr. Boniface Axtman was appointed rector in 1941. He is the sole American rector in the annals of San Beda.

Abbot Alcuin Deutsch, president of the Benedictine St. John’s University in Minnesota, was appointed apostolic administrator of the Manila Benedictine community and of San Beda.

 

World War II and the Bedan Heroes

Whatever hopes and plans there were for this era went up in smoke as the Second World War broke out. With the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 8 December 1941, the Philippines was immediately drawn into the conflict. The Filipino youth, many Bedans among them, trooped to mobilization centers. War survivors had many accounts of individual heroism by Bedans, identified through their tribal badge of Bedan and Red Lion. Tony de Gracia (Class of 1941) told of Bedan “units” who stayed together and fought in groups. One such unit never surrendered and held their position until enemy infantry overran them.

Three days after the attack at Pearl Harbor, San Beda was used by the American Quartermaster Corps until they evacuated to Bataan. When the Japanese Imperial Army entered Manila, San Beda’s main building was again used as headquarters and depot. The three American priests were hauled to the concentration camps in Los Baños, Laguna. They avoided a planned massacre and survived. By the war’s end, the campus was used by the 60th U.S. Army Field Hospital. St Bede’s Hall was not damaged as the artillery fire was aimed districts south of the Pasig River.

After an interruption in the early months of the war, San Beda was able to resume operations in July 1942, under restrictive and dangerous conditions. Financial survival was made possible not from tuition fees but from entrepreneurial activities.

Even in tough wartime conditions, San Beda was able to celebrate the Pista ng Santo Niño de Praga with a solemn high mass in the Abbey Church, a candlelit procession, hymns and prayers.

 

Post War Resurgence

When the smoke of war cleared, San Beda was quick to rehabilitate and re-opened on 2 July 1945. With the other schools not yet in a position to operate, San Beda was able to assemble the best faculty, a true superschool.
The student profile was still mainly middle class even if the likes of Eugenio Lopez, Jr. and Aquinos Benigno, Jr. and Agapito were in the rolls. It took time to restore the discipline that war had eroded, as students came to school with .45 caliber pistols. The staggering jump in enrollment forced the adoption of two school calendars.
The 1946 graduation rites were veiled with a cloud of sadness for the many Bedan heroes who were killed fighting for the country. Among the graduates were media and sugar mogul Eugenio Lopez, architect Manolo Mañosa, businessmen Pocholo Razon, Guillermo Dy Buncio, and Aurelio Periquet.
Engineering and Foreign Service courses were offered under the end phase of Fr. Axtman’s term but discontinued by succeeding rector Fr. Urbano Casares after just two years; with the engineering teaching equipment sold to De La Salle College.
 
With the future firmly charted by Fr. Axtman, the 1947 and 1948 classes graduated with the likes of senators Ramon V. Mitra, Benigno Aquino, Jr., bar 2nd placer Renato de la Fuente, and Adriano Henson Lacson, who would become Fr. Sylvestre Lacson, rector, and prior.

The Axtman juggernaut would continue with two future Abbey superiors and San Beda rectors – Fr. Bernardo Perez and Fr. Celestino Say- graduating in 1949. Alongside were businessmen Eddie Lim and Emerson Coseteng, and two National Artists Federico Alcuaz (painting) and another Francisco Mañosa (architectecture).
1958 Bar 8th placer Enrique Perez, would refer to this bumper crop as part of the golden Bedans. April 1947 ended the American administration of San Beda as Fr. Axtman went on home leave and the Abbot Deutsch’ apostolic administration was ended by the Vatican.
 

 

The Den of Bedan Lawyers

Fr. Sergio Martinez, rector only for one year, opened the College of Law in school year 1948-49. Founding Dean Atty. Feliciano Jover Ledesma ensured great success by recruiting a powerhouse faculty led by Roberto Concepcion, 1924 bar first placer and Chief Justice from 1966 to 1973, and Diosdado Macapagal, 1936 bar first placer and Philippine President from 1961 to 1965. A perfect 100% bar passing rate was achieved in 1952, ‘53, ’54, ’55, ’56, ’57, ’60, ’61. There have been eight first placers and dozens have landed in the top ten. Since its founding, there has been a steady stream of congressmen and senators, judges and justices, high level public and private executives. In 2016, a member of the Law Class of 1972, Rodrigo Duterte, was elected President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Elpidio Quirino, Philippine President from 1948 to 1953, remarked “The increasing number of Bedan alumni, in the public as well as in the private service, is eloquent proof of its success in instilling love of God and country in the minds and hearts of our young.”  Then Vice-President Fernando Lopez echoed “In the annals of Christian education, the traditions of San Beda College are shining examples. This college has trained many of our national leaders. It has won an enviable reputation among the institutions of learning.”

Fifteen Bedans have been appointed to the Supreme Court - Chief Justice Roberto Concepcion, and fourteen Associate Justices: Florenz Regalado, Justo Torres, Romeo Callejo, Antonio Eduardo Nachura, Samuel Martires, Jose Mendoza, Noel Tijam, Bienvenido Reyes, Antonio Martinez, Jose Reyes, Mariano del Castillo, Ramon Paul Hernando, Mario Lopez, Samuel Gaerlan.”
 
In the 2019 Bar Exam, SBU had 190 passers, the most by any law school. The combined SBU Manila and SBC Alabang bar passers comprised 15% of the new lawyers.

 

Second Wave of Construction and Artistic Flowering

A quarter century after the Mendiola campus opened, Abbot Celestine Gusi presided over the second construction wave and artistic flowering in San Beda. St. Benedict’s Hall was constructed and inaugurated in 1952.  Covered basketball courts followed a year later. At St. Bede’s Hall, the Jubilee garden and fountain were built and an obelisk honoring the Bedan dead was erected. The Sabater garden and fountain was built at another wing. Five years after Abbot Gusi returned to Europe to take on the higher post of Abbot Visitator, another structure, St. Anselm’s Hall, was inaugurated, in 1963.

       

At the Abbey itself, the Roman garden with a rectangular center pond was created, an Abbey extension was built, a new ornate tabernacle was acquired, the tower housing the abbot’s room was constructed. The church was enlarged, and side aisles were built. A pipe organ was installed, and a marble altar of St. Bede was provided. A statue of The Good Shepherd was put in place in the landscaped garden.

 

The Filipino Benedictines

Abbot Gusi’s legacy is manifested not just through the physical improvements but is more importantly rooted in the fateful decision to Filipinize the abbey. The practice of bringing in monks from Spain was discontinued. The responsibility for recruiting Filipinos to receive the torch was first handed to Fr. Anselmo Sison, one of the first Filipino Benedictines. Among the early novices who survived the rigors of Benedictine formation were Fr. Celestine Say, who became the first Filipino prior, and Fr. Benito Afuang, who became the first Filipino principal.

The precarious dearth in vocations started two decades earlier. No novice had entered the cloister since the financially disastrous 1930’s. When Abbot Gusi’s group arrived in 1948, there were only eight Spanish priests left. The ranks were so depleted that Fr. Sergio Martinez held multiple posts – rector, high school principal, athletic moderator, etc…

Fr. Sylvestre Lacson, a prior and rector, referred to Abbot Gusi’s decision to recruit Filipinos as “a watershed in Benedictine evolution”. Those who passed the litmus test and withstood the vocation fallout in the years following the reforms promulgated by the Second Vatican Council guided the school’s progress through the turbulent political unrest of the 1960’s. Protest rallies were frequently held in front of San Beda’s gates.

The construction of a new water sports complex- training pool, diving pool, and pool bleachers, was started in in this period with assistance from the alumni and parents, and formally inaugurated on 2 February 1968.

A new Alma Mater Hymn was sung by the Class of 1969 during their graduation. The lyrics were written by Raul Roco, senator, with music by Fr. Benildus Maramba.      

This was the period when Ninoy Aquino, Class of 1948, captured the nation’s imagination and was projected as the next national leader in elections set for 1973.
 
 

Batas Militar at Diktadura

But Martial Law was imposed in 1972 and Ninoy Aquino, Ramon Mitra, Raul Roco, Rene Sauisag, and other Bedan leaders were arrested.

Under the dark years of the dictatorship, Rectors Fr. Bernardo Perez, Fr. Emmanuel Balcruz, and Fr. Sylvestre Lacson ably kept the school on even keel in the face of constant monitoring, pressure, and threats by government agencies. Priests criticized the dictatorship through homilies. Students and alumni attacked the dictator through protest rallies that occasionally involved cocktails with a Russian name. A number joined the underground resistance in the fight for freedom and basic rights; many were arrested. Among them was a Benedictine monk, Carlos Tayag, who was never able to return to the cloister.

The office of the The Bedan, the school paper, doubled as secret headquarters for the leaders of student activism. On the spiritual side, the Peace Retreat Movement started. Leading the program were Fr. Bellarmine Baltasar, who would become rector of Alabang, and Fr. Andres Formilleza, who would become abbot in 1989.

Benedictine Abbey School in Alabang opened in 1972, offering Grade School and High School. It is now named San Beda College Alabang, offering education up to graduate level. In 1981, the Monastery of the Transfiguration was founded in Malaybalay, Bukidon with Abbot Eduardo Africa as superior.

On 21 August 1983, Bedan Ninoy Aquino was assassinated, and the country was plunged in turmoil. Bedans participated in all sorts of protest actions attacking the violent abuse of power and the plunder of the country’s coffers. Ninoy’s hearse passed streets lined by two million people in a stinging rebuke to the dictator.

To honor Aquino, The Bedan published a special issue. A Holy Mass, with the widow and future president Corazon Aquino in attendance, was celebrated in the abbey church by Fr. Sylvestre Lacson, Ninoy’s high school classmate. The protests culminated in the 1986 People Power Revolution.

The first St. Placid’s Hall, which housed the medical-dental clinic and the bookstore, was completed on 1976. The athletics/scouting building was blessed in 1982. An extension was built on St. Anselm’s Hall, above the existing grandstand, also in 1982.

 

Post Martial Rule

Fr. Bernardo Perez was the rector when democracy was restored until the close of the millennium. It was during this stage, in 1989, that student enrolment first breached the 6,000 mark. The accountancy program surged in national prominence as its licensure exam rating consistently exceeded the national average by a wide margin. San Beda had 26 graduates who landed in the top twenty during this period; with another 18 by 2015. Two earned first place honors – Johnny Ang in 2002 and Manuel Buensuceso, Jr. in 2012.

To meet the demands of a growing population and to cater to the increasing academic needs of quality education, St. Maur’s Hall, a three-story building, was constructed in 1995 in the junior football field. It currently houses the Arts and Sciences Library, Science Laboratories, Law Library, the clinic, and classrooms. A new Board Room was provided, adjacent to the Rector’s Office at St. Bede Hall.
 
To respond to the increased use of information technology, the College opened computer laboratories equipped with network facilities. Classrooms have been equipped with air conditioners since 1998.
 
In 1999, San Beda and the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy (PIL) in Malaybalay, Bukidnon headed by Fr. Anscar Chupungco, then rector magnificus  of the Pontifical Athaneum of San’t Anselmo, arranged for the conduct of courses that would lead to the degree Master of Arts in Liturgy. Preparations for a Master in Business Administration degree were also started.

 

The New Millennium

Fr. Anscar Chupungco became rector-president from 2001, San Beda’s centenary, to 2007. This was also the year that San Beda was granted the five-year full autonomy and administrative deregulation by the Commission on Higher Education. More undergraduate degree programs were offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, where females were accepted beginning in 2003.

In 2001, the Graduate School of Business opened, and the College of Law received the Model Law Library Award given by the Supreme Court. The red toga was adopted in 2002. A new Athlete’s Quarters and the St. Joseph Physical Plant Building were constructed.
 
The Graduate School of Liturgy and the College of Medicine were established in 2002; the College of Nursing in 2003; the Graduate School of Law in 2004.
 
The Graduate School of Liturgy alumni have been appointed directors of liturgy in their dioceses. Existing diocesan directors, sisters and lay leaders have also sought further studies in the school.



 
The College of Medicine graduates first exceeded the national licensure exams average rating in February 2012 with an 84% rating for first time takers. By 2013, overall rating, including irregulars hit 89% in2013 when Marie Angelie So placed fourth in the licensure exams. In 2014, Grace Arviola earned third place and the first time takers’ ratings breached the 90% mark. The student population crossed the 600 mark in 2012.

The College of Nursing was rated third best in the country during the December 2005 board exams when Pearl Austria Martinez earned the eighth highest mark. It has consistently exceeded the national passing average and obtained a class passing mark of 100% in 2016, ’17, ’18. So far, five graduates have landed in the top ten places in the licensure exams.

The Integrated Basic Education (Grade School and High School) were transferred in 2004 to Taytay, Rizal, where girls were accepted. The first doctoral degree, Doctor of Liturgy was conferred in 2006. In 2007, the San Beda College Museum was inaugurated.

St. Placid Sports Center, the training den of the fabled Red Lions basketball team, was constructed in 2002 then repaired and renovated in 2010. Co-named as the Don Luis Go Sy Memorial Center, it houses the Robert Coyiuto, Jr. Gymnasium and the Manuel V. Pangilinan Gymnasium.

The Montserrat Center for Religious Formation was inaugurated in December 2011 to better serve the need of the Bedans of Manila, Rizal, and Muntinglupa for spiritual retreats.

A sculpture of St. Benedict created by National Artist Napoleon Abueva was installed at the Jubilee garden in 2008 and one of St. Bede by Dionas Roces was installed in 2018.

 

University Status

In 2010, newly appointed Rector-President Fr. Aloysius Maranan moved decisively to enhance San Beda’s avowed role of serving God and country. The Vision-Mission was sharply refocused through the crafting and clarification of strategic goals in tandem with the strengthening of Bedan values and culture.

Improvements in all key areas were immediately done to attain the upgraded status (Level III) in 2015 from accrediting bodies Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) and the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP).

With the springboard in place, Fr. Aloysius in 2014 sought and gained approval from the Benedictine community and the Board of Trustees to pursue university status under the tightened requirements of the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED). The administrative organizational structure was fine-tuned to immediately boost the response to the CHED standards.

Thorough enhancements were resolutely pursued in the key areas of academics, research, community engagements, and international linkages to exceed the requirements of CHED. An ISO 2001:9001 certification was deservedly achieved in 2017 to further support the application for university status.

Through four years of arduous work since the decision to become a university was made, San Beda’s university status was granted by the Commission on Higher Education on 6 February 2018. Fr. Maranan thus earned the unique status as the last Rector-President of San Beda as a college and the first as a university. The certificate was formally handed by President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañan Palace in May 2018.

In sports, San Beda dominated the NCAA with senior and junior general championships in 2016, ’17, ’18. The Red Lions won the basketball championships in 11 of 13 seasons (2006 to 2019). Since 2000, the swimming teams - juniors, seniors, women - won a combined 31 championships (until 2019). The junior and senior football teams have collected a combined 35 championships from 1990 to 2018. The taekwondo men’s and women’s teams have won ten championships from 2010 to 2019 and the table tennis teams – juniors, seniors, women - have won a total of 15 championships from 2008 to 2019.

Advances continue as the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and the Integrated Basic Education Department gain upgraded status from accrediting bodies and campus facilities are expanded through the acquisition of modern equipment, and the completion of a new buildings in both the Manila and Rizal campuses.

 

The Making of San Beda as University


 

 

 
         
July 22, 2010
 
The challenging task of regaining San Beda’s Level III status (a seal of excellence given by FAAP and PAASCU) which could open possibilities for San Beda to become a University in the future, was given to the newly installed 22nd Rector-President, Very Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB.
 
 
December 11, 2012
 
Commision on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 46 was issued that requires Higher Educational Institutions to be horizontally re-classified as a University, College or Professional Institute. The CMO 46 contains an outcomes-based and typology-based quality assurance. It also contains upgraded and rigorous requirements which includes Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA) and International Standard for Organizations (ISO).
 
 
 
November 13, 2014
 
The Rector-President, Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB, presented the feasible but challenging concept of applying for San Beda College to become a university to the Prior-Chancellor Rev. Fr. Rafaelito V. Alaras, OSB and Board of Trustees (BOT)  Chairman Dr. Manuel V. Pangilinan.
 
 
 
November 14 and 19, 2014
 
Crafted the work preparations and timeline for the University application by Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB with the Vice-President for Academics, Dr. Josefina Manabat and selected SBC administrators.
 
 
 
December 2, 2014
 
Unanimous approval of the application of San Beda to become a University by the Benedictine Community in its Chapter meeting.
 
 
 
December 5, 2014
 
Presentation to and approval by the SBC Administrators Council of the Plan and Roadmap for University Application by the Rector-President.
 
Rector-President organized the Technical Working Committee for the University application.
 
 
 
December 6, 2014
 
Approval of the University application of San Beda by the Board of Trustees in its quarterly meeting.
 
 
 
March 16 – 17, 2015
 
Conducted an institutional Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis in preparation for the University application.
 
 
 
April 13 – 17, 2015
 
Crafted an Action Plan for the University Application during the week-long Administrators Council Strategic Planning in the Transfiguration Monastery, Malaybalay, Bukidnon.
 
 
 
June 25, 26 and July 2, 2015
 
Institutional evaluation of San Beda’s classification based on Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Horizontal and Vertical Typologies conducted by CHED officials.
 
 
 
July 2 -3, 2015
 
Presentation to the Rector-President of the Technical Working Committee’s report on the micro-assessment of the preparedness of SBC units on the Autonomous and University application.
 
 
 
July 25, 2015
 
Board of Trustees Strategic Visioning and Planning on the University application held in the First Pacific Leadership Academy, Antipolo City.
 
The Rector-President’s presentation to the Board of Trustees on updates on the Timeline for Autonomous and University application.
 
 
 
August 5, 2015
 
Initial consultation and discussion with faculty and student representatives on the plan of San Beda to apply for University conducted by the Administrators Council.
 
 
 
August 10 -14, 2015
 
Finalization and presentation of the Integrated Action Plan for Autonomous and University application prepared by the Technical Working Committee to the Rector-President.
 
 
 
September 26, 2015
 
Board of Trustees’ review and enhancement of the updates on the University application presented by the Rector-President.
 
 
 
November 16 – 20, 2015
 
 
Translation of the Board of Trustees Strategic Objectives into a Five-Year SMART Development Plan (2016-2021) in line with the University application during the Administrators Council Planning Seminar in Montserrat Center of Spirituality, Silang, Cavite.
 
 
 
December 1, 2015
 
Presentation to the alumni and all Bedan stakeholders of the current state of San Beda and its readiness to become a University by the Rector-President during the Rector-President’s Night.
 
 
 
December 5, 2015
 
Board of Trustees’ unanimous approval and endorsement of the immediate implementation of the plans and programs of the Rector-President re: “The Road to Excellence in Our Bedan Educational Mission Part I.”
 
Rector-President’s presentation to the Board of Trustees of the Five-Year SMART Development Plan (2016-2021) in line with the application for University.
 
 
 
January – August 2016
 
Finalization of the documentary requirements for University application by the Governance and Quality Assurance Office.
 
 
 
April 22, 2016
 
Comprehensive discussion on the full compliance of San Beda to the University requirements by the Governance and Quality Assurance Director during the Administrators Council meeting.
 
 
 
June 28 – July 1, 2016
 
Revisiting of the Institutional Outcomes, Institutional Objectives and the Five-Year SMART Development Plan (AY 2016-2021) aligned with the application for University by the Administrators Council.
 
 
 
 
July 23, 2016
 
The Board of Trustees’ approval and resolution on the strengthening of San Beda’s international research capability based on the presentation of the Rector-President re: “The Road to Excellence in Our Bedan Educational Mission Part II,” in response to the CMO 46 requirements for University status.
 
 
 
August 16, 2016
 
The Benedictine Community’s approval of the official name “San Beda University” (SBU) during its Chapter meeting.
 
 
 
August 18, 2016
 
The Rector-President’s approval of the 10-year Strategic Plan submitted by the SBC Administrators’ Council.
 
Application documents Solemn Ceremonial Send-Off
 
August 22, 2016
 
Formal submission of San Beda College’s application to be horizontally re-classifed as a University to the Commission on Higher Education Office.
 
 
 
November 23, 2016
 
Thanksgiving Mass and Blessing of Exhibits in preparation for the CHED Visit
 
 
 
November 24, 2016
 
Courtesy Call of CHED Quality Assurance Assessors
 
 
 
February 22-25, 2017
 
Strategic Planning for San Beda University 2027
 
 
 
August 30, 2017
 
Launching of San Beda Five-Year SMART Plan and the NEW BEDAN TODAY
 
 
 
October 10-11, 2017
 
I.S.O. Certification Audit
 
 
 
December 14, 2017
 
CHED Quality Assurance Second Validation Visit
 
 
 
February 6, 2018
 
Administrators Council Thanksgiving Mass in the Historic Church of Baler, Aurora
 
The CHED Office of Institutional Quality Assurance and Governance officially informed Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB that the Commission en banc approved the horizontal classification of San Beda as a UNIVERSITY during the 501st Joint Management Committee and Commission en banc (ManCom-CEB) meeting held on February 6.
 
 
February 4-8, 2019
 
First Foundation Anniversary of San Beda
#SBC2SBU
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Integrated Basic Education Department of San Beda University Rizal became      operational  in  Academic  Year 2004-2005, initially with Nursery, Kinder, Preparatory, Grade 1, and First and Second Year High School levels. Thus, the Primary Grade School, Middle Grade School, and High School became the units of the Integrated Basic Education Department (IBED).

The department manifests deep concern for  the quality education offered  to  its students through the academic curriculum and instructional  programs. The school offers its curriculum not only to fulfill the requirements of the Department of Education, but also to serve and realize the vision-mission, philosophy, goals, objectives and Benedictine Hallmarks of San Beda University.

The  curriculum  from  Kinder  to  Fourth  Year  is sequential and developmental. The course content, concepts, skills and values of the different learning areas are prepared through regular articulation, vertical and horizontal, within and between subject areas and year levels.

Furthermore,  the  curriculum   offerings  are  geared  toward  the  development of the Benedictine ideals of prayer, work, study and community life and the attainment of academic excellence.

The  Integrated  Basic  Education  Department (IBED) reviews its curriculum      offerings to provide the students with subjects that interest them and which are relevant  to the  prevailing  conditions and needs  of society. Furthermore, the enhanced curriculum, in line with the K to 12 Program, expects to  produce students  equipped with 21st  century skills and essential competencies for life-long learning.

In response to the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10533 known as the Enhanced Act of 2013, the Integrated Basic Education Department of San Beda University starts to implement the Senior High School (SHS) Program both in Rizal and Mendiola for this Academic Year 2016-2017 .

The Senior High School of the Integrated Basic Education Department will offer the Academic track with the following strands:

  • Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) Strand
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) Strand
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Strand

 

About Us
VISION - MISSION
San Beda University, a Catholic educational institution, is committed to the Christian formation of the Bedan Community as its service to the Church, the Philippine society, and the world.
Vision
San Beda University envisions a Community that is:
  • Fully Human
  • Wholly Christian
  • Truly Filipino
  • Globally Competitive
San Beda College - Vision
Mission
San Beda University aims to form its members in:

 

  • Faith (Fides)
  • Knowledge (Scientia)
  • Virtue (Virtus)
and inculcate in them the Benedictine core values of prayer and work (ora et labora) that include:

 

  • Study
  • Community
  • Pursuit of Peace
 

Our Educational Vision for 2028

San Beda University envisions itself as a distinguished academic community that transforms its members to become exemplary servant-leaders responsive and ethical researchers, conscientious stewards of creation and advocates of peace thereby making them fully human, wholly Christian, truly Filipino, and globally competitive.

 

Our Enduring Mission

San Beda University is a community of scholars that integrates faith (fides), knowledge (scientia) and virtue (virtus) in its educational mission, innovate research, developmental services, and global partnerships in order to build a just, humane and compassionate society founded on the core Benedictine values of prayer, work, and peace.

 

 
 

The Ten Hallmarks of Benedictine Education

In 2007, Benedictine educators met and gathered from The Rule of St. Benedict ten core values that ought to animate Benedictine institutions of learning. The collection of ten core values - love, prayer, stability, conversatio, obedience, discipline, humility, stewardship, hospitality, community - was endorsed by the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities. All members of the Bedan community are called upon to adhere to these values. The Benedictine Hallmarks of Education are its constant guide in the formation of all its members as well as in crafting new programs and activities:

 

LOVE of Christ and neighbor
It is this love that impels us in all that we do. It is love that makes us recognize each other and the community beyond San Beda University as an integral part of the human family.

 

PRAYER: a life marked by liturgy, lectio and mindfulness
The Abbatial Church is the center of San Beda University.  From it the institution draws strength and takes it bearings. We are a reflective and active community. In all that we study, the institution returns to the Sacred Page to find in everything pointers to the Divine, signals of transcendence.

 

STABILITY:  Commitment to the daily life of this place, its heritage and traditions
San Beda University is truly Filipino and consecrates itself to the flourishing of the nation. Students begin to serve the nation while they are continuously equipped to meet the challenges of the world.

 

CONVERSATIO: The way of formation and transformation
San Beda University responds meaningfully and in timely manner by listening to the cries of the poor and heeding the signs of the times.

 

OBEDIENCE: A commitment to listening and consequent action
San Beda University contributes to a well ordered society and to fidelity to the Constitution of the Republic and its laws, as well as to the precepts of the Church. It prepares its students to engage in dialogue, the principal requirements of which is the willingness to listen.

 

DISCIPLINE: A way toward learning and freedom
The disciplines calls for both intellectual and personal discipline. San Beda University forms students to be disciplined. And to hearken to discipline. It is the discipline that provides the fertile ground for freedom and wisdom.

 

HUMILITY: Knowledge of self in relation to God, to others and creation
San Beda University teaches student that wisdom begins with humility – that recognition of the basic indigence of the human condition. The humility that the University fosters is complete dependence on God who will always remain faithful

 

STEWARDSHIP: Responsible use of creation, culture and arts
San Beda University emphasizes to its students to be responsible: responsible for others, responsible in the use of the resources of earth, and recognizing in faith that everything comes from the benevolence of God.

 

HOSPITALITY:  Openness to the other
San Beda University will always be welcoming, seeking ways to make others feel being part of the community, demonstrating empathy, and being open to diversity.

 

COMMUNITY: Call to serve the common good.
San Beda University is and will always be responsive to the demands good of all, setting as a priority at all times the just and equitable sharing of all in the richness with which God has touched our world.

 

Institutional Objectives

1. Benedictine Identity, Mission, Culture
Foster a Christian community of prayer, work and peace founded on faith, knowledge and virtues.
 
2. Leadership, Administration, and Governance
Cultivate transformative leadership and governance.
 
3. Relevant Curriculum Programs
Provide relevant curricula aligned with San Beda College's Vision-Mission Identity as well as with local and international standards.
 
4. Teaching Excellence
Deliver quality instruction through teaching excellence by competent faculty.
 
5. Resource Materials and Facilities
Utilize upgraded resource materials and facilities for effective learning.
 
6. Quality and Relevant Research and Intellectual Contribution
Build a culture of innovative research for knowledge advancement.
 
7. High Involvement in Extension Services
Engage the Bedan community in transforming lives.
 
8. Efficient Student Services
Render responsive services for holistic student development.
 
9. External Linkages
Harness value-adding linkages in local and global educational cooperation.
 
10. Recognition and Accreditation
Offer accredited programs and services for quality assurance.
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RECTOR'S MESSAGE

Greetings!

Making a choice is a critical phase in life. If you make good choices, you can blossom and set yourself up for success later in life.

To our beloved pupils and students, I warmly and deeply thank you for making the Integrated Basic Education Department of San Beda University your best choice to assist you in honing your God-given talents and in molding your personhood as capable, responsible and God-fearing individuals.

To all our parent-stakeholders, thank you for entrusting your children to our care. I always believe that our relationship is extremely vital in creating and maintaining a positive and safe school culture and climate. It is therefore imperative that we are on the same team in raising our children to achieve excellence in all aspects of learning, with great emphasis on character formation.  Mutual and sincere collaboration is a must in this partnership. In this way, we become faithful stewards to our children, the best of God’s creation.

Welcome back to all our returning pupils and students. Your responsibility now includes nurturing, guiding and supporting all incoming pupils and students of San Beda family. I am confident that you will inspire all new members of the institution to embrace wholeheartedly the hallmarks of St. Benedict and the ideals of St Bede, by helping us create a thoughtful and supportive school community.

I wish you all a productive, successful and meaningful school year 2019-2020!
Animo San Beda!

 

REV. FR. ALOYSIUS MA. A. MARANAN, OSB
Rector-President

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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Principal's Message

As we open the Academic Year 2019-2020, we praise and thank the Almighty Father for bringing us together as ONE BEDAN family in the Integrated Basic Education Department of San Beda University.

We will unceasingly take pride in providing the best quality Benedictine education for our students. We are committed to create a safe and progressive learning environment where administrators, teachers, non-teaching staff, parents and students promote and model a responsible and articulate behavior in social complexities in life. As the first and only Benedictine University in Asia, we vow to provide a transformational educational experience through strong programs and curricula based on the hallmarks of   Benedictine education. 

Furthermore, we recognize that the world is fast phased in adapting the demands and trends of technology around us and that it is powerful in engaging and enhancing conducive education. In this regard, we strive to further enhance the development of the total person in understanding the facets in life, which includes the intellectual, physical, moral, and spiritual; and this reflects a commitment to internalize the Christian values; and the conviction to promote lifelong learning activity in the ideals of rational thought, novel expression; and sensitivity in reflective morality.

Also, in recognizing the worth of the individual, San Beda University strives to nurture its students the qualities that make a meaningful and productive life possible and the wisdom to a more diplomatic social accountability.

Let us join the university in this journey of growth and advancement in particular of   the strategic plans we designed to move San Beda University towards excellence in career outcomes for students, and our Benedictine brand of professionalism in the fulfillment of the IBED major tasks this Academic Year such as the following:

  1. The innovation and high-quality programs and services that are reviewed regularly and maintained, developed, or redirected as needed;
  2. The preparation of the application for PAASCU level 3 status.
  3. The advanced learning opportunities and programs of research that respond in innovative ways to the needs of students;
  4. The establishment of local and international linkages and programs that promote intercultural understanding, awareness, and appreciation;
  5. The active participation of every member on nurturing positive mindset to internalize the Academic Year Theme: “Pursuit of Peace in Nation Building.”

We hope and pray for the success of these major tasks as we strive to become fully human, wholly Christian, truly Filipino and globally competitive.

 

That in all things God may be glorified.

 

Teresita T. Battad, MaEd
Principal, IBED

 
About Us
ADMINISTRATORS

 

 

Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB
Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB
Rector-President
Fr. Paul Ma. M. De Vera, OSB
Fr. Paul Ma. M. De Vera, OSB
Chaplain, IBED/ Vice Rector
Rt. Rev. Dom Austin P. Cadiz, OSB
Abbot- Chancellor
IBED ADMINISTRATORS
Teresita T. Battad
Teresita T. Battad
Principal
Sophia C. Estabillo
Johnny C. Rivera
Administrative Officer
Gloria M. Melendres
Gloria M. Melendres
Head, Learning Resource Center
Benjamin P. Coloma III
Benjamin P. Coloma III
Head, Guidance and Admissions Office
Rosalina M. Ayonon
Rosalina M. Ayonon
Coordinator, Social Action Program
GRADE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
Cristann Victor S. Taruc
Cristann Victor S. Taruc
Vice Principal/ Prefect of Academic Affairs
Rodney G. Collera
Rodney G. Collera
Prefect of Student Affairs
Sheryll Ann S. Gabilo
Sheryll Ann S. Gabilo
Assistant Prefect of Student Activities
Delanie Marie M. De Guzman
Assistant Prefect of Student Affairs, Discipline-Kinder to Grade 3
Roque G. Elevencione
Roque G. Elevencione
Assistant Prefect of Student Affairs, Discipline-Grades 4 to 6
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
Irwin II E. Edillor
Irwin II E. Edillor
Vice Principal/ Prefect of Academic Affairs
Rolinda Namnama D. Cabrito
Rolinda Namnama D. Cabrito
Prefect of Student Affairs
Philip M. Beltran II
Assistant Prefect of Student Affairs, Discipline-Grades 7 and 8
Cristina B. Llaban
Cristina B. Llaban
Assistant Prefect of Student Affairs, Discipline Grades 9 and 10
Patricia Mae F. Urbien
Patricia Mae F. Urbien
Assistant Prefect of Student Activities
SUBJECT AREA COORDINATORS
(Grade School and Junior High School)
Remedios I. Pamo
Remedios I. Pamo
Subject Area Coordinator, Filipino
Ma. Theresa F. Navales
Ma. Theresa F. Navales
Subject Area Coordinator, English
Celeste L. Caliwara
Celeste L. Caliwara
Subject Area Coordinator, Music and Mandarin
Joan Margaret M. Chulvo
Joan Margaret M. Chulvo
Subject Area Coordinator, EPP/TLE
Ma. Cecil F. Estolano
Ma. Cecil F. Estolano
Subject Area Coordinator, Science
Nazette N. Ferrera
Nazette N. Ferrera
Subject Area Coordinator, Social Studies
Teresa A. Rivera
Maria Imelda M. Yusores
Subject Area Coordinator, Christian Living
Michelle D. Gamatero
Michelle D. Gamatero
Subject Area Coordinator, Mathematics
Julius Gerona
Julius Gerona
Subject Area Coordinator, Physical Education
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
 
Aurora L. Limcumpao
Aurora L. Limcumpao
Vice Principal/ Prefect of Academic Affairs
 
OFFICE OF THE PREFECT OF STUDENT AFFAIRS –
SHS RIZAL
Josephine J. Adriano
Josephine J. Adriano
Prefect of Student Affairs
Victor Renato A. Cruz
Victor Renato A. Cruz
Assistant Prefect of Student Affairs, Discipline-Grade 11
Arlene C. Noble
Assistant Prefect of Student Affairs, Discipline-Grade 12
Romman V. Cubacub
Assistant Prefect of Student Activities
OFFICE OF THE PREFECT OF STUDENT AFFAIRS –
SHS MANILA
Mercedita A. Manzano
Mercedita A. Manzano
Prefect of Student Affairs
Jhade J. Reyes
Jhade J. Reyes
Assistant Prefect of Student Affairs, Discipline
Tess Orcullo
Tess Orcullo
Assistant Prefect of Student Affairs, Discipline
Avelina T. Tabbuac
Avelina T. Tabbuac
Assistant Prefect of Student Affairs, Discipline
Bryan James S. Uy
Bryan James S. Uy
Assistant Prefect of Student Affairs, Discipline
Benjamin B. Sonajo Jr.
Benjamin B. Sonajo Jr.
Assistant Prefect of Student Activities
SUBJECT AREA COORDINATORS
(Senior High School - Manila & Rizal)
Teresa A. Rivera
Teresa A. Rivera
Subject Area Coordinator, PE, Business & Technology
Charito G. Asuncion
Charito G. Asuncion
Subject Area Coordinator, Communications (Filipino & English)
Sophia C. Estabillo
Sophia C. Estabillo
Subject Area Coordinator, Science and Mathematics
Dante S. Salazar
Dante S. Salazar
Subject Area Coordinator, Research
Virginia B. Limpot
Virginia B. Limpot
Subject Area Coordinator, Theology and Social Studies
About Us
ALMA MATER HYMN

Lyrics by Atty. Raul S. Roco

Composed by Fr. Benildus Maramba, OSB

 

Herald the Bedans coming
May their fellowship never cease;
Molded by bold, undaunted men
of pray'r, work and peace.

 

Through the carefree days of our childhood
And the visions of our youth
You gave us the wisdom of Benedict's soul
Faith in God and love of the truth.

 

When we encounter trails and hardships,
We shall give you honor and fame,
For nothing but these show our loyalty clear
To our Alma Mater's name.

 

Bring out the challenges, we'll win them all
And fear neither fire nor blood
Bedans will answer the clarion call
For San Beda, our country and God.

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THE SEAL OF SAN BEDA UNIVERSITY
The Seal of San Beda University

 

 

 

The upper section of the coat of arms indicates our Benedictine roots. The word PAX (Latin for peace) is combined with mountains (Montserrat, Spain) and a cross with two horizontal beams. The two horizontal beams declare that “I will carry another’s cross”.


The middle section stands for the educational nature of our organization. The two doves represent the students drinking from the fountain of knowledge, San Beda University.


The bottom section contains a tower and sea-lion (half lion – half dolphin), the original heraldic symbols for the city of Manila, where San Beda was founded in 1901.


The shield itself is a symbol for protection, especially when used in a phalanx. The motto of the university is inscribed on the scroll below the shield: Fides (faith), Scientia (knowledge), Virtus (virtue).


The name of the university is contained in a circular band that evokes wholeness and timelessness. The color red proclaims bravery. White stands for purity.

Emblem of the University

 

schoolseal

 

 

 

 

The emblem of the University is the RED LION.

The color red stands for courage, while white is for purity.

 

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SCHOOL PATRON & PATRONESS
 
The Holy Infant of Prague
 
The Abbey Church was dedicated to the Holy Infant of Prague when it was consecrated in 1926.  The image of the Sto. Niño de Praga, sculptured in 1905, is installed above the abbatial throne of the altar.

The University celebrates the Feast of the Holy Infant of Prague on the fourth Sunday of January.  Devotion to the Holy Infant of Prague has become part of the tradition of San Beda University.

Different religious activities are celebrated by the members of the school community and devotees of the Holy Infant of Prague.

Patron
 
Our Lady of Montserrat
 

The patroness of the University is Our Lady of Montserrat after whom the first abbey of the Order of St. Benedict in the country is named. The dark image of the Blessed Virgin, donated by Mr. Bartolome Oller, was brought to the Philippines by the first group of Benedictine monks. The image was enthroned in a modest chapel in Tanduay Street and later transferred to the Abbey Church.  The University celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Montserrat on September 12.

 

Patron - Our Lady of Montserrat
 
Saint Bede
 

St. Bede, the patron saint of San Beda University, was born in 673 AD in Wearmouth Estate within the territory of the monastery of Abbot Benedict Biscop. He joined the Order of St. Benedict at the Abbey of St. Peter, England, and later was placed under the care of an abbot at the Abbey of St. Paul at Jarrow.

As a young man, St. Bede showed exceptional intelligence.  His brilliance and extraordinary talent attracted men to the Abbey of St. Paul to see his works.  Though he was a well-known preacher, St. Bede spent most of his time in historical researches. 

His most famous work was the “Ecclesiastical History of the English People.” St. Bede died after dictating the last sentence of his translation in English of the Gospel according to St. John at the ninth hour of Wednesday, the Feast of Ascension, May 26, 735. The University commemorates the Feast of St. Bede, its patron saint, on the first day of the school year.

 

Patron
 
Saint Benedict
 

The founder of the Order of St. Benedict (OSB) is St. Benedict of Nursia, Italy (480-547 AD).  St. Benedict had a twin sister named St. Scholastica.  At the age of 17, instead of studying in Rome, St. Benedict answered the call of God by living secretly as a hermit in the mountains of Subiaco. He lived there for three years known only to the holy monk, Romanus, who provided him with food and clothing. Soon the fame of his holiness spread rapidly and people flocked to him.

After building 12 monasteries at Subiaco, he founded the Abbey of Monte Cassino, a place about 80 miles east of Rome.  In this monastery, he wrote the Holy Rule and lived until his death in 547 AD.

The Abbey of Monte Cassino became the cradle of Order of St. Benedict (OSB).  From this great monastery, the Benedictine order spread far and wide becoming one of the chief formative factors in the development of the New Europe. The Order of St. Benedict monks became the pioneer of Christian civilization, preaching the gospel, serving the poor and the sick and teaching religion and various crafts to the young. So great was their influence that the centuries from the 6th to the 13th centuries are called by historians the “Benedictine centuries” and St. Benedict became the “Father of Western Monasticism”.

 
Patron - Our Lady of Montserrat
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HISTORY OF SBU MANILA
San Beda - Manila

History of San Beda University

San Beda University opened in 1901 as El Colegio de San Beda with 212 students under Fr. Silvestre Jofre as rector, offering the equivalent of today’s basic education and the first two-years of a college Bachelor of Arts degree. Through a succession of 22 determined rectors – 15 Spaniards, one American, and six Filipinos - the school has successfully engaged every challenge and opportunity in its 12 decades of Philippine presence. It was steered to university status, with more than 9,000 students in 2018, by Fr. Aloysius Maranan, the last rector-president as college and the first as university.

 

Benedictine Pioneers in the Philippines


The Benedictines arrived in the Philippines near the close of the 19th century.
 
They came to do missionary and parish work in parishes established by the Jesuits in Surigao. Abbot Jose Deas y Villar led a delegation of eight priests and six brothers from the Abbey of Montserrat, Spain. They arrived in Manila on the morning of 12 September 1895 and stayed temporarily in Sta. Ana with the community of the Society of Jesus. On 25 April 1896, the monks were able of acquire a house at Balmes St., Tanduay. This would be their home base in Manila.

 



 
The Benedictines stayed in Surigao from May 1896 to September 1909, when the missions were turned over to the Dutch fathers of the Sacred Heart. Within that period, the Philippine Revolution (1896-98) broke out, and the Americans won the wars against Spain (1898) and the Philippines (1899-1902). This colonial period started the American and Protestant influence in education in the Philippines. Even before the transfer of the Surigao Mission to the Sacred Heart missionaries, superior Fr. Juan Sabater, in December 1900, thought of counteracting the American Protestant influence. The establishment of a school was also a way to sustain the monastic community with suitable work for its members

 

l Colegio de San Beda and the American Colonial Influence



After overcoming several obstacles – lack of trained personnel, finances, permit to operate, suitable place, the uncertainty of the future – and trusting in Divine Providence, the community approved the establishment of a school. On 17 June 1901, El Colegio de San Beda, named after the great English Benedictine scholar and saint, Venerable St. Bede, was inaugurated in Arlegui with Fr. Silvestre Jofre, the first Rector, celebrating the opening Mass at 6 o’clock in the morning.
 
 
The curricula were composed of Primaria Ensenanza and Secundaria Esenanza. The Primaria Ensenanza consisted of class Infirma, Media, and Superior, the equivalents of the first grades of the present elementary system. The Secundaria Esenanza was made up of the four years of high school and the first two years of college leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree and a course leading to a Diploma in Commerce.

 

On 24 January 1906, El Colegio de San Beda became affiliated with the University of Santo Tomas which recognized all courses offered. Bedan graduates could pursue further studies at UST without need of a qualifying exam.
In 1910, San Beda was granted recognition by the colonial government and the authority to confer the degree of Bachelor of Arts and diplomas for the Elementary and High School. This year also marked the gradual transition of the language of instruction from Spanish to English as initiated by then rector Fr. Anselmo Ma. Catalan.
 
The first college seal was designed in 1916 by Dom Jesus Y. Mercado. It was based on the medal of St. Benedict. “COLEGIO DE SAN BEDA” was inscribed on the circumference instead of the original medal’s Latin initials. The red and white flag of the Confradia del Niño Jesus de Praga was superimposed at the center with the initials R.C. (Roman Catholic). While the school colors of red and white had already made its appearance, it would only be in 1940 that Fr. Sergio Martinez, athletic moderator, would adopt the Red Lion as the symbol for the Bedan fighting spirit.
 
By 1918, the American influence had become widespread enough to cause the dominance of the English language in teaching, as well as the change in name from “El Colegio de San Beda” to San Beda College.
 
Already prefiguring the future alumni heavyweights were these early years’ outstanding graduates - Major General Basilio Valdez (1903), Justice Sabino Padilla (1904), and Chief Justice Roberto Concepcion (1920).

 

The Pueyo Seven and the Move to Mendiola

 
By the 1920’s there emerged a new breed of educated Filipino youth; and Bedans were at the forefront. The surge in numbers, optimism, and confidence led to the craving for a dream campus.
 
When the Arlegui campus became congested, the Benedictine monks purchased a large tract of land along Mendiola on 17 October 1906 and additional land also along Mendiola on 15 December 1918. The land was available, it was the structure that needed to be built.
 

Abbot Bernardo Lopez cites The Pueyo Seven, monks who arrived from Heusca, Spain in 1922-23, as crucial in the creation in Mendiola of the most modern campus in the country. They arrived with their “We build or we leave” spirit. The seven monks’ formation and training at El Pueyo monastery in Huesca was specifically directed towards their vocation in San Beda; hence, their tenacious attitude.
 
As envisioned by Fr. Agustin Costa, the prior, and Fr. Rosendo Fernandez, the rector, the future of Bedan education had two pillars - the most modern campus and the highest standard of education. In one celebration of the Feast of the Sto. Niño de Praga, apostolic delegate Msgr. Guillermo Piani acclaimed San Beda as “el ideal colegio Cristiano”.
 
It was also in this period that we get a glimpse of San Beda’s hallowed place in Philippine sports as San Beda ended the basketball championship streak of the University of the Philippines in the NCAA in 1927.
The cornerstone of St. Bede’s Hall, the main building, was laid on 15 September 1925. It was solemnly inaugurated on 20 June 1926, coinciding with the silver jubilee of the opening of San Beda College.
 
The Abbey Church was consecrated on 13 January 1926. Earlier, in 1924, the monastic community in Manila was elevated from priory to abbey status, with Rt. Rev. Raimundo Salinas being elected abbot in 1925.
 
Overhauled curricula in 1927 led to the inclusion of pre-law, pre-medicine and a revitalized commerce course. San Beda recruited and enrolled 27 students from 27 provinces in a radical move to de-elitize the Bedistas social composition. At the same time, a swimming pool was built, the first in any Philippine campus. Football championships were won in 1927, 1928, 1930. The first San Beda anthem was composed in 1930.

 

The Great Depression and the American Benedictines

The growth spurt in the 1920’s was blunted by the 1930’s “Big Crash”, with the wealth base of the economic elite swiftly eroded by the crumbling world economy. Rector Fr. Bernardo Lopez acted decisively to manage the crisis as the previous decade’s sterling growth was gained at the cost of heavy loans. Severe austerity measures were put in place while simultaneously expanding the enrollment base.

In genuine Christian sensitivity to the economic blight of the parents, tuition and other fees were reduced. “It was a great moral act, an act of compassion”, a parent remembered. The financially difficult times shaped a cadre of captains of industry – the Cabarrus brothers, the Delgados, the Nietos, Antonio Roxas Chua, Leocadio de Asis, and others.

 
 
San Beda won the NCAA basketball crown in three consecutive years (’34, ’35, ’36). The swimmers won the NCAA and PISA (Philippine Islands Swimming Association) championships. The pentathletes and other teams also had their share of triumphs.
 

The extended decline in the world economy and the high financial cost of the expansion of the campus combined to severely strain the purse of San Beda. Vital assistance was extended by the Benedictines from the U.S.A. who sent a delegation of three to Manila. One of them, Fr. Boniface Axtman was appointed rector in 1941. He is the sole American rector in the annals of San Beda.

Abbot Alcuin Deutsch, president of the Benedictine St. John’s University in Minnesota, was appointed apostolic administrator of the Manila Benedictine community and of San Beda.

 

World War II and the Bedan Heroes

Whatever hopes and plans there were for this era went up in smoke as the Second World War broke out. With the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 8 December 1941, the Philippines was immediately drawn into the conflict. The Filipino youth, many Bedans among them, trooped to mobilization centers. War survivors had many accounts of individual heroism by Bedans, identified through their tribal badge of Bedan and Red Lion. Tony de Gracia (Class of 1941) told of Bedan “units” who stayed together and fought in groups. One such unit never surrendered and held their position until enemy infantry overran them.

Three days after the attack at Pearl Harbor, San Beda was used by the American Quartermaster Corps until they evacuated to Bataan. When the Japanese Imperial Army entered Manila, San Beda’s main building was again used as headquarters and depot. The three American priests were hauled to the concentration camps in Los Baños, Laguna. They avoided a planned massacre and survived. By the war’s end, the campus was used by the 60th U.S. Army Field Hospital. St Bede’s Hall was not damaged as the artillery fire was aimed districts south of the Pasig River.

After an interruption in the early months of the war, San Beda was able to resume operations in July 1942, under restrictive and dangerous conditions. Financial survival was made possible not from tuition fees but from entrepreneurial activities.

Even in tough wartime conditions, San Beda was able to celebrate the Pista ng Santo Niño de Praga with a solemn high mass in the Abbey Church, a candlelit procession, hymns and prayers.

 

Post War Resurgence

When the smoke of war cleared, San Beda was quick to rehabilitate and re-opened on 2 July 1945. With the other schools not yet in a position to operate, San Beda was able to assemble the best faculty, a true superschool.
The student profile was still mainly middle class even if the likes of Eugenio Lopez, Jr. and Aquinos Benigno, Jr. and Agapito were in the rolls. It took time to restore the discipline that war had eroded, as students came to school with .45 caliber pistols. The staggering jump in enrollment forced the adoption of two school calendars.
The 1946 graduation rites were veiled with a cloud of sadness for the many Bedan heroes who were killed fighting for the country. Among the graduates were media and sugar mogul Eugenio Lopez, architect Manolo Mañosa, businessmen Pocholo Razon, Guillermo Dy Buncio, and Aurelio Periquet.
Engineering and Foreign Service courses were offered under the end phase of Fr. Axtman’s term but discontinued by succeeding rector Fr. Urbano Casares after just two years; with the engineering teaching equipment sold to De La Salle College.
 
With the future firmly charted by Fr. Axtman, the 1947 and 1948 classes graduated with the likes of senators Ramon V. Mitra, Benigno Aquino, Jr., bar 2nd placer Renato de la Fuente, and Adriano Henson Lacson, who would become Fr. Sylvestre Lacson, rector, and prior.

The Axtman juggernaut would continue with two future Abbey superiors and San Beda rectors – Fr. Bernardo Perez and Fr. Celestino Say- graduating in 1949. Alongside were businessmen Eddie Lim and Emerson Coseteng, and two National Artists Federico Alcuaz (painting) and another Francisco Mañosa (architectecture).
1958 Bar 8th placer Enrique Perez, would refer to this bumper crop as part of the golden Bedans. April 1947 ended the American administration of San Beda as Fr. Axtman went on home leave and the Abbot Deutsch’ apostolic administration was ended by the Vatican.
 

 

The Den of Bedan Lawyers

Fr. Sergio Martinez, rector only for one year, opened the College of Law in school year 1948-49. Founding Dean Atty. Feliciano Jover Ledesma ensured great success by recruiting a powerhouse faculty led by Roberto Concepcion, 1924 bar first placer and Chief Justice from 1966 to 1973, and Diosdado Macapagal, 1936 bar first placer and Philippine President from 1961 to 1965. A perfect 100% bar passing rate was achieved in 1952, ‘53, ’54, ’55, ’56, ’57, ’60, ’61. There have been eight first placers and dozens have landed in the top ten. Since its founding, there has been a steady stream of congressmen and senators, judges and justices, high level public and private executives. In 2016, a member of the Law Class of 1972, Rodrigo Duterte, was elected President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Elpidio Quirino, Philippine President from 1948 to 1953, remarked “The increasing number of Bedan alumni, in the public as well as in the private service, is eloquent proof of its success in instilling love of God and country in the minds and hearts of our young.”  Then Vice-President Fernando Lopez echoed “In the annals of Christian education, the traditions of San Beda College are shining examples. This college has trained many of our national leaders. It has won an enviable reputation among the institutions of learning.”

Fifteen Bedans have been appointed to the Supreme Court - Chief Justice Roberto Concepcion, and fourteen Associate Justices: Florenz Regalado, Justo Torres, Romeo Callejo, Antonio Eduardo Nachura, Samuel Martires, Jose Mendoza, Noel Tijam, Bienvenido Reyes, Antonio Martinez, Jose Reyes, Mariano del Castillo, Ramon Paul Hernando, Mario Lopez, Samuel Gaerlan.”
 
In the 2019 Bar Exam, SBU had 190 passers, the most by any law school. The combined SBU Manila and SBC Alabang bar passers comprised 15% of the new lawyers.

 

Second Wave of Construction and Artistic Flowering

A quarter century after the Mendiola campus opened, Abbot Celestine Gusi presided over the second construction wave and artistic flowering in San Beda. St. Benedict’s Hall was constructed and inaugurated in 1952.  Covered basketball courts followed a year later. At St. Bede’s Hall, the Jubilee garden and fountain were built and an obelisk honoring the Bedan dead was erected. The Sabater garden and fountain was built at another wing. Five years after Abbot Gusi returned to Europe to take on the higher post of Abbot Visitator, another structure, St. Anselm’s Hall, was inaugurated, in 1963.

       

At the Abbey itself, the Roman garden with a rectangular center pond was created, an Abbey extension was built, a new ornate tabernacle was acquired, the tower housing the abbot’s room was constructed. The church was enlarged, and side aisles were built. A pipe organ was installed, and a marble altar of St. Bede was provided. A statue of The Good Shepherd was put in place in the landscaped garden.

 

The Filipino Benedictines

Abbot Gusi’s legacy is manifested not just through the physical improvements but is more importantly rooted in the fateful decision to Filipinize the abbey. The practice of bringing in monks from Spain was discontinued. The responsibility for recruiting Filipinos to receive the torch was first handed to Fr. Anselmo Sison, one of the first Filipino Benedictines. Among the early novices who survived the rigors of Benedictine formation were Fr. Celestine Say, who became the first Filipino prior, and Fr. Benito Afuang, who became the first Filipino principal.

The precarious dearth in vocations started two decades earlier. No novice had entered the cloister since the financially disastrous 1930’s. When Abbot Gusi’s group arrived in 1948, there were only eight Spanish priests left. The ranks were so depleted that Fr. Sergio Martinez held multiple posts – rector, high school principal, athletic moderator, etc…

Fr. Sylvestre Lacson, a prior and rector, referred to Abbot Gusi’s decision to recruit Filipinos as “a watershed in Benedictine evolution”. Those who passed the litmus test and withstood the vocation fallout in the years following the reforms promulgated by the Second Vatican Council guided the school’s progress through the turbulent political unrest of the 1960’s. Protest rallies were frequently held in front of San Beda’s gates.

The construction of a new water sports complex- training pool, diving pool, and pool bleachers, was started in in this period with assistance from the alumni and parents, and formally inaugurated on 2 February 1968.

A new Alma Mater Hymn was sung by the Class of 1969 during their graduation. The lyrics were written by Raul Roco, senator, with music by Fr. Benildus Maramba.      

This was the period when Ninoy Aquino, Class of 1948, captured the nation’s imagination and was projected as the next national leader in elections set for 1973.
 
 

Batas Militar at Diktadura

But Martial Law was imposed in 1972 and Ninoy Aquino, Ramon Mitra, Raul Roco, Rene Sauisag, and other Bedan leaders were arrested.

Under the dark years of the dictatorship, Rectors Fr. Bernardo Perez, Fr. Emmanuel Balcruz, and Fr. Sylvestre Lacson ably kept the school on even keel in the face of constant monitoring, pressure, and threats by government agencies. Priests criticized the dictatorship through homilies. Students and alumni attacked the dictator through protest rallies that occasionally involved cocktails with a Russian name. A number joined the underground resistance in the fight for freedom and basic rights; many were arrested. Among them was a Benedictine monk, Carlos Tayag, who was never able to return to the cloister.

The office of the The Bedan, the school paper, doubled as secret headquarters for the leaders of student activism. On the spiritual side, the Peace Retreat Movement started. Leading the program were Fr. Bellarmine Baltasar, who would become rector of Alabang, and Fr. Andres Formilleza, who would become abbot in 1989.

Benedictine Abbey School in Alabang opened in 1972, offering Grade School and High School. It is now named San Beda College Alabang, offering education up to graduate level. In 1981, the Monastery of the Transfiguration was founded in Malaybalay, Bukidon with Abbot Eduardo Africa as superior.

On 21 August 1983, Bedan Ninoy Aquino was assassinated, and the country was plunged in turmoil. Bedans participated in all sorts of protest actions attacking the violent abuse of power and the plunder of the country’s coffers. Ninoy’s hearse passed streets lined by two million people in a stinging rebuke to the dictator.

To honor Aquino, The Bedan published a special issue. A Holy Mass, with the widow and future president Corazon Aquino in attendance, was celebrated in the abbey church by Fr. Sylvestre Lacson, Ninoy’s high school classmate. The protests culminated in the 1986 People Power Revolution.

The first St. Placid’s Hall, which housed the medical-dental clinic and the bookstore, was completed on 1976. The athletics/scouting building was blessed in 1982. An extension was built on St. Anselm’s Hall, above the existing grandstand, also in 1982.

 

Post Martial Rule

Fr. Bernardo Perez was the rector when democracy was restored until the close of the millennium. It was during this stage, in 1989, that student enrolment first breached the 6,000 mark. The accountancy program surged in national prominence as its licensure exam rating consistently exceeded the national average by a wide margin. San Beda had 26 graduates who landed in the top twenty during this period; with another 18 by 2015. Two earned first place honors – Johnny Ang in 2002 and Manuel Buensuceso, Jr. in 2012.

To meet the demands of a growing population and to cater to the increasing academic needs of quality education, St. Maur’s Hall, a three-story building, was constructed in 1995 in the junior football field. It currently houses the Arts and Sciences Library, Science Laboratories, Law Library, the clinic, and classrooms. A new Board Room was provided, adjacent to the Rector’s Office at St. Bede Hall.
 
To respond to the increased use of information technology, the College opened computer laboratories equipped with network facilities. Classrooms have been equipped with air conditioners since 1998.
 
In 1999, San Beda and the Paul VI Institute of Liturgy (PIL) in Malaybalay, Bukidnon headed by Fr. Anscar Chupungco, then rector magnificus  of the Pontifical Athaneum of San’t Anselmo, arranged for the conduct of courses that would lead to the degree Master of Arts in Liturgy. Preparations for a Master in Business Administration degree were also started.

 

The New Millennium

Fr. Anscar Chupungco became rector-president from 2001, San Beda’s centenary, to 2007. This was also the year that San Beda was granted the five-year full autonomy and administrative deregulation by the Commission on Higher Education. More undergraduate degree programs were offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, where females were accepted beginning in 2003.

In 2001, the Graduate School of Business opened, and the College of Law received the Model Law Library Award given by the Supreme Court. The red toga was adopted in 2002. A new Athlete’s Quarters and the St. Joseph Physical Plant Building were constructed.
 
The Graduate School of Liturgy and the College of Medicine were established in 2002; the College of Nursing in 2003; the Graduate School of Law in 2004.
 
The Graduate School of Liturgy alumni have been appointed directors of liturgy in their dioceses. Existing diocesan directors, sisters and lay leaders have also sought further studies in the school.



 
The College of Medicine graduates first exceeded the national licensure exams average rating in February 2012 with an 84% rating for first time takers. By 2013, overall rating, including irregulars hit 89% in2013 when Marie Angelie So placed fourth in the licensure exams. In 2014, Grace Arviola earned third place and the first time takers’ ratings breached the 90% mark. The student population crossed the 600 mark in 2012.

The College of Nursing was rated third best in the country during the December 2005 board exams when Pearl Austria Martinez earned the eighth highest mark. It has consistently exceeded the national passing average and obtained a class passing mark of 100% in 2016, ’17, ’18. So far, five graduates have landed in the top ten places in the licensure exams.

The Integrated Basic Education (Grade School and High School) were transferred in 2004 to Taytay, Rizal, where girls were accepted. The first doctoral degree, Doctor of Liturgy was conferred in 2006. In 2007, the San Beda College Museum was inaugurated.

St. Placid Sports Center, the training den of the fabled Red Lions basketball team, was constructed in 2002 then repaired and renovated in 2010. Co-named as the Don Luis Go Sy Memorial Center, it houses the Robert Coyiuto, Jr. Gymnasium and the Manuel V. Pangilinan Gymnasium.

The Montserrat Center for Religious Formation was inaugurated in December 2011 to better serve the need of the Bedans of Manila, Rizal, and Muntinglupa for spiritual retreats.

A sculpture of St. Benedict created by National Artist Napoleon Abueva was installed at the Jubilee garden in 2008 and one of St. Bede by Dionas Roces was installed in 2018.

 

University Status

In 2010, newly appointed Rector-President Fr. Aloysius Maranan moved decisively to enhance San Beda’s avowed role of serving God and country. The Vision-Mission was sharply refocused through the crafting and clarification of strategic goals in tandem with the strengthening of Bedan values and culture.

Improvements in all key areas were immediately done to attain the upgraded status (Level III) in 2015 from accrediting bodies Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) and the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP).

With the springboard in place, Fr. Aloysius in 2014 sought and gained approval from the Benedictine community and the Board of Trustees to pursue university status under the tightened requirements of the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED). The administrative organizational structure was fine-tuned to immediately boost the response to the CHED standards.

Thorough enhancements were resolutely pursued in the key areas of academics, research, community engagements, and international linkages to exceed the requirements of CHED. An ISO 2001:9001 certification was deservedly achieved in 2017 to further support the application for university status.

Through four years of arduous work since the decision to become a university was made, San Beda’s university status was granted by the Commission on Higher Education on 6 February 2018. Fr. Maranan thus earned the unique status as the last Rector-President of San Beda as a college and the first as a university. The certificate was formally handed by President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañan Palace in May 2018.

In sports, San Beda dominated the NCAA with senior and junior general championships in 2016, ’17, ’18. The Red Lions won the basketball championships in 11 of 13 seasons (2006 to 2019). Since 2000, the swimming teams - juniors, seniors, women - won a combined 31 championships (until 2019). The junior and senior football teams have collected a combined 35 championships from 1990 to 2018. The taekwondo men’s and women’s teams have won ten championships from 2010 to 2019 and the table tennis teams – juniors, seniors, women - have won a total of 15 championships from 2008 to 2019.

Advances continue as the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and the Integrated Basic Education Department gain upgraded status from accrediting bodies and campus facilities are expanded through the acquisition of modern equipment, and the completion of a new buildings in both the Manila and Rizal campuses.

 

The Making of San Beda as University


 

 

 
         
July 22, 2010
 
The challenging task of regaining San Beda’s Level III status (a seal of excellence given by FAAP and PAASCU) which could open possibilities for San Beda to become a University in the future, was given to the newly installed 22nd Rector-President, Very Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB.
 
 
December 11, 2012
 
Commision on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 46 was issued that requires Higher Educational Institutions to be horizontally re-classified as a University, College or Professional Institute. The CMO 46 contains an outcomes-based and typology-based quality assurance. It also contains upgraded and rigorous requirements which includes Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA) and International Standard for Organizations (ISO).
 
 
 
November 13, 2014
 
The Rector-President, Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB, presented the feasible but challenging concept of applying for San Beda College to become a university to the Prior-Chancellor Rev. Fr. Rafaelito V. Alaras, OSB and Board of Trustees (BOT)  Chairman Dr. Manuel V. Pangilinan.
 
 
 
November 14 and 19, 2014
 
Crafted the work preparations and timeline for the University application by Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB with the Vice-President for Academics, Dr. Josefina Manabat and selected SBC administrators.
 
 
 
December 2, 2014
 
Unanimous approval of the application of San Beda to become a University by the Benedictine Community in its Chapter meeting.
 
 
 
December 5, 2014
 
Presentation to and approval by the SBC Administrators Council of the Plan and Roadmap for University Application by the Rector-President.
 
Rector-President organized the Technical Working Committee for the University application.
 
 
 
December 6, 2014
 
Approval of the University application of San Beda by the Board of Trustees in its quarterly meeting.
 
 
 
March 16 – 17, 2015
 
Conducted an institutional Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis in preparation for the University application.
 
 
 
April 13 – 17, 2015
 
Crafted an Action Plan for the University Application during the week-long Administrators Council Strategic Planning in the Transfiguration Monastery, Malaybalay, Bukidnon.
 
 
 
June 25, 26 and July 2, 2015
 
Institutional evaluation of San Beda’s classification based on Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Horizontal and Vertical Typologies conducted by CHED officials.
 
 
 
July 2 -3, 2015
 
Presentation to the Rector-President of the Technical Working Committee’s report on the micro-assessment of the preparedness of SBC units on the Autonomous and University application.
 
 
 
July 25, 2015
 
Board of Trustees Strategic Visioning and Planning on the University application held in the First Pacific Leadership Academy, Antipolo City.
 
The Rector-President’s presentation to the Board of Trustees on updates on the Timeline for Autonomous and University application.
 
 
 
August 5, 2015
 
Initial consultation and discussion with faculty and student representatives on the plan of San Beda to apply for University conducted by the Administrators Council.
 
 
 
August 10 -14, 2015
 
Finalization and presentation of the Integrated Action Plan for Autonomous and University application prepared by the Technical Working Committee to the Rector-President.
 
 
 
September 26, 2015
 
Board of Trustees’ review and enhancement of the updates on the University application presented by the Rector-President.
 
 
 
November 16 – 20, 2015
 
 
Translation of the Board of Trustees Strategic Objectives into a Five-Year SMART Development Plan (2016-2021) in line with the University application during the Administrators Council Planning Seminar in Montserrat Center of Spirituality, Silang, Cavite.
 
 
 
December 1, 2015
 
Presentation to the alumni and all Bedan stakeholders of the current state of San Beda and its readiness to become a University by the Rector-President during the Rector-President’s Night.
 
 
 
December 5, 2015
 
Board of Trustees’ unanimous approval and endorsement of the immediate implementation of the plans and programs of the Rector-President re: “The Road to Excellence in Our Bedan Educational Mission Part I.”
 
Rector-President’s presentation to the Board of Trustees of the Five-Year SMART Development Plan (2016-2021) in line with the application for University.
 
 
 
January – August 2016
 
Finalization of the documentary requirements for University application by the Governance and Quality Assurance Office.
 
 
 
April 22, 2016
 
Comprehensive discussion on the full compliance of San Beda to the University requirements by the Governance and Quality Assurance Director during the Administrators Council meeting.
 
 
 
June 28 – July 1, 2016
 
Revisiting of the Institutional Outcomes, Institutional Objectives and the Five-Year SMART Development Plan (AY 2016-2021) aligned with the application for University by the Administrators Council.
 
 
 
 
July 23, 2016
 
The Board of Trustees’ approval and resolution on the strengthening of San Beda’s international research capability based on the presentation of the Rector-President re: “The Road to Excellence in Our Bedan Educational Mission Part II,” in response to the CMO 46 requirements for University status.
 
 
 
August 16, 2016
 
The Benedictine Community’s approval of the official name “San Beda University” (SBU) during its Chapter meeting.
 
 
 
August 18, 2016
 
The Rector-President’s approval of the 10-year Strategic Plan submitted by the SBC Administrators’ Council.
 
Application documents Solemn Ceremonial Send-Off
 
August 22, 2016
 
Formal submission of San Beda College’s application to be horizontally re-classifed as a University to the Commission on Higher Education Office.
 
 
 
November 23, 2016
 
Thanksgiving Mass and Blessing of Exhibits in preparation for the CHED Visit
 
 
 
November 24, 2016
 
Courtesy Call of CHED Quality Assurance Assessors
 
 
 
February 22-25, 2017
 
Strategic Planning for San Beda University 2027
 
 
 
August 30, 2017
 
Launching of San Beda Five-Year SMART Plan and the NEW BEDAN TODAY
 
 
 
October 10-11, 2017
 
I.S.O. Certification Audit
 
 
 
December 14, 2017
 
CHED Quality Assurance Second Validation Visit
 
 
 
February 6, 2018
 
Administrators Council Thanksgiving Mass in the Historic Church of Baler, Aurora
 
The CHED Office of Institutional Quality Assurance and Governance officially informed Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB that the Commission en banc approved the horizontal classification of San Beda as a UNIVERSITY during the 501st Joint Management Committee and Commission en banc (ManCom-CEB) meeting held on February 6.
 
 
February 4-8, 2019
 
First Foundation Anniversary of San Beda
#SBC2SBU
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About Us
HISTORY OF SBU RIZAL
San Beda - Rizal

The Integrated Basic Education Department of San Beda University Rizal became      operational  in  Academic  Year 2004-2005, initially with Nursery, Kinder, Preparatory, Grade 1, and First and Second Year High School levels. Thus, the Primary Grade School, Middle Grade School, and High School became the units of the Integrated Basic Education Department (IBED).

The department manifests deep concern for  the quality education offered  to  its students through the academic curriculum and instructional  programs. The school offers its curriculum not only to fulfill the requirements of the Department of Education, but also to serve and realize the vision-mission, philosophy, goals, objectives and Benedictine Hallmarks of San Beda University.

The  curriculum  from  Kinder  to  Fourth  Year  is sequential and developmental. The course content, concepts, skills and values of the different learning areas are prepared through regular articulation, vertical and horizontal, within and between subject areas and year levels.

Furthermore,  the  curriculum   offerings  are  geared  toward  the  development of the Benedictine ideals of prayer, work, study and community life and the attainment of academic excellence.

The  Integrated  Basic  Education  Department (IBED) reviews its curriculum      offerings to provide the students with subjects that interest them and which are relevant  to the  prevailing  conditions and needs  of society. Furthermore, the enhanced curriculum, in line with the K to 12 Program, expects to  produce students  equipped with 21st  century skills and essential competencies for life-long learning.

In response to the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10533 known as the Enhanced Act of 2013, the Integrated Basic Education Department of San Beda University starts to implement the Senior High School (SHS) Program both in Rizal and Mendiola for this Academic Year 2016-2017 .

The Senior High School of the Integrated Basic Education Department will offer the Academic track with the following strands:

  • Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) Strand
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) Strand
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Strand

 

About Us
BENEDICTINES
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CAREERS

 

 

APPLY NOW AND JOIN OUR TEAM OF
DEDICATED BENEDICTINE EDUCATORS

Interested applicants are required to initially submit the following:

  1. Data Sheet / Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Transcript of Records (Photocopy or Certified True Copy)
  3. Letter of Intent and Three (3) Letters of Recommendation addressed to the Principal

    MRS. TERESITA T. BATAD

    PRINCIPAL

    Integrated Basic Education Department

    San Beda University


    or


    HRMO DIRECTOR

    SAN BEDA UNIVERSITY

    Mendiola, Manila

You may also e-mail it to: sbu_ibedrizal@sanbedarizal.edu.ph

Ut In Omnibus Glorificetur Deus

That in all things God may be glorified

We are hiring K-12 teachers for Academic Year 2018-2019 in the following subjects:

Christian Living Education

Science

English / Research

Filipino

Mathematics

Social Studies / Araling Panlipunan

Applied Economics

Philosophy

Physical Education

Technology and Livelihood Education (T.L.E) / Business Technology

Mandarin

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SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

 

 

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Turqueza, Honey M.
Turqueza, Honey M.
Valler, Marvin O.
Valler, Marvin O.
Veloso, Christian Rey B.
Veloso, Christian Rey B.