In its 85 years of providing excellent education and support to the community, St. Joseph’s College (SJC), Quezon City, hosted a press conference on Saturday, May 12, at 4pm at the institution’s audio visual room. In the said event, it highlighted SJC’s Jubilee 85 accomplishments and future plans to improve and expand school programs and facilities.
Founded by Dutch Franciscan Sisters and had its former name as St. Joseph’s Academy back in 1932 and was situated along España Extension. It has educated more than 400,000 global alumni who are transforming and leading the communities in which they live and in the professions they chose to pursue.
The press launch gathered some alumni of the school.
Among the esteem guests include Honorable Vincent ‘Bingbong’ Crisologo of Quezon City’s first district and well known Catholic Charismatic preacher who founded the Loved Flock Catholic Charismatic Community. He made mention the important role of SJC as the oldest educational institution in the city that has played in the community back then and and even today.
Another guest was Attorney Jose Sison, the host of ABS-CBN‘s ‘Ipaglaban Mo’ and the father of deceased alumna Joyce Sison. As parent, he gave his testimonial on how SJC has molded his daughter to be service-oriented through her former work at Opus Dei until her demise. Even after the passing of Sister Joyce, SJC continues to be a part of Sison’s family.
Alumna Stephanie Gilles, an architect by profession is part of a leading practitioner of sustainable urban design. According to her, the institution has prepared her to succeed in her field. She unveiled the proposed new design for the facade of SJC. It has an estimated cost of P3Million. The said initiative is expected to solicit support from Jubilee ‘85 fundraising projects.
Batch 80 Alumna, singer and visual artist Iwi Laurel also graced the event. She and her sibling, the deceased Stella Laurel were SJC high school alumni. In the said gathering, she sang two songs and one of which was the song she originally performed—‘Special Memory’. Both Iwi and Stella are daughters of the former Vice President of the country from 1986 to 1992 under the late President Corazon Aquino.
In the 60s, SJC was one of the leading institutions in the country that promotes and supports the development of performing arts. Its Mater Dei Auditorium takes pride in its 1,200-seating capacity providing venues to many critically-acclaimed stage productions for the community. Today, the school continues its tradition of social outreach through its organized feeding programs, medical missions and free tuition to deserving indigent students.
SJC, together with 10 other private colleges and universities, became a charter member of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) in 1957.
Three checks—Php300,000 donated by Batch 1980 (from generous alumni-donors that include those are now residing from different parts of the world), Php 200,000 donated by Batch 1979, and Php 100,000 donated by Batch 1974 were also presented to support the upcoming projects aligned with the 85th Jubilee Celebration of SJC.
An upcoming fashion show (in collaboration with renowned international designers Jhun Ador and Albert Fontanilla, and celebrity makeup artist Chada Roxas) was also announced during the launch. The said project is to help raise funds in order to refurbish the Mater Dei Auditorium and generate sustainable funds for the school through venue rentals from the community.
Sr. Immaculee Pagalilauan, Alumni Office Coordinator, shared, “I am grateful for all the hard work of our alumni in marshalling the efforts of our Josephines near and far to bring about a renewed commitment to the school.
“This is alumni in action—alive, functioning, and meaningful. Your help will ensure the continued legacy of our school so that future generations may also benefit from the education and tradition you have experienced.”