Colegio San Agustin – Makati

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Colegio San Agustín - Makati
CSA Makati Logo.png
Motto Virtus et Scientia (Latin)
Established July 7, 1969
Type Private school
Affiliation Augustinian
Roman Catholic
Rector Rev. Fr. Horacio R. Rodriguez, OSA
Principal Rev. Fr. Horacio R. Rodriguez, OSA (Grade School)
Rev. Fr. Julian C. Mazana, OSA (High School)
Chaplain Rev. Fr. James G. Uy, OSA
Grades Integrated Basic Education
Nursery, Kindergarten, Preparatory (Pre-School)
Grades 1-7 (Grade School)
Grades 8 and 9, Second-Fourth Year (High School)
Location Palm Avenue cor. Carissa Street, Dasmariñas Village,
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Accreditation PAASCU
Campus Urban (10 hectares)
Colors Red      and      Gold
Athletics Athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, softball, swimming, taekwondo, lawn tennis, table tennis
Mascot Golden eagle
Yearbook Junior Augustinian
(Grade School)
Senior Augustinian
(High School)
Newspaper Kiddie Augustinian
(Pre-School)
Augustinian Mirror& Alab (Grade School)
Insights (High School)
Athletic Association Philippine Athletic Youth Association, Inter-Scholastic Sports Association, Rizal Football Association, Inter-School Tennis Association
Website www.csa.edu.ph

Colegio San Agustín – Makati (abbreviated as CSA or CSA-Makati) is a private, co-educational Catholic school conducted by the Order of Saint Augustine. It is located on Palm Avenue, Dasmariñas Village, Makati City, Philippines. While it is not the oldest Augustinian school in the Philippines named Colegio San Agustín (that distinction belongs to Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod), it is the most prominent[citation needed] of the three schools bearing the same name. Like its namesake schools, the students of CSA-Makati are called Augustinians (Filipino: Agustino).

The school is one of the most diverse in the Philippines in terms of nationality, with 11% of the student population coming from over 40 countries.[1]

History[edit]

In 1967 the Augustinians, with the approval of the Father Provincial Santos Abia y Polvorosa, O.S.A., purchased from Ayala y Cía eight (8) hectares of land in Dasmariñas Village, Makati, with an option to buy four (4) adjacent hectares within ten years. On November 24, 1976, nine years later, they received as donation from Ayala y Cía, two of the four (4) hectares stipulated in the option agreement. In turn, they released the last two (2) hectares of land to Ayala y Cía, for the latter to sell to other parties. By then, Colegio San Agustín already owned ten hectares: eight (8), through purchase and two (2), through donation.

To organize a new corporation, the Augustinians used an existing organization, Colegio San Agustín (Bacolod), Inc. to acquire the land, agree to the option and make initial payments. Fr. Ambrosio Galindez, O.S.A. of Colegio San Agustín (Bacolod), Inc. and Mr. Miguel Ortigas of Makati Development Corporation (now part of Ayala Corporation) signed the agreements in January 1967. The agreements stipulated that within six months the purchaser must submit a development plan to the owner that would include the setting up of elementary, high school and college facilities within the area, upon which detailed plans for the buildings to be constructed would be based.

When the new corporation emerged, the president, Fr. Ambrosio Galindez, O.S.A., transferred the rights from Colegio San Agustín (Bacolod) to San Agustín College (Makati), Inc. on 25 April 1967.

Auxiliary Bishop Bienvenido Lopez, D.D., blessed the cornerstone of the first CSA building on 1 September 1968. Ten months later, on 7 July 1969, the school opened its doors to the first enrollees, both male and female, numbering 652. On 28 August 1969, Cardinal Rufino Santos blessed the first buildings constructed by well-known Architect Manuel T. Mañosa, Jr. the administration building, which served as the priests’ residence, and the grade school building, phase 1, which temporarily housed kindergarten, preparatory, elementary and high school levels. At the start, only two priests, Frs. Ángel Rodríguez, O.S.A. and Horacio Rodríguez, O.S.A., ran the school with the help of twenty-four lady teachers. The levels offered then were kindergarten, preparatory, grades one to six, first and second year high school. The addition of grade seven, third and fourth year high school came in subsequent years. Today, there are six Augustinian priests and nearly four hundred employees in CSA. Classes from nursery to preparatory, grades one to seven, first to fourth year high school, serve a clientele of more than 6,100 students.

Due to great public demand, school enrollment increased by leaps and bounds, giving new impetus to rapid physical expansion in the early years: the bull-ring-shaped kindergarten building in 1972; the ultra-modern CSA chapel, phase 1 of the covered basketball courts, the grade school canteen and phase 2 of the grade school building in 1973, and the sports complex in 1974.

The demand for structures to house the burgeoning school population and to service its escalating needs spurred CSA to embark on expansion projects under the helm of Architect Jose O. Dizon: the high school building in 1977, the theatre in 1980, the high school annex in 1985, and the grade school southeast wing in 1986.

The administration had the students’ physical wellness, health, nutrition and comfort in mind when in 1992, it pushed for the construction of the polysport and the cafetorium.

In 1992, the renovated administration and preschool buildings became architectural showcases due to their state-of-the-art design, materials and facilities. In 1995 the school equipped itself to handle computer systems.

The air-conditioning of classrooms at all levels was a treat the students began enjoying in 2002, the year the streetlight project was completed and the vertical extension of the grade school covered walk fence, added.

More recently in 2004, Architect Ireneo Jasareno conducted a major renovation of the CSA theatre, which was inaugurated on 25 November 2005, as well as, that of the Sta. Rita de Cascia Hall (grade school lecture room), which was blessed on 30 June 2006. He also was responsible for the technical supervision of the construction of La Pergola de Maria, Mary’s grotto, on 17 January 2008.

As the student population continued to grow, further expansion was needed, starting with the completion of the High School Building in 1977.[2] Other expansions and additions include those of the Theatre in 1980, the High School Annex and Phase II of the covered courts in 1985, the Grade School Building's southeast wing in 1986, the Polysport complex, Cafeteria and Lounging Shed (now St. Monica Hall) in 1987, the renovated Administration Building (since renamed Urdaneta Hall) and Pre-School Buildings in 1992, the renovation of the High School Science laboratories in 1997, and the Grade School Annex in 1998. Air conditioning was introduced in the 1990s for administrative offices and function rooms and in 2003 for classrooms in all departments. The latest renovation was when the Theatre was demolished and rebuilt in 2005 and 2006.[2] This was followed by the renovation of the Grade School Chemistry laboratory in 2006 and early 2007. The Gymnasium is finished and was named Sto. Tomas of Villanueva with its inauguration and blessing done on July 7, 2010.

Student possession of mobile phones was banned since the late 1990s but has been relaxed for high school students since then.

School symbols[edit]

Patron saint[edit]

St. Augustine of Hippo as pictured during the Renaissance

Colegio San Agustin is named in honor of the fourth-century saint, St. Augustine of Hippo. The Spanish Augustinians were the first Christian religious order to enter the Philippines and begin its conversion to Catholicism. Augustine was a key figure in the doctrinal development of Western Christianity and is often referred to as one of the greatest "Doctors of the Church" by the Roman Catholic Church. Two of his surviving works, namely The Confessions (his autobiography) and The City of God, are regarded as Western classics and are read by Christians around the world. Augustine is often considered to be one of the theological fountainheads of Reformation, because of his teaching on salvation and grace; Martin Luther himself was an Augustinian friar. Augustine was not a Biblical fundamentalist.

Facilities[edit]

Athletic facilities[edit]

CSA has three main athletic facilities: the Cassisiacum Sports Complex, the CSA Polysport Complex and the fields.

St. Thomas of Villanova Hall (Sports Complex)[edit]

The newly inaugurated and renovated sports complex consists of state-of-the art badminton and tennis courts and multipurpose areas, a main basketball court with NBA and FIBA standards including an electronic scoreboard, hardwood flooring, retractable backboards and wall cushions for players; a second basketball court which has 6 baskets and can double as volleyball courts, a fitness room with ultra modern equipment, a running track oval which is located above the second basketball court, a cafeteria, a mini-Olympic swimming pool, a "kiddie" pool with spa, plus rooms for dance, ballet, taekwondo, flute, guitar, piano, violin, voice and other music lessons. Other areas are being eyed for rock climbing. Under the tennis courts is an underground parking lot. The inauguration took place on July 7, 2010.

CSA Polysport Complex[edit]

The CSA Polysport Complex is dominated by the six covered courts, two for each department. While they primarily serve as basketball courts, they can also be modified to become volleyball courts. Physical education classes are usually held in the covered courts, and there are stages for presentations. The offices of the Athletics Department are in the Polysport Complex.[2]

Fields[edit]

There are two fields in CSA: one for soccer and one for baseball and softball. The soccer field is also used by the Aerospace Cadets of the Philippines. Beside the soccer field is a grandstand.[2]

Education facilities[edit]

CSA has three education buildings: the Pre-School Building, the Grade School Building and the High School Building. However, there are common facilities to all the buildings: classrooms, libraries, computer laboratories, the Guidance Center and, for the Grade School and High School, the Audio-Visual Room and science laboratories

Classrooms[edit]

The typical CSA classroom is air-conditioned, each classroom has a projector and a white pull-out screen, has a blackboard and contains around 20-45 desks, depending on the level. In the High School, there is also a platform for teachers to stand on. There are bulletin boards in classrooms, as well as a clock, a crucifix and pictures of Saint Augustine, Our Lady of Good Counsel and St. Monica. Classrooms in the Preschool and Grade School Departments have cubbyholes for books and lunch boxes.

Laboratories[edit]

The High School has four science laboratories. There are laboratories for physical science, biology, chemistry and physics. The Chemistry Laboratory underwent renovation in 2006 and was completed in early 2007.

There are computer laboratories in each department, one in the Pre-School, four in the Grade School and four in the High School. They are used for general computer classes. In addition to the computer laboratories in the Grade School, there is a computer-aided instruction room for interactive learning.

Libraries[edit]

CSA has three libraries, one for each department. The largest of these libraries is the Grade School Library, and all are air-conditioned. All libraries contain reference, Filipiniana, Augustiniana (works by St. Augustine), fiction and non-fiction sections. In the Grade School and High School, there is a "Teacher's Corner" for the exclusive use of teachers, containing textbooks and textbook manuals, as well as teacher references. There are also small "computer corners" in each library.

Cafeteria[edit]

The Cafeteria or Integrated Canteen is above the covered courts and has 23 stalls offering food and other meals in a fast-food-like fashion.[2] There are nine entrances to the Cafeteria: two from the High School Building, two from the Grade School Building, three from the covered courts and one for each school bus terminal. It has a seating capacity of 2,186 and is reported to be the longest school cafeteria in the Philippines and Asia.

Chapel[edit]

San Agustin Chapel (Spanish: Capilla de San Agustin) is where all year-level, organizational and sectoral Masses are heard.[2] It can handle around 400-500 persons, which is the size of an average year level. Due to its small size, departmental and institutional Masses are heard at the covered court or, in the case of institutional Masses, the Grade School covered court.

Architectural features of the Chapel include statues of St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Monica of Hippo on both sides of the crucifix behind the altar.

San Agustin Chapel offers weekday morning Masses in English, Sunday Masses in English and Filipino, and a Spanish-language anticipated Mass.

San Agustin Theatre[edit]

The San Agustin Theatre, also known as St. Ambrose Hall, was inaugurated in 1980 by Fr. Horacio R. Rodriguez, the current rector.[2] The Theatre then had a seating capacity of 1,000. By the late 1990s students and staff often complained of the dilapidated interior. Therefore the theatre was renovated between 2003 and 2005. The only remaining original feature of the Theatre is the mosaic in its lobby. The Theatre's capacity was expanded to 1,100, and, according to some,[who?] its quality now is comparable to the theaters at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The Theatre is used for school functions, such as academic contests, graduation, recognition ceremonies, songfests, choral recitations, and most notably the annual Binibining CSA (English: Miss Colegio San Agustin) pageant. The Theatre is also rented out to private entities.

Urdaneta Hall[edit]

Urdaneta Hall, also known as the Administration Building, is the location of all CSA-wide offices. The CSA Accounting and Registrar's Offices are on the ground floor. There are bathrooms in the Accounting and Registrar's Offices for parents. Other than those offices, Urdaneta Hall is off-limits to students. Beside the Accounting and Registrar's Offices is the Technology Services office.

Student activities[edit]

The school has co-curricular clubs for student participation. The school fields varsity teams and official school delegations participate in competitive leagues and contests on the local, national, and international levels.

These clubs organize competitions between individuals, classes, and batches in the High School; teachers assume this responsibility in the Grade School.

Organizations in the Grade School and High School[edit]

Student Government[edit]

The Unit 2 (Grade School) and Unit 3 (High School) each have student governments: the Unit 2 Student Council (U2SC) and the Supreme Student Council (SSC). These are elected by popular vote through secret balloting by students from Fourth to Seventh Grade for U2SC, and by students from Grade 8 to Third Year for the SSC. In 2010, the GSSC held its first automated elections with the use of a computer instead of a ballot.

The Unit 3 Student Council serves as an umbrella organization for the smaller year level councils (the Grade 8, Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior councils). These are elected the same way as the SSC and U2SC, although with voting restricted to the members of their respective year levels, making these "batch" presidents the Filipino equivalents of American class presidents.

Notable people[edit]

Numerous alumni of Colegio San Agustin-Makati have become highly distinguished and nationally recognized celebrities. Among such personalities are Queen of All Media and presidential sister Kris Aquino; Highly acclaimed equestrian Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, and her siblings; performance artist-painter Carlos Celdran; singer-actress Jobelle Salvador; actresses Heart Evangelista, and Ruffa Gutierrez; internationally known band Prettier Than Pink, international recording artist and Velcro lead singer, Junji Arias, models Bianca Araneta, Julie Lee, Issa Litton-Garrido and Kelly Misa, celebrities Claudine Barretto, Suzie Entrata-Abrera, Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, Pia Guanio, Roselle Nava, Dominic Ochoa, Claudine Trillo, Fred Payawan, TJ Trinidad, Desiree del Valle, Maui Taylor, Christopher De Venecia, Julian Rey R. Marasigan, Myx VJs Iya Villania and Luis Manzano, leader of the elite kpop covergroup "SHINErs", Miko Geslani, Viva films artist, and other celebrities JC de Vera, Karel Marquez, Valeen Montenegro, Bela Padilla and Lovi Poe; news anchors Vicky Morales, Karen Davila, Pinky Webb, Cesca Litton; Bloomberg-New York news producer Yvette Fernandez; ABS-CBN Network correspondent Liza Reyes; Olympians-TV hosts Christine Jacob and Dyan Castillejo; Olympians Felix Barrientos, Gerard Cantada, Kevin Claveria and Arby Estolano; PBA players Joey Santamaria, Pocholo Villanueva, Robert "Dodot" Jaworski, Jr.; 2010 Ford Supermodel of the World, Danica Magpantay; politicians such as Congressman Rene Velarde, Jules Ledesma, Senator Miguel Zubiri and Vandolph the son of the comedy king Dolphy. Kim Nichole Baranda, a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother All-In, is a current high-school student and Caryll Cabuhat from Summit Media's Total Girl Philippines.

Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 Runner Up and ABSCBN Artist, Khalil Ramos.

Title holder of fastest UAAP swimmer on the breast stroke category is also a former CSA student, Skyler Claveria.

Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles' Natasha "Tasha" Graciela Faustino, Ana Laureen Gopico, Julia Melissa "Jia" Morado and Dennise Michelle "Denden" Lazaro also graduated in CSA in high-school. Lazaro is part of the 2010 edition of the Fab 5, while Morado and Gopico are part of 2013 edition.

The Augustinian Community[edit]

  • Fr. Horacio R. Rodriguez, OSA - Rector and Prior; Principal, Grade School
  • Fr. Julian C. Mazana, OSA - Vice Rector; Director, Sports Department; Director for Finance & Treasurer; Principal, High School
  • Fr. Joseph P. Villareal, OSA - Head, Christian Formation Team; Religious Affairs
  • Fr. Reynante B. Balilo, OSA - Director, Administrative & Student Services
  • Fr. Sofronio C. Macabinlar, OSA - Head, Purchasing & Printing Office
  • Fr. James G. Uy, OSA - School Chaplain

See also[edit]

Colegio San Agustin Makati Alumni Association

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Student Populace, Colegio San Agustín-Makati, retrieved November 18, 2006
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Colegio San Agustin-Makati (2006). CSA Student Handbook. Makati City: CSA Press.