Colegio de San Lorenzo
|Colegio De San Lorenzo|
|Motto||In Ministerio Domini (In the Service of the Lord)|
|Location||Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines|
Congressional Avenue corner Jupiter Street, Barangay Bahay Toro, Project 6, Quezon City
|Colors||Gold █ Red █ and Blue █|
Colegio de San Lorenzo (also called "CDSL" or colloquially, "San Lo") Catholic educational institution in the Philippines located in Congressional Avenue, Barangay Bahay Toro, Quezon City and in Macabebe, Pampanga, opened in 1988. Students of Colegio de San Lorenzo are also known as "Ruizians".
Conceived of an educational institution that will respond to the Church’s call for the laity’s greater participation and involvement in the educational apostolate, they founded CDSL as an educational institution dedicated to the total formation of the Catholic Filipino youth who, like San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, will live their lives in the service of God.
On the 18th of October 1987 as San Lorenzo's canonization rites at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome began, the cornerstone laying ceremonies of CDSL in Quezon City solemnly proceeded. The founders dedicated the school to San Lorenzo to honor and perpetuate the memory of the first Filipino saint, and to let the youth emulate the virtues that led to his sainthood.
During the initial year, 1988, the school building was a two-storey edifice with 14 classrooms. 12 of these were used as classrooms, one as an administrative office, and the other for student services. The construction of a three-storey wing facing Jupiter Street began in the summer of 1989 with an additional 15 classrooms delivered to meet the needs of an increasing student population for the next two school years. The ten-classroom two-storey building fronting Congressional Avenue was ready in the fifth year of the school's operations. The fifth year saw not only the completion of student services facilities, but also development of the adjacent lot into a separate wing for Pre-School and Primary level students.
The first Principal of Colegio de San Lorenzo was Vivien "Girlie" Bernardino. She was plucked by the founders from her leadership role in Maryknoll College's (now Miriam College) Child Development and Education Program. Ms. Bernardino was replaced by Adoracion F. Francisco in 1992. Previously, Mrs. Francisco was the long-serving Principal at St. Scholastica's Academy Marikina. She was the first lay person to be appointed to the post by the Benedictine Sisters.
In 1992 plans were made to open the College Department. The Department of Education, Culture and Sports finally gave their approval for the College to open in 1993, with Enrique F. Coralejo, Ed.D. (founder of School of St. Anthony) as the first College President and the late Professor Raymundo G. Briones (former Dean of Student Affairs of San Beda College) as the first College Dean. The College Department graduated its first class in March 1997.
The phenomenal growth of CDSL reflects the equally exciting development taking place within the surrounding communities. Just a few years ago, Congressional Avenue from Visayas Avenue ends at the school. Today, it goes all the way to EDSA, and has become part of the C-5 route. Strategically located at the hub of several exclusive residential areas, townhouses, and subdivisions, CDSL is blessed with pleasant surroundings and other amenities conducive to the effective teaching-learning process.
The campus now has five main buildings that house the Pre-School, Grade School, High School, and College Departments.
Colegio de San Lorenzo, Macabebe, Pampanga
In 1996, CDSL opened a branch in Macabebe, Pampanga, founder's hometown.
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- Marlene Alcaide - TV5 reporter
- Ryan Araña - PBA player (Rain or Shine)
- Joshua Dionisio - Abs-cbn Network Actor, GMA Network Actor (Present)
- Paul Salas - GMA Network Abs-Cbn Actor/ Best Child Performer of the 31st Metro Manila Film Festival
- Alessandra De Rossi - actress
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