Our Lady of Mount Carmel Learning Center
|Our Lady Of Mount Carmel
De La Salle Supervised
|Location||Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines|
|Campus||Kalipayan Rd., Punta Tabuc|
|Hymn||De La Salle Alma Mater|
|Colors||Green, White and Gold|
|Sports||Capiz Private Schools Athletic Association, Inc.|
|Nickname||Mount Carmel La Salle (School) / Carmelian-Lasallians (Students)|
|Affiliations||De La Salle Brothers, University of St. La Salle, College of St. John-Roxas, Lasallian Schools Supervision Office and Capiz Private Schools Athletic Assn.|
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Learning Center - De La Salle Supervised (OLMCLC), also known as Mount Carmel La Salle or simply Mount Carmel, is a private Catholic elementary school run under the direct supervision of the De La Salle Brothers, a Roman Catholic religious order founded by St. John Baptist de la Salle, the patron saint of teachers. It is located in Calipayan Road, Punta Tabuc, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines. Originally named Mt. Carmel Family Life Learning Center, the school started as a preschool for indigent children at the residence of Atty. Virginia Patiño with only 8 students. It later transferred to its current site in Punta Tabuc after the school was able to purchase land and was able to receive a grant from a German foundation.
In response to the suggestion of Sor Paula Vargas of St. Anthony College Hospital to build a school for indigent children, Atty. Virginia Patiño founded Mount Carmel Family Life Learning Center with the solicited support and commitment of the religious and civic-spirited individuals of the Christian Family Movement
This noble goal of building a school was realized through the selfless effort of Mr. and Mrs. Braulio A. Patiño and other members who worked without compensation. These significant persons were Atty. Elias Conlu, Mrs. Elnoria Barrios, Mrs. Ofelia Rendon, Mrs. Rebecca Berjamin, Mrs. Fe Villarruz, Atty. Mike Orillos, Mrs. Divina Villarruz-Asis, Mrs. Lilia Orola, Mrs. Corazon Ortiz, Mrs. Luisa Posadas, Mrs. May Abella-Vito, Mrs. Terry Beldia and Atty. Nema Aguilar.
In 1988, two rooms in the ground floor of Atty. Patiño's house were converted into improvised classrooms. Nursery and Kinder classes started with two teachers, Ms. Vivian Abagatnan and Ms. Ariza Villanueva who were later joined by Ms. Glosan Avelino. It started with eight children. three were indigent and five were paying. In the second year of operation, the number of students were more than doubled.
Inspired with the blossoming of the school, Atty. Patiño spent a few months for compiling and consolidating document with pictures showing the actual situation of street children. These were sent to a foundation in Germany together with a project proposal.
After almost a year or two, all the hard work, prayers and sacrifices of the people who worked hard for the school finally paid up with the response of Bund der Deutschen Katholischen Jugend Papstliches Mission Work der Kinder, a German foundation donated a substantial amount to the school.
The Money was used for the construction of two buildings with four rooms each. The school site is actually a lot offered at a very low price by Mr. Candelario Patiño. The money from the sold lot was donated by the lot owner for the construction of the road going to the school. Later, an additional lot was donated by the same lot owner in exchange of the adjoining lot owned by Mrs. Paz Altavas where the road going to school lies.
In this new site, the Preparatory class and the newly opened Grade 1 which was handled by Mrs. Gloria Andrada, were housed. Out of the solicited money, a second hand mini-school bus was bought and the rest were allocated for salaries and other operating expenses. From then on, one Grade was added after the other end of the every school year. More teachers were hired and more classrooms were built.
Under the De La Salle Supervision
In 1995, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Learning Center became a La Salle school under the supervision of the University of St. La Salle with Mrs. Norma Tagle as the supervisor. The elementary level was completed in 1997 and the first graduation ceremony was held in March 1997.
June 1997 marked the inclusion of the first year High School for its courses. In June 2000, the Board of Trustees decided to turn over the management of its high school to the University of St. La Salle- Affiliate College (later renamed La Salle Affiliate College and then College of St. John-Roxas) due to the growing number of students and limited space of its school. Mount Carmel La Salle decided to retain and maintain its Pre-School and Grade School.
- Our Lady of Mt. Carmel- a title traditionally given to Blessed Virgin Mary, in honor of her having given the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to Saint Simon Stock. Her feast is celebrated on July 16. As well as St. Simon Stock, there are other Carmelite saints such as St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. John of the Cross, and St. Teresa of Ávila.
- St. John Baptist de La Salle, (30 April 1651 – 7 April 1719) was a priest, educational reformer, and founder of Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He is a saint of the Roman Catholic church and the patron saint of teachers. He dedicated much of his life for the education of poor children in France; in doing so, he started many lasting educational practices. He is considered the founder of the first Catholic schools.
- St. John Baptist de La Salle became the school patron saint in 1995 when the De La Salle Brothers took the supervision.
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