San Sebastian College – Recoletos de Manila
- For the college in Cavite, see San Sebastian College – Recoletos de Cavite
|San Sebastian College-Recoletos|
|Colegio de San Sebastián-Recoletos|
Searching for Knowledge in the Spirit of Charity
|Motto||Caritas et Scientia (Latin)|
|Motto in English||Love and Knowledge|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic, Agustinian Recollects (OAR)|
|President||Fr. Cristopher Maspara, OAR|
|Location||Recto Avenue, Manila, Philippines|
|Campus||Recto, Manila (Main); Canlubang, Laguna; Surigao, Surigao del Norte (Law School); Cavite City, Cavite (Independent)|
|Hymn||San Sebastian College Hymn|
|Colors||Red and Gold|
|Nickname||San Sebastian Stags|
|Affiliations||ACUCA, ASEACCU, NCAA, PAASCU, U-Belt|
San Sebastian College – Recoletos (SSC-R), commonly known by its nickname Bastê, is a Catholic institution of higher learning in the Philippines. The school is a part of the Augustinian Recollect schools in the Philippines, and is owned and operated by the Order of Augustinian Recollects.
SSC-R, situated in the heart of Manila, in R. Hidalgo Street, Quiapo, was named after Roman centurion turned martyr Saint Sebastian. The College had a relatively humble beginning. Its first functional lone building was an old convent: a two-storey Hispanic edifice made of stone and wood with capiz shell windows. The building served as classrooms of the first batch of 200 elementary and high school enrollees. SSC-R was then an exclusive school for boys.
SSC-R was established in March 1941 but was in hiatus from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. It formally reopened after the war in 1947. Sebastinian, Filipino: Sebastino, refers to alumni and current students, teaching and non-teaching personnel as well as administrators of San Sebastian College-Recoletos.
The College was granted Level 3 accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities or PAASCU in the Elementary department, High School Department and the College Department, including the Graduate Studies and College of Law.
San Sebastian College–Recoletos, Manila maintains the lone and highest slot in Tourism being accredited Level 3 by PAASCU, as well as its Arts programs, Business Administration and Psychology courses.
- 1 College History
- 2 College Three-fold Mission
- 3 College Patron
- 4 Academic Programs
- 5 College of Law
- 6 PAASCU Accreditation
- 7 Del Carmen Gate
- 8 Sebastinian Outreach Foundation, Inc
- 9 Sebastinian Hymn
- 10 Identifying, Defining and Edifying the Sebastinian Identity
- 11 Gallery
- 12 Notable alumni
- 13 References
- 14 External links
San Sebastian College – Recoletos, Manila, is a Catholic Institution of higher learning, duly recognized by the Philippine Government. One of the seven “Recollect” schools in the Philippines, it is owned and operated by the Augustinian Recollect Fathers.
Elegantly couched right in the heart of Manila (along CM Recto Avenue and a few meters from bustling Quiapo), San Sebastian College was established and founded in 1947 as an exclusive boys’ school with initial offerings in the Elementary and High School levels, as well as the Institute of Liberal Arts in College. In 1953, the Institutes of Commerce and Law were opened.
Subsequently, several other course offerings and specializations were consecutively added—a two-year Secretarial course in 1972, Banking and Finance in 1974, and finally graduate programs in MBA and MA Theological Studies in 1976.
Coeducation was initially started in 1972 when the first batch of female students was admitted to the Secretarial Course. A year later, the entire college, along with the elementary and high school departments readily began accepting female students.
Now on its 60th year, San Sebastian College- as fittingly exuded by the indomitable spires of its gothic Basilica-continues its dauntless commitment to serve, form and educate Filipinos, The “Recollect” way.
In the 1940s, the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR) envisioned the establishment of a Catholic School that performs a three-fold mission: the development of man, the promotion of local culture, and the welfare of society. SSC-R, Manila was established in 1941 but assumed hiatus from 1942 to 1945 when World War II broke out. It formally reopened after the war in 1946. The College started operation amidst the rubbles of war. The past 56 years bear witness to how the vision evolved into a sprawling campus with marked neogothic architecture, offering quality instructions in modern facilities aimed at developing successful students and citizens in a diverse, pluralistic and working society for the greater glory of God.
SSC-R, Manila, situated in the heart of Manila, was named after Roman centurion turned martyr – San Sebastian. The College had a relatively humble beginning. Its first functional lone building was an old convent: a two-storey Hispanic edifice made of stone and wood with capiz shell windows. The building served as classrooms of the first batch of 200 elementary and high school enrollees. SSC-R, Manila was then an exclusive school for boys.
The Recollects’ desire to respond to the needs of the times triggered a string of physical metamorphoses that now characterize the spirit, the architecture and the educational ambiance of the College. The first two-storey neo-gothic edifice modeled after the famous allsteelSan Sebastian Church was built in 1947, replacing the first old stone and wood building.
In 1951, the old convent was demolished. In its place, a third building with a tower was erected along Gothic patterns, now called the Administration building, which houses the Executive Offices, the Guidance and Counseling Offices, the Main Library, the DMST/ROTC Office, the Medical/Dental clinic and the HRDC. A portion of the Administration building houses the convent of the Recollect Fathers. Three years after, a three-storey extension with a Gothic tower mirroring the tower of the Administration building was built. It is called the Annex building. The Annex is home to the HRM laboratories and fully furnished mini-hotel, the Instructional Media Center, the Student Government office and the office of the student publication, the Sebastinian.
Another neo-gothic edifice was built in 1959, known today as the High School Department. It featured the era’s finest auditorium – one of the city’s best with projections, revolving stage and state-of the-art facilities. The Auditorium (seating capacity: 1,200) serves as a venue for college activities. It is available to the public for various affairs. The St. Ezekiel Moreno Chapel is conveniently located at the ground floor of the building.
Another building constructed in 1966 is situated at the western end of the campus. The Elementary Department, the Institute of Commerce and Institute of Arts and Sciences are all located in this building. This building also houses the Offices of the Academic Deans of the Institutes of Commerce and Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Religious Studies, the Little Theater, speech laboratory, mass communication laboratory/studio and several function rooms. The elementary department library is found on the fourth floor of the building.
The newest addition to the SSC-R, Manila campus, the St. Augustine Law building is a fully air-conditioned state-of-the-art multi-purpose building. It was inaugurated on September 10, 1998, the feast day of St. Nicholas of Tolentine. It was designed to accommodate the sixth floor modern gymnasium/basketball court and workout facilities that is home to the Stags basketball team. The building has an expansive library facility, air-conditioned classrooms, first class facilities and multi-purpose halls. The Institute of Law and its paralegal aid office to the poor, SOLA, calls St. Augustine building its home. SSC-R, Manila, cognizant of the need to counter urban blight along C. M. Recto Avenue, decided to reserve three-store front offices to be leased to service companies needing a presence in the university belt area.
This physical transformation of the SSC-R, Manila campus was equally substantiated by changes in the academic blueprint. To achieve the School Chapter’s noble purpose of meeting the pressing educational need of a war-ravaged nation, SSC-R, Manila, aside from focusing on primary and secondary education, widened its visionary zeal to include tertiary education in its program of education for the Filipino people. An Institute of Liberal Arts was established with a two-year course leading to an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in 1948. The Institute of Commerce was inaugurated in 1953.
The Lacson Law College was absorbed by the College and became the Institute of Law on June 15, 1953. A co-educational two year Secretarial Course was offered in 1972 to meet the demands of Philippine business and industry for trained office administrators and secretaries (the course was expanded and incorporated in the major field of computer science under the Institute of Commerce in 1994).
Aligning itself with the needs of the people, the whole collegiate level was made co-educational in 1973. The elementary department followed suit and accepted its first batch of female pupils in 1974. The first collegiate summer classes were offered the same year. In the spirit of pioneering, SSC-R, Manila founded the Institute of Banking and Finance in 1974 (the Institute of Commerce absorbed the IBF in 1994).
The Institute of Graduate Studies in response to the needs of business and industry for professional managers, academicians, entrepreneurs and managers offered the MBA program in 1976.
The decision of the High School Department to admit its first female students in 1986 made SSC-R, Manila completely coeducational in all departmental levels.
The College’s advocacy of the Catholic faith prompted the opening of Master’s Program in Theology (MAT) with OAR theologians as its first students in 1987. The program accepted lay people the following year. The Institute of Commerce offers major fields of studies in accountancy, business management, computer science, financial management, legal management and marketing while the Institute of Arts and Sciences gears its students in the fields of: hotel and restaurant management, mass communications, political science, psychology and tourism.
SSC-R, Manila embarked on a program of continuous, scheduled improvement of the school’s facilities to better serve the growing needs of the students. New constructions, installations, repairs and acquisitions were made to effect essential innovations. In 1998, the main quadrangle was repaved and coated with safety epoxy cement. It now features an alternate playing ground to the college gym featuring three basketball courts, a tennis court and a volleyball court. The monthly first Friday Mass is celebrated at the quadrangle for the community.
Today, SSC-R, Manila boasts and exhibits spacious and fully air-conditioned classrooms, five well-equipped libraries – one for each department, four computer laboratories in the college department, one in the elementary department, and three in the high school department. Instructional media centers can be found in the tertiary, high school and elementary departments. The College has a mass communication laboratory/studio, mini-hotel rooms and function laboratories. The Institute of Commerce has a special business laboratory that is used by practicum students and interested students. Several concessionaires in the cafeteria area offer food, snacks and beverages. A group of dedicated licensed physicians, dentists and nurses trained in school emergencies and procedures man a fully equipped medical/dental clinic.
In the macroscopic Philippine educational setting, SSC-R, Manila has entrenched itself through its multi-faceted achievements that mirror the brand and quality of education it furnishes the Filipinos. The Elementary, High School and College Departments enjoy accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Agency of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). The Institute of Law gained approval from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to revise its curriculum designed to produce business and economic lawyers for the future. The Institute of Law is the first and only Asian Law School to become an associate member of the Southwestern Legal Foundation based in Dallas, Texas, which sponsors the annual Dallas Academy of American and International Law. The legal aid to the poor and marginal members of society through SOLA is the Institute’s legacy to the people of Manila.
The students on their part have reaped glory, prestige and honor for the School through their remarkable success in off-campus competitions in various fields of endeavors. The students have excelled in inter-collegiate competitions in drama, literary-musicals, and sports, skill demonstrations in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. SSC-R, Manila has established NCAA records and became undisputed champions for years in the fields of basketball, volleyball, chess and track and field in the junior and senior divisions. The DMST/ROTC cadets have annually garnered awards in drill competitions.
Many Sebastinians have won major inter-collegiate awards in the fields of oratory, song, declamation, debate and science exhibits. Numerous plays and musicals have been produced in campus and off-campus by the Student Theater and singing groups. Participation and immersion in community development, social action and religious activities have been encouraged. Administration, Faculty and Students are active participants of the Institution’s program in its Campus Ministry Office and the Outreach Program Office.
College Three-fold Mission
The SSC-R, Manila envisions a continuance of its mission, vision and objectives for the greater glory and honor to God. The College also vows to continue fulfilling the three-fold mission of the founding OAR Fathers in providing QUALITY CATHOLIC COMMUNITY ORIENTED EDUCATION for the Filipinos beyond the year 2000.
Let us – for the sake of following the direction this article takes in presenting various symbols significant for the Sebastinian community – take the popular image of Saint Sebastian as a symbol. This image shows the saint at that point when he was tied to a tree and shot by arrows.
If, for instance, a statue must be made of this particular depiction of Saint Sebastian to serve as symbol for the institution, it must be seen thus:
The eyes, looking upwards to heaven, must have a look of prayerful joy and expectation. It should mean that a Sebastinian does not value worldly life more than what is prepared for him in heaven. Head is tilted towards heaven, rightwards. This must mean that a Sebastinian upholds that which is just and right. His nakedness mustsymbolize openness to learning and must symbolize a Sebastinian’s firm foundation on truth. The arms must look firm and toned considering that Sebastian was a soldier, but must also look relaxed, symbolizing self-surrender. Behind his back, wrists tied by a rope, the hands must be clasped together, symbolizing a Sebastinian’s trust in prayer. A Sebastinian must be a man of prayer. The rope and arrows must symbolize the challenges or issues – spiritual, academic, and social – that a Sebastinian faces, receives, acts upon. The tree must symbolize a Sebastinian’s unity with the crucified Christ. The feet must look as if one is on top of the other with an arrow piercing them. This, obviously, is an allusion to the Crucified Christ and must remind every Sebastinian of that call to follow Our Lord much like what Saint Sebastian did. The cloth covering his waist must also similarly serve as an allusion to the image of Jesus Christ on the cross.
The entire statue must be a symbol of an invitation to martyrdom, which may be interpreted figuratively or literally. A Sebastinian – in any area he/she is – must be a witness, a Christian. He/she must uphold that which is right, true, and just. This must also, therefore, mark a willingness among Sebastinians to give himself/herself for the service of others. He/she, therefore, must be exposed to social issues and must develop critical thinking and a sense of unity with his/her fellowmen.
A Sebastinian believes that in order to gain life, one must lose it. In order to gain knowledge, one must undergo a certain degree of ontological death. This may mean the death of ignorance or the death of intellectual pride or arrogance. In order to gain wisdom, one must strip oneself of biases that mar the process of education, like gold losing its impurities in fire or a stag shedding its horns after drinking water from the spring.
This, as discussed earlier captures the Christian concept of Kenosis.
It is only proper that those who call themselves Sebastinians – and those who would like to find their identity – must look at the image of this saint, and find that said identity has already been identified, defined, and edified in that very same act of faith and martyrdom.
College of Accountancy, Business Administration, and Computer Studies
Area of Business Administration: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Major in:
- Business Management
- Financial Management
- Marketing Management
- Human Resource Development Management
Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management
Area of Computer Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
- Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Area of Accountancy
- Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (5 years)
- Bachelor of Science in Commerce (BSC)
- Major in Financial and Managerial Accounting
College of Arts and Sciences
- Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- Bachelor of Science in Legal Management
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology
College of International Hospitality Management
- Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
- Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Management
- Culinary Arts
- Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management
Specialized in: Tour and Travel Operations and Management
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) With Concentration / Specialization in:
- Human Capital Management and Labor Relations
- Business and Industrial Economics
- Corporate Finance
- Tourism and Hospitality Management
- Productivity and Quality Management Fiscal Management and Public Administration
- Marketing Management
Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.T.) Master of Arts (major in Theological Studies)
College of Law
It offers a four-year Juris Doctor course (J.D), a renamed version of its former Bachelor of Laws(Ll.B).
The Institute of Law is strongly supported by the Lex Cervus, a law fraternity founded in 1977 which means Law of the Stags. Its sister counterpart, Lex Agustiana Sororitas is a law sorority founded in 1986. Fraternal Order of Leviathan is the other dominant recognized fraternity which was founded by Dean Cajayon of PUP College of Law is still in existent with rosters of academically-inclined fellows.
PAASCU stands for Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities. It is a private, voluntary, non-profit and non- stock corporation which was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 5, 1957. PAASCU is a service organization that accredits academic programs which meet standards of quality education. In November 1967, the Bureau of Education and Culture (now the Department of Education) officially recognized PAASCU and endorsed its work as an accrediting agency. PAASCU is also one of the three founding members of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), which was established in 1977 and is authorized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to certify the levels of accredited programs for the purpose of granting progressive deregulation and other benefits.
Level III Accreditation
- Bachelor of Arts until May 2017
- BS in Psychology until May 2017
- Business Administration until May 2017
- Grade School valid until May 2019
- High School valid until May 2019
Level II Accreditation
- Computer Science valid until May 2017
- HRM/Tourism valid until May 2017
Del Carmen Gate
San Sebastian College–Recoletos, Manila has two separate gates namely the Recto Gate, which is the main entrance and the (Plaza) Del Carmen Gate, in which the parking lot is located.
During the 50th Founding Anniversary of San Sebastian College - Recoletos, the administration erected a statue of Pedro H. Gandia, Jr., a Sebastinian scout who, along with the rest of the Philippine contingent, died in a plane crash while on their way to attend the 11th World Scout Jamboree.
Sebastinian Outreach Foundation, Inc
San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Manila as a Catholic institution, is giving witness to the Augustinian Recollect charism as a way of living faith and Christianity through the Institutional Community Outreach/Extension Program, supervised by the Sebastinian Outreach Foundation Incorporated (SOFI). Through its involvement in community outreach programs and projects, the school sustains its quest for quality and relevance in its academic pursuits by keeping alive its mission of service and authentic Christian witnessing.
The Sebastinian Hymn and March were composed by Prof. Buenaventura while the lyrics were written by former SSC-R Glee Club Adviser Ruben Hilario in the 1970s.
Identifying, Defining and Edifying the Sebastinian Identity
The Golden Stag
San Sebastian College – Recoletos Manila brands itself as the home of the stags. A stag surfaces among Christian symbols. Psalm 42 reads: As a deer longs for running streams, so my soul longs for you, o God. My soul thirsts for the living God. Perhaps because of this, the stag is considered a symbol for piety and religious aspiration and longing. Following this, if every Sebastinian is a stag, then every Sebastinian longs for the Living Water, God. It is faith in God that nourishes every Sebastinian. “A Primer to Catholic Symbolism” published in the Boston Catholic Journal presents: His freedom of mobility captivates our imagination and speaks to us of the freedom of soul we would like to have. His fearlessness in combat is what we would like to imitate in our encounters with evil. An online site containing discussions about medieval bestiary discusses: The stag is the enemy of the snake. When the stag discovers a snake, it spits water into the hole where the snake hides, draws the snake out with its breath, and tramples it to death. If the stag is ill or old, it draws the snake out of hiding and swallows it. The stag then finds water and drinks large amounts of it to overcome the poison, and is renewed. When the stag is renewed it sheds its horns. This may simply be a myth but the imagery concretely captures the Christian concept of the fight between good and evil, and also touches on allusions about renewal. The water taken by the stag may be considered a symbol for the Spirit; thus, this may be an allusion to baptism, which, for Christians, means a renewal. The same site continues: The stag is a symbol for Christ, who tramples and destroys the devil. As the stags crossing a river help each other, so should the Christian crossing from the worldly life to the spiritual life help others who grow weak or tired. As the stag is renewed and sheds its horns after drinking from the spring, so those who drink from the spring of the spirit are renewed and shed their sins. 
RED and YELLOW
In San Sebastian College, one would hear the phrase Red and Gold mentioned a lot of times, referring to the school colors. A lot of the members of the institution would wear shirts displaying the phrase. One would wonder, though, about its meanings, and whether these people understand these meanings.
Let us subject this phrase to scrutiny: red is a color; gold is an element. That is just unparallel and, therefore, inconsistent. Let us think, therefore, of the line: flaming red, golden yellow. With that, we get two pairs of imagery: red and yellow, flame and gold.
When we trace the symbolism of red, we get various concepts considering its meanings for various cultures and fields: love, action, confidence, courage, dynamism, vitality. It is also associated with loyalty, honor, success, fortune, fertility, happiness, passion, and summer.
Red is the color most commonly associated with love so that whenever a heart (believed to be the seat of love) is depicted, it is colored red. This brings us to another association, that of blood; which, in turn, brings us to war and martyrdom. In Christianity, red symbolizes martyrdom and sacrifice. Because of this, perhaps, red also is associated with courage.
This may remind us of the Christian concept of courage. In a nutshell, when a Christian faces danger or temptation, he/she does not bravely face the enemy and fight. Instead, a Christian would run towards God so God may defend him/her against the enemy. This courage, therefore, is very much associated with the Christian concept of Kenosis. Here lie a lot of paradoxes: kenosis would present an act of emptying so one may be full, dying so one may live. One does an act of resignation, so one may do an act of courage. To die for one’s faith is not death, but to live eternally; to run towards God from the enemy is not cowardice, but an act of faith and courage. In Christianity, martyrdom (death) becomes a reason for celebration and ceremony. We, therefore, see red as symbol for joy.
Red is also the color most commonly associated with passion and heat. In art, fire is often shown as red even when flames are usually yellow, orange or blue.
THUS: flaming red.
In Christianity, yellow and white together symbolize Easter, rebirth, and Resurrection; i.e., the culmination, or end, or fruit of Kenosis.
In medieval European symbolism, red symbolized passion, blue symbolized the spiritual, and yellow symbolized reason.
Interestingly, considering the colors of San Sebastian College – Recoletos Manila, it is also said that yellow combined with red symbolized heat and energy. This then leads us again to the imagery of the flame. In art, sunlight – which shoots forth from that body of flames called sun – is presented as colored yellow; thus, yellow is also associated with warmth.
If we push through following this direction of inquiry, we will inevitably be led to a syllogism that since yellow symbolizes light, and light symbolizes knowledge and wisdom (thus, development of such word as enlightenment); therefore, yellow symbolizes knowledge and wisdom. In the academic field, yellow is the color of reason and research.
Searching for yellow’s symbolisms would also immediately lead us to its association with gold, which was considered to be imperishable, eternal and indestructible. If we trace the etymology of the word ‘gold,’ it will give us aurum, which means yellow. In some cultures, the yellow color of gold also symbolizes wisdom.
THUS: golden yellow.
These associations of red and flame to love and passion; yellow and gold to wisdom and reason are curiously significant and interestingly fitting to San Sebastian College – Recoletos Manila considering the institution’s Augustinian principle: Caritas et Scientia. 
CARITAS ET SCIENTIA
We learn from the Book of Ecclesiasticus, “…gold is tested in the fire….” This metaphor is repeated in various books in the Bible (Wisdom 3:5, 1 Peter 1:7, Proverbs 17:3) used to refer to man’s faith that must be tested by humiliations and afflictions.
This is an interesting analogy as flames do not destroy gold, but purify it. Flames destroy the impurities. What remains is the purest gold. [This may also be considered parallel with symbolism presented in the water taken by the stag that causes shedding of its horns, and ultimately, a symbolism of Christian baptism.]
If red is to flame, flame is to love (charity); and yellow is to gold, gold is to wisdom (scientia); then we say that caritas – and all its burning flames – is necessary so that scientia may reach its purest form or that it may reach its fulfillment.
In order for one to reach the summit of the search for wisdom, one must first seek to learn how it is to truly love. Before the acquisition of wisdom, there is that requisite: love. Let love burn in the heart of one who seeks wisdom.
This epitomizes a Sebastinian: a seeker of wisdom, yes; but one who, first and foremost, is imbued with love. This means love in the measure of the cross. This means being truly humble so as to be ready to pass through ontological deaths or various degrees of kenosis. Wisdom is given to and dwells only in a heart that is humble and full of love.
This is not to say that love and wisdom are two separate entities. One realizes, if one finally learns to love, that one – in that moment of epiphany – has already gained wisdom. Love safeguards wisdom; and wisdom safeguards love. They are inseparable. One comes first only so the other may be gained, but the first cannot exist without the other.
This reminds me of the only full example of love: that of the Father’s Love fulfilled in the Paschal Mystery of the Son, from which shoots forth the Spirit of Wisdom.
THUS:Caritas et Scientia; Love and Wisdom. All these mentioned may be encapsulated as manifested in the lives of saints, such as Saint Sebastian.
Golden Stag History
- One of the greatest players in the history of San Sebastian is Justin Avestro who scored 102 points in one game and was a league MVP 3 straight years
- Their 5-time consecutive NCAA Seniors' Basketball Championships (achieved from 1993–1998) is the longest dynasty streak in the NCAA under the leadership then of now Bmeg Derby Ace front man Rommel Adducul
- San Sebastian Golden Stags won the Seniors' Basketball Championship Game twice in 2001-2002.
- In NCAA season 85, San Sebastian Golden Stags ended their 7-year title drought by claiming the Senior's Basketball Championship crown with rookie coach, Ato Agustin from host, San Beda College, which at that time, already had a 3-year dynasty in the NCAA and aimed to defy San Sebastian's dynasty streak.
- The other senior varsity teams may also be referred to as the Stags. The junior varsity teams are known as the San Sebastian Golden Staglets, while the women's teams are called the San Sebastian Lady Stags.
- In NCAA season 86, the San Sebastian Lady Stags bagged their 6-time Senior's Volleyball Championship Game with coach Roger Gorayeb.
- The staple cheer is Bravo Baste. The supporters of the San Sebastian Golden Stags are known as "bronx warriors".
- Their most prominent rivals in the league of athletics are Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Beda College.
-  SSC-R as an exclusive for boys school. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
- San Sebastian College-Recoletos HS Student Handbook. San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Manila. 2001–2002. p. 8.
-  Juris Doctor Program. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
-  SSC-R Top 20. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
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