St. Mary's College of Baliuag

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St. Mary's College of Baliuag
Motto Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini
Motto in English
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
Established 1912
Type Private, Catholic school
President S. Ma. Marisa C. Rebosura, RVM
Foundress Venerable Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo
Students Ignacian Marians
Location Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines
Campus Racelis St., Baliuag, Bulacan
Patron Blessed Virgin Mary
Colors White and Blue ‹See Tfm›    ‹See Tfm›    

St. Mary's College of Baliuag (St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s, SMA, SMCB) is a Catholic school for both boys and girls. It is administered by the Religious of the Virgin Mary, the first pontifically approved congregation for women in the Philippines. It was formerly called Colegio de la Sagrada Familia or Holy Family School, and was founded in 1912. In June 30, 1959, the Holy Family School was renamed ST. MARY’S ACADEMY (SMA). It is located along Racelis St., Baliuag, Bulacan. It provides Preparatory, Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary education.

School Seal[edit]

2012 entrance and logo (School seal)[1] (Racelis St.)

"AM" stands for "Ave Maria" in praise of our Blessed Mother, the Patroness of the RVM Congregation. The rays signify the light and wisdom which emanate from Mary, the Mother and the light of the world. The sampaguita beneath the book, being the national flower, symbolizes the RVM being a Filipino Congregation. The stars represent our Lady's many virtues. At the center of the seal is an open book bearing the Latin instruction "Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini" which in English means, "The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom". It has become the school's motto for it signifies filial love, fear, awe and profound reverence for the Divine Source of wisdom, grace and life.

Institutional Objectives[edit]

In the light of its Vision - Mission, St. Mary’s College of Baliuag aims to develop graduates who are:

  1. Christ-centered Ignacian Marians, committed to live in God’s abundant love.;
  2. Mary’s followers, living her virtues to attain fullness of life in Jesus Christ and to exemplify ethical and corporate responsibilities in a humane society;
  3. Faithful to the spirituality of Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo in building the Church of the poor and paving the way towards inner and social transformation and reverence for creation and persons:
  4. Proclaimers of a tradition of excellence and lifelong learning;
  5. Promoters of Filipino culture and Catholic traditions leading to holistic human development;
  6. Servant leaders, adhering to the Christian concept of stewardship and communion;
  7. Matured individuals, imbued with faith and wisdom in searching for truth, beauty and goodness.

Philosophy Of Education[edit]

St. Mary’s College of Baliuag (SMCB) adheres to the RVM Philosophy of Education aimed at leading all to fullness of life in Jesus Christ.

Left side 2012 (newly painted) façade of St. Mary's College of Baliuag[2] (Racelis St.)
Left façade (newly painted for the December 12, 2012 100 Year Anniversary).

We believe that…

God is Father who, in abundant love and total graciousness, created humanity and all creation to share His love.

When humanity chose to live apart from God, in tender mercy, the Father sent His Son Jesus to show humanity the way back to Him to pursue the path of justice, truth and love.

The Father sent the Holy Spirit to sanctify, inspire, guide and enlighten everyone in following Jesus so that the will of God for the well-being of all may be fulfilled.

God chose Mary to be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God and the Mother of the Church. Mary, being the first disciple, journeys with us to fullness of life in Jesus Christ.

We believe that… By the example set by Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, the RVM Education proclaims that it is the heart that knows God, who is the source of all wisdom (cf. Prov. 2:6; 9:10; Job 28:20,23; Ecll 2:26; Ps 51:6;James 3: 17 – 18).

Education is a lifelong process whereby human persons grow and develop their potentials in the pursuit of their God-given mission of transforming all things in Jesus Christ.

Learning is growth for every person to become a witness to faith, excellence and service in varied socio-cultural settings thus, participate in the transforming experience of life in Jesus Christ.

The School is where the process of growth is directed towards reverence for creation and persons, which fortifies the spirit of communion.

The Students who are citizens of their times, unique with their own history, capacities and inspiration, have the sacred and the good, the promise and the potentials for the actualization of the mission entrusted to them.

The Teachers are persons committed to the process of becoming whole and to the task of leading others to maturity in Jesus Christ.

The School Administrators are servant leaders committed to witness to the “Good News” and to journey with the academic community in their search for truth, beauty and goodness.

As a Catholic School, SMCB works for the development of the whole person who recognizes one’s Christian role of exemplifying ethical and corporate responsibilities in a humane society through a constant encounter with Jesus Christ and others.

As a Filipino School, SMCB is dedicated to the task of producing well-rounded citizens who can preserve and witness to relevant and wholesome Filipino culture, values and attitudes.

As an RVM School, SMCB is committed to the Christian formation of Ignacian Marian leaders who are imbued with Ignacian Spirituality and live simply to serve God and creation.

Elements Of RVM Pedagogy[edit]

Reverend Mother Maria Evelyn C. Aguilar, RVM, Superior General (2006, 2012)[3][4] & Sister Ma. Raquel A. Reodica, RVM (famous "Cancer healer of the Lord",[5] on her Golden Jubilee celebration, Religious of the Virgin Mary Motherhouse)

RVM pedagogy is the way in which teachers accompany learners in their growth and development.

  1. Learning context – The RVM method of instruction considers the context of students’ basic human experiences which are embedded in the learning objectives.
  2. Learning content – includes topics, skills to be learned, articulation of the core and related Ignacian values and social orientations to be integrated in the lesson.
  3. Learning experience and strategies – The RVM Pedagogy is constructivist. It starts with prelection which takes into consideration the learner’s prior knowledge of the subject matter before concentrating on the focus of the lesson.

The students are motivated to participate actively in the learning process. They are able to generate or confront new knowledge through innovative approaches including but not limited to Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles (MILS). These strategies and activities are aligned to the stated learning objectives.

Faith and life dialogue is experienced through integration of Ignacian core and related values, reflection of the lesson in relation to contemporary social realities and integration of lessons across discipline.

Praxis - The lesson is summarized and students are led to take responsible actions from what they have learned.

4. Evaluation - Students’ growth in terms of lessons learned and values gained is evaluated in relation to the stated objectives which are made known to the students at the start of the lesson.


100 Years[edit]

St. Mary's College of Baliuag, established in 1912, celebrated their Centennial Anniversary last year (2012). The start of the Centennial Celebration was launched last January 2012, and a Grand Alumni Homecoming Reunion was scheduled last December 12, 2012.

Sr. Ma. Marisa C. Rebosura, RVM School President cuts the ribbon formally opening the 100th Year Celebration (SM City Baliuag.

On November 5, 2012, Sr. Ma. Marisa C. Rebosura, RVM, School President, formally opened the "100 Years 100 Works of Art" (at SM City Baliuag) 100th Year Celebration.

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