Saint Theresa's College of Quezon City
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|St. Theresa's College, Quezon City|
Let your light shine and be a blessing.
|Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Type||Private exclusive all-girls Catholic school|
|Established||7 January 1947|
|Founder||Mother Marie Louise de Meester|
|Grades||Kinder to 4th year H.S.|
|Campus||Urban, 5 blocks in Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City|
|Color(s)||Gold and Blue|
|directress||Sr. Josefina Nebres, ICM|
St. Theresa's College, (also called STC), Philippines, is a Catholic private school for girls run by the Missionary Sisters of the "Immaculati Cordis Mariae" or Immaculate Heart of Mary (ICM).
STC offers programs from the kindergarten through the elementary and secondary levels. As an ICM school, its educational program draws inspiration from Mother Marie Louise De Meester, Foundress of ICM.
Its students are called “Theresians”, from the name of its patroness St. Teresa of Avila.
Heading the school for the ICM sisters is Sr. Josefina Nebres, the school directress.
Mother Marie Louise De Meester (born on April 8, 1857 in Roesalare, West Flanders, Belgium) and her novices arrived on the shores of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur on June 21, 1910. Tagudin became the foundation of the ICM missionary work throughout the Philippines which gave birth to institutions of learning in the country including the different campuses of St. Theresa's College. Mother Marie Louise De Meester founded St. Theresa's College, Manila (STCM) in 1915 at the invitation of the Most Reverend Jeremiah James Harty, the first American Archbishop of Manila. When World War II wrought havoc on the St. Theresa's College in San Marcelino, Manila, leaving it in ruins, little hope was left for the rebuilding of its physical structure. While St. Theresa's College Manila was re-built, re-opened and continued to be run by the Belgian Sisters until 1980 (over a three-year phase out; STCM property was sold to Adamson University), steps were taken after WWII to look for a property which would be larger than the San Marcelino Compound.
In January 1946, a contract was signed for the purchase of a property consisting of five blocks, in Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City. The US Army, which previously occupied the place, left the building in poor condition, later to be utilized temporarily for the classrooms of St. Theresa's College, Quezon City, and for the quarters of the Sisters.
January 7, 1947, marked the establishment of STCQC. The school was officially opened only in June 1947.
St. Theresa's College, Quezon City is a member of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), and the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) and avails itself of the services of the institutions and groups working for the reorientation of education in the Philippines. It is the only all-girls school that was issued a clean seven-year accreditation.
The original certificate of St. Theresa's College, Q.C. was issued on February 19, 1947.
School traditions 
- College hymn
- Annual Family Day
- Field Demonstration (Grade School Department)
- Dance Production (High School Department)
- Bingo Raffle Promo
- Performance of Guest Bands
- Newspaper drive
- Christmas Drive
- Speak English Campaign
- Children's Book Day
- Linggo ng Wika
- Quarter Theme Launchings
- Academic Week
- Book Fair
- Song Fest (Every other year)(High School Department)
- Annual Band Fest
- Performance of Theresian bands and dance groups
- Performance of Guest Bands
- Its Showtime
Grade School Department 
The STCQC Grade School is an elementary school for girls. It has facilities and classrooms for students from the kindergarten level to the sixth grade.
Student Council 
The Grade School Student Organization (GSSO) is the official student council of the Grade School department. The Student Council has positions like Grade School President, Vice president, Secretary of Grades 4 and 6, and Treasurer.
The practicum emphasizes experience-based learning. Theories are learned and applied to practical situations or vice-versa, through observation, practice, workshops, team research, media demonstrations and educational trips.
The practicum is called SAMAHAN, meaning "organization." It stands for the spirit of belongingness, guided by the theme “Sa Diyos at sa kapwa, maglingkod ay handa” (In God and to others, always ready to serve). Students from the fourth to sixth grade experience interaction with the sectors, while students from first to third grade stay in campus doing dynamic games, interview-research, film viewing and live interviews. Every December, students from First to Sixth grade interact with a specific visitor or visitors each level.
Co-curricular activities 
Students interested in Sciences, Arts and Writing are invited to join an organization for enthusiasts, called SINAG. In this organization, the students' talents and skills in a particular field are cultivated and developed. SINAG or Socialized Instructional Activities for the Advanced Group in Science, Mathematics, Art, and Creative-Writing helps students enhance their potentials in various subjects.
These are the SINAG categories:
- SINAG Math (Mrs.Melinda Alfonso)
- SINAG Primary Chorale (a.k.a. Choir Members)
- SINAG Science (Ms.Eleonor Brocoy)
- SINAG Creative Writing (English teachers)
- SINAG Sining Pandulaan (a.k.a. SINAG SP)
- SINAG Art(Mrs.Zenaida Ira)
- SINAG Volleyball
- SINAG Lyre and Drum
- SINAG Computer (Ms.Marilene Tion)
- SINAG Intermediate Chorale (a.k.a. Choir Members/Ms.Myrna Villegas)
- SINAG Bitaw (Theater arts)
- SINAG Salingayaw (Dance)
- Junior Librarians
- Theresian magazine staffers
High School Department 
The High School Department is a Catholic college-preparatory school for female students. The campus features a library, the Instructional Media Center, Biology laboratory, Chemistry laboratory, Physics laboratory, computer laboratories, High School Chapel, cooking rooms, canteen and cafeteria, clinic and the covered court.
In the High School Department, the clubs are called KASAMAHAN. KASAMAHAN is the combination of SEG and PALIHAN. There are two levels of KASAMAHAN, which is the junior and the senior cluster.
- Active Minds (An English based group. They focus on writing.)
- Kwentistang Teresa (Also an english based group. However instead of writing students are more of book entusiasts thus making it
a group of students that loves reading.)
- BUKAL ( A SOCSCI based group)
- Dulaang Teresa (Group that focuses on acting and drama.)
- Green Thumbs (A Nature-based group)
- Earth Stewards (A Nature loving group, usually handled by the SCIENCE area)
- Robotics (A group that focuses more on creating and programming robots. They usually join various robot-making competitions)
- BaKpackers (It is an adventure-based group.)
- Explorers (The Explorers is divided into two the Junior and Senior cluster. They are usually an active groups that focuses on
- Camp Carers (This group is part of the senior cluster. It focuses on Camping.)
- Math Minds (A MATH based group that has a lot of activities aside from solving MATH problems and equations.)
- Basketball (Group that focuses on Basketball)
- Volleyball (Group that focuses on Volleyball)
- Badminton (A group that focuses on the sport 'Badminton')
- Board Games
- Lasang Pinoy (Exclusively for 2nd years/ 8th graders)
- Siklab (A SOCSCI based group)
- I-Klik (A COMPUTER based group)
- ARTreach (An ART based group)
- God's Gift for the Kids
- MAD-C/Making A Difference for Christ (A RELIGION based group together with Tropang Maria)
- Indak Sayaw (A group that focuses more on dancing and music related activities.)
- Tropang Maria (Also a RELIGION based group.)
- Theresian Alert
Theresian Student Council (TSC) 
The Theresian Student Council is the official student council and representative of the students of the High School department. They are ones who usually handles the projects of the school and the traditional ceremonies. It is composed of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer (PRO) and a Year Level Representative for each year. They are also called as TSC officers. Every year, when the school year is about to end. The school asks for students who would wish to serve the Council by giving out forms to interested people and submitting it to their advisers. There is no actual requirement for a student to be qualified as candidate. As long as the student is willing and has the qualities to do so then she is welcome to try. There is also a campaigning period. The friends or class of the candidate will help her hand out flyers to neighboring classes. They are also free to create a jingle or short song for the campaign. Also each candidate will undergo an open forum, to see if they are capable of handling the job. Each of them must present a campaigning video containing the reasons why they are capable of handling the role and their respective projects.
TSC President : She must have at least the 60% votes of the student population to be hailed as TSC President. Vice President: Must have at least the 60% votes of the student population. Secretary: 60% votes of student population. Treasurer: 60% votes of student population. PRO: 60% votes of student population. 1st year/ Grade 7 Yr level rep: the grade7 students are the only ones allowed to vote for there yr lvl rep. : 60% votes of student pop. 2nd year/ Grade 8 Yr level rep: exclusive to 7th graders ongoing 8th graders. : 60% votes of student pop. 3rd year level rep: exclusive to 8th graders on going 3rd year students. 60% votes of student pop. 4th year level rep: exclusive to 3rd year students on going 4th year students. 60% votes of student pop.
NOTE: If in case there is only a single candidate the student is free to either vote or just leave it be.
Practicum provides students interaction with the poor through immersion of students in depressed communities, followed by social analysis, reflection, awareness-raising on current situations, etc.
The High School practicum is named KASAMAHAN (Creative Workshop).
The Theresian Magazine (Theresian Mag) 
The official school publication is The Theresian. It serves as a training ground for writers and journalists.
The Theresian is in two parts: The Grade School and The High School. Students need to pass two screenings before being an official Theresian Staffer. The students are divided into four parts namely writers, photographers, artists and lay-out artists. Writers write the news and features, photographers take the pictures, artists draw the pictures and lay-out artists are in charge of the backgrounds, fonts and the cover page. The picture/s in the cover page are done by the artists.
In order to be part of the Theresian Mag. The students are required to audition.
School traditions 
On a field of gold and blue are imposed the cross and three stars. The blue stands for faithful courage, and the gold proclaims jubilant victory - always - through love. The Latin cross within the seal stands for the victory with Christ over evil. The gold of the cross stands for the love for Christ who died on it and rose from the dead. The three stars stand for the three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity.
The inscription around the seal reads Virtute, Scientia, Artibus Floreat - which is Latin for "education in and through virtue, science, and the arts."
The seal is a badge showing the mountain peak of Carmel, linked with the school's patron saint, St. Teresa of Avila, the first woman doctor of the Church.
The school's rallying cry is "Let your light shine and be a blessing."
Blue and Gold, which stands for courage and love respectively.
College Hymn 
The lyrics of the College Hymn was written by Aurea Carballo-Gonzalez (STCM HS '31, COL '34) while music was composed by Angeles Rodriguez (STCM HS '26, COL '33).
Family Council 
The Family Council is the official organization of the parents of the students of St. Theresa’s College.The Family council celebrated their Golden Jubilee in 2011
Sambayan Educational Foundation, Inc. 
The Sambayan Educational Foundation, Inc. or SEFI was organized in 1972 by the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (ICM) and a group of STCQC parents and alumnae which called forth the school to make available the educational program to deserving families from the lower-middle-income group by way of socialized tuition fee. Its main objective is to make available quality education for less privileged but deserving students.
The SEFI program is not a scholarship program. It is a reduced tuition fee scheme for eleven years of schooling from Grade 1 until High School for qualified lower-middle-income groups. It is perhaps the only such program in existence in the Philippines today. Applicants have to pass a rigorous set of criteria as well as entrance exams to qualify. Once a student has been accepted into the program, a social worker regularly monitors her progress and checks on the family environment.
The initial seed money was provided by the ICM congregation. STCQC parents, alumnae and friends have made substantial contributions to the fund through the years.
Notable alumnae 
- Dr. Lourdes Quisumbing - Secretary of Education under the presidency of Corazon Aquino, second president of Maryknoll College
- Felycris Abad-Banguis - former UST professor, philanthropist, socio-civic leader, businessowner, Director- Makati Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Lydia B. Echauz - President, Far Eastern University
- Chitang Guerrero-Nakpil - Historian/writer
- Gilda Cordero-Fernando - Writer, Publisher
- Marilou Diaz-Abaya - Movie director
- Mel Tiangco - Newscaster
- Margarita Penson Juico - PCSO Chairman
- Minerva M.B. Ambrosio - Lawyer
- Jessica Zafra - Fiction writer, Columnist
- Karen Loren Agustin-Ostrea - Bb. Pilipinas 2002 (Winner)
- Joan de Venecia - 2006 Bar Topnotcher
- Lisa Macuja-Elizalde - Prima Ballerina
- Ma. Assunta C. Cuyegkeng - Vice-President of the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University
- Linda Cruz-Tuason - lawyer
- Trina Yujuico-Kalaw - model
- Margie Moran - Miss Universe 1973 winner
- Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc - journalist
- Gemma Cruz-Araneta - Miss International 1964 winner; former Philippine Secretary of Tourism
- Ingrid Sala Santamaria - concert pianist
- Leah Navarro - singer and socio-civic member
- Susan Serrano-Villar - civic leader
- Loida Nicolas-Lewis - Philanthropist, Lawyer
- Patricia Evangelista - writer, host
- Korina Sanchez - newscaster
- Veda Banez-Alonso - dance director and choreographer
- Ivy Almario - architect, interior designer
- Cynthia Almario - architect, interior designer
- Millet Martinez-Mananquil - journalist
- Thelma Sioson-San Juan - journalist
- Erlinda Sibal - publisher
- Sr. Pilar Versoza, ICM - sociocivic leader
- Lorna Kalaw-Tirol - journalist
- Agnes Assunta Manalo - music arranger, sound engineer
- Katski Flores - director, writer, producer of "Still Life", a Cinemalaya 2007 entry
- Sr. Sol Perpinan - RGS Sister, teacher, and writer
- Jannelle So - journalist
- Jocelyn Valencia-Glorioso - Coloratura
- Maria Joana Resurreccion - Clinical Healthcare Director, Entrepreneur
- Pinky Aseron - radio broadcaster, College Professor (U.P. Diliman), former National President of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)
- Noelle de Jesus Chua - editor, journalist
- Angela Lorraine Ramos - writer, theatre actress, artist, singer, model, economist, mathematician, entrepreneur, blogger
- Emmeline Versoza - Executive Director, Commission on Women
- Remembrance St. Theresa's College Manila 1915-1980, published by the STAA Manila, 1st edition 1991, 2nd edition 2004
- Esprit de Corps, published by St. Theresa's College Manila
See also 
- STAA QC - St. Theresa's College Alumnae Association Quezon City
- STAA Manila - St. Theresa's College Alumnae Association Manila official website
- [dead link] - St. Theresa's College Manila Foundation, Inc. official website
-  - Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Philippines
-  - The Arrival of the ICM Missionaries in the Philippines