Chiang Kai Shek College

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Chiang Kai-shek College
Kolehiyo ng Chiang Kai-shek 菲律濱中正學院
Former names
Chiang Kai-shek High School (1939-1965)
Type Private
Established 1939
President Dr. Dory Poa Ph.D. (潘露莉)
Students 19,000+
Location 1274 Padre Algue St., Tondo, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Campus Urban
Teaching languages English, Chinese, Filipino
Colors Blue and White         
Athletics Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association, Women's National Collegiate Athletic Association, Filipino Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation Meet, Baden Powell Cup Basketball Tournament, etc.
Affiliations Association of Chinese-Filipino Schools in the Philippines, etc.

Chiang Kai-shek College (simplified Chinese: 菲律濱中正学院; traditional Chinese: 菲律濱中正學院; pinyin: Fēilùbīn Zhōngzhèng Xuéyuàn) is a Chinese Filipino institution of higher learning founded by Chinese Filipinos, recognized by the government of Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of China (Taiwan). The school offers programs in the Preschool (幼稚园), Grade School (小学), Junior High School (初中), Senior High School (高中),College (大学). It is the largest Chinese Filipino school in population in the Philippines. The school is located at 1274 Padre Algue St. Tondo, Manila, Philippines.


Chiang Kai-shek College was founded by the late Principal, Mr. Wong Chun Seng and the late Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Yu Khe Thai with other prominent Chinese in Manila in June 1939, beginning with a population of 273 students. Chinese Filipino locals contributed to its buildings and facilities. The school was named after Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. Many years later, in the Pacific War, it was heavily damaged, fourteen teachers and students were killed for participating in underground activities. Thus a monument was built in commemoration.

In June 1945, through the effort of the former Acting Principal Huang Chi Hwa, the school temporarily opened five review classes for senior and junior high school students. When Mr. Huang left in October, Mr. Pao Shih Tien was designated as the officer-in-charge by the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Wong Chun Seng returned in December and was reappointed as the Principal by the Board of Trustees, with Dr. Pao Shih Tien as Acting Principal to assist him. The school reopened in December 1945. Under the management of the late Principal, together with the support of the Chinese Filipino community, the school acquired its present site. Student population was close to one thousand when the school moved to its new site in August 1948.

On 15 June 1951, the Board of Trustees amended the organization of the school's administration by adding the position of Vice-Principal. Dr. Pao Shih Tien was appointed to this position. In 1955, a Normal School that offered a two-year course for training Chinese teachers opened. Principal Wong Chun Seng died in March 1956. Vice-Principal Pao Shih Tien temporarily took charge of the school's administration until May 1956 when the Board of Trustees appointed its Chairman Yu Khe Thai as Principal and Dr. Pao Shih Tien as Vice-Principal. On 29 April 1959 the Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Mr. Yu as Principal and appointed Dr. Pao Shih Tien as his successor.

The Wong Chun Seng Memorial Pre-School was established in 1958. It offered a one-year Nursery Course and a two-year Kindergarten Course.

In 1965, this school became a college with the initial offering of two four-year collegiate courses—Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.), Major in Chinese Literature and History; and Bachelor of Science in Education, Major in General Education. Dr. Pao Shih Tien was the first College President. The High School Department then had a three-year Senior High School and a three-year Junior High School. In 1966, the school started offering four-year courses in Commerce (B.S.C.) with majors in Accounting, Management, Banking and Finance. In 1968, with the opening of the Elementary Course, CKSC became an institution that offers education from kindergarten to college levels.

In June 1976, all Chinese schools were Filipinized under the new constitution and Presidential Decree 176. All courses offered in the Collegiate Department are now in accordance with the standard requirements prescribed by the Department of Education. In addition to B.S.E. and B.S.C., Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.C.S.) and other two-year courses have been offered since 1992. In the High School Department, aside from the four-year General Secondary Course in English, only Chinese Language Arts subjects are allowed to be offered. Granted a permit to offer a two-year College Preparatory Course in Chinese in which some subjects in the previous senior high school curriculum used to be taught, CKSC also offers Chinese Language Arts subjects in the elementary school, besides the complete six-year Elementary Course in English.

In June 1979, Dr. Jimmy Su took over the helm of the College, following the retirement of Dr. Pao Shih Tien who had served the school for forty years. After the death of Chairman Yu Khe Thai in April 1983, Dr. Pao Shih Tien assumed office as the Chairman, while Messrs. Dy Tiong, Leoncio Chungunco and Santiago Cua as Vice Chairman.

With the retirement of Dr. Jimmy Su in March 1989, the Board of Trustees appointed Mr. Chien Yin Shao as the President of the College. Mr. Chien Yin Shao retired in May 1994. Mrs. Joan Sy Cotio was designated by the Board of Trustees as Acting President. Seven months later, she was appointed to lead the administration as the College President.[1]

In 2007, Joan Sy-Cotio, after serving for many years, retired as the college president. Dr. Bee Ching Ong Kian Koc succeeded her but after she finished her term in 2013, Dr. Dory Poa, an alumna of CKSC, who finished her doctorate degree at Stanford University, has become the college president. Dr. Poa had a number of international working experience with schools in the United States, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Schedule of school is 7:00 AM to 5:15 PM. Elementary to High School. Monday to Friday.

Chinese Education[edit]

Elementary and high school students hold Chinese classes in the afternoon (after English classes). The Chinese curriculum consists of three subjects - Chinese Literature (華語), Chinese Mathematics (數學), and Chinese Culture (綜合).


Main Campus[edit]

Two four-story and five five-story concrete buildings comprise the Padre Algue Campus (Main Campus). Its notable facilities include Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (a multipurpose auditorium), a Little Theatre, a conference room for the Chiang Kai-shek College Alumni Association, libraries, Speech Learning Center, School of Music, a dance studio, a computer center and the Home Economics Room.

The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a fully air-conditioned multipurpose auditorium. The auditorium is a popular venue for conventions, seminars, regional and national competitions and social gatherings of alumni. Found at the center of the main campus, the open court quadrangle can accommodate 3,000. It is where the high school and elementary students hold their flag ceremony. The main campus’ gymnasium has a seating capacity of 2,500. This basketball court has been a favorite site for Metro Manila Filipino-Chinese basketball games and College Women's Basketball Tournament. The gymnasium may also be used for playing volleyball, badminton and table tennis. The Wong Chun Seng Memorial Pre-School Buildings maintain facilities for music, arts, sciences, languages, and library activities as well as a playground.

Narra Campus[edit]

The college and graduate school are now located at the nine-story Narra Building. Its facilities include Chemistry Laboratory,gyms, etc. A gymnasium in Narra Campus is named after Chinese-Filipino community leader Benjamin Chua Jr.

The Narra Campus now houses the Senior High School as well. In pursuance of the K-12 curriculum, the school implemented a Bridging Program in 2015 to shorten the transition to the K-12 by temporarily implementing a trimestral school year. With the Grade 10 (formerly Fourth Year graduating students) successfully promoted to Grade 11, the Senior High School classes were transferred to the Narra Campus in 2016 under the headship of Dr. Raymond Datuon. Under the K-12, the Narra Campus offers the three major tracks (ABM, STEM and HUMSS) as well as the core and specialized courses. In 2017, with Dr. Datuon moving to another school, the headship was assigned to Mr. Fidel Savares.

New Campus[edit]

The new campus will be built on a 10-hectare lot in South Forbes Golf City Silang, Cavite. The lot was donated by Ambassador K. C Ng, an alumnus of the school.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ CKSC History Archived January 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.

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Coordinates: 14°36′27.39″N 120°58′36.01″E / 14.6076083°N 120.9766694°E / 14.6076083; 120.9766694