Claret School of Quezon City

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Coordinates: 14°38′48″N 121°3′20″E / 14.64667°N 121.05556°E / 14.64667; 121.05556

Claret School of Quezon City
Paaralang Claret ng Lunsod Quezon
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Claret School of Quezon City, 2015
Latin:Scientia Maxime Cum Virtute
("Knowledge is best with virtue")
Mahinhin St., UP Village, Diliman
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Type Private, Catholic, Claretians
Established June 1967

Mrs. Carmelita C. Condecido GS

Mr. Paolo Josef L.Blando HS
Campus Director Very Rev. Fr. Christian James L. Castro, CMF
Chaplain Rev. Fr. Ronaldo Epifanio Banaria, CMF
Grades K to 12
Enrollment Approximately 4,100
Campus 29,101 m² (approximately 3.3 hectares) (Diliman Campus)
Color(s) Scarlet & Royal Blue Claret colors.png
Athletics Claret Red Roosters
Mascot Red Rooster[citation needed]
Accreditation PAASCU, CEAP, FAAP
Newspaper The ClaretianGS
Affiliations PAASCU, ACSPI, CEAP, QC-MCGSC, PAYA, RIFA, QCAA, PRISSAAP, DepEd, AAPS, CMLI, Claretian Missionaries, TAAPI, BSP-Quezon City Council, Student Catholic Action of the Philippines- National Capital Region Cluster

The Claret School of Quezon City (CSQC or Claret) is a Catholic school for boys run by the Claretian missionaries and established in June 1967. It was named after its patron saint, St. Anthony Mary Claret, who founded the Congregation of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The school also has the Child Study Center which allows girls up to the Kindergarten level.


School Directors of
Claret School of Quezon City
1967-81 Rev. Fr. Santiago González, CMF

Rev. Fr. Julián Mateos, CMF
Rev. Fr. Jesús Vásquez, CMF
Rev. Fr. Emilio Pablo, CMF
Rev. Fr. Luis Fernández Rey, CMF

Rev. Fr. Domingo Moraleda, CMF
1981-95 Dr. Enrique Coralejo
1995-2001 Rev. Fr. Felimon P. Libot, CMF
2001-06 Fr. Salvador G. Agualada, Jr., CMF
2006-09 Rev. Fr. Salvador G. Agualada, Jr., CMF
2009-10 Rev. Fr. Eduardo C. Apungan, CMF
2010–13 Rev. Fr. Renato B. Manubag, CMF
2013–Present Rev. Fr. Christian James DL. Castro, CMF

The Claretian fathers dreamt of building a school in the Philippines after they had started their missions in Zamboanga and Basilan. They needed a base to serve as the center for Claretian activities in the country.[citation needed]

In the late 1960s, José Querexta, CMF acquired the 29,000 square meter lot in UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City. In 1967, the construction of the first two buildings of the school (Xifré and Clotet) were supervised by Miguel Mialet, CMF. Santiago González, CMF was the first school director.

Under his guidance the school quickly grew to include the Intermediate Grade School Department in 1968 and the High School Department in 1972. In the 1970s the school included an upgrade of the old covered court into today's gymnasium, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish church.[citation needed]

In 1981, González was replaced by Julián Mateos, CMF; Jesús Vásquez, CMF; Emilio Pablo, CMF; Luis Fernández Rey, CMF; and Domingo Moraleda, CMF. From 1981 until 1995, the school was transferred under the supervision of Enrique Coralejo, a lay director.[citation needed]

The 1990 earthquake forced the school to make reinforcements to the main buildings. During the same decade, the Sala building was completed as the last of the five main buildings of the campus. The Vilaró, Fàbregas, and Sala buildings were then built in 1990's. From 1995 until 2001, Agapito Ferrero, CMF was the school director.[citation needed]

In 2001, Felimon P. Libot, CMF became the first Claretian priest of Filipino descent to be assigned as school director and was superseded by Salvador G. Agualada, CMF in 2006.

In 2007, the school celebrated its 40th anniversary and the TLE building was completed.[1][2]

In the middle of SY 2008-2009, the former School Director, Domingo Moraleda died on a fatal accident at Mabalacat, Pampanga.[3]

In 2009, the school director was Eduardo Apungan, CMF which he took office on June 1, 2009. Apungan was then superseded by Renato Manubag, CMF in 2010. In May 2013, Very Rev. Christian James DL. Castro, assumed as the 13th School Director of Claret School of Quezon City.


Claret School of Quezon City is composed of the Child Study Center, the Grade School department and the High School department. The Grade School and High School units were established in 1967, while the Child Study Center was opened in June 2001.

Child Study Center[edit]

The Center accepts 3½ to 4½ year-old boys and girls for the Nursery level and 4½ to 5½ year-old boys for the Kindergarten level. From Kindergarten, the curriculum ladder extends to the Preparatory (prep) level which was integrated to the Grade School in 1967.

Elementary and secondary education[edit]

The Grade School unit of Claret School of Quezon City was accredited by the PAASCU on March 15, 1978. It was granted reaccreditation in 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 and the latest is valid until 2020. The High School unit received its accreditation by PAASCU on April 19, 1991. It was granted reaccreditation in 1995, 2001, 2006, and 2010.[2]

Aside from its membership in the PAASCU, Claret School of Quezon City also takes active roles in the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), Association of Private Schools Administrators, Inc. (APSA, Inc.) the QC-Marikina Grade School Consortium, and the Private Secondary School Administrators Association of the Philippines (PRISSAAP).


In the school year 2003–2004, the Association of Claret Schools in the Philippines, Inc. (ACSPI) was formally established and this further strengthened the linkages of the four Claret Schools in the Philippines: Claret School of Quezon City, Claret School of Zamboanga[4] in Zamboanga City, Claret College of Isabela in Isabela City, Claret School of Lamitan in Lamitan City, Claret School of Maluso and Claret School of Tumahubong in Basilan Province.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Statue of St. Mary Anthony Claret and two schoolchildren in the Claret School of Quezon City.


Arts, Media, & Entertainment[edit]

  • Jules Guiang - (GS '05, HS '09) news anchor and TV host, PTV-4; founder, board chairman, National Alliance of Youth Leaders[6]
  • Oscar Oida - news reporter, GMA-7
  • James Velasquez - (GS '00, HS '04) sportscaster, TV5 (Philippines)
  • Kazuyuki Tanaka (+) - (HS '12) musician, Viva Records
  • Jose Victor Torres, PhD - (GS '79 HS '83) historical researcher and consultant; screenwriter; Palanca awardee (play)
  • Roehl Niño Bautista - (GS '02, HS '06) co-founder,


  • Hernani Braganza - (HS) mayor, Alaminos, Pangasinan; former Secretary of Agrarian Reform
  • Winston Castelo - (HS '81) 2nd District – Quezon City Representative (House of Representatives); former Councilor (2nd District – Quezon City)
  • Siegfred Mison - (GS '78) commissioner, Bureau of Immigration
  • Deogracias Savellano - (HS '77) governor, Ilocos Sur Province



  • Richie Fernando, SJ (+) - (HS) Jesuit missionary[7]
  • Bo Sanchez - (HS) catholic preacher; founder of the Light of Jesus Community.
  • Patrick Dimal - mechanical engineer, Araneta Center
  • Reyancarlo Buan - architect, Araneta Center
  • Nelson G. Evangelista, MSCE, MBA, MSML - US-based general contractor; real estate investor; philanthropist
  • Eric Tamayo - (GS) owner, Tamayo's Catering
  • Dino de Leon - (HS '05) convenor, De La Salle Worlds (32nd World Universities Debating Championship)[8]
  • Jason Don S. Dizon - (GS'09, HS '13) Champion - ESL 2015 World Universities Debating Championships


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