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 Lungsod Quezon
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Claret School of Quezon City, 2015
Mahinhin St., UP Village, Diliman
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Type Private Catholic school
Motto Scientia maxime cum virtute ("Knowledge is best with virtue")
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic Church (Claretians)
Patron saint(s) Anthony Mary Claret
Established June 1967
Principal Danilo Lemi
(Grade School)
Paolo Josef L. Blando
(High School)
Campus Director Rev. Fr. Mauricio T. Ulep, CMF
Chaplain Rev. Fr. Christopher P. Ligason, CMF
Grades K to 12
Gender Male
Enrollment Approximately 4,100
Campus 29,101 square metres (2.9101 ha) (Diliman Campus)
Color(s) Scarlet & Royal Blue Claret colors.png
Athletics Claret Red Roosters
Mascot Red Rooster
Accreditation PAASCU, CEAP, FAAP
Newspaper The Claretian
(Grade School)
(High School)
Affiliations PAASCU, ACSPI, CEAP, QC-MCGSC, PAYA, RIFA, QCAA, PRISSAAP, DepEd, AAPS, CMLI, Claretians, 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, 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
1981 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. Agapito Ferrero, CMF
2001-06 Rev. Fr. Felimon P. Libot, 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
2013–16 Rev. Fr. Christian James DL. Castro, CMF
2016-17 Rev. Fr. Efrén L. Limpo, CMF
2017-present Rev. Fr. Mauricio T. Ulep, 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 upgraded the old covered court into a gymnasium, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish church was built.[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, supervision of the school was transferred to 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 1990s. 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. He 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 in a fatal accident at Mabalacat, Pampanga.[3]

On June 1, 2009, Eduardo Apungan, CMF took office as the school director. He was superseded in 2010 by Renato Manubag, CMF. In May 2013, Very Rev. Christian James DL. Castro assumed directorship of the school. In 2017, Very Reverend Fr. Efrén Limpo assumed position as the 14th School Director of Claret School of Quezon City.

The first elementary graduates completed their studies in 1971, while the pioneer high school class graduated in 1975 with 38 students. A plaque with the names of the first 38 high school graduates can be seen in the main lobby of Claret School.

On October 22, 2016, Claret School of Quezon City was honored with the Quezon City Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal Award for Most Outstanding Institution for 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria Hotel, Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City.[4]


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 admits 3-year-olds boys and girls for Junior Nursery, 4-year-olds for Senior Nursery and 5-year-olds 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 sports, Claret School won its First Philippine Athletic Youth Association (PAYA) Basketball Championship in the 1974-1975 season, beating San Agustin in the Finals.


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[5] 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]

  • Roehl Niño Bautista - (GS '02, HS '06) co-founder,
  • Jules Guiang - (GS '05, HS '09) news anchor and TV host, People's Television Network; founder, board chairman, National Alliance of Youth Leaders[7]
  • Oscar Oida - (GS '89, HS '93) news reporter, GMA Network
  • Kazuyuki Tanaka (+) - (HS '12) musician, Viva Records
  • Jose Victor Torres, PhD - (GS '79 HS '83) historical researcher and consultant; screenwriter; Palanca awardee (play)
  • James Velasquez - (GS '00, HS '04) sportscaster, TV5 (Philippines)




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


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