Colegio de Santa Ana

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Colegio De Santa Ana
(Formerly Santa Ana Parochial School)
CDSA Seal
CDSA Logo
Motto "Timor Dei Est Initium Sapientiae"
Motto in English
"The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom[1]"
Type Private (Parochial)
Established 1980
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Chairman Most Rev. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, D.D.
Principal Mrs. Lennie A. Montevirgen
Director Rev. Fr. Orlando B. Cantillon
Location Taguig City, NCR, Philippines Philippines
Colors Yellow and Blue         
Nickname CDSA
Affiliations CEAP, MAPSA, PaDSS, APSA-TAPAT
Website CDSA-Taguig

Colegio de Santa Ana is a Private, Catholic (Parochial) institution located in Liwayway Street, Sta. Ana, Taguig City. Founded in 1980 by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Augurio I. Juta, CDSA offers Christian education.

Colegio de Santa Ana
College facade

History[edit]

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Logo of then Santa Ana Parochial School

It all started with a simple vision – to establish an institution that would help in the Catholic formation and educational enhancement of parishioners and common folks alike for the native Taguigenos (Canon 804 §1 of the Code of Canon Law[2]). It was in the early 1980s that this idea sprang from the modest mind of Rt. Rev. Msgr. Augurio Juta, a resident parish priest of St. Anne with the assistance of Rev. Mother Maria Josefina C. Yamson, RVM, then Superior Gen. of the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary.

1980–1985[edit]

In June 1980, preparatory courses for nursery and kindergarten were opened simultaneously, with Sis. Ma. Josefina C. Campos, RVM, as the pioneer teacher, with the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) permit to operate from Nursery to Grade One. To strengthen the foundation further and to meet the growing demand, the director sought the assistance and support from a mandated organization, the Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association (MAPSA), in January 1982. This membership formalized the contract agreed upon by the Roman Catholic Archbishops of Manila, as represented by Jaime Cardinal L. Sin and the Sta. Ana Parochial School Administration as represented by Rev. Mother Ma. Josefina C. Yamson, RVM. To follow up on this formalization, Sta. Ana Parochial School filed its Articles of Incorporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 8, 1982, created its policy-making body and completed its by-laws by January 31, 1985. A rigorous construction occurred in between these years, not to mention the employ of lay teachers to meet the volume of enrollees. On March 19, 1985, Fr. Augurio l. Juta died, and the directorship was succeeded by Msgr. Emmanuel Sunga, H.P., who was installed on the 25th of the same month.

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Logo of Santa Ana Parochial School during Msgr. Suñga's term

1986–1992[edit]

Sta. Ana Parochial School was given the government recognition on August 8 (for the Nursery and Kinder) and on June 24, (Complete Elementary course) both in 1986. Msgr. Sunga pursued the creation of more rooms and established the dream of housing the high school department by way of creating the ‘St. Anne Building’, which formally opened and was blessed on May 15, 1988 by Bishop Manuel Sobreviñas. Now, Taguig already has a Catholic High School. After years of operation under a temporary permit from the DECS, the recognition was granted to the high school department on December 10, 1991 with Sis. Ma. Auxencia P. Bitangjol, RVM, as the Principal both for the high school and the elementary department. Enrollment rate kept on its increasing pace from 1987’s, 870 students to over a thousand, from thereon. The construction of the rooms fronting the church plaza, the gymnasium and the church compound and the approval of St. Anne Parish as the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Anne in August 1989 were just some of the highlights of Msgr. Sunga’s directorship. On April 2, 1990, Msgr. Isidro Jose took over as director with his formal installation on May 6 of the same year. In 1990, approximately 1, 365 students were enrolled in Sta. Ana Parochial School.

1993–1997[edit]

Rev. Fr. Lucio B. Odiver was appointed the Sta. Ana Parochial School director on January 3, 1993. After over a month, he immediately ordered the construction of the three-storey classroom for the Kinder level which was blessed on June 6, 1993 by Rev. Fr. Odiver himself. To continue the feat of the institution, also with the guidance of the newly appointed Principal in 1992, Sis. Ma. Nelly A. Aninon, 104 or 100% of the Sta. Ana Parochial School elementary students who took the first National Elementary Assessment Test (NEAT) passed and all the Secondary Graduating students also passed the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE). Sr. Ma. Jacinta J. Chavez, RVM, became the principal of Sta. Ana Parochial School (SAPS) starting school year 1995–1996 with the enrollment steadily increasing, even reaching 1,628. The administration was modified in school year 1997–1998 with the delegation of two principals – one for each department. The high school department was headed by Sr. Ma. Teresita C. Camartin, RVM while Sr. Ma. Lunda F. Fesalbon, RVM was assigned to be the Principal for the Elementary department. Jaime Cardinal Sin visited the institution once again for the blessing of the newly constructed offices and facilities which included the Principal’s Office, the Faculty room, the Medical/Dental clinic, the two (2) comfort rooms both for the faculty and the students, and the boys' quarters on July 14, 1997 in dedication to its late founder, Msgr. Augurio Juta. The unveiling and dedication ceremony was done on March 5, 1998, coinciding with the 13th anniversary of the death of its founder. Sr. Ma. Elisa N. Forbes, RVM and Sr. Ma. Milagros S. Sealonggo, RVM, Principals for the high school and elementary respectively, gave way to the organization of the Student Coordinating Council (High School) and the Kiddie Government (Elementary). Another remarkable achievement for the year is the launching of the school paper, Vox Veritates, with its initial release in January 1998.

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Logo of Colegio de Santa Ana

1998–2003[edit]

The school year 1998–1999 also called the ‘CENTENNIAL YEAR’, bore a new administration led by lay administrators in the person of Mrs. Amparo R. Delute as High School Principal and Mrs. Milagros R. Fugen, Elementary Principal. School year 1999–2000 or the JUBILEE YEAR or THE YEAR OF GOD, THE FATHER started with a bang with the school tertiary courses in Computer Technology, and other technical and vocational courses. It was this year that the name Sta. Ana Parochial School was changed to Colegio de Sta. Ana. This year also commenced the creation of the new building adjacent to the St. Anne building, and the realization of the Audiovisual Room in the 4th floor. Mile by mile, the inspiration and spirit of the director, Msgr. Odiver and the Principal, Mrs. Delute traveled with the initial vision. The full creation of the 4th floor for the incoming 4th year students marked some of the achievements of Msgr. Lucio B. Odiver before he resigned in 2002. Rev. Fr. Roy M. Rosales lit the torch as director officially on March 15, 2002. With Rev. Father Rosales, the offices of Colegio de Sta. Ana were all made to be airconditioned and most offices were converted to more suitable stations for work. The finishing of the Audiovisual Room, the improvement of the laboratories and most facilities materialized this year. In 2003, a new set of school uniform for boys and girls was implemented to establish the image of the CDSA students and its banner color, gold.

2004–2006[edit]

The Silver Jubilee Celebration sparked the school year 2004–2005 with the gathering of the significant figures in the foundation of the now household name, Colegio de Sta. Ana. In a solemn party called “An Affair to Remember”, CDSA put up one of the institution’s grandest parties with invited guests from Pasig Diocese, Bishop San Diego, the past directors, principals and administrators, resident and guest priests, the faculty, alumni, and other guests. In a span of one year, many activities were launched to highlight the year and end the 25h year with bliss. After Rev. Fr. Roy swerved in a new direction, Fr. Paul Balagtas succeeded the directorship after a short stay as director by Fr. Amando Litana. Fr. Paul was officially installed as the new director in October 2005. This year has even more strengthened the vision of the founders, and the administrators after them, to foster a quality Catholic education to the youth of the 21st century. Not resting on the laurels of the previous years, the students and the school continue to reap honors and achievements both in academic and extracurricular contests in and out of the campus. One proof of this is CDSA emerging champion in the Pasig Diocesan Schools System’s Olympics. The year has showered laurels for the school with major academic and co-curricular achievements by the students. With wins for the National Schools Press Conference (where only CDSA represented the Division in the Regional and National level) and the Brainstorm (with two consecutive wins.) Colegio De Santa Ana also participated major cultural events like the PaDSS ECE Cultural Show, Bishop San Diego’s B-day celebration and joined social activities like the wellness Program (Nestle), the Garbage Management Campaign, RCYC Brigada Kalinisan.

2007–present[edit]

“Ananians: Men for Others and for the Environment” is the theme for the year. Several activities were lined up to achieve the theme like tree planting, reaching out to the orphanage where students actively participated, and giving gifts to the community. Fr. Paul G. Balagtas also brought the idea of placing plant boxes around the quadrangle and in front of the offices and having a small pond under the mango tree where fish can be seen.

On May 11, 2009, a new breed of leaders were introduced to the school in the persons of Rev. Fr. Salvador O. Yun, the new school director and Mrs. Lennie A. Rodriguez (Montevirgen) both are young and very determined to come up with a lot of surprises for the betterment of the school.

A lot of improvements in the school facilities are made to happen this year. The Guidance and Counseling Office and the Medical Department, are given much deserving renovations. The offices look roomy in spite of the small space because it is divided into cubicles. Another improvement is the newly constructed High School Computer Laboratory, installed at the 4th floor of the St. Anne Building. This project was made possible through the generous support of the parents and students of CDSA during the Mr. and Ms. CDSA campaign. Total cost of this laboratory is more than Php 1.5 million. The old Computer Laboratory in the Marian Building, exclusively for the Elementary pupils, will undergo renovations too. A total of 53 computer units are purchased for the new laboratory. The canteen extension is converted into a Mini-Conference Room. The entire room is renovated and air-condition is installed for a more comfortable place for a small gathering.

The sudden demise of Rev. Fr. Salvador O. Yun surprised and saddened the whole community. Everyone mourned for his death. He left the school with no parting words.[citation needed] Rev. Fr. Orlando Cantillon took a short stay as the school’s director until finally on September 1, 2010, Rev. Fr. Amando N. Litana was officially installed as the new director of the school.

CDSA's new school director as of April 1, 2015 is Rev. Fr. Orlando B. Cantillon.

Course offerings[edit]

Colegio de Santa Ana will now offer the K-12 Curriculum, as per DepEd implementation.[3]

Preschool:

  • Nursery
  • Kinder

Elementary:

  • Grade 1 – Grade 6

Junior High School:

  • Grade 7 – Grade 10

Summer Enrichment Programs: Taekwondo, Basketball, Volleyball, Ballet, Reading

Current administrators[edit]

  • Director: Rev. Fr. Orlando B. Cantillon
  • Principal: Mrs. Lennie A. Montevirgen
  • Assistant: Mrs. Criselda P. Cruz
  • Finance Officer: Mrs. Amor S.A. Cruz

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