Jose Abad Santos Memorial School Quezon City

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Jose Abad Santos Memorial School - Quezon City
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Quezon City
Type Private, Progressive Nonsectarian, Coeducational
Motto Learning To Be Free
Administrator Gillian Virata, executive director for Basic Education
Principal Diana Gutierrez
Campus Director Dr. Nancy Felipe
Grades K to 12
Campus EDSA, Quezon City
Color(s) Maroon, and White          
Athletics Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball
Hymns JASMS Song

The Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS) is the basic education institution (K to 12) of the Philippine Women's University (PWU). JASMS offers preschool, elementary, and secondary education. The school is an acknowledged pioneer in progressive education developed from and for the Philippine democratic experience based on a unique approach described as ''education for democracy'' or ''learning to be free"[1] by its founding director, the late Doreen Barber Gamboa.

JASMS QC opened along what is now known as EDSA to serve the needs of the growing community of Philamlife Homes in 1956. In 1961, the JASMS High School at Quezon City opened.

Presently, the JASMS system occupies three campuses: the nursery (3-year-olds) to grade 6 levels of PWU JASMS Manila (formerly JASMS Indiana) on Pilar Hidalgo-Lim Street in Malate, Manila; the PWU JASMS Manila High School (grades 7 to 12) in the PWU main campus on Taft Avenue in Malate, Manila; and the nursery to grade 12 campus of JASMS Quezon City (QC) in West Triangle Homes, EDSA, Quezon City.


Birth of JASMS[edit]

JASMS evolved from the preschool (est. 1933) of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU) under the leadership of President Francisca Tirona Benitez. President Benitez hired Doreen Barber Gamboa and Priscilla Abaya to first set up and run the preschool in the fenced-in area which was the PWU gymnasium. Gamboa was of Irish descent and had trained in psychology.

Gamboa and Abaya noticed that most of the children in the new PWU preschool were being held back from fully exploring the books, art materials, blocks, and play facilities provided them in school. They wouldn’t participate in the singing, art, and story-telling activities led by the two young teachers — except for three boys who raced through the materials and eagerly participated in activities. The teachers noticed that these boys were the only ones who were dropped off at school without yayas (nannies), parents, or relatives.

First, the teachers sought the cooperation of over-protective parents to free the children from their yayas and other "watchers." Next, they expanded the physical set-up of the classroom to include the outdoors. The children were encouraged to play vigorously, explore their environment, and experiment widely with the materials that the environment had to offer. Movement was encouraged and employed, rather than restricted. As the population of the school grew, so did the popularity of the school with the parents. The parents petitioned for the preschool’s expansion into a bona fide grade school.

In 1949, the PWU elementary department was renamed the Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS) in honor of the late Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos, a World War II hero who was chairman of the PWU board of trustees before his execution by the enemy in 1944.

Around this time, a reorganization of the elementary school (on Taft Avenue) took place in response to the clamor of parents that the approach is carried over into the high school. The growth of the work has been rapid since then. Two schools developed out of this initial effort: JASMS (now PWU JASMS) in Manila and later (1956) in Quezon City, both coeducational from nursery to grade 12.

History highlights[edit]

The Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS) is the outcome of the many years of work that Doreen Barber Gamboa had with children. She was greatly inspired by Francisca Tirona Benitez who was a co-founder and president of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU), the first college for women in Asia (est. 1919).

  • 1933 Nursery class opens for children 18 months to 3 years of age under the Elementary and Training Department of the PWU at A. Flores Street in Ermita, Manila,
  • 1936 Kindergarten expands into the Child Development Department headed by Doreen Gamboa,
  • 1938 Boarding nursery is set up for children whose parents were working or not in the city.
  • 1941 Experimental grade 1 is opened when parents ask that the child development approach be carried on into the grade school. The class is abruptly closed by the onset of WWII but Gamboa sets up a kindergarten and ungraded primary classes in an old house at the corner of Taft Avenue and Tennessee (now Malvar Street) in Malate, Manila.
  • 1944 PWU building was burned during the war. Quonset huts are built to house the kindergarten and elementary by day and to serve as a dormitory by night. Fronting PWU, these huts were at the site of what would later be referred to as the JASMS Annex. Other big houses undamaged by the war became the classrooms. One such house was owned by the late Chief Justice Abad Santos, once PWU board chair, who was executed by the enemy during the war.
  • 1949 Doreen Gamboa leads the rebuilding of the preschool and elementary department following the principles of child development; the school is named the Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS), after the late Chief Justice
  • 1956 JASMS in Quezon City (QC) is established through the generosity of Earl Carroll, president of the Philamlife Assurance Company to serve the new communities opening up in the vicinity such as the Philamlife Homes, West Triangle Homes, and the government housing projects. The new JASMS QC with Gamboa as director, offers preschool to Grade 7.
  • 1961 JASMS QC high school opens.
  • 2010 JASMS QC is cited as the Quezon City Gawad Parangal Most Outstanding Institution by the QC government.[2]
  • 2012 JASMS Manila and the PWU High School and JASMS QC are selected by DepEd to model the Grade 11 curriculum.[3]
  • 2015 PWU JASMS Manila and JASMS QC are granted permits by the Department of Education to open Senior High School (Grades 11 and 12).[4]

Mission and vision[edit]


The development of a wholesome person, participating member of the home, the community and the world through: experience in group living, finding a variety of opportunities for creative expression, confidence to explore and valuing the thinking-questing process, acquiring skills to move ahead in life, sense of fulfillment in accomplishment, respect for the individual's worth, consideration for others and the beauty in cooperative effort with reverence and appreciation for all manifestations of life and the realization that a child grows up only once and the need to let his childhood be a happy one.


The children are our future, the builders of our nation: belonging, contributing with initiative and responsibility; with sense of personal and social worthiness, working with others cooperatively; God-fearing and imbued with reverence for life.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ronald Achacoso, artist (visual arts)
  • Bea Alonzo (Phylbert Angelie Ranollo) Botn on October 17, 1987 (Nursery 1989 to 1992, Prep 1992 to 1994, Elementary 1994 to 2001) - actress, and singer
  • Justin Ong Chiong - The Pancit King
  • Claude Despabiladeras Born on March 10, 1982 - Junior High and Senior High English Teacher of JASMS QC
  • Rosanna Prieto Luciano (Maria Rosanna Prieto Luciano) Born on September 14, 1956 - Junior High and Senior High Graphics Teacher of JASMS QC
  • Nicky Galang (Noel Melgar Aberion Galang) Born on March 2, 1993 (Grade 6 and 7, and High School) - Worker at Saulog and De Leon Law Offices in Makati City.
  • John Mikael Castro (John Mikael Reyes Castro) Born on March 16, 1987 (High-School) - Training Work and Training IT at the House, Applied upcoming work on DOLE Home Based Job on June 2017.
  • Cheng Luciano (Christela Marie P. Luciano) Born on May 3, 1992 (Prep 1997 to 1999, Elementary 1999 to 2006, High School 2006 to 2010)- Current Worker of IBM in West Triangle Diliman Quezon City.
  • Viveka Lopez (Viveka C. Lopez) Born on August 26, 1992 (Kinder 1997 to 1998, Prep 1998 to 1999, Elementary 1999 to 2006, High School 2006 to 2010) - Current Study at UP Diliman College of Law.
  • Kevin Bugayong (Kevin Manuel Antonio Bugayong) Born on June 12, 1992 - Current Chef at others chef
  • Kiri Dalena, Artist (visual arts)
  • Enzo Paunlagui Born on September 25, 1991 - Current Worker of Robinsons Supermarket at Eastwood Libis Quezon City. "Elementary 1998 to 2005", "High School 2005 to 2009".
  • Miggy Icasisno (Ramon Miguel Parungao Icasiano) Born on August 15, 1991 - Worked at others
  • Hannah Espia - director, Transit
  • Junnel Hernando - actor
  • R.M. de Leon, Artist (visual arts)
  • L.A. Lopez - actor, and singer
  • Eduardo Manalo, third and current Executive Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC)
  • Jason Moss, Professor and Artist (visual arts)
  • Jonathan Olazo, Artist (visual arts)
  • Janus del Prado - actor, and comedian
  • Mylene Mariano Rivera - TV host and newscaster, Net 25
  • Soler Santos, Artist (visual arts), Malang (painter)
  • Steve Santos, Artist (visual arts), Malang (painter)
  • Meryll Soriano - actress
  • Adel Tamano, lawyer and politician, 7th President of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
  • Dennis Trillo (Abelardo Dennis Florencio Ho) Born on May 12, 1981 (High School) - actor, singer, and model
  • Coco Martin (Rodel Pacheco Nacianceno) Born on November 1, 1981 (Prep 1987 to 1989, Elementary 1989 to 1995, High School 1995 to 1999) - actor, multi awarded actor, TV commercial

See also[edit]

Jose Abad Santos Memorial School

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Gamboa, Doreen (1977). Learning to Be Free. Manila, Philippines: Doreen B. Gamboa Foundation for Childhood Education Inc. 
  2. ^ Section, Quezon City Public Library Local History. "Quezon City Public Library Local History Section: 2010 Quezon City Gawad Parangal, October 12, 2010". Quezon City Public Library Local History Section. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  3. ^ "Over 6,000 join first batch of Grade 11 students". Rappler. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  4. ^ "List of Senior High Schools | Department of Education". Retrieved 2015-12-27.