Saint Michael's College of Laguna

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Saint Michael's College of Laguna (SMCL)
Saint Michael's College of Laguna Emblem.jpg
Motto Here at SMCL, we make you the best that you can be.
Type Private, Run by Miguelunda Educational Corp.
Established August 25, 1975 by Pura Ligaya Limaco (as Biñan College)
Chairperson Carmelita De Leon-Chan
President Lourdes L. Almeda-Sese, Ed.D.
Students approximately 2,000
Location Biñan City, Laguna, Philippines
Campus Suburban, 1.3 hectares
Colors Red, Blue, and White             
Nickname Michaeleans, Angels

Saint Michael's College of Laguna (SMCL) is an autonomous college[1] in Biñan City, Laguna, Philippines, formerly known as Biñan College. SMCL was founded by the nine Limaco sisters, on August 25, 1975. Luisa Limaco-De Leon provided the idea of building the school, Pura Limaco financed the school's operations, while Milagros Limaco, a teacher, was later elected as the chairman of the board and director of the school. The school was named after the Limaco patriarch, Miguel, a philanthropist.

In 2008, the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), awarded SMCL with a Level III Reaccreditation Status for its Liberal Arts, Business Administration and Teacher Education (Elementary and Secondary) programs. In 2010, the Nursing, Grade School, and High School programs received Level I Formal Accreditation. It was also granted Deregulated Status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in 2003 which was retained for another five years starting in 2009 through a Commission en banc decision.[2][3] SMCL is also an ISO 9001:2008 certified educational institution.[4]

Core Values[edit]

  • Service to God and Country
  • Moral Uprightness
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Love for Humanity and Intercultural Sensitivity


The SMCL campus is located at Brgy. Platero in the City of Biñan, Province of Laguna. The school has ten main buildings, namely:

St. Theodore Hall is the venue for most formal and informal gatherings, seminars, conventions, convocations, sports and cultural activities.
  • Segunda Limaco Hall (academic and administrative building)
  • Pura Limaco Hall - I
  • Miguel Limaco Hall (academic hall with computer laboratories and multimedia rooms)
  • Pura Limaco Hall - II (academic hall with a seminar room and chemistry/physics laboratories)
  • St. Theodore Hall (fully air-conditioned multi-purpose hall for sports, academic, and co-curricular events)
  • St. Marie Paz Hall (home economics laboratories)
  • St. Louise Early Childhood Center
  • Milagros Limaco Learning Resource Center (library)
  • St. Mary's Conference Center (a simulation hotel with a conference room, a bar, and a ballroom)
  • Milagros L. Limaco Hall (academic and administrative building, which houses the Our Lady of Guadalupe Simulation Hospital and the speech laboratories)

Academic programs[edit]

College Division

  • Institute of Education and Liberal Arts
    • Bachelor of Secondary Education, majors: English, Filipino, and Mathematics; Bachelor of Elementary Education, specializations: Pre-School Education and Content Courses; Bachelor of Arts in English; Bachelor of Arts in Filipino
  • Institute of Nursing
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Institute of Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majors: Management Accounting, Marketing Management, Human Resource Development Management
  • Institute of Hospitality Management and Allied Courses
    • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management; Associate in Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Institute of Computer Studies
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science; Associate in Computer Technology

Integrated School

  • Senior High School, Junior High School, Middle School, Primary School, Pre-school

Graduate Studies (host Higher Educational Institution of Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila)

  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master in Information Technology

Graduate Studies (host Higher Educational Institution of Jose Rizal University)

  • Master of Arts in Education (Major in Mathematics, Guidance Counseling, Special Education)
  • Master of Business Administration (Major in Retail Management, Entrepreneurship, Supply Management, Organizational Development)
  • Doctor of Business Administration

Polytechnic courses accredited by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)

Accreditation and Certification[edit]

The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) accredited all programs of the school. The Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) certified the grant.

  • Level III Reaccreditation[5]
    • Bachelor of Elementary Education
    • Bachelor of Secondary Education
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Level II First Reaccreditation[6]
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • SMCL High School
    • SMCL Grade School
  • Level I Formal Accreditation[7]
    • Bachelor of Hospitality Management
  • Candidate Status[8]
    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Corporate Social Responsibility[edit]

The outreach arm of the school is Lingkod at Pagmamahal ng Saint Michael's College of Laguna Foundation, Inc. (LINGAP-SMCL). LINGAP-SMCL is responsible for the HEAL (Health and Sanitation, Education and Empowerment, Advocacy and Social Awareness, and Livelihood Opportunities) Program. A study on the program's effect to its beneficiaries was accepted in the 4th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education (2008) of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI).[9] SMCL is also a Gawad Kalinga partner (GK1MB school).

Academic Exchange and International Opportunities[edit]

SMCL offers international opportunities to its students. Aside from international practicum (in Singapore) for Hospitality Management students, qualified Education and Business Administration students may also avail of the academic exchange program. SMCL signed an agreement with Gyeongnam Provincial Namhae College, Gyeongsamnam-do, South Korea for a cultural and academic exchange.[10][11][12][13] SMCL is a member of University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP).[14]

Financial Aid[edit]

The school has a number of financial assistance/scholarship grants for deserving students. Financial aid is granted to honor students, dean's listers, athletes, artists, and community workers. Grants are also given to some students in the form of tuition fee discounts.

Student Life[edit]

Notable student organizations are the following:

  • College Student Council (Highest governing council of the Higher Education Division)
  • Central Student Council (Highest governing council of the Integrated School)
  • SMCL Golden Z Club (Winner for several years, Emma Conlon International Award for Service)[15][16][17]
  • Z Club of Laguna (Winner for several years, Emma Conlon International Award for Service)[18]
  • Michaelean Theater and Dance Co. (Cultural/performing arts group, July 11, 2011 Winner, Showtime - ABS-CBN)
  • SMCL Dance Co. (Cultural/performing arts group)
  • The Michaelean Herald (Official student publication, winner in the National Schools Press Conference[19][20] and Best Culture Writing Page of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (Philippines)[21][22][23])
  • Youth for Mary and Christ (Religious movement for high school boys)
  • Archangels Pep Squad/Blue Angels Dance Squad (Finalist, NCC Philippines)[24][25] (Defunct)
  • SMCL Angels Varsity Team
  • Boy Scouts of the Philippines
  • Girl Scouts of the Philippines

Institutional Affiliations[edit]

  • Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU)[26][27]
  • Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAPSCU)
  • University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP)[28]
  • Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL)
  • Laguna Inter-institutional Consortium
  • PAPSCU Excellent Academic Research Link
  • CALABARZON Research Council
  • Philippine Society for Educational Research and Evaluation
  • Coordinating Council for Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA)
  • Philippine Association of Administrators of Student Affairs

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Board Placers
    • Engr. Harmon J. Solante - 7th Placer, Electrical Engineering (HS Alumnus)
    • Norma S. Sibiran - 9th Place, Midwifery
    • Ellinley G. Alawi - 4th Place, Midwifery
    • Anita A. Alitagtag - 4th Place, Midwifery
    • Adorable Theresa R. Gonzales - 6th Place, Nursing
    • Marisol R. Apacionado - 19th Place, Midwifery
    • Felicisima T. Capuso - 20th Place, Midwifery
    • Raquel M. San Pedro - 7th Place, Midwifery
    • Jeniffer R. Aguilera - 15th Place, Midwifery
    • Ruth J. Fuazo - 19th Place, Midwifery
    • Rochelle Gay T. Gucor - 17th Place, Nursing
    • Bobby A. Castillo - 18th Place, Nursing
    • Lilia C. Tomas - 19th Place, Nursing
    • Liwayway B. Bernardo - 12th Place, Nursing
    • Marriane S. Carreon - 15th Place, Nursing
    • Catherine B. Sison - 3rd Place, Nursing
  • Culture and the Arts
  • Business
    • Leserie Paelmo-Paguio (corporate secretary and part-owner, Leslie's Restaurant)
    • Anthony L. Almeda[35]

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