San Sebastian College – Recoletos de Manila

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San Sebastian College-Recoletos
Colegio de San Sebastián-Recoletos
Kolehiyo ng San Sebastián-Rekoletos
Dalubhasaan ng San Sebastián-Rekoletos
Seal of San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Manila.svg
Searching for Knowledge in the Spirit of Charity
Motto Caritas et Scientia (Latin)
Motto in English
Love and Knowledge
Established March 1941
Type Private
Affiliation Roman Catholic, Agustinian Recollects (OAR)
President Rev. Fr. Nemesio D. Tolentin, OAR
Location Philippines Recto Avenue, Manila, Philippines
Campus Recto, Manila (Main);
Canlubang, Calamba City, Laguna (Satellite campus);
Surigao City, Surigao del Norte (Law School);
Cavite City, Cavite (Independent)
Hymn San Sebastian College Hymn
Colors Red and Gold         
Nickname Stags
Mascot Stag
San Sebastian Stags Season 91 logo.png

San Sebastian College – Recoletos (SSC-R), commonly known by its nickname Bastê, is a Catholic institution of higher learning in the Philippines. The school is a part of the Augustinian Recollect schools in the Philippines, and is owned and operated by the Order of Augustinian Recollects.

SSC-R, situated in the heart of Manila, in R. Hidalgo Street, Quiapo, was named after Roman centurion turned martyr Saint Sebastian. The College had a relatively humble beginning. Its first functional lone building was an old convent: a two-storey Hispanic edifice made of stone and wood with capiz shell windows. The building served as classrooms of the first batch of 200 elementary and high school enrollees. SSC-R was then an exclusive school for boys.[1]

SSC-R was established in March 1941 but was in hiatus from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. It formally reopened after the war in 1947. Sebastinian, Filipino: Sebastino, refers to alumni and current students, teaching and non-teaching personnel as well as administrators of San Sebastian College-Recoletos.[2]

The College was granted Level 3 accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities or PAASCU in the Elementary department, High School Department and the College Department, including the Graduate Studies and College of Law.[2]

San Sebastian College–Recoletos, Manila maintains the lone and highest slot in Tourism being accredited Level 3 by PAASCU, as well as its Arts programs, Business Administration and Psychology courses.[1]

College three-fold mission[edit]

The SSC-R, Manila envisions a continuance of its mission, vision and objectives for the greater glory and honor to God. The College also vows to continue fulfilling the three-fold mission of the founding OAR Fathers in providing quality Catholic community oriented education for Filipinos beyond the year 2000.

Academic programs[edit]

Undergraduate degree programs[edit]

College of Accountancy, Business Administration, and Computer Studies

Area of Business Administration:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Major in:

  • Business Management
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Human Resource Development Management

Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management

Areas of Computer Studies

  • Area of Computer Science[3]
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Area of Information Technology[4]
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Area of Accountancy

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (5 years)
  • Bachelor of Science in Commerce (BSC)
  • Major in Financial and Managerial Accounting

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Legal Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

College of International Hospitality Management

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

Specialized in:

  • Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management

Specialized in: Tour and Travel Operations and Management

Graduate studies[edit]

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) With Concentration / Specialization in:

  • Human Capital Management and Labor Relations
  • Business and Industrial Economics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Productivity and Quality Management Fiscal Management and Public Administration
  • Marketing Management

Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.T.) Master of Arts (major in Theological Studies)

College of Law[edit]

It offers a four-year Juris Doctor course (J.D), a renamed version of its former Bachelor of Laws (Ll.B).[5]

The Institute of Law is strongly supported by the Lex Cervus, a law fraternity founded in 1977 whose name means Law of the Stags. Its sister counterpart, Lex Agustiana Sororitas, is a law sorority founded in 1986. Fraternal Order of Leviathan is the other dominant recognized fraternity which was founded by Dean Cajayon of PUP College of Law is still in existent with rosters of academically-inclined fellows.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) gave full recognition to San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Manila as one of the top 20 law schools in the country.[6]

PAASCU accreditation[edit]

PAASCU stands for Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities. It is a private, voluntary, non-profit and non- stock corporation which was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 5, 1957. PAASCU is a service organization that accredits academic programs which meet standards of quality education. In November 1967, the Bureau of Education and Culture (now the Department of Education) officially recognized PAASCU and endorsed its work as an accrediting agency. PAASCU is also one of the three founding members of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), which was established in 1977 and is authorized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to certify the levels of accredited programs for the purpose of granting progressive deregulation and other benefits.[7]

Level III Accreditation

  • Bachelor of Arts until May 2017
  • BS in Psychology until May 2017
  • Business Administration until May 2017
  • Grade School valid until May 2019
  • High School valid until May 2019

Level II Accreditation

  • Computer Science valid until May 2017
  • HRM/Tourism valid until May 2017

Del Carmen Gate[edit]

The statue of Pedro H. Gandia, Jr., a Sebastinian scout

San Sebastian College–Recoletos, Manila has two separate gates namely the Recto Gate, which is the main entrance and the (Plaza) Del Carmen Gate, in which the parking lot is located.

The Del Carmen Gate is where the Basilica Minore de San Sebastian is located. This is also where the convent of the Order of Augustinian Recollects or OAR Fathers is situated.

Statues of Augustinian Recollect saints St. Ezekiel Moreno and St. Magdalene of Nagasaki are erected near the convent.

During the 50th Founding Anniversary of San Sebastian College - Recoletos, the administration erected a statue of Pedro H. Gandia, Jr., a Sebastinian scout who, along with the rest of the Philippine contingent, died in a plane crash while on their way to attend the 11th World Scout Jamboree.

Sebastinian Outreach Foundation, Inc[edit]

San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Manila as a Catholic institution, is giving witness to the Augustinian Recollect charism as a way of living faith and Christianity through the Institutional Community Outreach/Extension Program, supervised by the Sebastinian Outreach Foundation Incorporated (SOFI). Through its involvement in community outreach programs and projects, the school sustains its quest for quality and relevance in its academic pursuits by keeping alive its mission of service and authentic Christian witnessing.

Sebastinian Hymn[edit]

The Sebastinian Hymn and March were composed by Prof. Buenaventura while the lyrics were written by former SSC-R Glee Club Adviser Ruben Hilario in the 1970s.

Identifying, defining and edifying the Sebastinian identity[edit]

The San Sebastian Golden Stag

Golden Stag history[edit]

  • Their 5-time consecutive NCAA Seniors' Basketball Championships (achieved from 1993–1998) is the longest dynasty streak in the NCAA under the leadership then of now Bmeg Derby Ace front man Rommel Adducul
  • San Sebastian Golden Stags won the Seniors' Basketball Championship Game twice in 2001-2002.
  • In NCAA season 85, San Sebastian Golden Stags ended their 7-year title drought by claiming the Senior's Basketball Championship crown with rookie coach, Ato Agustin from host, San Beda College, which at that time, already had a 3-year dynasty in the NCAA and aimed to defy San Sebastian's dynasty streak.
  • The other senior varsity teams may also be referred to as the Stags. The junior varsity teams are known as the San Sebastian Golden Staglets, while the women's teams are called the San Sebastian Lady Stags.
  • In NCAA season 86, the San Sebastian Lady Stags bagged their 6-time Senior's Volleyball Championship Game with coach Roger Gorayeb.
  • The staple cheer is Bravo Baste. The supporters of the San Sebastian Golden Stags are known as "bronx warriors".
  • Their most prominent rivals in the league of athletics are Colegio de San Juan de Letran and San Beda College.


Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b [1] SSC-R as an exclusive for boys school. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  2. ^ a b San Sebastian College-Recoletos HS Student Handbook. San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Manila. 2001–2002. p. 8. 
  3. ^ The Sebastinian. The Sebastinian Times. 2014. p. 3. 
  4. ^ The Sebastinian. The Sebastinian Times. 2014. p. 3. 
  5. ^ [2] Juris Doctor Program. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  6. ^ [3] SSC-R Top 20. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
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