St. Dominic College of Asia
|St. Dominic College of Arts & Sciences (2003-2009)|
|Established||November 28, 2003|
|President||Gregorio A. Andaman, Jr, MD, MHA|
|Vice-president||Nilda W. Balsicas, PhD
(Academic Affairs & Research)
|Unit Heads||Noel A. Sergio, MBA, FBE
(Dean, School of Business & Computer Studies)
Marie Nellie T. Roa, DMD, RN, MAN
(Dean, School of Health Science Professions)
Alejandro D. Magnaye, MSBA-HRM
(Dean, School of International Hospitality & Tourism Management)
Dino T. Ubalde, RP, RGC
(Dean, School of Arts, Sciences & Education)
Arlene V. Coronado, MBA
(Principal, Basic Education Department)
|Location||Main campus: Bacoor City, Cavite, Philippines|
|Nickname||Dominican Red Pikes|
|Mascot||Pike Man, Lady Pike|
The story of St. Dominic College of Asia (SDCA) is a shining example of what a dedicated family is capable of achieving through perseverance, hardwork and cooperation. The College traces its roots with the establishment of the St. Dominic Medical Center (SDMC) in 1991 by founders Don Gregorio and Doña Dominga Andaman. Named in honor of Dominga, the SDMC has proven itself capable of meeting the medical demands of the community with its modern facilities and excellent services.
In 2003, 12 years after the realization of the dream hospital in Cavite, St. Dominic College of Arts & Sciences was founded. The College is the family’s gift to the community and the manifestation of their commitment to provide excellent but affordable education in Bacoor and neighboring communities.
Initially offering programs in Caregiving and BS Nursing in collaboration with the SDMC, St. Dominic has evolved into a full-fledged collegiate institution with four schools: School of Health Science Professions (SHSP), School of Arts, Sciences & Education (SASE), School of International Hospitality & Tourism Management (SIHTM), and School of Business & Computer Studies (SBCS).
In 2007, the College embarked in an ambitious long-term goal which aims to achieve a university status within the next 20 years. The plan for “The March Towards Excellence” was presented to the academic community and became the blueprint for development. Preparations towards accreditation of the academic programs was pursued in earnest. Rebranding strategies were also explored to make the College more relevant, responsive and congruent with the current trends and practices of a highly globalized educational system. In 2009, St. Dominic College of Arts & Sciences was officially renamed St. Dominic College of Asia.
In 2011, Dr. Marita A. Andaman-Rillo, eldest daughter of the founders, passed on the presidency of SDCA to the equally dynamic and capable youngest Andaman son, Dr. Gregorio A. Andaman, Jr. Constantly pushing for continuous change and improvement, Dr. Andaman, in his first year of presidency, launched the institution’s battlecry “Revolutionizing Education”, a campaign reflective of the Caviteno’s aggressiveness and fighting spirit. Highlights of this academic transformation include the launch the Basic Education Unit (Preschool, Elementary, and High School), and accreditation of Business Administration, Information Technology, Education, Psychology, Hospitality Management and Nursing programs by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), both in 2012.
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Field Demo Thief
When SDCA had its field demo day in 2015. One whole group of class from the Basic Ed got all their personal belongings stolen in the classroom including gadgets, wallets and etc. The culprit was not found at the end of the day and the students never got their belongings back again. SDCA just left the parents in rage. After that day, they installed locks on each door of each class. They instructed the class presidents to lock the doors and return the keys to them at the end of the day.
In the school year of 2014-2015, SDCA received a bomb threat resulting on them cancelling classes and calling the police. No real bomb was found after the cancellation of classes. Some students speculate that one of the college students texted the principal to stop the examination or quiz.