St. James College of Parañaque

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St James College of Parañaque
Motto Our Symbol is Quality Education
Type Private, non-sectarian
Active 1987–2012
Founder Jaime T. Torres
Chairman Myrna M. Torres
Chancellor Dr. Norma Abracia
President Mache Torres
Location Dr. Santos Ave., Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Campus Urban
Hymn St. James School Hymn
Colors Maroon      and White     

St. James College of Parañaque (S.J.C.P.) was a private, non-sectarian academic institution established by Jaime T. Torres, a successful businessman involved in brokerage, real estate and agricultural development business, and Myrna Montealegre-Torres, a former educator at the St. Jude Catholic School and Stella Maris College. Opened in 1987 as St. James School of Parañaque, it was the second branch of the St. James College System (established in 1971) which includes other schools in Quezon City, Metro Manila and Calamba City, Laguna. The school was located at 8408 Dr. A. Santos Avenue (more popularly known as Sucat Road) in Parañaque City. Its chancellor and dean of education is Dr. Norma M. Abracia, and its principal is Nilda Sergio. On March 2012, the school ordered its closure and was demolished to give way for SM City BF Parañaque, and currently the front portion was converted into an open parking space and the rear buildings of the campus are still intact. All documents such as Form 137, Transcript of Records, certification, diploma for alumni are processed/transferred at the Quezon City campus.

Founding and patron saint[edit]

Being devout Catholics, school founders Jaime and Myrna Torres found themselves adhering to the path that St. James, their patron saint, had taken. His life became the light and inspiration to the couple. St. James the Greater is one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, and is the patron saint of Spain.

In commemoration of his Feast Day every July 25, several activities are held in the campus.

Academics[edit]

BASIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

  • Pre-School
  • Grade School
  • High School

COLLEGE OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

  • Bachelor in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education majors in Math, English

COLLEGE OF ARTS

  • Bachelor of Arts, major in Psychology

Facilities[edit]

  • Air-conditioned classrooms
  • Audi-gymnasium
  • Multi-purpose hall
  • Quadrangle
  • Computer Laboratory
  • Science Laboratory
  • Speech Laboratory
  • Home Economics Laboratory
  • Children's Activity Center
  • Children's Playground
  • Audio-Visual Room
  • Prayer Room
  • Swimming Pool
  • Open Field
  • Music Room
  • Karate Room
  • Cottages

College Hymn[edit]

I.
O hail, hail, hail to thee
Our dearest patron saint
St. James, our Alma Mater
Life and love for you.

II.
We sing our lovely joy
Shower us your holy care
Hail to thee, our dearest saint
St. James, our Alma Mater,
(Repeat I and II)

III.
We sing our song for you
Hail to thee our patron saint,
St. James, our Alma Mater
We sing our song divinely
Hail to thee, hail to thee
Our patron, dear St. James

(Repeat III)

SJCP 20th anniversary celebration[edit]

St. James College of Parañaque celebrated their 20th anniversary November 22–30, 2007. Activities included a torch parade, family day, high school and grade school field demonstrations, a float parade, and a variety show. Since it was raining, the float parade and variety show was moved to December 6.

Many booths were opened inside the campus for the celebration.