Saint Pedro Poveda College

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Saint Pedro Poveda College
EDSA corner P. Poveda Street
Ortigas Center
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Type Private, Single-sex education
Motto Latin: Deus Scientiarum Dominus
(God, the Lord of Sciences)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) Pedro Poveda Castroverde
Established 1960
President Ms. Azucena L. Camagan
Years offered Pre-K, K-12, Bachelor's
Gender Girls
Number of students 3,000
Language English, Spanish, Filipino
Campus Urban
Color(s) Gold and Black         
Mascot The Golden Phoenix
Nickname Povedans
Newspaper Blazon/Grader's Gazette
Yearbook The Povedan
Affiliation Institución Teresiana

The Saint Pedro Poveda College (Poveda, formerly known as the Poveda Learning Centre and Institucion Teresiana) is a private, Roman Catholic school exclusively for girls run by the Teresian Association of Lay Missionaries which was founded in Spain.

It is located in the heart of Metro Manila's Ortigas Business District. The alumnae and present students of this school include daughters and granddaughters of Filipino Presidents, industrialists, politicians, businessmen and prominent figures in Philippine society.

Founded in 1960 as Institucion Teresiana, the school was inaugurated by Maria del Carmen Franco de Martinez-Bordiu, the Marquesa de Villaverde and only daughter of Generalismo Francisco Franco of Spain. It conducts classes in three languages: English, Spanish and Filipino.

History and Academics[edit]

Formerly Poveda Learning Centre, the heritage of Saint Pedro Poveda stems back to 1960 when Institucion Teresiana School was opened. The school first offered kindergarten and primary classes, and began offering preschool, elementary and high school education by 1969.

Pedro Poveda's philosophy and principles of education are integrated in the school's Personalized Education Program (PEP).

On December 3, 1974, during the birth centennial celebration of Saint Pedro Poveda, Institucion Teresiana changed its name to Poveda Learning Centre as a fitting tribute to him. That same year, UNESCO honored Pedro Poveda as "Humanist and Educator".

Two degree programs in the field of education and business administration are being offered, effective 2005-2006. With the expansion into tertiary education, the name of the school has been changed to Saint Pedro Poveda College.[1]


Segovia Building[edit]

Preschool students (pre-K, kinder 1-2) and grades 1-6 occupy this building. It is named after Josefa Segovia. It houses the LEAP Center, Guidance Center, playground, and rooms for extracurricular music classes.

Victoria Building[edit]

College students occupy this building. It is named after Blessed Victoria Diez. It houses the Guidance Center, Archives and Records Management Office, Library, and the Audio-Visual Room.

Poveda Building[edit]

This is the oldest building on the campus. High school students from Grades 7-9 occupy this building. It houses the President's Office, Administrative Offices, Chapel, Little Theater and the Covadonga.

Cafeteria Building[edit]

This is a fully air-conditioned two-storey building. The first two floors are used as dining areas. The third is connected to the gymnasium/auditorium.

Gymnasium/Auditorium Building[edit]

There are three levels: the first has an exhibit area and the main lobby; the second is an open area; the third has full auditorium seating with a basketball court that converts to a stage.

Annex Building[edit]

This is the newest building. The students that now occupy this building are from Grades 10-12. They also have an Art Room, Vice President Office and now, a better and bigger SCOP (Student Council of Poveda) Office.

Notable Alumnae[edit]



  • Amina Aranaz - fashion accessories designer; Creative Director of ARANÁZ; Co-Founder of SoFA Design Institute
  • Mich Dulce - fashion designer; International Young Creative Entrepreneur awardee


  • Lia Cruz - TV show host; UAAP courtside reporter
  • Natashya Gutierrez - Journalist; Multimedia reporter and anchor for Rappler
  • Bettina Magsaysay - News Reporter and Anchor for ABS CBN
  • Marnie Pulumbarit - Producer; Director
  • MJ Marforie - Journalist ( ch 5)



  • Noelle Wenceslao - first Filipino woman and one of the first three Southeast Asian women to scale Mount Everest in 2007
  • Bea de Leon (AB Management Economics at Ateneo de Manila University) Volleyball player, Middle Blocker #14-#8


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