Santo Rosario Sapang Palay College

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Sto. Rosario Sapang Palay College, Inc. (SRSPC) is a Catholic educational institution in San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan, Philippines. It is operated by the Diocese of Malolos. It offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. It also offers preschool through high school education.[1]

Brief history[edit]

Sto. Rosario Sapang Palay College is a Catholic Diocesan Institution of the Diocese of Malolos, a member of the Malolos Diocesan Association (MADICSA) and Catholic Education of the Philippines (CEAP).

SRSPC was formerly known as Assumption Sapang Palay College, Inc., which is closely linked with the Sapang Palay Resettlement and Sto. Rosario Parish of Sapang Palay.

Date Event
1965 The Carmelite Fathers (OCD) of Mt. Carmel Quezon City through an Irish Catholic Missionary Fr. Edward Alban Kelly, OCD acceded to the request of the people to establish a Catholic School to barrio Bagong Buhay. He began searching for funds and for the site of the school.
March 25, 1966 The school received donations from the students of Assumption San Lorenzo in Makati City through Mother Ezperanza, for the construction of the first six classrooms.

The school was named Assumption Sapang Palay as an expression of gratitude to the donor; however, it is independent from Assumption San Lorenzo in Makati.

1966–1981 The sisters of the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) assisted in the administration of the school.
January 11, 1995 Edward Alban Kelly, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Assumption Sapang Palay College, Inc. donated the school to the Diocese of Malolos through Bishop Cirilo R. Almario, Jr. D.D.
February 8, 1995 The school was officially turned over the Diocese of Malolos. It became the Parochial School of the Parish of Sto. Rosario, Sapang Palay, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan.

Rev. Fr. Josefino Victor S. Sebastian was appointed as the first Diocesan School Rector by Bishop Cirilo R. Almario, D.D. He was assisted by the parochial vicars, Rev. Fr. Gil Cajurao and Rev. Fr. Alejandro Enriquez, as the vice rectors.

The Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph helped in administration of the school for three consecutive years.

March 1995 Assumption Sapang Palay College was changed into Sto. Rosario Sapang Palay College.
1995 The Elementary grades I - IV and Secondary Courses received the Government Recognition.

CHED granted Government Recognition to the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Office Administration (BSOA)
  • Two-Year Secretarial Course
  • Two-Year Associate in Computer Science Course (ACS)
  • One-Year General Clerical Course
1996 The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted Recognition to three programs in the college: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts).

One-Year General Clerical Courses was closed.

1998 The Religious Catechist of Mary (RCM) took over the Dominican Sisters. They assisted on the administration of the School.
February 5, 2001 Rev. Fr. Virgilio Wilfredo M. Cruz was appointed as the Rector/Dean and Rev. Fr. Romeo Sasi as the Vice Rector by Most Reverend Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD, D.D., Bishop of Malolos.
2002 The Government though the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted Recognition to Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS).
2003 The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognition was granted to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BSBA) courses, major in Management Accounting and Marketing.
November 9, 2003 The Department of Education (DepED) and Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAFE) inspected SRSPC and its areas of operation.
January 5, 2004 Rev. Fr. Virgilio C. Ramos was installed as the rector/dean by Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos with Rev. Fr. Rolando Espiritu as the Vice Rector.
2006–2008 The following instructional facilities were renovated and improved such as Science Laboratory, Library Physical Setup, Home Economics Room, and Computer Laboratory. Speech Laboratory was built.

Pre School classrooms were air-conditioned.

June 10, 2009 Rev. Fr. Teodoro F. Bulawit was welcomed to the SRSPC family.
June 30, 2009 Rev. Fr. Bulawit was appointed as rector/dean and Rev. Fr. Ulysses Reyes as the vice rector by the Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos.
August 22, 2009 Rev Fr. Bulawit was installed as the rector/dean by Most Rev. Jose F. Oliveros, D.D., with Rev. Fr. Ulysses Reyes as the vice rector.

Logo and motto[edit]

The three doves[edit]

The dove signifies the Triune God. The infant Jesus at the center carried in the loving arms of the Blessed Mother is the revelation of the Holy Trinity.


It symbolizes the Roman's sun day. However, as early as the second century, Christian called Christ as the Sun. This day is also attributed to the day of Christ's resurrection.


It represents the location of the school which is mountainous. It is in one of the barangays of the City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

Brook/rivulet or flowing water[edit]

The small river/rivulet or brook called "sapa" in Tagalog depicts the location of the school at Sapang Palay. Water is associated with the triple pouring of water at baptism.

First field[edit]

It represents the paddies where the "palay" are planted and harvested. Rice is a staple food of the Filipinos. It also denotes the exact site of the school. It is called "Sapa ng Palay". It is closely linked with the Israelites story in Exodus, their hasty departure from Egypt, from slavery to freedom.

Second field[edit]

This yields a harvest for the wheat and the grapes. These wheat and grapes are made into the bread and wine which are transformed into the body and blood of Christ in the Holy Eucharist in the process called transubstantiation.

Four houses or homes[edit]

These represent the basic ecclesiastical communities, the Catholic Christian Community of Sapang Palay.