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|St. Columban’s Academy|
|Motto||Christi Simus Non Nostri (Latin)|
Motto in English
|"We are Christ's, not our own"|
|President||Rev. Fr. Nicasio A. Villamil, Jr., School Director|
|Location||Lingayen, Pangasinan, Philippines|
|Colors||Sky Blue, White|
|Affiliations||Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines|
Saint Columban’s College is a leading Catholic private educational institution run by the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, founded by the Missionary Society of St. Columban (MSSC) in 1947. It was then the only Catholic school in the town at the time it was founded.
From its humble beginnings as grade school and high school. it has evolved into a college offering different college courses, graduating men and women through the years with chosen careers that add luster to its name.
On August 21, 1939, upon the request of Bishop Mariano Madriaga, three Columban Sisters, Sister Mary Vianney, Sister Mary Bernadette and Sister Frances De Sales, came to Lingayen for the catechetical apostolate in the public school. Although the Columban sisters were founded especially for China, the sisters realized the great need in the Philippines for the catechetical apostolate, and they willingly gave their services to the Filipino people. The three sisters who came, began work immediately in the Public Elementary and High Schools and in the barrios under the guidance of the Columban Fathers.
Immaculata Hall, the home of the Sisters, become a venue for the students where they could study, read magazines, play games or just chitchat. In so-many ways, students received with joy a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. The year 1939-1941 were years of getting to know the people, their work, the students, their culture and their needs, aside from visiting the school in the town and in the barrios. Then just as things were going nicely, war struck with automatic suddenness on December 8, 1941. Schools were closed and students dispersed to their homes. Since Lingayen was of strategic military importance, the Sisters too, at the insistence of the Bishop, had to evacuate to Malasiqui, which was a comparatively safer places. Their home in Lingayen, Immaculata Hall, was leveled to the ground during the war.
When the war was over, the Sisters returned to Lingayen, and again took up their work in the schools and among the students.
As the Colegio Santissimo Rosario, a school for girls, was left vacant when the Dominican Sisters decided to move to Dagupan, Bishop Madriaga asked the Columban sisters to take on the work of giving the youth in the Lingayen area, a Christian education using the Colegio. In 1947, the Columban sisters moved into the vacant Colegio and applied with the Department of Education for a permit to open an Elementary and High School. As Guarantors were needed before a Permit would be given, Mr. Juan Ventanilla, Mr. Jose Crisostomo and Rosa Lesaca kindly offered their services for this. Some reconstruction work was done and in June that the same year, St. Columban’s Academy was opened. The first year enrollment was only 47 but the following year, the number jumped to 240. The first graduation was in 1951, with 11 graduates from High School and 30 from the Elementary Department.
As the Colegio was only rented from the Dominican Sisters, and they were pressing the Columban’s to buy, Bishop Madriaga in 1954, offered the site of his former Palacio near the town plaza for the Saint Columban’s Academy. The Palacio was in ruins from the bombing at the time of Liberation, so the first task was to clear away the debris and then construct classrooms. By June 1954, all was ready to accommodate the 500 students who enrolled for that year. The Elementary classes were held in temporary rooms constructed of sawali, near the priest’s convento. In the years that followed, enrollment increased and year-by-year, additional classrooms were constructed.
In 1961, the College department was opened with Sister Mary Anselmo Bernad as the first Dean of the College. The enrollment was 57 students divided as follows: Secretarial 36; Liberal Arts 3; and Commerce 18. As a temporary arrangement, classes were held in the High School building, then in 1967 the first floor of the present College building was constructed, and in 1980 the second floor was added.
In May 1966, the name Saint Columban’s Academy was changed to the present “Saint Columban's College.”
In 1978, on the initiative of Sister Catherine Courtney, the pastoral center was opened offering Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Religious Education, preparing and developing lay leadership for the local church, and training “]]multipliers]]” for the continuing task of evangelization.
From the meager 47 enrollment in 1947, the school population has grown steadily.