Saint Paul University, Quezon City

St. Paul University Quezon City (SPUQC)
Motto Caritas Christi Urget Nos "The charity of Christ urges us"
Established 1946
Type Private Roman Catholic
Religious affiliation Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres
President Sister Ma. Nilda Masirag, SPC
Location Aurora Boulevard cor. Gilmore Avenue, New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines
Colors Green and Gold         
Nickname Paulinians
Affiliations Association of Southeast Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASSEACU), International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU), PAASCU
Website www.spuqc.edu.ph

St. Paul University Quezon City (also known as SPUQC) is a private, sectarian and previously a women's college, recently turned co-ed beginning school year 2006-2007 in Quezon City, Philippines. It is one of the leading and distinguished catholic institutions in the Philippines instilling good values and academic excellence to its students developing a good reputation as one of the more popular all-girls school at the time.

History

The college was established as St. Paul College Quezon City Branch in 1946. It was founded by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres (SPC), a congregation established in Chartres, France, by Father Louis Chauvet in 1696.

On October 29, 1904, seven Sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, France established its first foundation in the Philippines in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines. The Sisters, coming from their mission in Vietnam, responded to the invitation of the Most Reverend Frederick Rooker of the Diocese of Iloilo, to which Dumaguete then belonged. The seven Sisters; Mother Marthe de St. Paul, Superior, Sr. Marie Louise du Sacre Couer, Sr. Ange Marie, Sr. Anne de la Croix, Sr. Charles de Genes, Sr. Catherine, and Sr. Josephine. St. Paul’s College, Dumaguete was founded as St. Paul Academy, becoming the first St. Paul’s College in the Philippines.

January 9, 1905, the new school opened with 30 girls (15 of whom were aged 15 to 20), four of them were boarders, and six boys. Children, women, and young men came to the school for religious instruction. Besides the regular academic courses, there were supplementary classes in music, drawing, painting, French, sewing, and embroidery. The medium of instruction was English, however, since the Americans had been in the Philippines only for five years, very few pupils were acquainted with the language. Hence, the Sisters were obliged to learn Spanish and the Visayan dialect to be able to communicate with their charges.

The High School Department opened in 1920 and the first High School graduation took place in 1925 with the intent of taking over a boarding school which at the time housed 26 girls. These obstacles aside, a curriculum was quickly adopted, and the expansion of the department into a larger unit of the school to accommodate more students was needed.

St. Paul College Quezon City then catered to young women of the upscale area of New Manila. Since St. Paul has been known for its tradition of excellence and unwavering commitment to provide quality Christian education, parents sent their daughters to the exclusive school to teach them good values and enhance their skills in English, Math & Science.

The grade school was initially offered to boys and girls. Eventually, the high school and college levels were exclusively offered to women, making the school a full women's college in 1966.[1]

Accreditation

The college enjoys full autonomy status from the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines. It was also awarded a Level III Accreditation (the second highest possible level) by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU).[1]

Academics

Basic Education

  • Pre-School
  • Elementary
  • High School

Tertiary Education

  • College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE)
    • Mass Communications
    • Religious Education
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • College of Business and Technology (CBT)
    • Business Administration major in:
      • Marketing
      • Human Resource
      • Management Accounting
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Accountancy
    • Hotel and Restaurant Management
    • Tourism
    • Information Technology
  • Center for Career Development (2-year Vocational Courses)
    • Executive Assistant
    • Hotel and Restaurant Service
    • Caregiver
    • Massage Therapy

Uniform

The St. Paul University system, especially SPUQC, has developed a cult following regarding the school's prescribed uniform. From the checkered skirt to the long sleeved polo (short sleeves for grade school and high school students), cufflinks and neckties exclusively used by Paulinians; and the required simple black shoes with a maximum heel height of 2-3 inches, SPUQC trains their students to be well-balanced, sleek and professional to be the best that they can be in the future.

Notable alumni

  • Rhea Santos (Mass Communications Batch 2000) - GMA-7 newscaster
  • Jackie Lou Blanco - actress
  • Tootsie Guevara (Hotel and Restaurant Management Batch 2003) - former ABS-CBN actress, singer and recording artist
  • Weng Hidalgo - TV5 reporter
  • Alex Gonzaga (High School Batch 2005) - ABS-CBN host and actress
  • Patricia Ann Roque - (High School Batch 2005) - TV5 news reporter and former child star
  • Zsa Zsa Padilla - singer
  • Liezl Castro - (High School Batch 1987) - ABS-CBN newscaster
  • Cherie Mercado - (High School Batch 1990) - TV5 newscaster
  • Mindy Anne Ross - Operations & Market Development Analyst at Madrid-Crost Law Group (Chicago, IL)
  • Mariz Umali (High School 1996) News Anchor GMA NewsTV, GMA Network

References

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