Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parochial School
The existence of the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parochial School (formerly Sto. Tomas de Villanueva High School) was made possible through the effort of a Belgian priest; Fr. Alejandro Vermorel who laid out a plan to have a secondary school to cater to the educational needs of the elementary graduates of the then thinly populated community. His wish paid off when a generous Santoleño, Fr. Lupo Dumandan, donated 2200 sq. meters of land where the school now stands.
Msgr. Nico Bautista 1966-1969
Santo Tomas de Villanueva High School opened its door in 1966 with Fr. Nico Bautista as its first school director, to first and second year students who were quite small in number with seven faculty members including religious sisters from St. Paul de Chartres who taught religion.
Msgr. Rogelio Abasolo 1970-1975
Under the term of Fr. Rogelio Abasolo (1970 – 1975) the school already offered complete secondary education. The government recognition of high school also took place under his term. (122 – 1970)
Msgr. Restituto Esguerra 1976-1991
Under Msgr. Restituto Esguerra, the construction of the ground floor of the two-story building which was named after him was completed. But the completion of the second floor which roomed the second year and third students as well as the opening of the school and pre-school and grade school students took place under Fr. Alfredo Ganzon.
Fr. Marcel Prudente 1991-1992
Fr. Marcel Prudente took office as the temporary director of the school after the demise of Msgr. Restituto Esquerra. Though his stint was short, he managed to pursue the planned programs of the school set by his predecessor. He was also the parish priest of Sto. Niño Parish in Greenpark, Pasig City at the time of appointment.
Fr. Julius Caesar Manalo 1992-1995
Upon his appointment as the new director of the school, Rev. Fr. Julius Caesar Manalo set guidelines to achieve academic excellence of the only Catholic School in the community. He faithfully performed his duties as the chaplain by scheduling a regular first Friday Mass for the school community within the academic year. It was in his time that there was an upsurge of students. Because there was shortage of classrooms, classes were divided into morning (fourth and third year) and afternoon (first and second year) sessions. Classes started at 7:00 a.m. and ended at 6:15 p.m. It was in his time too, that the school hired nine teaching personnel, the highest employment ever.
In 1994, however, a public high school was opened (Rizal High School Annex which was renamed to Santolan High School four years later). There was a tremendous decrease of enrollment. (From 6 sections in one level to 3 sections)
Fr. Alfredo Ganzon 1996-2000
After the transfer of Fr. Manalo to another parish, Rev. Fr. Alfredo Ganzon was appointed the new director of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva High School. He laid the plans for the maximum participation of the school in parish activities. He also commissioned some school personnel to be members of the parish pastoral council. He re-structured the liturgical practices during the Eucharistic Celebration and encouraged students to be members of the Knights of the Altar. He encouraged school personnel to further their studies and allocated a budget for Continuing Teachers Education. He himself enrolled in the Masteral Program major in Educational Management of Roosevelt College System together with one employee who became his classmate.
To sustain the number of students, Fr. Ganzon pursued the proposal for the opening the pre-school and grade school and sought the approval of the Board of Trustees. He also completed the construction of the building (building at the back of the canteen) to house pre-school children who wanted to enroll. The approval of the registration to the Securities and Exchange Commission happened but the Government Recognition has been granted during the term of Rev. Fr. Amando N. Litana. It was also in the time of Fr. Ganzon that Santo Tomas de Villanueva High School was renamed to Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parochial School.
Fr. Salvador O. Yun 2000-2005
The stewardship of Fr. Salvador O. Yun (installed Oct. 11, 2000) saw the continuity of closer administrator-teacher-student relationship which had been firmly established by the former directors, thus, the era of good feeling in the school community continued to prevail. The different school organizations were revived and fund-raising campaigns for the purchase of audio-visual equipments were undertaken. Additional computer units were bought to enhance the technical skill of the students. Considering the country’s need for more people of vocation, it encourages and welcomes vocation talks for its graduating students from different religious congregations and seminaries. It however, accepts students who belong to other religious denominations.
Despite the financial constraint that the school faces, as some MAPSA schools do, it continues to develop the youth to become God-fearing, responsible and technologically competitive students – a thrust of all Catholic schools. Aside from the construction and improvement of the school facilities, the faculty development programs were launched mainly to accommodate more enrollees and to upgrade the academic standard of the school. The development program included in-service trainings such as seminars, conferences for teaching and the non-teaching staff and the furthering of studies by the teachers. To date, several teaching personnel have completed their Doctor’s degree, Master’s degree, and a number have masteral units in their line of specialization. It was during the time of Fr. Yun that the third floor of Msgr. Esguerra building was completed and has started the first floor of the new administrative building. He also approved the initial implementation of the Single Salary Scheme.
Fr. Amando N. Litana 2005 - 2010
Under the directorship of Rev. Fr. Amando N. Litana, (installed last August 6, 2005) the school embarked on more students’ involvement in the parish and in the community. In the Sunday mass exclusive for the students, parents and teachers of the school, that the Director himself celebrates, the students serve as lectors, commentators, choir and mass servers. Moreover, the students are continuously exposed to community awareness and involvement by letting them participate in the immersion programs devised by the Christian Living and Values Education teachers. The students, accompanied by their respective advisers, visit institutions for the less fortunate. A three-storey building was completed housing the dining area of the canteen and the Audio-Visual Room. Salaries and benefits were fully schemed.
The government recognition for the complete elementary course as well as for the Nursery, Kindergarten and Preparatory courses was awarded during his term. (E – 035, s.2005; P – 046, s.2005) To involve parents as partners in the education of the children as well as to realize the vision- mission of the school, the director organized the Parents Advisory Council. Continues spiritual formation of the students is done through the annual retreat for the graduating students (Grade 6 and Fourth year) and recollection for the undergraduate high school students. The STVPS Alumni Association has been registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Registry No. CN 200518974) giving it a legal personality. It was during the term of Fr. Litana that students received government subsidy through EVS vouchers provided by FAPE. He also sought the administrators’ participation in the possible FAPE accreditation. He was then the PaDSS superintendent during his stay in school.
Fr. Ramil R. Marcos, MA. SThL. 2010 – present
Upon the untimely demise of the former director of the school, Rev. Fr. Salvador Yun (who was assigned as the new director of CDSA barely two years), Rev. Fr. Amando Litana was appointed to take his place. The new director of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parochial School was Rev. Fr. Ramil R. Marcos. The school received good feedback about Fr. Ramil and everyone was too eager to meet him in person. Rev. Fr. Amando Litana introduced his humble and holy successor to all the stakeholders of the parish. He was personally introduced to the school administrators, personnel and student body. Fr. Ramil received a warm welcome.
Fr. Ramil started his ministry with gusto and has exerted so much effort to establish harmonious relationship not only to the student body but also to all the people of Santolan. He engaged high school students in Parish Youth Ministry and Knights of the Altar and encouraged some school personnel to be involved in parish ministries. He also made sure that the school is actively participating in parish activities. His major plans for the school include the initial/partial third floor construction of the administrative building. He dreamt of making a difference in the physical appearance of the students stressing the students’ deportment, cleanliness and neatness, discipline and the possible change of school uniform. He wants to reform the students’ attitudes specifically on being cheerful, courteous, respectful, and apparent work habits. He also desires to improve students’ skills as he is an educator himself.