St. Paul University Manila

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St. Paul University Manila (SPU Manila)
Logo of St. Paul University Manila.svg
MottoCaritas Christi Urget Nos
Motto in English
The charity of Christ urges us
TypePrivate Roman Catholic research non-profit coeducational
Basic and Higher education institution
Religious affiliation
Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres
Academic affiliations
PresidentSr. Evangeline Anastacio, SPC
680 Pedro Gil St., Malate Manila
Metro Manila
Álma Mater songThe Paulinian Hymn
ColorsGreen      and      Gold
Saint Paul University Manila [1], 680 Pedro Gil St., Manila
9th President, Sr. Ma. Evangeline L. Anastacio, SPC, Solemn Investiture, Installation June 27, 2014, Sr. Lilia Thérèse L. Tolentino, SPC
Chapel of the Crucified Christ

St. Paul University Manila (also known as SPU Manila) is a private, previously a women's college and recently turned co-ed beginning school year 2005-2006 in Manila, Philippines. The college was established in 1912 by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres (SPC), a Congregation founded in Chartres, France in 1698.

1904 – 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 Bishop Frederick Rooker of the Diocese of Iloilo, to which Dumaguete then belonged. The seven Sisters were Mother Marthe de St. Paul, Superior, Sr. Marie Louise du Sacre Coeur, 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.

St. Paul Academy which was located near the Cathedral, accepted boys and girls and prepared them for their First Holy Communion. The Sisters were installed in the old Convent of the Augustinian Recollects that Bishop Rooker had offered. The parish priest transferred his residence elsewhere.

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 Visayan and Spanish to be able to communicate with their charges.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Charo Santos-Concio - former president of ABS-CBN and host of the country's longest-running drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya.
  • Malu Maglutac - TV Host, ballerina and model
  • Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera - Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court from 1979 to 1992.
  • Cecilia Guidote-Alvarez - founder of the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). She was declared as a National Artist for Theater in 2009. She is a former executive director of the National Commission for Culture and the arts and has been described as a “cultural caregiver”. Some of her awards are: Bantayog Awardee – Hall of Fame in 1997, CCP Gawad Sining for Culture, Ninoy Aquino Awardee for nationalism.
  • Pilita Corrales
  • Cristina Ponce Enrile
  • Katrina Ponce Enrile - Business Executive
  • Lovely Rivero - actress
  • Jessey Guiam ( DJ Raqi Terra) - DJ of Yes The Best! 101.1
  • Anna Larrucea - actress
  • Lorraine Schuck - Mutya ng Pilipinas title holder
  • Janet basco - singer
  • Ivy Violan - singer
  • Lara Melissa De Leon - singer / actress
  • Celeste Legazpi - singer
  • Pinky Marquez - singer / actress
  • Cynthia Patag - singer /actress
  • Edu Manzano - actor, TV host, politician
  • Maniya Barredo - ballet dancer
  • Bennie Lou Quevedo, CTFA (Certified Trust Financial Advisor) - FWN 100 Most Influential Women in USA 2011
  • READ: Empowered Paulinian Women

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