History of St. Andrew’s School, Paranaque City

Old_sasA Belgian Priest, Rev. Fr. Joseph Van Runckelen – a member of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (C1CM) Missionaries, became Parish Priest of St. Andrew Parish of Paranaque In October 1915, he founded St. Andrew School (SAS) on June 27, 1917. The funds came from the people of Belgium who donated and helped in putting up the Elementary School. In 1932, Fr. Joseph founded the High School Department.

The school maintained its co-educational status up to the outbreak of World War II. The school , reopened SY 1945-1946 with only the first year class exclusively for boys. The establishment of St Paul’s College of Paranaque, a Catholic school for girls, just a stone’s throw away from SAS, caused the school to be henceforth a school exclusively for boys. In 2004, SAS brought back its co- educational status.

In 2002, Pope John Paul II created the new Diocese of Parafiaque, an offshoot of the Archdiocese of Manila. He appointed Bishop Jesse E. Mercado, D.O., an Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, to become the first bishop of the diocese. Father Rolando R. Agustin is now school Director.

As a 93-year old seat of learning, SAS has become an academic institution in Paranaque. In 2006, it was awarded Most Outstanding Catholic School for Boys by the Philippine Marketing Excellency Awards.

Among SAS’ illustrious Alumni are:

Edward Hagedorn (Batch 1961), former mayor of Puerto Prinsesa Clty
Florencio Bernabe Jr. (Batchl965), former mayor of Paranaque CIty
Jessie Castillo, (Batch 1972), former mayor of Bacoor, Cavite
Admiral Mateo Mayuga (Batch l967), former Flag Officer in Charge of the Philippine Navy
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (Batch 1973), Cardinal of the Arch Diocese of Manila
Jaime Fresnedi (Batch l966), former mayor of Muntinlupa City
Bishop Francisco de Leon (Batch 1959), Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Antipolo
Teodoro Failon (Batch 1974), Tv & radio personality and former congressman of Leyte
Edgar Chua (Batch l965), Country chairman of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

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