2016, January 20. San Sebastian College - Recoletos Manila,
75th Foundation Day
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San Sebastian College - Recoletos Manila - 75th Foundation
"Greatness Awaits One Who Recollects"
In the 1940’s, the Order of Augustinian Recollects (OAR) envisioned
the establishment of a Catholic School that performs a three-fold
mission: the development of man, the promotion of local culture, and
the welfare of society. SSC-R, Manila was established in 1941 but
assumed hiatus from 1942 to 1945 when World War II broke out. It
formally reopened after the war in 1946.
The College started operation amidst the rubbles of war. The past 56
years bear witness to how the vision evolved into a sprawling campus
with marked neo-gothic architecture, offering quality instructions
in modern facilities aimed at developing successful students and
citizens in a diverse, pluralistic and working society for the
greater glory of God.
SSC-R, Manila, situated in the heart of Manila, was named after
Roman centurion turned martyr – San Sebastian. The College had a
relatively humble beginning. Its first functional lone building was
an old convent: a two-storey Hispanic edifice made of stone and wood
with capiz shell windows. The building served as classrooms of the
first batch of 200 elementary and high school enrollees. SSC-R,
Manila was then an exclusive school for boys.
The Recollects’ desire to respond to the needs of the times
triggered a string of physical metamorphoses that now characterize
the spirit, the architecture and the educational ambiance of the
College. The first two-storey neo-gothic edifice modeled after the
famous all steel San Sebastian Church was built in 1947, replacing
the first old stone and wood building.