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SMCS steps higher as AdI

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SMCS steps higher as Ateneo de Iloilo

Neil Andrew Llorente

CLIMBING the stairs of excellence for the past years, SMCS takes step higher as it becomes the first Ateneo school in the Visayas and one of the pillars in the expansion of the Ateneo community

Outgoing Jesuit Fr. Provincial Romeo J. Intengan SJ, Victor F. Pison, a representative of the land donor – Kauuturan Pison Development Corporation (KAPIDECO) and Fr. Manuel A. Uy Jr. SJ, Director of Santa Maria Catholic School (SMCS), signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last April 30, at the Iloilo City Hall for the establishment of the school with Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo and Mayor Jerry P. Treņas as witnesses.

For the school year 2004-2005, the school will carry the name SMCS-Ateneo de Iloilo. But effective SY 2005-2006, SMCS will primarily carry the name Ateneo de Iloilo. It will be relocated soon to a seven-hectare property at Diversion Road, Mandurriao with the two hectares donated by the KAPIDECO and the remaining five bought by AdI.

The Ateneo estate will include complete facilities for kindergarten, elementary and secondary education. An ecological park and a swimming pool will also be constructed among others for environmental awareness and physical exercises.

The school, which may cost Php 90-120 million, might eventually offe college courses.

Half a hectare will also be given by the said corporation for the construction of the new Santa Maria Parish.

However, the present site at General Blanco will still remain and function as a satellite campus for the new Ateneo, a center for evangelization and pastoral activities.

To note, Jesuit Fr. General Peter-Hans Kolvenback SJ who is based in Rome, has already approved the school’s establishment./Ripples

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