SAINT VINCENT'S COLLEGE
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The History of Saint Vincent’s College
 

                Saint Vincent’s College was founded on June l7, 1917. Incorporated on June 20, 1917, and finally organized on July 20, 1917. First called the Dipolog Parochial School, it has always been  a non-stock, non-profit corporation with the following Jesuit priests as respective incorporators and officers of the school administration: Rev. Fr. Francisco Garcia, Rev. Fr. Manuel Valles, Rev. Fr. Eliseo Gil, Rev. Fr. Hobac, and Rev. Fr. Handueza.

                In 1932, Fr. Eduardo Aniceto, the new director reorganized everything to cope with the standards prescribed by the Secretary of Education, working for a government recognition to operate a complete elementary school. The seventh grade was added to the general intermediate course on May 31, 1938.

                The community worked for the establishment of a catholic high school that would train and prepare the youth for academic, moral and spiritual responsibilities. Fr. Benigno Dagani, S.J. a Filipino priest together with the Board of Directors, asked help from the Bishop, Msgr. Luis del Rosario, S.J., D.D. for the establishment of a catholic high school. The institution was named Saint Vincent’s School, in honor of St. Vincent Ferrer, the second Patron Saint of the town. In order to give equity to young girls of Dipolog, the girls’ department was established. The headship of the school was taken over by a new director, Rev. Fr. Pio J. Saavedra.

                In 1947, Rev. Fr. Engracio S. Rivera, a clergy, was appointed director. He gave the school motto, “Induamor Arma Lucis” meaning “Let us clad ourselves with the armor of light”. The college level was established with the end in view of raising the academic standards. Permit was granted to open first year of Junior Normal College Course, first year pre-law, and first year Education Course on June 18,1947. It  became Saint Vincent’s College on February 28, 1950.

                The school endured financial difficulties from 1952 to 1960. In the summer of 1960, a 37-year-old priest from Sevilla Bohol arrived. The new director, Rev. Fr. Constancio P. Mesiona graduated Magna Cum Laude for his Seminary course and for his Masters at the San Jose Seminary, Manila, before going to Spain to take up his Doctorate of Canon Law at the Universidad Pontifica de comillas in Santander.

                In 1963 a separate  Accounting Office was created. Each department became independent from the other departments. Gonzales type buildings(which are still existing) were built one after another, replacing old structures. Moreover, qualified teachers were hired to teach their major field  of specialization, books and laboratory equipment were purchased. Musical instruments were acquired to equip the newly organized Saint Vincent’s College Orchestra, probably the best in Mindanao at the time.

                In 1967 Bishop Felix Zafra assumed as Bishop of Dipolog and as the President of St. Vincent’s College. He served in that capacity until his transfer to Bohol in 1987.

                During the seventies, Saint Vincent’s College grew more proud, academically, culturally and religiously. More courses were offered and recognized. On July 2, 1975 the Master of Arts in Education (M.A.) as well as the Master in Business Administration (MBA) were recognized. The MATEA  as well as the opening of the second year of BS in Kindergarten were given permit on May 22, 1978.  


New Building
 
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SVC Campus

                The school continued to reap honors and prestige not only locally but also nationally through its students who excelled in the different fields of competition, and to the many graduates who shone and excelled in their chosen profession. Fr. Mesiona built more buildings to accommodate the growing student population. The present Administration Building was built from his retirement pay. During his term the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Doctor of Educational Management (EMD) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) were recognized.

                Upon the demise of Fr. Mesiona on April 3, 1995 at the age of 72 after serving the institution for 35 years, Bishop Jose R. Manguiran, the incumbent President took over the reins as its Director. On June, 1996 Fr. Beda B. Belotindos was appointed to act as Director for three years. By June, 1999, a new structure was adopted with the appointment of three Vice Presidents, namely: Rev. Fr. Bienvenido E. Hamoy, VP for Finance; Dr. Alfreda B. Calamba, VP for Administration; and Dr. Jose M. Baloria, Jr. VP for Academics and secretary. Rev. Fr. Greg B. Canonigo and Dr. Gaudiosa M. Ochotorena, Seminary Director and Dean of Graduate Schools, respectively completes the Board of Trustees.

                In keeping abreast with the computer era the school opened the courses of Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communication Engineering on May 22,2000.

                The present administration created the Office of Alumni Affairs chaired by Mrs. Bebita H. Esparaguera who initiated the revival of the alumni association, which has lain dormant since 1964. A group of dedicated alumni headed by Atty. Uldarico B. Mejorada and retired Judge Juanito A. Bernad who was subsequently elected President and Vice President, respectively, drafted the constitution and By-laws of the Saint Vincent’s College Alumni Association, Inc. It was ratified in a plebiscite called for the purpose on August 20, 2000.

On October 1, 2000 the officers, directors and members in attendance were inducted into office in a fitting ceremony held at the new ‘Millennium Building”.

 
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Original Building built in the 1950's
 
 
 

 
1. ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE PUBLIC LIBRARY
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LIST OF ALL PHILIPPINE TERTIARY SCHOOLS
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City of Dipolog : Schools
Dipolog City is the educational center of Zamboanga del Norte and is also considered one of the 
educational centers of Northwestern Mindanao