SMCL turns 40

Saint  Michael’s College of Laguna (SMCL) turned 40 years old on Aug. 25. 

In line with this, Michaeleans celebrated with week-long activities from Aug. 23 to 30.

With the theme “Reunited @40: One Michaelean, One Vision, One Journey towards Social Transformation,” the celebration also known as “Ruby Anniversary” had a televised thanksgiving mass, gala dinner for partners and board passers, family day, and an alumni concert among others.


SMCL sponsored a Sunday TV Mass at Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord, SM Megamall, Aug. 23.
School administrators, teaching, and non-teaching personnel participated in the mass, which was televised live on ABS-CBN Sports and Action (formerly Studio 23).

Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite officiated the healing mass, which was offered for the intentions of the SMCL family.

It was the 8th time that SMCL sponsored the Sunday TV Mass.


SMCL tendered the 12th Testimonial Dinner to all Michaeleans  who graduated in 2014 and passed in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and the Licensure Examination for Nurses (LEN) at Saint Beatrice Ballroom, Aug. 23.

Dr. Lourdes Almeda-Sese (LAS), College President, shared to the honorees that the institution has been consistently performing above the national pass rate.

She also acknowledged those who obtained a 100% passing rate namely BSED Filipino and Mathematics majors, BEEd and LEN takers.

Aside from the certificates given to honorees, cash incentives were also handed to the Michaelean achievers.


Bishop Emeritus of San Pablo, Most Rev. Leo Drona, D.D. led the concelebrated mass along with 40 priests from the Diocese of San Pablo at St. Rose Quadrangle, Aug. 24.

Seminarians from San Pablo Seminary served as the choir.

The mass commemorated the establishment of Biñan College on August 25, 1975.

It also marked the “homecoming” of Brylle Buenaventura and Lorenz Pedriña, SMCL alumni, who are currently pursuing priesthood in the said seminary.


Miguelunda Educational Corporation (MEC), owner of SMCL, hosted an anniversary dinner for its employees and partners on Aug. 25, the actual foundation day of SMCL.

Held at Shangri-La Makati, the dinner was a way to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women of SMCL.

MEC Chairman Carmelita De Leon-Chan and LAS led the cutting of the ribbon of the Anniversary Exhibit along with guests of honor,  Hon. Marlyn Alonte –Naguiat, City Mayor of Biñan, and Henry Sy, Jr., Chairman of SM Prime Holdings.

Photographs captured the SMCL milestones through the years in a gallery by Ms. Maria Morris.
First part of the anniversary dinner was the induction of Anthony Almeda as President of SMCL Alumni Association.

He was inducted by Mr. Sy in the presence of Chairman Chan, LAS and former Gov. Chavit Singson.

Mr. Almeda was also bestowed the Eminent Alumnus award for being supportive of the activities of the College.

All the officers of the SMCL Alumni Association were inducted by Mayor Alonte.

Afterwards, guests were treted with performances from Maritoni Rufino-Tordesillas’ students in Danspace Ballet School, balladeer Arman Fernandez Ferrer and alumni of Michaelean Theater and Dance Company (MTDC).

Selected managerial, teaching and non-teaching personnel also performed the anniversary dance.
Roberto Antonio Demetillo, 2005 Outstanding Michaelean alumnus, delivered his expression of gratitude to SMCL on behalf of all the alumni.

The SMCL audio-visual presentation (AVP) entitled “Four Decades of SMCL: In Pursuit of Quality Assurance and Student Excellence” was launched.

Silver Dan Belen, High School alumnus ‘06, directed the AVP.

LAS thanked all the men and women of SMCL who “unselfishly contributed their best efforts making SMCL what it has become at present.”

Ceremonies were ushered by the singing of the 40th Anniversary song.

Anniversary wishes and the lighting of candles were done by Chairman Chan, LAS, Dr. Ma. Regina Milagros Manabat, VP for Academics, and Nery Linell Manalo, faculty member.

Planning Director Rizaldy Tenido led the toast for SMCL.

Everyone joined the closing to the tune of “Celebration.”


Members of the SMCL community trooped to Paseo de Santa Rosa at Greenfield City to celebrate Family Day.

Spearheaded by the Integrated School and the Science Department, students, parents and alumni participated in the different team-building and wellness activities.

Zumba session was held to serve as the warm-up for the main events.

Students from the different Institutes, headed by their administrators contended for the top prize for the team-building challenge.

One of the activities of the day was the selection of Mr. and Ms. Teen Earth 2015.

Bets from the Junior High School came in recycled and Earth-inspired costumes. Francine Yacat and Vlademere Dellosa of Grade 10 went home with the titles.


Five alumni and three faculty members presented their research papers in honor of the first school director, Milagros Ligaya Limaco.

The 1st Milagros L. Limaco Memorial Paper Presentation was held at St. Theodore Hall, Aug. 27.
Said event was ushered by the opening of the Poster Exhibit featuring eight student researches from 2014.

LAS together with the alumni paper presenters cut the ceremonial ribbon.

Alumni who presented were Rizaldy Tenido, Dr. Marian Pulido-de Leon, Manineth Pulido, Dr. Eleuterio Timbol, and Mr. Roberto Antonio Demetillo, while the teachers who presented were Ms. Inecita Cuevas, Mrs. Ruth Ann Musngi, and Mrs. Julieta Quintao.

Dr. Socorro Rodriguez, Research Director, provided the synthesis and assisted LAS in awarding the certificates to the presenters.


Two popular singers performed with Michaeleans in the alumni concert that culminated the week-long events.

Darren Espanto and Jed Madela sang their hits during the Reunited @ 40: One Amazing Journey concert held at Alonte Sports Arena, Aug. 30.

Performances include the doxology and prelude to the national anthem by SMCL Dance Company (SMCLDC) and MTDC, a reunion dance of former MTDC members, and a welcome dance by the teaching and non-teaching personnel of SMCL led by Dr. Lourdes Almeda-Sese (LAS), College president.

Other highlights of the program include the Disney-themed fashion show by the Middle School and Pre-school, Asian-inspired dances by the Junior High School.

College students presented cosplay, futuristic, and black light performances.

Forty major prizes were raffled including a Mitsubishi Mirage G4 which went to one Michaelean parent, Farida Roxas. A representative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) verified the winners.

Thirty seven Model or Promising Michaeleans were also recognized for their achievements.

Mayor Alonte also graced the event and challenged every Michaelean to continue to live the ideals of SMCL even beyond 40 years.

She was surprised by the tribute to her by the Iskolar ng Biñan, which presented a ‘Thank You’ song and dance number.

Event ended with the flash mob  where everybody got on their feet and danced as they were led by HRM students and alumni.

(c) The Michaelean Herald


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