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St. John’s Academy in San Juan, Rizal (now San Juan City, Metro Manila) was founded in 1930. The street where the campus is located was called Valenzuela Street (named after Dr. Pio Valenzuela, a physician and Katipunero).
The street was renamed Jose Gil Street in honor of the late Army colonel and son of legendary and beloved English teacher Concepcion Marquez-Gil, one of the school’s co-founders.
FOUNDERS: The Marquez Sisters, one of whom was Paz Marquez-Benitez, pioneer female modern short story writer in English.The LOYALTY SONG was set to music by Col. Antonio R Buenaventura, National Artist for Music (1988).
SOME NOTABLE ALUMNI
Dr. Potenciano D. Baccay Jr† [’57] was a pioneer in the field of Nephrology and Hemodialysis in the 1960s and served as president of the Philippine Society of Nephrology from 1978-1980. He is also recognized by the UERMM from where he took medicine as among its 50 Most Outstanding Achievers for his contributions to the field of medicine and research in the Philippines.
Dr. Natividad J. Munárriz [’40], an educator, is a founding member of the Philippine Guidance and Personnel Association, Inc..
Dr. Ma. Lourdes Arellano-Carandang [’60], psychologist, educator and book author, whose Filipino Children Under Stress: Family Dynamics and Therapy won the 1988 Catholic Press Award for Best Book, (English category), was cited as the 1994 National Social Scientist by the Philippine Social Science Council.
Letizia Roxas-Constantino [’38], nationalist, educator and book author, together with her husband, the historian Renato Constantino, established the Foundation for Nationalist Studies in 1976, now known as The Constantino Foundation of which she is Chairperson.
Jesus Ejercito [’56], film producer (as Jesse M. Ejercito), past president of the Philippine Motion Picture Producers Association and former Executive-Director and Deputy-Director General of the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP). He established the film production outfits Crown Seven Films (1976) and Seven Star Productins (1981).
George Ejercito† [’57], FAMAS award-winning film actor (as George Estregan or George Estregan, Sr).
Pio De Castro III† [’59], recognized for his achievements and contributions to Philippine film as actor, director, writer and notably as film critic and reviewer by the school during SJA’s 60th anniversary in 1990. He was one of the founders of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, the society of Filipino film critics that awards the annual Gawad Urian for cinematic excellence.
Multi-awarded sculptor Agnes Arellano [’66], recipient of SJA’s Outstanding Alumna Award in the field of Art in 1990. | agnesarellano.com |
It would be interesting to know who designed the SJA logo and what the elements represent, or why the official SJA color is green (what shade of green is it, really?).
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