In 1961, the Daughters of Jesus started negotiations for a school site at BF Homes, Parañaque, south of Manila. This is in response to the call of the Church to open center of Catholic education outside Manila. Through the generous help of Don Jesus Cabarrus, the Hijas de Jesus were able to acquire a school site of 3 hectares.

On June 19, 1971, Manresa School welcomed the first group of children into two-storey building. Sisters Angeles Garcia, F.I., Gertrudes Magdayao, F.I., Rosa Ortega, F.I. and Victoria Ruy, F.I. were the first Hijas de Jesus Sisters assigned to form a community to run the school.

A year later, its door opened to the primary grades. Every year thereafter, a new grade level was added until the whole elementary department was completed.

The school year 1977-1978 ushered in the high school department which opened to co-education. On March 26, 1981, the school witnessed its first fruits as sixty graduates received their high school diplomas. In the same year, the school was granted the permission to open the Nursery program which completed the Pre-School Department.

Manresa School celebrated its Silver Jubilee Year in 1996.

True to its commitment of providing quality education, the Grade school had its PAASCU Preliminary Survey in School Year 1999-2000.

In May 31, 2001, the school was granted the level 1 of PAASCU Accreditation. The Formal Survey took place in SY 2001-2002. On the same year, the High School Department started its PAASCU Preliminary Survey.

In January 31, 2003, Manresa School was granted the level II PAASCU Accreditation for the High School Program.

*In S.Y. 2015-2016, Manresa School was granted the permit to offer a Senior High School program by the Department of Education. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and General Academic Strand (GAS) were offered.

*Manresa School celebrated its 45th anniversary in S.Y. 2016-2017. With the theme “Ever Grateful, Forever Faithful”, this year-long celebration was launched on June 19, 2016. 
 
* Because of its commitment to quality Christian education, last July 2016 Manresa School received an invitation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) to apply for a Level III accreditation.

In response to the present challenges of the new millennium, Manresa school continuously commits itself to the realization of its Vision-Mission through integral Catholic Education.

 
 

Vision-Mission Statement 

We, the discerning educative family of Manresa School faithful to the charism of St. Candida Maria de Jesus, envision a community where God is Father and all are brothers and sisters who build a world that is Christ-centered, humane and just.

We commit to the integral Christian formation of children and youth into mature Christians who: live the values of simplicity, integrity, inner-directedness and love for the poor; practice sound judgment and sense of excellence; and respond to the present challenges of time. 

Thus, we become useful members of society and Church.
We entrust all our efforts under the maternal guidance of Mary Immaculate our model.

 
 

ST. CANDIDA MARIA DE JESUS: A BRIEF STORY  OF HER LIFE

St. Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y  Barriola was born and baptized as Juana Josefa , on May 31 1845, in Berrospe, Andoain, Guipuzcoa, Spain. Her father was a weaver.

"I am for God alone" was her answer to God's first call.

On December 8, 1871, Mother Candida Maria de Jesus founded a new congregation for the Christian edu­cation of children and youth and the advancement women in Salamanca under the protection of Mary, 
her guiding star.

Her sim­ple background and her lack of education and means at the be­ginning of the foundation, as well as throughout herlife, empha­sized her trustful response to God's call and made her an apt instrument to fulfill her mis­sion.

She opened schools for children and adolescents from all social backgrounds, Sunday schools for girls employed as domestics, and involved the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus (Hijas de Jesus) in the church's pastoral plan of her time. Indeed the universalism of her charism continues to be a commitment worth considering, a precursor of what we call "social justice" today.

She based her spirituality on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. With the collaboration of Fr. Herranz, S.J., she wrote the Constitutions and they were approved by Pope Leo X111 in 1902.

Endowed with many gifts of the Holy Spirit, she was able to achieve a great deal even to endure much suffering. Trust was a marked characteristic of her spirituality and she was never beset by doubt. Her expression, I distrust myself and place all my hope in you, my dearest Mother", reveals how deeply she trusted in our Lady, "Star of our way”.

Prayer was all important in her life and she did everything for the glory of God. She was a contemplative, a woman immersed in God who spent long hours before the tabernacle, serene even in trials and suffering. She tried to inculcate this spirit in her daughters and among the pupils at her schools.

She lived and loved poverty above all: "Where there is no room for my poor, neither is there room for me", she said, while working as a servant in Burgos. As foundress and Superior General, she was docile to the will of God and exercised her authority in a spirit of service to her brothers and sisters, governing her religious as daughters of God.

She died in Salamanca, Spain, on 9 August 1912 and the fame of her holiness has continued to increase. She was beatified together with Bl. Antonia Bandres, a young Hija de Jesus, on May 12, 1996 by Pope John Paul II at St. Peter Square in Vatican City.

Finally, she was canonized on October 17, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVII at St. Peter Square.

 
 

Blessed Maria Antonia Bandres


120 years ago, on March 6, 1898, Maria Antonia was born in Tolosa (Guipúzcoa), in Spain. Her parents, Don Ramón Bandrés and Doña Teresa Elósegui, had fifteen children. María Antonia was the second. She was baptized two days after her birth and confirmed at the age of four. On May 23 she received her First Communion.

From then on, the center of her spiritual life, which was also characterized by filial love for the Virgin, would be Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Because of her fragile health, she received her first lessons at home. Later she attended the school of the Daughters of Jesus, which had been founded in Tolosa by Mother Cándida María de Jesus.

From early childhood, Maria Antonia was distinguished for a profound spiritual life uncommon for her age, for her apostolic zeal, humility, charity, love for Jesus and the Blessed Virgin expressed in many small gestures, obedience and the spirit of sacrifice. Deeply concerned about the poor and the needy, she carried out in the periphery of Tolosa, and in particular with the women workers of the union, an evangelizing social work rare in those times.

At the age of seventeen, she entered the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus in Salamanca on December 8, 1915. On May 31, 1918, she pronounced her religious vows. A few days earlier, she had written, “To live crucified with Jesus by means of the holy vows, and, by means of them, to belong to God entirely and forever. May only Jesus and Mary remain in my heart”.

Already before her religious profession, she had made the most beautiful oblation to the Lord: following the impulse of an interior inspiration, she offered her life to God for the conversion and salvation of her uncle Antonio, her baptismal godfather. It seemed that the Lord accepted this generous offering. Her health, which had never been robust, began to weaken further, and soon a relentless illness appeared, that at the beginning of the year 1919 was diagnosed as intestinal infection, resistant to any treatment.

On Good Friday, April 25, she received the Viaticum fervently and joyfully. Then she said that she still lacked the Sacrament of the Sick to get ready for the encounter with God. She requested and was allowed to pronounce her perpetual vows, and she recited the formula firmly. With deep peace she repeated, “This is dying? How sweet is death! How sweet it is to die in the religious life!”

At the first hours of April 27, 1919, at the age of 21, she entered eternity, after having invoked the Blessed Virgin “Mother of mercy.”

Antoñita’s example of courage and faith leads us to reflect on the angel Gabriel’s words to the Blessed Virgin, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30), which is also the theme that Pope Francis has chosen for his Message for the 33rdWorld Youth Day (Palm Sunday, 25 March 2018). He wants us to “… seek, together with her, to listen to the voice of God who inspires courage and bestows the grace needed to respond to his call: ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, because you have found favour with God’.”

The Pope assures us, “God also reads our inmost heart. He knows well the challenges we must confront in life, especially when we are faced with the fundamental choices on which depend who we will be and what we will do in this world. It is the ‘shudder’ that we feel when faced with decisions about our future, our state of life, our vocation.” The Holy Father urges us to make an act of faith in God, which means “believing in the fundamental goodness of the existence that God has given us and trusting that he will lead us to a good end.”

Antoñita, who was of lively and nervous temperament, needful of a constant self-control, also had to confront challenges in making fundamental choices. But she knew how to focus her affectivity and tenderness of heart to superior ends, and although she loved her family deeply, she made God her Absolute ... “To remain silent to the point of heroism, to suffer until death, during my whole life, permanently”, was a fixed point in her thinking. These words might make us think of a sad and miserable girl, but Dr. Filiberto Villalobos of Salamanca, the doctor who attended to her, declared: “From the first time I visited her as a doctor, in the Novitiate of the Hijas de Jesus in Salamanca, I was impressed by this sister’s joy and attraction. During her illness, which ended in death, she never complained of the gravity of her ailment nor of the bitterness that it could have caused her. I always found her smiling and happy...”

It was as if Antoñita knew what Pope Francis insists in his Message, that “our life is not pure chance or a mere struggle for survival, rather each of us is a cherished story loved by God.” On her deathbed, she confided, “For me everything has been difficult, cold, dry; Jesus has not gifted me with his caresses; but now I am filled with peace and consolation: I feel that the Virgin is beside me, that Jesus loves me, and I love Him.”

For Dr. Villalobos, Antoñita was a strong witness of that Love. When he visited her for the last time on the afternoon of April 26, 1919, he was left amazed. Even more than a quarter of a century later, he would write of that experience of his:

I was very impressed. Sentiments of tenderness, admiration, and amazement kept me from conversing coolly with that sister of 21 years who told me, happily and joyfully, of her impending death. I wanted to be finished with the emotional scene, but at the same time, I did not want to be separated from that supernatural creature. I bade Sister Antonia an anguished goodbye, saying “Till tomorrow”, and she answered me smilingly, “Till heaven”.

And a few hours later, singing ejaculations, the pure and generous heart of that Daughter of Jesus left the world. That afternoon, like so many others, I had gone to the novitiate with Don Miguel de Unamuno, a very good friend of the Bandrés family. Don Miguel was waiting for me on the sidewalk near the Novitiate. There are few men so sensitive as Don Miguel, as to able to appreciate the grandeur and gentleness of Sister Antonia’s sublime spirit. And my account so profoundly touched his soul - ever tortured by worry and anxiety about the next life, - that in our walks through the streets and byways of this city of Salamanca, the sweet and joyful death of the angelic sister became a frequent topic in our conversations. She had never asked me, as D. Miguel did many, many times: “What will become of us when we die?” Unamuno’s extraordinary knowledge and genius always shattered in the face of the mysterious fate of the human soul...

Blessed Maria Antonia, so young, and, like Mother Mary, so strong a witness of Courage and Love. To the young people of today, we share the Pope’s invitation: “to contemplate Mary’s love: a caring, dynamic and concrete love. A love full of boldness and focused completely on the gift of self. … a love that is service and dedication, above all towards the weakest and poorest, love that transforms our faces and fills us with joy.”

Admission Requirements 
                     
PRESCHOOL

1) Age Requirement 
The pertinent DepEd Order on age requirement shall be followed.
    Nursery 1    -  3 years and 6 months old by June 1
    Nursery 2    -  4 years old by June 1
    Kindergarten -  5 years old by June 1 to end of August
    (Source: Omnibus Policy on Kindergarten Education DepEd Order No. 47 s.2016)

2) Documentary Requirements      
        a) Baptismal Certificate (original and 1 photocopy)
        b) Birth Certificate (original and 1 photocopy)
        c) Two I.D. pictures (size: “2x2”)
        d) Summary of Immunization Records (Photocopy)
        e) Certified Photocopy of Latest Report Card (Prep only)

GRADE SCHOOL
1. A Grade 2 to 6 student applicant must have no grade lower than 80% in any grading period and must have a good mark in conduct.
2. For Grade 1, the applicant must have completed a Department of Education accredited Kindergarten program by the end of the school year and must have been issued a Kindergarten Certificate of Completion with the student’s Learner Reference Number (LRN).

HIGH SCHOOL
1. A student applicant must have a General Average of at least 85% with no grade lower than 80% in any subject and must have a good mark in conduct during any grading period.

Note: A student who had enrolled in Manresa School and who eventually transferred to another school, shall upon his/her return to Manresa School, be treated as a new student.


Application Schedule
    Start: October (until slots are available)


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

1. Duly Accomplished Form
2. NSO Birth Certificate
3. Baptismal Certificate (photocopy)
4. 2 I.D. Pictures (size: “2 x 2”)
5. Summary of Immunization Records (photocopy)
6. Certified true copy of the latest Report Card with Learner’s Reference Number (LRN)
7. Certificate of Good Moral Character from the Principal or Guidance Counselor
8. Kindergarten Certificate
9. Recommendation Letter from the Class Adviser and Guidance Counselor (Gr. 3 to Gr. 6 only)


FOR FILIPINO STUDENTS FROM ABROAD:

    In addition to the above-mentioned requirements, Filipino student from School abroad must submit the following:

1. Photocopy of Authentication Certificate from the Office of Philippine Embassy

2. Endorsement/ Referral Letter (assessment of Grade level) from the Department of Education (Parañaque Division)


FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

In addition to the above mentioned requirements, foreign students must submit the following: 
        1) Photocopy of an Updated ACR (Alien Certificate Registration) and/or 
        2) Study Permit Approved by the Department of Education (DepEd)


Note: On a case to case basis, the applicant may be required to submit other documents aside from what had been mentioned upon evaluation of admission application.

 

All submitted documents shall not be returned and shall become the property of the school.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

1. Submit filled out application form and other necessary requirements/ documents at the Registrar’s Office.

2. Pay the non-refundable admission fee of Php500.00 in the Treasurer’s Office.

3. Present the official receipt to the Admissions personnel to secure the test permit and schedule of entrance examination.

Note: Test permit will be issued only after complying with the requirements and procedures

4. Take the entrance test at the Guidance Center on the scheduled date and time.

Note: Examinees should be in the testing room 15 minutes before the scheduled examinations. The examinee who failed to come on the scheduled time will have to wait for another schedule decided upon by the Committee on Admissions.

5. Result of Admission Status will be released 2 days after the examination at the Registrar’s Office.

6. Student applicant may be requested for an interview by the Principal. However, it does not automatically guarantee acceptance.


RESERVATION AND CONFIRMATION OF ENROLLMENT

1. Qualified applicant will secure confirmation and reservation slip from the Registrar’s Office. Reservation fee of Php 5000.00 will be paid in the Treasurer’s Office. (This is a non-refundable fee made upon confirmation).

2. Validation slip will be issued upon presenting the Reservation receipt to the Registrar’s Office.

Note: Failure to confirm enrollment and make reservation within the given time frame will mean forfeiture of one’s slot.

All matters concerning admission will be directed to the Principal