:: PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATORS::
1. MOST REV. MANUEL SOBREVIÑAS (1968-1975)
2. REV. FR. ROGELIO ABASOLO (1975-1979)
3. REV. MSGR. TEODORO PEREZ (1979-1984)
4. REV. FR. JOSE MATAN (1984-1988)
5. REV. FR. MARCEL PRUDENTE (1988-1990)
6. REV. MSGR. ARNEL LAGAREJOS (1990-1994)
7. REV. FR. JOSE VICTOR NEPOMUCENO (1994-1996)
8. REV. FR. BIENVENIDO GUEVARRA (1996-1997)
9. REV. MSGR. MARIANO BALBAGO JR. (1997-2006)
10. REV. FR. GERARD JOAQUIN V. MASANGYA (2006-PRESENT)
1. MRS. AVELINA BANDONG
MRS. NEMESIA OLIVEROS
3. MISS RAMONA DIAZ
4. REV. FR. SALVADOR YUN
5. MRS. PERLA MAGCULANG
6. MRS. PURIFICACION SINGUEO
|Miss Cecilia Amado
||Mr. Emilio Cruz
|Mrs. Adelina Paz
||Miss Josefina Enriquez
||Miss Rosario Salvador
||Dr. Angel Sta. Maria
:: BRIEF HISTORY ::
The Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu Parochial School started as a preschool in 1968. Classes were held in a one-room makeshift
building beside the parish hall. Since it received an enthusiastic response from the Catholic parents, its enrollment
increased at an unexpected rate. The Catholic Women’s League Unit of the parish was first tasked to take charge
of the management of the school as part of its apostolate.
In the school-year 1980 – 1981, the school was registered as a non -stock, non – profit corporation
with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Official Recognition was granted by the Department of
Education, Culture and Sports on October 21, 1987 for the Elementary Department. The High School
Department was extended Recognition by the Department of Education on July 31, 2002 .
Thus the school offers a complete pre-school (nursery, kindergarten, preparatory), and basic education:
elementary (Grades 1-6) and high school (1st to 4th Year ).
At present, the school is housed in a four-storey building with forty two classrooms, and offices for:
Administration and Finance, Rooms for the Faculty (4) and Non-Academic Staff, Library – AVR, Pre-School Learning
Resource Center, Guidance Center, Center for Integral Evangelization (CIE), Student Affairs, two Computer
Laboratories, (elementary and high school), Laboratories for Technology and Home Economics (THE),
2 Science Laboratories, Industrial Laboratory, Speech Laboratory, Digital Library, Digital AVR, Canteen and Supplies, Clinic (for Medical and Dental Services), Printing, Gymnasium, Auditorium etc.
Since it caters to the quality educational needs of the middle to the lower income group of the
parish community, the Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu Parochial School has always maintained its tuition
and other fees at the lowest possible level.
The Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu Parochial School is markedly identified with the Roman Catholic
Church as an instrument for the continuing process of evangelization; sharing in the vision of the
Diocese of Antipolo in being “a community of disciples of the Risen Christ ”.
The formation being given to the students includes not only academic proficiency,
but more importantly Catholic doctrines, Gospel values for the Filipino Catholic way of life.
:: VISION-MISSION ::
We, a Catholic Educational Institution, envision ourselves as
a communion of Christ’s active witnesses,
with Mary, Our Lady of Aranzazu as our model in living the Gospel values to transform the Filipino society and renew the parish community.
We are in a state of mission of:
- Promoting quality basic education and Christian formation among Roman Catholics with preference for the poor, with Religion as the core of the curriculum;
- Molding students to be achievers, demonstrating excellence in communication arts, science and technology;
- Providing on-going formation for the total development of the administrators, faculty and staff for competence to minister to the needs of the school community;
- Encouraging parents to be committed to fostering an orderly wholesome home environment for the living and experiencing of discipleship-in-community; and,
- Participating fully and actively in the life of the parish community, especially in the sacramental life and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in order to enhance the role of the laity in the Church.
:: THE SCHOOL SEAL::
Symbolizes Three Things
- Mountain in Spain where the apparition of Our Lady occurred.
- Geographical characteristic of San Mateo (Mountainous)
- Christ: During the Old Testament, prophets communicated to God on mountains, same with Christ he went to mountain for prayer.
- The color green symbolizes vegetation and progress
Hand with Lamp:
This is the hand of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu that carries a lamp lighting the way to the mountain (Christ). This is the light of truth (Luce)
Marian Insignia (on the wrist):
This a symbol for Ave Maria adapted from the Parish Marian emblem
This is the way towards Christ which is lighted by the lamp on the hands of Our Lady of Aranzazu.
Red symbolizes Christian education. We lead our student to the mountain through this way (Christian education)
Blue circle above the hands:
A sphere is a continuous line with no end. It symbolizes unity/communion among the people of the community (Communio in Luce Veritatis)
SCHOOL MOTTO – “Communio in Luce Veritatis”
In English, the motto would be expressed “Be luminous sharers of the Truth,” This implies that
every ARANZAN should be a bright bearer of the Truth, the Good News of the Redemption of
Humanity from sin.
We shall strive to do this by being authentic witnesses and active sharers of the Salvific Mission of
Jesus Christ through the evangelical work of Christian Education as members of a community of
believers united in love for Christ and devotion to His Mother, Mary, under the title of Nuestra
Señora de Aranzazu.
:: THE SCHOOL SLOGAN::
I am an Aranzan, I C.A.R.E.
I am a child of God created in His own image. I
must make that image shine forth for others to see.
Jesus Christ is the image of God made visible to
human beings like me. I become God-like by knowing Him intimately, by imitating Him closely, and by loving Him dearly, so I can serve Him actively as His…
…an Apostle sent by Him to share in His mission of
saving mankind by spreading the good news of His life,
works and values, to bring about…
…through the conversion of the members of our school
and parish communities under the inspiration of Our
Lady of Aranzazu in the great work of…
… the building of the reign of God in the minds and
hearts of people, especially those who are not in our
:: PHILOSOPHY ::
As a Catholic, Parochial and Filipino Educational Institution, we believe that:
1. God is the center and goal of man’s life.
2. Through Mary, Our Lady of Aranzazu, as our model in her faith in God, persevering hope in prayer, maternal love, and simple and humble lifestyle, we can be faithful to the teachings of the Church.
3. Catholic education is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus Christ to the Church through the proclamation of the Good News and the living of the Gospel values.
4. The Parochial School is an integral part of the pastoral plan of the parish.
5. The parents and home provide the primary educational environment with the school as active partner.
6. Education is a life-long process towards the person’s wholistic formation, upholding the dignity of man in a culture of life and love.
7. To achieve quality basic education, Christian Formation (Religion) must be the core of the curriculum.
8. Our graduates are agents of total human transformation imbued with basic knowledge of moral and religious truths.
9. Our school community is a responsible steward of God’s creation to promote and preserve ecological balance.
10. An ideal Aranzan is educated to be of service to others for a transformed society characterized or ruled by peace, justice and love.
:: OUR PARISH ::
The rich and meaningful history of the Parish of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu dates back to the early Spanish era of 1596,
when the Augustinians friars built the first settlements in the place. In the year August 29, 1659, the first parish was built under
and in honor of the patron St. Matthew (San Mateo), the apostle and evangelist. But in December 6, 1696, the Jesuits came and
gained control of the town. Thus, in 1705, a Jesuit priest, Fr. Juan Echazabal, started the devotion to our Lady of Aranzazu from
Spain and changed the patron of the town from St. Matthew to Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu.
In 1715, the first concrete church was built but was destroyed in 1863 by a devastating earthquake. In 1887
the church was rebuilt and repaired but was again destroyed by the war of 1942 during the Japanese occupation.
In the year 1990, the bell tower was repaired after the earthquake of July 16 of the same year. And in 1993, the whole church,
including the main altar, was repaired and refurnished.
Only last February 2004, the Parish of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu was proclaimed as a Diocesan Shrine of Our
Lady of Aranzazu by the Vatican, being the only church in the Philippines under the title of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu
and only sister-parish of the Basilica of Aranzazu in Spain. The canonical erection of the shrine is scheduled on June this year.