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Saint Jude Catholic School (Manila)

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Religious affiliation(s)  Roman Catholic
Established  July 1963
Opened  July 1963
Number of students  3,300
Patron saint(s)  St. Jude Thaddeus
Founded  July 1963
Phone  +63 2 733 2325

Founder  Fr. Peter Yang, SVDMons. Peter Tsao, SVDMons. Charles Tchou, LRMS
Address  327 Ycaza, San Miguel, Manila, 1005 Metro Manila, Philippines
Mascot  Jude the Knight and Lady Judy Knight
Motto  "Witness to the Word in the World."

Saint Jude Catholic School (SJCS), (simplified Chinese: 天主教崇德学校; traditional Chinese: 天主教崇德學校; pinyin: Tiānzhǔjiào Chóng Dé Xuéxiào) is a Roman Catholic private school located in the district of San Miguel in Manila, Philippines, adjacent to Malacañang Palace. The coeducational school, run by the Society of the Divine Word, teaches preparatory, elementary and high school, and is the oldest of the two Judenite institutions in the country. The school draws inspiration from the life and works of the institution's patron saint, Saint Jude Thaddeus. The school was founded by Chinese priests, Rev. Fr. Peter Yang, SVD and Msgr. Peter Tsao, SVD and later joined by Msgr. Tchou who died on November 7, 2008.



The Saint Jude Catholic School campus in the district of San Miguel in Manila is composed of four buildings on a 2.5-hectare (6.2-acre) lot. These include the Prep School Building, the S.J. Building, the Fr. Peter Yang Building and the new Fu Shen Fu Building. The National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus is located within the school's campus.

Sports facilities on campus include a basketball stadium, badminton and volleyball courts, covered courts, ping-pong tables and a gym. The basketball stadium has a seating capability of 1,200 people and a regular-sized court that can be used for sporting events, and other activities. The new Fu Shen Fu Building was finished on December 2006. It houses a volleyball court and three badminton courts, a fully air-conditioned chapel, three computer labs, a dance practice facility, a multipurpose room and also includes the residences of the priests/principals.


Saint Jude Catholic School was opened in July 1963 by Fr. Peter Yang, SVD, to reach out to the Chinese community of Manila and shepherd them into God's fold. Its early years saw an enrollment of 192 boys and girls in the preschool and first grade levels taught by nine teachers: Ms. Rosa Chua (Esteban), Ms. Josefina Uy, Ms. Angelina Onglatco, Ms. Rogracia Sunga, Ms. Corazon Sevilla, Ms. Amelita Simon and others.


Admission to Saint Jude Catholic School is competitive. All students enter Saint Jude as nursery students. The acceptance rate is around 12%. Transfer students are accepted, but are required to undergo an entrance examination.


Saint Jude Catholic School activity groups include Christian Communities (Knights of the Altar Society, Christian Life Community, Judenites Chorale Ensemble, the St. Jude Chapter of the Filipino-Chinese Catholic Youth, a national organization), Student Governments (Student Councils), Performance Groups (Cheerleading Squad,Chinese Glee club, Drama Guild, Dance Troupe), Publications (The Judenites), and Sport teams (Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis). Saint Jude also has the only Drum, Bugle and Marimba Corps in all the Filipino-Chinese Schools. The students can join Citizens Army Training (CAT) and the Saint Jude Scouting Movement (SJSM).



Sportsfest is an activity wherein high school students compete in sports and cheering. Usually occurring after the third quarter periodical exams, some of the sports that can be joined are badminton (singles and doubles), ping-pong, chess, swimming, volleyball, etc. Each sport is divided into Division A and Division B, with varsity members joining the former and barred from the latter for equality's sake.


The school offers athletics programs for members of its community.

Every year, the SJ alumni compete in sport tournaments. Everyone, including the public, may use Saint Jude's sports facilities upon obtaining permission to do so from the school.


The SJCS Basketball Team competes in different basketball league such as the MMTLBA: FCAAF; MSSA; MASA; FCABL and the most anticipated PCYAA also known as the Ching Yuen.


The Saint Jude Badminton team has been the three-time defending champions of the Metropolitan Amateur Sports Association (MASA).


The Saint Jude swimming team is the Green Mariners. The Green Mariners have expanded their team to a club, the Manila Torpedoes. The Manila Torpedoes Club competed with tougher swimming teams around NCR and the other regions; the team garnered many awards and championships in the duration of its existence as a team.


The school has a Taekwondo team that first competed on in 2008 in Milo Little Olympics (for the grade school students), but lost. In 2008, also in Milo Little Olympics (for the HS students), three people competed and two won with one silver medal and a bronze medal. They also joined a Hwoarang-Do competition where everyone got a medal.

In the 2009 Milo Little Olympics (for HS students), the school won three bronze medals. They joined the 41st WNCAA (for HS students) in 2011 and won 2 gold medals and 1 silver.


The Saint Jude Cheering Squadron are the five-time defending champions of the Tiong Lian Cheering Competition. The Seniors Cheering Squad has represented the school every year.


The volleyball team of the High School Boys Division has joined many competitions mainly Milo Little Olympics, MASA, and the Chinese Federation.


The school has two teams, the girls' team and the boys' team. The boys team is categorized by age and department. The U15 team have won multiple competitions and they attained a silver in the 75th WNCAA held in 2016. The girls' team is new and is currently recruiting.

Notable alumni

  • Tim Yap ('94) - Entrepreneur/TV Show Host
  • Edwin Lacierda ('79) - Presidential Spokesman and member of the three-man Communications Group of the Noynoy Aquino administration holding the rank of Cabinet Secretary, served as legal counsel and co-convenor of the civil society group, The Black and White Movement
  • Federico Sandoval II ('80) - three-term Congressman from the City of Malabon, Municipality of Navotas
  • References

    Saint Jude Catholic School (Manila) Wikipedia