Blessing and opening of St. Benedict’s Home, the new retirement house
Start of St. Scholastica’s College of Health Sciences, Tacloban City
Feb 26: Series of bombings aboard Super Five express left 41 dead by Muslim separatist rebels
Mar 2: 40 NPA’s kill 10 soldiers
Mar 16: Rebel-army troops battle leaves 23 people dead in Lanao del Norte Ocampo, Vice President of Equitable Bank, testified to the false papers before an impeachment court
Mar 20: Abu Sayyaf rebels seizes 50 hostages from 2 schools in Basilan for ransom
Apr 10: Government troops attack MNLF Camp Belai; 278 rebels and 18 soldiers die in the encounter
Apr 28: Government troops gain control of rebel stronghold in Basilan Island after a week of fighting
May 3: In Zamboanga, Mindanao, the MNLF takes 100 hostages, leaving 4 dead
Aug 28: Abu Sayyaf guerrilas abduct Jeffrey Schilling, their first American hostage
Sept 17: Military forces kill 6 Abu Sayyaf guerrilas and captures 20
Oct 19: Nine (9) persons are killed and 11 MNLF guerrilas wounded
Nov 2: President Estrada offers to let the people decide his future in a referendum as more members of the cabinet resign
Nov 4: Tens of thousands rally in Manila calling for President Estrada’s resignation
Nov 9: Perfecto Yasay, the former SEC Chairman, accuses the president of forcing him to resign and attempting to influence the investigation of an Estrada friend. Yasay also had tried to block the sale of a controlling stake in Philippine Long Distance Telephone
Formation of the Consortium of Women’s Colleges (CWC) with SSC, Maryknoll College, Assumption College, St. Paul College of Manila and College of the Holy Spirit as members
CWC Memorandum of Agreement signing, October 12, 2001
New immersion community at Mati, Davao Oriental. Emphasis on sustainable agriculture; “masipag” farming; farmers’ education
St. Scholastica’s College-Westgrove opens. First building a donation of Ayala Land, Incorporation
Formation of Centennial Committee to plan for priory centennial 2006. Archives- Museum to be set up
SSC-Priory Museum-Archives Perspective
| Feb 6: President Arroyo names Sen. Teofisto Guingona as her Vice President
Feb 7: Citizens files a lawsuit against former Pres. Estrada for possessing $400 million in unexplained wealth, and reclaiming the amount for the government
March: The MILF declares a ceasefire and its readiness to hold talks with the government
Mar 2: The Supreme Court affirms the legitimacy of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and denies immunity to former Pres. Estrada
Apr 25: Estrada is arrested and placed in custody. The ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada became the country’s first eader to be arrested for alleged corruption in office
May 1: Pres. Arroyo declares a state of rebellion and orders the arrest of 2 senators and several military officials loyal to former Pres. Estrada. Forty thousand (40,000) protesters march in Malacanang Palace
May 6: Pres. Arroyo lifts the “state of rebellion” order
May 14: Midterm elections are held for half the Senate and the entire House of Representatives. The Communist leaning party nation first party wins 3 seats
May 27: Abu Sayyaf abduct 21 people from Dos Palmas Resort. Missionaries Martin and Grace Burnham are among the kidnapped
Jun 22: Government signs a peace agreement with Moro Islamic Liberation Front
Jun 24: Mayon Volcano erupts; 7,000 villagers flee
Aug 7: The Islamic and National fronts sign separate unity pact to bridge their 23 year split. Only Abu Sayyaf is left fighting the government
Sept 19: Court rules the return of $627 million from Marcos to the government
Oct 18: Opposition legislators files a resolution for the impeachment of Pres. Estrada for taking bribes. Some 15,000 people call for Estrada resignation
Nov 13: The House of Representatives approves an impeachment trial to address corruption charges against Pres. Estrada. Earlier, on November 14, some 20,000 march in Manila for the ouster of Pres. Estrada
Nov 20: Senate presents Pres. Estrada 270-page articles of impeachment for corruption and constitutional violations
Dec 30: Five (5) bomb blasts hit Manila killing 22 people. Seven (7) Muslim guerrilas are indicted including Salamat Hashim, chairman of the Moro Liberation Front. The Jemaah Islamiyah, a militant group linked to Al Queda is involved in the train bombing
Additional fields of specialization for degrees in music introduced: composition, guitar, pipe organ, strings, winds, voice. Similarly, ladderized Certificate programs
SSC granted autonomy by the CHED
Accent on work for the poor; interfaith dialogue
“Bahay Lila” set in operation: shelter for abused women and children
Jan: US marine joint exercises with Filipino military signals a new phase in the war against terrorism
Jun 7: Martin Burnham, an American missionary and Filipino nurse Ediborah Yap are killed when troops stormed an Abu Sayyaf outpost in Mindanao
Aug 23: An anti-graft court in the Philippines freezes the assets of former president Joseph Estrada in connection with illegal accumulation of 4 billion pesos ($76.48 million) during his 31-month rule
Nov 4: China signs a landmark agreement with Southeast Asian countries (Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam) on avoiding open conflict in the disputed South China Sea Spratly Islands
Nov 21: The United States and the Philippines sign a controversial agreement which would allow U.S. Forces to use the Philippines as a supply point for military operations
|2003||Alternative education for Aetas to be worked out and formalized||Feb 2,8,19: Encounters between the government forces and the NPA, Abu Sayyaf rebels leave 54 dead
Feb 20: Pentagon officials offer to send 1,700 U.S. Soldiers to the Philippines over the next few weeks to fight Muslim extremists. The Philippine government rejects the offer
Mar 4-Jul 22: Five (5) bomb explosions, 2 attacks, 1 ferry collision and 2 tropical storms killing 86 persons and displacing 2,227 people were reported
Jul 18: Government signs ceasefire with MILF ahead of planned talks in Malaysia
Jul 27: In Manila, some 300 mutinous Philippine troops seize downtown residential shopping and later surrenders, ending a 19-hour standoff with government forces. President Arroyo declares a state of rebellion, which lasted until August 11
Oct 18: U.S. President Bush addresses a special joint session of the Philippine Congress in Manila. Bush promises to help the Philippines defeat terrorism. Thousands of university students and activists march to protest Bush’s visit to Manila already tense over security concerns
Dec 16: Pres. Bush signs a measure that make WW II Filipino American veterans eligible for full Veterans Affair health care.
Dec 19: Landslides and floods have kill at least 127 people, and 150 others were missing and feared dead
|2004||“MAKAPAWA” (Community-Based Health Program) on its 25th year to publish history and experiences, especially with “Under-Fives Program”|| May 10: President Arroyo narrowly defeats Poe, taking 39.5% of the vote to his 36.6%, according to the unofficial count
May 18: A powerful typhoon slams into the Philippines, causing at least 19 deaths on the eastern islands in the archipelago
Jun 20: A Philippine congressional committee announces election of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Jul 3: Tropical storm Mindulle, kills at least 31 people in the Philippines
Jul 13: Filipino Angelo Dela Cruz is freed by Iraqi kidnappers after Philippine troops withdraw from Iraq.
Nov 30: The death toll from landslides and flash floods in the eastern Philippines jumps to 41 nearly 340 with 150 other missing, after a second rainstorm hits a region
Dec 2: Back-to-back storms kill at least 842 people and leaves 751 missing. 1,100 are feared dead in the wake of Typhoon Nanmadol
Dec 14: Fernando Poe, Jr., former Philippine actor and presidential candidate, dies
Dec: The Philippine Supreme Court rules to allow foreign firms to run mines in the Philippines, overturning a negative decision last January
The Philippine budget deficit is 3.9% of GDP. Its consolidated public-sector debt is almost 140% of GDP and some fear a default
|2005||Establishment of two new Institutes: the Institute for Emerging Technologies and the Institute for Catering Management and Hospitality Technology
Development of new courses continues as “autonomy” provides greater opportunities for creative innovation
Sept 14: Start of the year-long celebration of the centennial of the Manila Priory and the arrival of the first Benedictine Sisters
Laying of cornerstone of St. Scholastica Archives-Museum
Dec 3: Start of the celebration of the centennial of St. Scholastica’s College.
Community Development Center (CDC) approved to be a juridical community to continue work started by the former CDCI
Sept 14: Start of year-long centennial celebration of St. Scholastica’s Priory and St. Scholastica’s College
Opening liturgy. Laying of cornerstone for Archives-Museum. Grand concert.
Dec 3: Kick-off of year of centennial celebration of St. Scholastica’s College
| Jan 1: Philippines forecast: 4.5% annual GDP growth with a population at 87.9 million and GDP per head at $1,010
Feb 7: Hundreds of armed followers of a jailed former Muslim rebel leader attacks government troops and occupy one army Twelve (12) soldiers killed
Feb 14: Three bombs jolt Manila and two other cities, killing at least 12 people and wounding more than 100 others. The Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf claims responsibility for the blasts
Mar 15: Some of the country’s most hardened terrorists are killed in a failed prison uprising; 28 people die
June: An audio file, allegedly wiretapped by military intelligence becomes available with President Arroyo speaking to COMELEC Virgilio Garcillano (Hello Garci Tape)
Jun 11: Thousands of protesters demand President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to step down for allegations for fixing last year’s election and receiving gambling kickbacks
Jun 21: Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jaime Sin dies. Cardinal Sin, an outspoken advocate of democracy who played a key role in the “People Power” revolts (1986, 2001) that ousted two Philippine presidents
Jul 8: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s presidency is in tatters: her base of support eroding, calls for her resignation over an election scandal is gaining support
Dec 3: SSC CENTENNIAL
Association of Benedictine Schools puts out new CLE sourcebooks for all grade and year levels
Sept 14: PRIORY CENTENNIAL
Opening of St. Scholastica’s Archives-Museum
Feb 4: The PhilSports Arena stampede happened at the PhilSports (formerly ULTRA) football stadiumin Pasig City, Metro Manila killing 74 people and injured about 400
Feb 17: As many as 1,000 people are feared to have died in a mudslide which engulfs a village on the central island of Leyte
Feb 24: President Arroyo declares a state of emergency after the army says it has foiled a planned coup. The decree was lifted on March 3, but still without any credible evidence of any alleged coup attempt involving, allegedly, a combination of Communists and right-wing army officers
Jun 24: President Arroyo announced the abolition of the death penalty.
Jun 26: Opponents of President Arroyo filed a new impeachment complaint, alleging corruption and human rights abuses.
Aug 8: The Philippine Congress began hearing new impeachment complaints against President Gloria Arroyo, linking her to corruption and human rights abuses and alleging she cheated in the 2004 election.
Dec: Hundreds of people are feared dead after Typhoon Durian batters the east, triggering mudslides.
| Mar 31: Angelina A. Aquino, Grade IV-St. Maurus, Bronze medalist, 5th World Mathematics Competition held in Bandung, Indonesia.
Jul 4-Aug 15: The Grade School unit launched its computerized election process
Jul 8-14: The High School Volleyball and Swimming Teams represented the Philippines in the 8th ASEAN Girls Volleyball Championship held in Malaysia.
Aug 2: Former Philippine President Cory Aquino staged an Art Exhibit at the SSC Archives Museum
Aug 2: Daughters True was awarded the National Book Award for 2006 by the Manila Critics Circle
Aug 12: School of Music hosted the Philippine’s first Living Trees Museum
Aug 28-29: SSC celebrates blessing of new facilities: Cybernook-Friedenshaus and Haus Cyrilla
Sept 11: St. Scho bags Entrepreyouth
Nov 10: Mass Communication students and professors win top honors at the 2006 Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA)
Dec 3: St. Scholastica’s College, Manila unveiled a historical marker to commemorate its 100 year history
SSC Pep Squad: Back-to-Back Champions (WNCAA and WCSA)
Christian Tan, SSC Bachelor of Music in Violin first year student, received the Artistic Director Achievement Award organized by the Asian Youth Orchestra
Sept 1-10: Twenty-four (24) Benedictine abbesses and prioresses coming from all parts of the world attended the The Communione Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB) conference in St. Scholastica’s Center of Spirituality in Tagaytay City
Sept 16:To celebrate the centenary of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters’ Presence in the Philippines, St. Scholastica’s College, Manila and the Manila Priory held a CENTENNIAL CONCERT
Apr: The government entered into a US$ 329.5 million contract for a national broadband network (NBN) deal that will improve government communications capabilities.
Sept 12: Former president Joseph Estrada was convicted of corruption and sentenced to life in prison, the first ever in the history of the Philippines. He wins a presidential pardon shortly afterwards.
Sept 18: De Venecia’s son, Joey, identifies First Gentleman Mike Arroyo as the “mystery man” in the national broadband network project. Joey claims Arroyo told him to “back off” from the project.
Sept 22: President Arroyo suspends the national broadband network project.
Nov: Renegade soldiers make a failed coup bid at a luxury hotel in Manila after breaking out of court where they were standing trial for the failed 2003 mutiny.
May 6: The High School Unit of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila has been granted a re-accreditation status for five years by PAASCU
Jul 1: I-CATHY’s Cafe Cyrilla was launched
Jul 4-11: High School student wins in International Taekwondo Competition
Jul 10-13: High School students attend IBYC and WYD 2008
Jul 30: Ms. Airam Gonzales, Outstanding Nutrition-Dietetics Student 2008
Aug: First Batch of Scholastican Registered Guidance Counselors (100% passing rate)
Aug 13: High School student wins in the 2008 RPN9 News Watch Junior Edition Contest
Sept 1: High School student Miro Fraces D. Capili won first prize in the 58th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature
Sept 26: High School Unit’s Samahang Tinig wins first runner up in Sabayang-Bigkas Kontest
Sept 28: High School Glee Club bags awards in High School Choir tilt
Oct 18: St. Scho tops 39th WNCAA Season midgets volleyball
Oct 20: High School wins in Inter-School Impromptu Speaking Competition
Oct 29: Mass Communication faculty and students win in CMMA TV and Radio Production
Nov 13: SSC signed MOA with the Consortium of Benedictine Colleges in Metro Manila (CBCM)
Nov 16: School of Music students win NAMCYA awards
Nov 29: High School Glee Club emerges as CMLI Voices in Harmony 2008 Champion
High School Scholasticans win Bronze in synchronized swimming event in Malaysia
Joy Rojas, Scholastican HS ‘ 83: First Filipina to run across the US
Feb 5: De Venecia is unseated as the House Speaker. Members of the House of Representative elected Prospero Nograles as the new Speaker.
Jan 12: Accomplished pianist, Valida Rassoulova’s held masterclass at SSC
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