Know about the Foundation’s History, Mission, Vision, and Values.
The earliest record of the alumnae association of St. Paul College of Manila states that the formation of the St. Paul Manila Alumnae Association of Manila (SPMAAM) was ratified at the Alumnae Homecoming on January 31, 1965. On January 31, 1988, the name of the association was changed to Paulinian Alumnae Association of Manila (PAAM) during the Alumnae Homecoming.
On July 6, 1994, the PAAM was officially registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The incorporators were: Carmelita Reynoso, Emilie Simon, Mercedes Balda-Buhain, Maureen Noble-Sandejas, Carmen Mendoza, Teresita Bagaybagayan-Bayot, and Eugenia Yuvienco-Godinez.
In its January 2002 homecoming, the members of the PAAM agreed to change the Association into a Foundation, a move that was supported by the SPCM President, Sr. Hilaria Suzzette Bautista, SPC. The newly elected PAAM Board was charged with the responsibility to draft the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of the Foundation. SPMAFI was incorporated on September 22, 2003, with the following incorporators: Maritess Guidote-Aguirre, Carmen Sayo, Rosanna Escareal-Velasco, Rosalie Reyes, Jacqui Moreno, Ofelia Gaite-Fausto, Evangeline Inductivo-Cajulao, and Sr. Suzzette. Members of the Board of Trustees were all of the above, plus: Elenita Corpus-Bolipata, Elnora Aquilizan-Duran, and Simpe Rogie Magana.
The Board of Trustees was composed of 11 members, 10 of whom were to be elected by members in good standing of the Foundation in a General Membership Meeting, while the 11th was to be duly designated by the school to be its representative to the Board. In addition, Article IV of the By-Laws provided for the position of Sister Moderator, “to act as liaison between the foundation and the SPCM Administration.” The position was held by Sr. Ma. Luisa Chavez from 2002-2005.
In 2002, part of the support given by the school to the SPMAFI was the office space, electricity, and telephone line. The secretary of the Foundation was absorbed by the school as a regular employee assigned to the SPMAFI. An Executive Director was hired to run the day-to-day operations of the Foundation.
To build lifelong connections among St. Paul Manila alumni worldwide by providing opportunities for meaningful engagement with one another, with the school and the larger community.
To increase awareness, pride, participation, philanthropic support and investment in the future of our Alma Mater.
Organizational Culture and Values
Whatever goals we set out for SPMAFI will require our full commitment and the unstinting support of our alumni community.
We encourage volunteerism and philanthropy among our alumni to support our Alma Mater's goals and projects.
We shall dedicate our time and resources to succeed in all our efforts, regardless of the challenges we face.
We have faith in each other's capabilities and uphold the dignity and worth of every individual.
We embrace diversity within our alumni community and strive to be inclusive in encouraging participation, attendance and involvement in SPMAFI activities.
We commit to the highest quality in all our endeavors and will recognize and celebrate excellence within our SPM academic and alumni community.
All our dealings with various publics shall always be conducted with utmost professionalism.
We adhere to the highest ethical standards and will be uncompromising on matters of principle.
Since SPMAFI is entrusted with fiduciary responsibilities, we must be transparent and accountable to our alumni constituency for the results or consequences of the decisions and commitments we make in the name of SPMAFI.
Everything that we do in SPMAFI is in the spirit of collaboration with the school, with one another, believing that we accomplish more by working together.
We must engender a sense of community and willingness to serve the diverse needs of our alumni and work in tandem to achieve our shared vision and common goals.
Ricki belongs to HS Class of 1970, studied in SPCM since Grade 1, one of four Paulinian Arches sisters. She shares that while she pursued her college (BSBA, Accounting, UE 1974) and graduate school (MBA 1978, Stanford Graduate School of Business) degrees in other universities, she considers SPCM, where she spent her formative years, as her alma mater. Having retired from her 24-year advertising career as Chairman and CEO of McCann Worldgroup Philippines, her batchmates asked her to run for a seat in the SPMAFI Board of Trustees and found herself elected President for a three-year term. She says, “In this capacity, I wish to revitalize the St. Paul Manila alumni community and strengthen the ties that bind us to our dear alma mater, while developing SPMAFI as a vital link to reconnect Paulinians wherever we may be now, and to mobilize our collective energies, talents, and resources, as a force to bring to life the spirit of Caritas Christi Urget Nos, that is ingrained in every Paulinian heart.”
Oliver Rodriguez is one of the first graduates of St. Paul Manila as a University. He has been with the university since 1996 as a student and proceeded to teaching right after graduation in 2004. He currently serves as the Chair of the Undergraduate and Master’s Degree Programs of the College of Music and the Performing Arts. As the Vice President for Internal Affairs of the SPMAFI Board, his goal is to help the alumni continually feel at home in SPU Manila.
Maria Heideliza Dimapilis-Cachuela, nicknamed Heidy, is a graduate of BSC-Accounting 1980 (CPA), married, with four sons and a grandson. She worked in a bank for 38 years and is presently retired. She has belonged to the Missionary Families of Christ for 31 years and is presently with the Manila Cathedral Pastoral Council, serving in the Lector/Commentator Ministry, and MCB representative to the RCAM-Commission on Lay Formation of the Archdiocese of Manila.
Jennifer Joy Ramel-Olivar or simply “Jenny” graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree from St. Paul College Manila in 1990, after completing her grade school and high school education in St. Paul College of Parañaque. As a registered nurse, she worked in the Nursing Services Division of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City, and later became Nurse Trainer 3 in the Training Department of Human Resources. In 1998, she became the Pioneer Patient Care Staff Educator heading the Nursing Training Department, opening Asian Hospital and Medical Center, and later serving as a consultant in the same department. In 2004, she joined the SPU Manila College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences as a Clinical Instructor. After fifteen 15 years, she is now the Dean of the College. She also completed her Master’s and PhD in Nursing Education in SPU Manila.
Aida is a high school 1963 and AB-Social Science 1967 graduate of St. Paul College Manila. Desiring to be in government service, she joined the Bureau of Internal Revenue and stayed on for four decades. To move forward, she obtained a Masters in Government Management (MGM) in the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM). In almost four decades in the BIR, Aida started as an information officer, was designated as head revenue executive assistant, and officer-in-charge-assistant commissioner of departments, such as tax assistance and policy and planning. One of the laurels that her office—the Tax Assistance Service—brought to the Bureau was "Premyo sa Resibo" project, which cultivated awareness on the importance of official receipts for each purchase. The project earned a much-coveted Anvil Award.
Ruby Dizon-Abasolo is from High School Batch 80. She shares the following about herself: Someone coined the term “First of the 80s” and that’s us. I am a wife, mother and the family go getter. The pandemic has been an eye-opener. Value everyone around you. Fill your life with experiences so you can have wonderful memories and also have stories to tell.
Millie was a graduate of St. Paul College of Manila HS ‘69. She took Hotel and Restaurant Management in Ecole Hoteliere de la Societe Suisse des Hoteliers in Lausanne, Switzerland and summer courses in Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Millie also took Advanced Marketing Management course in the Asian Institute of Management. She is President & CEO of The Plaza, a catering company. Millie’s two sisters— Marijo and Dorcie—and their mom, Imelda Albano, are also Paulinians.
Tess is from the last batch of SPC High School—1986. She finished BS Management in the Ateneo de Manila University in 1990. Her extensive experience in retail (as founder and co-owner of Blued, Dtour, Scribe & Brewer), as well as in the IT industry (as Product and Development Manager in Chikka and Liaison Officer in Veritas Systems Solutions Inc.) will greatly help in the reinvention of SPMAFI to be more adaptive in the digital and changing times.
Lahla, as she is better known, is from Batch 1965 and a member of the SPMAFI Board of Trustees Membership Committee. She is a doting Grammy to her grandchildren and is proud to say that her relationship with high school friends has stood the test of time. She shares that when she started joining SPMAFI for their Golden Jubilee, she became active in the preparations and encouraged her classmates to attend the homecoming. Their class has been attending annually since then. Her dream is to fill up the quadrangle with jubilarians and non-jubilarians alike, and for them to be aware of SPMAFI's existence and eventually become active members. She wants everyone to feel proud to be a Paulinian and pass on willingness to serve, love for our alma mater, and camaraderie to the next generation of alumni.
Marionette Ocampo-Martinez, aka MOM, spent 40 straight years in St. Paul Manila—10 as a student, from Grade 5 at age 7 in 1948 to AB-BSE summa cum laude at age 17 in 1958; and 30 years as teacher and later Dean of Liberal Arts until 1988. She also has an MA in English Literature from the Ateneo de Manila and was an administrator in Colegio San Agustin Makati from 1988 to 2002. In 2007, she came back to St. Paul Manila as Institutional Communications and Alumni Relations Officer, a position she holds to the present and includes her being the school representative in the SPMAFI Board of Trustees.
Sr. Maria Cristina R. Guytingco, SPC spent all her school life, from kindergarten to college, in SPCM. She worked in the Trust Department of the Commercial Bank and Trust Company as a summer trainee and then as a regular employee for six months after graduation, then entered the SPC Congregation. During formation, she was assigned in hospitals and schools in Iloilo, Manila, Cebu, and Bulacan, and in the Provincial Secretariate when needed. After perpetual profession, she was assigned in Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, the Provincial Secretariate in Antipolo, SPU Manila, the Apostolic Nunciature, and St. Paul College Island Park. She was sent on mission to Italy; Marquette, Michigan (US); Ste. Anne des Monts in Quebec, Canada; and In Dubai, UAE. At present, she is back in SPU Manila but primarily works as Executive Secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Mutual Relations (ECMR) between Bishops and Consecrated Persons of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). She is Co-Moderator of the SPMAFI.
Sister Nicole de Marie Dabalus, SPC is a Bachelor of Music '78 graduate, took MA in Religious Education in the DLSU and PhD in Education in the Washington International University, PA, USA. She joined the SPC Congregation in 1980, after teaching in St. Paul School Makati and the Yamaha School of Music. She has been assigned in St. Paul College Pasig, St. Paul Balayan, St. Paul Dumaguete, St. Paul University Philippines, St. Paul University Iloilo, St. Paul University Surigao, and other SPC institutions in various teaching and administrative capacities, and now is back in St. Paul University Manila as Vice President for Christian Formation and Student Services, while serving as Assistant Moderator of SPMAFI.