Easter College: Service and Ministry 100 years and beyond


Easter College, more famously referred to as Easter School, takes pride in having been instrumental in strengthening the Anglican faith and promoting education, being the first private school to open in 1906 in the Cordilleras by the Rt. Rev. Charles Henry Brent, an Anglican Missionary from the United States of America.  The first batch of 8 Igorot boys continues to be an inspiration among Easterites as their story exemplifying their passion for learning that made them hike for one week from Bontoc, Mountain Province to Baguio City to be educated became a classic example.

The teachers, originally composed of Americans, commented on the high intellectual capability of their students, who, indeed, as professionals, excelled in their respective fields.  Hillary Clapp (Pitapit), one of the first eight boys, became a medical doctor and was also appointed a governor of Mountain Province.

In 1909, the school opened its doors to girls through the efforts of Deaconess Anne Hargreaves, a clear indication of respect for equal rights, at a time when gender equality was not a popular battlecry among women.  The Easter Weaving Room, now famous for its world-class woven materials and souvenir items, served as training ground for girls for their vocational training.

During the Second World War, the Easter compound was used as a Japanese garrison leading to the temporary closure of the school. But even the ravages of war, leaving only 2 structures standing, did not stop the school from resuming its operation after the war.  By the end of the American colonization, as the national and local administration was slowly filled with Filipinos, likewise, the administration of Easter was slowly handed over to Filipino administrators in 1956.

Being the first private school to be established, Easter rightfully claims to have educated not only sons and daughters of American missionaries, servicemen, and government officers.  It also catered to neighboring provinces, most especially those coming from the Cordilleras.  In fact, it has also produced the first Cordilleran to serve as city councilor in the person of Eugene Pucay,Sr.,  who aside from being a being a great softball player and philanthropist, also contributed to the establishment of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Baguio and helped established the Masons of Baguio.

After offering elementary education for 54 years, Easter opened its high school department in 1963. While Easter is known as a school mostly attended by ‘highlanders’ and Anglicans, it never closed its doors to  students and employees coming from any part of the country and those belonging to different religious denominations. At present, it is a hodgepodge of cultures, beliefs and nationalities, after being granted the permit to accept foreign students in all levels.

Easter College’s basic education program, from its pre-school program to high school, has consistently proved its competency being accredited by the ACSCU- AAI (Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities Accrediting Agency, Incorporated).  Year after year of its operation, it aims to surpass its current status and aims for autonomy by continuously improving and developing its programs and physical facilities.  Under the administration of Dr. Marilyn Ngales, Easter College’s first president, a Special Education (SPED) program was also instituted to cater to children with special needs.  This program, also known as SARAH (Special Action and Rehabilitation for the Handicapped provides education and care to children who are blind, deaf-mute, mentally handicapped and those with learning disabilities.

So that it can continue to educate its graduates, the college department was added in 1995 as a brainchild of Dr. Marilyn Ngales. Education Courses were the first to be offered along with the non-traditional courses such as Indigenous Studies, Legal Studies, Environmental Studies, Development Studies and Cooperative Studies.  Such non-traditional courses, however, had to give way to courses that were dictated by the industry.   In 2003, Bachelor of Science in Nursing course was offered, which has continuously placed Easter among the top three performing schools in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region I for its consistent good performance in all Nurse Licensure Examinations since it graduated its first batch in 2007.  The Department of Nursing is the only school in Baguio City integrating Sign Language course in its curriculum.

In 2004, Dr. Benjamin R. Yngente, a professor from the Trinity University of Asia was installed second president of Easter College. Owing to his experiences, he introduced major reforms in the college in terms of organizational structure, infrastructure, and recommended for the opening of two new courses- Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  The college department, on the other hand has also gained level II accreditation from the ACSCU-AAI for its Education courses during his term.

At present, Easter College is headed by Dr. Brigitt S. Santiago.  As an alumni herself, Dr. Santiago is not new to Easter.  She was a former librarian, instructor, dean, member of the Board of Trustees and Vice President for Academic Affairs before she was installed third president on January 21, 2010.  While continuing the legacy of the past administrations, Dr. Santiago further instituted developments in the college.  The SPED (Special EducationProgram) is now formally recognized as a separate department.  The English as a Second Language (ESL) program started its operation, graduating two batches of Korean students as of the present. On the other hand, the Department of Hospitality and Business Management (DHBM) is eyeing the offering of Technical-Vocational Education under the ladderized program of the department in partnership with CHEd (Commission on Higher Education) and TESDA (Technical Skills Development Authority).  The programs that will be offered are Associate of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (2 years), Associate of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Service (1 year) and the short courses (3-6 months) to be offered are National Certificate 2 in Food and Beverage, Housekeeping, Rooms Division, Banquet and Catering and Commercial Cooking. The administration is also currently working on the permit for the opening of a Criminology course.

Situated in the outskirts of the city, away from the hustle and bustle of the central business district, Easter College offers an environment conducive to learning as it has maintained an environment-friendly atmosphere with its wide spaces and cool fresh air. Through the years, it has stood the test of time as it continues to stand by its vision statement as “An academic community rooted in the Holy Scriptures, strategically responsive to global and national realities, and significantly contributing to the transformation of its constituents into becoming responsible Christian stewards of industry and community.”  It is a vision that is slowly being realized with the support from the members of the Board of Trustees and the alumni.

Objectives



INSTITUTIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. To offer a total school program in a Christian environment, and using the resources of its faith, through academic and vocational program that meets the diverse needs of its students.
  2. To foster an education which seeks not only to develop each student academically, but more importantly, to prepare each student as an individual who can live a creative, humane and compassionate life worthy of a child of God and a contributing member to his community.
  3. To recognize the vital role of the youth in the nation building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, social, and cultural well being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs.

COLLEGE DEPARTMENT

  1. Develop the student's highest potential as a Christian human being.
  2. Facilitate student's acquisition of skills appropriate for employment and advancement.
  3. Guide students in enhancing knowledge and attitudes to become competent professionals.
  4. Equip students with research skills to improve the quality of life.

 HIGH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

  1. Enhance students' values that express Christian living in order to promote service, unity and harmonious relationship among classmates, friends, families and neighbors.
  2. Provide opportunities for the development of the physical, intellectual, emotional and social well-being of its students.
  3. Equip students with the basic skills, knowledge and information essential for higher education and/or self-employment.
  4. Further develop thinking, speaking, writing and technical skills to enable them to respond intelligently and creatively to different life situations.
  5. Broaden students' understanding of the  Sciences as sources of pleasure and profit to heighten their abilities in using them.
  6. Instill and develop in students, appreciation for and preservation of their rich culture through positive participation in cultural presentations, discussions and other related activities.

ELEMENTARY DEPARTMENT

  1. Lead each learner to embrace and manifest Christian values and attitudes.
  2. Equip the pupils with basic knowledge and skills essential to their personal development and which will prepare them not only to do high school work but also to meet the challenges in life.
  3. Provide meaningful learning experiences which will help the pupils articulate their ideas and feelings effectively through various forms of self-expression.
  4. Promote the spirit of inquiry in order to instill a culture of life-long learning.
  5. Strengthen the pupils' sense of community based on love of God, country and fellowmen.
  6. Train the pupils on their rights, duties and responsibilities as responsible members of the family.

Vision/Mission


 

The mission and objectives are basic to a school organization. The school shows evidences of a sense of direction, and a reason for being. Below are the Vision-Mission and Objectives.

VISION STATEMENT

An academic community rooted in the Holy Scriptures, strategically responsive to global and national realities, and significantly contributing to the transformation of its constituents into becoming responsible Christian stewards of industry and community.

MISSION STATEMENT

  1. To achieve and sustain strategic leadership in the nurturance and development of the education ministry of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines.
  2. To effectively manifest its being an advocate of quality education through an institution-wide total quality management program.
  3. to increase the value [self-worth] of its constituents through timely evaluation and realignment of its instructional and organizational capabilities consistent with government standards and those of recognized accrediting agencies.


 

The School Seal

 



THE INVERTED MITER - This is worn by the highest ranking officer of a Diocese, the Bishop symbolizes his over-all presence as the guiding figure of Diocesan institutions like Easter College. Its inverted position signifies the church’s upliftment of the greater number of the population as its ministry.

THE CROSS - The cross in the middle of the seal radiates as the central focal point of the school’s embracing of the Christian faith, Guided by the tenets of the Christianity, its vision-mission-goals are carried.

THE STAR - Like a guiding star, the vision of the Easter College steers the institution towards its realization. A vision of building a society where people exemplify themselves as Christians through the value of love, respect, justice, responsibility, and self-reliance.

TORCH - As light liberates us from darkness of ignorance. As it had always been, Easter College provides that light illuminating the way to academic excellence and wholistic learning.

LAUREL LEAVES - In ancient Greece and Roman, the laurel tree symbolized victory and merit, and its leaves were often made into wreaths, which were used to crown heroes. The prestige that the laurel leaves stood for then is the same now as Easter College continues to maintain excellence not only in the arena of academics but in the development of life skills as well.

PHOENIX - Legend tells us of a bird that had life span of 500 years, at the end of its Time the Phoenix builds its own funeral pyre and a new phoenix the n rises from the ashes. The long life of the Phoenix, and its dramatic rebirth from its own ashes, made it a symbol of immortality and spirituality. In the symbolism of the Christian religion, the Phoenix stands for resurrection and immortality. Resurrection . . . for such is the very essence of Easter. The Phoenix then sitting atop the miter symbolizes the school’s fulfilling the Easter essence of the Resurrection, providing hope and life for mankind. The school’s mission captures the essence as it participates in a dynamic process of social transformation towards a just, peaceful and humane society.