Colegio de San Lorenzo (also called “CdSL” or colloquially, “SanLo”) Catholic educational institution in the Philippines located in Congressional Avenue, Barangay Bahay Toro, Quezon City and in Macabebe, Pampanga, opened in 1988. Students of Colegio de San Lorenzo are also known as “Ruizians”.
The school’s founders, Mr. Cirilo Lloyd V. Balgan and Madam Annette F. Balgan conceived of an educational institution that will respond to the Church’s call for the laity’s greater participation and involvement in the educational apostolate. They founded CdSL as an educational institution dedicated to the total formation of the Catholic Filipino youth who, like San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, will live their lives in the service of God.
On the 18th of October 1987, as Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila’s canonization rites at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome began, the cornerstone laying ceremonies of CdSL in Quezon City solemnly proceeded. The founders dedicated the school to San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila to honor and perpetuate the memory of the first Filipino saint, and to let the youth emulate the virtues that led to his sainthood.
During the initial year, 1988-1989, the school building was a twostorey edifice with 14 classrooms. Twelve of these were used as classrooms, one as an administrative office and the other one for student services. The construction of a three-storey wing facing Jupiter Street began in the summer of 1989, envisioning its additional 15 additional classrooms to meet the needs of an increasing student population for the next two school years. The ten-
classroom two-storey building fronting Congressional Avenue saw not only the completion of the student services facilities, but also the development of the adjacent lot for a separate wing for the Pre-School and Primary level pupils.
In 1992, plans were made to open the College Department. Faced with great difficulties in putting up a te
rtiary level, the founders did not waver. The trials they faced even gave them greater resolve to push through with the opening of the college. The Commission on Higher Education finally gave its approval for the College Department to open in school year 1993-1994, with Dr. Enrique F. Coralejo as the first College President and the late Professor Raymundo Briones as the first College Dean. The first batch of college graduates marched on March 1997. 4 Colegio de San Lorenzo Dr. Rogelio Lota was appointed Dean from 2002 to 2004. Along with the continuous efforts to improve the curriculum of each College Program, he emphasized the importance of extracurricular activities. His term as Dean was marked with numerous school events which highlighted the talents and capabilities of the students. Such activities contributed to the achievement of holistic development.
2011 marked a significant milestone in the history of the College Department, welcoming Dr. Pedro R. Lora, Jr as the College Executive Officer. His leadership is anchored on the core values of Faith, Excellence, and Service, thus his appointment led to significant changes in the College Department. In his first year, enrollment grew 120 per cent from the previous school year and the introduction of new academic programs. With his thrust, the college will move to greater heights in providing affordable and quality education.
In the same academic year, Colegio de San Lorenzo reopened two programs Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and introduced a new program Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management. And in 2012, Colegio de San Lorenzo in consortium with St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City started to offer Master of Arts in Education major in Guidance and Counseling, Special Education, and Education Management.
The astounding growth of CdSL reflects the equally phenomenal development taking place within the surrounding communities. Just a few years ago, Congressional Avenue from Visayas Avenue, ends where the school is. Today, it goes all the way to EDSA and has become part of the C-5 route.
Strategically located at the hub of several exclusive residential areas, townhouses and subdivisions, CdSL is blessed with pleasant 5 Student Handbook surroundings and other amenities conducive to the effective teaching-learning process. The campus now has five main buildings that house the pre-school, grade school, high school, and college departments.