Our Programs in the Philippines

The Sisters of Mary officially started operations in the Philippines in 1985.

Our founder Father Al came to the Philippines in 1983 to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding given for his outstanding services for the abandoned youth, the poor and the sick in Korea. At that occasion, he met His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin who invited him to establish his charity program in the Philippines.

In 1985, Father Al started working with two Korean Sisters in the Philippines by establishing the first Boystown and Girlstown Complex in the Archdiocese of Manila. In 1990, His Eminence Ricardo Cardinal Vidal invited Father Al to extend his program to Cebu.

The Minglanilla campus for boys is one of four in the Philippines that accommodate in total about 12,000 young boys and girls from the poorest of poor families.

Minglanilla Facilities Overview:

  • 2 seven-story buildings with dormitories and classrooms for boys
  • 1 gymnasium with 3 basketball courts and stage
  • 1 three-story workshop for vocational training
  • 1 machine shop for vocational training with 20 lathes & 10 welding machines
  • 1 electrical workshop
  • 19 basketball courts
  • 1 semi-Olympic size swimming pool
  • 1 cistern for clean water
Quick Facts

The Sisters of Mary Boystown in Minglanilla 
Tungkop, Minglanilla, Cebu, The Philippines

Capacity: 2,200 high school students

Opened in 1985