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 Biga campus for girls is one of four in the Philippines that accommodate in total about 12,000 young boys and girls from the poorest of poor families.
Biga Facilities Overview:
- 3 seven-story buildings with dormitories and classrooms
- 1 gymnasium with three basketball courts and stage
- 1 three-story workshop for vocational training
- 2 high-speed sewing workshops & culinary arts workshop
- 29 basketball courts
- 1 semi-Olympic size outdoor swimming pool
- 1 cistern for clean water
- 400-meter running track with soccer field
- 1 three-story building to accommodate a workshop and auditorium
- 1 graduates’ dormitory
- 1 sewage treatment plant
The Sisters of Mary’s Girlstown in Biga
Bo. Biga, Silang
4118 Cavite, The Philippines
Capacity: 3,500 high school students
Opened in 1985