April 27, 2015 | Monday
  • Pedro Poveda, Founder of the Teresian Association

    Pedro Poveda was born in Linares, Spain on December 3, 1874. After he was ordained priest in Guadix in 1897, he exercised his first apostolic ministry among the poor cave dwellers. He organized a livelihood program for adults and established a school for children. He gave himself to human and social advancement of the poor and marginalized people.

    In 1906, he was assigned as Canon in Marian Sanctuary of Covadonga. While in Covadonga, he became aware of the importance of education and the emerging trends, so he dedicated himself to solve the problems that confronted Christian education at that time. He wrote to the university sector of Madrid where women were just beginning to take active part in the academic life of the universities.

    When the Civil War broke out, he was identified as an enemy by those who wished to dechristianize the schools. On July 28, 1936, he was shot to death for his faith and for the cause of Christian education.

    He was beatified by Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Basilica on October 10, 1993, together with Victoria Diez, a member of the Teresian Association.

    May 4, 2003 marked the canonization of Pedro Poveda by Pope John Paul II in Madrid, Spain. Fr. Poveda was declared SAINT. His work is continued by the many men, women and youth in four continents where the Teresian Association is.

    The Teresian Association

    The Teresian Association is an international association of lay men and women called together to make Jesus present in today's world. Founded in 1911 by Saint Pedro Poveda, It is committed to transform society through the promotion of Gospel values.

    The Teresians fulfill their mission mainly through the practice of their professions. They are involved in family ministry, pastoral work, mass media, arts, health care, livelihood programs and research. The Association is engaged in different educational, socio-cultural and humanitarian endeavors and is present in 31 countries, with thousands of members and collaborators.

    The first group of members came to the Philippines from Spain in 1950. Their first apostolic activities were centered on the Christian formation of students in the universities and residences, which they opened for university students.


    Formerly Poveda Learning Center, the heritage of Saint Pedro Poveda College stems back to 1960 when Institucion Teresiana School was opened. The school first offered Kindergarten and Primary classes, and began offering Preschool, Elementary and High School Education by 1969.

    Pedro Poveda's philosophy and principles of education are integrated in the school's Personalized Education Program (PEP). This program has been implemented since the beginnings of the school.

    By December 3, 1974, during the birth centennial celebration of Saint Pedro Poveda, Institucion Teresiana changed its name to Poveda Learning Center as a fitting tribute to him. That same year, UNESCO honored Pedro Poveda as "Humanist and Educator".

    As a response to the call to contribute to the transformation of Philippine Society, two degree programs in the field of education and business administration with various areas of specialization are being offered, effective AY 2005-2006. With the expansion into tertiary education, the name of the school has been changed to Saint Pedro Poveda College..





     College Seal

      The seal of Saint Pedro Poveda College has a cross, symbolic of Jesus Christ, who is the center of Povedan education. At the lower right is a book representing Science and knowledge. The star in the book represents Mary, Mother of Jesus, under whose patronage the College was placed from its very beginning. The seal also bears the Latin words Deus Scientarium Dominus which means “God, the Lord of Sciences”.

    The seal is expressive of the College’s roots and inspirations. To a Povedan, knowledge and virtue, science and faith, study and prayer are equally important. They are the weapons that will enable a Povedan to attain integral growth and formation, and become globally competent to assume leadership roles in society.



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