SSAFI History &
It could be surmised that the St. Scholastica's Alumnae Association (SSAA)
started sometime in the 1920s or 1930s. Its first
President was Carmen Albert Luz. Though the years
it embarked on various activities like continuing education for alumnae,
retreats and recollections, among others, as it remained in close contact with
its Alma Mater (as evidence by a sister acting as moderator of the
association and its president sitting in the school's Board of Trustees).
The thrust of the alumnae association when
it first began, and which it still continues to uphold, is to foster unity
among its members with emphasis on the role it played in supporting the
school's policies. The SSAA, in the previous
years, had fund calamities. It also contributed
funds to the older and retired nuns. At that time it had a fund called
"The Sister Willibalda Fund" which served this need as well as to support a scholar. When the St. Scholastica's Research and Development Foundation (SSRDF) was
established, the SSAA, under Tessie Romulo, Carina
Mañalac, and Viging Gonzalez, worked hard to raise
funds for it. All funds generated by fundraising campaigns were handed
over to SSRDF.
In the late seventies, the National Confederation of Alumnae Association of Catholic Education
(NCAACEP) invited the SSAA to join the National Chapter of the worldwide "Organisacion
Mondialedes Ancennes Eleves et Anciens Eleves de Educacion Catholique (OMAEAEEC)". Carina Mañalac and Rose Rodriguez were sent as SSAA
representatives. Spearheaded by Fr. Miguel Varela, S.J., NCAACEP Moderator,
he motivated members to make all alumnae aware of their social
responsibility. He inspired the Board to make the
thrust of SSAA not merely a social one but an apostolate for the poor.
Sr. Josefina Nepomuceno, OSB and Sr. Mary Bellarmine Bernas, OSB suggested
then that the association start work with the poor around SSC.
In 1983, ignited by the spirit of having
an apostolate of service for the poor, a board resolution was passed
establishing the St. Scholastica's Alumnae Lifeline Team (SSALT). Its first project areas were Barangays 745 and 746
where 50% of residents lived below the poverty line. The SSALT's initial
projects consisted of livelihood, medical-dental and scholarship programs
remain intact as a response to the needs of those
the association serves.
To be able to sustain itself and get
involved in more fundraising activities, a need to reactivate the association
as a foundation was done by its board then. Thus, in 1991, the St.
Scholastica's Alumnae Foundation, Inc. (SSAFI) was officially born.
The move to the formation of the
foundation allowed for a more formal structuring of the association (systems for elections, meeting, etc.). The constitution formed by the late Justice Cecilia
Muñoz-Palma and the board
at that time was identified to guarantee a continuous flow of operations.