1996-2005 Milestones



“'Only the rare grain of sand is destined to become a pearl.' The amazing developments that have unfolded as the College commemorates its pearl anniversary have been affirmations that to the Lord Almighty, whose benediction we always invoke, our beloved SMCL is that special grain of sand designed for greatness,” enthuses Dr. Lourdes Almeda-Sese, the dynamic President on her hopes for the future of Saint Michael's College of Laguna.


Read the entire speech of the College President HERE.

Preparing for the big leap


The second half of the decade sees the College's transformation as it takes bigger and calculated steps to proact in the face of anticipated unprecedented changes and evolvements. The College prepares for the big bold leap to significance.


  • 1996 - The Learning Resource Center, the Milagros Limaco Hall is constructed; Ms. Milagros Limaco retires for health reasons; Ms. Rosa L. Cruz reassumes the College Presidency; Dr. Lourdes Almeda - Sese acts as Executive Vice President
  • 1997 - The College gets connected to the Internet; A new logo and a new college song are adopted; Liwayway B. Bernardo ranks 12th in the Licensure Examination for Nurses
  • 1998 - Management Accounting is offered; The College is ranked a high performing school in Accountancy
  • 1999 - The covered court is converted into an air-conditioned multipurpose hall, named St. Theodore Hall; The College forges Academic Exchange Agreement with Namhae College, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea; the School of Nursing and Midwifery implements a revised curriculum; Human Resources Management and Information Services Management are offered; Marianne S. Carreon ranks 15th in the Licensure Examination for Nurses; the Lingkod at Pagmamahal (Lingap) ng SMCL Program is launched
  • 2000 - The Academic Exchange Program with Namhae College begins


Going beyond traditions


The new millennium brings fresh and vibrant perspectives for the College. Keeping the faith in maintaining a tradition of quality and excellence has always been its living advocacy. When it goes beyond traditions, it seeks ways to make better things than just make things better, as it rides the winds of change.


  • 2001 - Liberal Arts, Commerce and Education (LACOMED) program get the Level 1 Accredited status from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA); Melbeth Alonte wins the Zonta International District 17 Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
  • 2002 - The Rogelio Limaco Botanical Garden opens
  • 2003 - The Saint Louise Early Childhood Center is completed; The St. Mary's Conference Center is constructed; the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) bestows to the College the Deregulated Status Award of Distinction; LACOMED programs get Level II Formal Accredited Status from PACUCOA; Saint Michael's College of Laguna Golden Z Club wins the Emma Conlon International Service Award; the College starts the implementation of the Electronic School System (eSS)
  • 2004 - The School of Hospitality Management and Allied Courses is created; Dr. Lourdes Almeda - Sese assumes the College Presidency; the College links with Department of Education for Educational Service Contracting; SMCL Lingap Social Action Center opens
  • 2005 - Catherine B. Sison ranks 3rd in the Licensure Examination for Nurses; The second term of the Academic Exchange Agreement is forged with Namhae College; The College adopts Athena, an online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) System; CHED bestows the College Regional Award the Best in Student Personnel Services and National Award as Best Student Welfare Program; SMCL Golden Z Club wins the Emma Conlon International Service Award for the second time; The College links with CHED for Project Enrich; The College links with Jollibee Corp for the Aral Kabuhayan Program; Lingap Eskwela is launched

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