St. Jaime Hilario School-De La Salle

...a Lasallian School by the Sea

by Ma. Baby Renz Catarining

A Lasallian co-educational primary and secondary school by the sea ... located in Bagac, Bataan. This is St. Jaime Hilario School, the 16th school of De La Salle Philippines, opened by the De La Salle Brothers in 2006. Through the leadership of Br. Edmundo Fernandez FSC, St. Jaime Hilario School De La Salle Bataan, formerly known as Jaime Hilario Integrated School – La Salle, opened on June 14, 2006. Bishop Socrates Villegas of Balanga, Bataan, blessed the school.

It was originally meant to cater to the farming and fishing community of the municipality. Br. Bernard Oca FSC and Br. Manny Sia FSC each handled one section, along with lay teacher, Mr. Alan Paul Avelino.

St Jaime Hilario School, which features a school chapel, sports facilities, and modern classrooms, is now on it’s 10th year, offering complete K-12 basic education program, with integrated Eco-Tourism and Culinary Studies.

Education: A Legacy

I am Ma. Baby Renz Catarining. My mother is housewife and my father works as a plumber, farmer and fisherman. Our family is struggling financially but my parents have been doing their best to provide the things that we need to be able to study.

My father was not able to finish high school because he had to work when he was young to be able to support the needs of his younger siblings. My mother was able to go to college yet she was not able to finish her studies because of financial challenges.

Because of their experiences with hardship, my parents always tell us to dream and to keep moving forward towards our dreams.

My father would always remind me: "Study well because your education is the only legacy we can give you."

I am now 18 years