• Welcome to O.B. Montessori

    Educating Young Citizens For A Better Philippines
  • O.B. Montessori Center envisions the emergence of a “new man” who will no longer be the victim of events but, thanks to his clarity of vision, will become able to direct and mold the future of mankind

    Our school adheres faithfully to the educational method discovered and propagated through experience by the great Dr. Maria Montessori where MAN becomes the center of education, whose mental growth and development begins at birth. Guided by his “inner teacher,” he can construct himself into a citizen of the world, able to exercise freedom and self-discipline, undistorted by fear.

      To help the child help himself – “SEIPSUM FACIT PERSONA” – Man Makes Himself – OBMC’s mission is to transform all students into self-developing individuals by establishing the right relationship between the child and the adult and by providing him with a suitable environment for learning and the skills necessary for him to become independent and productive member of the society.

        Dr. Maria Montessori
        A Woman Called Freedom


        On the 31st of August 1870 in Chiaravalle, located in the province of Ancona, Italy, a child by the name of Maria Montessori was born. Her father Alessandro Montessori was descended from a noble family in Bologna while her mother Renilde Stoppani was a niece of the illustrious and great philosopher-scientist-priest Antonio Stoppani.

        As a child, Maria possessed a great driving ambition, noted in her powerful character, strong sense of duty and assertive nature inciting mixed emotions among her peers – she was unpopular among some while successful among others.

        Later, she shocked her friends, many who were chauvinistic male students who gibed her, by becoming the first woman ever to receive a medical degree from the University of Rome. While working at the psychiatric clinic of the university, she threw herself into the study of children with learning disabilities and started experimenting with new ways of educating such children. From there, she developed the Montessori System of Education applying to all children and put into effect for the first time at her little slum school in Rome.

        To Montessori, while the ordinary school room had the students “nailed to their seats,” her class had one fundamental base: “The liberty of the pupils in their spontaneous manifestations.” She believes that the teacher’s primary task was to release the child’s natural individuality, to arouse their interest with special games and desires, and to let them teach themselves. The classroom has to be specially furnished with “little low windows, little tables, little armchairs, and low cupboards within reach.

        In such an atmosphere, Montessori argued that children would want to learn and gradually train their own senses by building blocks, buttoning buttons, and tracing letters from cardboard alphabets. Once they have mastered these, they would begin to grasp abstractions – reading by the time they are four, algebra at five, and cube roots at six.

        Over the years, Montessori carried her crusade far beyond her native land. With the long black dresses she often wore, she stumped the nations of Europe by working and lecturing from eight in the morning until eight in the evening. However, during the 1930’s her crusade began to slow. In Italy, Benito Mussolini closed her schools because of her anti-fascist teachings. In the United States, educators became more and more absorbed with the equally radical ideas of Columbia’s John Dewey. In addition, even some of her utmost followers betrayed her, transforming her doctrine of guided freedom into a doctrine of uncontrolled anarchy. As a result, many educators turned away in disgust.

        In her later years, although she was old and exiled, Montessori continued to preach her theory. She wandered in Barcelona where she had to be rescued during the Spanish Civil War. In India, she was interned as an enemy alien. But finally settling in the Netherlands, she set up a new training center, and wherever she went, her message was always the same: “You must fight for the rights of the child.” This inspired hundreds of educators to take up the cry.

        Until the end of her life in 1952, Montessori wanted nothing better than to spend a day with the children in her schools.

      • O.B. Montessori Timeline

      • 1959

        Dr. Preciosa S. Soliven taught at the Cholon High School in Saigon.

      • 1960

        Back in Manila, Dr. Preciosa S. Soliven taught at the Telly Albert Zulueta’s school in San Lorenzo Village, Makati. This is where she was introduced to the Montessori system.

      • 1962

        Oscar Arellano, president of Operation Brotherhood International asked Dr. Soliven to manage its preschool project in Sapang Palay, a community relocated from Intramuros, Manila.

      • 1962

        Oscar Arellano

      • 1964

        Dr. Soliven was granted an Italian scholarship for Montessori training at the Association Montessori Internationale in Perugia, Italy.

      • 1966

        Upon her return from Italy, Dr. Soliven established the first OB Montessori Children’s House at the Syquia Apartments in Malate, Manila.

      • 1968

        Dr. Soliven went back to Italy, this time in Bergamo for the Montessori elementary course.

      • 1970

        Dr. Soliven hosted a weekly talk show in ABS-CBN entitled Montessori for the Home, and later in 1971 became Montessori for Everyone.

      • 1971

        After Syquia Apartment, OB Montessori Children’s House moved to Cu-Unjieng Mansion in Paco, Manila.

      • Another mansion that housed the O.B. Montessori children’s house was the Russel’s mansion.

      • 1972

        Grade School was established at the Lichauco house in Sta. Ana.

      • 1975

        OB Dasmarinas opens inside the exclusive Dasmarinas Village to serve the children of foreign diplomats.

      • 1975

        OB Angeles was established at the Lacson house on Santo Entierro, Angeles City.

      • 1976

        OB Montessori opened in Greenhills.

      • 1977-1982

        Dr. Soliven visited different professional high schools. The innovative OB Montessori Professional High School program was patterned after these schools.

      • 1983

        The OB Montessori Professional High School program focused on developing entrepreneurial and leadership skills of the students.

      • 1986

        Dr. Soliven was elected to the UNESCO Executive Board, Paris.

      • 1987

        Gus Aldeguer became the in-house theater director of OBMC. He mounted several spectacles from 1987-2011 with OB students and personnel as performers.

      • 1991

        After the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1990, the Mt. Pinatubo Hidden Temple Shrine was put up and became known as the altar of the nation. Years later, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo visited the shrine.

      • 1993

        Sara Soliven de Guzman completed her Montessori Grade School Training at AMI, Milwaukee. She joined the OBMC faculty in the same year.


      • 1993

        The Mothercraft Training and Literacy Course for Village Mothers was awarded the UNESCO Literacy Award in Delhi, India.

      • 1995

        O.B. Montessori College opens together with Ristorante La Dolce Fontana as its laboratory.

      • 1998

        OBMC Las Pinas opens

      • 2001

        Dr. Soliven was appointed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Secretary General of the UNESCO National Commission in the Philippines and was accorded the official title of Ambassador.


      • 2001

        In line with UNESCO’s Education for All Program (EFA), the EFA-Dakar Pagsasarili School opens in Pulung-Bulu Public School, Angeles, Pampanga.

      • 2003

        On its 20th anniversary, the OB Pagsasarili Preschool opens at the World Heritage Site of Ifugao Rice Terraces, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.

      • 2005

        Mayor Vilma Santos-Recto and Foundation staff opens the first Pagsasarili Preschool in Lipa, Batangas.

      • 2006

        OBMC turns 40!

      • 2010

        OBMC Fairview opens

      • 2010

        Philippines was approved as the Southeast Asia Center for Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development (SEA-CLLSD).

      • 2011

        The country’s newest and most innovative institution of culinary education opens its doors to the next generation of truly professional chefs.

      • 2016

        OBMC celebrates 50 years of educating young citizens for a better Philippines.