• THE HERITAGE CAMPUS: OB MONTESSORI STA. ANA

  • Santa Ana is one of the oldest settlements of Old Manila.  Its church dedicated to the Nuestra Senora dela Desamparados (Our Lady of the Abandoned) was completed in 1725. It was also built on an ancient pre-hispanic gravesite. Sta. Ana sits by the Pasig river, where well-to-do families built their stately town homes outside of the Walled City.

    It was on the remains of the riverside ancestral home of Marcial Lichauco that OB Montessori Sta. Ana was built.  Entering the campus, one immediately notices the clever use of wooden balusters as accent pieces on the façade. A low set of arches on the main building’s first floor have been retained.  These arches are the last remains of what would have been the Lichauco stables.

    Though a totally new building has been erected many of the features have been incorporated in an inspiring display of creative re-use.  The stable’s arches are an example of this.  

    In the first floor, one domed space (probably a kamalig or store room in the past) has been transformed into a small chapel. This quiet space for reflection where students and faculty can come for strength and solace.

    Another nod to the property’s storied past is a wooden staircase that leads up the second floor. Grillwork and wood paneling from the original structure also make pleasant surprise appearances. Together with 19th century –themed paintings from the Soliven family collection, these elements bolster OB Sta. Ana’s claim to the title “The Heritage Campus.” These touches become all the more endearing when juxtaposed against the modern class rooms and laboratories.

    Beyond heritage, there is a real future and dynamism in this campus.  The constant growth and development of the campus is best exemplified by the Foro Romano, a multi-purpose hall for sports and other school activities. The new structure stand facing the old stables, on what may have been the old home’s garden.

    Sta. Ana campus is proud in having a student body composed of students from middle-class families.  People will think that just because they are studying in OB Montessori, they are ferried to school in private cars. A lot of Sta. Ana students have tricycles bringing them to and from the campus. Parents are very concerned with the value of education and work hard to give their children a Montessori education. This strong, middle-class composition of the student body makes OB Sta. Ana dynamic.

    Equally interesting is that OB Sta. Ana has a high population of students from the Indian community around the area.  Through interaction with them and their families, valuable glimpses into Indian traditional culture can be gleaned.  This interaction is best savored through food prepared by the parents for special occasions, and through a wealth of traditional Indian dresses worn lovingly during special events.

  • Our Facilities

  • Casa Classroom

    JHS Classroom

    Science Laboratory

    Library

    Clinic

    Bookstore

    Waiting Area

  • Primary Classroom

    SHS Classroom

    Computer Laboratory

    Registrar’s Office

    Bistro Terraza

    Foro Romano

    Comfort Room

  • Intermediate Classroom

    Music Room

    TLE Laboratory

    Guidance Office

    Prayer Room

    Lobby

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  • Address:

         #2241 Pedro Gil Street

         Sta. Ana., Manila

  • Phone Numbers:

         (02)564-7895; (02)564-7898; 

         (02)563-5356; (02)563-5358

         (02)563-5360 (fax)