Catholic Pilgrimage | Best All Boys School in Metro Manila is in Makati – Don Bosco Makati! | by Homerun Nievera | I might only be talking for myself, but hey, I’m a proud graduate of the best exclusive boys’ school in Metro Manila — Don Bosco Makati! Who else but someone who went to Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) in Makati can say this? But first, here is a quick look at Don Bosco Makati’s past. Onward!
Brief Information About Don Bosco Makati
The Salesians of Don Bosco own and run Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati, also called “Don Bosco Makati.” It is a private Catholic school run by Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB). The main campus location is on Chino Roces Avenue in Makati City in the Philippines. In January 1954, Father Carlo Braga, SDB, who was in charge of Don Bosco Makati at the time, laid the foundation’s cornerstone. The convent, a youth center, and an auditorium were all part of the first building, which was finished in the same year. At this time, Salesian priests like Father Quaranta, Father Jua, and Father Righetti, along with Brother Nicolino Tambascia, opened the Youth Center. In January of that year, classes for both kids and adults started right away. The Grade School building was done by June of the next year. During that time, first-year students in grades 5 and 6 could sign up. The first 36 students to finish Grade 6 at Don Bosco Makati were the first ones to graduate.
What it was then for me at DBTI
My Preparatory studies were what brought me to Don Bosco Makati for the first time. I can still remember how my mom told me I’d be fine because my older brother was there, just right before she went to work. My first few years were easy, and I won medals and awards. I wasn’t really that hardworking then, but in many ways I was competitive. I joined the basketball team and also learned how to play volleyball and soccer. Even though I wasn’t a real athlete, I was really that competitive.
Don Bosco taught me how to balance school work and other activities. As a big campus, there was a lot to do, and places to go to. My older brother and I were picked up in the early evening because my dad had to come all the way from the old Magnolia Plant on Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City, where he worked, to pick us up. This gave me lots of things to do when class was over. In fact, Don Bosco taught me how to be an entrepreneur. In the afternoons, I would collect soda bottles to get the “deposit” from the school canteen. I also learned how to rent out comic books in the afternoon, when many students were waiting for their school bus, guardian, or parents to pick them up.
I’ll admit that I was interested in becoming a priest. I joined the Junior Aspirants Club, but then I decided it wasn’t for me.
Even though I’m in my 50s now, I still have the Catholic roots I got from being a Bosconian. Yes, I was naughty when I was young, but my mom was very strict about getting good grades, so I worked hard in school. I still have this discipline in me.
Technical training is an important part of being a Bosconian, and it is part of the main curriculum from Junior High School. Even though I went from Don Bosco to U.P. Integrated School right after elementary school, I’d like to tell you what the current Junior High School curriculum is. This is it:
The Curriculum in Junior High School
At Don Bosco Technical Institute, Junior High School is in the first two years of high school. All of the academic, technical, spiritual, and sports facilities are up-to-date.
The Department of Education (DepEd) sets the curriculum for Don Bosco Makati, which includes Math, Science, English, Filipino, Araling Panlipunan, Christian living, and MAPEH. This gives the student both general education and technical education.
- Automotive Design Technology
- Electronics Design Technology
- Creative Design Technology
- Mechanical Design Technology
- Electrical Systems Design Technology
- Information and Communication Technology
This story can’t end until I tell you something about the founder, Saint John Bosco. So, before this article ends, here is a quick look at Don Bosco, including a YouTube video about his life.
About Saint John Bosco
Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco, was born on August 16, 1815, in Becchi, Italy, like John Bosco, the “Father, and Teacher of Youth.”
John grew up going to church and becoming a dedicated follower of Christ. He experienced his first of many vivid dreams when he was 9 years old.
He saw a group of boys having fun in his imagination. He spotted a man and a woman of remarkable stature in this group of youths. The stranger informed him that he would “conquer these your friends” if he was gentle and charitable. “The lady” stated this “Keep your composure, dignity, and stamina. Eventually, you’ll get it all figured out.”
Soon later, John saw a touring circus of acrobats and clowns. In the end, he came to recognize that he could employ their methods to attract and hold the attention of others.
John put on a show for the kids he used to hang out with one night. At the end of the show, he gave a homily and urged his neighbors to join him in prayer.
As a result of this, he came to understand that he was meant to be a priest.
He entered the seminary in 1835 and was ordained a priest six years later.
He was sent to Turin, Italy, for his first duty. John, now known as Fr. Bosco, went off to work with the poor children.
So, he began meeting up with the youngsters where they worked and played in an effort to keep them out of the dreadful prisons.
To help the lads who were in need, he looked for jobs and accommodation.
By the 1860s, Fr. Bosco and his mother, known as “Mamma Margherita,” were responsible for sheltering 800 boys.
It was Fr. Bosco’s job to identify and support young men who he thought would be good priests.
The Society of St. Francis de Sales was founded by Fr. Bosco in 1859.
On January 31, 1888, John Bosco died. In 1929, Pope Pius XI declared him a saint and declared him a saint in 1934.
Apprentices, editors, publishers, schoolchildren, magicians, and juvenile delinquents all have Saint John Bosco as their patron saint. On the 31st of January, his feast day is observed.
Here’s the video from Catholic.Org:
“DBTI gave me priceless batchmates! Friends for a lifetime and brothers for life! What a blessing. In Don Bosco I encountered Christ. It was a happy school with a lot of unforgettable memories and unforgettable people.”
– Fr. Vester Casaclang (a batchmate)
Don Bosco Makati is a Catholic school exclusively for boys. If you, as a parent, are looking for a good school for your son, in Makati City, search their website and Facebook Page. Hope you consider them, ok?