Praised be Jesus and Mary!
For more than three centuries the community founded by Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo in 1684, the Beaterio de la Compañia now known as the Religious of the Virgin Mary, has been part of the Philippine educational landscape. It may be considered as the first inclusive indigenous formative institution in the Philippines, providing equitable opportunities for natives, mestizas, and españolas then later to the ransomed female slaves in Tamontaka, Cotabato (1875). The rest, of course, is history. Or should I say “herstory”?
The ten questions below are aimed not only at deepening our sense of gratitude for the courageous mestiza from Binondo who first opened a door where her fellow women could pass through but also at strengthening our faith in a God who is constantly involved in the lives of people and who calls men and women to carry our His plans not because they are qualified but because He qualifies them.
May we respond to the invitation of sharing experiences briefly through the TEN QUESTIONS. It will surely be more than a pleasure to get to know fellow RVM graduates.