HCDC Motto: Ex Fide Ad Veritatem (From Faith to Truth)
Name of the School: Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC)
Address: 14-B Sta.Ana Ave, Poblacion District, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
Phone: +63 82 221-9071
The Holy Cross of Davao College (SEC-Registered) is a Filipino, Catholic, Archdiocesan and Educational Non-Profit, Non-stock Educational Corporation. It is presently supervised by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Davao (as a corporate sole). The school is governed by board of trustees whose members do not receive any compensation.
History of Holy Cross
In school year 1951–1952, the Religious of the Virgin Mary Sisters opened an annex of the Immaculate Conception College along Santa Ana Avenue in Davao City. The annex was built upon the request of parents living at Sta. Ana District and with permission from the local bishop since the school building was erected on a land owned by the Roman Catholic Apostolic Administrator of Davao. The ICC annex provided kindergarten, elementary, and secondary courses for boys and girls. By school year 1955–1956, it became a separate school and was named the Holy Cross Academy of Davao.
In April 1956, the RVM Sisters informed the Most Rev. Clovis Thibault, of the Foreign Mission Society of Quebec also known as the PME Fathers, the first Apostolic Administrator and Bishop of Davao, about the RVM General Council’s decision to transfer the ownership of the school. This decision was executed through a Deed of Absolute Sale in which the RVM Congregation, represented by Superior General Mother Maria Catalina Dychitan, sold the school building including “all that goes with the functioning of a school” to the Roman Catholic Apostolic Administrator of Davao.
The PME Fathers took over the school management in 1956–1957, with Rev. Fr. Jean Lalonde as the first school director and Rev. Fr. Leopold Charlesbois as assistant school director. The school was renamed Holy Cross of Davao School. When Fr. Lalonde left in 1959, Fr. Eloi Montambault, PME was appointed school director until Fr. Lalonde’s return in 1961. Fr. Lalonde served as school director until 1968.
In school year 1964–1965, the school allowed the admission of girls to the elementary department. College courses were offered in school year 1966–1967, and the school was renamed Holy Cross of Davao College.
In 1968, Rev. Fr. Generoso C. Camiña (the first Filipino PME and presently Bishop of Digos) was appointed Rector. He was succeeded by Emilio P. Palma Gil who was appointed school president on July 1, 1969. Due to the lack of Filipino personnel needed to operate the school, the PME Fathers decided to transfer the ownership of school buildings, including the CYO gymnasium, its furniture and equipment, and all the rights and privileges of operating a school, to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Davao. On July 10, 1976, a Canonical Deed of Donation was made between PME Regional Superior Rev. Fr. Roland Denies and Archbishop Antonio Ll. Mabutas, DD, J.C.D.
HCDC Vision Mission Statement
The Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) is a community of Christ- centered evangelizers educated in the faith and animated by the passion for truth, justice, peace and service.
As members of this Filipino archdiocesan educational institution, we commit ourselves:
To promote quality Catholic education to all, especially the less fortunate, and to create through dialogue a Christian environment for the integral formation of persons who will be effective agents of social transformation.
Insights from Student Interns…
BSIT is not really my first choice of course. I chose this course because when I did some research, I found out that IT is one of the top paid job not only in the Philippines but all over the world. And as I foresee the future, I think IT professionals are the most needed in the future industries because of the technology.
During the first yearin Assumption College of Davao, I thought all my knowledge about computers are enough to understand but basically, it’s not all. When I got failing grades in major, I almost gave up. But it serves a kick starter for my motivation to finish this course. During my second year, I transferred to Holy Cross of Davao College for some personal reason. It was a very tough year because most of the difficult major programming subjects are being enrolled and it was a challenge to balance my time because of some demanding minor subjects. With the help of our teachers, I passed and learned many things about programming.
Capstone project is one of the requirements to pass this course. It’s very difficult and challenging for me to build this project because I was also enrolled in IT research subject which also needed a lot of time. And I’ve come up to the decision to drop some of my minor subjects to focus on these two major subjects. Luckily, I’ve passed and our project was being awarded as 3rd place for best business app in Techno Fair 2018 which was held in our school.
Now I am taking internship course which I think could help me enhance my technical skills and will give me more knowledge about business industries.
Glenn Marc M. Torres, BSIT,
HCDC Davao (OSOmniMedia Intern, 2018)
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