IBA Breaks Ground on New Site in Dasmariñas

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The president of the school, Mr. Resurrecion Patiño, welcomes the guests attending the groundbreaking ceremony in front of a tarp depicting an architect’s impression of the future complex of buildings.

Wednesday, November 16th was a day that will go down in the school’s history as a day when a new landmark was reached in the development of the school.  Members of the school’s board of directors headed by the president, Mr. Resurrecion Patiño, the chairman, Dr. Gary Carlos and other senior management of the school turned the first few spadefuls of earth that would begin the construction of the first phase of the new building.  The groundbreaking ceremony was also attended by representatives of the Dasmariñas division of the Department of Education, namely, Dr. Manuela S. Tolentino, Schools’ Division Superintendent and Dr. Emmanuel L. Resurrecion, Assistant Schools’ Division Superintendent.

From left to right: Representatives of the Paras family, the previous landowners, Atty, Vrginia Patiño, founding director, Dr. Gary Carlos, chairman, Mr. Resurrecion Patiño, president and Mr. Bryan Riddin, headmaster.

 

On November 12th 2001, 15 years ago, a small group of people took a huge leap of faith and established the International British Academy.  Their faith in establishing this new school rested on their sincere belief that God would guide their every endeavour and  their faith rested in the belief that the young people of Cavite deserved an alternative, exciting new and international alternative to what was being offered in other schools in the area.  It can be said that faith built IBA from its modest beginnings to what it is today – a school that stands on the forefront of education in Cavite; a school that is admired for its academic standards as it is admired for its caring and student centred approach to everything it undertakes.

The inadequacy of the current campus on Aguinaldo Highway was recognized many years ago and the school’s board was faced with the daunting task of finding a suitable site on which to build the new school.  After a lengthy search an ideal 3 hectare site was found in Dasmariñas which would provide sufficient space to build new facilities for the school and its expanding population of students.

Mr. Resurrecion Patiño (President) and Mrs. Evelina Patiño (Administrator and Board Treasurer) discuss the development with officials of the Dasmariñas Division of the Department of Education: Dr. Manuela S. Tolentino (Superintendent) and Dr. Emmanuel S. Resurrecion (Assistant Superintendent).

The first phase of the school complex will house the new Early Years’ Center which will incorporate an experiential learning center.  The school’s youngest students will be able to experience the best facilities and the school’s teachers will be able to explore the most recent successful developments in Early Years’ education supported by purpose built facilities.

It is projected that the second phase of the complex which will house the primary and secondary school will begin in 2018/2019.

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