San Juan, Batangas

In 1947, a group of lay people headed by the late Mr. Jose Halili, Mrs. Maria Ramos Sales, Mr. Jose Garcia, Mr. Zosimo Giron and others decided to start a lay secondary school which they called San Juan Institute. The first single room was built by local materials. The corner posts were made of madre cacao wood, the roofing were the cheapest galvanizd iron, the walls were half cemented and furnished with some plywood. As the Faculty increased, the school transferred to a new site, at the the building opposite the house of Mr. Nemesio Rosales. But then the administrators began to suffer a series of problems.

So in 1963, to save the school from this woes and to provide the town of San Juan with a strong foundation on Catholic religion, the Order of Augustinian Recollect priests took over the ownership from lay to sectarian. The friars appended their name to the school-San Juan Institute-Recolletos. In 1978, the Recollect Fathers had presented to the Archdiocese of Lipa their intention of ceding their administration of both the parish and the school. In a board resolution dated February 28, 1978, the transfer of the parochial administration to the Oblates of St. Joseph was duly approved. But none about the school was mentioned. In a letter dated June 19, 1978 from the Department of Education and Culture, it was clear that there was a signed deed of transfer of the administration of the school from the the Recolletos to the OSJ fathers. This letter also approved the change of the school name to Joseph Marello Institute effective that school year (1978-1979).

In the nineties, primary education was added to the school curriculum. With this came new and better buildings were erected. This was followed by the completion of the gymnasium and the construction of the Alumni Building.

Since its foundation, this Catholic institute continues to impart knowledge and values especially to the youth of San Juan, Batangas.

Joseph Marello Institute
San Juan, Batangas
(043) 515 3223