Seibo College is a Filipino Catholic School situated in Panghulo, Malabon City that utilizes the Ungraded System of Education. It is founded by Fr. Rogelio B. Alarcon, O.P., the Father of Home Study in the Philippines.
Seibo College’s philosophy in education is anchored on the principle of individual differences. Every individual is unique. Therefore, different types of activities or methods and techniques of teaching and learning are evident in the learning stations. Moreover, each child grows and develops as a whole through his own experience or through what we call self-activity. With this, learning in Seibo is an active process; the learner is deeply involved in his learning and as such he learns by experiencing, doing, and understanding.
Furthermore, Seibo’s philosophy is that of a progressive education. In this school of thought, the child is made the center of the educative process. Hence, the child, with purposes and interests, is made the starting principle of learning. Guidance is also an integral part of learning. According to progressivists, education is a process of guidance. It is a part any educative process as far as growth and development of an individual is concerned.
Seibo College was built on God-destined series of events. When the children of the late Anatolia B. Alarcon inherited the almost 2-hectare land in Panghulo, Malabon, she wisely said to them that “Lands you inherit should never be sold”. Fr. Rogelio B. Alarcon, her second child, a Dominican priest; a staunch advocate of the ungraded system; an advocate of making education accessible to every Filipino; and the founder of the first ungraded school in the Philippines, taught of building an ungraded school on their inherited land. This school will encompass all his ideals, visions and dreams in providing quality, responsible and independent learning. Knowing that neither he nor his sister, Milagros, a Franciscan Missionary based in Tokyo, Japan cannot be physically present to handle the school, his dream of building it seemed impossible to pursue.
Carmen R. Reyes and her family, a very close friend of the Alarcons, knew of the dilemma and proposed to become a partner in building the school because of the deep friendship, love and advocacy they shared.