The Journey of Parañaque Elementary School Unit II: A Chronicle of Dedication and Growth

The history of Parañaque Elementary School Unit II is a testament to the enduring spirit of education and the unwavering commitment of educators and administrators. Established in 1960, this institution has evolved over the years, shaping the lives of countless learners in San Dionisio, Parañaque. Let us embark on a chronological journey through the milestones and dedicated leadership that have defined P.E.S. II.

1960 – The Birth of P.E.S. II: P.E.S. II came into existence when the residents of San Dionisio recognized the need for a public school. With the support of the local government, a resolution was passed in 1960, leading to the establishment of Parañaque Elementary School Unit II. Its first home was the rented Roman Lorenzo Building on Bonifacio St., San Dionisio, Parañaque, under the leadership of Mrs. Andrea Vergara, the school’s first principal.

1968 – 1975: A Journey of Growth: From 1968 to 1970, Mrs. Lumawig assumed the role of principal, laying the foundation for the school’s expansion. Enrollment grew, prompting a move to a more spacious building in Draga Compound, still within San Dionisio. This transition was financed by the Municipal School Board, and Mrs. Elenita L. Tarrosa took the helm from 1971 to 1975.

1984 – The Arrival of Mrs. Felicidad A. Santiago: In 1984, Mrs. Felicidad A. Santiago became the school’s principal, known for her dynamism and pioneering spirit. She organized the P.E.S. II Drum and Lyre Band, a first-of-its-kind initiative during that time.

1989 – A Dedicated Leader, Mrs. Veronica Luistro: Mrs. Veronica Luistro assumed the role of principal in 1989, bringing dedication and a fresh perspective. Under her leadership, P.E.S. II relocated to the compound of Parañaque Elementary School Central in 1990, under the prestigious leadership of Dr. Iderlina T. Yatar.

1995 – A New Home at Bagong Lipunan Building: In 1995, P.E.S. II moved once more, this time to Bagong Lipunan Building on Kabihasnan St., San Dionisio, Paranaque City. Mrs. Milagros B. Ramos took the reins as Principal I and remained in this position for nearly 7 years.

2003 – Dr. Amparo C. Sunga’s Commitment to Academic Excellence: Dr. Amparo C. Sunga assumed the role of principal on August 1, 2003. Her tenure was marked by a firm commitment to improving the academic performance of the learners.

2005 – 2010: Mrs. Sonia V. Bernardo’s Dedicated Leadership: Mrs. Sonia V. Bernardo served as the principal from 2005 to 2010, demonstrating unwavering dedication to the school’s mission.

2010 – 2011: Mrs. Rita E. Riddle’s Impact: Mrs. Rita E. Riddle, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, assumed the role of Principal in 2010, making significant contributions, particularly in boosting Grade III NAT results.

2011 – 2014: Ms. Ma. Estrellita C. Arceo’s Strict Implementation: Ms. Ma. Estrellita C. Arceo served as the school head from March 2011 to November 27, 2014. Her strict implementation of educational programs led to improvements in teachers’ and learners’ performance.

2014 – 2016: Ms. Vilma F. Forbes’ Dedication: From November 28, 2014, to September 13, 2016, Ms. Vilma F. Forbes was Principal, emphasizing a pleasant and friendly school environment conducive to learning.

2016 – 2019: Mrs. Susan J. Corro’s Dedication: Mrs. Susan J. Corro joined P.E.S. II on September 13, 2016, showing dedication to pupils and teachers alike, upholding the school’s vision and mission.

2019 – 2022: Ms. Myla Velasquez’s Caring Leadership: From 2019 to 2022, Ms. Myla Velasquez, Principal III, led with care and love, fostering a sense of camaraderie and excellence among the school community.

2022 – 2023: Dr. Nemesio B. Bunnao’s Visionary Leadership: In August 2022, Dr. Nemesio B. Bunnao became the first male principal of P.E.S. Unit II. His appointment marked a milestone as he introduced a forward-thinking approach to education, promoting digital literacy and a positive work environment for both teaching and non-teaching staff.

2023 – Present: Dr. Rodel C. Apostol’s OIC-Principal: As of the present, Dr. Rodel C. Apostol has taken on the role of OIC-Principal, continuing the legacy of dedication and leadership at P.E.S. II.

The journey of Parañaque Elementary School Unit II is a testament to the transformative power of education and the dedication of its leaders and educators. From its humble beginnings to its current state of excellence, P.E.S. II continues to shape the future of its learners, instilling in them the values of resilience, dedication, and the pursuit of knowledge.

This chronicle is a tribute to the enduring legacy of Parañaque Elementary School Unit II, its leaders, educators, and the countless learners whose lives have been enriched by its commitment to education.

Author: Rhenz Noriel T. Yee