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    The Foundation’s Academic Scholarship is a program that supports students showing very good potential in music for a partial or full scholarship at the School of Music of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila which was designated by CHED as a “Center of Excellence” in the fields of Performance (Piano, Guitar, Strings and Percussion) and Composition. Several scholars have brought pride and honor to SSC School of Music by winning competitions such as the National Competitions for Young Artists, Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competition and the Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines Competition. Scholars have also participated in international music camps such as the Asian youth Orchestra and the South East Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.




    The outreach programs of the Foundation serve as avenues in selecting deserving individuals who show very good potential in music but are financially challenged. They are given financial grants by the Foundation to pursue a college degree at the School of Music of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila. Financial grants are also given to participants of the Foundation’s outreach training programs.
    As an integral part of the Foundation’s outreach ideals, the program aims to prepare scholars who will be able to serve effectively in parishes, public schools and other community-based organizations. With the grant assistance, these underprivileged Filipino youth become productive, disciplined and self-reliant members of our society. Not only do we provide them means to achieve their dreams, but we also make prolific talents who can someday make our country proud and give inspiration to future generations of Filipinos. Grant recipients easily find gainful employment. Grant recipients who have graduated are encouraged to serve in their own communities although some find employment opportunities abroad.
    Carlo Angelo Falcis graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music, majoring in Voice at St. Scholastica’s College, Manila. He was under the tutelage of Camille Lopez-Molina and Pablo Molina.
    Carlo has done a number of operas in different productions as a supporting role or as part of the chorus. He has done Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Filipo and Padre Salvi in Felipe de Leon’s Noli metangere staged in Dulaang UP and Newport Theatre, Resorts World Manila, and Marcello in Puccini’s La Boheme. Among other operas would be Bizet’s Carmen and Donizetti’s L’elisird’amore. He was also part of The Best of Opera and Opera Rocks which showcased opera excerpts.
    He has done Filipino Musicals such as Vincent de Jesus’ Himala and Pamana under PETA.
    He also joined choral works such as Orff’s CarminaBurana and Rossini’s Petite MesseSolennelle and is part of an all male singing group called The Groomsmen, managed by Blacktie Entertainment.
    Aside from being a performer, Carlo is also a music and voice teacher in different institutions. He moderates the glee clubs in Beacon International School and ParefSouthridge School. He teaches voice in St. Scholastica’s College as part of the extension class.


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SBBSF Scholarship Grant Policy


The Sister Baptista Battig Music Foundation (SBBSF) funds the Scholarship Grant. The grant applies to (1) youth with exceptional musical talent and (2) deserving musically talented youth from the provinces and the underprivileged sector who cannot afford a music education in St. Scholastica’s College. It may cover school fees partially or in full depending on the need of the student.


(1) The applicant must have exceptional musical talent.
(2) The applicant must have exceptional musical talent and comes from the underprivileged sector.

Requirements for New Scholar in addition to admission requirements of SSC:


    a. Interview by the Scholarship Committee
    b. Recommendation letter from a Board member of SBBMF


For the applicant from the province/underprivileged sector:


    c. A document (social worker’s home visit report/Barangay Captain certification/ITR-Income Tax Return)
    is needed to show applicant is deserving of the grant.


Maintenance requirement:


    1. The scholar must take the regular load of subjects according to the approved curriculum prescribed for the semester/summer enrolled in.
    2. S/He must maintain a CQPA of 2.7.
    3. A failing grade in any subject disqualifies the scholar from the scholarship.
    4. Any incomplete grade suspends the scholarship until the student makes the necessary completion.


Partner School Counterpart


    SSC School of Music shall be responsible for the full implementation of the scholarship grant.
    The SSC School of Music shall:

    • Appoint a Scholarship Committee to oversee the qualification and requirements for new scholars in coordination with the SSC Admissions Office
    • See to it that the maintenance requirements of the Scholarship Grant are followed
    • Submit a semestral report of the scholars to SBBMF stating their academic status
    • Submit Billing Statement to SBBMF


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    The Foundation regularly funds a Music Training Program for public school teachers during the summer months. These training seminar-workshops are helpful to the teachers in teaching in their respective formal classes. The first training program was a workshop in elementary music methods held in the summer of 2014 with 40 teacher-trainees from public schools in Manila and Pasay.




    The SSC School of Music, in collaboration with SBBMF, held a workshop for winds in the summer of 2015. This included training in musicianship as well as lessons for solo and group performances.




    • The participating teachers in the Seminar-workshop are encouraged to hold music activities after-school or weekends or during summer in their respective communities.
    • Activities are tailor-fit to the needs of the community and the available resources. Among the programs are youth rondalla, bands, voice and choir.

    • Each program ends in a culminating activity that showcases the talents of the participants. Joining competitions is encouraged.
    • These music activities in the communities aim to channel the energy of participating children and youth and keep them away from drugs and petty crimes, to foster in them an appreciation for music as well as open to them doors of opportunities for a better life.
    • Research shows that music …
      • Enhances a young person’s self-esteem
      • Helps develop critical thinking and self-discipline
      • Improves student’s cognitive development
      • Increases school attendance and decrease school drop-out
      • Enhances basic math and reading skills


    • Community outreach program partners and counterparts
      • • The foundation helps in setting up the community music outreach by forging partnerships with the local government unit, non-government organizations, church-based organizations, private entities and/or individual sponsors.


        In collaboration with SSC School of Music, the Foundation helps provide:
        • Trainor
        • Certificate of Completion


        The Partner provides:
        • Venue
        • Food
        • Transportation allowance for participants
        • Allowance/Honorarium for trainor
        • Musical instruments



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Who we are




The Beginning



  • In 1906, the first Benedictine Missionary Sisters from Tutzing, Germany arrived in Manila and established St. Scholastica’s College.
  • The nuns conducted piano lessons, noting the innate musicality of the Filipinos.
  • Sr. Baptista Battig, an established concert pianist before she entered the order, noting the innate musicality of the Filipinos, startedgiving lessons almost immediately on a second-hand piano given to the nuns by a friend.
  • The growth of the school was rapid, particularly after the apostolic delegate gave Sr. Baptista Battig permission to give two public recitals.
  • These concerts brought fame to Sr. Baptista Battig and, as a result, more studentsenrolled at St. Scholastica’s College.
  • St. Scholastica’s College School of Music was founded in 1907 by Sr. Baptista Battig, OSB – the pioneer of music education in the Philippines.
  • Her curricula became the pattern for music studies for most, if not all, private studios and music schools in the Philippines.
  • The School of Music produced many piano graduates who all took composition classes under Lucio San Pedro (National Artist). The students were required to perform their own compositions during their respective recitals.
  • More course offerings were added and the Sr. Baptista Battig Memorial Scholarship was instituted for deserving students.


The 60’s a time of social and political unrest


  • A new course, Bachelor of Music, Major in Music Education, was offered in order to cater to the demand for well-trained classroom music teachers.
  • The success of this program meant that graduates were immediately employed the moment they left the school.
  • The alumnae of the School of Music marshaled themselves into various groups providing scholarships for budding musicians, intent on giving the disadvantaged the benefit of the education that they themselves had.


70’s – The Martial Law years



  • Sr. Mary Placid Abejo, OSB assumed the deanship after her doctoral studies in the United States in the 70’s.
  • With missionary zeal, Sr. Mary Placid started an outreach program with the street boys and girls near St. Scholastica’s College, first gathering them for Catechism lessons and then starting them on singing and playing the guitar.
  • The Rotarians of Bagumbayan discovered what she was doing and the group became a Rondalla that played for the functions of the Rotary Club.
  • Soon, Sr. Mary Placid and the Rotarians started projects to help the youth in the area through music training, scholarships, feeding programs and livelihood projects.
  • Most attendees went to college in different schools as scholars by playing in the schools’ bands and finding gainful employment.


Now and what lies ahead


  • Inspired by the stories of these Benedictine nuns’ efforts to improve the lives of young Filipinos through music, the Sr.Baptista Battig Music Foundation, Inc. was formally established in 1991 to administer music scholarship funds and source outreach programs as well as to establish a legacy and perpetual support for the commitment of the School of Music in spreading excellence in music education and helping deserving Filipino youth to become young musicians.
  • In 2006, the Sr. Baptista Battig Music Foundation, Inc. was accredited by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC), making donations to the foundation fully tax-deductible. PCNC is the mandated accrediting body that recognizes NGO’s (Non- Government Organizations) of “Good Standing” that funding donors may consider in their choice of organizations to support.


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Sister Baptista Battig Music Foundation (SBBSF)


Board of Directors:


President: Sister Mary Placid Abejo
Vice-president: Ms. Leonor G. Berroya
Chief Finance Officer: Ms. Tita Rose L. Tan
Treasurer: Ms. Leonila Cabrera
Corporate Secretary: Ms. Carina dela Cruz
Chief Finance Officer: Tita Rose L. Tan
Auditor: Sr. Imelda Halili, OSB


The term of office is one year renewable.

  • Sr. Mary Vincent Feliciano, OSB
  • Sr. Agnella Capili, OSB
  • Cythia R. Motus
  • Nelia A. Mitra
  • Josue Greg Zuniega


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