About SDV

History of Schola de Vita

Schola de Vita (School of Life) started in 1999 as Southwood Integrated School under the management of Mr. Ikuo Nishino and Mrs. Gina Nishino. Instrumental in the change from Southwood Integrated School to Schola de Vita in 2006, was the change of the school’s mission and vision towards excellence and Christian service. This was the result of the management’s decision spearheaded by the Principal, Ms. Pablito O. Tura.

In 2011, Schola de Vita was turned over to the new management with Ms. Vilma P. Aquino and Mr. Rocky Aquino as the new school owners, spearheaded by the Directress, Ms. Meg Aquino-Cuenca and by the Principal, Mr. Pablito O. Tura.

The new team is dedicated and committed to provide quality education to each and every student. The beginning of the school year 2011-2012, under its new management, marked a turning point in the school’s remarkable growth.

SDV Philosophy

Schola de Vita aims to create a just, democratic and God-loving society. We believe that the development of our students’ intellectual, social, emotional and moral faculties must be rooted in strong spiritual values.


SDV Vision

Schola de Vita envisions its graduates as Christ-loving and competent individuals who can be productive in the service of others.


SDV Mission

Schola de Vita molds students to excel in both academics and the arts, so that their abilities exceed local standards in order to meet global competitiveness.

We want our students to be:

  • Critical thinkers
  • Independent and smart readers
  • Competent speakers and writers
  • Responsible leaders, and most especially
  • Respectful, morally upright, service-oriented and God-loving individuals through our values-based education


Meaning of the School Logo

CROSS: the symbol for Christ, the center of life

PLANT:the symbol of growthand life through the school’s main virtues of excellence and Christian service

GLOBE: represents universal learning that the school believes that education is for all



  1. Education at Schola de Vita aims to provide quality education for citizens of a God-fearing, democratic and just society.
  2. The total personal development of the student is rooted in Christian values, thus his gifts and abilities can only be best developed through a life committed to serving his fellow men.
  3. SDV believes that the training for good citizenship among its students start from having a deep sense of nationalism so that such love for one’s country enables him to willingly contribute his/her talents, gifts and skills in the service of our nation in particular and of the global community in general.