In 1961, the Daughters of Jesus started negotiations for a school site at BF Homes, Parañaque City, south of Manila. This was in response to the call of the Church to open centers of Catholic education outside Manila. Through the generous help of Don Jesus Cabarrus, the Hijas de Jesus Sisters were able to acquire a school site of three hectares.
The name “Manresa” was chosen because of the significance of the place to the Hijas de Jesus Sisters. Their Foundress, St. Candida Maria de Jesus, left them a legacy and heritage – the Ignatian spirituality. From this spirituality, the sisters draw guidance and inspiration in loving and serving God in all things. In a cave near a town called Manresa north of Spain, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus (S.J.) stayed for several months where he spent hours in prayer. It was while here that the ideas for the Spiritual Exercises began to take shape which is the source of Ignatian Spirituality. For St. Ignatius, Manresa was a school of prayer and apostolic commitment.
On June 19, 1971, Manresa School welcomed the first group of children into a two-storey building. Sisters Angeles Garcia, F.I., Gertrudes Magdayao, F.I., Rosa Ortega, F.I., Victoria Ruy, F.I. and Milagros Parcon, F.I. were the first Hijas de Jesus Sisters assigned to form a community to run the school. A year later, its doors opened to the primary grades. Every year thereafter, a new grade level was added until the whole elementary department was completed.
In school year 1977-1978 Manresa School ushered in the high school department which opened to co-education. On March 26, 1981, the school witnessed its first fruits as sixty graduates received their high school diplomas. In the same year, the school was granted the permission to open the Nursery Program which completed the Pre-school Department. In 2015, Manresa School started to offer the Senior High School Program (Academic Track) in support to the K-12 program of the Department of Education in the Philippines.
On October 17, 2010, as Blessed Candida Maria de Jesus was declared as Saint by Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican, Rome. the Manresan community continue to live out the mission initiated by Mother Foundress. This event empowered all the more to be true to its commitment of providing quality education. The Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) acknowledged the school’s commitment and granted Level II and Level III accreditation status to the Grade School and the High School Departments, respectively, in its most recent accreditation visit last 2017.
In the same year, Manresa School celebrated its 45th year since its foundation in 1971. The Foundress’ dream of providing Christian education to the children and youth is alive as Manresa School constantly provides the formation programs and services that cater to their needs.
Currently, Manresa School’s apostolic mission continued to be vibrant. Its evangelizing mission continued to respond to the signs of the times and to give emphasis on social responsibility, excellence in values and academics, and strong partnership with other sectors of the society.
In its desire to deepen the spirit of filiation, fraternal love and generous service to its clientele especially to the marginalized of the society, Manresa School continuously commits itself to the realization of its philosophy, vision-mission and goals for the greater glory of God and for the good of its neighbors.