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How This Former Girl Scout Became a College President

“We were encouraged, motivated and mentored by our teachers to give the best of ourselves in everything that we did, be it academics, co-curricular or extra-curricular activities," says Sr. Christine Pinto.
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Sister Christine Pinto was a young girl when she became a member of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines at St. Scholastica's College.

“One of my most vivid memories of her was of her in her Girl Scout uniform. What made it memorable were the many pins and badges pinned or sewn onto her uniform,” shares fellow St. Scho alumna Trichie Crucillo de Vera. “All these reflected her diligence, industry, and discipline, and I admired her for it.”

Having spent 13 years as a St. Scho student, Sr. Pinto is the embodiment of what it is to be a devoted Scholastican. Today, she sits on the school’s board as president.

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Many of those who were present at her academic processional at St. Cecilia’s Hall recently hold fond memories of her as a young girl and as a girl scout moderator.

Readers might recognize Sr. Pinto as one of the nuns who expressed her support for her students who participated and led rallies against the government's war on drugs.

When Sr. Pinto addressed the crowd on the day she was installed as the school's president, she spoke fondly of her Scholastican education and the virtues that it instilled in her—discipline, proper decorum, honesty and integrity, and of course, Ora et Labora or prayer and work.

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She took these values and embodied them when she completed her degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws at the University of the Philippines, when she earned her master’s degree in Higher Education from Boston College, and again when she passed the bar exam and began her law practice in the '90s.

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Her current mission as the head of St. Scholastica is to improve the following agendas: technology and education, academic and policy research, marketing and recruitment to improve enrolment numbers, and introducing new programs. More importantly, she will be at the forefront of ensuring that the school’s theme of “Creating Leaders for Social Transformation” works in preparing young women and men with the tools they need to be tomorrow’s leaders.

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Hannah Lazatin
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Hannah is a communications graduate from Ateneo de Manila University. She’s originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
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