Trivia about the Teresian Association in the Philippines
The Teresian Association, an International Lay Association founded in 1911 in Spain by Blessed Pedro Poveda to share in the evangelizing mission of the Church in the field of Education and Culture, was established in the Philippines in 1950. In its 50 years in the Philippines, its members have fulfilled their mission in different educational and cultural settings throughout Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and helped establish the Association in Japan, Taiwan and India.
In the field of Education, the members work as teachers in all levels of schooling, or as principals, guidance counselors, and other school personnel, in both public and private sectors. Other members serve in individual posts as university professors, as college deans, consultants or in pastoral educative ministries. The Poveda Learning Center, in Quezon City, noted for its “Personalizing Education” inspired in the Povedan Pedagogy was founded in 1960. In Manila, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro the Association runs Residences for University Students to help form them holistically. It has also a Center for Educators Formation in Quezon City,
dedicated particularly to teacher formation. Other members are in the field of Medicine, Health-related Sciences, Architecture and Engineering.
The Poveda House of Prayer in Tagaytay City and the Center for Culture and Spirituality in Cagayan de Oro are other areas of involvement of members. The Josefa Segovia Foundation, Inc., makes possible the Association’s work for the socio-cultural development of people, especially among marginalized groups and cultural communities in Mindanao. The Pedro Poveda Foundation, Inc. support specifically priestly vocations and formation.