Recommendation by Lemi
After their expulsion from China by the Communist takeover, the Jesuits came to Iloilo to continue their missionary work among the local Chinese community. Inspired by Our Lady Queen of China, Father Guerrino Marsecano, an Italian Jesuit established Santa Maria Parish Church for Iloilo City’s Filipino-Chinese Catholics. As part of their goal of Christian transformation, the Jesuits, led by Father Andrew Joliet and Father Santiago Leon, formed a parochial school called Santa Maria Catholic School (SMCS) beside the church. Now, after years of growth, SMCS has transformed into Ateneo de Iloilo - Santa Maria Catholic School (ADI-SMCS), a Jesuit, Catholic, Chinese-Filipino Basic Education Institution—and one of the biggest schools in Iloilo City—that preserves the mission of its past.