Arevalo Elementary School: More than a century of history
On my way to Villa Plaza, an arch of green and red caught my attention. It was an entrance to a very old elementary school, the Arevalo Elementary School or AES. Though the school may look it was built during the American period, but the school existed way before the Americans arrived.
The Arevalo Elementary School traces its foundation on 1886 as a Visayan schoold under the supervsion of Miss Eriberta Cuachon. It was later called as Escolopiya Primary School. Students were taught Spanish, reading, arithmetic, and writing even in Hiligaynon. During the American period, it was the only public school operating at the Municipality of Arevalo.
During World War II, classes were reorganized with emphasis on Niponggo, agriculture or food production and fundamental handicraft works. Classes continued under the supervision of Ms. Eufronia Aranda until they were dissolved due to fighting and people fleeing to the hills for safety. Upon reopening after the war, enrolment swell as the school also accommodated overage students who were not able to study during the war.
Today the school retained much of its appearance as it was left untouched during the war. Though the school was later used as a garrisson for Filipino guerilla fighters, it is a good state of preservation and is still able to house classrooms for young Ilonggos.
Though this may not be a tourist destination, the school bears indelible marks of Ilonggos’ love for education, as also evidenced by its strong yearly enrolment. This love for education makes Iloilo as one of the provinces with high literacy rate in the country today.Tags: Schools, Villa Arevalo