Lipa City is a fast emerging key city in the country, becoming a major administrative, medical, commercial, financial, agro-industrial and residential center. The Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) and the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) hailed Lipa City as one of the “next wave cities” specifically for Business Processing Outsourcing sector.
The City of Lipa was once known as the coffee center of the world. Currently, it is also known to be the “Little Rome of the Philippines” being home to several Catholic churches, convents, seminaries, Catholic schools, and retreat houses.
Lipa City is approximately an hour and a half drive, southward from Manila. It has a total land area of 20,940 hectares and is bounded by the municipality of Sto. Tomas in the northeast, San Pablo City and the municipality of San Antonio Quezon in the east, the municipalities of Padre Garcia and Rosario in the southwest, and the municipalities of Balete and Malvar in the northwest.
Like the rest of the Philippines, Lipa City has only two seasons: wet and dry. Because the city is 312 meters above sea level, the tropical climate is tempered all year round by cooler temperatures than many parts of the country.
Public transportation to and from the school and different points within the city of Lipa come in the form of jeepneys and tricycles, or threewheeled cabs, to nearby destinations.
Commuters to neighboring cities and municipalities have the option of taking buses which ply the Manila-Batangas City and ManilaLemery routes. The city’s Grand Terminal is located at SM City Lipa, only five (5) minutes drive from the school.
The large and modern Mary Mediatrix Center and the Lipa Medix Medical Center are the two of the nearest hospitals. There are more hospitals in the city proper as well as clinics owned by private physicians.
More than 50 international, and locally owned banks, have branches in Lipa City, many of which have money transfer facilities and automated teller machines. Automated Teller Machines catering to card holders of Cyrus, Megalink, Bancnet and Expressnet are available in the campus.
PEACE AND ORDER
The city of Lipa has one of the best peace and order scenarios in the country. The city gets protection from the Philippine National Police (PNP), which has its headquarters close by, and a police sub-station which is adjacent to the school.
Many commercial lodging establishments are situated close to the school and these make bedspace rooms and apartments available to students at reasonable prices.
Popular fast food chains like Jollibee, McDonald’s, KFC, Greenwich, Chowking, and many others have stores in the business district area and are walking distance from the school. Food courts are also available at Robinson’s Place Mall and at SM City Lipa.