Siquijor Language Academy Part 1: A Work in Progress

Pioneros en estudiar ingles en filipinas e abrir la primera academia en Siquijor




Siquijor Language Academy, a subsidiary of Donostia-Siquijor Realty Corp., was conceived from genuine friendship, utmost trust, and great ambition. It was in 2017 when Eduardo Jorde, Xabier Perurena, and Sergio Galdos from Basque Country, Spain arrived in Siquijor Island after coordinating with Frelyn Pagente, a local who was then an English as a Second Language Instructor to students from non-English speaking countries. A great friendship and trust had developed as the three Basque men continued to be enchanted with Siquijor island and its people. Hence, the idea of creating a good language academy business in the beautiful Siquijor island, as well as the dream to expand in accommodation and recreation, for the students and tourists desiring to spend a relaxing vacation time.


After careful planning and brainstorming, the team had finally commenced constructing its facilities in July 2020. The academy building, where the office, the reception, and most especially the lecture rooms, was officially turned over to the group in December 2020. The bungalows overlooking the ocean offering perfect and amazing sunset views started construction in January 2021.


The process has not been too smooth because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but despite this, the dream and the team’s positivity remain unfazed. The group decided to open the academy before 2020 ended, declaring December 21, 2020, as its official opening day. Due to quarantine protocols, no celebration was held on on the opening day. With the initial five teachers and a manager, the academy started operation with a Spanish man being the first one-on-one student and a few local kids in their Power Speaking Program. Three months later, COVID-19’s local transmission thwarted the academy’s operation.


Despite all these, the academy continues to operate its online programs to English learners from Korea, Japan, China, and Spain while it continues its construction and constantly polishing its academic programs.


Undoubtedly, the academy is still a work in progress, but it doesn’t intend to stop.


Siquijor Language Academy is an ideal academy for anyone who wants to study English as a second language in the Philippines.


SLAcademy personalizes learning on demand.


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