suggests that in Manila we should look for a rather ample place that would accommodate the Formation House, the Provincial
House and a Piarist work, as the Cultural Center in Cebu City. At the end of May, Frs. Rafael and Imanol are in Manila. Fr.
Imanol goes to Japan because of the death of Fr. Iraola. They stay there for a week, they visit some houses and lots and they
come back with a first impression. One month later, Frs. Rafael and Jose go to Manila with the intention of visiting Cardinal
Sin, Archbishop of Manila, and asking him an official permit for founding a Religious House. The Cardinal receives them with
great amiability, talking in a very good Spanish, and heartily invites them to open a formation house, to look for vocations
and later on go to send them to evangelize China. We note it.
We try to visit different houses and lots, making contacts with some brokers.
Except one house of a Religious Sisters in New Manila, the others places are not good. But this lot and house is rather expensive.
We feel that it is impossible to get in one the three expectation of Fr. General, and therefore, we look for the first necessity:
to find a place near a Theological School we would like best, in order to facilitate the studies of our Juniors. Manila is
a big and chaotic city where much time is lost in commuting. In August, Fr. Rafael goes back to Manila in order to look for
a place around Ateneo School or Maryhill School of Theology (MST). He makes contacts with around 20 brokers and visits about one hundred places. He prepares a detailed information for the
Community. In the meantime, we continue in contact with the Religious Sisters to whom we asked to reduce the price, and they
do it. In September, Frs. Jose and Rafael go back to Manila in order to visit the places most suitable and to talk with the
owners. Then it appears the opportunity of buying an ample house in New Manila district, a lot of 1300 m², very close to the
Maryhill School of Theology. The owner is Mr. Antonio Samia. We reach an accord with him, and in the presence of our lawyer
Michael Yu, we make the selling-buying contract. We give him until the end of 1999 to take everything from the house and then
we will carry out the last payment. The General Congregation erects canonically the house of Manila, on March 5, 1999, as
a filial house of Cebu. Fr. Imanol is nominated President and Master of Juniors waiting for new help from outside. Fr. Imanol
was in the new house since March 29 in order to prepare it as a Junior House for the first Professed that might go to live
there at the end of May. It has a capacity for 20 persons, with a possibility
of widening it. For the moment, it is enough for our necessities during the first years. The Juniors arrive to Manila to start
the Theology studies on May 29, 1999.