The Ismael Mathay, Sr. High School, formerly called the
GSIS Village High School, is a high school situated in Quezon City, Philippines and more popularly known
as the IMSHS, or simply, Mathay. The students and alumni are dubbed the "Ismaelians". The Village Bounty is the high school
official organ formed in 1971 by the pioneer students. The former GSIS Village High School known as GSISVHS and fondly called
"U.P. High" or "IS" located on Grants Street was a bounty, reward or grant to the humble and peaceful residents of the village
and surrounding Project 8, Tandang Sora, and Pugad Lawin areas. The Village Bounty is a tender memento of a lifetime and,
today, the IMSHS is a milestone of the village bounty.
The former Quezon City mayor, Ismael
Mathay Jr. (1992-2001) played a vital role in the transformation of the GSISVHS. During his reign, the GSIS Village High School
was renamed after his late father, lawyer Ismael Mathay Sr.
|Sir Ismael Mathay, Sr.
| Photo source: The Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 1944
In 1992, the GSIS Village High School located in placid and fast-developing GSIS Village on Project 8, Quezon City was reborn and changed his name after the late statesman Ismael Mathay Sr.
Ismael Mathay Sr. was a Philippine politician.
He studied law
and was admitted to the Philippine Bar on 16 January 1925. Later, he was appointed by Sergio Osmeņa, second President
of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Philippines as Budget
and Finance Commissioner for the War Cabinet (1944-45) before Executive Order 15-W amalgamating and reforming the Executive
Departments of the Commonwealth government on 8 August 1944. On 27 February 1945, Executive Order Number 27 was issued upon
the reestablishment of civilian authority to the government of the Commonwealth, and a new cabinet was formed on 8 March 1945.
Moreover, departments were consolidated and renamed. Osmeņa created the Cabinet and Judicial Appointments (1945-46) and appointed
Ismael Mathay Sr. as Secretary of the Budget. In the 1960s, Ismael Mathay Sr. held a position of auditor general, board director,
and general manager of the National Marketing Corporation.
Ismael Mathay Sr. is the father of Augusto A. Mathay, lawyer, Philippine Bar, 7 February 1963 and Ismael A. Mathay
Jr., also a lawyer, Philippine Bar, 10 March 1958, who
would later follow his father's political steps and who was instrumental to the flourish of the GSIS Village High School;
grandfather of Ismael G. Mathay III, 2001–04 Congressman 2nd District, Quezon City - Ponciano
G. Mathay, lawyer, Philippine Bar, 18 October 1954 - Ramon G. Mathay, Quezon City Council, Board Member, 2005-06; and great grandfather of award-winning Manila film actress Ara Mina and model/television star Cristine Reyes.
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· Jamd.com, 2008
· Management Information Systems Office, Supreme Court of the Philippines, 1998
· Office of War Information Photograph Collection 1944, Library of Congress, Washington
D.C. USA, 4 July 2008
· Philippine entertainment and news sites about Mses. Ara Mina and Cristine Reyes, 2006-2007
Philippine Jurisprudence, Supreme Court of the Philippines, 29 November 1968,
Arellano Law Foundation, Manila Philippines, 2000
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Philippine Presidency Project is a collection of documents and related archives pertaining to past and present presidents of the Philippines,
· Quezon City Council, Quezon City Philippines, 2005
· Quezon City Government, 2006
· Ramos, Fidel Valdez, Opinion/Editorial: Standing taller on the shoulders of heroes,
Manila Bulletin, Manila Philippines, 2001