ISM’s Highschool Sweethearts


The connections you make in high school are irreplaceable – for some, they last a lifetime. 

ISM’s Centennial Celebration, “Unity in Diversity”, featured a segment of couples who met on campus. BT interviewed several of them to gain insight into how their relationships have since unfolded. 

JC and Adam (Class of 2006): 

When asked about their fondest memory with one another in ISM, Adam replied, “I remember seeing JC’s campaign posters in sixth grade everywhere. I thought she was so friendly, then I met her, and that was the beginning of my expensive phone bills because unlimited plans didn’t exist yet.”

JC recalls a Filipino class: “I was sitting next to Adam and he was listening ‘attentively’ while lying next to a pillar, hiding from Ginang Herrera. I kept tickling him and he would jump up and tell me to stop. I was laughing so hard and Ginang looked at both of us and said, “Adam, sit here” and pointed to the chair next to her desk all the way in the front! He sat there for the rest of the semester! It still makes me laugh to this day.”

When asked about how their relationship has changed, Adam said, “we’re married! But seriously, it’s like a never-ending sleepover with my best friend!” JC adds, “Yes! And I guess aside from being married, nothing really has changed. I get to hang out with him every day like we used to, but now we have two little ones joining us.”

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JC and Adam in ISM


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JC and Adam now
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JC and Adam’s two sons











Teeffany and Marshall (Class of 2007): 

When asked about her fondest highschool memories with Marshall, Teeffany claimed: “It would have to be the small things, like finding surprise treats from the cafeteria in my locker (they weren’t fancy ID activated ones yet).” When asked about her and Marshall’s relationship now, she replied, “we’re expecting and due in a few weeks!”

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Teeffany and Marshall in ISM
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Teeffany and Marshall now
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Teeffany and Marshall now









Andrew and Celine (Class of 2002): 

Andrew recalls his fondest memory in ISM with Celine: “The first time we really got to know each other was when we were juniors and we skipped our favorite class together (sorry Mr. McTernan!) and spent the 90 minutes in the library just talking about dreams and visions. Before that, we had only exchanged notes but had never had deep conversations the way we were able to during that missed English period. That marked the beginning of a genuine connection between us.”

He described their first date, saying, “we were both home from college during a Christmas break in sophomore year when she finally agreed to go out to dinner with me. She was dropped off at my house and we went to dinner in Old Manila, going to Ponticello after that. It was special to realize that despite going to different colleges, meeting new people and gaining new experiences, our connection remained singular.”

When asked about how his relationship has changed, he replied, “Though we had mutual feelings, we never got together while at ISM. We only really started our relationship five years after college when we were both living in Manila. We’re now married with two beautiful daughters. Not only are we partners in life, but we’re also partners in business as well. It’s all a dream come true.”

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Andrew and Celine now
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Andrew and Celine in ISM








Mrs. and Mr.Hagedorn (Class of 1990 and 1991): 

Our own Director of Admissions, Mrs.Hagedorn, met her husband during high school at ISM. When asked about their fondest memories in high school, she replied, “Home Economics class together is definitely a fond memory for us. We were in different grade levels, so having a class together was the highlight of our day – we can’t say the same for Ms. Daligcon, our teacher! The class focused on life skills such as cooking, sewing, basic accounting, etc. We would always try to be partners for an activity, but Ms. Daligcon would always separate us! She adds, “We have been married now for 22 years (dating for 8 years prior) and look back at our time as students as some of the best-shared memories we have.”

Mrs. and Mr. Hagedorn now
Mrs. and Mr. Hagedorn in Home Economics  (1989)



From ISM to marriage, these couples remind us that the relationships we form during our time on campus can last well after high school. We’d like to thank all of the married couples featured in this article for sharing their heart-warming stories!