De La Salle Montessori International – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf

De La Salle Montessori International 


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De la Salle Montessori International’s lasting legacy will always be providing a bright start for many children in Dubai. For over two decades, the Filipino-founded nursery has provided exceptional early learning to a community of multi-cultural students, shaping their young minds towards academic excellence and nurturing them with the tender-loving-care Filipinos are known for.

The school has produced over 4,000 young achievers to date. For years, DLSM has been running its recurring Bright Start program which provides scholarships to students that need financial help.  They also have an annual “I Care” charity drive, which benefits orphans in Baliuag, Bulacan. This year, they have also partnered with the Dubai Police and Dubai Immigration in their employee happiness initiative.

“We help bring up consciously evolved children who will work hard to achieve their highest potential and become successful global citizens of the future who have a life-long love of learning, a strong sense of family values, who lead with dignity, follow with discernment, value diversity, think independently, care about the environment and the world at large and foster peace and harmony,” says school Director Ian Chu-Guerrero.


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100 MIFG: DLSM Dubai - Education


100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: DLSM Dubai – Shaping young minds


For almost two decades, one Filipino-owned nursery school has shaped close to 4,000 thousand young achievers with a combination of excellent academic building blocks, and a unique sense of Filipino care and heart.


Shaping, nurturing, and educating the young has been the core pursuit of De La Salle Montessori’s founder, the late Remedios E. Chu. Since the nursery’s opening in 1999, DLSM has equipped a multicultural community of children with the necessary tools to become successful global citizens of the future, as well as active contributors towards society.


What distinguishes a DLSM students is their early exposure to holistic education – a schooling approach where equal value is seen in providing children with the academic fundamentals, as well as instilling within them practical life lessons, good morals, and cultural awareness. “By igniting in children a lifelong love of learning; teaching them to lead with dignity, follow with discernment, value diversity, care about the environment and the world at large, we are changing the world one child at a time,” says Ian Chu-Guerrero, School Director at DLSM.


Recognizing that every child has the right to an education, DLSM has extended several charity programs over the years giving families and their young ones an early break at education. For over seven years, DLSM’s Bright Start Program has offered children of various nationalities access to a nursery basics course, totally free of charge. Students and parents alike also get together annually for the “I Care” charity drive – wherein the proceeds go towards orphanages in the Philippines. Ian Chu-Guerrero attests: “The exercise promotes a global view of life among our pupils and teaches them to become more self-aware.”


Educating the mind, as well as the heart, is so essential to the school. Ian expresses: “The effects of what happens during the early years of a child’s life lasts a lifetime. And with the right start, they can reach their full potential.”



Photography by: Alex Callueng

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