About Us

In 1946 just after peace and order were maintained in war- stricken Manila, the Epifanio Elementary School was organized in the Singalong and San Andres Subdivision with Mr. Simeon M. Agustin as the principal. The first classroom was the ground floor of Mr Agustin’s residence at Fuentes in Singalong Subdivision. The primary classes were opened first and there was a handful of pupils as well as teachers. However, in the ensuing years pupils poured faster than the rooms available for occupancy so that later on the school expanded to  San Andres Subdivision. This condition of school lasted until 1948 when pressed by necessity the City of Manila constructed the present quonset huts at Vito Cruz to meet the growing school population of the community.This site was chosen because in this place was the old Epifanio delos Santos Elementary School Annex which was destroyed by the Japanese in 1945.

In the opening of the schools in 1950, the Epifanio delos Santos Elementary School was opened in its former site in Singalong St. so that the school which was functioning under this name in Vito Cruz was given another name as “Rafael Palma Elementary School.” Credit in due Hon. Placido C. Ramos the a member of Municipal Board of the City of Manila who conceived of this name and worked for it so that ” Division Circular No. 3 S 1950″ was released changing the name of the School to Rafael Palma School after the late Dr. Rafael Palma, one of the leading Filipino  educators, writers, historian and statesmen.


Rafael Palma was a Filipino politician, Rizalian, writer, educator and a famous Freemason. He became the fourth President of the University of the Philippines




We dream of Filipinos
who passionately love their country
and whose values and competencies
enable them to realize their full potential
and contribute meaningfully to building the nation.

As a learner-centered public institution,
the Department of Education
continuously improves itself
to better serve its stakeholders.


To protect and promote the right of every Filipino to quality, equitable, culture-based, and complete basic education where:

Students learn in a child-friendly, gender-sensitive, safe, and motivating environment.
Teachers facilitate learning and constantly nurture every learner.
Administrators and staff, as stewards of the institution, ensure an enabling and
supportive environment for effective learning to happen.
Family, community, and other  stakeholders are actively engaged and share responsibility for
developing life-long learners.