Sergio Javellana Montinola, Sr.
Papal Knight of St. Sylvester
Ateneo de Manila Grade School 1941, High School 1946, Litt B. 1950
Born in Jaro, Iloilo, on February 28, 1930, to former Secretary of Finance Aurelio Montinola, Sr. and Juanita Javellana, married to Pacita de las Alas, daughter of former Secretary of Finance Antonio de las Alas. They are blessed with three sons and six daughters.
Mr. Montinola was one of 106 who graduated from the Ateneo de Manila in the makeshift classrooms that temporarily housed the Ateneo at the convent buildings of the sisters of the Hijas de Jesus in Plaza Guipit, Sampaloc, Manila, immediately after the Battle for the liberation of Manila in 1945.
The Ateneo at Padre Faura still lay in smoldering ruins, the stench of death still hung like a pall over the devastated city of Manila when Ateneo opened at Plaza Guipit on July 15, 1945.
A year later on June 22, 1946, Ateneo High School Class of 1946 held its simple graduation ceremonies at the patched-up auditorium of Assumption College on Herran Street. High School class 1946 was the first Ateneo graduation after almost four years of Japanese occupation and symbolized the link between pre-war Ateneo and post-liberation Ateneo.