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Principal’s Welcome Message

Since its humble beginnings in the year 1916, Francisco Balagtas Elementary School (FBES) has been committed in nurturing the minds of every Manileño youth within its immediate vicinity. Established with a mandate to serve and educate the youth, FBES continues to follow this tradition of excellence up to this very day. We now live in a world where information is free flowing; lessons in life are no longer bound to textbooks and passages. And with the ever changing trends and innovations, the school through the support of Division of City Schools, Manila is gearing towards being globally competitive and easily accessible with the use of the internet.
      As you browse this website, you are bound to see things from different perspectives. As an educator, the site serves as a portal wherein relevant information about the academe is being kept. As a student, it serves as a gateway to know more about the pride and legacy their alma mater has. As a parent, it serves as a window that shows the accomplishments of its students thus being assured that they chose the right institution to entrust their child’s future. As part of the alumni, it gives updates to what their alma mater has been doing in keeping up with the ever changing times.
     We are glad you have decided to visit our website, and we do hope you would share this site with others. Enjoy your stay and by the time you leave, we would appreciate any feedback from you. Thank you and Mabuhay!


Francisco Balagtas Elementary School was first opened in 1916 in a house at the corner of Antonio Rivera and Azcarraga and was formerly called Azcarraga Primary School.  A  Year later, the school was transferred to a house at the corner of Magdalena and Mayhaligue streets and was named Magdalena Primary School in 1935, the school became Magdalena Elementary School.

       In 1939, a new two-story semi-permanent building was constructed at Alvarez, Ipil and Quiricada Streets and was named Francisco Balagtas Elementary School in honor of the great Filipino poet. It was inaugurated on August 30, 1940.


     The lot occupied by the school is an entire rectangular lot. This building was used by the Japanese on January 2, 1942 and when North Manila was liberated, the Americans used it as their Headquarters from February to May 1945. It was also used as City Hall and Sta. Cruz Public Library.

    After liberation, due to the increase of enrollment, other building  have been constructed such as the 2-story Ipil building, a Home Economics building, the shop building, one story Quiricada building, the 2 Marcos Pre-Fab Type building and the Gymnasium, the Physical Education classes. The other buildings constructed were Havana I and II.

    These constructions have been made possible through the additional funds given by the city and national governments for the expansions of school buildings to accommodate the ever increasing enrollment.

     Francisco Balagtas Elementary School is in that part of Sta. Cruz, Manila which is bounded by Alvarez St., Quiricada St., Rizal Avenue and Ipil Street.

    It is located in Zone 33 covering seven barangays namely 327, 331, 334, 336, 338 and 339 all located in District III in a thickly populated area in Sta. Cruz.



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.

Our Core Values