Doane Rest has a rich history, starting with its name. Named after the Doane family, Doane Rest was started in 1932 by the two Doane sisters, Ida Frances Doane and Marguerite Treat Doane. These two women came to the Philippines and started both Doane Rest and Doane Seminary with funds partly from their father William Howard Doane. Have you seen that name before? Perhaps you’ve sung some of the songs he wrote music for, songs such as “To God be the Glory,” “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross,” and “Pass Me Not.” We praise God for having a founding heritage like this.
Since that time, Doane Rest experienced the Japanese occupation during World War II, being destroyed by the US in the carpet-bombing to retake the city. Our current buildings are from the 1960s, being designed by the first female architect in the Philippines, Architect Aida Cruz-Del Rosario. Although our buildings are a little old nowadays, they are like the Baguio of old, and they are safe, surviving the 1990 Baguio earthquake with minimal damage. We praise God for all He has done, and we say, “To God be the Glory!”