We have a lot, and I mean a lot of events going on at International School Manila during the course of a school year. You’ll always have something to do. Here are some of the bigger, more prominent events.

Battle of the Bearcats (BOB)

It is the ultimate spirit battle between high school grade levels held every year in September. Freshmen vs. Sophomores vs. Juniors vs. Seniors…battling each other in sports events and cultural challenges…there can be only one champion!

Friday Night Lights (FNL)

Held every sports season, Friday Night Lights is an awesome evening of school support for our athletic teams. In addition to watching the games and cheering on the Bearcats, there is great food and other events designed to get the entire school to come out. The crowds are huge! Bearcat Spirit is in full force cheering our teams to victory.


At the end of each sports season, our varsity teams go off to the Interscholastic Association of South East Asian Schools (IASAS) Championships. There are also IASAS competitions for other cultural, forensics and music events too. Competing against Singapore American School, Taipei American School, International School of Kuala Lumpur, International School Bangkok and Jakarta Intercultural School, our mighty ISM Bearcats strive to win GOLD. Right before each IASAS, we have a send off assembly where the student body can wish the teams “Good Luck”. Lots of team videos are shown then. Here is the most recent team video for the Varsity Girl’s basketball team.


An incredible week of service learning at ISM in December. The entire high school heads to various sites in and around the Philippines for one week. A great way to give back. Here are videos from three of the service learning sites from the most recent iCARE experience.

Battle of the Bands

Arguably the biggest event at ISM, the annual Battle of the Bands is held in February/March. A two day music extravaganza pooling together the best ISM has to offer. If you have a bit of talent and a bit of courage, we’d love to hear you perform next year!

100% Dance

A celebration of the incredible dance program here at ISM, held every year in April.

Bearcat Career Experience

A one week internship at some of the most reputable companies in the Philippines. The Bearcat Career Experience is held in June and is open to sophomores and juniors.