June 4, 1978 marked the foundation of Academia de San Miguel Arcangel (formerly: Saint Michael School) in Argao, Cebu with the opening of Kindergarten, First Year and Second Year High School. The late Julio Cardinal Rosales, then Archbishop of Cebu approved the opening of the school when prominent and pastoral leaders presented to him the need for the Catholic institution of learning in their town. A thanksgiving mass was celebrated by the Parish Priest, Msgr. Pablo B. Alcarez with the presence of the Municipal Mayor, Atty. Antonio A. Almirante Jr., benefactors and parishioners.
Full of enthusiasm and ardent hope, the hijas de Jesus, in the persons of Sr. Ramona J. Doreza, F.I., Sr. Lodorina Parrenas, F.I., Sr. Nelida Penaflorida, F.I. and Sr. Pacencia J. delos Reyes, F.I. took the helm of educational leadership of the fledgling school. Unknown to the sisters, leaders of the town have organized themselves as “Friends of the Sisters” primarily to strengthen the support for and cooperation with them.