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Short History

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.

Academia de San Miguel Arcangel – Argao, Cebu is a premier Catholic institution under the ownership of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu. Previously it was administered by the Hijas de Jesus sisters. As a one of the foremost Catholic Educational institutions in Argao and in the southern part of Cebu, ASMA provides Evangelizing Catholic Education that prepares future Christian Leaders and community trail blazers, arming them with competitive Secondary Level Education, founded upon strong Catholic values education. As a government-accredited educational institution, it is a grantee of the Educational Service Contracting (ESC) Program of the Department of Education, administered by the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), and a member institution of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).