In 1948, Nasipit was still a part of the Parish of Buenavista whose Parish Priest was the late Fr. Martin Westeinde, a Dutch MSC. As the town progressed, population also increased and business gained momentum with the start of the logging industry of Nasipit, Lumber Company (NALCO). Fr. Martin and his co-adjuster Fr. Atanacio de Castro saw the need of putting –up a secondary school. Fr. De Castro was made a in charge of the school.
It started its operation on July 1, 1948 with Fr. Francisco Van Dyke as the first Director. He was succeeded by Fr. Enrique Van Ma-anen, Fr. Vicente Portillo, Fr. Mateo van Santvoord, and Fr. Anthony Krol in the order of succession. Fr. Krol was the last Dutch Priest who served as the School Director.
The school site is beside the rectory with an area of 1,630 sq.m. Fr. Gerard Cruijen, one of the subsequent Directors converted the nipa – wooden structure into two-storey building with 16 classrooms.
When the Filipinization Law was implemented in 1975 a layman, Mr. Gregorio Orais, became the first layman School Director until he retired in 1977. He was followed by Mr. Antonio L. Suarez, the first layman Director/Principal of the school. Faro Gatchalian followed until 1985, then Mrs. Necita Lim took the helm of Directorship until 1991 while acting also as the Principal of St. James High School of Buenavista, an adjacent town of Nasipit. In 1991, Fr. Archilles Ayaton became the school Director until 1993. In 1994, Msgr. Cesar l. Gatela took over the School’s Directorship until 1999 when he succumbed to a cardiac arrest. In his term, he opened the Pre-School’s Department with Sister Minah B. Hijada sa the Adminstrator and he bought 19 computers integrating the Computer Technology subject in all levels of the High School Department
The Teatro. Sayaw, at Awit Production (TESAW Production), Center of the Michaelinian Performing Arts was established on June01, 1997 with Dr. Dennis P. Mausisa as the Founder and Artistic Director.
SAINT MICHAEL COLLEGE OF CARAGA
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