A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLEGIO DE LAS HIJAS DE JESUS, INC.
On June 7, 1936, Colegio del Santo Angel, now Colegio de las Hijas de Jesus, Inc., was founded by the benevolent help received by the F.I. missionary Sisters – Sr. Maria Camio, F.I., Sr. Maria Porta, F.I. and Sr. Teresa Garcia, F.I- from Most Rev. James P. McCloskey, Archbishop of Jaro, and Rev. Fr. Lorenzo Rogan, a Mill Hill Missionary and Parish priest of Tanza, Iloilo City.
The school started with 55 pupils enrolled in Kindergarten. Grades I and II, Grades III and IV were opened the following year. Grade in 1938; Grade IV in 1939; and First Year high school in 1940.
War broke out in 1941 which ended temporarily the opening of more coursed in the high school. The Sisters, together with the Iloilo populace, evacuated to safer places leaving behind them burning buildings. After the war, the Sisters returned and had an “emergency nipa house” constructed in order to accommodate students who had increased considerably in number.
In 1946, the Government Recognition was granted for Kindergarten (No. 28, s. 1946) Elementary (No. 80, s.1946), and in 1948 for the Secondary Courses (No. 471, s. 1948) a new concrete building was constructed with complete laboratory and library facilities. In 1949, “Colegio del Santo Angel” was renamed “Colegio de las Hijas de Jesus.”
CHJ celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1980. On May 12, 1996, the school rejoiced because its Foundress was proclaimed “Blessed”. In 1998, a three-storey building with roof deck was constructed. Other constructions and renovations followed.
With the untiring efforts and dedication of the Sisters, as well as the generous cooperative support of parents, benefactors, alumni and faculty, the school was withstood difficulties and trials and continues its educative mission. The school now offers Pre-elementary, Elementary and Secondary Courses using the Basic Education Curriculum. In 2004 its application for FAPE scholarship grant for high school students was approved. In 2005, the High School Department was opened for boys who graduated from Grade School Department.
In 2006, the school applied for PAASCU Accreditation for the Basic Education and was approved in the same year. In 2008, PAASCU had its Preliminary Visit. In the same year, the school gymnasium was constructed.
On February 2010, the school had its formal Visit by the PAASCU. In the same year CHJ launched it Diamond (75th) Jubilee for June 2011 and rejoiced with the whole world on the occasion of the canonization of Saint Candida Maria de Jesus, Foundress of the Hijas de Jesus Congregation, On October 17, 2010. On May 2011, CHJ was accredited by the PAASCU.
On March 12, 2012, the Reconfiguration of the Congregation created a new province named Indico-Pacifico Province composed of the Philippines, Japan and Bangladesh. On October 2014, PAASCU revisited CHJ and on November 26, 2014 the Basic Education Program was granted re-accreditation for Level 2 for five years.
Today, Colegio de las Hijas de Jesus, Inc. stands humbly as it carries through its missionary zeal of providing Christian Education and lives the teachings and charism of its Foundress, Saint Candida Maria de Jesus. As an educative community centered on Jesus Christ, it envisions to form a committed Christian who can be a concrete witness to Gospel values and can help build a society that is more humane and just.