Milestones | Timeline

1953
1953

Gwen Wong arrives in Manila

Gwen Wong arrives in Manila. Though only 15 students are interested, early-morning prayer meetings begin. Saturday afternoon meetings and eventually “Timothy club” meetings also are added for prayer, Bible study and to discuss witnessing.

1953

Graduates Christian Fellowship started by Peter Kemery

Peter Kemery, an alumnus of British Inter-Varsity (now UCCF) and an executive of Shell Oil Philippines, also begins the Graduates Christian Fellowship (now changed to Inter-Varsity Graduates or IVG).

1954
1954

Students begin to form student-run groups

Students begin to form student-run groups in five campuses:

  • University of the Philippines, Diliman
  • University of the East
  • National University
  • Far Eastern University
  • Manuel Luis Quezon University
1956
1956

First student conference and first Filipino staff worker

  • First week-long student conference and the first Filipino staff worker was appointed at this conference: Tomasa Francisco
    Tomasa Francisco started “Inter-School Christian Fellowship ” to reach high school students
1956

Kemery’s home became a center for student and graduate witness.

Peter and Evelyn Kemery were assigned to Cebu City. Their home in Mango Avenue, Cebu City promptly became a center for student and graduate witness.

1956

Mary Beaton arrives to help

Canadian and InterVarsity USA staff Mary Beaton came to help.

1957
1957

The movement’s first graduates return to their hometowns and spread the student movement to Cebu, Davao and Iloilo.

In 1957, some of the IVCF students who graduated from their universities returned to their provinces and encouraged undergraduates to form their own campus groups.

So the work started in Cebu and Davao. During this period, contacts were also made to start work in Iloilo.

1957

Ephraim Orteza

Ephraim Orteza comes on staff

1958
1958

The First Kawayan Camp

The first month-long Kawayan Camp was held in Murcia, Negros Occidental, attended by 21 students . Key national leaders emerged from this camp

1958

Leader’s Councils appointed

Leaders’ Councils in Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and Bacolod were appointed and installed

1959
1959

Leadership and Financial Responsibility turned over to nationals

Leadership and Financial Responsibility turned over to nationals

1959

IVCF became a truly indigenous movement

[JUNE] IVCF became a truly indigenous movement as Ephraim Orteza was appointed as the first Filipino General Secretary

With the first 3 staff workers: Tomasa Francisco, Emmanuel Pizana and Leticia Abakan

1959

Php 500 monthly budget

The newly-formed Board of Directors with Ruben Orteza, Sr. as Chairman launched out in faith by approving a P500 monthly budget.

1959

First student-led evangelistic Semestral Break Conference

[OCTOBER] The first student-led evangelistic Semestral Break Conference for college students was held in Baguio

1964
1964

First National Missionary Convention

The first National Missionary Convention was held in Baguio City, attended by about 160 students and graduates

1966
1966

Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) began

IVCF’s reach extended to other spheres. In 1966 the Nurses Christian Fellowship began and Nancy Ureta was asked to serve as its staffworker. Nursing is a vocation perceived to have a unique influence on countless people in the area of Health Care delivery. And numerous nursing students were influenced to consider their role as spiritual caregivers too.

1970
1970

The IVCF Dream was articulated by Dr. Isabelo F. Magalit

In 1970, Dr. Isabelo Magalit articulated his dream of “a steady stream of students who love nothing more than they love Jesus and hate nothing more than they hate sin.” This dream started to take shape in the lives of early IV graduates who faithfully bear witness to God’s grace through the kind of life they live.

1970

NCF Leader’s Council was established

Nurses Christian Fellowship Leader’s Council was established

1971
1971

Literature Ministry was started

The Literature Ministry was started

1972
1972

Staff became active in socio-political issues

Staff became active in socio-political issues

1973
1973

IVCF Bicol was pioneered by Tony Litam and Jade del Mundo in Naga City

IVCF Bicol was pioneered by Tony Litam and Jade del Mundo in Naga City

1973

IVCF hosted the First Asian Student Missionary Convention

In December 1973, IVCF hosted the First Asian Student Missionary Convention (FASMC). The FASMC attracted 800 delegates from 25 countries in Asia and other parts of the world.

1975
1975

The first Graduate Team (GT)

Lisa Espineli (Chinn) and IVCF Philippines’ General Secretary Harvey Co Chien organized the first Graduate Team (GT) with the concept of graduates doing student ministry while practicing their respective professions (also known as ‘tent-making’). The first batch of GT who went to Davao were Thelma Absalon, Juliet Cunanan, Raymond Timothy Bicera, Ed de Guzman and Nonette Pizaña. Lisa Espineli (Chinn) accompanied and spent about a month with them.

1976
1976

IVCF sent its first overseas missionary

IVCF sent its first overseas missionary, Leni Sison (Juarez), former staff for Cebu, to work with high school students in Mexico.

1978
1978

The Don Antonio property was acquired

The Don Antonio property was acquired

1978

“Spiritual Care, The Nurses’ Role” became part of the nursing curriculum

The book “Spiritual Care, The Nurses’ Role” became part of the nursing curriculum through the efforts of Mrs. Felicidad Elegado

1979
1979

IVCF moved in to the IVCF Building at Don Antonio Heights

IVCF moved in to the finally-completed IVCF Building at 101 Don Primitivo St., Don Antonio Heights, Brgy Holy Spirit, Quezon City

1981
1981

First IVCF Operation Samaria

First IVCF Operation Samaria in Lubang Island, Mindoro Occidental

1983
1983

“Balikatan” was formed by a group of 25 graduates in the United States.

After some years, drought plagued IVCF. They were then deciding to fold up due to financial crisis. Some graduates in the USA felt the need to gather their strength to help IVCF pull through. Balikatan ng mga Kristiyano sa US at Canada emerged as a result.

1983

SAGWAN, “Sagisag at Larawan” formed

  • SAGWAN, “Sagisag at Larawan” was formed with the goal of preaching the gospel through the arts.
1984
1984

Regionalization

The Board of Directors acted to take regionalization as a strategic direction for IVCF

1987
1987

Bing Roncesvalles first IVCF staffworker in Northern Luzon

Bing Roncesvalles assigned as the first IVCF staffworker in Northern Luzon in Baguio in 1987.

Meanne Martinez (now Dela Cruz) and Oscar Monta were the GT members of Baguio at that time later joined by Vylma Ovalles while Nelson Dacanay, Ariel and Rachel Osit, Toyditz Cosico were the first GT members in Pangasinan.

Dado Dela Cruz and Bernie Jardio soon followed to join them.

1989
1989

IVCF Hosted East Asia Regional Conference 1989

IVCF also hosted the East Asia Regional Conference 1989 in UP Los Baños with the theme, “Even So, Come Lord Jesus.” Many delegates from East Asia came to signify allegiance to Jesus Christ.

1993
1993

Bing Roncesvalles was seconded to the St. Lucian movement ISCF (Caribbean)

Staffworker Bing Roncesvalles was seconded to the IFES St. Lucian movement ISCF in the Caribbean

1999
1999

Pioneering work in Caraga Region started

Pioneering work in Caraga Region started

1999

Christy Jutare was seconded to IFES to help start work in Central Asia

[JULY] Staffworker Christy Jutare was seconded to IFES to help start work in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union.

2000
2000

Elsie Calalang was appointed as the first female General Secretary

Elsie Calalang was appointed as the first female General Secretary

2002
2002

IV Home in Iloilo City was dedicated to the honor, service and glory of God

After much prayer, waiting and working, the IV Home in Iloilo City was dedicated to the honor, service and glory of God

2003
2003

“Broad Strokes of a Dream Fulfilled” published

“Broad Strokes of a Dream Fulfilled” published.

2003

Celebrated 50th Anniversary at The National Conference with the theme ivcf@50.serve

Celebrated 50th Anniversary at The National Conference with the theme ivcf@50.serve, held at Caliraya, Laguna. Blessed with the presence of Gwen Wong and former GSs

2005
2005

The first ISCF National Leadership Camp

The first ISCF National Leadership Camp entitled “Upside Down” was held in Iloilo [MAY 10-15]

2006
2006

Launching of “Ginintuang Pasasalamat” CD Album

CD Launching of Ginintuang Pasasalamat. A collection of IVCF songs.

2008
2008

Metro Manila was formally recognized as a Regional Unit

Metro Manila was formally recognized as a region separate from the National Office

2009
2009

IVCF National Conference with the theme “New Horizon” was held at DAP Tagaytay City

IVCF National Conference with the theme “New Horizon” was held at DAP Tagaytay City.

2010
2010

Southern Luzon was officially recognized as a Regional Unit

Southern Luzon was officially established as a separate regional unit from Metro Manila with Yvette Romero as staffworker.

2011
2011

Chi Rho Mundo-Operation Ahon

Chi Rho Mundo-Operation Ahon, IVCF’s disaster relief arm, was launched

2012
2012

National Student Missions Conference 2012

  • IVCF held the National Student Missions Conference at [CDC] Christian Development Center in Tagaytay City
2013
2013

IVCF celebrated its 60th anniversary

IVCF celebrated its 60th anniversary

2016
2016

ISCF celebrated 60 years with the theme “ISCF on the 60”

ISCF, Inter-Varsity’s high school ministry celebrated 60 years with the theme “ISCF on the 60”

2017
2017

National Conference 2017

The National Conference with the theme “Repent. Renew. Rebuild” was held at [CCT] Center for Community Transformation Tagaytay.