CISV Philippines and Our Chapters
One day at a psychologist conference, Dr. Estafania Aldaba-Lim met and learned about CISV from the founder of the organisation herself, Dr. Doris Allen. Inspired and awed by the goals of CISV, Dr. Aldaba-Lim who was also a board member of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) sought to set it up back home. She figured she could use GSP as a jumping off point to start CISV in he Philippines as both organisations have common ground such as nurturing the youth to become better citizens, so with the help of Thelma Fullon, the GSP programmes director at that time, CISV Philippines was born. The invitation came for a camp in Japan and so the first ever Philippine delegation went to their first Village in the year 1962. Since then, CISV Philippines has come a long way growing in number and garnering vast experience. Today, CISV Philippines is made up of five chapters- Manila, Quezon City, Baguio, Bacolod, and Cebu with about 3,200 members. We have now participated in more than 2,500 Villages and hundreds of international programmes, even hosting close to 50 villages here in our country. We celebrated our fiftieth anniversary last 2012 and are happy to report that we will only continue to grow and evolve.