Filamer Christian University

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Filamer Christian University
Pamantasang Kristiyano Filamer
Filamer Christian University.jpg
Former names
Capiz Home School (1904-1952)
Filamer Christian Institute (1952-1985)
Filamer Christian College (1985-2010)
Motto Intellectual, Physical, Spiritual
Established August, 1904
Type Private, Christian
Affiliation Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, but Nonsectarian
President Rev. Dr. Domingo J. Diel, Jr.
Location Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines
Hymn Halls of Filamer
Colors Blue, white, and yellow ‹See Tfm›    ‹See Tfm›    ‹See Tfm›    
Nickname FCU
Affiliations ACSCU-AAI, CHED
Website www.filamer.edu.ph

Filamer Christian University or the FCU is a private university established 1904 by Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Robbins with the help of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society. The college is located in Roxas City, Capiz, "Filamer" is the combined name of Filipino and American (Fil-Amer) who ventured together in providing Christian education in the Philippines.

History[edit]

At the turn of the century, after 300 years of Spanish domination, the United States of America took over Spain as a colonial power.

By the early 1900s, Protestant missionaries arrived in the Philippines. By agreement of the major Protestant denominations, the Philippines were divided into mission territories. Western Visayas went to the American Baptists, hence Baptist institutions such as Filamer Christian University, Central Philippine University, Capiz Emmanuel Hospital.

Filamer Christian University, which was then known as the Baptist Home School, was one of the earliest institutions of learning in the province. It started as an orphanage, evolved into a high school (then known as Filamer Christian Institute, then to Filamer Christian College, and now Filamer Christian University).

The first university president was Rev. Expedito Seneres. Filamer Christian University faced trials in 2012. Save Filamer was created by those people who wanted transparency in the institution. The university is now spearheaded by the Rev. Dr. Dmingo J. Diel, Jr.

History[edit]

Filamer Christian University was a home for orphans and poor children.[1] In August 1904, Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Robbins were entrusted with care of three little children. This situation of neglected homeless children touched their hearts which led to the establishment of Capiz Home School, with the first building as a gift from the American Baptist Foreign Mission society. Miss Margaret Suman joined the work and he school which was designed for girls, had 26 children at the beginning. After the construction of the New Baptist Home School building, it started to admit boys. The school made progress and 1920 was notable for its record in high enrollment of 80 pupils.

In 1949, the school was raised to the high school level. The Capiz Home School became Filamer Christian Institute in 1952. The unusual name of "Filamer" is a combination of Filipino and American in establishing and running this joint venture in Christian education and cooperation. Filamer Christian University had a complete training up to the College level. 1983-1984 were trying years, as the institution faced financial problems but Filamer emerged strong again as it came under management by Central Philippine University.

In 1985 Filamer Christian Institute became officially known as Filamer Christian College. Associated with the early history of the school are missionaries as the Misses Celia Sainz, Margaret Suman, Freida Appel, Emma Nicolet, Mabel Stumpf, Mayme Goldenburg, Irene Dolby, and Arcola Pettit. Miss Winnifred Stanford served the school from 1963 to 1998.

The school seal[edit]

The Outer Circle Official Seal of Filamer Christian University represents the programs and services that Filamer offers. The Inner Circle symbolizes the development of the individual's well-rounded personality. The Equilateral Triangle inside the circle stands for the three balanced components of human potentialities: the spiritual, the intellectual, and the physical with the spiritual aspect as the base. The Cross represents the victorious Christ as the center. The symbol emphasizes the love of God. The Sun represents the illuminating light and eternal hope for every person who searched for truth and wisdom. The number 1904 stands for the year the school was founded.

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Coordinates: 11°35′48.54″N 122°45′18.55″E / 11.5968167°N 122.7551528°E / 11.5968167; 122.7551528