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The Beginnings

In May, 1947 the late Bishop Manuel Mascariñas, D.D., bishop of Palo, the parish priest Fr. Flaviano Daffon and a group of Baybayanos – Dr. Jose Silao, Mr. Amado Masecampo, Atty. Jovencio Borneo, Ex-Mayor Apolinario Tavera and several others convened at the parish convent and decided to establish a Catholic school to be administered by a religious order. While waiting for the availability of a religious group, the school was run by lay people and classes were conducted in a rented house of Segundo Borneo at A. Bonifacio Street. Thus, the Immaculate Conception College (ICC) was born on July 22, 1947 with the following Board of Trustees and Incorporators who are now all deceased:

Chairman:
Vice-Chairman:
Treasurer:
Secretary:
Auditor:
Member:
Member:
Incorporator:
Incorporator:
Hon. Bernardo Torres
Dr. Jose Silao, Sr.
Fr. Flaviano Daffon
Mr. Amado Masecampo
Mr. Apolinario Tavera
Fr. Alfredo Rosales
Engr. Florencio Coloma
Mr. Efigenio Mascariñas
Atty. Glicerio Eballar

The Administration

Mr. Bernardo Torres served as the first school Director until 1954 when he retired following his election as governor of Leyte. The school leadership was then passed on to Father Esteban Justimbaste, the parish priest of Baybay. In 1956, the Franciscan Fathers of the Province of St. John the Baptist, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A., arrived in the Philippines through the invitation of Bishop Lino Gonzaga, the bishop of Palo. The Franciscan Fathers assumed the administration of the school with Father Brice Mulroy, OFM, serving as the director from 1956 to 1961 and from 1963 to 1970; Father John Vianney Brinkman, OFM, was the director from 1961 to 1963. Father Elwin Harrington, OFM, (1962-1963) and Father Brian Irving, OFM, (1968-1969), were acting Directors. Other Franciscan Friars have rendered years of service in FCIC. They are the following: Brother Richard Kloster as Bursar, Father Madian Schneider as Chaplain, Brother Cletus Reiderer as Maintenance Supervisor and Father Patrick MacAuley as Religious Supervisor and Chaplain.

The following have also served FCIC as lay administrators:

Mrs. Lilia T. Modina:



Miss Alicia Tan:

Atty. Eugenio Alvarado, Jr.:

Mrs. Lourdes Salas:
Miss Evelyn Baldevia:
High School Principal (1956-1963)
Dean of Commerce and Secretarial Department (1964-1969)
Registrar (1963-1987)
Dean of College (1963-1964)
Dean of Liberal Arts (1964-1969)
Registrar (1950-1954)
Dean of Education (1964-1967)
Dean of College (1969-1974)
Elementary Principal (1969-1970)

To reinforce the school teaching staff, the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration, Mishawaka, Indiana, U.S.A., were invited to the Philippines to help in the education ministry. The four (4) pioneering Sisters who came on October 11, 1962 were Sister M. Denise Stolinski, OSF, (HS Principal), Sister Mary Paul Pfautsch, OSF, (Guidance Counselor), Sister M. Annette Crone, OSF, (Medical & Dental Clinic Supervisor) and Sister M. Mark Orgon, OSF, (Grade School Principal).

Two other American Sisters joined the staff in the later years: Sister M. Joseph Ann Vogel, OSF, who arrived in 1969 and has been a Guidance Counselor, College teacher and Piano teacher and Sister M. Dianne Zimmer, OSF, who served as College Dean from 1974-1976.

With the vision of providing good education and the commitment to serve Baybay in the education apostolate, the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration purchased FCIC from the Franciscan Fathers in 1970, but the turn-over was the following year. Thus, January 1, 1971 marked a new era in the educational life of the Franciscan College of the Immaculate Conception as well as in the history of the OSF Sisters, whose convent and formation house are located some meters from the school. The directorship of the school was assumed by Sister Mary Paul Pfautsch.

As the Filipinization of schools in the Philippines became an urgent national issue in 1976, the leadership of the school was transferred to qualified Filipino administrators.

The school directorship was held by the following Sisters: Sister M. Grace Gerong, OSF from 1976-1984; Sister M. Catherine Dean, OSF from 1984-1989; Sister M. Rose Otic, OSF from 1989 – 1991; Sister M. Teresita Lopez, OSF from 1991 – 1995 ; Sister M. Veronica Tulipas, OSF from 1995-2004. In SY 2004-2005, the organizational set up of the school was changed such that it is now being headed by a President. In the same school year, Sister M. Adrianne Siano, OSF was installed as the first School President of FCIC.

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