OFFICIAL NAME Christian Family Movement of the Philippines, Inc.
Acronym CFM
Vision and Mission We are a community of families called to witness to Christ. Our mission is to be evangelized and to evangelize families and communities through our family and life programs.
Year Established Founded as a movement in 1956 and registered with the SEC in 1964 as an organization.
Year Accredited w/ Laiko May 17, 1967

CFM is a lay religious movement composed of groups of families embracing the Christian faith. Pat & Patty Crowley of Chicago, USA, brought the movement to the Philippines on Feb. 8, 1956. Within the year, Tony & Teresa Nieva formed the first CFM unit in Makati. The CFM was the first lay organization whose members are both the husband and wife and their children. CFM pioneered the Family and Life Programs in the Philippines developing or introducing, and delivering up to now the following programs:

1950’s – Marriage Orientation (Pre-Cana Counseling) and Holy Week retreat for  Couples

1960’s –Family Life Education (FLED) courses in schools, Marriage Encounter (ME), Discovery Weekend

1970’s – Marriage Enrichment (TIPANAN), Solo Parents Program, and Sons and Daughters Encounter (SADE), Family Rights Movement.

1980’s – Family Communications and Young Adults Program (YAP)

1990’s -FIRES Priest Encounter and FIRES Marriage Encounter, Self Encounter, New Pentecost and Family Life Appreciation Seminar (FLAS)

2000’s – “Ala… Una ang Pamilya” regular Sunday radio program on Veritas 846.

The initial formation takes place through the Family Evangelization Program (FEP) guidebooks using the inquiry or Observe, Judge, Act (OJA) methodology, authored by its members.

CFM also pioneered in 1950 – 60’s advocacy activities in the field of social action, mass media, good government, clean & honest elections (NAMFREL)

Organizational Structure The basic organizational cell in CFM is the parish-based Unit composed of 5 to 8 member families.

CFM is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of the President, the Executive Vice-President, the four (4) Area Vice-Presidents from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Manila, the immediate past President and the National Chaplain.

The organization is aligned with the structure of the Church with the same points of reference such as: Ecclesiastical Province, Archdiocese/Diocese, District and Parish

Composition of Membership The CFM is composed of regular and honorary members. Regular members include married couples and their children; solo parents and children and guardians and their wards. Honorary membership is granted by the Board of Trustees to special persons for meritorious services rendered to the CFM.
Main Activities Formation Programs:

  • Regular Unit meetings for continuing formation of members
  • Leadership Training Seminars / workshops
  • Retreats & Recollections

Outreach Programs:

  • Family & Life Apostolate Programs (as mentioned in the History section above)
  • Advocacy – “Ala! Una ang Pamilya” regular radio program on Veritas 846 every Sunday, 1-2 P.M.
Areas Present Luzon:    Iba, Zambales; San Fernando, Pampanga; Lingayen   & San Carlos, Pangasinan; Baguio; San Fernando & Agoo, La Union;            Sorsogon, Nueva Caceres.

Visayas :     Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Capiz, Kalibo, Tagbilaran

Mindanao: Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Ozamiz, Malaybalay, Ipil,    Isabela.

Manila Area :Manila, Malolos, Cubao, Pasig, Taguig, Marikina, Antipolo, Morong, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Kalookan, Imus, Novaliches.

Affiliations International Confederation of Christian Family Movements (ICCFM)

Christian Family Movements of Continental Asia (CFM/CSFM)

Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas – CBCP

National Social Action Council (NASAC)

Affiliate of Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, Inc.

Official Contact Address CFM Nazareth Home

N. Domingo cor. Big Horseshoe Drive

Horseshoe Village, Quezon City 1112

Official Contact Numbers Telephone: + 63.2.724.6747

Fax: + 63.2.412.2738

Email Address


The CFM logo is a graphic presentation of four(4) symbols representing a man, a woman, and a child with the superimposed symbol of Christ (Chi Ro)

The logo symbolizes a Christ-centered family.

Current Officers President:   Jorge & Josie Sta. Maria

Exec. Vice-President:   Elliot & Grace Kam

Vice President for Administration:    Annabelle Jereza

Area Vice-Presidents:

Luzon:    Alberto & Mellissa Ann Hechanova

Visayas:    Gabriel & Baby Quisumbing

Mindanao:    Remigio & Leda Gonzales

Manila:    Rolando & Eriberta Calingo

National Secretary:    Al & Lulu Villacorte

Asst. National Secretary:  Freddie & Alice Villados

National Treasurer:   Leo & Mina Felipe

Auditor:   Eduardo & Maria Carmela Sarmiento

Asst. Auditor:   Joseph Voltaire & Erlinda Tapang

Legal Consultant:   Lito & Cora Tagle

National Advisory Council:

  • Tony & Tito Kosca
  • Mel & Emma Ricafrente
  • Joe & Charito Hilario
  • Roger & Naty Dayan
  • Mario & Inday Nery

National Chaplain:   Bishop Gerry Alminaza, DD, Bishop of San Carlos

Asst. National Chaplain:   Msgr. Manuel G. Gabriel, S.T.D.

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