CHRISTMAS INSTITUTE (C.I.), a faith-based annual 5-day winter camp, started in the Philippines in the 1930's. Its purpose were to gather youth for spiritual formation into Christian disciples and to prepare leaders for the church and the world. When Filipinos migrated to the US, they carried the tradition of attending C.I. during the week after Christmas and before New Year’s Day. Christmas Institute in the United States was first established in Southern California in 1981. Under the leadership of pastors and young adults, C.I.'s goal of bringing youth closer to Christ was established. C.I. has served junior high, high school, and college young people. With the ever growing popularity in Southern California, Christmas Institute branches out to other areas across the United States and the world.


Through their Christmas Institute experience, we hope that young people may become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We hope that through the discovery of spiritual gifts and opportunities for leadership, young people will develop into principled, Christian leaders who will make a positive impact in their local churches and communities. 


Scripture - the primary source and standard for Christian doctrine.

Tradition - experience and witness of development and growth of the faith through the past centuries and in many nations and cultures.

Experience - individual's understanding and appropriating of the faith in the light of his or her own life.

Reason - the individual bringing to bear on the Christian faith discerning and cogent thought.


We are a loving community with roots from the Filipino-Americans and the Philippines. Unified by faith, we put into practice the connectional aspect in youth, young adults, and their respective communities through year-round activities culminating in an annual retreat for the five days after Christmas. Though with roots from the Filipino-Americans, we are not exclusive to only Filipino-Americans.


This is our Recap Video of the latest and greatest Christmas Institute. Our short video is something we (as a C.I. family) would like to showcase to you (thanks to our very own videographer, Jonathan Jones Cadlaon). In hopes that through this video, you may see for yourself what you might experience at our own Southern California Christmas Institute experience.