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About CVIF

Welcome to the CVIF High School Department!

Our School Vision: The Central Visayan Institute Foundation High School shall serve as haven of learning and formation for the youth — protecting and developing what is good in the Filipino, while learning from experiences of the global community. Graduates shall be achievers ready to serve their country, and the greater family of nations, guided by our Heavenly Father.


Mission:  Forming the educational arm of the Central  Visayan Institute Foundation, the Junior and Senior High School Departments:

  • shall equip each student with necessary values and competencies for further studies and careers;

  • shall develop and protect each individual’s talent and innate creativity, and guide each one towards the path of fullest realization of potential and creative abilities.

  • shall instill in the youth a spirit of service to country and love of God, above all.



From the CVIF Administrators:

​​Dr. Christopher C. Bernido, CVIF President

Dr. Maria Victoria Carpio- Bernido, School Directress

Dr. Christopher C. Bernido and Dr. Maria Victoria Carpio-Bernido are Filipino physicist-educators. As a couple, they were among the recipients of the 2010 Ramon Magsaysay Awards, for their commitment to both science and nation, ensuring innovative, low-cost, and effective basic education even under the Philippine conditions of poverty.

About CVIF
Our History
Our History

Sometime in 1925, an American educator, Mr. Fred Warner opened a secondary level school in the town of Duero. It was called the Filipino-American High School because the faculty members were both Americans and Filipinos. Majority of the students came from the adjacent seaport town of Jagna, Bohol. In 1928, Filomeno O. Caseñas, the provincial governor at that time, took over the management of the school and transferred the same to Jagna, his hometown. He dedicated the school to the poor families of Jagna and the neighboring towns who could not afford to send their children to Tagbilaran, the provincial capital, 63 kilometers away.


Later, Gov. Caseñas convinced his brother, Agustin O. Caseñas, the governor of Agusan, and sister, Maria Caseñas Pajo, who managed the Bohol Lyceum, a high school in Loay, Bohol to take over the Filipino-American High School. To make the secondary level school strong and stable, it was formally incorporated in 1929.


The pioneer teachers during the first year of operation were Fernando Pajo, the principal; Maria C. Pajo, English teacher; Severino Custodio, later on replaced by Pacifico Custodio, for Physics and the other sciences; Jose Cavardo, Mathematics teacher; and Apolonio Bernaldez, Biology teacher. Then, Messrs. Tomas Sale, Antonio Libres, Elpidio Mumar and Ramos joined the teaching force.


All the general high school courses of the Filipino-American High School were formally recognized by the government in 1933. Since then, the progress of the school was rapid. Students from the second and third political districts of Bohol and from the neighboring provinces of Camiguin, Surigao, Agusan, Leyte, Samar, Misamis Oriental and Occidental flocked to its portals.

In the school year 1934-1935, the name of the school was changed, from Filipino-American High School to Central Visayan Institute (CVI). The college courses – Junior Normal, Associate in Arts, Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Commerce, with corresponding majors and minors, were offered in 1946. This attracted students from other places. In the 1970’s, however, the opening of more colleges in Tagbilaran and in Mindanao affected the enrollment of the school and only the high school level was retained. From the 1970’s up to the late 1990’s Consuelo Bernido, the only daughter of Gov. Filomeno Caseñas, acted as the School Directress, and sometimes the high school Principal whenever needed.

As a tree is known by its fruits, so a school is known by its products. CVI has turned out competent men and women in different professions throughout its long history. To mention a few, there is Dr. Jose Abueva, former president of the University of the Philippines, former Justice Bernardo Salas of the Court of Appeals, Atty. Victor Nituda, former Commissioner of Immigration, board topnotchers (First Placers) in civil engineering, brother and sister Elpidio and Constantina Caseñas, among other board topnotchers.

In July 2002, with the approval of the CVI Board of Directors, the school was converted and renamed into the Central Visayan Institute Foundation (CVIF). In the same year, the

Dynamic Learning Program was introduced which attracted national attention to the CVIF, with hundreds of educators from all over the country visiting the school to observe and gain insights.

(Extracted and based on an article by Antonio Salas Madera, CVI Class 1942)

Our Philosophy

A Passion for Physics

From: Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation

The Philippines has only 157 scientists and engineers for every one million Filipinos.  How do you curb this problem and make Physics more interesting for young students in rural areas?  2010 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Christopher and Ma. Victoria Bernido used the formula: Patriotism + Passion for Science + Greatness of Spirit.  (And add a little leap of faith, for good measure.)

It’s a long way from the National Institute of Physics in the University of the Philippines in
Diliman, Quezon City to Jagna, Bohol.


Created in 1983 by a presidential executive order out of the Department of Physics of the UP College of Arts and Sciences, the UP National Institute of Physics prides itself on being the best school of physics in the country. Aside from teaching, its faculty members conduct research in areas such as condensed matter, instrumentation, photonics, plasma, structure and dynamics, and fields and particles physics. Every year, the institute has an average of 300 students for all levels in its baccalaureate degree programs (BS Physics, and BS Applied Physics) and 50 in its graduate degree programs (MA Physics, MS Physics, and PhD Physics).


Jagna is a port town found in the southern coast of Bohol, 63.1 kilometers from Tagbilaran City. Rich in history but poor in resources, its earliest documentation goes back to March 15, 1565, when Miguel Lopez de Legaspi arrived on its shores and had his flagship San Pedro repaired along Jagna Bay. By 1596, the Jesuits had started their apostolic work in Jagna and on September 29, 1631, both parish and town were founded simultaneously by the Jesuit priest Jose Sanchez with Saint Michael Archangel as its patron saint. At present, with a land area covering 12,063 hectares and a population recorded at 32,034 in 2007, Jagna is classified as a fourth-class municipality.


Most life journeys would start from a municipality like Jagna to a city like Quezon City in Metro Manila. But Christopher Bernido and his wife, Ma. Victoria Carpio-Bernido are not like most people and their life journeys are not like most other life journeys. Theirs went from Quezon City to Jagna.


In rationalizing their journey, Christopher has handy statistics to support the move he made with his wife. It was a response to the country. He explains, “The last time the Philippines participated in the Trends in International Math and Science Studies was in 2003. There, we ranked 42nd out of 45 nations. Our average scale score was 378, and our score was only above three African countries.” Citing an undisclosed survey conducted six years later, he points out that for every million citizens, Japan has 5,084 scientists, Singapore has 4,613, Malaysia has 726, Vietnam has 516, and Thailand has 493. The Philippines has only 157 scientists and engineers for every one million Filipinos. On a more personal level, the journey was also a son’s response to an aging mother’s request to take over the old, struggling school she owned, the Central Visayan Institute Foundation (CVIF).


But more than a response to the needs of country and mother, the dramatic move of Christopher and Ma. Victoria – doctorate degree holders of Physics from the State University of New York in Albany, administrators and professors of the UP National Institute of Physics, university awardees for teaching and research excellence – to poor, remote Jagna in the early 1990s was also a response to their own personal, eventually collective need to help young Filipinos become more prepared for the 21st century. For the future, they wanted to contribute their own solutions that would answer the challenge of achieving “world-class targets in human resource development with (our) meagre resources, (our) present national educational policies, and (our) sociocultural problems.”


Their arena of action shifted from a university institute to a small school of 500, mostly poor students. There they developed a revolutionary way of teaching physics, mathematics and other subjects called the Dynamic Learning Program (DLP), a system of teaching that focuses on student activity rather than on traditional classroom lectures. There they demonstrated that poverty is not an excuse for lacklustre teacher and student performance. Neither is the lack of qualified high school physics teachers, estimated at only 27 percent of all high school physics teachers.

The DLP is their way to see to it that “in the quickest time, with economy of resources,” a maximum number of students with the highest level of mastery in science and math could be developed. Implementation began in 2002. The program limits teacher participation by devoting 70 percent of class time to student-driven activities built around clear learning targets, aided by well-designed learning plans and performance-tracking tools. Locally available teaching aids are used in a “parallel classes scheme” where three simultaneous classes are handled by one expert teacher with the help of facilitators and majority of the lectures are done via video by national experts. Within eight years, the Bernidos “returned” to the UP campus through their CVIF students who not only successfully passed the UP entrance exams but also improved their performance on national scholastic aptitude tests.


Their arena of action expanded. In 2006, they spearheaded Learning Physics as One Nation (LPON), a collective action of educators, scientists, and policy makers to improve high school physics education in the country. It addresses the lack of qualified physics teachers through a year-round in-school rigorous training in Department of Education (DepEd) prescribed competencies; and the needs of students through physics essential portfolios or activity sheets and video-taped lectures. Two years later, the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE) launched LPON in over 200 private high schools while the DLP continues to be used in many others.


The CVIF is not only home to DLP and LPON. Aside from the high school department that puts a high premium of science, it now has an Education Research Center for continuing development of the science and mathematics learning programs. It also has a Research Center for Theoretical Physics that hosts physics workshops every three years, drawing experts from all over the world including two winners of the Nobel Prize for Physics, Gerard t’Hooft and Frank Wilczek and bringing the global community of physics to the country.


For the Bernidos, physics is just an entry point for a loftier vision of nation building. Ma. Victoria tells her students: “ We want you to be good in science, in math, in the languages but all these are useless if your character is not well-developed. . . True development means that the people of a nation have achieved high levels of civilization. They are honest, industrious, dutiful and can maintain clean, peaceful productive towns and cities in all parts of the country.” In Christopher’s words, “For us, the social dimension of education – education for nation-building – is important especially since the Philippines is a poor underdeveloped country. We share the dream of a peaceful and truly progressive country, a Philippines where Filipinos have a good, creative and productive life. We maintain an inexhaustible hope in a bright future for basic education in the Philippines, the schools being the wellspring of leaders and caring citizens, professionals, entrepreneurs, and highly skilled manpower.”


Both husband and wife realize that history ”is like a game of relay where an athlete runs as fast as he can before he passes the baton to his teammate. Our generation (has) to run as fast as we can and work as effectively as we can before we pass the baton to the next generation.”


How apt that Christopher and Ma. Victoria have carried out their crusade of blazing new science trails in a small town called Jagna. The name Jagna supposedly comes from the vernacular exclamation “ni hagna na”: the occurrence of boiling oil reaching the stage when it is almost done. Their efforts are bringing students and teachers initially in Jagna but now in many other schools in the country, to some kind of boiling point of science education competence that can make the country take its rightful place among other Asian countries.

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Throwback: Poster circa 2014

B O A R D  OF  T R U S T E E S


Christopher C. Bernido, PhD


Ma. Cristina Bernido-Fabella, MD, MSPH, CMA, FPOGS


Atty. Emmanuel Jude S. Bernido


Corazon C. Bernido, PhD


Bernardo P. Salas III


Manol C. Tan

Filomeno R. Caseñas

Teresita C. Bagaipo

Ms. Maria Johanna B. Bagaipo

Jesscor C. Bagaipo, RN

Atty. Maria Loreste S. Bernido

Gem S. Bernido, RN

Johnell C. Bagaipo

Vigile Marie B. Fabella, PhD



Ms. Ma. Julie Pearl Baja-Aclan, MAEd, LPT

Principal, Junior High School Department


Ms. Ruby Anna O. Rañoa, MAEd, LPT

Principal, Senior High School Department

Ms. Geneliza A. Galope, LPT

Assistant Principal for Student Affairs

Ms.  Diosdada F. Cagas



Queenie Joy C. Abcede

Chief Operations Officer 

Ma. Rhea R Carpio

Accounting and Internal Auditing

Janneli Lea A. Soria, PhD

Research and Innovation

Director, JAZC Marine Sciences Laboratory

Maria Johanna B. Bagaipo

External Affairs and Linkages;

Payments and Collections

Engr. Cletus A. Caido 

Management Information Systems &

Learning Resourdes

Corazon C. Bernido, PhD


David Dominic Gales, RN

Health, Wellness and Safety

Cristerosa D. Siaboc, DMD

School Dentist

Engr. Justin A. Mangyao

Engineering & Infrastructure

Victor S. Bucog

Procurement, Supplies & Property Custodian

Teotimo C. Bucog

Procurement, Supplies & Property Custodian

Facilities, Maintenance and Housekeeping

Our Philosophy
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