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In the Philippines, the seeds of CD began to filter in and grow in 1925 when Archbishop Michael ODoherty of Manila convened the 1st national congress of Catholic Action and the founding of the Institute of Social Order (ISO) in 1946 under the leadership of Fr. Walter B Hogan, S.J.(D.M.Coronacion). Meantime, in the Political environment, President Ramon Magsaysay’s heirs that included Manuel Manahan and Raul Manglapus began to develop the political thoughts adhering to CD ideology culminating into the formation of the Party for Philippine Progress (PPP) headed by Raul Manglapus. By 1967 Fr. Francisco Araneta, S.J. convened a group of visionaries that eventually gave birth to a political movement, The Christian Social Movement (CSM).This movement was to be a major political repository of the version of the Philippine Christian Democracy. Among the founders were Juan (Johnny) Tan of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Jeremias (Jerry) Montemayor of Federation of Free Farmers (FFW),and Raul Manglapus of the PPP and Fr. Horacio de la costa, S.J.(D.M.Coronacion). It was around this time too that a young newly elected member of the German Bundestag German Parliament visited the Philippines and in a meeting with the future architects of the CSM initiated a fruitful relationship between the Philippine Christian Democrats, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) lasting to the present time.This Member of Parliament was to become the Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl. (D.M.Coronacion)